The Carolina Hurricanes are not yet done having fun with Don Cherry’s “bunch of jerks” criticisms. Cherry might even feel compelled to claim they’re being jerks about it.
After printing amusing T-shirts with what’s basically becoming the slogan of the 2018-19 Carolina Hurricanes, the team really leaned into it on Tuesday.
Of course, most importantly – we think most importantly – the Hurricanes took care of business in the competitive East playoff races, as they absolutely pummeled the Los Angeles Kings by a score of 6-1.
All of that winning must inspire some creativity and swagger, from this projection, shared by Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon:
To this tremendous win celebration:
Fun stuff, to the point of possibly being a rallying cry. If you’re one of those people who’ve been getting annoyed by this – or just wonder if this team is “serious” enough to compete as they run through creative antics, then this feels like bad news. It seems like the Hurricanes are only going to bigger, bolder, and funnier with these celebrations.
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A day after Washington suffered their first loss at home, the Capitals had more to answer to than just a regular season defeat. You may remember that Mike Knuble had some harsh comments for his teammates and the work ethic last night. When a guy throws around words like “bunch of clowns” and “losers” when talking about his own team, you know things went sideways.
Here’s what Caps captain Alexander Ovechkin had to say about Knuble’s comments: “It’s not my problem.” Nice leadership. He went on to acknowledge that he also thought that his team played like a bunch of clowns because there was a lack of effort. He went onto talk about Knuble’s particular comments and the motivation they may provide. “I think somebody was mad,” Ovechkin said. “I think motivation is with us. It’s not just about words. If fans say something like we’re clowns or a group of idiots, it’s not going to be motivation for us. The motivation is we’re losing right now.”
Just about everyone in the Caps locker room was asked about the postgame comments—just about everyone understood where Knuble was coming from with his words. Jason Chimera said that the hard work needs to start with Ovechkin and Alexander Semin; then added that the hard workers on the team need give even more to the team.
If Knuble was going to feel any repercussions for his comments, Bruce Boudreau would be the man delivering the punishment. You probably shouldn’t hold your breath if you expect the veteran to be reprimanded. When asked about Knuble’s words and his dedication at the Caps tough practice today, Boudreau was to the point. “That’s what leaders do,” the Caps coach said. “They get mad and then they lead by example. The oldest guy out here was working as hard or harder than anybody.”
Now let’s see if the comments and bag skate have any effect on the ice. We’ll find out Friday night in New Jersey.