Koci's hit on Green riles Caps

'Throw the book at him'

December 17, 2009|By Sports Digest

The Washington Capitals were happy with an easy win Tuesday night, but they didn't leave Colorado in a good mood. Tomas Fleischmann scored two goals, Jos� Theodore stopped 27 shots and Washington routed the Colorado Avalanche, 6-1. Nicklas Backstrom and Matt Bradley had a goal and assist each, and Mike Knuble and David Steckel also scored. Kyle Wilson and Chris Clark both had two assists for the Capitals, who have won seven of nine. However, the Capitals were upset with Avalanche forward David Koci's hit on Mike Green late in the second period that knocked the defenseman out of the game. Koci checked Green into the glass behind the Washington net and received a boarding major and a game misconduct. He also drew the ire of Washington coach Bruce Boudreau. "Fifteen feet he saw Green's No. 52 and it didn't stop him one iota from hitting him in the back and going for the head," Boudreau said. "So I hope they throw the book at him. I've faced David Koci an awful lot, he might be a nice guy, I have no idea. I'm glad he's making a living, but if this is any other game, he gets on the ice for the first three minutes, he gets into his fight with the guy and then he sits at the end of the bench, so what good is he? It shows what we have to get rid of to have a good game."

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