Riley Cote Discusses His Brashear Fights
Last thing on this topic. I think we can all agree that the Flyers refrained from engaging Bruce Boudreau in a war of words after the coach's mildly incendiary comments this week about Philly enforcer Riley Cote getting "beat up" by Donald Brashear. I gave up on that line of questioning after John Stevens wanted nothing to do with it, but at least a couple Philly reporters kept it going, and asked Cote what he thought. His response, dare I say, was admirably mature.
"You get a couple fights, you win some, you lose some," Cote told CSNPhilly.com's Tim Panaccio. "Brashear is a tough guy, no question. I don't feel bad. I did my job. I will be the first to tell you I got my ass kicked. Big deal. I really don't care. I got right back up and fought him again.
"It's hockey, not a UFC match. I prepare every game the same way. I expect to fight every night. Sometimes you win some, sometimes you lose some."
Cote also said that the 7-1 result last month was as much the Caps' fault as the Flyers, that no one was trying to run up the score and that Boudreau was "wasting his time and energy to talk about me and something like that."
"Maybe he wants to stir up the media," Cote said. "It fires me up. I take it as a compliment. That's Flyers hockey."
By the time the game was over, I didn't hear many questions about any pre-game words, but CSNPhilly did score at least one memorable quote from the Flyers' captain.
"Trash talk, yeah," snickered Mike Richards, according to the site. "We didn't worry about the garbage going on off the ice. We played our game, we played it simple. We kept them in check and didn't give them too many chances except the power play. We had chances to win the hockey game, but just didn't. "
Something tells me Columbus won't provide quite as many verbal highlights. Anyhow, in what seemed like a final bit of gamesmanship, there was that odd delay before the shootout, with the ice machines being recalled back onto the ice, leading to 10 minutes of enthusiastic boos. The assumption was that Flyers goalie Marty Biron had a complaint about the ice, but he told me and Puck Daddy after the game that he was actually annoyed by the delay, which came from the Flyers' bench. Read more about it here. And if you're wondering why 30 priests were sharing the Caps locker room with a half-naked Alex Ovechkin, head over to Homer McFanboy.
January 7, 2009; 11:01 AM ET
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