Tuesday, March 15, 2011, 2:26 p.m.
By Chase Hughes
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Don't expect Washington Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau to join the demonstrators tonight outside Montreal's Bell Centre.
The planned gathering -- before the Caps' 7 p.m. game with the Canadiens -- will protest violent NHL hits of the kind that the Bruins' Zdeno Chara laid on Montreal's Max Pacioretty.
Asked about the protest, Boudreau told the media at the Caps' morning skate: "You don't like it, don't come to the games," according to TSN.ca.
The planned protest is in response to the lack of a suspension for Boston defenseman Chara, whose hit gave Pacioretty a concussion and fractured vertebra. Part of the initiative includes a Facebook petition that had drawn over 1,500 signatures as of Tuesday morning.
Boudreau contends that if the jerseys were switched, the reaction may have been different.
"Listen, I don't want to get into any controversy," he said. "But if it was Hal Gill that hit David Krejci, I don't think there'd be a protest going on here tonight."
Boudreau said players are aware of the risk in their game.
"I think the players realize that they could get hurt," he said. "They don't want to do it, but unless you've played and see what goes on and at the speed of the game, you're not going to be able to argue with it."
Capitals defenseman Mike Green is out of the lineup tonight with a concussion after suffering two head injuries in February.