Unexpected statement made by Jim Montgomery post-game

Published November 23, 2023 at 1:58 PM
Jim Montgomery expressed deep admiration for Charlie McAvoy following the Panthers' deliberate focus on the Bruins' standout player on Wednesday night. Right from the start against the Panthers, the Boston Bruins displayed intense physicality towards McAvoy, to the extent that Boston's top defenseman almost engaged in a fight with Nick Cousins during the initial period.

«They targeted him,» Montgomery said after the game, to the The Athletic. «I thought that was a high hit, the first hit of the game. You understand. It's part of the code of the NHL, after the hit that Charlie had, that there's going to be a little retribution. You understand that. I thought Charlie handled it really well.»

Charlie McAvoy continues to be one of the top defensemen in the league, having accumulated 13 points in 14 NHL games this season.
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