Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau described D.J. King’s presence in Tuesday’s preseason game against the Boston Bruins as having “a big brother out there.” But when a hit from the Bruins’ Gregory Campbell to Alex Ovechkin brought both to a near-fight in the third, King was stuck watching helplessly from the bench, all while Ovechkin got two minutes for slashing and Campbell received two minutes for boarding.
King did make a mental note of the incident, however.
“It’s tough watching when you’re not even on the ice or anything [and] you see him go into the boards like that,” King said. “It’s something you put up in the head there, and then the next time you play them and you get a good chance of running someone, you can get a good hit on someone.”
Boudreau is already showing appreciation for King’s 6’3,” 230-pound intimidating frame and recognized that he’s something the Capitals lacked last season.
“We never really had that tough, physical presence last year,” Boudreau said.
King also fought during the first period with Boston’s Shawn Thorton, and though King eventually brought Thorton to the ice, King said afterwards the fight wasn’t in “mid-season form.”
King said he decided to drop the gloves because he thought the Caps needed some momentum. He also wanted to get that first game fight out of the way for himself.
“I’m not gonna lie – I do look at the other teams’ roster and I know there’s a lot of big boys out East,” King said. “It’s going to be a battle every night.”
The Capitals will see the Bruins again tonight in Boston for what will be Washington’s fourth preseason game.
[For photos of the fight, click here.]