Max Lapierre of the Pittsburgh Penguins is one of the most anything goes pests in the NHL, whether it’s faking an injury to earn a penalty or making light of Patrice Bergeron getting bitten by Alex Burrows.
He’s been an absolute miscreant in the Penguins’ series against the New York Rangers, and that continued in Game 5 on Friday night, when he taunted Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle by acting like a chicken. Which is the universal symbol for “you’re a coward,” last time we checked.
Speaking of checks, you might remember Lapierre and Boyle have a little history.
Lapierre was suspended five games for that hit, which put Boyle on a stretcher.
Said Boyle, 11 days after the hit: “I don’t think he thought he was going to put me in the hospital with the hit, so I agree with him that wasn’t his intention. At the same time, we’re told since we were five years old not to hit a guy when you see numbers and it’s pretty clear he saw my numbers and he decided to hit anyway. That’s just lack of respect is what I think.”
The true measure of respect, of course, being doing the chicken wings to a guy you put on a stretcher.