Tonight’s exhilarating win in Montreal was marred by some nonsense. A small, but vocal segment of the Canadiens fan base took it upon themselves to boo the Star-Spangled Banner (also here and here). No one asked the booing throng for their finer details of their political ideology, but it’s safe to say that a seed of anti-American sentiment blossoms in Montreal.
Regardless of the outcome on Wednesday night, this quarterfinal playoff series will soon return to Washington, D.C., and there we will have a choice. Will the Phone Booth return fire, booing “O Canada” from start to finish, or will they take the high road?
I have a feeling the Caps fans in attendance on Friday will do the right thing. They might even follow the example of the much-loathed Boston Bruins fans, who faced the exact same situation a few years ago.
Seriously stirring stuff.
I’ve seen the Verizon Center applaud the armed forces until their palms stung red. I’ve seen them salute their players even in miserable defeat. I know the caliber of these fans’ character, and I know they’ll do the right thing on Friday.