Bruins forward Trent Frederic was one jealous man at the end of the Boston bench Sunday.
Despite an echoing final horn sounding throughout Madison Square Garden, Bruins winger Nick Ritchie dropped the gloves with the Rangers’ Brendan Lemieux in what was a spirited bout.
That’s a fight Frederic has (unsuccessfully) hunted throughout this ongoing season series, which marched on with another two games in Manhattan this past weekend, and a 1-1 split.
“A little bit,” Frederic admitted when asked if he was jealous of Ritchie’s fight with Lemieux. “That was pretty cool. It was fun to watch. You know, hopefully I get another shot at No. 48.”
(Also of note with that quote: There was a slight pause between ‘at’ and ’48’ from Frederic. There’s another message in there. Probably that he doesn’t respect him at all, but that’s another topic.)
Again, this is a fight that Frederic’s wanted since his first scrap with Lemieux back on Feb. 12. In fact, he said it two seconds after the officials separated the two in that fight. Frederic tried at times throughout this past weekend series, too, at one grabbing Lemieux by the face in an attempted scrum in front of the New York net. Lemieux declined by simply sliding back and offered no verbal response.
Frederic, of course, did more than just remind Lemieux of his desire for a rematch, as he scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal on a drive to the Ranger net for his second goal of the year.
“He’s starting to annoy people,” Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said of Frederic. “He’s a big body that can back it up. We’re seeing growth in his game. He’s getting some points. He’s around the puck, a lot more shooting more. So, you know, it’s a it’s a good thing for our team.
“It’s as advertised, which we knew when he was drafted, he was going to be a big body that could play inside and needed some developing. And now you’re seeing a bit of the the edge to his game. You never know who’s going to sort of be a guy that’s a vocal on the ice and who’s quiet. He’s certainly vocal now. Get people’s attention and willing to back it up. So you need players like that.”
You can expect Frederic to continue to be vocal, and specifically to Lemieux, when these teams reconvene, this time on Boston ice, for a two-game set on Mar. 11 and Mar. 13.