Nothing compares to the energy in an NHL arena during a heated Stanley Cup playoff series, with fans getting loud to spur their team on to a big win.
It can also be an intimidating place as a visiting player, especially if your name is being chanted mockingly by the thousands with your team down big.
Carolina Hurricanes defenceman Tony DeAngelo was a notable victim of such treatment at TD Garden on Thursday night, as the Boston Bruins faithful serenaded him with “F— you, Tony” chants as the home team cruised to a 5-2 win in Game 6.
A very loud “F—- you, Tony” chant from the TD Garden crowd. pic.twitter.com/dNkvLXgQkR
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) May 13, 2022
Bruins fans’ distaste for DeAngelo likely originated in Game 4 of the series, when he and Boston forward Brad Marchand enjoyed a few tense exchanges, including one in which cameras caught Marchand appearing to call him racist.
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) May 8, 2022
The mini-rivalry between the two went a step further toward the end of that same game when Marchand scored on an empty-net to secure a 5-2 win, with DeAngelo resorting to the classic sore-loser move of tossing his stick at the puck carrier in a desperate attempt to throw them off.
BRAD MARCHAND INTO THE EMPTY NET FOR HIS 5TH POINT OF THE GAME AND TONY DEANGELO THROWS HIS STICK HAHAHAAH pic.twitter.com/TC9VyhFFX4
— Spoked Z (@SpokedZ) May 8, 2022
DeAngelo was suspended on two separate occasions in his junior hockey years in the OHL for violating the league’s “homophobic, racist and sexist language” policy. He also made headlines last season with his outspoken political views, expressing support for former President Donald Trump on numerous occasions on Twitter and backed the politician’s claims of a “stolen" election.
With the Bruins forcing a pivotal Game 7, Marchand and Co. could really put the nail in DeAngelo’s metaphorical coffin by sending him and the favored Canes home with an early playoff exit.
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