Friday, October 28, 2005

TODD BERTUZZI JEERED IN HIS FIRST TRIP TO COLORADO


Avalanche right winger Milan Hejduk recorded his 200th career goal on Thursday to give Colorado a 6-2 win over Vancouver and obviously Bertuzzi, who was booed all night in his first game in Denver since breaking former Avalanche forward Steve Moore's neck. The noisy crowd became so peevish that they wasted no time in heaping abuse on Bertuzzi in his return to the Pepsi Centre. Bertuzzi after this unintended heinous act looked drained and nervous, as if waiting for the Colorado fans to forgive him for his hit that may have ended Steve Moore's career. It was Bertuzzi's first game in Denver since his March 8, 2004, punch from behind that broke bones in Moore's neck. Moore's hockey career remains in doubt because of post-concussion symptoms. Bertuzzi, cheap shot that he delivered on Moore in a game late in the 2003-04 season, acquired the kind of wrath this city's sports fans have for the Detroit Red Wings and Oakland Raiders. Now, the Canucks are also on their despicable list. The Canucks booed with Bertuzzi with the chants of ''Bertuzzi sucks'' as the final seconds ticked off the clock. The Canucks were however not stimulated by the ugly chants that surrounded the game, but how would you comment their Thursday’s loss. The Avalanche players seemed to take delight in unloading on Bertuzzi. During the pre-game skate two men in orange overalls - one with `Bertuzzi county jail' written on the back - stood by the glass near the Canuck goal. Every time Bertuzzi skated by they butted in to humiliate him and to interrupt him. The Canucks and Avalanche play again in Denver on Saturday night in a game shown on Hockey Night in Canada.

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