Bruins crowd showers Hurricanes' DeAngelo with 'F--- you Tony' chants

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Hurricanes defenseman Tony DeAngelo heard it from the raucous TD Garden crowd throughout Boston's dominant Game 6 win on Thursday.  (Photo via USA TODAY Sports)
Hurricanes defenseman Tony DeAngelo heard it from the raucous TD Garden crowd throughout Boston's dominant Game 6 win on Thursday. (Photo via USA TODAY Sports)

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.

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.

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.

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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