Bourque came in to defend a 5'8'' midget who was in the hands of freakin Colton Orr. And an eternity? Have you played hockey before? Or are you actually watching it in slo-mo?
He went up and grabbed the guy. The moment that happened he should've prepared himself. Bourque was grabbing a pissed off enforcer, what did he think was gonna happen? Orr would just be okay with it and they skate off go singing kumbaya and make sprinkly cupcakes together and hold hands? Maybe that's what nancy Habs players would do.
From the point he grabbed him to the point Orr hit him he had a solid 2 seconds to put up his dukes and defend himself or at least try and duck or dodge.
He would have? You do realize that players miss their checks sometimes or whatever they want to do. He missed his knee 'cause Pleks moved out of the way.
Look at the picture. Orr's knee was actually turned in, away from the knee. If you were objective, you could look what a real attempted knee looks like. I'm sure there have been plenty you could reference