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Byfuglien burns Canucks with toughness, hat trick

Posted on: May 6, 2010 12:46 am
Edited on: May 6, 2010 12:48 am
 
By Erin Brown

How do the Vancouver Canucks and their followers feel about Chicago Blackhawks forward Dustin Byfuglien ?

Ask the fan at General Motors place donning a vintage 'V' jersey, pounding on the glass at game's end and giving the Minnesota native the finger.

Byfuglien went beyond the role of impact player in Chicago's 5-2 victory over Vancouver, by recording a hat trick, an assist, six hits and  terrorizing netminder Roberto Luongo .

It was a throwback to last postseason, when the 6-foot-4, 257-pound Byfuglien took up residence in front of the Canucks crease. He did the same Wednesday night, scoring two goals off rebounds. He capped the hat trick by crashing the net and getting a lucky -- albeit questionable -- bounce off his left skate.

The hat trick was Byfuglien's first since Nov. 30, 2007 versus the Phoenix Coyotes.

Away from the net, he instigated scrums and taunted fans. After his second goal, Byfuglien skated to the corner spreading his arms mockingly while skating along the glass.

Toward the end of the third period, he jawed with Canucks players from the bench, leading a brawl and 10-minute misconducts for Vancouver's Alex Burrows and Shane O'Brien and Chicago's Dave Bolland . And when the whistle finally blew, Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa went after the winger.

Referees may have been able to drag Byfuglien off the ice after this game, but the Canucks are going to have to get him out of their head before the next.


Comments

Since: Oct 8, 2008
Posted on: May 6, 2010 1:52 pm
 

Byfuglien burns Canucks with toughness, hat trick

At 6'4" and 257lbs. Big Buf can do whatever he wants and there isn't much the undersized Canucks can do about it. However, I do fear a cheap shot is coming soon from the Canucks, especially if they go down 3-1.

Go 'Hawks!!



Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: May 6, 2010 1:26 am
 

Byfuglien burns Canucks with toughness, hat trick

Byfuglien is definitely in their heads now.  And in Luongo's nightmares.


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