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Bruins, Canucks offer plenty of craziness

Posted on: January 7, 2012 4:36 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 6:32 pm
 


By: Adam Gretz

The video you see above shows the play that earned Bruins forward Brad Marchand a five-minute major for clipping late in the second period of Saturday's Stanley Cup Finals rematch between Boston and Vancouver.

In the end, it proved to be a costly penalty for the Bruins as the Canucks took advantage of the extended power play, scoring a pair of goals that proved to be the difference in their 4-3 win. It was a game that did not fall short of the hype leading in to it. From the drop of the puck it was obvious there was no love lost between the two teams (or the fans) and it was non-stop craziness from start to finish, and it also may have given Brendan Shanahan a bit of extra work to do over the weekend in terms of supplemental discipline.

Not only will Marchand's hit most certainly be looked at by the league (Sami Salo, the player he hit, was not only injured on the play, but he never even had possession of the puck while Marchand made no attempt to play it), there's also the question of what will be done to Bruins forward Milan Lucic after he was ejected just six minutes into the first period for leaving the bench during a line brawl (which you can watch right here). ESPN Boston's James Murphy passed along the information during the game that NHL will meet after the game to decide whether or not he joined the scrum during a legal or illegal change.


If it is determined to be an illegal change he will be facing a 10-game suspension, which is the mandatory punishment for leaving the bench during a fight. Last season Eric Godard, then a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins, was hit with that punishment for leaving the bench during the now infamous February brawl between the Penguins and Islanders. A couple of weeks ago Tampa Bay's Steve Downie was hit with a $2,500 fine for a similar incident, avoiding the suspension because the NHL decided that he joined the play during a "legal" change and had a right to be in the game at that moment.

(UPDATE: The NHL rescinded the game misconduct to Milan Lucic after the game, meaning he's not likely to face any sort of a suspension.)

When all was said and done on Saturday afternoon, the Bruins and Canucks combined for over 100 penalty minutes, including four fighting majors, Marchand's major penalty for clipping, two game misconducts and two additional ten-minute misconducts. In other words: just another day at the office for the Bruins.

The Canucks' biggest issue in the Finals last season, when they lost to Boston in seven games, was their inability to score on the power play, scoring on just two of their 31 attempts. If you're going to beat the Bruins (and not many teams have recently) you're going to have to take advantage of the power plays they give you, and on Saturday Vancouver did just that, converting on four of 11 chances thanks to goals from Ryan Kesler, Alex Burrows, Henrik Sedin and Cody Hodgson.

Cory Schneider, a Massachusetts native, was given the surprise start for the Canucks in goal and stopped 36 of the 39 shots he faced, which also helped to provide us one of the more bizarre moments of the day. Even though it was Schneider between the pipes for the Canucks, the Bruins faithful spent most of the day heckling Roberto Luongo (despite the fact that, again, he wasn't playing), even starting a "we want Luongo" chant during the second period. The only real negative of the day for Schneider came midway through the second period when he and the Canucks were on the wrong end of a missing icing call by the officials (seen here), leading to Boston's second goal of the game off the stick of Rich Peverely. It was a blown call, but the lesson here is always play to the whistle.

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Comments

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 4:34 pm
 

Bruins, Canucks offer plenty of craziness

Nevermind my last comment. I missed the space between would and nt where there should have been an '.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 4:26 pm
 

Bruins, Canucks offer plenty of craziness

Had he simply collided with Salo there would nt have been even an interference call.

Are you insane? interference on who? The puck came around the boards, Marchand half-assed played it and ducked a hit that was coming by Salo. Had he taken the hit it would have just been a hit. No penalty for anything. I still don't see how it was a cheap shot in the first place.



Since: Jun 28, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2012 4:16 pm
 

Bruins, Canucks offer plenty of craziness

"So your take is that Burrows stick to Thorntons face was innocent? And the 6 guys that jumped him BEFORE any Bruins joined in were innocent? Watch the replay and count how many canucks were throwing punches before the B's got there. The calls were Thornton and Burrows - 2 each for slashing, Thornton and Lucic 2 each for roughing, and all the matching majors and misconducts that didn't affect on ice manpower, NO canuck called for roughing?? Punches were thrown and no calls??? But we know how the canucks play, Weise showed that when Thornton challenged him. Lots to say from the box, until he had his chance and ran...."

If you don't like the fact that there were 6 Canucks around Thornton, then maybe Thornton shouldn't have started the whole thing by whacking Burrows on the ankle.  If Thornton wants to go jump on Burrows when there are ALREADY 5 Canucks in the immediate area, then he's a complete idiot for doing so, and anyone who wants to cry about Thornton being jumped by 5 Canucks (I won't count the Sedin sister here) is looking at it through rose-coloured glasses.  No, Burrows was far from innocent, but Thornton doesn't get to beef when he did the whacking in the first place and went over to punch him with a glove on (now that's manly) right in front of a group of Canucks. 

I hope both Lucic and Marchand get their azzes suspended.  (And, no, I'm not a Canucks fan, I'm an anti-Bruins fan)



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2012 3:17 pm
 

Bruins, Canucks offer plenty of craziness

HockeyBob is obviously a Bruins hater,
sigh.   

My focus on the incident has been the decisions that lead up to it, not who deserved more penalties.   I could care less about what happened after it started.   I dislike Burrows and Thornton equally, but I like them both more than Carcillo if you've ever read my posts about those players  or similar types before.    If some Bruin fans want to worry about "who's dirtier" in an all-around dirty game that's fine, and if they want to worry about the refs favoring one team over the other that's fine too.    If people think it was smart for Thornton to retaliate right then and there, that's their opinion too, maybe it was justified, maybe it wasn't, but either way I thought it was a poor decision and a selfish (Carcillo-esque) decision to start swinging with a glove on (automatic 2 min) right then when Boston had been ripping almost every team apart for weeks.   There was plenty of time to get back at the scumbag Burrows.   Maybe it's best to have Thornton like that every game, but I thought this one was too far and not in the team's best interest regardless of whether or not he was justified.  

I never said the refs got it right or wrong, only that it was stupid and unneccessary for Thornton to let them have a major say in the game at that point.   I've never argued that refs got it right, only that it's to be expected that they make mistakes in the big scrums, it's been a tradition for generations.



Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2012 3:00 pm
 

Bruins, Canucks offer plenty of craziness

Not sure you can call Lucic a 3rd man into an altercation when the scrum started as 5 Canucks on Shawn Thornton with a 6th (one of the Sedins) standing next to it before he stepped onto the bench after Lucic jumped in.  I'm a hard core Bruins fan but it all would have been avoided if Thorton had just gone to the bench instead of starting up with Burrows.   But hindsight is always 20/20.  As the game went on some of the things the Canucks did yesterday just re-inforce why they're one of the most disliked teams in recent memory.  I laughed out loud when Wiese tried that chickens*** routine with Thornton dropping the gloves and then turning tail and feigning disbelief when he was sent to the box too.  I can't defend what Marchand did.  He's a talented player but sometimes his brain takes a hike on him and he does something like the stunt that got him bounced and probably suspended.



Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 2:35 pm
 

Bruins, Canucks offer plenty of craziness

To those of you who don't know, the play Marchand made was illegal and he intended to injure Salo.  Had he simply collided with Salo there would nt have been even an interference call.  It was dirty, and purposeful.  Just becaue you are a fan of one team or the other shouldn't give you blinders.  If that had been Chara going ass over tea kettle, then you all would be saying the exact opposite.  Gotta love homers.



Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 2:34 pm
 

Bruins, Canucks offer plenty of craziness

Idiot lucic was still a third man into an altercation and would have been thrown out anyways.  Whether he was on the bench or not when he became the third man.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 2:32 pm
 

Bruins, Canucks offer plenty of craziness

HockeyBob - So your take is that Burrows stick to Thorntons face was innocent? And the 6 guys that jumped him BEFORE any Bruins joined in were innocent? Watch the replay and count how many canucks were throwing punches before the B's got there. The calls were Thornton and Burrows - 2 each for slashing, Thornton and Lucic 2 each for roughing, and all the matching majors and misconducts that didn't affect on ice manpower, NO canuck called for roughing?? Punches were thrown and no calls??? But we know how the canucks play, Weise showed that when Thornton challenged him. Lots to say from the box, until he had his chance and ran....
primeal10....perfectly said!!! HockeyBob is obviously a Bruins hater, im sure he'll say he isnt. but how can you ONLY mention Thornton and what he did and say NOTHING about Burrows slashing and most likely Burrows doing something BEFORE this to incite Thornton....and of course the 6 guys on top of Thornton, throwing jabs and punches.
to Bob thats ok, lol......oh and Lucic being tossed for leaving the bench, when he was ON THE ICE....and the league admitted it after.....so we lose one of our best players AND Van gets a 5 on 3. lol.....refs were a joke.
but only 1 game and the Bruins still own the cup baby!!!



Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 2:29 pm
 

Bruins, Canucks offer plenty of craziness

Lucic's suspension was recinded so quickly because the league office has family ties with the bruins.  Welcome to midget betmans NHL.



Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 2:27 pm
 

Bruins, Canucks offer plenty of craziness

Thornton suckered him.  He got what he deserved.  Marchant is a coward.  I guess it is now open season on Chara's knees.  


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