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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(UPDATE: The NHL rescinded the game misconduct to Milan Lucic after the game, meaning he's not likely to face any sort of a suspension.)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: May 4, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 2:25 pm
 

Bruins, Canucks offer plenty of craziness

You're an idiot.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 2:19 pm
 

Bruins, Canucks offer plenty of craziness

When a player goes to other players bench to start a fight, I call that less than bright, but that's just me.  
bob, theres no talking to you. you can say you dont but you obviously dont like the Bruins and or Thornton. your blind.
doesnt matter if your near the bench, what does that have to do with anything??? can be anywhere on the ice. Burrows and Thornton were ON THE ICE.....6 players were on Thornton for a good 5-10 seconds before other Bruins came to the rescue. you make it sound like, oh well thats hockey lol, well Thorton tapping Burrows on back of leg is hockey to then.
you have no clue dude. keep hatin



Since: Jan 7, 2012
Posted on: January 8, 2012 12:34 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....



Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 12:21 pm
 

Bruins, Canucks offer plenty of craziness

Before the whistle was blown, Lucic was in the middle of a shift change... the refs blew the call to be too many men on the ice, but in a way none of the Bruins were where the puck was, down by the end boards.. they were all at the players benches.  So they rescinded the match penalty afterwards because it was a line change... it also was a sort of limbo call about the bench minor with 6 players on the ice.  I wonder if there is any sort of rule about that... or maybe there will be one next GMs meetings.
 



Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 12:18 pm
 

Bruins, Canucks offer plenty of craziness

Do you realize that Salo was the one coming to hit Marchand and Marchand just ducked under it? As far as legality, it can be measured in the height. Marchand did not initiate the hit and he did not hit on or below the knee.
I fully realize and my own opnion is the hit is borderline and could be called either way.. legal or illegal... so I am only saying I understand why the refs called it, and also that Marchand should have taken the hit instead of doing that near the boards.  He should have known better and it cost the Bruins the game.

I think Thornton's ruckus gave the Bruins the edge they needed.  2 different outcomes from 2 different decisions. Even as a Bruins fan I know Marchand crossed the line there and it hurt the team.  Refs only called what they saw, and Marchand is getting a reputation.  



Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 12:03 pm
 

Bruins, Canucks offer plenty of craziness

Marchant was a coward and should be kicked out for the season.  If that kind of crap is allowed..... everybody should be submarining Idiot Chara for the rest of the season.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 11:21 am
 

Bruins, Canucks offer plenty of craziness

I don't see how Lucic's game miscounduct was rescinded so quickly by the league. If the Bruins
had gotten a too many men on the ice penelty, they would have argued he was on the bench.
You can't have it both ways. He clearly joined a secondary altercation as a third man in
You need to watch the replays. Lucic was technically still on the ice when it started. One of the Sedin sisters however was involved in the melee and then ran back to the bench.



Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 11:10 am
 

Bruins, Canucks offer plenty of craziness

I don't see how Lucic's game miscounduct was rescinded so quickly by the league. If the Bruins
had gotten a too many men on the ice penelty, they would have argued he was on the bench.
You can't have it both ways. He clearly joined a secondary altercation as a third man in



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 10:55 am
 

Bruins, Canucks offer plenty of craziness

but Salo did not have the puck, and was near the boards... Marchand was going to get called for that... and got a Major
Do you realize that Salo was the one coming to hit Marchand and Marchand just ducked under it? As far as legality, it can be measured in the height. Marchand did not initiate the hit and he did not hit on or below the knee.



Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 9:33 am
 

Bruins, Canucks offer plenty of craziness

The bigger problem is putting Van on special teams.   Even if it was only 5 pps, that's too many to expect to win.
I agree with Bob about this.  Although I think having Thornton do what he does is critical to the game Bruins play... he does that every now and then, and always it is against a player of his kind of stature.. never a star.  It got out of hnd quickly because he could have picked a better time, like not right in front of the Canucks bench.  It almost got like the Anchorman news brawl... but still that is Thornton getting the Bruins energy up.  So a penalty here and there is fine.

Marchand's hit was inexcusable.  It could be argued legal or illegal IN THE HEIGHT, but Salo did not have the puck, and was near the boards... Marchand was going to get called for that... and got a Major.  He put the Bruins down a man for 5 minutes... and that lost the game for the Bruins.  The other penalties could have added up to 13 minutes of man advantage for the Canucks.  It was brutal decision making... Horton's trip was a weak call though.. stick accidentally got in between the skates, but well, that is life.

Julien has to sit Marchand down and discuss what it is he does.  Set boundaries before he gets it in his head it is normal to hurt a guy. Sort of like watching Matt Cooke on a bench after almost killing someone like nothing is wrong look on his face.  MArchand isn't there yet, but he is being praised for these "little" things he does, and they are going to add up over time.  He is a good player and doesn't need to be that "on the edge".


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