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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(UPDATE: The NHL rescinded the game misconduct to Milan Lucic after the game, meaning he's not likely to face any sort of a suspension.)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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Since: Jul 16, 2010
Posted on: January 7, 2012 9:40 pm
 

Bruins, Canucks offer plenty of craziness

(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.)

What a joke, refs really ruined this otherwise great game. If the league recinded the game misconduct on Lucic that means he was legally on the ice and only aiding Thorton which was being piled on by 5 canucks, yet he gets tossed... what a complete and utter joke. Game was ruined by inept refereeing.




Since: Jan 7, 2012
Posted on: January 7, 2012 9:11 pm
 

Bruins, Canucks offer plenty of craziness

lumpoco,  B's UNDERACHIEVERS??? Where is the CUP? Have you not been watching for the past 2 months? 1 bad penalty and 1 bad call was the difference in this one game.



Since: Jan 7, 2012
Posted on: January 7, 2012 9:04 pm
 

Bruins, Canucks offer plenty of craziness

I did see the game, Lucic was at the door starting to change up and 6 Canucks jumped Thornton, so Lucic started pulling guys off the pile. Bad enough getting tossed for that, and then the B's wind up 2 men down for 2 minutes, explain that...



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2012 8:54 pm
 

Bruins, Canucks offer plenty of craziness

You're and idiot if you thought that was even remotely a "hip" check. A hip check uses the hip. Marchand submarined Salo. It was a cheap and dirty hit and I suspect there will be a suspension. The league didn't say Lucic should not have been penalized, they merely rescinded the need to look for further disciplanary action.

The only schmuk here is you. I always thought Wings fans were classy..guess not



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2012 8:37 pm
 

Bruins, Canucks offer plenty of craziness

Wait, wait...Milan Lucic left the bench during a brawl and he's not getting disciplined?  What a shock.  Amaze balls! 

I didn't see the game - somebody explain to me how leaving the bench during a brawl can be on a "clean change"?  Sounds like a made up notion.



Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2012 8:02 pm
 

Bruins, Canucks offer plenty of craziness

lets face it there were bad calls all over the place in this game for both side.  Bruins came out short after that scrum, but they got a free goal from the refs when they decided not to call icing so things generally evened out.  The real difference in this game was a bad goal by Tim Thomas in my opinion.  It was a great shot by hodgson but if i'm a bruins fans, im expecting a save there.  It was a fun game to watch, would be great to see these guys in the finals again.




Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: January 7, 2012 7:58 pm
 

Bruins, Canucks offer plenty of craziness

I thought Marchand's hit was a good hip check .like we see in all those hockey hits video's the league likes to sell , and Now the league is saying Lucic should not have been penalized for that play , kinda says to me the league is admitting the officals won that game for Vancouver with that call , not only did they have a 5 on 3 for 2 whole minutes which they scored at the end of , the Bruins lost one of their best players for the whole game and then when the lost Marchand the game was done .. But the funny thing is with their 25 minutes of power play time (2 of that 5 on 3) the Canucks only won by a goal. ... Tells me who is the better team( what a bunch of schmuks lol ). Look for the bruins and WINGS in the finals this year



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 7, 2012 7:28 pm
 

Bruins, Canucks offer plenty of craziness

bob, i saw you on the chat during the game and i seriously dont think you watched most of this game....first Thornton may have slashed, but Burrows slashed him also, as you can see by the penalty calls, burrows also got a 10, so ok were even there, then 6 guys jump on Thornton, so lets see, you have to many men first off, and maybe some kind of roughing when 6 guys pounce on 1, maybe? i dont know lol....but yet the Bruins were short 5 on 3.....at WORST the calls should have been even with the Bruins maybe getting a pp.
and as for Lucic, the league already admitted blowing that call.....refs were bad, but hey Van scored on the PP and we had chances and didnt. they won, nice job. not crying just pointing out facts.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 7, 2012 6:30 pm
 

Bruins, Canucks offer plenty of craziness

There is no hated rivalry simply because these teams have never made it deep into the playoffs to play against each other until last year. The Canucks and Bruins are great underachievers. That's it...nothing more. To characterize them as bitter rivals would seem to imply that they face each other every year and that one team was always knocking the other team out of the playoffs. Far...from...it!



Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: January 7, 2012 6:09 pm
 

Bruins, Canucks offer plenty of craziness

the canucks had 6 players on the ice all on thorton infront of their bench.  6 on 1!!  yet, somehow the canucks end up with a 5 vs 3 powerplay coming out it.   how is that possible?  i know it was chippy, but the refs were way too involved in the game. 


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