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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(UPDATE: The NHL rescinded the game misconduct to Milan Lucic after the game, meaning he's not likely to face any sort of a suspension.)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: Mar 17, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2012 4:17 pm

Bruins, Canucks offer plenty of craziness

The altercation Started when Alexandra (Miss Bites) speared Thornton and six Canucks jumped on Thornton (I would still put  my  money on Thornton agianst six of those Ladies) , Sedin went back on the bench afterwards of course because she didn't want to get hurt . there is only 5 bruins on the ice count them ,  the officals claimed  Lucic had a change after the altercation started , which video clearly shows it was not the case ( 2 refs and they still cant get it right LOL) which most certainly gave the canucks the game . 

As far as the Marchand HIt , it is the same exact hit Hambuis laid on milan Lucic in game 1 of the stanley cup finals (Exact go on youtube and watch it ) Except Matchand didn't hurt himself like Hambuis or whatever her name is  lol  Canucks and their fans Cry like little girls all the time and then wonder why everyone despises them

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 12:53 pm

Bruins, Canucks offer plenty of craziness

Wow...I just can't read anymore of the ridiculousness regarding this story's comments.  I watched the scrum, re-watched it, watched it again with my wife, watched it again with my step-son, and again finally with my step-daughter.  That's a minimum of five times that I watched all the nonsense that went on.

I read the 1st, 4th, and 5th pages of comments but couldn't stand anymore homers sticking up for Lucic's or some other Bruin's stupidity.

We all agree Thornton's slash started the ball rolling, Burrows' slash kept it going, Thornton snapped, lunging a straight right at Burrows and all hell breaks loose.  Once all Canucks went to remove Thornton from in front of their bench and off of Burrows, of course, all the B's jumped in.  But, did anyone notice a heads up assessment of the situation by the Canucks captain?  Both teams were in the middle of changing and Henrik Sedin either saw there were five Canucks out there, he knew he was supposed to get off the ice, or he saw the Bruins that were out there and he cowardly jumped onto the bench.  Either way, he did the right thing according to the rules.  Henrik did reach into the pile temporarily but he got off the ice quite quickly.  The sixth Bruin however, did not.  I don't know for sure who was supposed to be on for the B's at that point but someone should have been on the bench.  Lucic just brought even more attention to himself at the end as he skated around players and linesmen and grabbed Kevin Bieksa in a head lock.  Perhaps that's when the refs determined he was the extra Bruin.

In a perfect world where the original penalty gets called and not only the retaliatory penalty ...yes, the Canucks deserved a 5 on 3 power play.  Thornton-2 slashing & 2 roughing (the instigating punch), Burrows-2 slashing, 6th Bruin on the ice-2 unsportsmanlike conduct (actually called roughing by refs).  All other penalties wash.  That leaves Vancouver with a 5-3.

On a normal NHL day the refs would have missed the original penalty, the Thornton slash, so that still would have left Vancouver on the power play with a 5 on 4 advantage.

Nuff Said...

As for the Marchand hit...  I'm sorry but since the Canucks acquired Keith Ballard and I've been watching a lot more hip checks.  Yeah, I'm going to have to say he submarined Salo.  Marchand went pretty low on that hit.  Marchand was nearly, if not, a full foot below the boards on the hit and hit Salo mid thigh.  And Salo hadn't even played the puck.  As a Canucks fan watching Marchand do his thing against the Canucks, I hate him.  Marchand not playing my Canucks, love him.  He's the kind of player I'd want two of on my 2nd or 3rd lines.  Unfortunately, I think he gets suspended a few games for this one and deservedly so.

I can only hope these two teams meet for the Cup again next June.  They go at each other quite ferociously.  I only hope for a better outcome next year.  I'd prefer the BC faithful burn down Vancouver celebrating a Cup victory rather than another game 7 defeat. 

Shut my mouth! Sealed

Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 9, 2012 9:46 am
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Since: Nov 26, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 10:11 pm

Bruins, Canucks offer plenty of craziness

Losing Vancouver native Milan lucic was the big blow for the Bruins. He had a goal and assist in last year's finals preview regular season 3-1 win in Vancouver (third goal was an EN). He always laces em tight against his hometown team.

Since: Jan 8, 2012
Posted on: January 8, 2012 7:30 pm

Bruins, Canucks offer plenty of craziness

There would probably not been an injury if he been a man and took a hit but I guess"turtleing" with obvious intent to injury is your game.Bruins are playing awesome hockey and that put a blemish on a very good game.This game lived up to the hype and it's to bad it had an incident like that.

Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 6:36 pm

Bruins, Canucks offer plenty of craziness

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.

That's why he has an appointment with the league to face suspension, got a major and a game.  You clearly are in touch with the NHL and it's rules.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 5:52 pm

Bruins, Canucks offer plenty of craziness

and if you actually watched the game and knew anything about hockey you would see what a dirty hit that was.Funny how a fan of the bruins calls it clean .
If the hit was on Chara, Lucic, or Thorton I would still call it a clean hit. It is unfortunate that there was an injury but it was still a clean hit. People need to pull their panties out of their vag and lighten up.

Since: Jan 8, 2012
Posted on: January 8, 2012 5:45 pm

Bruins, Canucks offer plenty of craziness

Well obviously a Bruins fan when you can clearly see the only Canuck throwing any punches was Hamuis and Henrik Sedin left the pile up cause then it would have been 6 players trying to pulloff thorton,,was a good game and if you actually watched the game and knew anything about hockey you would see what a dirty hit that was.Funny how a fan of the bruins calls it clean .

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 4:42 pm

Bruins, Canucks offer plenty of craziness

I hope both Lucic and Marchand get their azzes suspended.
please tell me why Lucic would get suspended?? its already known that he was on the ice during that mele, and they took back the misconduct for Marchand, im with steelerhater....salo was coming towards him for a check, Marchand simply ducked and salo went flying over him, not sure how thats a penalty unless theres a penalty for ducking. maybe there is , not sure lol

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 4:35 pm

Bruins, Canucks offer plenty of craziness

only that it's to be expected that they make mistakes in the big scrums, it's been a tradition for generations.
yes refs make mistakes, but seriously, i have no clue how you can miss 5-6 guys jabbing and punching one player in a was like 4-5 guys from each team all piled up, it was 5-6 canucks pounding on ONE player, lol, not hard to see that, geeeez bob, not like a missed hook or trip, damn.
plenty of time to get back at him??? like when, thats the only game we see them im pretty sure and i doubt we'll both make the finals again.....its only one game and i have no problem with thornton going after that dirtbag after the crap he pulled last year biting Bergeron and if thats all that happened, i could deal with a 2 min pen for thronton.....but we end up short 5 on 3, and that was a joke.....and it was far from selfish cause ill bet any amount of money NO ONE in the Bruins locker was upset that Thornton did that, not even the coaches.....gotta teach that punk burrows a lesson, and if and when we meet them again we'll be after him again i hope!!! one game who cares, just pointing out the refs screwed up more then normal on that scrum......and to the fool talking Lucic 3rd man in....wowwww do you know anything??? there were no fights, so how is he 3rd man in?? in on what??? and anyway there was already 5-6 canucks on 1 bruin, THEN Lucic and the other bruins came learn the game son

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