I Watched This Game: Canucks at Boston Bruins, January 7, 2012

Well. That was fun. Despite claims by both teams to the contrary, Saturday morning’s tilt between the Canucks and the Bruins obviously had a little more riding on it than simply two points. The “This is just one regular-season game” talk was relevant for about four minutes. After that, it was anarchy. Seriously, at one point, someone blew open a wall in Arkham Asylum.

There were two major differences between this game and the ones we saw last June, and the first two involved special teams: the Canucks scored on their powerplays, and Cody Hodgson spearheaded a potent second unit that chipped in when the first unit struggled. Unsurprisingly, this made the Canucks far more successful. Speaking of success, this game lived up to all the hype: it was without a doubt the game of the year. I’m very glad to say I watched this game.

Canucks 4 – 3 Bruins

  • If there was a third difference, it’s that the referees called the game tighter than jeggings. On top of the incessant faceoff waveouts and do-overs, there were 107 minutes in penalties, and they were fairly evenly split between the two teams: Vancouver had 52; Boston had 55. The veteran reffing duo of Don VanMassenhoven and Dan O’Rourke had clearly been instructed to do things by the book and, unlike most buddy cop tandems, they did exactly that, blowing down every play that featured even a hint of tomfoolery. Had there been a guy in the game named Tom, and had he been wearing a jester’s hat, he would have been thrown out immediately.
  • Speaking of getting thrown out, the Bruins also received two game misconducts: the first for Milan Lucic maaaybe leaving the bench during the massive scrum that broke out four minutes in, and the second for Brad Marchand’s nasty low-bridge on Sami Salo in the third. I’m not so sure about the first one, but the second was pretty inexcusable. Marchand got lower than limbo champ Hermes Conrad on the contact, flipping Sami Salo onto his shoulder. Salo was furious when he finally got up, throwing his stick in disgust, and for good reason: he’s been healthy all season — a dirty hit was the last thing he needed.
  • While the Canucks were understandably unhappy with the penalty, they took advantage of the five minutes in powerplay time it gave them, scoring twice. In fact, they took advantage of their powerlay opportunities all night, scored all four goals with the man advantage. The tightly called game played right into their hands. While the Bruins are the league’s best team at even-strength, the Canucks are the best team on the powerplay. Naysayers will remind you that games are called a little differently in the playoffs, and they may be right, but it’s not the playoffs right now, so the naysayers can go say nay elsewhere.
  • I’m not quite sure how, but the Canucks came out of the first period scrum with a 5-on-3 powerplay, and they showed they’ve grown since last season by capitalizing on it. After shooting from everywhere and failing to get much through to Tim Thomas, lady fortune smiled on them as Sami Salo’s shot caromed off Chris Kelly and right to Ryan Kesler. He fired it instantly, like a boss who catches an employee running a phone sex line from his cubicle.
  • While this game was won on special teams, it was nearly lost there as well. The Bruins did a brilliant job of predicting and frustrating the Canucks’ zone entries and breakouts. While a number of teams get caught flat-footed by the drop pass in the neutral zone, the Bruins created a ton of turnovers because they were expecting it. To their credit, the Canucks adjusted midway through the game, simplifying their zone entries drastically. They’ll probably have to do this more often this season, considering anything the Bruins do against them is considered a tutorial.
  • One such turnover resulted in a penalty shot for Daniel Paille. Thankfully, Schneider flashed the leather like Tobias Funke.
  • Give maligned enforcer Dale Weise credit for actively changing the narrative surrounding his fighting skills. First, he showed that can hold his own during a spirited first period scrap with Nathan Horton. Then, he showed that he’s more of a pest than an enforcer anyway, trolling Shawn Thornton like Thornton was a blogger by convincing him to drop his gloves with no intent of fighting. Keep this in mind, angry Twitterverse: sometimes Dale Weise says things he doesn’t mean.
  • Poor Andrew Ebbett. Every time it seems like he’s hitting a groove, the groove hits back. This time, the role of the groove was played by Dennis “The Groovy German” Seidenberg, who ran over Ebbett in first period, breaking his collarbone. It’s worth noting that this occurred in the exact same spot where Mason Raymond broke his back. Hypothesis: the corner is haunted like the house in American Horror Story. Think a mad scientist ever did experiments there?
  • I loved Henrik Sedin’s celebration after he combined with Alex Edler for a slap-pass goal with just twelve seconds remaining in the middle frame. Normally he’s fairly demure, but this time he turned to the glass and celebrated hard. I’ve seen other players troll a fanbase far worse, but his one-legged fist-pump to the crowd was about as spirited and antagonistic as you’re ever gonna see him.
  • It’s not surprising that he dislikes the Boston faithful. They can seem… uninformed. (Of course, when you consider where they get their information, you can’t blame ‘em.) For example, Cory Schneider got the start in this game, but the crowd jeered Luongo five times. Ridiculous. Only once did they get it right, chanting “We Want Luongo,” proving that their relationship with him is akin to a kindergarten crush. They pick on him because they secretly like him.
  • Poor Cory Schneider, on the other hand, didn’t get booed once, even though it was his first start in his home town and he played great, making 36 saves in the win. He deserved to get booed. He earned it.
  • One guy in the Boston crowd that ruled: the dude wearing the Seguin shirt in SEGA font. Awesome. One guy that did not rule: the dude that threw a tin of chewing tobacco onto the ice. Is there a trashier thing to throw? Oh. Right.
  • Literally half of Cody Hodgson’s icetime tonight came on the powerplay. He had just over 11 minutes, 5:26 with the Canucks’ up a man. As usual, he made the most of his playing time, giving the Canucks two essential points in the back half of this game. Alex Burrows has been given credit for the 2nd period goal, although it didn’t really look like he touched it, but if Hodgson was robbed of that goal, he made absolutely sure people knew who scored the next one. For the second time this season, he beat a goaltender cleanly with a slapshot off the rush, stunning Tim Thomas by wiring one off the crossbar and in. The slapshot, like the sixth plague of Egpyt, was blistering.
  • Manny Malhotra went 5-for-13 on defensive zone faceoffs in this game. One of those lost draws led to the David Krejci goal, as Dan Hamhuis got caught sleeping, perhaps expecting a Malhotra win, leaving Krejci alone in front for far too long. You have to defend your home, like Kevin McAllister. Instead, Hamhuis left Krejci home alone, like Mrs. McAllister.
  • It wasn’t the only case where the Canuck defense got caught expecting something that didn’t happen. Rich Peverley’s goal, which put the Bruins up 2-1, came after an icing was waved off unexpectedly. Both Edler and Salo quit skating, but the play continued and when the puck squirted to Peverly, he beat an unready Schneider. The Canucks were upset, but there’s a reason you play whistle-to-whistle and not whistle-to-assumed-whistle. You know what happens when you assume things: assumptions.
  • Hamhuis made up for his gaffe on the Krejci goal, by the way, when he scooped a puck to his waist in the dying seconds and curled into the fetal position. Leave it to Dan “Community Man” Hamhuis to cuddle a puck.
  • Did anyone else PVR this game? I was amazed when the third period started and the time allotted for the game had already wound down due to all the stoppages and extracurricular stuff. Thank goodness I always set games to record for an hour longer. Somewhere out there is a guy who didn’t and is furious.
  • And finally, as you may know, Mason Raymond is slowly turning evil, and we saw two instances of Evil Raymond in this game: first, when he was called for “accidentally” high-sticking Tim Thomas, and later, when he lifted his stick to take a baseball swing to Dennis Seidenberg (but thought better of it). This was an indication that there’s still some good in him, but he’s perilously close to fully crossing over to the dark side. It would be foolish at this point to name him as a representative of the Jedi council.
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229 comments

  1. Zach Morris
    January 7, 2012

    What time is it?
    Oh, 4 PAST THOMAS

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    • tj
      January 7, 2012

      I actually think this is one of the best takeaways from the game: the recognition that they can, indeed, get past Thomas.

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    • Chazz Ranger
      January 7, 2012

      Totally stealing this. I lol’d for like a straight 5 minutes. Well done, sir.

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    • Frank
      January 8, 2012

      too bad they couldn’t do it when it counted the most

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  2. sarah
    January 7, 2012

    Great game to watch! Far too much intensity for a Saturday morning though. I kept feeling the need to flip over to TailSpin to calm me down [is that show still on, or am I only showing my age?]

    Coho was a delight, Schneids was as good as he needed to be, the PP came through on the 3 on 5 and the 5 minute. The PK was awesome and I thought MayRay had a pretty strong game..wonder if he had a little extra he wanted to prove what with the injury in the SCF.

    Really tough to see Salo go down like that and hope he’ll be alright. It sure is nice to have Sami on the blueline, especially with how 3 and 23 were playing [not awesomely]…hopefully he’ll recover well and Juice and Eddie will be back on their respective games in Florida.

    Now that we’ve gotten this game out of the way, we can focus on what really matters…learning the rest of the Canuck animal nicknames.

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    • JS Topher
      January 8, 2012

      It’s sad that a reference to TailSpin is an example of “showing one’s age”. It just can’t be.

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  3. Zach Morris
    January 7, 2012

    I’ve been waiting to use that one, just like I’ve been waiting for (one of the best parts of gameday, win or lose) I Watched This Game!
    I took a few notes of my own:
    -Lucic had 12 PIM with 1:27 of ice time.
    -Dan “Community Man” Hamhuis was not responsible for the kindest moment in the game, as that honour goes to the Bruin’s Johnny Boychuk. Daniel Sedin tripped Boychuk in the Bruin’s zone, sending him (and Daniel’s stick) to the boards. Boychuk got up and skated across the zone to the post-whistle scrum to give Daniel his stick back. With the way this game was developing, I half expected Boychuk to throw it at him, javelin-style.
    -There were 62 minutes of PIM by the end of the first period, and only 36 minutes of even strength play in the entire game. Thank goodness for that, because the Canucks were roundly dominated at even-strength.
    -In my opinion, the game’s refereeing was like a good thriller: you never know what’s coming next. I guess that’s just me being acclimatised to hooks and trips being ignored in the average NHL game. Despite what the players said, this was not an average NHL game, and I’m glad the refs called it as tightly as they did.
    -I was helping my family troubleshoot Skype at one point during the game, so I missed the Marchand bridge hit on Salo. Judging by the reaction on CDC’s game discussion thread, Marchand kidnapped princess Zelda, clubbed a seal and assured us that Rick Perry was not a joke Republican candidate.
    -That being said, after learning that Marchand hit SALO, of all people, I kind of wanted to “beat up a rainbow”, as one fan put it.
    Come on, Marchand: go after Lapierre, sure. Bieksa, alright. Burrows? He probably deserves it. But SAMI FREAKIN’ SALO?
    Unforgivable.
    -Schneider kept the Canucks competitive. Hank and Dank did not play up to their usual standards, but still got a goal. Hamhuis hugged the puck in the last 30 seconds like he was taking lessons from Higgins.
    -That’s a goal of the year candidate by Hodgson.
    -Is this what the SCF would have looked like with refereeing?

    All said, this was a classic game.

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    • Body Schmautz
      January 7, 2012

      The difference – in the SCF Salo would get 2 minutes for diving. Definitely a dive eh Bruins fans. Marchand, a real man, playing Bruins hockey. Not like those sissy cheap dirty whining Canuck divers. Hmmm, 4 SCF games suspension for Rome’s clean but slightly late shoulder hit to Head Down Horton. So what’s a classy Marchand low bridge to the knees, with intent to injure, get? Best consult Daddy Colon. Wow, is this becoming a rant.

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      • shoes
        January 8, 2012

        “daddy colon” has nothing to do with Bruins games when mini-colon is playing. He is just an ordinary simpering gape jawed Bruin fan with a horrific comb-over.

        Don’t you know that for 1 game or one 1 series everybody that works in hockey operations is able to forget who their boss is. This is a situation that must be corrected by an early retirement of Colon and all his bootlicking toadies.

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      • pbfoot
        January 8, 2012

        please stop bleating like the sheep you fans in vancouver are , yes Marchand did wrong but nothing matches the way nVancouver plays hockey with one eye on the ref and the other on the dive. You aint going anywhere this year as well

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        • Ford Prefect
          January 8, 2012

          The dive with the best score this season was Ratface Marchand’s one to take out Salo’s legs. I notice that Ratman always takes on the tough enforcer-type guys, like Sedin and Salo. I’d like to see him go after someone whose job is to react to opponent idiocy, say Wiese or Bieksa or Lapierre. If one of those guys looked at him sideways he’d be on the way to the dressing room to scrape the excrement off his shorts.

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          • Katie
            January 8, 2012

            So why don’t Wiese, Bieksa or Lapierre put some checks on him? Why does he have to “look at them sideways” before your guys do anything about him?

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            • Ford Prefect
              January 8, 2012

              You misread. I said “if one of them looked at him sideways . . .” They don’t do anything about him because he’s not an issue until he does something dirty. Why go out of your way and take a penalty to swat a 5′ 7″ pest? That’s descending to a Bruin mentality. And you can see where it gets them when the refs use the rulebook. I believe the game is called ‘hockey’ and primarily involves skill on skates with a puck, not punching and submarining. Again, it’s NHL, not MMA.

              I’ll admit Ratman can score at times; he’s not completely useless. It would be great if he didn’t take advantage of his tiny size to cheapshot players who would make themselves look stupid pounding him into the ice. They’d look as ridiculous as Caveman Chara pounding on Sedin.

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              • Katie
                January 8, 2012

                My bad about mis-reading your comment, but at no point did I suggest a fight as a way to deal with him. I mean, I certainly wouldn’t suggest a Canuck get in one unless he’s got 5 of his buddies with him.
                So, again, how about some body checking? Covering him so he can’t do anything? You don’t have to take a penalty to prevent a player from playing his game. Look at how teams are shutting Ovechkin down. Now before you rocket to the moon over that comment I am in no way comparing Marchand to Ovechkin. My point is, simply, that there are ways to control other players that don’t involve taking penalties.

                And he can score “at times”? 16 goals, 16 assist. How many guys on your second line can match or better that? There isn’t a team out there, Canucks included, who wouldn’t love to have him on their team.
                Was hit hit on Salo a bad one. You bet. He will be suspended for it and I support that. A hit like that is unacceptable.
                However, if the Bruins really were just a goon squad how they are just two points behind the Canucks in the standings having played 4 less games than the Canucks? How could they have the most goals scored in the league? Are all the goalies in the league really THAT bad? The Bruins have 15 fewer PPG than the Canucks so any favorable calls they are getting aren’t helping them to blow the competition off the ice. You refuse to see they are a very good team. I don’t know why, but your blinders are on and it’s clear you would sooner rip off a fingernail than remove them.
                Sad.

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        • jenny wren
          January 8, 2012

          So barely bearable in your way
          A real life Boston Bruin cliche
          With absolutely naught to say
          I hope you are not here to stay

          There’s this one thing that bothers me
          I like Fig Newtons so you see
          Your pseudonym so bourgeoisie
          Tempers my scorn to some degree

          Moreover your puerile mocking
          Is much more sad than ’tis shocking
          So though your nose needs a socking
          I’ll just smile at all your knocking

          The very kernel of our Zen
          Is skate away and score again

          Yours very truly, Jenny Wren

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          • shoes
            January 9, 2012

            fig will take a while to decipher that post Jenny Wren…..but he sure will be steaming when he does. LOL

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  4. peanutflower
    January 7, 2012

    It was very intense. I just couldn’t justify starting to drink alcohol at 10 am so it was even more intense. There sure are a lot of very angry Bruins fans out and about. I expect them to show up here soon. I’m not sure what they would be angry about, though, except for perhaps pissed at their own players for being such dinks. I heard Lucic’s game misconduct was rescinded. I thought the SN replays shows him having one foot in the bench pretty clearly, and Cheech got out the rule book and said that’s a penalty. I guess it doesn’t matter in the end, but somehow the refs “miscalling” that ends up to be Vancouver’s fault, you know?

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    • Karen
      January 7, 2012

      To be fair, I think many of us make refs “miscalling” things Boston’s fault.

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      • peanutflower
        January 7, 2012

        From Boston fans’ perspective I was meaning there.

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    • shoes
      January 8, 2012

      The fastest recall of a misconduct in the history of the NHL. They said “that lucic came over the boards legally and was exiting the ice when called for coming back on” What they seem to be ignoring is the Bruins had 6 guys out, which is why Lucic was hustling his butt off the ice….That and he doesn’t usually like fighting unless it is a small guy.

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      • Fact checker
        January 8, 2012

        As opposed to the Canucks who had 6 guys on the ice (not counting the players on the bench who were involved in the scrum) until Sedin seemed to realize that fact and quietly stepped back onto the bench when the Bruins all came skating over to get involved. Get it right shoes…

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      • Zach Morris
        January 8, 2012

        interesting you should say that, and consider the Bruins men, since after every time a Canuck got within three feet of Thomas he was surrounded by every bruin available.

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        • Stinkfinger
          January 8, 2012

          There’s protecting your goalie when something’s going on that he needs protection from.
          Then there’s racing late towards your own net after the whistle to crosscheck the opposition
          that’s within 5 feet of your goalie. All you do in your comment is spew fiction and childishly
          call others names. Pig Newton

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      • peanutflower
        January 8, 2012

        and yet the constant refrain from B’s fans and media is “6 against 1″. I’m still sort of puzzling about that.

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      • Kate
        January 8, 2012

        This sexist comment is disgusting, you may not like a team but it has nothing to do with females, don’t use that as an insult. I hope you never get laid.

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  5. TubaNat
    January 7, 2012

    It’s games like this that are the the reason I watch hockey. It might only be two points, but now the sight of a bruins logo fills me with slightly less murderous rage, although it’s going to take a cup to get rid of most of it…

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    • Your a Tub of Goo
      January 8, 2012

      Well don’t expect that cup coming anytime soon, so that rage will burn. Its a good thing the Canucks pulled out the win or there might have been another riot! Seriously how can you people support this team, they are such pansies… i mean 6 on 1, not sure why the other bruins joined that fracus as thornton probably could have handled all 6 alone. Funny all you can think of is is Lucic coming in, but no one seems ot mention you had 6 pussies on 1 guy. Guess that is ok in Vancouver… LaPierre has to be the biggest waste of space around, gets in a fight after asking for it and then just holds the sweater, did he even attempt a punch… and love the jump on the pile in 6 on 1..such a pussy move by a pussy player. And Weiss or whatever that AHL looser’s name is, i mean please have some dignity.. you challenge thornton to a fight and then wont drop the gloves… you should be ashamed…and then whine when the refs call you for unsportsmanlike for such a wimp move…guess you’ll be heading back to the minors soon you talentless fool. And please Canucks fans, please tape Bieksa’s mouth shut whenever he opens it, that guy is clueless with the shit he spews and should be more worried about his shitty game than about making comments. Maybe people would listen if you actually could play even a little… your playoffs last year and game yesterday are pathetic…

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      • tj
        January 8, 2012

        It would seem you’ve taken all the Boston media headlines/excuses/whining/complaints and strung them all together. Unfortunately, (and I’m giving you the benefit of the doubt) in your manic, frothing rant you have forgotten English language basics. ‘you(‘re) a tub of goo’.

        If it meant so little, this loss, why are Bruins fans and media so upset by it? The raspberry to Canucks fans that you won the cup epitomizes the schoolyard bully mentality of the lot.

        This game continues to exhaust me 24 hours after it’s ended.

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        • Brosef Stalin
          January 8, 2012

          Darn it TJ, you beat me to the (now apparently obvious) punch by about 5 seconds

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          • You're a Tub of Goo
            January 8, 2012

            Funny the only thing you can respond to is a quick grammer error, no mention or comeback for any of the points that were made? I fixed the name for you, hope you feel better. And no I am not 12, just sick of Cansuck fans acting like they won the Cup or something with one game. Yeah I wish the B’s one (thats was intentional to give you something else to whine about) but it really didn’t matter other than to shut up the most hated team in Hockey. Stay Classy Vancouver! Got to go I’m hungry, anyone know where i can get a finger? Maybe Burrows reads this and can tell me…

            Oh one last thing, the best part of all you fools pumping up Schneider is that the kid is from Boston area and grew up a B’s fan. But keep bashing his home town, while your #1 sits on the bench watching b/c like the rest of the team has no fight in him..

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            • tj
              January 8, 2012

              You’re a funny guy, tub’o'goo. You made no points that haven’t been addressed ad nauseum elsewhere in this section. A lack of originality in name-calling implies a 12-year-old mentality at the very least. As does your last comment, which is akin to the greasy-haired goalie comment below (your’s?). We pump up the likes of any good player on our team, regardless of where he’s from. By your logic, you should be loving Vancouver because we bred Lucic for you. See how that doesn’t work?

              It’s impossible to take seriously someone of your trolling type, spewing invectives such as ‘Stay classy’, when he roots for a team that employs the likes of Marchand. Someone who keeps coming back to this comments section like a yappy little terrier.

              Please go away, unless you can bring something constructive and intelligent to the conversation.

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              • tj
                January 8, 2012

                *yours (damn that auto-correct spelling, eh? :) )

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              • You're a Tub of Goo
                January 8, 2012

                Not my greasy hair comment btw, actually thought Luongo was a pretty decent goalie until he choked in Olympics and Cup Finals. BTW, at no point did I say anything negative about Vancouver or Canada for that matter, however your classy people were all over Boston for the accents, thugery, crowd not knowing Luongo wasn’t playing (are they really that stupid to think that up there??) etc.. I did riducule your pathetic pansy players, as does everyone outside of Vancouver by the way. Hell even Montreal our biggest rival preferreed the B’s over Canucks last year for the cup…
                And how can you complain about Marchand when you have 2 very similiar players in Burrows and LaPierre (minus the goal scoring for that ass clown). At least Marchand fights as opposed to Burrows who just bites peoples fingers..and somehow that is not dirty? Do you even think about the comments you make before you write them. Guess ‘Colon’ wasn’t too favorable for the B’s in that case, ehh ehh (WTF is that anyway??).

                If I made no points then why do you continue to reply? And where is the strokes of genius you offered to this post, oh yeah must have been that the Canucks realized they can get 4 past thomas! Heck if Luongo played for the B’s they would have put 4 past him alone in that 5 min major PK. Well you should start planning the parade….oh wait didn’t they already do that and it didn’t work out so well.
                So TJ, I will leave you with this…Boston Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup Champions…and Vancouver….well President’s Trophy….hahaha

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            • JS Topher
              January 8, 2012

              I’m glad the Canucks “one”. Must be a Boston fan…

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      • Brosef Stalin
        January 8, 2012

        It’s “You’re” actually. Your name I mean. As in “you’re bad at spelling or discussing anything above the level of a 12 year old.” (Unless you ARE a 12 year old, in which case don’t you have anything better to do like practicing your shot or overdosing on candy?)

        I’m not an admin, moderator, or even decently connected person on this blog, but I think I speak for everyone that frequents PITB by saying if you want to make a hastily thought out troll post go do it on the BDC, CDC, or HFBoards where you can give and take the kind of crap in an appropriate feces slinging area instead of ruining my favourite post game review and discussion. Either that or troll in poem form, that’s acceptable (see Blackhawks fans).

        Thanks.

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        • Pseuccubus
          January 8, 2012

          Shush. He’s going to start crying any second and go away, and I’m getting some great material for my next project from his dissociative ramblings!

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          • You're a Tub of Goo
            January 8, 2012

            Haha, this coming from a dude(??) who’s avatar is a cartoon or something. You people make it so easy…Grow up…

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      • Stinkfinger
        January 8, 2012

        Again you guys and dolls are just spewing your infantile hatred and fiction. I don’t know who you think you’re fooling with your totally over the top, out of control, biased hatred. One, just one mid-season loss and you go off the rails like this?!?! If your own live’s are so miserable don’t blame it on some hockey team. Get some help or stop watching sports. You can’t handle sports.

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  6. Don_Rocko
    January 7, 2012

    The pity is that nobody outside of British Columbia and New England got to see this game. How it was not put on a national network is beyond me.

    Still, gotta be happy with the effort and though the power play looked uninspired and downright sloppy at times, they figured it out and the game turned around.

    Anyone else notice that once the Canucks potted a few on the man advantage, the Bruins put their swords and tridents back in their scabbards? (Coulda just been because they had to play catch-up, but still) That’s enough proof right there that had they been able to do that in June, the story would’ve been completely different and we would have one more banner hanging in Rogers Arena.

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    • Nee
      January 7, 2012

      That’s assuming alot of different things: if our PP was sucessful in June, it likely was because a number of key players weren’t hurt. It also assumes Tim Thomas wasn’t as rock solid as he was. The B’s also had alot of depth, so they could still have also outscored us anyways. And don’t forget Luongo’s struggles in some of those games.

      I know I’m being a party pooper, but this ain’t no Marty McFly situation. No point thinking what if, because who really knows. And remember that Marty’s mom fell in love with him when he went back. BEWARE.

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      • stathead
        January 7, 2012

        Well, Thomas has been doing pretty well the last little while; truly awesome when two great teams meet! Am more concerned about a trend of injuries among the Bruins’ opponents. In a seven game series, at the rate we were losing players today, it would practically be the Wolves vs the Bruins by game 7. ;)

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    • ROBERT
      January 7, 2012

      WELL IT WAS SEEN LIVE ALL THE WAY DOWN UNDER I N NEW ZEALAND! THOUGHT IT WAS A REALLY GOOD GAME..DESPITE STARTING AT 7AM SUN MORN HERE.ANYWAY,A FEW FIGHTS AND LOTSA ACTION ..THE ICING CALL SEEMED A BIT ODD ,BUT THE POWER PLAY DID A GREAT JOB ALONG WITH THE PENALTY KILLING..FANTASTIC EFFORT ALL ROUND WHEN YOU CONSIDER HOW TOUGH THE BRUINS ARE AT HOME..AS FOR THE MARCHAND CHEAP SHOT,WHAT CAN YOU SAY BUT I HOPE THE NHL COMES DOWN ON HIM REAL HARD.GAME DONT NEED THAT SHITE EH!

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    • Boston Bob
      January 8, 2012

      don_rocko
      you mean one not one more banner

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  7. tj
    January 7, 2012

    All good points here, and I’m just stoked by the win. Just hate to say this, but we really can’t rely so much on the power play. It won’t get us through 7 games in the SCF. For one thing, it means we have to spend too much energy trying to draw penalties (and risk getting called divers, again; witness the final few minutes of Boston’s desperate play). It seems clear we have to adjust–and it looked like the first line was able to–on the fly, and work on the 5-on-5 play. Should we meet the Bruins in the SCF, we can’t expect the game to be called tightly every night. How I wish we could meet them a few more times through the season.

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    • tj
      January 7, 2012

      (Please forgive the ‘we’-ness. Regardless of the sore muscles and angst-induced headache/exhaustion, I had nothing to do with this win… I issue a ‘we’ retraction)

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      • madwag
        January 7, 2012

        surely you meant a “wee” retraction.

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        • tj
          January 7, 2012

          ~yes, it was an implied pun~ :)

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  8. Ginger
    January 7, 2012

    I also have no idea how this wasn’t a national game. It boggles my mind, which is already pretty confused after watching a crazy intense hockey game before going to work.
    I was so proud of Schneider, he was solid in net in front of his family and friends, and most importantly when the Canucks insisted on continuing their drop passes to the Bruins he stood tall. The “Luongo” chants were hilarious, I kind of wanted him to wave. I’m glad he didn’t though, as someone somewhere would have twisted into some sort of anti-Luongo he’s horrible and kills puppies comment.
    I hate Marchand. Poor Sami, I’ve never seen him so angry.
    I didn’t realize how much this game meant to me until I was in the middle of it. All the talk of regulation, 2 points, doesn’t change anything left the game the minute that first scrum happened, and the playoffs came flying back. I feel so much better just knowing that we beat them, and did it the way we should have done it in the finals.
    Ahhhh so happy.

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    • peanutflower
      January 7, 2012

      I think I’ve watched every game Sami has played and I don’t think I’ve ever seen him show that much emotion. In fact, I don’t think I’ve seen him show any emotion at all except a little smile. He must be some pissed. Claude Julien says in presser Marchard was just trying to protect himself. Against what?

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      • Nee
        January 7, 2012

        The injury ghoul that inhabits Salo’s bones, skin, organs, and nether regions?

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      • jenny wren
        January 7, 2012

        Re Brad Marchand

        There’s playing hard and playing tough
        Then playing dirty I’ve said enough

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      • Brentals
        January 7, 2012

        I agree with Salo’s anger, as I scared my baby a bit when that hit happened. I think the worst part aside from the hit was Marchand standing at the bench door acting like he didn’t touch anybody, let alone do that which he was accused of; and then to have the Julien back him up in this matter is beyond me.
        Though I should have expected it as Julien was pissed at most of the proper calls the refs made in the game, and that made him appear like an stark-raving imbecile, which he normally is not. Anyone else notice these outbursts?

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        • peanutflower
          January 7, 2012

          I did. He complained about every call. Almost every call. Pretty much every call. Vociferously.

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        • Ben
          January 8, 2012

          Anyone else notice Alan Vigneault’s outbursts at all the calls???? Or was you in the bathroom for those????

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          • Stinkfinger
            January 8, 2012

            No, you can’t just say something that you’ve turned around from someone elses’ comment
            and expect it to apply. Sorry. You lose.

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          • peanutflower
            January 9, 2012

            well, you’re sort of missing the point with that…

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    • Your a Tub of Goo
      January 8, 2012

      Yeah so angry he tossed a stick instead of going after the player that hit him. I can admit that was a cheap shot but there was a similarly attempted hit before that by a Canucks player, problem is they missed. Wonder if you would have called it a cheap shot if they had landed it….i am guessing no… enjoy the regular season b/c you guys are done in round 1…

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      • Stinkfinger
        January 8, 2012

        OK, then, which elementary school do you attend? We’re going to man up and come after ya.
        “similarly attempted hit”? The voices only talk to you, right?

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  9. Nee
    January 7, 2012

    “Naysayers will remind you that games are called a little differently in the playoffs, and they may be right, but it’s not the playoffs right now, so the naysayers can go say nay elsewhere.”

    You sure do have a way with words Mooney. Lol.

    Good game. Doesn’t change the results of last June, and it’s only a regular season game in January, but it did feel nice to win.

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  10. Karen
    January 7, 2012

    re: Mason Raymond –

    His “spinal surgery” was actually used as a way to implant a specialized robotic chip that is slowly releasing badassery into his blood stream. When badassery levels have been optimized, he’ll go from being Mario in Super Mario World to Mario in Super Mario World with star power. Which I realize messes with your ‘dark side’ thing, but how could a face like that ever go evil?

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  11. PeaceJo
    January 7, 2012

    “Think a mad scientist ever did experiments there?”

    I’m guessing that’s where they created Lurch.

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  12. Knubb
    January 7, 2012

    I pvr’d the game because I had to take my girls to their dance class (who schedules a game for 10am anyways). I always set it to stop a half hour late, only to be in complete panic with 8 minutes to go in the third and 15 minutes left on my recording. Thankfully the final horn sounded and then, not more than 30 seconds later, the recording ended. And my heart started beating again.

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    • Andrew
      January 8, 2012

      I, on the other hand, forget to extend the recording time on my PVR, and had a mini-stroke upon the recording ending with 12 minutes remaining in the game. Shame, Andrew, Shame.

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      • Jethro
        January 8, 2012

        PVRing is for fruits anyways.

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  13. the olde coot
    January 7, 2012

    i guess if i could spell my own name…..

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  14. the olde coot
    January 7, 2012

    On Hodgson’s goal I’ve this to say
    Shades of Yvan Cournoyer

    The Olde Coot

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  15. Pheenster
    January 7, 2012

    Regards the guy in the Suguin shirt: I’m guessing he’s probably the only Bruin fan at that game who wound up having a good evening. His wife/girlfriend/partner/whatever was slamming so many beers that it would be unfathomable to me that he didn’t get some.

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  16. SteveB
    January 7, 2012

    You seldom see a Statement Game on a mid-season Saturday morning.
    This is one to remember.
    The Canucks played the smarter game and didn’t try to out-Bruin the Bruins.
    They played Canucks hockey and it won them the game.

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    • stathead
      January 7, 2012

      Won them the game, but two of our players are out. This could cost the Canucks points over games to come. Playoffs-style officiating would have meant fewer powerplays and hence fewer goals, since all were PP goals. As long as it’s tolerated for (either some or all) teams to play so much more brutally in the postseason, the teams who are *not* using tactics that endanger the careers of elite athletes are more likely to win in the playoffs.

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      • stathead
        January 8, 2012

        Or less likely to win in the playoffs, rather.

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    • shoes
      January 8, 2012

      A translation to english from “boston fanlish” would be ” when the Bruins play like they did in both the SCF and last night, its a pity that the calls were only made last night” Now phone up Colon and say thank-you once again.

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      • Zach Morris
        January 8, 2012

        The Sedin Gals, eh.
        This has been said more eloquently before, but what if the Sedins WERE actually women?
        How would it feel to have your league and most of your team outscored, outskated and outplayed by women?
        Why is it an insult to say they play like women?
        Do you think women are inferior to men?

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      • shoes
        January 8, 2012

        You are giving Bruins fans a good name. I did not realize they could spell like that. You sound a little bitter about the loss and really my friend, you need hockey 101 if you think that it was the Canucks “diving’ yesterday. That was a really pathetic performance by your lads and I sincerely hope that Marchand gets his due when facing a disciplinary hearing by his best friends dads employee. You do understand why there is a small degree of mistrust of my part as long as a Bruins players dad is in charge of ALL operations on the ice…..don’t you. I can guarantee you would understand if Mr. Kesler was the VP of Hockey operations, except Mr. Kesler would not be dumb enough to send an email to Stephen Walkom asking to fire a ref for giving Ryan a penalty. Ya see my logic now, spanky?????

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        • shoes
          January 9, 2012

          For you spanky…..I am going to spell the logic out one more time.

          A Bruins players dad (to wit, one Colon Campbell) is VP of Hockey Operations….that means he is boss of everything that is on the ice including officials.

          My logic was……IF a Canucks players dad was boss (I used Mr. Kesler for example) would you find reason to maybe think that the Canucks had a edge if ……for example…they broke two spines and numerous concussions in a short time and NOT ONE suspension came of it.

          You see spanky….it appeared to me that the Bruins have caught a lot of breaks since they traded for Gregory and while you might not agree with the breaks you might use your somewhat limited (apparently) powers of reason to understand why other fans can see the possibility of the world most powerful hockey dad having some influence. You do know about that pesky email, don’t you? Sure you do, that darn YouTube!!!!!

          My guess spanky, given your angst about 1 regular season game….that you would be refusing to watch hockey at all until Mr. Kesler resigned.

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      • Stinkfinger
        January 8, 2012

        He’s your bestest buddy and you don’t know how to spell his name. He is a Colon.

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    • John in Marpole
      January 8, 2012

      Why are you Bruin fans so angry? It5′s like you lost last June.

      The Bruin players are the biggest kittens (not quite pronounced that way if you know what I mean and I know you do) as are the fans because at the slightest physical challenge you all start crying about it.

      Suck it up, Buttercup. Your lack of toughness makes Cam Neely cry.

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      • kim
        January 8, 2012

        I’ve often wondered about that, John. Why so angry? Why still chirping half a year later? Why would anyone do that?

        Methinks that it’s because they know their win was tainted, that they had “help” and the rails were greased for them. When something is given to you rather than earning it, doesn’t that make you a little less appreciative and gives it no value?

        They know they won by literally beating up their opponents with impunity. Where’s the skill and value in that? It’s like beating up old ladies for their purses. Sure, there are laws against it, but where’s the police. Give the old lady a gun or a cop on the corner, different story.

        We know that they will get beat every time by the back up if the rules are called as written.

        So every time a troll whines, I enjoy their tears. Because both the troll and I know why they cry.

        Mmmm mmm good.

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        • Katie
          January 8, 2012

          @Kim – soooo the league record setting goal-tending of Tim Thomas didn’t factor into the Bruins SC win last year? Remember him? Conn Smythe winner? Record setting goal-tender? How was he helped? And how do you explain the Bruins winning the Eastern Conference Finals vs the Lightning if NO penalties were called at all?
          Plus. what about the sweep of the Flyers? Strange, I don’t hear them whining like little children who didn’t get their way about the reffing. Then, what about games 1 & 2 of the SCF I don’t remember hearing any outrage about the officiating in those games. Oh wait, that’s because Burrows got away with biting (talk about school-yard behavior) Bergeron.
          There was nothing “tainted” about their win. The only people who insist it is are the sore losers (and Habs fans, however there’s a lot of back story there between our teams). But I guess that’s what really pisses Canuck fans so much. That they lost to a team that didn’t have as much skill as them. They just wanted it a whole lot more.
          Gripe all you want about the officiating, but the Bruins had the most non-existent PP ever witnessed in SC playoff history. Well, except for the Finals where I believe another team had a worse record.
          Yesterday was one game. It didn’t prove anything either way and it sure as hell isn’t going to be the difference for either team in terms of getting into the playoffs.
          So, how about a deal? We stop crying over yesterday and you stop whining and crying over last year. Agreed?

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          • kim
            January 8, 2012

            Mmmmm. Troll tears. Better than chocolate.

            They didn’t need a power play; they didn’t need any to be called against them. When you break fingers with impunity, having a PP called for you is irrelevant.

            We saw what happens when penalties actually do get called against Boston. What was it? Lemme remember… oh right! Four past Thomas.

            Thanks for playing, though! I did enjoy the apples to go with the oranges.

            PS: you first

            PPS: Tampa probably would agree with me

            PPPS: Philly? Sportsmanship? Pronger? You really want to go there?

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            • Katie
              January 8, 2012

              LMFAO – four past Thomas. OMG! You are soooo original! Did you come up with that all by yourself? Ah, such is the imagination of a Canucks fan. One whole game and you think your goalies are better. That’s a happy little world you live in.

              And what’s with the broken finger? Are you trying to blame the Bruins for Rome’s finger now??? Did they buy a voodoo doll and make it happen with magic?

              Regarding Tampa – yea, they don’t agree with you.
              And Philly? At least they are honest about their dirtiness.

              But don’t let me keep you from that blue kool-aid you love drinking so much.

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            • kim
              January 8, 2012

              Katie:

              Four past… uh… read the VERY FIRST POST. You fail.

              Rome and broken finger from the preseason? WTF would that have to do with Boston? I’m talking about Edler in the final. You fail.

              Tampa. Horton. Need I say more? You fail.

              Philly. So admit one is dirty (which you concede here) makes it okay. You fail.

              I sense a pattern here.

              YOU FAIL.

              Geez. At least know what your talking points mean.

              -5/10. You owe troll points.

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      • Harrison Mooney
        January 8, 2012

        Gotta say, man, for a dude whose team won the Stanley Cup last spring, you’re sure taking this one regular-season loss pretty hard. Since it’s clearly what you want, I hereby crown you king of the whiners.

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      • kim
        January 8, 2012

        Fun? Your home has no doors? No movie theaters? You have no friends?

        Good Lord man. Go outside. Do something. See a friend. Do you have a relative? Visit one.

        You’re just sad if your idea of fun is to come to a blog and post 1563 posts that make little to no sense.

        You sir, are a bad troll on top of it.

        We demand the best and I’m no longer spending time on substandard trollage.

        /making a stand. now. this moment.

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        • Katie
          January 8, 2012

          Woooow, Kim, do you REALLY think the 1st post is original??? You fail on an EPIC scale.

          Is this the same Edler who boarded Seguin? Yes, he had one finger broken by a slash (I know, I know, Canucks would NEVER do anything like that) and the second he broke during a race for the puck. Wow, I can’t imagine how I forgot that. Oh wait, yes I can, because broken fingers don’t make headlines when talking about hockey. Nice try, but I have to pass this fail back to you.

          And are you seriously going to suggest the incident with the water bottle is going to turn Tampa fans rabid against the Bruins? No, in fact many articles after the incident had quotes from Lightning fans who apologized for the other fans behavior for throwing things at (and hitting) Bruins players. Yes, it’s shocking. Canuck fans would never apologize for their behavior. So, sorry, this fail’s on you too.

          Your Philly, um, statement (?) makes so sense so that yet another fail for you.

          I guess maybe YOU need to do some research about YOUR talking points. Until then you may want to look into some therapy regarding your obsession with failure.

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      • Stinkfinger
        January 8, 2012

        What the heck is an Upchuck fan?

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  17. stathead
    January 7, 2012

    Great game, but couldn’t enjoy so much after the injury to Salo. But do stop making fragility jokes in this case, people – anyone would be injured if thrown & landed like that! :S But I’m out of temper about it because some commentator said that he “should have been aware that Marchand was there” (and planned to take him out at the knees and taken steps to avoid, apparently); another said that Marchand was trying to avoid a collision. Grr. Hope it heals quickly.

    Cory’s saves were huge tonight, but he did have a few lucky near-misses in handling the puck – anybody else nearly have a heart attack when he tried to pass it and it went off the side of the net instead, and then immediately skated around the net to play the puck and it played forward ahead of him? Breathe in, breathe out… breathe in, breathe out. Was a pleasure to watch him play, though – first class.

    Is so lame that this isn’t on Hockey Night in Canada or some other regular TV network! Why? But very amusing – anybody notice that the some clips on the Canucks’ own website are commentated by an openly pro-Boston duo? The colour guy with a heavyweight Boston accent talked on and off the whole time about how cheap, dirty, etc the Canucks are. Can’t they post clips that don’t dis themselves so much? :)
    http://video.canucks.nhl.com/videocenter/

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  18. JDM
    January 7, 2012

    Hilarious to hear B’s fans whining about the refereeing when total PM’s for the game were 55 to 52 and a missed icing essentially gift wrapped them a goal. Here’s the thing – they went 0 for 7. That’s why they lost. Just like the main reason the Canucks lost the cup final was going 2 for 33.

    That being said, the refereeing was a joke in this game for a totally different reason. This game managed to demonstrate pretty clearly that the officiating in the regular season and playoffs are COMPLETELY different, which is a problem. You can’t have two sets of rules depending on what time of year you’re playing.

    In any event, it was exciting, and Thomas played well. Schneider too, though he had a couple of jittery moments. I was in the camp of “this is a bad idea” in re: starting Schneids before the game, largely because it’s Luongo’s team. But if they are going to keep him for the playoffs, he needs to play in energy games like this. I don’t remember if we have any more Hawks games left but he should start the next one of those, if we do.

    One thing, Alex Edler was godawful. One of the worst games I’ve seen from him and the compete level of the Bruins really exposed his lack of effort. A nice slap pass goal and a block in the dying seconds weren’t enough to take the sour taste out of my mouth after yelling at Vigneault to bench him in the 3rd.

    Lucic will not get suspended. Marchand should be suspended but I doubt he will be. If he is, the fact that he’s Brad Marchand will make it so. Lot of dirty play from B’s players tonight but that was approaching “intent to injure” territory.

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    • Amor de Cosmos
      January 7, 2012

      I agree regarding Edler, he seems very uncomfortable in this type of high intensity, hard hitting game. It may come in time, but maybe not in sufficient time for this year’s post season. Alberts meanwhile is turning into a rock — not granite yet but well harder than sandstone or chalk.

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      • peanutflower
        January 7, 2012

        Maybe, but he sure got all hitty in the playoffs, so he is capable.

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        • Amor de Cosmos
          January 8, 2012

          Oh he can hit for sure, it’s just that he seems to hear footsteps in games like yesterday’s and is prone to making panicky plays.

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      • Harrison Mooney
        January 7, 2012

        Dude. I just noticed your screen name. Awesome. BC’s most ridiculous premier.

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        • Amor de Cosmos
          January 8, 2012

          Heh! Beginning a tradition that’s lasted well over a hundred years.

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    • tom selleck's moustache
      January 7, 2012

      “You can’t have two sets of rules depending on what time of year you’re playing.”

      I’ll go you one further and say that you can’t have two sets of rules depending o\in what PERIOD you’re playing. Such is the ludicrous state of affairs with respect to reffing in the NHL.

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    • shoes
      January 8, 2012

      good post……

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  19. cathylu
    January 7, 2012

    Everyone else has pretty much said what I was going to say: I think this will be considered THE game of the season, Cory and Cody played great, the Boston fans are stupid, and I think the hit on Sami was horrendous. I’m glad we won (yeah 2 points!) and hope if we make it to the Final again that we meet anyone else but the Bruins.

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    • Nee
      January 7, 2012

      U mad bro?

      Trolling doesn’t work so well when you lose the game…

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      • Stinkfinger
        January 8, 2012

        Look, Mr. Newton, stop saying “we”. You do not represent Boston the city or the team.
        The Bruins had a good thing going by being a previous Stanley Cup winner. Now you come
        along and stain them with your presence. Stop it. Stop embarrasing “them”.

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    • shoes
      January 8, 2012

      “I am as mad as a bear and we are still better than you”.. Sounds just plain lame to me.

      I do agree that the Bruins will be tough to beat IF they make the final AND the rules are altered to suit players like Marchands game. Could you imagine the hubbub if referees had worshipped Burrows in his heyday. The fact is….the reffing today was called very tight and it did seem to annoy Coach Julien who was probably furious with his star players dad for not making a phone call.

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      • Katie
        January 8, 2012

        And bringing up Colin time after time after time ad nauseum isn’t lame? Omg, do you have ANY other excuse when things don’t go the way you think they should? What the hell are you going to do when Colin does retire? Oh wait, he’ll still be using his phone then to influence things right? Get a grip.

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      • Ben
        January 8, 2012

        Colin John Campbell (born January 28, 1953 in London, Ontario), nicknamed “Sheriff”, is a former professional ice hockey defenceman, coach and the former Senior Vice President and current Director of Hockey Operations for the National Hockey League. On June 1, 2011 he stepped down based on ethical reasons (his son Gregory Campbell’s team, the Boston Bruins won the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals, and later the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals) from his role as the NHL’s principal disciplinarian.

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        • Ben
          January 8, 2012

          Did ya notice it said STEPPED DOWN, well that means he no longer is in that role. That belongs to Brenden Shanahan.

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      • Stinkfinger
        January 8, 2012

        dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, DUMB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        hEY! tHIS IS fUN bEING jUST AS rIDICULOUS AS yOU.

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    • shoes
      January 8, 2012

      do me a favor brother and say “hello” to your moms basement for us.
      thanks

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    • Stinkfinger
      January 8, 2012

      Have you got a crystal ball or something? Or are you God? You sure do have a lot of predictions in your whines.

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  20. n
    January 7, 2012

    Lone comment on the game: Brad Marchand is quite possibly the biggest moron in the league. It’s plain disrespectful what he does out there. I even hate him more than Dave Bolland, and that’s saying something.

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  21. peanutflower
    January 7, 2012

    Holy Moly, Don Cherry needs to leave the building for good. He’s going senile, I’m sure of it. His Coach’s Corner interpretation of the altercation at the beginning of the game is completely off base. He once again paints a Sedin as afraid to fight, when really it was Henrik realizing there were too many men and he needed to be off. I’m embarrassed to say that I was one of the hundreds of thousands who e-mailed CBC to keep Ron McLean and I wish I hadn’t — maybe they would have faded quietly away by now. On a good note, he did slam Marchand for his clip on Sami.

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    • stathead
      January 7, 2012

      He didn’t slam Marchand much, though- that was the weird thing. He said something like “kids, never do this”, they showed the awful hit video, then as he was talking it seemed to not be about the Canucks anymore, and they were showing footage that looked like it was from a Leafs match. Bleak. Dear God, please let me never outlive my wits.

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      • stathead
        January 7, 2012

        And what was that criticism about Weise? First blamed for fighting a “star” (did Cherry mistake the Bruins player in the fight? and why would Cherry blame him for that, rather than blaming the alleged star for taking it up), then criticized for not fighting someone else later. I don’t necessarily support eliminating fighting from hockey, but players are always shouting back and forth at each other, and it sits sour with me when players who don’t take an invitation to fight after verbal exchange are painted as “provoking a fight” and then withdrawing. Sometimes it really is better strategically to decline a fight, and it irks me when players do the responsible thing and then are criticized. It irks me. It’s irksome.

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        • shoes
          January 8, 2012

          The problem is Cherry and Milbury cannot be quoted on any incident that involves Boston. They are and always will Bruins fans. That alone screams ” I AM a staunch Bruins Fan AND the best 5 years of my life were grade 3″

          Maclean is just a doorknob weenie who cannot hide his distain for the Canucks based entirely on Burrows outing Auger for something that was pretty obvious to all watching….needed to be outed.

          The fact is the Bruins fans thought they had the high road in last years playoffs because Milbury and Cherry kept repeating 1000′s of times that the Canucks were diving. All players dive, its just the Sedins are terrible at it and they did go down from Chara crosschecks, but would Cherry standup to a 285 lb man that is 8″ taller than him and take a piece of hickory. Doubt it very much…..

          Milbury on the other hand knows all about toughness. he is 2-0 in his two fights ….one against a drunken fan where he only had 3 guys helping him and he still used a shoe….but the other fight he took on and soundly defeated a 12 year old and yes all by himself.

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  22. Melissa
    January 7, 2012

    Loved the diving sign that one of the Bruins fans had with them and it was ironic that the Bruins were the ones doing the diving, not the Canucks.

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  23. Don
    January 7, 2012

    Could you imagine if they had said the game was going to be televised nationally and then Vigneault said he will play Schneider over Luongo. The story is Luongo. They are not going to win the Cup by alternating goalies. Is it Schneider or is it Luongo. Luckily, for us non-Canucks fans, he is forced to go with Luongo. You can win the Cup with Schneider, but never with Luongo. And if you think your mighty warriors: Burrows, wimpy ass stick man; Lapierre, let me fight the smallest guy possible; and Weise, let me not man up when I might take a thumping; are going to lead your team to a Cup, think again.

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    • Marcus
      January 7, 2012

      It’s hockey, not UFC.

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    • Nee
      January 7, 2012

      Maybe you and this ‘Fig Newton’ guy above can talk to each other? Help console each other over the loss? Because you guys won the cup…I don’t see why a January game (albeit) gets you so upset that you feel the need to come here and talk about it.

      You’re just making B fans look bad.

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    • shoes
      January 8, 2012

      I just mentioned above that Bruins fans seem a little less than bright….and you come along and provide proof. Thank you

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    • peanutflower
      January 8, 2012

      I’d venture to say, maybe, and without calling all the hockey gods down (I’ll say a little prayer after this to them) the Canucks have a good chance at winning just BECAUSE they have two goalies who can be alternated. AV is not forced to go with any goalie, so just put that out of your silly head. And furthermore… yah, I think I’ll stop there.

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  24. Dave
    January 7, 2012

    Funny nobody is mentioning the 6+ Canucks that pilled on Shawn Thornton but you mention Lucic having 1 foot on the bench… laughable. How about Weise not having the stones to go with Thornton after acting like such a tough guy to him from the safety of a penelty box… and then he couldn’t believe he was called for a penelty anyways, Who me?? ohh and FYI, the Luongo chant is a taunt to the shell of a goaltender the Canucks have. He was horrible in Boston last year and the fans were taunting him. There is absolutly no way Bruins fans secretly like him or would trade either Thomas or Rask for him. Also, Marchand deserves a 3 game suspension for the low hit. Knees and heads are tough areas to injure and he will sit for it. Intresting that the NHL came out and said Lucic shouldn’t have been tossed I bet the Bruins would have liked to have him for more than 4 mins. Enjoy the win Canucks fans, it was a good game. Hope you make it back to the finals for a rematch.

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    • Stinkfinger
      January 8, 2012

      Dave, are you the Dave that’s “not here”? Yawn Thornton got 6 plus Canucks piled on him?
      Are you sure it wasn’t twenty? Anyway, the Bruins can give and criticise the takers for not fighting back but, when they do respond it’s not fair? Laughable. Saying Weise didn’t have the stones to go with Thornton, laughable! Weise was the professor schooling the steroid popping caveman Thornton. Thornton’s response was soooo predictable. Luongo is one of the greatest goalies ever and you call him a shell of a goaltender? He was horrible in Boston last year? Yeah, he had some really bad games but what player hasn’t? Even Saint Thomas has been yanked outa games before. You’re hoping the Canucks make it back to the finals. Who do you think they might meet there?

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    • shoes
      January 8, 2012

      Who in the NHL came out and said Lucic shouldn’t have been tossed. Mike Milbury is not NHL, Ron Maclean is not NHL, Don Cherry is not NHL, Colon is NHL but he is not supposed to be involved when his little boy is playing.

      So would you repost the “NHL” stating Lucic shouldn’t have been tossed. If the other player that replaced him has entered the ice, that means he has left it.. Simple as that, doesn’t matter how many left feet he still has on ice. The rule is in place so that 6 men cannot be fighting 5, although I do forgive Bruins fans for thinking certain rules don’t apply to them or that they SHOULD have 6 men fighting 5.

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      • Boston Bob
        January 8, 2012

        but 6 on 1 is ok?

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        • Cat
          January 8, 2012

          So if the Bruins have multiple people push around players, they have a pack mentality butif the Canucks arrive to the fight before the another Bruin player does, they’re being nasty? Interesting.

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        • Stinkfinger
          January 8, 2012

          Ok, then Katie; you’ve lost YOUR grip. can we have it?

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      • iddoitagn
        January 8, 2012

        Here you go, shoes, which you should remove from your mouth. From NHL.com: The Game Misconduct penalty assessed to Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic during NHL Game #598 this afternoon in Boston has been rescinded, National Hockey League Senior Vice President and Director of Officiating Terry Gregson announced today.

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        • Stinkfinger
          January 8, 2012

          Very good. When was that announced? While the game was still going on?

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      • Jim
        January 8, 2012

        To start, I am not a fan of either team, but a hockey fan in general. I live in MA, but grew up a Whalers fan and can’t bring myself to root for the Hurricanes.

        The league office rescinded the game misconduct penalty about 2 hours after the game ended. Which means the NHL did indeed say that Lucic should not have been ejected.

        The Canucks won because the Bruins played an undisciplined game. Period. In 5 on 5 play the Bruins were the more dominant team, no question, but stupid penalties cost them. I was appalled that the Bruins were two men down for two full minutes after the early scrum. There were six Canucks jumping one Bruin – don’t say Burrows is innocent there either – replay shows he gave a bit of a light slash to Paille on the change – Thornton saw it, gave Burrows the same tap on the leg – Burrows then put his stick in Thornton’s throat – whether he actually hit him in the throat you can’t really see. Burrows took a shot and Thornton reacted, then five Canucks came to Burrows’ aid before any Bruins arrived.

        I watch a lot of Bruins games because that’s what I get here besides the Versus games. I think Thornton is a stand up, honest player that follows all of the “unwritten codes” of being an “enforcer” in this league. He also is on what is easily regarded as the best fourth line in the league- one that the coach has enough confidence in to roll out there 10+ minutes a game most nights. They work hard, forecheck very well, win battles in the corners, and can even score occasionally. They’ll never be confused for a top line in the league, but they do their jobs well.

        In the end this was one game out of 82. Two points, that’s all. It is unlikely these teams will meet again in the SCF, but if they do it’d be one hell of a series.

        Marchand should get a minimum 5 games for the low bridge on Salo.
        Claude Julien may have said Marchand was protecting himself to the press but don’t think for a second that Marchand didn’t get an earful from him in the dressing room. He knows it was a bad play, but also will never publicly criticize his players.

        I don’t think the Canucks fans should be so high from this victory, nor the Bruins fans should be low and making excuses for the loss. This game would be called very differently in the playoffs whether you like it or not.

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      • Stanley Cup
        January 8, 2012

        Then the 2 Canucks who jumped into the Thorton fight in front of their bench should have been tossed for third men in. The ref was watching the whole thing and they get fighting penalties only.

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      • Dave
        January 8, 2012

        Did any of you watch the game?? Who can you debate issues when you don’t enen know the corrct details. Lucic wasn’t the player leaving the ice during the fight he was coming onto the ice. Dan Paille (who is the left winger Lucic was replacing) was infront of Thortnon as the were making the line change. Paille went on the bench went off the ice when the slashing happened. Lucic was Paille replacement and came on during the line change.

        Feel free to watch the replay and count how many Canucks players are on the ice during the scrum.. i count 7 Canucks. I also counted 6 Bruins so it works both ways.

        Who said Lucic should have been tossed? National Hockey League Senior Vice President and Director of Officiating Terry Gregson said he should not have been given the game misconduct. Is that not good enought for you?

        From NHL.com = “The Game Misconduct penalty assessed to Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic during NHL Game #598 this afternoon in Boston has been rescinded, National Hockey League Senior Vice President and Director of Officiating Terry Gregson announced today.

        Lucic was assessed a Game Misconduct 3:54 into the first period for violating National Hockey League Rule 70.1 – Leaving the Bench. However, a video review of the incident revealed that Lucic did not leave the bench to join or start an altercation but rather had entered the ice legally over the boards and was about to step back onto the bench through the door when he changed course and joined a scrum.

        “The referees reacted to what they saw,” Gregson said. “The only player they saw coming from the bench area from either team was Lucic. But with the benefit of replay, we can see that Lucic had previously entered the ice over the boards legally to join the play and actually was contemplating stepping back onto the bench through the door when the altercation ensued.”

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        • stathead
          January 8, 2012

          I think the point where some would disagree is that they think he wasn’t *contemplating* stepping onto the bench when the incident occurred. Their interpretation (mine too) is that he had already set his foot in the bench zone, saw the incident erupt, and came out again to join the fray. Personally I think the Marchand hit is a much more important issue, but what intrigues me the most in all this is the idea of rescinding an ejection. I’ve never heard of any ejection of any kind ever being rescinded. From pushing the eject button on a cartoon airplane seat to getting on the bad side of a bouncer, most ejections are permanent. I take my hat off to these guys for managing it, but am not sure what was the point of rescinding the ejection once the game is over… looks better on his stats maybe? Or he would get fined or something? Altogether odd… anyone who can enlighten me, please do.

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          • peanutflower
            January 9, 2012

            I watched that part with Lucic quite a few times, and it sure looked more like the refs got it right. Lucic stood there for a minute waiting and the decided to go back on the ice. It seemed pretty clear to me. But who can say what he was thinking, I guess. I’m with you, stathead. I’ve watched hockey since the first Canucks puck dropped and I’ve never seen an ejection rescinded ever, let alone while the game was still going on. That’s an oddity for sure. I can’t enlighten you, sorry, but I join your general confusion.

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          • Randy
            January 9, 2012

            I think the rescinding of the misconduct is important because I believe there are penalties (suspension, fine? )based on receiving multiple game misconducts. Not sure but this may be why.

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  25. Mommak
    January 7, 2012

    What a game! The boys needed that one…actually, the province needed that one! Proud of our team and how sweet that those Boston butt heads ended up on the losing end. Marchand….you suck, buddy. Dirty player. Would have loved to see Lou give the crowd a little wave just for the fun of it. And Cody….wow! Agree with the email above…looking like the old glory days of Yvan “The Roadrunner” Cournoyer with that shot. Love how Tim What’shisname had to take a good look at who the crazy good shooter was! Great Saturday morning entertainment!!

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  26. Stinkfinger
    January 8, 2012

    Holy Shmokes! The few Bostund fans here really seem to be over the top bitter over a simple mid-season 1 goal loss! It was the greatest, most anticipated mid-season game in years. It really did out do it’s pre-game hype. What else could anyone want? If B ruin fans really believe their team is unbeatable and the Canucks won’t make it into the finals why are they so bitter and worried after this little loss?

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    • Stinkfinger
      January 8, 2012

      It’s ok Cambo, the sun will still come up tomorrow and both these teams will still be near the top of the standings. Wouldn’t it be great if the Bruins could actually make it out of the first round again this year and meet the Canucks again?

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  27. CanuckFanInSF
    January 8, 2012

    Only thing that pissed me off post game – Kathryn Tappen and Jamie McLellan repeatedly mispronouncing Weise as Wise and not Geese. Thanks, NHL Network.

    Oh, not to forget the “it’s not my fault the brawl started” interview by Shawn Thornton. Wah. Wah. Wah.

    Anybody know if Booth is playing in FLA?

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    • peanutflower
      January 9, 2012

      Okay, “Keith”, that’s enough. Go away. Seriously. Someone ban this idiot.

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      • Harrison Mooney
        January 9, 2012

        Done.

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  28. shoes
    January 8, 2012

    The Bruins are goons by and large including thier star captain Chara……
    Sedin made me incredibly proud with his in the face celebration. Imagine all those semi-mullets jaws dropping and then raising like a fish mouth.
    Which was better ….Tim Thomas not moving on Hodgsons blast or Coach Julien mouth going like a fish mouth. That was priceless.
    All in all a great game BUT the NHL has every reason in the world to be concerned about the state of their officiating and the clear inconsistency between games and between the season and the playoffs. And for braindead homer fans to state it is only the Canucks that say that….Bunk I believe 8 coaches have been fined in the last 3 years for complaining bitterly and publicly about the officiating in a game or series and none have been on the Canucks. 3 have been Tortarella.
    ps: It was Boston do not assume it was “dude” that threw the chewing tobacco out on the ice. Many female bruins fans have a chaw in their yap most of the time

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  29. akidd
    January 8, 2012

    good post, harrison. agreed, agreed, except…it was not cool for weise to pretend to drop the gloves vs thorton.hardly savvy pesting and a good call for unsportsmanlike.

    and those whistles DO work. must’ve got em repaired.

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    • stathead
      January 11, 2012

      Just posting in a few places this quote I just stumbled across even though it’s well after the fact. This is partly because I would like poor Weise’s name cleared as I do think he was just doing his best and had already fought once that period, and in the video to me he really does look a bit caught off guard. And also because I am new to hockey and think it’s crazy that a man gets so much more vilified for this than for a turnover that leads to a winning goal by another team. (Boys. Sigh.)

      “Bruins forward Brad Marchand, making his regular appearance on WEEI with Mut and Merloni, revealed Wednesday that Bruins forward Shawn Thornton knew that Vancouver forward Dale Weise was not trying to fight him in the first period of Saturday’s game.

      Weise extended a challenge and appeared ready to drop his gloves prior to a face-off in the opening period, but when Thornton dropped his gloves at 14:58 of the period, Weise, who had fourth Nathan Horton earlier in the period, kept them on. Though at first glance it appeared Weise was using a cheap tactic to sucker Thornton into a penalty, Marchand said Wednesday that the challenge was indeed being extended to Adam McQuaid, and that Thornton jumped in to “surprise” Weise.

      “I’m going to clear it up for everyone who’s listening,” Marchand said. “It was actually a really sneaky play by Thorty. Weise was trying to fight McQuaid, who was standing behind Thornton on the point. McQuaid was going to fight him. So, Weise was yelling and saying, ‘Yeah, let’s go, let’s go.’

      “Thorty just figured that at that point he’d drop his gloves and surprise Weise. And the ref just kind of heard Weise yelling ‘Let’s go’ and thought he was talking to Thorty and conning him into a penalty. Thorty kind of surprised him when Thorty dropped his gloves. Weise had no idea Thorty was going to do that.”

      Added Marchand: “Him and Quaider know each other a bit from the minors and I think junior as well. They might have went at [it] there.”

      Marchand’s words corroborate Weise’s story, as he told reporters prior to Monday’s game that he was trying to fight McQuaid.

      Thornton expressed confusion by the play following the game, though he did suggest that Weise could have possibly been looking to fight McQuaid. Both players were given unsportsmanlike conduct minors for the ordeal.

      “Oh, he said ‘let’s go’,” Thornton said after the game. “I don’t know if he was talking to me or someone else but [referee Dan O'Rourke] heard him and [referee Don] VanMassenhoven heard him and that’s why he went with me I’m assuming. I mean, you’ll have to ask him. But Donny said, “wait until the puck drops” and I said “of course”. I heard him say ‘we’ll go’, maybe he was talking to McQuaid or I have no idea. But, I thought it was, obviously thought it was go time.”

      Thornton added Tuesday night on Comcast Sports Net that he wanted to fight Weise because he was among the players who jumped him when he was drastically outnumbered 3:54 into the game.”

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      • peanutflower
        January 11, 2012

        Thanks for this. It’s pretty interesting. I think Dale is trying really hard to be whatever the Canucks want him to be. He’s like that geeky guy that never gets it quite right. The hair is wrong or the shoes are wrong — you know… He’s taking way too much crap from everyone about this, PITB included (sorry guys) when really no one except the players on the ice themselves know exactly what was said or what transpired. I vote we give Dale a hall pass for the next little screw up. Deal?

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  30. jct
    January 8, 2012

    Yeah, I thought that 6 Canuckians jumping on 1 Bruin really showed great character!. 6 on 1. Classy!

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    • Stinkfinger
      January 8, 2012

      Boston has repeatedly invited all the other NHL teams to play like this. Whenever a team accepts the Bruins and their “Fans” complain.

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      • Harrison Mooney
        January 9, 2012

        You’re embarrassing yourself, Fig Newton. Not only are you using the same insults over and over, but you’re taking a regular season loss so seriously that we’re all just kind of laughing at you now.

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  31. George
    January 8, 2012

    Does this idiot really think the Bruins fans were chanting “Luongo” because they thought he was playing?? They were chanting his name because his tires were not pumped up enough to play in the biggest game of the year. Pathetic. Congrats to the the Canucks for a good win. If the Bruins don’t stay out of the penalty box the Canucks will beat them in the finals also. That is why Vancouver plays their annoying style. Drawing penalties is the key to success.

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  32. Frank
    January 8, 2012

    -Is there a trashier thing to do than throw tobacco on the ice? Oh yeah. How about rioting, flipping cars, and beating up fellow fans after a loss. I’m pretty sure people got stabbed with screwdrivers.

    -LaPierre went Airborne like he was Superman when 5 guys decided they could take Thornton in a fight. I’m not sure how that resulted in a 5 on 3. Haven’t seen a 5 on 1 like that since Rodney King.

    -Luongo doesn’t have the confidence to play in Boston. “Let him play in front of his family.” Really? The guy has all the talent in the world but fears that his fragile ego will get damaged by a big loss. Real Players get up for a game like that…have it circled on the Schedule and think about it the entire season. I guess his tires weren’t pumped enough to ride his bike to the game.

    -B’s lost, Canucks won. 2 points awarded. See you in the playoffs.

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    • Stinkfinger
      January 8, 2012

      Don’t try to embellish the violence that happened in downtown Vancouver after game 7. You could never embellish it enough to have it match the history of Boston violence. (Pot calling the kettle black)
      LaPierre/Thornton: The Canucks stood up for their teammatie just like the Boston team and their fans suggested so many times. Now you’re riduculing it? What do you want?
      Luongo – confidence/fragile ego? The coach decided to play the other goalie for this game. Did he personally tell you the reasons for his decision?
      Youse guys coming over here with your childish putdowns. I don’t get you. Canuck fans aren’t wasting their lives doing the same on other cities online papers.

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  33. Boo Ellis
    January 8, 2012

    It looks like you’re the “uninformed” one. You actually think Boston fans didn’t know Luongo wasn’t in net? It made the chant even MORE effective that they were making fun of the fact that his coach didn’t have the guts to start him in Boston.

    Blogboy, you have a long way to go to even be considered in the same league as Boston fans. It’s funny that you don’t even have the ability to comprehend what they were doing and why. You have to dismiss something because you don’t understand it. Very weak.

    Also, take an ESL class. Your spelling and grammar sucks.

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  34. iddoitagn
    January 8, 2012

    Well, at least it was probably safe to walk the Vancouver streets last night, eh? Yes, you got 2 points. And we still have the Cup.

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  35. Cathylu
    January 8, 2012

    I shouldn’t have come back to read more comments. The Boston trollers have made my blood pressure reach dangerous levels.

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    • Frank
      January 8, 2012

      blog about it. it will make you feel better

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    • jct
      January 9, 2012

      you should slash someone then run back to the safety of your bench or pehaps get 5 others to jump 1 B’s fan – you’ll feel better – stay classy, Canucks :)

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  36. BS
    January 8, 2012

    You forgot to mention just how poorly the defense played. They gave the puck away so many time without being forced to I lost count but there must have been at least 10 give aways in the second period. Assuming they meet again in the playoffs the canucks will need to bring the same game but tougher and with far fewer giveaways.

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    • BS
      January 8, 2012

      Forgot to mention its no wonder Lapierre doesnt fight much. He couldnt even handle Campbell. If your going to run your mouth you should at least be capable of taking on a guy you have 6 inches and 40 lbs on. Even funnier was Weisse. He is supposed to be the muscle and then backs down but still gets a penalty. You arent on the team because they like the way you skate. Play your role or go back to the farm

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      • JDM
        January 8, 2012

        Weise isn’t “muscle”. He’s the only guy on the team who fights but he doesn’t do that much and when he does he’s not that good at it. He’s there because he can actually play a checking role and occasionally contribute offensively. In no way should the guy be described as an enforcer. The Canucks do not have an enforcer.

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        • Harrison Mooney
          January 8, 2012

          No. He’s our top-line winger.

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      • Harrison Mooney
        January 8, 2012

        Actually, Weise *is* on the way team they like the way he skates. They waived a bigger guy for him.

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      • stathead
        January 8, 2012

        Why, actually? If you’re going to run your mouth you should be prepared to back it up by fighting… no, I don’t think so. Running your mouth to upset the opponents and put them off their game is a skill and a legitimate hockey tactic. And it doesn’t risk the health of elite athletes. I like it better than bad hits; I even prefer it to fighting.

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  37. Ibitz
    January 8, 2012

    There is a criminal organization known as the NHL Officials Association (www.NHLOFFICIALS.com and they have a comment form….

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  38. Stanley Cup
    January 8, 2012

    So you won the game. How many Stanley Cups have you won?

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    • Harrison Mooney
      January 8, 2012

      This is the worst absurd taunt I’ve ever heard. Your goalie’s hair is dirty!

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      • stathead
        January 8, 2012

        Maybe next time they’ll really go for the jungular “Your goalie’s hair is dirty and could use a trim!”

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    • Stinkfinger
      January 8, 2012

      Only one I’m afraid. But we’ve had a fantastic team for years now. We’re enjoying watching it build into a serious contender again. Why, are you worried about something?

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  39. bluelinewrister
    January 8, 2012

    I think the players around the league should start a new thing: every time they play Boston, and a boston player gets in their face, they should just called them “tough guy”. Every player, “good job, tough guy” “nice punch, tough guy” “great slash, tough guy”.

    Pack mentality toughness, what a joke.

    It would be awesome. I’d say that just the Canucks should do it, but we don’t play them again this year.

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    • Your a Tub of Goo
      January 8, 2012

      Pack mentality toughness, from a fan of the team who fights 6 on 1! Irony…

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      • Stinkfinger
        January 8, 2012

        Hey, YOU started it!

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  40. Matt
    January 8, 2012

    Funny analysis. I was sitting in the row with the guy who started the Luongo chant. We kept watching Luongo on the bench smile and laugh at it. Guess you missed the joke and jab at Luongo’s pride. Guess you also missed Burrow jab Thorton in the throat with his stick to start the festivities, many on the Canuck’s bench grab Thorton or the apparent biting of Lucic by Burrow that made him go balistic, shrugging off Canucks to get back at Burrows. Too bad, you missed all the good stuff. Congratualtions on the 2 points, we’ll look forward to seeing the Hawks in June.

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    • kim
      January 8, 2012

      Think about it. We have a BACKUP that beat your team. The backup. If we don’t want to play our 10 million dollar goalie we don’t have to because our BACKUP beat your team.

      Yes, we’ll see you in June with our BACKUP that beat your team.

      Geez. You trolls are tedious.

      And why shouldn’t Luongo be smiling. He’s going to give his bank account and gold medal a hug while you’re saying “would you like fries with that”.

      Epic st00pid. I demand better trolls.

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      • Bruins
        January 8, 2012

        By the time June rolls around your team will be golfing and your BACKUP will have been traded.

        All credit to the MA native for playing a very good game, he bettered the best goalie on the planet. And Thomas played well for the most part, just not at his SCF winning level. Most of the time when a team gives up 4 PP goals on 11 penalty kills that team is not going to win.

        By the way our BACKUP goalie LEADS the NHL in GAA and Save % and would beat your $10 million man just as badly as Timmy did last year – see comments regarding “pumping tires”. No excuses the Canucks or their fans make for why Luongo didn’t get the start will change the general consensus among MOST NHL fans that the Bruins are in his head and he is a loser for not DEMANDING to play.

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        • kim
          January 8, 2012

          Congrats in order for the funniest troll post today!

          A couple of questions:

          - Doesn’t bettering the best mean that they are now the best?
          - Last I looked hockey was a team game and demanding something is not really team behavior is it? You don’t do anything with other people, do you?

          Compared to your compatriots, this was coherent so at least thanks for that.

          Glad you have your finger on the pulse of “most” NHL fans. I’ll come to you to get the skinny on what fan consensus is next time. Where’s your blog or column? What?

          Oh. Nevermind.

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          • Bruins
            January 9, 2012

            I’ll answer your questions then change course a little since I’ve read a bunch more posts prior to writing this.

            If you choose to believe that bettering the best in ONE game gives Cory Schneider the title of best, so be it. We’ll have to agree to disagree on that one. I believe that consistent excellence (with 2 Vezinas, 1 Conn Smythe, 1 Stanley Cup in 4 years to back it up – and a Vezina for the Bruins BACKUP mixed in there) makes one the best at their craft. No doubt, Schneider played great and got the benefit of 4 PP goals whereas Thomas played well and his PP and PK failed him. I’ll still take the goaltending tandem in Boston over ANY OTHER current tandem in the league, without question, and I reckon most NHL fans would love to have Thomas/Rask over their team’s current tandem.

            Hockey IS very much a team sport. A team sport played by individuals with egos and intense amounts of drive, passion and pride. The goalie in question used to DEMAND to play so often that he played over 70 games for at least 3 years of his professional career. So much so, that his coach had to publicly state that it was time to stop letting the inmates run the asylum. So, it would not be out of the question for him to go to his coach and say “this one is mine”. I don’t think that behavior is detrimental to the team and it would have offered Luongo the chance at a redemption of sorts. Whether he or anyone else believes he needs it or not, it’s still proven he CANNOT WIN in the Garden in a big game (he is 4-8-1-1 overall in his career in Boston 0-3-0 in the most important 3 games he’s played there).

            If you must know something about me personally, since you decided to try to insult me. I do plenty of “things” with other people both professionally and socially and am widely regarded in my profession as a “team player” and I am rather certain my friends and family all like me quite a bit and find me to be an agreeable sort. I appreciate that you must take jabs at me personally based on two paragraphs I wrote in response to your assessment of a BACKUP goalie winning a hockey game. Not to mention you make the insinuation in your original post that all Bruins fans are working the drive-thru at McDonalds (kind of a classless statement on your part as you don’t know any of us), while your over-rated $10million goaltender is hugging “his bank account and gold medal”. btw our goaltending TANDEM that is far and away better than Luongo (statistically speaking) are paid less or about the same (total) than Luongo.

            Ooooh, you got me again!!!! I don’t write a blog, nor do I write a column. I do, however, read multiple hockey news sources, listen to radio from different hockey markets and generally pay attention to what goes on around the league from the perspective of both fan blogs and hockey journalists. I am also one of the few Bruins fans that finds Jack Edwards insufferable, so I think that lends a little credibility my way! What I notice around the league is that the Canucks are hated by many. So much so that citizens of Canada (especially those without allegiance to an NHL team) were rooting AGAINST a Canadian team in the SCF despite the fact that all of Canada wants a Cup win for the country, it has been since 1993 after all. Your team is arrogant, that’s why they’re hated. The arrogance appears to be founded on an incredible amount of skill combined with winning…. oh yeah, a couple of Hart and Art Ross trophies, a President’s trophy and coming in 2nd place in the big tournament… Confidence is one thing, arrogance is another – arrogance is an ugly trait.

            On to other topics…

            I will never call the Bruins saints, and yes the Marchand hit was a bad/dirty hit. Not a clipping penalty, though, watch again the hit was above the knee area. The Canucks cannot claim to be so saintly either** (statistical proof to follow). They have done many of the same things to our team and others around the league – some of these examples include players that don’t play for the Canucks anymore… Ballard or Bieksa- I don’t remember which on McGinn, O’Brien spearing Avery (and anything bad that happens to Avery is okay with me) when both players are on the BENCHES, Raffi Torres elbow on Eberle, Torres elbow on Seabrook in last year’s playoffs, Hanson on McQuaid and on Ference, Burrows spearing Mark Staal in the groin, Burrows biting Bergeron, Hamhuis on Lucic (where Hamhuis got injured), Lapierre running multiple people and not having the stones to back it up, Raymond’s hit on Marchand in the playoffs, etc. Your coach claims that his team only plays between the whistles and the Bruins hack, cross check, etc after the whistle, yet the whole melee began on Saturday with FIVE Vancouver players jumping on ONE Bruin AFTER the whistle.(EVERY team face washes, cross checks, hacks at sticks, etc after the whistle the Canucks are NO different.) That play all started because “Bites McGee” Burrows gave Paille a little tap on the ankles, Shawn Thornton saw it and gave Burrows a little tap – then Burrows HAD to go one step farther and purposely lifted his stick to Thornton’s throat level – I don’t think he actually speared him, but since when is that honorable behavior in the NHL? Not to mention the diving! Watch this video for proof – and a definite chuckle for non-Canuck fans. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8l2ucJ-62s In the end, I don’t buy the Canucks’ high and mighty attitude like they’re “cleaner” than anyone else, especially coming from a coach that openly makes veiled comments about players on other teams “getting theirs”.

            I haven’t even gotten to Weise. He was jawing with Thornton the whole time they were both in the penalty box after the melee, clearly there was conversation about a future bout in the game with Thornton. Then before the puck drop they’re talking and Weise shakes his gloves before the drop, usually a signal of “yeah, I’ll go”, then backs away when Thornton drops his gloves after the puck drop and has the audacity to skate BEHIND his teammates. That is cheap and classless hockey. At least the refs made the right call there. Lapierre actually stood up for himself (kind of), kudos, except all he did was hold Campbell and make him dance in circles the whole time. Campbell may be the Bruins most under-rated physical player, he digs in corners, hits, takes hits, blocks shots, fights when necessary and has been doing so with a pretty badly broken foot for about a month. Burrows still refuses to answer for his actions, no surprise.

            While Marchand will likely be deservedly suspended for his actions the other day (my guess is the max 5 games for a phone call hearing), he will also be the first to drop the gloves with any player the Canucks want to send at him to “pay” for what he did the next time these two teams play. May have been a dirty hit, but standing up for himself is not the action of a dirty player. Dirty players don’t stand up for themselves (see: Alexandre Burrows and Maxim Lapierre – who has a history of this behavior well before he joined the Canucks). I suspect he’ll learn his lesson this time and you’ll see a different Marchand after this suspension. He usually responds well to being benched.

            I have read a lot of the posts here, I for one am not upset about the loss. It’s two points in January. What I am noticing is that the Canucks fan base seems to have an inflated sense of their team based on this one win, with their BACKUP in goal (because their # 1 is too fragile to play a regular season game at the site where 3 epic failures occurred last June). Boston played an undisciplined game and shot themselves in the foot. We can quote as many stats as we want that the Bruins were the better team even strength (indisputable fact) and our PP and taking bad penalties killed us. The fact of the matter is these two teams are VERY evenly matched, so you won’t hear me saying the Canucks suck, etc. Here are some stats to back that up: Goals scored: Bruins 1st; Canucks 3rd. Fewest goals allowed: Bruins 1st; Canucks 8th. Penalty minutes: Bruins 3rd; (wait for it) Canucks 4th** (statistical proof). Last 9 games 5-4 Bruins; including the 3-1 win we had in Vancouver last regular season. The Canucks won the game Saturday by one goal- a game in which they had 11 PPs had to kill 7 penalties and one of our worst shootout player got a penalty shot and couldn’t lift it over Schneider’s glove- had a 5 on 3 advantage for a two full minutes and managed to goad the Bruins into playing undisciplined hockey plus the Bruins top two left wings were ejected from the game (one of whom, was absolved by the NHL after the game – so he should not have been ejected). Good for the Canucks, I highly doubt they’ll meet again in the finals – as I said I believe the Canucks will be golfing by then, but if they do I can guarantee the Bruins will not play so undisciplined and will showcase (once again) that they have the size, speed, skill and physicality to beat the Canucks in a seven game series.

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      • Matt
        January 8, 2012

        Congrats! Your backup earned 2 points. Oh, and we pay Thomas half what Luongo gets paid. Yup, you’re the smart ones here. The rest of our money went to filling the cup with champagne.

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        • kim
          January 8, 2012

          Noted diversion attempted, no answer to questions.

          Clumsy fallback to “we da winners”.

          1/10 on troll o meter.

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          • Matt
            January 8, 2012

            Alright, since you insist. It only matters if you beat the best when it matters, as in the final. To your second question, yes, hockey is a team sport. Thank you for clarifying our confusion. But, what type of team do you have when your top guy doesn’t want to play? Corey was “surprised” he got the start. This suggests that Luongo was not exactly lobbying for the start.

            Please do keep taking notes.

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            • kim
              January 8, 2012

              Ah, the goalposts they be a moving. Now it’s only for the playoffs. Gotcha.

              Do you have a cite/link to where Luongo said “I don’t want to play”? I’d really love to see it.

              If Luongo wasn’t lobbying for the start then wouldn’t the opposite of “surprised” happen when he didn’t get the start?? I’d be “surprised” if Luongo was trumpeting his desire and need to play and he didn’t.

              Logic and linear thinking aren’t your friends, are they?

              Quit while you are way behind, son.

              And bless your heart.

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    • Stinkfinger
      January 8, 2012

      You’re a bold face liar, tough guy.

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  41. Stinkfinger
    January 8, 2012

    Dave, you still here? The announcement of the rescinded penalty came while we were still watching the game. When in the history of the NHL have you ever heard of an NHL announcement that an officials call and the resulting penalty has been rescinded while the game is still being played? It’s just not done. Now, really; where did it come from?

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  42. peanutflower
    January 8, 2012

    Dang, I came back to read what I thought were going to be 20 new and intelligent comments of the usual sort we see on PITB. I should have figured that Boston “fans” used the intervening 24 hours to find PITB and latch on. Shit. They should just stick to that MSNBC Garrett or Garrity or whatever guy. He lives in the same world.

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    • stathead
      January 8, 2012

      Same! I hope we can get back to the moderate comments minus the rage for the future! It’s part of why I love the site.

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  43. Dave
    January 8, 2012

    Stinkfinger.. In case you don’t know how to scroll up and read the replies from the first time you asked the question….. here it is again:

    From NHL.com = “The Game Misconduct penalty assessed to Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic during NHL Game #598 this afternoon in Boston has been rescinded, National Hockey League Senior Vice President and Director of Officiating Terry Gregson announced today.
    Lucic was assessed a Game Misconduct 3:54 into the first period for violating National Hockey League Rule 70.1 – Leaving the Bench. However, a video review of the incident revealed that Lucic did not leave the bench to join or start an altercation but rather had entered the ice legally over the boards and was about to step back onto the bench through the door when he changed course and joined a scrum.“The referees reacted to what they saw,” Gregson said. “The only player they saw coming from the bench area from either team was Lucic. But with the benefit of replay, we can see that Lucic had previously entered the ice over the boards legally to join the play and actually was contemplating stepping back onto the bench through the door when the altercation ensued.”

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    • Stinkfinger
      January 8, 2012

      Dear Dave
      Wanna buy some oceanfront property in Calgary?
      Why did they review that call and announce it during the game, ( not two hours after the game as a previous commentor stated)?
      Why did they review the call at all?

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  44. NormE
    January 8, 2012

    Mike Gillis sez it all …… ” dirty hit by a diry player ” ! ….. sounds irate to me.

    No comment on Tim Thomas butt-end / spear on Manny who was pushed into
    the crease by a Boston Dman ??? Canucks video guys should forward to Sheriff
    Shanny —- “deliberate intent to injure” ???

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    • Stinkfinger
      January 8, 2012

      They should have done a video review and handed Boston two penalties. I hear they can do that now.

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  45. sarah
    January 8, 2012

    Is this a PITB comment record?

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    • Harrison Mooney
      January 8, 2012

      No ma’am. We have a long way to go to pass this one: http://vansunsportsblogs.com/2011/06/12/on-stanley-cup-final-coverage-and-bias/

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      • peanutflower
        January 9, 2012

        yah, but most of the comments on this particular post are really really dumb. I’m sort of upset that somehow idiots of every flavour found PITB. It’s good for page reads, I know, but still…

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  46. Kate
    January 8, 2012

    Nice post! That hit on Sami was horrible, and Julien’s comments about taking runs at guys were so stupid, riiight because Sami Salo is always taking cheap runs at your players? The boston fans posting here must have a lot of time on their hands, I’m not sure if I’ve ever bothered to go look at anything written by Boston fans, for Boston fans.

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    • Katie
      January 8, 2012

      Then you don’t know what you are missing out on. I haven’t laughed this much since Luongo got pulled for the 2nd time in the SCF.
      And I don’t think we are alone with having a lot of free time on our hands…

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      • Kate
        January 8, 2012

        I have no problem with intelligent comments from fans of other teams, but sorry, judging from many of these comments you guys didn’t bring much new or insightful to the table. Why take the time to piss off another fan base? I am aware Canucks fans do this too and I find it equally stupid. Also you haven’t laughed really hard since June? Yikes.

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        • kim
          January 8, 2012

          So beyond being st00pid and not having your talking points in order you also have multiple voices in your head that you’re having a conversation with??

          At least you’ll have a chance at winning the argument.

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        • stathead
          January 8, 2012

          Agreed – we don’t like vitriol form other teams’ fans on this site, or from our own either! Hope we can keep this for moderate hockey fans of all colours, who like the beauty in the game and can appreciate good plays from all different teams!

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  47. Matt
    January 8, 2012

    Shrug. A lot of emotion here. Your Burrows is our Marchand. Both play on the edge. Both take cheap shots. Burrows spears Thorton in the throat, marchand clips Salos. Don’t believe you have the higher ground, it was that arrogance that lost the cup for you. As for backups, based on stats this year our backup beat the Canucks in June. If you make it to the final again maybe you’ll finally see Rask. Will we see Luongo?

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    • Daniel Wagner
      January 8, 2012

      I’m sorry, but Burrows poking Thorton with one hand on his stick from over 5 feet away is not a spear. It’s also not equivalent to hitting a guy across the knees: that can end a career. Poking Thorton only hurt his feelings.

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      • Matt
        January 8, 2012

        So Burrows does not take cheap shots? He does not dive? He does not run his mouth? He does not bite players? Please. You must be watching the game through a neon green body suit.

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        • Daniel Wagner
          January 8, 2012

          Sure, Burrows runs his mouth and dives. He’s pulled a guy’s hair before and almost certainly bit Patrice Bergeron’s finger. He has never, however, tried to destroy another player’s knees. He’s never gone headhunting on a bodycheck. He’s a pain in the ass, absolutely, but he doesn’t go out on the ice to hurt people.

          There’s a difference.

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          • kim
            January 8, 2012

            You’re wasting the commodity of “perspective” here. To these idiots ending someone’s career is on par to being a PITA.

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            • Bruins
              January 9, 2012

              Really? Have you ever heard of Marc Savard or Cam Neely? Not to mention Patrice Bergeron nearly had his career ended by a cheap shot boarding hit. I think Bruins fans have had plenty of opportunities to gain the commodity of perspective about career ending injuries. The Canucks’ and their fans’ holier-than-thou attitude knows no boundaries- speaking of career ending- how about that Todd Bertuzzi hit on Steve Moore…

              This does not change the fact that Burrows is a pest of the worst variety because he constantly runs his his mouth, dives, bites, hacks and cross checks others, yet he refuses to defend his actions on the ice and will back down from a fight 95% of the time. As Canuck fans you are really going to defend Burrows for attempting to make sure Marc Staal can’t have kids (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7eLPPUaL18&sns=em) or cross checking Brisebois to the face (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7dTbhSCjBY&sns=em) (a form of “headhunting” if you will) by saying he didn’t go for the knees? That’s a load of crap. That they aren’t career threatening hits doesn’t justify the actions.

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    • Mike Edelman
      January 10, 2012

      The real reason Vancover fans are upset is that we do it better. Vancouver wishes they were the rough, physical team that we were. If they were they would have won the Stanley Cup last year.

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  48. tj
    January 8, 2012

    This comments section is pretty much emblematic of the Boston v. Vancouver rivalry: Boston hits with thuggish bafoonery, and Vancouver hits back with jabs and cleverness.

    Thanks, Bruins trolls, for bringing it to this level and showing the true difference between the teams. It’s been most entertaining.

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    • iddoitagn
      January 8, 2012

      And like last June, Boston wins.

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    • Matt
      January 8, 2012

      I love Vancouver fans, always trying to build themselves up. You’re good guys. Your team may have learned something while in Boston. You practiced at Harvard, hung out with some Boston College guys, and took a few lessons on physics just across the river from MIT. Yes, you’re good sports.

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    • Katie
      January 8, 2012

      Yes! It has been most entertaining! Especially that part about how Canuck fans are “clever”. Omg, I may laugh about that one all week!

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      • tj
        January 8, 2012

        Sheesh, did you really just read ‘jabs’ and interpret that as something positive?? There must be more Bruins fans out there with a sense of irony, humour and objectivity. We have our fair share of fans lacking in wit, but they tend to spray their caca at other blogs. How did all you Boston Bruins fans find PITB, anyway?

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    • TJ Need's Spell Check
      January 8, 2012

      Hey TJ, the word is Buffoon not baffoon…maybe you should take your own advice you were giving ‘Goo’ above.

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    • Mike Edelman
      January 10, 2012

      Jabs of cleverness, lighting your city on fire… same difference.

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    • Mike Edelman
      January 10, 2012

      Who needs Tim Thomas when you guys can just pump your own tires?

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  49. Katie
    January 8, 2012

    Um, no, but I didn’t think it was funny either so why would I laugh about that?
    We just follow the scent of Canuck “caca”.

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    • tj
      January 8, 2012

      And there is my initial point proved: I asked a civil question and the response is to slug back.

      It’s like talking to bricks.

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  50. Sami
    January 8, 2012

    Mason Raymond, Jedi or Sith?
    Would make for an entertaining blog topic :)

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  51. hockey101
    January 8, 2012

    Are you Canuck fans for real? The Marchand hit is exactly the same hit Dan Hamhuis put on Milan Lucic in the Finals last year!! Why wasn’t anybody screaming then about dirty play. What a joke…keep talking Canuck fans. I can hear the fear in your voices still. This is hockey. See youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIa81l1FsT0

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  52. sarah
    January 8, 2012

    I, for one, can’t wait to read the similarly volatile comment thread that follows Monday’s Panther’s game…

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  53. gumby
    January 8, 2012

    Holy sh*t what a tiresome thread this turned into. Fig Newton, what are you, like, 14 years old? Get a grip, man, you’re an embarrassment to yourself. You’ve been at this all day!

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    • gumby
      January 8, 2012

      Sure thing. Its a cry for help, obviously.

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    • gumby
      January 8, 2012

      Plus the time difference,it’s like 2 am for you! Go to bed! Do you not have a job to get to?

      Seriously, get help. This is not healthy.

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  54. HockeyFan
    January 8, 2012

    Sami Salo, I really wish you a speedy recovery. It was unfortunate that you had to be the one to take such a dirty, nasty hit.

    In my view, you proved one thing..that you’re a classy player: You threw your stick in disgust AWAY from Marchand. IF the roles were reversed, Marchand would have thrown his stick TOWARDS you.

    And we all hope the NHL comes down hard on players like Marchand, but let’s face it. As long as Daddy Campbell is a bigwig in the NHL, the Bruins will never be held accountable for their actions (ie. Chara hit on Pacioretty, Lucic hit on Miller etc etc.)

    To the Bruins and Bruins fans: you know the NHL won’t punish your dirty players but sooner or later, the injury bug will bite.

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    • Stinkfinger
      January 9, 2012

      I guess that’s it then. The Canucks beat the Bruins. Bruins fans are irrate and manning up by callling the Canucks and their fans names. That really hurt.

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  55. HMIC
    January 9, 2012

    Watch this and then call for Marchand’s head. – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFQEaZh-OFc&feature=player_embedded

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  56. Todd L
    January 9, 2012

    You got the Boston crowd wrong, re. Luongo. They were NOT uninformed. They were taunting Luongo (Boston likes to taunt by shouting the player’s last name) because he didn’t have the stones to play the game in Boston, and deferred to the local guy. You think Thomas would have deferred if given the choice? Hell no! P.S. Bostonians do not “secretly like” Luongo. They despise spineless players like him, and lump him in with the likes of ARod and Bill Lambier (I’ll explain who Lambier is in a later post).

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  57. Ted Shred
    January 9, 2012

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  58. klbhen
    January 9, 2012

    Nice to see somethings never change; Canuck Fans Whining. Do not get to excited about winning this one though, the next time the calls may not be so “bad”. First of all, it has already been determined that Lucic was on the Ice, so he never should have received any penalty, never mind a Game Misconduct. Secondly, When did they stop teaching Human Anatomy in Canada? For a “clipping” to occour the hit needs to be at the Knees or below the Knees. Marchands hit was clearly ABOVE the Knees. He should have received a 2 minute penalty for Interference, sine neither him of Sami had touched the Puck. Also…I suggest that all you Vancouver Fans, go back and look at the Tape from the Lucic call. The only Team with too many men on the Ice was Vancouver….Let here your comments on Hedin, taking some shots and jumping on to the bench. Look at the Tape… There are 5 Canucks already in the Pile. So Shut up already……………..

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    • shoes
      January 10, 2012

      3 things for you to work on spanky

      a) hockey knowledge for beginners
      b) spelling
      c) get that gaping lower jaw to somehow stay up.

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  59. CanuckFanInSF
    January 9, 2012

    I am so sick and tired of the anti-Canuck rhetoric being perpetrated in the media and forums.

    It’s a no-win situation. Let’s just toil away, team.

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  60. iceman
    January 9, 2012

    Phew! It took me a while to read through all the comments, including those made by Bruins trolls which smell like a rotten fish in a back alley dumpster.

    Seriously, we had that one troll who also fell in love with this blog and couldn’t keep himself away. Now we got a bunch of the same morons on this IWTG alone. Should we take this as a sign of recognition or am I being too nice?

    “Hi Bruins trolls, welcome to PITB, the most intelligent, rational and dignified hockey blog of the world. Please enjoy responsibly… Eh, never mind. Please leave and be sure to pick up your brains out of the toilet bowl on your way out… even though that’s where they should belong.”

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  61. Mike Edelman
    January 10, 2012

    You think Hendrik dislikes the Bruins because their fans are “uninformed”? Did you watch the Stanley Cup finals last year or the riots that followed in Vancouver? I think it’s pretty clear why Hendrik does’t like the Bruins and that Vancouver fans are in no position to talk.

    Of course Boston knew who was in net. They were making fun of Luongo because he was terrible in the finals and then complained that Tim Thomas didn’t “pump his tires” enough when he was losing.

    Labeling Boston fans as “uninformed” and being outraged over the Marchand hit is hypocrisy as it’s finest. You guys lost, get over it.

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    • Harrison Mooney
      January 10, 2012

      Speaking of uninformed: um, no, you guys lost. This article is about last Saturday’s game, not the Stanley Cup final.

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  62. SRR
    January 10, 2012

    Have to clear this up because the point has been made several times and it’s wrong. The B’s fans are very well informed – they knew very well that Luongo was on the bench and directed their chants towards him on the bench. Corey Schneider is well know and loved in Boston – no needed criticizing the knowledge of Boston fans. There is no better informed hockey fans in North America

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    • shoes
      January 10, 2012

      have you read any of the posts from Bruins fans here?

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  63. pbfoot
    January 10, 2012

    Wake up and smell the coffee , the Bruins play hard hockey the Canucks do not. You have a very effete team led by thelma and louise , Why are the Canucks the most hated team in hockey. Its not about the skill level which is good but about playing hockey like a South American soccer team . The announcer must take his cues from Les Nesman

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    • peanutflower
      January 10, 2012

      that is just, like, so original.

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    • shoes
      January 10, 2012

      You sound very stupid. Are you? And no this is not a trick question, so answer carefully.

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  64. Waepstone
    January 11, 2012

    >> And finally, as you may know, Mason Raymond is slowly turning evil … This was an indication that there’s still some good in him, but he’s perilously close to fully crossing over to the dark side. It would be foolish at this point to name him as a representative of the Jedi council.

    Briliant and YES! Finally someone else see the resemblance to Anakin! He’s upset about a call he creepily resembles a Jedi who broods over how annoying sand is!

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