So someone tells me after the game that the Bruins beat us 5-on-5 and if not for penalties we would have lost 3-0. After smacking my wife up-side the head I explained to her that when Boston deserves to be in the box for 50 minutes of a 60 minute game, and winds up shorthanded for 20+ minutes, what choice did the Canucks have?
1. The win, obviously. More importantly: it was in
2. The PP. Exposed the Bruins for being thugs and showed everyone what happens when Boston is kept (somewhat) in check by the officiating. I loved that we moved the puck quickly, picked our shooting lanes, and didn't try too much fancy BS.
3. Schneider. Great game. Hung out to dry by Hamhuis on the 3rd goal, caught off guard by the waived off icing on the 2nd goal, beat clean on the first goal. R-O-B-B-E-D Paille on the penalty shot.
4. Team effort, good push back, played strong hockey and weren't intimidated. This was a good example of how these teams match up when Vancouver is not hampered with multiple players playing through pretty tough injuries.
5. Hodgson. He is really rounding out as a player.
1. The officiating. While we did get 11 PP opportunities, like I said Boston deserved to be in the box for at least 50 minutes of that game. After nearly every faceoff, it seemed, the Boston center would hack or deliver a decent cross-check to the Vancouver player.....didn't matter who won the draw. That is part of hockey, but the Bruin's play went beyond that. When we lost a draw in the Bruin's end, or tried to win it forward, on the PP to start the 3rd period, Daniel was totally interefered with as he tried to move after the puck. No call. His stick gets slightly tied up with a Boston player on the first faceoff stoppage following Hodgson's goal and there is an instant makeup call that kills our PP. Did Seidenberg even get a penalty for his hit on Ebbet? Elbow to the head? Regardless of intention, the new rules put the owness on the hitter and that was a prime example.
2. Even strength. Boston is indeed the team to beat in the NHL when it comes to 5-on-5 hockey. Their size and strength was never more obvious than when they were pressuring our 3rd and 4th lines on the forecheck. Whenever they gained the zone, regardless of which Canuck line was out, once they setup there was no moving them off the puck and we were forced to simply clear the zone or hope for a faceoff win to move out. The Bruin's weren't dirty when it came to that, they were simply stronger. I often saw a Canuck throw a hit only to bounce off and Boston keep control of the play.
All-in-all this was a great game to watch, I am still feel bad for any team that meets Boston in the playoffs. Nobody can match their size, strength, and intimidation tactics 5-on-5. Come the post-season the officials put the whistles away and the Bruins are allowed to run amok.
Thornton's post-game comment about Burrows.....
"I just wanted to let him know I was there after he slashed one of our guys on the way to the bench, he turns around and spears me in the throat."
"It's just too bad that they have 7 players on the ice and we lose one of our guys to a game misconduct." (roughly)
LMAO! What a moron.
Chara is a pussy. I have never seen him try to intimidate anyone who is remotely close to his size. When Boogaard was still playing Chara wouldn't go near him. The only people that loser goes after are guys he has 40 or more pounds on.
I liked the way Thomas handled himself today. When he got tied up with Burrows, and when Vancouver tied it up with Burrows screening, he didn't complain. Both times there was nothing to be called. Both times Burrows was in the clear. Thomas seemed to recognize it and just take his "lumps".
Up until today I still liked Marchand for his tenacious play and effort. No more. It's at the point with Boston now where Shannahan needs to show up at the next team meeting and inform their roster that the magnifying glass is now fixed over their heads (never gonna happen, I know). So long as the Stanley Cup champions are allowed to be an embarrassment to the game of hockey with their consistent lack of respect, honor, and sportsmanship, the NHL looks like a joke. If I'm Sami Salo there, my reaction after that hit is frustration rooted in the fact that this latest injury occurred because the NHL has TOTALLY FAILED at enforcing the rules and keeping the game clean.