Well, that was interesting, wasn’t it? I tell you what, the Bruins deserved their win. Let me tell you though, as a Canuck fan, I am not that worried. It was bad. But its one game.
Here’s why. The Bruins are entirely focussed on this finger thing. That won’t sustain anything more than this game, because its a stupid thing to draw motivation from. And because the NHL will be talking to them about their childish antics with it. I mean, come on. Recchi with a mean spirited and violent poke in Lapierre’s face, fine. But Lucic, and a few others did it all night. Grow up and play hockey. Once is a message. You can bet the NHL was not amused.
There were Bruins all over the ice taking runs at heads. Do not be too worried by this beatdown Canuck fans. I posit that they just shot their load.
The refs let them get away with it. I will be aghast if they let the game descend into goon show antics and let that happen again. It was a sad, sad ad for the NHL. The Canucks tried to stand up to it, but when refs are doing things like giving Daniel Sedin a misconduct for a run at the head by Ference, you know its not your night. He did nothing and got 10. It was indicative of the level of non excellence for the guys in stripes tonight. Albeit a tough game for them to call. The NHL needs to address it though. Every shift, the Bruins could have been sent to the box for a variety of slewfoots, elbows, slashes and the like. No one said it would be easy, and I know they let mroe go in the playoffs, but that kind of thing by one team more than the other is what they talk about getting out of the game. It cost one of their better players for the night, and longer.
That being said, I hope Horton is alright. The hit from Rome was late, and it was rightly called on him for that. But it was a great hit, as hits go. Horton should not be admiring the pass there. Late is late though, and if he gets suspended, he does.
The thing the Canucks might get more upset by is the ineptness of the power play. It cost them the game, when they had a chance. It prevented stopping the Bruins from even slowing down on the gong show antics, like it usually does.
No clips tonight folks, you inevitably saw the goals, and if not, go to NHL.com, they have awesome highlight packages. The Canucks were well and truly beaten tonight. But they were 0-0 after one period.
They had a very bad night on special team, and they let their goalie down. He might have made a save here or there to make this more respectable, but the team will be motivated for how they let their guy down. This was a total team loss, but honestly, I am not worried. I liked the fight back, and know from watching hockey that it is far from over for the Canadian team, just because the loss was so bad. Its still just one loss.
In a second period where the had a chance, the Canucks lost it on a lucky goal and a bad bounce on the first two. A tremendous play by Marchand shorthanded. They gave up two shorthanded goals. From there, it snowballed.
Tonight was not their night. I am OK with that. But if the refs won’t call it, expect Alain Vigneault to load up his line up for a war. Thats the way you want to play Claude? Fine. You better hope that everyone keeps their head up then. Because there will be a hornets nest, if I know the team I have followed all year. A shame. The game has a chance to show its best, but the Bruins know they need to goon it up to have a chance. Horton getting hurt is a result of that goonery. Thornton chirped the entire bench before that hit on Horton. He created that situation, in a game that was physical, but did not have an edge until he went after Burrow’s head, and then skated the bench.
Look for the Canucks to ignore the goonery antics, and the NHL to call the next one tighter. After that, it all depends on the power play. They could have put their team up tonight. Instead, they went 0 for 8, and gave up two short handed goals. Credit the Bruin penalty killers too.
But you did not see the best of the Canuck PP tonight. It will be the thing they talk about in the next one.
It better get back on track, or the Bruins may get back in this series. They made it a possibility tonight. That is all. Now, they need to answer the response coming from the Canucks. That response will include some anger. From the notes the broadcast showed Kris King furiously scribbling after another goon attempt by mainly the Bruins ( the Canucks did answer back, but these officials would not let them late. I mean, Torres was sent off for missing a check, and Kesler made a wonderful hit on Boychuk and was sent off for two as well. The reffing was not good. They let it get out of control.
I guess if I found the Lapierre thing funny ( and it was, the whole team laughed, on both sides ). This was manufactured as a “thing” by Julien. It got him a win. Do not expect Slapshot hockey on Wednesday. You can bet the supervisor meeting with the teams tomorrow will be all about that. I mean, the amount of slashes the Bruins did to backs of legs should be in the hundreds. Every shift. Its not something to giggle at and call “old time hockey”, CBC broadcasters.
Its a bit of an embarrassment for the NHL to be reduced to Slapshot come to life. Pretty sure they noticed and were not amused.