Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault, whose team was outmuscled in the Stanley Cup finals, thought the Bruins were still too physical.
"Our guys played whistle to whistle," he said. "It's hard to play that way when the other team gets two or three extra (hits) in after the whistle."
Henrik Sedin put the Canucks ahead to stay at 19:47 after Marchand was given a game misconduct and a clipping penalty for upending Sami Salo with a low hit.
"It (also) happened last year in the playoffs," Henrik Sedin said.
"This isn't boxing," Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa said. "They're one of the biggest, strongest teams in the league, but it comes down to skill."
Per the Vancouver Sun...
Salo was so angry at the hit, which was assessed a major clipping penalty and game misconduct, that with his good arm he heaved his stick into the air before skating off.
Canuck general manager Mike Gillis was almost too angry to speak.
“You talk about unacceptable plays in hockey,” Gillis fumed. “That's clearly one. I'm not going to comment any further.”
“It's very, very cheap,” Canuck defenceman Kevin Bieksa said. “I can't think of a cheaper hit you can do on the ice. That and a slew-foot kind of go hand in hand. Twenty seconds before that, [Marchand] and Sami have a pretty good collision in the exact same spot. Sami probably gets the better of him. Then second time, Marchand comes back and loses his will and goes down low. A cheap shot from him, and I hope he gets a phone call from the league.”
This team flopped, dove, baited, and attacked a player 5 on 1. They then cried about Marchand--"It happened last year in the playoffs", "This isn't boxing"--while one of their players actually went lower on Campbell earlier in the game, hip checking him right at the knee.
I usually get fired up to watch the Bruins play teams I hate. If I never see this Vancouver team again, I would be completely satisfied. There is nothing redeemable, likeable, or enjoyable about watching Vancouver. Even Montreal isn't this bad, and that's obviously saying something. If their plane crashed on the way back to that shithole across the country, I'd feel no sympathy. Fuck you Vancouver.
Edited by Kenny F'ing Powers, 08 January 2012 - 09:50 AM.