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Boston Bruins hope to retain momentum, tie series with villainous Vancouver Canucks

Jun 8, 2011, 7:24 PM EDT

Derrick Leger AP

If unbiased fans were sitting on the fence going into Game 3, it’s likely that the Aaron Rome late hit on Nathan Horton might have pushed them in one direction. Forgive the generalization, but it might be safe to say that the Vancouver Canucks will be seen as the villains while the Boston Bruins are likely the heroes by default going forward.

Of course, Game 4 could bring about all kinds of ugly situations from both teams that might swing things the other way. The word is that Canucks fans might be advised not to wear their team colors in Boston, although Milan Lucic thinks that ugly fan backlash is a two-way street. This series started off pretty rough for two teams that didn’t know each other particularly well, but the vitriol level is rising with each game.

Vancouver @ Boston (Versus) – 8 p.m. ET; Canucks lead series 2-1

It’s a good thing for Vancouver that cumulative scoring means nothing in the NHL playoffs. After winning two heart-stopping one-goal games at home, they were unceremoniously throttled 8-1 in Boston on Monday. Maybe it’s merely circumstantial, but it seems like the Canucks don’t play as well when the stakes are much lower for them than their opponents. (They were pretty lucky to beat San Jose in Game 5, too.)

With all the positive momentum for Boston, the brutal truth is that they still need to win Game 4 to really be “in” this series. They’ve been a scrappy bunch all playoffs long, but winning three out of four games against Vancouver might be their biggest test yet.

Let’s take a look at some of the best PHT content going into tonight’s game, then.

  1. deepthreat - Jun 8, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    I am a Bruins fan.
    Here is something from Chicago on the putrid Canucks.

  2. finerdetailz - Jun 8, 2011 at 8:22 PM

    How in the hell does Vancouver become the villain ? I’ve watched every playoff game and Boston is the biggest thug, cheap artists I’ve ever seen. The hit on Horton was karma. He’s the biggest arse hole I’ve in the playoffs. The fact he even got to play in game 7 of the playoffs against the lightning was ridiculous. After altercations with lightning fans he should have been suspended a game similar to what Tortella got suspended for. Plus the Bruins sucker punching our players is just another example of their thuggery. I’m not from Canada but I am openly rooting for the Canucks.. And the suspension Rome got was ridiculous. The first rule u learn in hockey is to keep your head up. The injury was his fault not Rome. The NHL got that one way wrong. I can see maybe one game but I’m not sure if that’s even fair. The NHL was weak in providing a suspension that was clearly driven by public reaction.

    • habsman - Jun 8, 2011 at 8:54 PM


      You have to understand:

      Sucker punching, slew footing, face washing, sticking fingers in your oponents mouth, flipping the finger at fans, hitting from behind, jamming your oponents face into stantions, etc……are all Legal in the state of Massachushits. They don’t understand any better.

      Just sit back and enjoy their ridiculous comments. Good for a laugh.

      • cannonblast14 - Jun 8, 2011 at 10:01 PM

        So sticking fingers in your opponents mouth is legal is Mass., are you saying its not somewhere else? How about biting a finger, is that legal?
        You honestly have the dumbest comments i have ever read.
        Mr. Habsman, what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.
        @finerdetailz You obviously wanted Vancouver to win from the beginning, as you said, so you cannot talk in any way of who is becoming the villain. Of course you do not think your own team is becoming the villain because you simply force yourself not to believe it. Let people that did not care who won coming into the series talk about who is becoming the villain. Ill just let you and habsman incoherently blabber on about nonsense for now on.

  3. habsman - Jun 8, 2011 at 10:23 PM


    I am writting this slowly in the hopes you will be able to comprehend.

    What I wrote above, which you claim to have “heard’, is called irony. Please feel free to “look it up”.

    And thank you sir for the valadation of my comments.

    • cannonblast14 - Jun 8, 2011 at 10:59 PM

      lol, its a quote from a movie dude. Billy Madison. Canadians…

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