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Video: Brad Marchand goes wild on Vancouver; Alex Burrows and Tim Thomas tussle

Jun 9, 2011, 12:20 AM EDT

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You knew Game 4 was going to see a bit more of the rough stuff between Boston and Vancouver one way or another. After all the insanity that we saw in Game 3 and all the chatter and sniping both teams were doing at each other things had to boil over in the midst of yet another Bruins beat down against the Canucks.

Sure enough we would see the usual suspects center around everything in the end of it all. It all started with just under 2:30 left to play in the third period and the Bruins ahead 4-0 when Brad Marchand would make his presence felt drawing a penalty for clotheslining Christian Ehrhoff. Marchand would touch the puck up to get the whistle for the penalty but not before dumping Daniel Sedin with a hip check that sent Sedin tumbling to the ice.

Marchand had his gloves off and ready to fight the oncoming Keith Ballard meanwhile Adam McQuaid jumped in to deal with Ehrhoff who tried to get involved with Marchand. You can never keep these two teams apart for too long. Marchand would receive three minor penalties on the play getting one each for roughing, tripping, and holding. Keith Ballard also received a roughing minor while McQuaid got a ten minute misconduct.

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With Marchand going off like that it seemed like a very foolish move on his part. After all the game was virtually over with and now he’d given the Canucks a reason to be motivated in Game 5 to get back at them. Luckily for the Bruins, Alex Burrows still plays for Vancouver.

While the Canucks were on a four minute power play to close out the third period, Burrows parked himself in front of Tim Thomas and started having his own brand of fun. Burrows took a whack at Thomas’ stick trying to knock it out of his hands and when Burrows backed in a little closer to Thomas’ crease, Thomas chopped Burrows in the ankle with his stick. As you might expect, that didn’t sit too well and Burrows went after Thomas and the two exchanged blows while Ryan Kesler and Zdeno Chara came together to exchange pleasantries.

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Thomas received two minutes for slashing while Burrows got two for cross checking. Chara and Kesler came out worse for the penalty wear each receiving two for roughing and a ten minute misconduct. Burrows instigating that whole brouhaha effectively wipes the slate clean for nonsense as both teams and now they both have even more reasons for hating each other a little harder.

With Game 5 ahead on Friday night we can basically circle anyone and everyone for a potential scrum. And you thought everyone was going to play nicely.

  1. nhlbruins90 - Jun 9, 2011 at 12:49 AM

    I remember watching Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand being interviewed back in October – the two young rookies. All the attention was on the No. 2 pick obviously. Marchand barely got a notice. Who would have thought that Marchand would be man in June?

    This guy is something else. He’s a buzzsaw out there, and tonight he made life miserable for Thelma and Louise. Got them totally off their game from the first drop of the puck. Putting the points on the board, in spectacular fashion. Gotta love it.

    • Ralphie - Jun 9, 2011 at 6:58 AM

      No need to flatter the Sedin’s, Thelma and Louise were tough. Zsa Zsa and Eva is more fitting for those two.

      • shaqattaqer - Jun 9, 2011 at 7:33 AM

        Boston’s still going to lose this series, so laugh it up while you can.

      • hystoracle - Jun 9, 2011 at 4:12 PM

        The Bruins are outscoring Canucks 14-5 in the series, 12-1 in past two games. Canucks have scored more than 1 goal once in 4 games. Their power play is lifeless. Their defensive coverage is a mess. And Boston has the better goaltender (without question.)
        It will take a drastic turn around for Vancouver to even win one more game in this series. If they don’t win game 5 forget it. Boston can laugh at your team all they want. I see no fight in the Canucks.

        The Lightning gave the Bruins a much better a more even series than the Canucks. They stood toe-to-toe and lost by one goal in a awesomely played (both ways) game 7. lightning gave up 5 goals in one period and came out the next and almost stole the game. Canucks give up three just wilt. No heart. No will.

    • govtminion - Jun 9, 2011 at 9:09 AM

      Marchand is a Bruin. I dont’ mean he wears a black and yellow jersey- I mean he fits the style the Bruins are known for- physical, tough, fiery. What a great addition to the roster he’s been- here’s hoping he stays around for many years to come.

      Interesting, isn’t it? When the season started, we wondered whether Tyler Seguin might be a Calder winner at the end of the season. He ended up not being the best rookie on his own squad!

  2. ripit4u - Jun 9, 2011 at 7:25 AM

    Wow, did you see Burrows coverup after he was flipped by Seidenberg. It’s looked like he was being attacked by a bear!!!

  3. steve7921 - Jun 9, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    Thats the problem with the Canucks – they are cowards and the reason why they are so hated! The Bruins play the same brand of hockey..on edge, instigating at every opportunity. But the big difference is that the Bruins will stand up and fight not turtle or turn and run like pansies. I truly hate both teams but hope the Bruins can pull it out because I can’t stand cowards!

    • cannonblast14 - Jun 9, 2011 at 11:56 AM

      The reason the Canucks cannot cleanly keep up with the Bruins physically is because they have not done it all season. The Bruins are good and practiced at being physical and doing it cleanly. The Canucks have to change their style to do it and they do not do it cleanly simply because they are not used to doing it. They have relied on skill alone to get them to the finals, not physical on the edge, in your face to get them there like the Bruins.

      • govtminion - Jun 9, 2011 at 12:25 PM

        Very true. It’s two very different styles clashing here- finesse and skill vs. lunchbox smashmouth hockey. It seemed like Boston moved a little away from their M.O. during the first two games, but found themselves again after the Horton injury. I’ll be interested to see if they keep that pressure up in Vancouver now as well.

      • boston1962 - Jun 9, 2011 at 3:29 PM

        LMAO. Thanks for admitting that the Canucks are better skilled. Quit complaining that the Canucks are bringing the ‘dirty’ element to the game when you admit that we are ‘skill’ and you are ‘on the edge’! Don’t hate us cuz we’re beautiful.

      • cannonblast14 - Jun 9, 2011 at 5:56 PM

        @boston1962 The Canucks probably are more skilled…on paper. They have a goalie up for the Vezina, two top of the league NHL scorers, the deepest defensive group in the NHl, one of the deepest teams in the league, and one of the best all around lines in the NHL. But that isnt everything. Your best players have to show up and everyone has to work hard. Your vezina nominee is choking, your Sedins are no where to be found other than getting flipped by Marchand, and Burrows is too caught up in his biting business to know what the hell is going on.
        “Quit complaining that the Canucks are bringing the ‘dirty’ element to the game when you admit that we are ‘skill’ and you are ‘on the edge’” They bring the dirty element in because they are not used to the rough and tumble games. Boston has more of them and is better at being rough without being dirty. Thats how they play and thats why they can beat the Canucks. They have skill as well, plenty of it, but they are out skating and doing a better job of roughing the Canucks up than Vancouver is.

    • govtminion - Jun 9, 2011 at 4:25 PM

      I guess that’s one way of looking at what I said, boston1962. Thing is, I’m not getting into the ‘OMG your team suxxorz my guys are awesome woooooot!!!111one’ crap. I’m enjoying a tough series between two good hockey teams- and still maintain respect for what the Canucks bring to the table even as they face my team.

      So if you’d like to discuss the finer points of the differences between the two teams, I’d love to. And if you’d like to try to taunt me and make yourself continue to look like a raging idiot fanboy, by all means continue. You’re doing wonders for the impression that Canucks fans are intelligent, well-spoken, and knowledgeable fans, after all.

  4. ccslick - Jun 9, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Burrows is a punk and a sissy, he let Lucic bitch slap him and looked scared. His cheap shots have fired up the Bruins, which is the only way Bruins could beat themore talented Canucks. If Canucks lose its all on him and I would trade his a$$.

    • govtminion - Jun 9, 2011 at 1:02 PM

      Even speaking as a Bruins fan, it would have to be one hell of a trade offer that would make me want to trade Alex Burrows. Questionable moments in this series aside, he’s one of their five most important guys, along with Kesler, Luongo, and the Sedins in no particular order. It would be like the Capitals trading Backstrom, or the Bruins trading Krecji- not out of the question, but it had better be one seriously jaw-dropping offer.

  5. ryanmallettsbluntwrap - Jun 9, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    The things McQuaid would have done to Ehrhoff , look how scared he is when McQuaid has him like a little baby snake on the ice . If McQuaid hit him he would have broken his face , the best part of all of this , that Sedin is getting pushed around by a rookie .

    • nhlbruins90 - Jun 9, 2011 at 4:44 PM

      McQuaid has a real snarl to him when he’s on the ice. If I were the Sedin Sisters, I’d keep away. Far away. I think it’s fair to say that McQuaid has thrown the Sedins off their game.

      With the talented rookies on the B’s, we’re gonna be a force to reckon with for a few more years. Get used to it guys, we ain’t the ‘Hawks. This team won’t be dismantled next year. Win or lose, we’ll be back. Bring on the hate, we love it!

  6. bcjim - Jun 9, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    Such a handsome fellow too. lol

    • nhlbruins90 - Jun 9, 2011 at 4:36 PM

      Marchand or Burrows?

      If it’s a snide remark aimed at Marchand, look – beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I admit, his playoff beard won’t make the top ten. Not much better than Kane and Toews last year. But cheap potshots like that – Max Pac. lobbed a similar Tweet – won’t bother anybody in Boston, and probably not Marchand himself. You see, he woke up this morning a rich young man, and he’s gonna be a whole lot richer when his rookie contract expires. And that makes him a real looker with no shortage of fetching young … ah, let’s leave it at that.

      And you? Yes, you? Well, I can’t hear you …

    • mgp1219 - Jun 15, 2011 at 1:01 PM

      Hey bcjim,
      Are you really checking out the Bruins for their looks?

  7. crusty14 - Jun 9, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    Long time bruin fan here, and I’m liking what I’ve seen the the last two games. I totally agree the Canucks as a whole, are a more offensively skilled team. Now anyone who has played the game knows there is more than just skills needed to win at almost any level of hockey. I can’t think of another sport where guts and determination can affect the outcome of a game.

    It’s my belief that Boston plays that kind of style that Vancouver isn’t accustomed to. The western conference is generally a more wide open scoring type of hockey, whereas the east is more of grinding hard nose gritty hockey. When the cup is on the line, it looks like the bruins are more willing to get into the dirty areas and do what it takes to win at this point of the series.

    That being said, the Canucks have a great deal of skill and can turn it around….. The question is, will they fight back on Friday , or have they lost the will to battle ? I don’t see the bruins changing the way they have been playing, so I hope they can pull one off in van city and bring the cup home in game 6 in boston! If Vancouver wins game 5, I see the series going to 7 then it’s any ones ball game! Go bruins go!

  8. mikeinindy - Jun 10, 2011 at 7:53 AM

    I think that the canucks are probably more skilled skater, may even have more speed. The point the is being missed here is that the Bruins are more skilled HOCKEY PLAYERS. The canucks would win a figure skating competition, but this is HOCKEY – a man’s game.

    • boston1962 - Jun 11, 2011 at 2:09 AM

      If I want to see a roller derby (on ice) then the Bruins are the team to watch….but I want to see hockey and that doesn’t mean face washing after every whistle, slashing players across the back of the legs several times per shift, cross-checking into the boards etc. Game #1, 2 and 5 were great because it was hockey – not bullshit thrown in because you have to win without skill. Not saying there aren’t good players on Boston but – Great Hockey is great hands (not just a face-wash), great skating, reading the play and teamwork. It’s not all about hitting, playing ‘on the edge’ as Boston fans like to call it, or saying it’s a “man’s game”. Come on. May the best team win!

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