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Recchi on Vancouver: “22 years…The most arrogant team I played against”

Nov 17, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

Mark Recchi AP

Ex-Bruins forward Mark Recchi appeared on Boston sports talk radio today, discussing last year’s Stanley Cup victory and what he thinks of the B’s this season.

Oh yeah, Recchi also ripped the Vancouver Canucks to shreds.

In speaking with “Gresh & Zo” on 98.5 the Sports Hub, the Wrecking Ball slammed the team Boston defeated in the Cup final.

“[In] 22 years they are the most arrogant team I played against and the most hated team I’ve ever played against,” Recchi said. “I couldn’t believe their antics, their falling and diving. It was very frustrating, but at the same time as the series wore on we knew we were getting to them and we knew our physical play and our skating, I think it caught them off guard a little bit.”

There are two ways of looking at Recchi’s comments. The first is “no big surprise” — the Bruins and Canucks totally despised each other by series’ end. Also, being retired allows Recchi to speak more freely than if he was still a Bruin (and he was pretty outspoken as a Bruin to begin with.)

But there’s also a “really, he said that?” angle — mostly because of Recchi’s standing in British Columbia. Born and raised in Kamloops, he played his junior hockey with the WHL’s Blazers (a team he now owns). He was named Kamloops’ Male Athlete of the 20th Century and even had a street named after him.

Kamloops is real Canucks country — something Recchi knows all about.

“We all grew up Canuck fans [in Kamloops],” Recchi told the Vancouver Sun back in June. “I grew up watching Stan Smyl, King Richard [Brodeur] and it was exciting when that group of guys got to the finals [1982]. I was a big Vancouver fan.”

Keep in mind Recchi was only speaking about last year’s Canucks team as the most arrogant/hated ever. And he did appear on a Boston-centric radio show which, as Milan Lucic showed earlier in the week, doesn’t exactly strive for objective coverage.

That said, his comments only confirm that Vancouver is the NHL’s most despised team — by a longshot.

  1. govtminion - Nov 17, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    I’m a little torn. Part of me thinks that since it was last year, he’s retired, etc., what’s the point in bringing this all back to the forefront and getting the Canucks fans riled up all over again? (Note: Not a riot pun.)

    …but that part of me is overwhelmed by the diehard Bruins fan who can’t help but grin at this, because really, he’s right (even if a few months late on the comments). They dove, they pulled stupid stunts, and it wasn’t enough. I honestly, honestly believe that if the Bergeron bite and the Rome hit on Horton didn’t happen, the Canucks would have won the series- they wouldn’t have made the B’s angry. Might still have taken seven games, we’ll never know- but the Bruins might not have had that angry focus they used during all three of their home games and in Game 7. A clean series by the Canucks might have made all the difference.

    • imleftcoast - Nov 17, 2011 at 6:09 PM

      I agree that the Rome hit was stupid, and might have been the difference in the Series. I think there was some arrogance at 2-0. On the other hand, I don’t see how Rechi’s ‘antics’ make the Canucks arrogant. It’s arrogant to be bitching about the Canucks when you won. There were plenty of b.s. antics on the Boston side, and there was a lot more whining about biting fingers than there was about an unpenalized hit that broke Mason Raymond’s back.

    • danphipps01 - Nov 17, 2011 at 6:15 PM

      I remember watching Horton go down and thinking “Ah, shit. Well, things are going to get pretty interesting now, aren’t they?” Even in the first bit of that third game, it looked pretty much the same as the last two – Boston was good at holding off Vancouver’s constant attack, but they weren’t getting much going the other way. They were defending well, but it was costing them the ability to really threaten the Canucks BACK in a significant way. Then they went to the locker room with one of their top players down, Chara yelled at them for twenty minutes and they came out a completely different team. Before that point, they weren’t playing on the level it would take to beat the Canucks. It would have been a repeat of the Predators’ series in general theme – close games, but Vancouver taking four in the end. After that hit, though? Man, it’s funny what being pissed off beyond all measure can do to wake up the offense you never knew you had. A lot of other factors played in – I figure having Hamhuis would have been a hell of a tipping point as well, in addition to the various injuries to Kesler, Edler, Ehrhoff, et cetera… but that hit was what ultimately made the win possible. Boston was a different team from that moment on.

  2. al1381 - Nov 17, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Let’s see… Chara on Pacioretty, Marchand on D.Sedin, Lucic on Miller, etc care to guess which team is the dirtiest in the league?

    • howiehandles - Nov 17, 2011 at 6:19 PM

      As a Hawk’s fan, I can’t stand Vancouver. They are arrogant, whiny, and dirty..but you are absolutely correct. Boston is without doubt the dirtiest team in the NHL.

      • comeonnowguys - Nov 18, 2011 at 12:01 AM

        I still want to see how the Blues act later in the year with the new coach.

    • goil18 - Nov 18, 2011 at 9:14 AM

      Oh please – The League couldn’t be much more of a wet blanket at this point. They’re a step away from being Soccer – no offense Soccer fans – we know they have to embellish to get the call. Clearly hockey players’ are reacting to the ‘new’ NHL rules in a negative way. They are leveraging what they can, where they can and the result is the circus act we’ve seen over the last couple seasons.

      Some teams are shameless about it, the Canucks for example.

      Chara’s hit was fine. He makes that hit and it’s a bit dirty, he holds up and he’s soft. Pacioretty has to know that he is in a bad spot there and adjust to avoid the potential result – he gambled and lost. That’s the game folks.

      Marchand on Sedin – psssss what a joke, non-issue. I’m certain the refs were cheering that on for all the whining and complaining the Canucks dished out. They weren’t even punches either – rugged face-wash.

      Lucic on Miller – Both of them could have moved. Goalies figure they have an invisible force-field and it was a good thing Lucic put them in check. Protect yourself at all times on the ice-surface. Miller could go to work for Vancouver after his public bitchery.

      Point is, some players / teams are being conformed into the result we see today and are getting labeled as whiners for it. It just so happens they are compliant with the current league rules. Players that choose to not conform and model their game after an earlier era of the game are labeled as non-compliant thugs.

      This is going to get worse. These heavy fines handed out will not eradicate ‘dirty’ hits altogether. There will be instances where a split decision will be made and the player will decide that if he is getting sitting time, he might as well do the job right. Careers will end because of it, and it won’t be the guy on the giving end.

      Less business in hockey. The game is perverted enough to suit the likes of our friends south of the border. They don’t like it any way Bettman dresses it up for them. Let’s get back to basics.

      • bikey1277 - Nov 21, 2011 at 3:09 AM

        ” Pacioretty has to know that he is in a bad spot there and adjust to avoid the potential result – he gambled and lost. ”
        Really ??? Getting pushed head first into the stanchion by Chara was all Pacioretty’s fault ??? He was trying to kill himself ??? Makes perfect sense.

    • botlecap - Nov 18, 2011 at 12:14 PM

      Not one of those is an example of a team being dirty. They are all examples of tough physical play. Injuries are unfortunate, but the potential for injury is part of the game. Getting hurt doesn’t make a play dirty. Dirty would be the slash on Bieksa by Peverley or the one on Burrows by Thomas. Note that both of these examples took place after the Rome hit, after the bite, and after Vancouver made it clear they had no interest in a clean series.

      Vancouver was arrogant in that series. They gave the Bruins no respect, and failed to understand that they needed to maintain a low level of emotion and physicality in order to win based on being the more skilled team. Instead they taunted, hacked, dove, bit, and concussed their way to a loss against a team they’d given motivation, drive, and rage.

    • macintoshw - Nov 18, 2011 at 3:24 PM

      Canucks fans = bunch of F@ggots

      • windaturd - Nov 18, 2011 at 7:17 PM

        This is a homophobic comment and you should be banned from the site.

  3. nickynick04 - Nov 17, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    Huh,
    I thought the Flyers were the most dispised team….go figure

    • danphipps01 - Nov 17, 2011 at 6:20 PM

      I think that’s more of a fan thing. The Flyers themselves? Who do they even have? Pronger? Not exactly top-heavy with douchebags, divers and cheapshot artists like both of the Finals squads last year. Both Boston and Vancouver have made names for themselves in the last year or so, and in no way are their reputations amongst the other teams positive. Both of them are thought very little of amongst many players. The Flyers by contrast haven’t done much in a long time to earn anyone’s enmity. I mean, unless you’re counting trolling the shit out of the 1-3-1.

  4. jovocop1989 - Nov 17, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Recchi’s comments illustrate how exhausting and pointless it is to rehash the past like this. We’re a month into a new season, in Vancouver we’re struggling and Boston only just seems to have woken up from Cup Hangover whilst in the middle of MillerLucicGate. These comments not only bring nothing new to the conversation, but they’re stale.

    Arrogance or not, (fully agree, we did think it’d be an easy cup final and we were all brought back to earth in epic fashion), I think it’d be a bit difficult to claim the Canucks are still arrogant (given their play as of late). Let’s move on, shall we?

    • al1381 - Nov 17, 2011 at 6:25 PM

      Maybe the Canucks are playing terrible right now because they know they can turn “it” on at anytime? That would be arrogant then

      • jovocop1989 - Nov 17, 2011 at 6:27 PM

        Giving us way too much credit. But thank you.

  5. smithmike4 - Nov 17, 2011 at 7:08 PM

    Let’s be real here, Burrows pulled a pussy move and Rome’s hit on Horton was the dirtiest thing I have ever seen and I’m not even a bruins fan! I’m a sharks fan and I was pretty upset the way that series ended so I wanted them to lose, but either way the fans in Vancouver are insane and extroandinarly idiotic.

    • jovocop1989 - Nov 17, 2011 at 7:21 PM

      Not quite as idiotic as your spelling of extraordinarily.

    • ThatGuy - Nov 17, 2011 at 8:06 PM

      If thats the dirtiest thing you’ve ever seen, you need to watch more hockey. It was dirty but nowhere near the worst hit ever. Hell wouldnt even be the worst hit so far this season.

    • jaynesbooks - Nov 18, 2011 at 12:58 AM

      And the hit on Mason Raymond wasn’t dirty?

    • windaturd - Nov 18, 2011 at 2:37 PM

      If you honestly think Rome’s hit was intentional you are as inept at being a hockey fan as you are at spelling. Please. Matt Cooke has done way more dirty things than that Rome hit – and this is coming from a Penguins fan. Personally, Chara’s hit on Pacioretty is still the must disgusting INTENTIONAL act I have ever seen in the NHL. Lucic’s hit on Miller is in the Top 5.

  6. lsxphotog - Nov 17, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    I’m pretty sure the majority of the league hates both of these teams. Van is notorious for its cheap shots and running mouths while the Bruins leave in their wake many hits with intent to injure and arrogant attitudes themselves. The Bruins are certainly up there in the east along with the Flyers.

    • comeonnowguys - Nov 19, 2011 at 4:48 PM

      When everyone outside Montreal is rooting for an American team to win the cup, that should tell you something.

  7. charphel - Nov 17, 2011 at 8:45 PM

    So, this is moderately insane… Last year Wild prospect Mikael Granlund turned heads with his Floorball-style (or ‘lacross-style’ for the uninitiated) goal during Finland’s semifinal game against Russia in the World Championships. Mikael’s younger brother Markus (a Flames prospect) notched a similar goal a year ago and another today in SM-Liiga action. Check it out:

    http://www.hockeybias.com/hockey-news-past/2011/November/Markus-Granlund-ilmaveivimaali-Blues-vs-HIFK-17-11-2011-video.html

    • dalehunter - Nov 17, 2011 at 11:00 PM

      Saw that goal against Russia. This one is pretty sick as well,

  8. 8man - Nov 17, 2011 at 9:29 PM

    I think the Canucks, and their fans, were absolutely convinced that they were bringing the Stanley Cup to Vanconver after game 4 or game 5. Hell, they were up 2-0. The series was over. No way a team with the Canucks talent was going to let that lead slip away….

    Well whether the Bruins are hated or the Canucks are despised, doesn’t doesn’t change the fact that there is big piece of silver hardware that got paraded around Beantown this summer.

    Yeah. That doesn’t get old. Heh!

  9. chat746 - Nov 17, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    Remember one thing what goes around comes around. What you dish out you better be able to take the same thing from the other team.

  10. nhlbruins90 - Nov 17, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    Recchi is a Vancouverite or Vancouveronian or Vancouverer, or whatever they call themselves (I won’t say what I call them), so he knows what he’s talking about. They talk about Boston fans having a sense of entitlement, but seriously, those folks really believed it was their God-given right to claim that Cup.

    • windaturd - Nov 18, 2011 at 2:42 PM

      When was the last time Mark Recchi lived in BC? I’m betting it was over 20 years ago. Oh and FYI, he IS NOT a Vancouverite. He is from the Interior. (I can’t be bothered to give you a geography lesson but it’s like saying someone is from Beantown when they actually live in Newburyport).

      • nhlbruins90 - Nov 20, 2011 at 4:20 PM

        Nobody from Boston calls Boston Beantown. It’s just hockey, don’t take it so seriously.

  11. pastabelly - Nov 17, 2011 at 11:27 PM

    None of the Vancouver players or fans even thought the Bruins had a chance. They are arrogant.

    As for the Bruins playing a dirty series, not so fast. Vancouver instigated everything and the dirty head shot by Rome and the Burrows biting incident came before any Bruins retaliation. Just to show what a bunch of weenies the Canucks were, LaPierre stuck his fingers in Bergeron’s mouth to mock him. Then comes big mouth choke artist Luongo criticizing Thomas after an OT goal. This is the arrogance Recchi was talking about. As for the flopping and diving, the Canucks haven’t quite taken it to an art form like the Canadiens. But they had their share in the Finals.

    • windaturd - Nov 18, 2011 at 2:45 PM

      Arrogant is talking about this to the media when a) your career is over and nobody cares about you b) you WON the cup.
      Clearly Recchi knows nothing about arrogance or being a graceful winner.
      Also I said from day one I would have rathers played Tampa and facing the Bruins would be hell. Although even I didn’t predict you’d go and break ANOTHER back (raymond) in order to get the Cup. Furthermore as soon as we lost Game 4 I knew we’d lose the Cup.

    • windaturd - Nov 18, 2011 at 3:49 PM

      So just checking – it was not at all mocking or a arrogant/weeny/stupid move when RECCHI and Lucic stuck fingers back in Lapierre and Burrows face? Two wrongs make a right? Is that the Bruins mentaility. That would explain a lot I guess….

      • imleftcoast - Nov 18, 2011 at 9:30 PM

        You’re assuming the Bruins have a mentality.

    • bikey1277 - Nov 21, 2011 at 3:32 AM

      Just for clarification. Rome’s hit on Horton wasn’t dirty. It was late and Horton didn’t see it coming cause he was looking at the puck. He got blasted and his head hit the ice hard.

  12. comeonnowguys - Nov 18, 2011 at 12:10 AM

    In all my years watching sports, I’ve never seen a team like Vancouver. They’re arrogant for accomplishing absolutely nothing; they’re fond cheap shots even though they dive faster than a suffocating trout; their stars aside from Kesler scorch the regular season and then take the postseason off. For all their postseason games, they still get rattled and take terrible penalties.

    • imleftcoast - Nov 18, 2011 at 9:32 PM

      Did you watch the Blackhawks last year? What about the Sharks? Every seen Ben Eager play?

      • comeonnowguys - Nov 19, 2011 at 4:46 PM

        1) Wasn’t Eager on the Thrashers last year?
        2) The playstyle I’ve described is almost the exact opposite of how the Blackhawks play, save maybe Carcillo. But in the games I’ve watched even he hasn’t been very Carcillo-y.

        3) You’re really going to use the Sharks as an example to defend the Canucks? I mean, granted, they do dive as bad as Vancouver, and they do have a history of coming up weak in the playoffs. But they don’t exactly have a history dirty play like Vancouver.

  13. jaynesbooks - Nov 18, 2011 at 1:00 AM

    Actually, the Bruins are arrogant. They are a bunch of gutless players and get away with murder, well they got away with the Mason Raymond hit which left him not being able to play, which Marchand goes unpunished for a hit that broke another player’s back.

    • jimeejohnson - Nov 18, 2011 at 1:25 PM

      Maybe, but they backed it up and stole the cup from a team that did not deserve it! Vancouver choked on its arrogance; Boston rose to the occasion.

  14. rainyday56 - Nov 18, 2011 at 1:12 AM

    – sniff — I’m getting the impression that the commenters here do not luv the ‘nucks like I do — sob –

  15. bostonhasrealhockey - Nov 18, 2011 at 6:54 AM

    Recchi answered a question ge was asked. Im sick of all the fans on here that act like grandmas. This is a man sport if you cant even take a comment from someone who is as established in the league as Recchi is/was watch baseball. Canucks bit ,hit to the head and dove the WHOLE playoffs and evryone seen it. get over that we won the cup playing real hockey.

    • jimeejohnson - Nov 18, 2011 at 1:23 PM

      This is a man’s world, but it wouldn’t be worth nuthin’ without a woman or a girl!

    • elvispocomo - Nov 22, 2011 at 4:51 PM

      So, Recchi answers a question he was asked and it’s fine (for Bruins fans). Luongo does the same about Thomas and his style of play and Bruins fans are up in arms! Talk about a sense of entitlement and immunity from reality.

      Everyone’s been talking about the Chara hit from before the playoffs, or the Marchand/Boychuck incidents in the SCF, but I’m still completely amazed that Ryder never got anything for his hit on Blair Jones in the ECF. I hardly heard about that in the media but Rome’s hit was vilified to no end!
      [link]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxLs-g9lPEc[/link]

  16. bostonhasrealhockey - Nov 18, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    ^+1

  17. botlecap - Nov 18, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    And can you all please get it right: the “hit” on Raymond that injured him was from Boychuck not Marchand. It might help your alternate version of reality to at least get the players involved in what really happened correct.

  18. lpramsden - Nov 18, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    (Canuck fan here) Call it arrogant if you want, but the truth is that the series WOULD have been a Canuck win pretty easily had the (clean, but late) Rome hit not knocked Horton out. The B’s didn’t have enough when the Canucks turned it up early in the series, and the opposite was true late in the series. As for whining/dirty play, whatever… Boston takes dirt to a new level, and when the officials didn’t do anything about it, the Canucks did what they could to draw penalties. Boston’s ridiciculous dirty – as evidenced by the Lucic/Miller incident – and the league does nothing about it. See related discussion here: bit.ly/uaJcG6

    • lpramsden - Nov 18, 2011 at 1:32 PM

      Before someone calls me on my spelling – *ridiculously

    • lpramsden - Nov 18, 2011 at 2:59 PM

      Sorry – link didn’t work above.

      Link Miller/Lucic/Canucks

      • lpramsden - Nov 18, 2011 at 3:05 PM

        Link still not working. Apologies!

      • windaturd - Nov 18, 2011 at 5:42 PM

        This article is GREAT but at the same time very sad. The league is going to regret their decisions to turn a blind eye to the Bruins brutality when they “accidentally” kill a player in the middle of a game. If they think their precious US ratings are bad now wait till that happens!

    • macintoshw - Nov 18, 2011 at 3:22 PM

      You’re a joke, just like the city of Vancouver!

      • lpramsden - Nov 18, 2011 at 3:56 PM

        Very mature! :) “When I don’t have anything relevant to say or rebut the argument with, I’ll just resort to name calling.” Kindergarten stuff. Pretty much says it all right there.

    • comeonnowguys - Nov 21, 2011 at 3:20 PM

      Would-a
      Could-a
      Should-a

      Next.

  19. windaturd - Nov 18, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Dear Dr. Mark Recchi and any other delusional Bruins fan,
    If the Canucks are “the most hated team in the league” why are the BRUINS the ones being called a “piece of sh*t” in the media by fellow NHLers?
    No one likes the Bruins. No one ever has. This “old school” hockey label you put on yourselves to excuse your insane acts of on-ice violence is fooling no one but the morons running the league. And before you blow me off as a “canucks” fan I am actually a fan of HOCKEY in general and appreciate any team with elevated skill levels – this is not the bruins. It does not take skill to break players necks or give them concussions.The Bruins WILL kill someone in a game one day. Sadly, it’s only a matter of time.

    • lpramsden - Nov 18, 2011 at 2:49 PM

      Thanks for bringing some balance to this one-sided conversation. Hear hear!

    • Truckmounts - Nov 18, 2011 at 3:24 PM

      DIRTY TEAM. And you don’t even have the BALLS to admit it. SAD suckers, the Bruins. Man up.

  20. Truckmounts - Nov 18, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    Ask yourself what kind of person wins then rubs it in with public taunting, long after the incident. A jerk with no class, that’s who. Ironic isn’t it.

    • windaturd - Nov 18, 2011 at 3:50 PM

      Well said.

  21. BurkieInBoston - Nov 18, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Hey Canuck fan, what’s it like rooting for a team of cowards? Just curious …

    • lpramsden - Nov 18, 2011 at 8:47 PM

      Hmmm… in my book, anyone that takes liberties with a Sedin isn’t much of a man. So… not sure who’s got all the cowards? Playing dirtball hockey = cowardly (see… oh I don’t know, running a goalie, say). Taking it like men = men. Pot, meet kettle. Black.

    • elvispocomo - Nov 22, 2011 at 4:59 PM

      Could be worse, could be rooting for a team with a bunch of thugs and rats.

  22. nuckss - Nov 18, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    All I can say is if you stick your puckin’ fingers in my mouth they will get bitten!

  23. BurkieInBoston - Nov 19, 2011 at 8:49 AM

    Dirtball Hockey? I’ll tell you what: have your team’s toughest guy take a run @ Thornton, Lucic, or Chara and see how that works out.

    • lpramsden - Nov 19, 2011 at 2:37 PM

      Would love to know how playing dirty relates to having tough guys? So a question then – why play dirty when you don’t have to? You’ve accurately pointed out that the Bruins have some tough players – so why not play tough, instead of dirty? Those are two different animals.

      You think this is “tough”? Bieksa ended up with a sprained MCL from this. Is that “tough”?

      I actually USED to like Lucic (watched him play all his junior here in Vancouver). Something changed when he got to Boston though. He used to be a clean, honest, hard player. Now he’s dirty. I guess that’s what happens when you get to Beantown.

      • nhlbruins90 - Nov 20, 2011 at 4:27 PM

        We took him to our brainwashing center and washed all the Canadian goodness out of him, and filled him with evil ‘Beantown’ madness. It worked like magic! He’s like one of us now.

      • bikey1277 - Nov 28, 2011 at 6:54 PM

        The absolutely WORST part here. He even takes a shot at goal after injuring Bieksa. And had he scored it would have counted.

    • elvispocomo - Nov 22, 2011 at 5:11 PM

      Why send out the toughest guy? Higgins did a fine job with that: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3N_cjCfPPb8 Seems he couldn’t get out of the way fully coming across the blueline and Chara went down like a 6’9″ tonne of bricks. He still made more of an effort to do so than Lucic did to avoid Miller or Ryder did to avoid Blair Jones (in the ECF).

      Ironic to look at it now and see the reaction (or lack thereof) by Boston players. Their captain’s on the ice and no one does anything apart from a little push and shove after the play is already over. Boston fans point to Buffalo not reacting to support their goalie when Lucic runs over Miller but it seems no one is immune and hockey’s pretty much the same all over.

      When can people get it through their heads that nothing is so left or right as people are trying to make this out to be? Bruins play hard and are guilt of some borderline hits as a result. The Canucks hit as well (they actually outhit the Bruins by a fair amount all playoffs long, even in the SCF) but played to their skilled strengths more and were seen as soft or elitist.

      Are the Bruins the dirtiest team ever? No. Are the Canucks the most arrogant? No. They both have their positives and negatives and they got to the finals (and to 7 games in the finals no less) because they deserved to be there.

  24. t16rich - Nov 19, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Dear Bruins fans. If Aaron Romes hit was cheap. Than what would you call Michael Ryders hit in the series vs Tampa? Clean?

    Quit the whining and enjoy your cup. Canucks quit the diving and maybe win a cup.

  25. BurkieInBoston - Nov 19, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    We don’t play dirty. Did you ever hear any of the talking heads call us dirty on the wall to wall coverage by NHL Network, Versus, or NBC during the Finals? Am I missing something here? I’d even be interested if CBC called B’s dirty during Finals. We only got replayed games coverage of Finals of CBC on NHL USA, so I’ not as up to knowing what the CBC talking heads were saying about Bruins during Finals. I must be naive, but let’s set something straight: The Canucks thought they were going to intimidate the crap out of the Bruins, and then they grew vaginas & the bullies got taken to Woodshed by a better T.E.A.M. I’m personally going to be fascinated to see how Canucks respond this season to the post traumatic stress inflicted by the Bruins in last season’s Finals.

    • elvispocomo - Nov 22, 2011 at 5:38 PM

      What, you were expecting Mike Milbury, the US version of Don Cherry, to call the Bruins dirty? The same guy who went after a fan with his own shoe? He has nothing but love for the style of play and has little understanding of the NHL as it is now. Or maybe he was a genius when he traded Luongo away to bank his team’s future on a young Rick DePietro…

      BTW, he’s on CBC as well, not that we want him up here in Canada.

  26. BurkieInBoston - Nov 19, 2011 at 11:54 PM

    TSN, I meant. Not CBC … I blame the chronic.

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