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Stanley Cup rematch goes Saturday in Boston

Jan 4, 2012, 4:06 PM EDT

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Might as well kick the hype machine into gear now. This Saturday (1 p.m. ET), the Vancouver Canucks are in Boston to play the Bruins for the first time since Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final.

As CSSNE.com’s Joe Haggerty reports, B’s forward Brad Marchand expects a raucous TD Garden. However, Marchand maintains it’s not a game the Bruins have had circled on the calendar.

“Oh, it’s going to be interesting,” said Marchand. “I know that the fans and everybody else are going to be into it. It’ll be good to get it over with. I don’t think I’ve ever even talked about it once this year, though.

“It’s just another game in our minds, though. I haven’t heard any of the guys even talking about it once yet. We both realize nothing is going to change what happened last year. It doesn’t matter how they come in and play. It’s only one game.”

Marchand’s right that it won’t change what happened in June, but let’s be honest – this won’t be “only one game,” particularly for Vancouver.

As such, it will be interesting to see how the Canucks approach it.

Will they try to goad the Bruins into penalties and capitalize on the power play, a strategy that’s been hugely successful against most teams but failed miserably in the final?

Or, will they be tempted to prove their toughness by engaging in a physical affair with what many consider the toughest team in the NHL?

Remember, the Canucks couldn’t really get their revenge on Marchand for repeatedly jabbing Daniel Sedin in the face at the end of Game 6. Not in Game 7. Not with a Stanley Cup on the line.

And for those who say they should’ve done it at the time, watch the clip. Did anyone on the Canucks even see Marchand and Sedin standing off to the side?

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Looks like they all had their hands full.

Saturday will be different. With no Cup on the line, expect fireworks.

  1. buffalomafia - Jan 4, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Go Boston!!!!!

  2. dhudhwala - Jan 4, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Go Canucks Go!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. bigtganks - Jan 4, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    As a huge Canucks fan, this game proves nothing and I hope the players (B’s or Canucks) don’t try to prove anything. Winning or whatever may happen regardless of how positive (power play, physicality, you name it), WON’T win the cup or help their cause other than two points. It’s a non conference game.

    That’s all that matters. Two points.

    • drewsylvania - Jan 4, 2012 at 11:25 PM

      B’s don’t have to prove anything. They already did.

  4. haterzgonahate - Jan 4, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    i like Marchands comments.. it is just one game however, i bet if Boston had lost the cup he’d have something else to say. maybe.. maybe not.

    regardless, only the fans and the media are hyping this game and on that note.. it should be a beauty!!

    the start time?… not so much. cruel NHL.. forcing me to drink beers at 10am.

  5. jpelle82 - Jan 4, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    lol, still get a kick out of daniel standing there taking punches like that, what a bitch.

    • bigtganks - Jan 4, 2012 at 6:11 PM

      Yah, arguably best player in the NHL vs…. You, calling him bad names on a message board.

      • odj810 - Jan 4, 2012 at 8:49 PM

        arguably the best player in the NHL? The best players don’t disapeer against great competition. Everytime they face a good defensive tandem they fold. They get points bye feasting on the weaker opponents. He isn’t even the best player on his team, I would give that to kessler. A hard working 2 way center with heart.

      • jpelle82 - Jan 4, 2012 at 9:15 PM

        no one argues that…maybe people in vancouver argue who is the better sister, but in the real world he doesnt enter the conversation

      • bigtganks - Jan 5, 2012 at 2:27 AM

        odj810 –

        Yah, oddly they were 2nd and 4th in points in the playoffs last year facing Chicago’s Keith and Seabrook; Nashville’s Weber and Suter, San Jose with Boyle, and the B’s defense. Voted best player in the league BY THE PLAYERS, so easily the best on his team, and a HART for each of them to go with it.

        Yes, they got shutdown in the finals. A very beat up team which led to an anemic PP and no scoring. However to say every time they face a good tandem they fold. Safe to say the B’s defense was 3rd best of the four teams. Canucks had bodies going out with injuries each game.

    • haterzgonahate - Jan 4, 2012 at 6:53 PM

      ya what a bitch.. trying to draw a penalty for the better of his team… how selfless..BLASPHEMY!!!

      that’s not how Boston rolls!!

  6. govtminion - Jan 4, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    I’d hope both teams would ignore the hype and media, and decide this is exactly what it is- a regular season game.

    …that said, I’d be surprised if we don’t see the Canucks come out with something to prove. Remember Henrik getting upset about the impression that they’re not a tough team? This is a pretty good chance to shut up the naysayers by beating up on A) one of the most physical teams in the league, and B) the one that used that edge to beat you in the finals last year. Expect the Canucks to be hitting everything in a black jersey- and for the Bruins to gleefully return the favor. This could be a fun one.

  7. blomfeld - Jan 5, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    Does anyone know which Canuck Sister is being “annihilated” in the photo up top ? … is that Sister Burrows, Sister Bieksa, or perhaps Sister Henrietta ? … I’m sorry but I can’t tell, as I left my glasses at the office tonight … please advise … thanks :)

  8. bigtganks - Jan 5, 2012 at 2:31 AM

    I hope Rome dresses to he can lay out Horton again.

    • warpstonebc - Jan 5, 2012 at 3:17 AM

      Ugh. C’mon, this is a sport not MMA.

      Besides, Rome is injured and the current third D-pairing of Ballard and Alberts is serviceable.

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