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Canucks get revenge in wild 4-3 win over Boston

Jan 7, 2012, 4:12 PM EDT

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It wasn’t a game lacking in hype or drama as we had fights galore in the first period, a questionable hit by Brad Marchand in the second period, and wild finish in the third that all led to a 4-3 win by Vancouver.

The Bruins inability to stay out of the penalty box hurt them in this one as Vancouver scored all four of their goals with the man advantage. Tim Thomas can do a lot of things but asking him to keep his team on top while continually killing penalties was too much today. Cory Schneider stood tall in goal for Vancouver stopping 36 shots while getting the surprise start over Roberto Luongo.

The game itself lived up to the hype and in the end the Canucks got a win in Boston to soothe their hurt feelings after losing all three games in Boston last season in the Stanley Cup finals.

  1. bigtganks - Jan 7, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Never have I ever seen a bigger group of SORE WINNERS than the Bruins.

    • mcfierce24 - Jan 7, 2012 at 4:21 PM

      please explain.

      • bigtganks - Jan 7, 2012 at 4:38 PM

        Let’s see:

        Two Bruins thrown out, both likely to be suspended, one for coming off the bench to fight, the other for a consensus low blow cheap shot:

        11 penalties (cmon, really, you want me to explain?)

        Every play after the whistle, Bruins trying to instigate and coax the Canucks into penalties.

        Fans chanting Robert and Bull Crap? (considering the gift icing call and the made for tv penalty shot, there’s nothing to talk about)

        You’d have thought Boston lost the series.

        Stay classy angst ridden Boston (Fitz, Tommy Boy, Sully, and cool off at the hahbuh wid some chowdah and lahguh.)

      • taytay099 - Jan 7, 2012 at 4:42 PM

        You’re making Canucks fans look bad with your crappy reasoning.

        “gift icing call and the made for tv penalty shot” Don’t think anyone in Vancouver should be second guessing those calls at all. Icing waved off right away and Henrik took down Paille on a breakaway. Pretty clear as day.

        “Fans chanting Robert and Bull Crap?” Uh oh, fans chanting and heckling!

      • bigtganks - Jan 7, 2012 at 5:28 PM

        Let’s not forget Timmy spearing Malhotra after his own player throws a can opener into him.

        Nice (below) how you skip all the other valid points I made. The thumbs up and down prove how logical/truthful I am, and how irrational and homer you are. My reasoning is fine.

      • taytay099 - Jan 7, 2012 at 5:43 PM

        No I’m a Canucks fan. Just don’t agree with anything you said. Can’t fault a team for trying to draw penalties during a scrum after the whistle or fault the refs for those two calls. Can’t fault the fans for chanting at lu. Canucks won, we should be happy with this. If anything you’re being the sore winner (atleast I think so). Just doesn’t seem right to be complaining after a W.

      • imleftcoast - Jan 7, 2012 at 8:32 PM

        Who had something to prove. Bruins fans are the lamest.

    • mcfierce24 - Jan 7, 2012 at 5:36 PM

      So, how does that make the Bruins “sore winners”? They lost the game.

      What’s worse, a little chippiness, or a Canucks player saying “Let’s go” to Thornton, and then skating away like a bitch when Thornton drops the gloves?

      Let’s not forget Burrows spearing Thornton in the throat with his stick, and 5 guys jumping all over Thornton when he responded.

      As far as Lucic, he shouldnt have been tossed for coming on to the ice on a line change. He will not be suspended.

      • laurely515 - Jan 7, 2012 at 6:03 PM

        Um, yeah, Burrows did spear Thornton, but I doubt that would have happened if Thornton hadn’t slashed him from behind about half a second earlier. Thornton swings his stick at a guy and then gets irrationally pissed off when the other guy swings back? The Canucks were right to jump him, if only because he was acting like an idiot.

      • bigtganks - Jan 7, 2012 at 7:26 PM

        My point is bruins players were sore winners in the first and second periods acting like they’d lost the finals. More cheap shots, dirty plays, egging on after the whistle, etc; such as Lucic, Marchand, and even Timmy spearing malhotra with the end of his stick.

      • salmon90 - Jan 7, 2012 at 8:14 PM

        Spearing Thornton in the throat with his stick? Is he ok? Also love the fact you’re getting on the Canucks for jumping Thornton! We need more of those kind of remarks to counter guys like Don Cherry saying getting on the Nucks for not ‘jumping’ Marchand after little rat face pulled that stunt.

      • stratomaticfan - Jan 7, 2012 at 10:07 PM

        You seem to have a skewed version. Paille was cheap shot / slashed. Thornton reacted to it. And then Burrows went to spear the throat. And League rightly ruled that Lucic was making a legal line change, so his participation wasn’t dirty. The Marchand play was a guy avoiding a hit from behind which may have saved him a concussion…a minor, at best. Bruins lost 2 top scorers on questionable calls and Vancouver got undeserved power plays. They did what they had to and scored, so hats off to them, but the “dirty play” was just as evident, if not more so on the Vancouver side. It happens when 2 teams develop a hatred. B’s took exception to the cheap play (biting/diving/etc) in the Finals, and ‘Nucks had a chip from losing their shot at the Cup. So be it. But at least take off the rose colored glasses and see what’s really there.

    • cowboys282 - Jan 7, 2012 at 5:37 PM

      You want to talk about sore winners. After the game Kevin Bieksa was slamming his stick on the glass at the fans. Burrows was screaming like he won the Stanley Cup.

      I have never seen more cheap shots and trash talking from another team like the Canucks. Not to mention 6 of them jumping Thornton and taking cheap shots until the rest of the Bruins showed up.

      And how many backed down from fights. Lets see there was Weise backing down from Thornton and Hansen backing down from Mcqaid.

      Anyone who is a fan of the Canucks after watching that act they put on I feel sorry for. Cause in a 7 game series that team doens’t have the heart to win.

      Oh yeah and where was Luongo? To bad the Blackhawks will beat the Canucks in the playoffs cause I would have liked the Bruins to get another crack at them in the Finals.

      • salmon90 - Jan 7, 2012 at 8:07 PM

        cheap shots? please describe…I saw Lucic sucker Hamhuis on the ground, Thomas spearing Malholtra, and Ratface clipping Salo. I guess Burrows did have that ferocious slash to whoever that was leaving the ice. Wonder if he’s ok? And you want Hansen to fight McQuaid? Sure and then Daniel will fight Lucic. Not our game cowboy. I’m sure if we wanted to goon it up we could dip into the minors and grab ourselves 6 Ogie Oglethorpes and then we could be the ‘toughest’ team in the league. You want more fights go watch UFC. Oh and I know you’re probably new to hockey but the ‘code’ is as follows: if you’ve had a fight in the period (Weise vs. Horton) you don’t fight that guy again as Thornton wanted to do. But I’m sure you knew that. And Luongo was on the bench meaning….you lost to our backup.

  2. mcfierce24 - Jan 7, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Maybe they’ll give the cup back to Vancouver now.

    • bigtganks - Jan 7, 2012 at 4:29 PM

      Nice try…
      The real quote to Pierre LeBrun was:

      “Unless they’ve changed the rules, even if we go in there Saturday and we win, they’re not going to hand us the Cup.”

    • blomfeld - Jan 7, 2012 at 8:11 PM

      “Maybe they’ll give the cup back to Vancouver now” ? …

      Vancouver has never won the Stanley Cup and therefore it’s impossible for the Bruins to “give it back” to them … yes they could technically “give” it to them, but they can’t “give it back” to them … Henrietta, Alexis, Roberta and company must win the cup first for that to happen … and the last time I checked they’ve yet to do that :)

      • salmon90 - Jan 7, 2012 at 8:21 PM

        That’s cool – you used the Canucks names but you made them girl names. That’s so good. The happy face you put at the end of your post really emphasizes your point.

      • blomfeld - Jan 7, 2012 at 9:42 PM

        Sorry there Salmonella, but I like girls … :)

  3. bradyisbetterthanrodgers - Jan 7, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    don’t worry bruins fans. we will beat the canucks in the stanley cup again this year

    • bigtganks - Jan 7, 2012 at 4:56 PM

      Rodgers is much better than Brady.

      • gallyhatch - Jan 7, 2012 at 7:37 PM

        you’re pitiful

    • taytay099 - Jan 7, 2012 at 4:57 PM

      I hope not. Our riot will feel a lot more forced this time around. Just won’t feel right.

    • mcfierce24 - Jan 7, 2012 at 5:38 PM

      Impossible, the Canucks will not make the SCF.

  4. BurkieInBoston - Jan 7, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    B’s are going to need Caron & Hamill to step up. Lucic & Marchand are probably going to be out awhile. Congrats Canucks, you may resume jerking off to your president’s trophy.

    • bigtganks - Jan 7, 2012 at 5:01 PM

      Nice try. That was last year. Both the cup champs and the presidents trophy winner. Plenty of different players on this Canucks team.

      Shows a healthy Canucks team (Kesler, Hamhuis, Sedins, Higgins, etc) can beat Boston in Boston.

      • 8man - Jan 7, 2012 at 5:27 PM

        No. Shows that if Lucic gets tossed and Marchand gets tossed and the B’s take a lot of penalties the Canucks can skate with them.

      • bigtganks - Jan 7, 2012 at 5:32 PM

        Then control your emotions and don’t hurt your team. Shows B’s can’t control their emotions. Shows the Canucks can beat them on the PP and Canucks can kill their penalties.

  5. bradyisbetterthanrodgers - Jan 7, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    brady has 2 more rings but nice try. but on topic I don’t see the canucks being able to keep up with the bruins for a 7 game series this year

    • bigtganks - Jan 7, 2012 at 5:13 PM

      Bruins forced a Game 7 with an insane amout of injuries on the Canucks last year. They friggin called a d-man on the beach in California from the Moose (Nolan Baumgartner) to dress for game 7 for heck sakes. He thought it was a prank. That’s how depleted this team was.

      Canucks win in 5 or 6 if they played now or are as healthy as this IF both teams reach the SCF this year again.

      • 8man - Jan 7, 2012 at 5:29 PM

        Uh no. Goal differential in the series was 23-8. A different bounce in Game 1 or Game 2, the series only goes 5. Canucks were lucky it went 7. And when it did, they didn’t answer the bell.

      • mcfierce24 - Jan 7, 2012 at 5:41 PM

        ahh, the classic “would of, could of, should of”

        losers love that rationale.

        The better team won the Cup. Congrats on the President’s Trophy though, did every Canuck player get their day with it over the summer?

      • cowboys282 - Jan 7, 2012 at 6:01 PM

        bigtganks your team lost the cup finals. Get over it already. If it will help go riot and destroy your city again.

      • bigtganks - Jan 7, 2012 at 7:28 PM

        Who said I live in Vancouver or canada for that matter. I’m American and live in America.

      • 8man - Jan 7, 2012 at 9:07 PM


        That was hilarious! I’m going to use it and pretend it’s my own.

      • soupy19 - Jan 7, 2012 at 10:17 PM

        Quit using injuries as an excuse. Its not an excuse. The reason they were injured is because they couldn’t handle the grind of 4 playoff rounds.

  6. crusty14 - Jan 7, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Watch the video again…. Burrows gives a whack to a bruin going off the ice right in front of thorton, before thorton gives burrows a little whack with his stick

  7. babar61 - Jan 7, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    The better team won today, the better team won in the finals. To say the canucks were lucky in that series is ludicrous. They won three games to get to game seven. Now, hate on the canucks all you want but no team beats another team three teams in a series just because of luck.

    • bigtganks - Jan 7, 2012 at 7:31 PM

      Exactly. Safe to say the healthier team won the finals and it was clear today in Boston what the more disciplined healthier team can do on the road.

      Can’t argue the Canucks appear to be the better team THIS YEAR. Last season is long over.

      • Ralphie - Jan 7, 2012 at 7:47 PM

        BigSkank, stop your whining you pussy. You lost the cup, deal with it beaver.

      • bigtganks - Jan 7, 2012 at 10:10 PM

        I have. You lost today in Boston to a backup. Vancouver is easily the better team. Please don’t reference anything from last year. Nice name calling too. Haha.

      • bigtganks - Jan 7, 2012 at 10:16 PM

        Im talking about THIS YEAR. Why are you so mad?

  8. habsman - Jan 7, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Not to worry, there will be no suspensions for any Bruin. Colin Campbell, Greggy’s da, will take care of it just like he did all last year. Congrats on winning the Campbell cup.

    • 8man - Jan 7, 2012 at 9:04 PM

      Congrats on having a logo shaped like a toilet seat.

      • blomfeld - Jan 7, 2012 at 9:58 PM

        No kidding eh ? … the options are “limitless” should the Canucks ever wish for a name change:

        – the Vancouver Arsonists
        – the Vancouver Car Flippers
        – the Vancouver Window Smashers
        – the Vancouver Thieves
        – the Vancouver “Let’s kick the shit out of innocent people”

        however, my personal favorite would be … “SURREY RULES !”

      • bigtganks - Jan 7, 2012 at 10:14 PM

        Classic coming from a group of fans who called out death threats to Buckner and his wife and kids and forced Buckner to leave town after a missed ground ball. Not being a vancouverite or Canadian for that matter Boston fans have no higher ground to stand on in anyone’s book.

      • 8man - Jan 7, 2012 at 10:57 PM


        So true. Boston has had it’s ugly incidents and none of us are proud of them. And I am on record as being supportive of San Jose and Philly in the recent weeks when they’ve had theirs.

        That being said, Boston, San Jose, and Philly never greased their own burgs.

  9. haroldballsagna - Jan 7, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Canucks can’t win at even strength. Congratulations on the two points tho.

    • bigtganks - Jan 8, 2012 at 12:28 AM

      Canucks are 4th in the league at 5 on 5. Nice try…

  10. vanfoodman - Jan 8, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    Can someone from Boston please explain Joe Haggerty from Pro Hockey Talk and everyone at NESN to me? Are you not insulted by their biased hyperbolic pandering tripe?

    • gallyhatch - Jan 8, 2012 at 11:35 AM

      Can I explain Haggerty or Nesn to you? No, I can’t.

      Haggs is a boob through & through, I’m not a fan. I only watch NESN for the games, I don’t watch their news shows. I go to CSNNE for local sports news. Unfortunately Haggerty reports for them so I have to put up with him, but it’s a better broadcast than NESN.

  11. numbcracker2109 - Jan 8, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    Someone please explain to me how the Canucks have so many people defending their style of play. I don’t think you have to be a hockey lifer to see that they play the game the wrong way. And I can’t understand how these people deride the bruins as goons while guys like burrows, Hansen and laps are out there trying to stir things up. You can bitch about Marchands hit all day because it was dirty, but what about Hansen spearing macquaid? That’s not goony because a Canuck did it. And they don’t play that kind of game….. right?

    • salmon90 - Jan 8, 2012 at 12:25 PM

      What style of play are we defending numbcracker? I’ll tell you exactly what happened yesterday. Canucks were playing their game for the first few minutes and generated a few scoring chances. Boston then changed it up and made it their game up until the end of the 2nd (or a little before when Marchand got the major). Do you think it was the Canucks game plan to mix it up after the whistle? Can you really not see that it’s Boston instigating that? Watch Horton after every puck is covered up. You’re talking about a Hansen ‘spear’ like Hansen is a dirty player? I’m sorry but for every Hansen spear I’ll give you 20 Chara and McQuaid crosschecks/slashes. So what are we defending? In the finals last year I’ll admit the embellishing was tough to watch so I’m not going to defend that. But like the Bruins goonery, this has been blown way out of proportion. I think the Canucks have gotten one penalty all year for ‘dving’. If you’re upset about the Weise incident where he faked like he was going to drop his gloves have a long think about that – that incident, although getting plenty of attention had ZERO impact on the actual game. I’ll repeat that. It had nothing to do with the actual game and did not affect it in ay way. Sure Weise probably went against the ‘code’ but so would have Thornton for fighting a guy who had already fought that period. Maybe you have a problem with Burrows? This one I love. Burrows is an agitator no doubt but what he is not is cheap (Bergeron bite aside). He doesn’t hit from behind, slewfoot, submarine. He may give you a slash or two but if you have a problem with that you should take down your Tim Thomas poster. Lapierre – again same boat. An agitator but he fought yesterday and has about 5 fights this season so in your eyes that should be answering the bell. If you want to say the Bruins are tougher than the Canucks there wont be a person in BC who would argue with you. They’re big, strong and mean and a good hockey team. Canucks aren’t built that way. They’re fast, skilled, hardworking and disciplined. If that makes them ‘girly’ or ‘soft’ than join your buddies and cut make some ‘Sedin sister’ posters. We’ve heard it all before. And if you think it’ hard to get goons on your team watch a couple of AHL games. Gillis could do that in a heartbeat and we could all talk about how tough we are. Instead he’s trying to build a hockey team this way. So what is it that we’re ‘defending’? I know what the Bruins fans are defending. There’s entire articles and comment sections dedicated to certain events from yesterday. Explain.

  12. numbcracker2109 - Jan 8, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    oh wait, could it be that the canucks are supported by the same kind of douchy fan base as the canadiens? The kind of fan base that complains about the thuggery of hockey when they lose but spends hours insulting the people of boston on message boards after they win? Good for the canucks, they won the game. But if you think they played that game honorably then you are hopeless.

    On a side note, Kevin Bieksa acts like he is above the fray during these scrums, but that dude needs to answer the bell once in awhile. He was an eager participant in that melee before the rest of the bruins got there, then he turns into ghandi once things get dicey. He was wise to sign that contract with the canucks, vancouver is the only city for him.

  13. janetsmz - Jan 8, 2012 at 3:32 AM

    What a bunch of rats the Bruins are….even Tiny Tim butt ended Malhotra without a penalty…and why is Thorton is still in the NHL?? Embarrassing!!!

  14. numbcracker2109 - Jan 8, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    I think a better question is why is dale weise still in the NHL? And the answer is I dont know.

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