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Watch the Bruins and Canucks renew hostilities in first period brawl

Jan 7, 2012, 3:06 PM EDT

Seven months apart did nothing to cool tempers between the Bruins and Canucks after their raucous seven-game Stanley Cup finals match-up. The teams got right back after each other just four minutes into their game this afternoon with all sorts of shenanigans breaking loose.

Shawn Thornton and Alex Burrows kicked off jousting with each other when every Canucks player on the ice descended upon Thornton in front of the Vancouver bench. Then everyone joined the party including Milan Lucic apparently coming off the bench to join the scrum. Lucic was kicked out of the game for that and may wind up getting a 10-game suspension for it.

Out of this whole mess the Canucks wound up with a 5-on-3 power play and if you can figure out how that was possible through all this, congratulations. Out of all this there were merely 38 penalty minutes handed out, two misconducts, and one game misconduct.

(Thanks to for the video.)

  1. madtolive5 - Jan 7, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Burrows is such a punk.

  2. stratomaticfan - Jan 7, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    What a joke…Canucks had 7 guys on the ice. Sedin steps off and they still had 6 guys involved in the scrap…yet only Lucic gets a game misconduct. Big time p**sy move by the Canucks having 6 guys jump Thornton.

    • taytay099 - Jan 7, 2012 at 4:26 PM

      Cool story, bro.

    • imleftcoast - Jan 8, 2012 at 12:06 AM

      Weise landed 20. Your boys suck. f’ck you Boston

    • whatswellydoing - Jan 8, 2012 at 2:13 AM

      It seems basic math is a problem for you…

  3. arsement - Jan 7, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    #9 ref in the video preview… my childhood hockey coach!

  4. shaqattaqer - Jan 7, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    haha 6 guys jumping thornton?? hahaha ok, yea that happened.

  5. mornelithe - Jan 7, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Looks like the refs from the Winter Classic were on the ice, what a joke. What’s the point of even watching games, may as well just ask the refs who’s going to win before the game.

    • bigtganks - Jan 7, 2012 at 4:26 PM

      Yah, I agree. What? That’s no icing. Penalty shot made for TV, sure!!

    • taytay099 - Jan 7, 2012 at 4:30 PM

      The reffing was fine. Both teams just took a lot of dumb penalties. Refs just wanted to keep a game like this under control.

      • stakex - Jan 7, 2012 at 5:23 PM

        Well, I’m certainly not a Boston fan… but I still can’t figure out how they ended up two men down after this brawl. I understand the whole “Keep the game under control” thing with a lot of the calls, but this fight seemed like the penelties should have canceled out. I would say it was a horrible call by the refs to put one team two men down after a strait up line brawl.

  6. bostonlovescanucks - Jan 7, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    Sounds like sore losers….oh right, we are talking about bruins fans…..

    • foodforthesoul28 - Jan 7, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      Sore looser? I’m a Bruins fan and I say congrats to you for beating the Bruins :) Honestly, I am happy that you won because I still know that Boston is an amazing team that can kill just about any team out there. I am over the loss and am moving on to the next game. It seems like you are sore winners….

      • imleftcoast - Jan 8, 2012 at 12:08 AM

        Marchand’s low shot. Enough said. f’ck you Boston.

    • stakex - Jan 7, 2012 at 5:27 PM

      A Canucks fan calling someone a sore loser, now THATS funny.

    • crkreg - Jan 7, 2012 at 5:59 PM

      Sore losers? If I’m not mistaken didn’t Vancouver fans riots the last time they lost to the Bruins? Stay classy Canucks!

  7. whlskey - Jan 7, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Not much of a Canucks or Bruins fan, but I love how Bieksa pairs off with Chara in the beginning, looks up realizing it’s Chara, and decides it’s in his best interest not to fight Chara.. They then just stand next to each other for the majority of the scrum, watching everyone else fight. Would have been nice to have 24/7 for this to give us an inside listen as to how that conversation might have went.

  8. babar61 - Jan 7, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    I wish they met again this year.

  9. 8man - Jan 7, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    I counted three, sometimes 4 Canucks on Thornton before the other Bruins got there. Memo to the NHL: Don’t want to see this? Don’t schedule the Canucks to play the Bruins. This ain’t going away. Suspend Lucic for ten and it will get worse.

    The refs were totally unprepared for this potential mayhem and were probably more than willing to let Thornton get his brains beat out by multiple Canucks before the rest of the B’s stepped in. It’s obvious to me that there was a lot that happened last May between these two teams and the B’s weren’t letting it go.

    I like the way Horton got his own pound of the flesh against the team that kept him off the ice for the majority of the series. We won the one that counted Vancouver.

  10. crusty14 - Jan 7, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    Watch the clip, at one point there are 4 Canucks on Thornton , including one Sedin . Then 2 more Canucks come into the picture ( that’s 6 guys on the ice not counting the guy who was fighting Horton), then the Sedin sneaks onto the bench. I personally don’t care that much about the fight, but how does Boston go down 2 men? Some real strange penalty calls there!

  11. jimeejohnson - Jan 8, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Vancouver blew a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Finals! The Stanley Cup is in Boston and the Bruins are reigning NHL Champions. The Canucks are the second best hockey team in the world. A Stanley Cup rematch would be awesome. Good luck to both teams, but stay classy, fans.

  12. imleftcoast - Jan 8, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    By beating the tar out of Horton? Nice try loser.

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