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Canucks livid over Marchand “cheap shot”

Jan 8, 2012, 12:47 PM EDT

While they were pleased about exorcising their TD Garden demons yesterday, the win couldn’t overshadow how irate the Vancouver Canucks were with Bruins forward Brad Marchand. Veteran defenseman Sami Salo reportedly suffered a concussion late in the second period after being low-bridged by Marchand, a move that earned the B’s agitator a five-minute clipping major and game misconduct.

After the game, Vancouver players and management wasted no time sharing their thoughts on the incident.

“A dirty play by a dirty player.” — GM Mike Gillis

“It’s very, very cheap. I can’t think of a cheaper hit you can do on the ice. That and a slew-foot kind of go hand in hand. Twenty seconds before that, [Marchand] and Sami have a pretty good collision in the exact same spot. Sami probably gets the better of him. Then second time, Marchand comes back and loses his will and goes down low. A cheap shot from him, and I hope he gets a phone call from the league.” — defenseman Kevin Bieksa.

Several media types expressed their thoughts on the Marchand hit, including Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe:

[Marchand] got everything he deserved when he was tossed, and he is probably headed for yet another hearing with Brendan Shanahan, the league’s director of discipline.

Marchand last month was fined $2,500 for slew-footing Pittsburgh’s Matt Niskanen, but escaped a suspension. The clip on Salo now makes Marchand a frequent offender, and Shanahan has shown an intolerance this season for players who come back for second helpings of his mercy.

“You want to know the best case for keeping fighting in the game?’’ said one pro scout as the day drew to a close. “It’s because of dirty plays like that by Marchand. Take the fighting out, and that kind of stuff will go on all day long.’’

Should also be noted the Vancouver Province’s Ben Kuzma is reporting Marchand will face a disciplinary hearing for the hit, though that’s yet to be confirmed by the NHL.

  1. salmon90 - Jan 8, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Only thing worse than the hit is Coach Julien defending it by saying Marchand was just avoiding getting a ‘possible concussion’. Really Julien? Salo was going in to concuss Marchand? I’m sure that was the case. Right before Henrik was going to go beat up Chara. Marchand’s a good player but he’s dirty. This isn’t his first offense and won’t be his last. Shanny has to put this guy in his place.

  2. dolanster - Jan 8, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Marchand needs to be told that he has to remove this maneuver from his bag of tricks. He’s a small guy, who plays very physical for his size, and I’m sure he’s developed a whole array of moves to stay alive over the course of his junior and pro career. Now that he’s made it to the show, and he’s a points leader on a championship team, he needs to retire this “ducking” a check low bridge. It works, but it’s cheap, and it will get guys hurt. Shanny should tell them that explicitly when he sits him down. Kids gotta learn.

    PS: I’m a Bruins fan.

  3. redrew - Jan 8, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Just curious on one point….is a player not allowed to duck low away from a hit. Marchand was being lined up for a hit….Do we all accept that fact? Is it the league’s view that Marchand must stay up right and accept the hit……crouching as a defense mechanism is illegal? I can accept a big penalty on a player if he his lining up his opponent and go low to finish him offf. I just don’t see how you suspend this guy if his initial reaction is ducking from a guy ready to run him in the boards.

    One last gripe…..how is it possible that Horton gets attacked by 6 Canucks, yet the Bruins go 2 men down. And if 6 Canucks are piling into the guy, isn’t that one too many skaters allowed on the ice?

    That being said…Vancouver’s powereplay is scary awesome. Bruins were stupid for engaging in the tit for tat crap….it played into the Canucks game plan.

    • Mike Halford - Jan 8, 2012 at 1:27 PM

      The NHL has been pretty stringent about low-bridging ever since this:

      Tucker wasn’t penalized on the play, but the NHL later included it in a video of unacceptable hits. It’s a really dangerous move, even if you are just trying to protect yourself. One, you can blow out an opponent’s knee (like Peca). Two, the opponent is likely to land on his head/shoulder, another huge injury risk.

      Of note, this is probably why they keep dinging Vancouver defenseman Keith Ballard for clipping when he goes low. Some will argue he’s throwing legit hipchecks, but the risk for injury is off the charts.

    • Ralphie - Jan 8, 2012 at 1:33 PM

      Sami Salo, 6 foot 3, 220 lbs lining up Marchand (5 foot 9, 180 lbs) along the glass to take his head off and Marchand ducked under it. I hope someone does that to that dirty scumbag Matt Cooke the next time he try’s to line up a player along the boards/glass to ram their head into it and end their career (Marc Savard). You’re a dope if you think Marchand is going to stand there an take it just to avoid a penalty (but get his head caved in).

      • salmon90 - Jan 8, 2012 at 3:45 PM

        Salo was coming in to take his head off? Say that a few more times and you’ll realize how silly that sounds.

      • elvispocomo - Jan 8, 2012 at 4:03 PM

        I challenge you to show me any video evidence in Salo’s career that he’s ever hit someone with the possibility of “taking their head off.” The reason why I say that is because Salo plays hard but is not an explosively physical player who makes big, aggressive hits.

        Besides, how is Marchand ducking going to save him from any impact (other than an illegal one, and that should be dealt with by the refs and Shanny, or maybe the rest of his mob/team will make them pay)? Salo’s still going to make contact with him even if Marchand gets under his arms/shoulders – and Salo does, except the potential for injury skyrockets since it’s not a play Salo should expect as a legal reaction to him coming in to play the man. Going by Claude Julien’s explanation after the game that Marchand was protecting himself from illegal hits, perhaps Salo should have escalated on his side, since there’s potential in every contact someone will do something illegal like lowbridge you.

        I say the next time Salo sees Marchand, he should use the windmill defense like in the Simpsons. Salo will just skate up, arms swinging in a wild uppercut motion, saying, “If you get hit it’s your own fault.”

  4. cakrywyj - Jan 8, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Bieksa described it spot on. It was the same exact play that happened not even 20 seconds before, which was pretty much a draw and Marchand lost his cool like an asshole for no reason at all. He chases Salo around like he was the one who was cheap shot, throws a few punches.. Then when they could have literally replayed the 1st hit.. He goes low. That’s such a piece of trash move and if you don’t see what’s wrong with it.. Take off your Bruins goggles and watch it again. If that doesn’t work, start watching the NBA because hockey obviously is too complicated for you.

    • Ralphie - Jan 8, 2012 at 1:47 PM

      You want to know “assholes” losing their cool? How about 6 Canucks jumping Horton and getting off scott free..,including that POS LaPierre diving onto the pile swinging over the top with the other 5 – and Burrows jabbing the tip of his stick into Horton’s throat. The dirty, gutless crap that Wiese pulled challenging Thornton to brawl then running when Thornton threw down (the Ref’s had him cold didn’t they?). Wiese rode the express train into the Pussy Hall of Fame with that move. Other than being pussies the Nucks are a swell bunch. Same cheap crap as last year.

      • salmon90 - Jan 8, 2012 at 3:55 PM

        It’s so ridiculous that you would be that upset over Weise trying to goad Thornton into a penalty. This play resulted in offsetting minors – in other words had absolutely zero impact on the game. What are you whining about? Think about it – you’re calling us cheap and gutless yet we’re the team out a guy with a concussion. You’ve been brainwashed into thinking that the Bruins play the ‘right way’ by bullying people up and down the ice. That Marchand is a hero for punching the Sedins. Most of the toughness from the Bruins comes after the whistle as they try to stir it up because they’re big and tough. In other words, trying to drag the game into a street fight or if you like – the gutter. You’ve been listening to too much Jack Edwards and that Haggerty fat ass. The best hockey I ever watched was the 2010 Olympics. Good, hard, fast hockey minus all the after whistle BS. Bruins live off that after whistle crap.

      • elvispocomo - Jan 8, 2012 at 4:24 PM

        You’re absolutely allowed to talk about those instances as reasons to be upset, but don’t use them as a defence for lowbridging a guy and having it result in a concussion.

      • Ralphie - Jan 8, 2012 at 6:06 PM

        Salmonella, you have your panties in a bunch again? You want a little cheese whit that whine? You can’t handle that the Canucks are a bunch of sneaky, gutless lowlifes? Just like last year, they pull the same sneaky crap. They’re more like European soccer clowns taking flops. Bruins have the Cup however.

      • elvispocomo - Jan 8, 2012 at 8:01 PM

        Once again, no response when the truth hits you in the face but to go back to, “Oh yeah, well we won last year so whatever you have to say about this hit means nothing.”

    • elvispocomo - Jan 8, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      I’m glad you brought up the point about this version of the video. The other clips have focused on the clipping play, but this one has the play leading up to it, where you see exactly the same situation except Salo and Marchand make shoulder to should contact and everyone’s fine. Then then next time the puck comes up the boards, Salo comes into repeat that same play but Marchand lowbridges him instead.

      Clearly, Marchand was in fear for his own safety not knowing what the bigger Salo would do in that situation and had to take drastic steps to defend himself. *rolls eyes*

      • Ralphie - Jan 8, 2012 at 6:02 PM

        @elvispocomo, show me where it says it’s excuse for Marchand? It’s not, what those instances prove however is that the Canucks are a bunch of punks.

        That is all.

      • elvispocomo - Jan 8, 2012 at 8:06 PM

        I’d be happy to debate those instances, but considering we’re all talking about the Marchand hit, it makes it seem that you’re using those instances as a defence for Marchand lowbridging Salo.

        “I think the Canucks are a bunch of punks, ergo Salo had it coming to him and Marchand was right to do it.”

        If you want to walk into a debate about a specific subject and add something to the discussion, it’s probably wise not to start with inflammatory comments about separate issues from a different point of the game.

        The troll is strong within you.

  5. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 8, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    I don’t like the fact that every hit thrown generates a discussion about suspensions nowadays. No question this was a dirty play by Marchand. That’s why he got thrown out of the game. There used to be a time when you were penalized for a dirty hit and, unless it was especially malicious, then that was it. I know those days are long gone but these daily suspension discussions really bother me.

    • loinstache - Jan 8, 2012 at 2:12 PM

      Shockingly it bothers the rest of the league when their players go out with concussions because of said hits.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 8, 2012 at 3:07 PM

        So because concussions are being more properly diagnosed we should suspend every player who concusses another? Sorry, but that’s not going to accomplish anything.

      • elvispocomo - Jan 8, 2012 at 4:29 PM

        For mrmojo: We should if it was an illegal play by a repeat offender. I know you’re exaggerating (or at least I hope you are) to play devil’s advocate, but a dirty play is a dirty play. No one is suggesting hitting be taken out of hockey or a clean play resulting in a injury should be suspended.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 8, 2012 at 5:10 PM

        I’m saying whether or not a player is concussed by a hit should have no bearing on a suspension, and that’s even truer when everyone who bumps their head the wrong way is being diagnosed with a concussion these days.

      • elvispocomo - Jan 8, 2012 at 8:10 PM

        All the more reason to take illegal plays that have higher instances of concussions out of the game, no?

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 8, 2012 at 9:37 PM

        That makes no sense as a response to my comment, especially since I never argued dangerous hits didn’t need to be taken out of the game. My only point here is that resulting injuries should never affect how suspendable a hit is.

      • deterrant25 - Jan 9, 2012 at 12:11 AM

        mrmojo: if concussions should have no bearing on whether a suspension is given or not, then what do you now think about Rome’s suspension for his late hit on Horton. It was said that his injury was taken into account for the Rome suspension. Late hit penalty only? Game misconduct? or 4 game suspension in the Finals? That suspension played a role in the finals last year in one way, shape or form.

        Understand, I am not defending the hit itself, just the consequences.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 9, 2012 at 5:17 PM

        I didn’t like the suspension at the time and still don’t agree with it. I’ve always felt injuries should be left out of the equation when a suspension is given. Players also get hurt on clean plays. Either a hit is dirty or it isn’t, any resulting injury really doesn’t change that fact.

  6. cakrywyj - Jan 8, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    It’s the same thing with football and “defenseless receivers” You have to over penalize for awhile to change the culture of the game. I doubt it will be like this forever, unless players like this continue to show zero respect at all.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jan 8, 2012 at 1:45 PM

      You want players to show respect? Take out the instigator penalty so there’s nothing to dissuade the biggest guy on the opposition from beating the hell out of rats like Marchand. Guys like him won’t run around throwing cheap shots if they know there’s a good chance they’ll be eating through a straw the next day.

  7. cakrywyj - Jan 8, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    @Ralphie. That size difference didn’t seem to have any affect on the first hit that literally happened not even 20 seconds before the illegal hit. Same two players. They didn’t change sizes. Legal hit. Marchand takes hits from bigger players every game, you’d think hed be used to it by now, huh?

  8. cakrywyj - Jan 8, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Ahh, now I see. Before you call people “dopes” for not agreeing with you when you have no clue what you’re talking about, why don’t you just show your Bruins’ man love first. That way the objective people without agendas know who to ignore.

    • Ralphie - Jan 8, 2012 at 2:11 PM

      You don’t need to agree with me. You’re still an unobjective dope though. I know last years finals result still burns hot like downtown Vancouver the evening of June 15, 2011. Try not to rupture your panty liner with all that anxiety princess.

      • vanyesno - Jan 8, 2012 at 11:04 PM

        ripping our city because a bunch of idiots from surrey and burnaby came in to destroy it should have nothing to do with this hit. The fact of the matter is marchand is a rat who went after an old mans legs and not only could he have ended his career he gave him a concussion and from the way salo skated back to the bench a dislocated shoulder.

  9. redrew - Jan 8, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Comparing the Tucker hit to the Marchand hit is like night and day. One guy is lining up his hit 20 ft away while Marchand ducks the last second. Check out the Marchand hit at 58 seconds. He ducks at the last split second. Call it cowardly, call it self preservation….I see it as a guy reacting to a potential hit by ducking. No doubt, Marchand is a rat and one of those guys you love on your team/ hate on the other team. I just don’t see suspending a guy for a quick self preservation reaction. Its like asking someone not to move their head when a punch is coming toward their face.

    • Mike Halford - Jan 8, 2012 at 2:01 PM

      Didn’t mean to “compare” hits — just saying the NHL is gonna come down on low-bridging no matter what the circumstances are, and it all stems from Tucker-Peca. I might’ve confused the issue there, my bad.

      • redrew - Jan 8, 2012 at 2:04 PM

        I know. One last point, Marchand hit the back of the guys legs as Salo was looking to deliver a face full of ass

      • elvispocomo - Jan 8, 2012 at 8:14 PM

        Well, Salo has to do something due to the ‘last second reaction’ of Marchand. I’m pretty sure he was expecting a shoulder to shoulder contact just like the previous play not 20 seconds before.

        It sure seems Marchand got devastated by that one so I can see why he wouldn’t want to do it again. * rolls eyes*

  10. blomfeld - Jan 8, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    THE FLYING NUN …

    the reason for the upset was the awkward nature in which Salo landed on the ice … had he landed in a more orthodox fashion and simply got up, then I maintain that “little if anything” would have have come of it … as it was, the sight of Salo initially lying motionless on the ice put “fear” into all that were watching and hence the knee-jerk reaction … but doesn’t that speak volumes for the “hypocrites” which we are … nothing brings people to their feet faster than a serious fight and yet the “second” one of the combatants falls lifeless to the ice, everyone is in “shock and disgust” … I remember so well here back in 2004, when the entire building at GM Pace was cheering on Bertuzzi to really “give it” to Moore, only to then become silent the “second” Moore stopped moving on the ice … people want violence and yet they’re absolute cowards when it comes to the consequences of such violence ? …

    at any rate, Marchand’s hit on Salo is hardly in the category of what goes on in the league on an almost nightly basis now … shoving someone from behind “headfirst” into the boards is both “dirty and cowardly” … assuming a defensive position in the face of an imminent collision with a “vastly” larger opponent is not …

    ps: Salo apparently went with the team on to Florida, so all you “dress-makers” here in Vancouver can settle down now and take it easy …

    • elvispocomo - Jan 8, 2012 at 8:18 PM

      The “I’m sure if he hadn’t been so obviously hurt nothing would have come of it” defence sure sounds familiar, but I can’t place where I’ve heard it. Was it this year? No must have been older than that. Oh – I’ve got it! Last year in the Stanley Cup Finals when a late hit (which was otherwise deemed a hockey play by the NHL) by Rome on Horton sure seemed to cause a lot of outrage amongst Bruin fans.

  11. yettyskills - Jan 8, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    There was a time and day when teams fixed this on their own.

    Perceived lil rats got beat up.

    Then one day this lil no name nobody named Steve Moore got what was coming to him, and we can no longer have lil rats dealt with properly.

  12. foodforthesoul28 - Jan 8, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    So Vancouver is livid that Salo got a concussion. Well, now you know how we felt when Rome concussed Horton!

    • foodforthesoul28 - Jan 8, 2012 at 2:42 PM

      BTW I do hope Marchand gets a suspension and I am a Bruins fan. I just don’t like how the Cunucks blow everything up. I mean They jumped Thornton, last year they dove, bit fingers and concussed Horton. I can assume that all of Boston fans were livid about that. Well Now Vancouver knows what it feels like. I hope Salo returns quickly and that his injury is not bad.

      Also another thing to think about, Maybe this is just like the Miller incident where he said he was concussed and then Lucic didn’t get any suspension and then Miller was fine…. We will have to see. If that is the case there should be a major punishment for milking an injury in order to get another player suspended or for just milking the injury.

    • F4S Leigh - Jan 8, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      It’s actually not the concussion. That was just an unfortunate result of the fact that Salo’s head hit the ice after he was submarined. It’s more the issue that this kind of hit can wreck a guy’s knees – it’s pure dumb luck that Salo didn’t get THAT sort of injury. It actually has little to do with the result of the hit – it’s the nature of the hit that makes it a problem. Halford’s right – the league has been very sensitive to these hits for quite some time and they call them pretty close to the vest. The Canucks’ Ballard likes the hip check and he’ll get penalized for anything even in the thigh area, and that’s the reason why. Even Don Cherry, the biggest of all Bruin supporters, called this the “worst kind of hit”.

      As for the Rome/Horton hit – that was not a “headshot” and I stand by that to this day. Borderline for sure. But, on replay, the INITIAL point of contact wasn’t the head, it was the shoulder. The league didn’t penalize him for a head shot, it was for “interference”. Based on the rules at that time, it should have been a 2 minute minor and nothing more. Luckily for the Bruins, it got them interested in the series and it obviously motivated them to eventually come back to win. So, in a strange way – you should be thankful that hit occurred.

      • foodforthesoul28 - Jan 8, 2012 at 3:32 PM

        okay good points!

        I mean yea this hit was not good and Marchand should have taken the hit instead I just think Vancouver is over reacting and have no room to be complaining given their past history with the B’s.

        And For some strange reason a part of me was thankful for that hit because I think it gave the B’s an extra edge and the other part of me still does not like that hit. Thanks for your input.

  13. cakrywyj - Jan 8, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    @ralphie.. The funny part is that you think bc i disagree with you the only city I could possibly be from is Vancouver. Just a regular American and hockey fan. Which is why I can be objective unlike your posts which, ironically, reek of what you’re accusing me of being. Who’s the “dope” now?

    • Ralphie - Jan 8, 2012 at 6:09 PM

      You.

      • vanyesno - Jan 8, 2012 at 11:05 PM

        actually since you thumbed up your own response, it seems its you.

  14. numbcracker2109 - Jan 8, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Marchand does need to stop doing that, but let’s be clear.. If Bieksa and his merry band of bad asses had any guts then they should’ve done something about it instead of just hoping he gets a call from the league. And just to reiterate the Canucks have an assortment of players who take after Marchand but they are conviniently left out of this conversation. I also like the added touch of Salo acting like he was dead then miraculously skating off the ice under his own power. I’m sure he was hurt, but he had to act like he was clinging to life. No surprise there.

    • F4S Leigh - Jan 8, 2012 at 2:52 PM

      You know, it’s comments like this from Bruin fans that really leave me wondering if anyone in Beantown actually knows anything about hockey? I would expect more from a city that houses an Original Six team. I find it absolutely astounding that Bruin fans, of all people, complain about this supposed “ganging up”, when immediately after it started, Sedin goes on the bench knowing that they had more players out there. Then of course, Lucic comes back onto the ice to join in the fray. I can buy the league’s argument that it was on a line change, but if the intent of the rule is to prevent odd-man situations, then clearly the spirit of the rule wasn’t followed.

      I think the Canucks showed a ton of “guts” yesterday. The fact is, the Canucks don’t employ any goons the way the Bruins do (Lucic, Thornton, Marchand). I’m leaving Chara out of this, but undoubtedly he’s the toughest of them all – luckily for the entire league, he’s not dirty the way the rest of the Bruins are. The Canucks stood up to the bullies, and ended up winning the game. It’s pretty much as simple as that. The Canucks are not by nature a “tough” team – but they played tough enough yesterday to get the job done.

      I’m sooooo sick of Bruin fans thinking their team is so “tough”, and that it’s a good way to play the game. They are undoubtedly tough, no argument here. But, they are also extremely dirty, easily the dirtiest team in the league – a bunch of bullies, just like on a schoolyard. And dirty does not equal tough – they are very different. Marchand’s hit? Dirty. Thomas’ butt ending Malhotra? Dirty. Thornton’s slash on Burrows that started the whole line brawl? Dirty. Seidenberg’s hit on Ebbett that caused the broken collarbone? Tough.

      See – they are different. One play is clean, the rest are dirty. And I would expect any seasoned hockey fan to know the difference. The Bruins continually went over the line last spring, and it worked for them – starting in game 3, after Thornton was inserted in the lineup. Yesterday, the game was (for the most part) officiated properly, the Canucks got better goaltending, scored on the power play, and it was a different result.

      Here’s a game review that goes through the whole thing. It was an interesting game for sure… I’d say “see you in the Cup finals again”, but odds are that won’t happen. So… best of luck the rest of the regular season.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jan 8, 2012 at 3:08 PM

        The people you call goons are 30, 10 and 20 goal scorers. Marchand set the rookie playoff scoring record last year so your description is not accurate.
        The Canucks have never showed guts with their style of play. they’re classless and gutless best shown by the unwillingness to drop the gloves after chirping all day. If you think you’re winning a Cup when your #1 goalie can’t play the best teams, you’re going to be very surprised this spring.

      • vanyesno - Jan 8, 2012 at 4:35 PM

        Actually we did have our number one in net. The Ginger runs show, and the fact you cant see that we let him start in front of his family and friends (who are all bruins season tickets holders I might add) is kind of a joke.

      • F4S Leigh - Jan 8, 2012 at 5:25 PM

        @hockeyflow – that’s a total strawman argument. There’s nothing to it. Classless is pulling the kind of stuff the B’s do all over the ice in almost every game they play. It just is what it is. Anytime you stick guys and throw cheap shots, it’s classless. The Canucks aren’t perfect, no team in the league is. But the Bruins take it to the nth degree.

        Also, just because your goons can actually play hockey as well doesn’t mean they are not “goons” – but if you want a different noun to describe them sure, call them whatever you want. The funny thing is, they ARE good enough hockey players (Thornton excepted – he has not talent whatsoever) that they don’t need to make that stuff part of their game. We’ll tally up the number of suspensions and fines at the end of the year and revisit this discussion if you’d like, but it’s not going to be in your favor. By the way, I think the Canucks did drop the gloves yesterday, no? And yes, the Canucks chirp, but no more than any other team in the league.

        Interesting that nobody’s talking about the Thomas butt-end on Malhotra? Classless too, against one of the classiest players in the league. *shakes head*

      • indianhead1992 - Jan 8, 2012 at 6:56 PM

        Chara nearly paralyzed a player last year, how is he not considered dirty on that play?

    • elvispocomo - Jan 8, 2012 at 8:32 PM

      I’d be happy to have you bring any of the Canucks into the conversation who you feel would similarly injure a player with an illegal hit. And I did say an illegal hit versus a good hit gone bad – everyone makes mistakes (like Lucic having some dubious moments already this year).

  15. demons87 - Jan 8, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Dan Hamhuis hit from Game one of the Finals. Hamhuis even helped flip Lucic over with his arm. Not only not penalized but celebrated on all the highlight shows. Which is it, great hit or suspendable offense? If it’s not a penalty on the sports biggest stage, why is it a penalty during a regular season game in January.

    • salmon90 - Jan 8, 2012 at 4:01 PM

      Lucic had the puck and Hamhuis flipped him. Salo was coming in for a hit and Marchand took him out. There’s a massive difference. If you need more help here I can provide.

    • vanyesno - Jan 8, 2012 at 4:33 PM

      Beause dan hamhuis is a beauty not a rat who flipped a speeding train (aka milan lucic) and flipped him over his head. Not only is the hit celebrated, as it should be, I mean Milan would love to lay out hip checks in such clean fashion [not bashing milan at all, from vancouver, still wished we drafted that beaut instead of patrick white] there is a huge difference between that hit and this one.

    • vanyesno - Jan 8, 2012 at 4:33 PM

      Because dan hamhuis is a beauty not a rat who flipped a speeding train (aka milan lucic) and flipped him over his head. Not only is the hit celebrated, as it should be, I mean Milan would love to lay out hip checks in such clean fashion [not bashing milan at all, from vancouver, still wished we drafted that beaut instead of patrick white] there is a huge difference between that hit and this one.

    • F4S Leigh - Jan 8, 2012 at 5:26 PM

      Stop talking before you embarrass yourself even more. Yeesh…

      • F4S Leigh - Jan 8, 2012 at 5:27 PM

        To clarify, that was meant for demons87… these hits are so different it’s not even worth bringing up.

  16. crusty14 - Jan 8, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    I love how these Canuck fans keep saying that thorton started it all with that dirty slash on burrows. Am I the only one that sees burrows give a slash to a bruin player going on the bench? Burrows is the one who starts things with that slash, then Thornton retaliates , then burrows gets his stick up in thortons face/ neck area, so thorton punches him in the head, and the melee starts!

    I have no problem with all the Canucks jumping thorton, the problem I have is how Boston goes down 2 men out of all that!

    • elvispocomo - Jan 8, 2012 at 8:34 PM

      If you want to call that a slash, then I sure hope you don’t ever play hockey. There’s not enough padding in the world to protect you from massive bruise and broken bones that would obviously have resulted from that – intentional or not!

  17. indianhead1992 - Jan 8, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Canucks livid after cheap shot? Coming from a team that pulled Duncan Keith’s hair, and bit the Bruins in the finals last year. You have a team full of dirty players (aside from the Sedin Sisters but they tend to dive whenever there is a stick by their legs or get roughed up a bit). You are one of the most dirtiest teams in the NHL then its Boston, but I’m happy this happened to the Cafucks, a bunch of pussies on that team. I would give Vancouver respect if they didn’t score more than half of their goals on the PP. The refs love Vancouver and Montreal its very annoying.

    • vanchuk - Jan 8, 2012 at 7:54 PM

      fingers can’t be bit if they’re not in someone’s mouth… and diving like Horton was all night? or like every bruin on the ice in the last 2 minutes? Good teams win the special teams battle, thats how you score more goals than the opposition. yeah, sure the canucks embellish to get calls, but so does EVERY TEAM in the league. the canucks are just better on the powerplay than anyone else so it makes it that much more penalizing when they get the calls.

  18. imleftcoast - Jan 8, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    It should be 10 games. It’s pre-meditated and aimed at injury. Any Bruin fan defending that is a fair weather fan who doesn’t love hockey.

  19. cshearing - Jan 9, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    Have to say I am impressed with most Bruins fans’ attitudes here. Expected more “deserved it” comments and defenses of the hit. I am pleasantly surprised; good show.

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