Here We Go Again
It’s been 913 days since the Canucks lost game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals to the Boston Bruins. The two teams meet again tonight in Vancouver for the first time The Canucks still have 12 players left over from that series while the Bruins have 13. Some things have changed, some stay the same. The Canucks are still hated by the majority of fans outside of BC, the Bruins on the other hand are loved as a physical hard-hitting team that plays tough and get the respect that comes with being Stanley Cup Champions. Why is there this perception? In the 913 days since the Bruins hoisted the Cup on Vancouver ice the Canucks have had 6 players suspended by the NHL, with the longest suspension being Zach Kassian’s 3 pre-season + 5 regular season games for breaking Sam Gagner’s jaw on September 21st of this year. The Bruins have been suspended a total of 5 times with the longest suspension being 5 games Brad Marchand received for clipping Sami Salo of the Canucks on Jan 7th, 2012, and have been fined twice for 2 separate incidents. Oh but I forgot, currently Shawn Thorton has missed 3 games for his slew foot and sucker punch of Brooks Orpik. The official suspension comes down later today with the over/under somewhere around 15 games. So based on these facts it seems these 2 teams are fairly close when it comes to dirty plays. Fair assessment if you actually think the NHL isn’t heavily influenced by Jeremy Jacobs the Bruins owner. In those 913 days and the month before the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoff started, the Bruins have actually had 2 more incidents that went unpunished. They were considered hockey plays by NHL.
The first being Milan Lucic running over Ryan Miller on November 12th, 2011. It was deemed a hockey play. Really? Alex Edler goes behind the net and hits Mike Smith along the boards on March 21st, 2013 and is given 2 games for charging. Do me a favour and YouTube these 2 incidents and tell me what one deserved a longer suspension, or a suspension at all. The second non suspension of a Bruin actually happened before the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs on March 8th, 2011 when Zdeno Chara hit Max Pacioretty into the stanchion at the end of the Bruins bench. Mike Murphy was the NHL “lack of” Disciplinarian on this hit. It was deemed a hockey play. Many at the time were shocked Chara escaped suspension, as they believe Chara knew exactly what he was doing and where on the ice he was. Yet again another Bruin escaped punishment. If you are one of the many that for whatever reason hate the Canucks for how they play, how do you feel about the Bruins?
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