If you did not catch any of the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks Stanley Cup rematch on Saturday afternoon you really missed out, because this battle has everything you would want in a hockey game.
With about four minutes gone in the first period, Bruins forward Shawn Thornton went after Canucks forward Alexander Burrows along the team benches, and every Vancouver player on the ice jumped onto Thornton. The Bruins, like they always do, came right over to help Thornton out.
It was a totally gutless move from the Canucks. Five guys on one player? That's embarrassing. I understand Thornton doesn't need to come after Burrows there, but for five guys to jump on him, two of whom came late, is totally uncalled for.
Bruins forward Nathan Horton fought Canucks forward Dale Weise while all that was going on as well, and it was a lengthy and hard-fought bout.
However, Lucic had one foot on the ice and one foot off it, so the league will need to review it and determine what suspension or other decision will be made.
The fines/suspension section of Rule 70.10 reads as follows:
"The first player to leave the players’ or penalty bench during an altercation or for the purpose of starting an altercation from either or both teams shall be suspended automatically without pay for the next ten (10) regular League and/or Play-off games of his team."
It later adds the following:
"The Coach(es) of the team(s) whose player(s) (including goalkeepers) left the players’ bench(es) or penalty bench(es)during an altercation shall be suspended, pending a review by the Commissioner. The Coach(es) also will be fined a maximum of ten thousand dollars ($10,000)."
Bruins forward Brad Marchand was ejected near the end of the second period for a cheap shot on Canucks defenseman Sami Salo along the boards in the Vancouver zone. Marchand will face a possible suspension for the hit.
It's safe to say league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan will be busy this weekend watching the highlights from this game and maybe handing out some fines and/or suspensions in the coming days.
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