Only two points were on the line, not the Stanley Cup, but you could tell the bad blood still carried over to this 4-3 Vancouver victory.
The most hated man in Boston last spring, Alex Burrows, scored a goal and had 14 minutes in penalties, 12 of which came during a huge scrum just 3:54 into the game.
The most hated man in Vancouver, Brad Marchand, scored a pretty goal to tie the game 1-1 in the first period. But he also was nailed with a five-minute major and game misconduct for clipping when he went extremely low on a hit on Sami Salo.
Salo was taken out at the knees, and went over top of Marchand, falling awkwardly on his head and shoulder. Salo left the game with what is suspected to be a shoulder injury.
Expect the NHL to review the hit, and I don't doubt that Marchand will be chatting with Brendan Shanahan.
Another Bruin was also assessed a game misconduct and should be suspended.
During the major brawl that erupted at 3:54 of the first period, Milan Lucic had just came off on a line change, and then after the whistle jumped back out the still open door to join the fray.
He was given a two minute minor for roughing, and also a game misconduct for leaving the bench.
This will be reviewed by the NHL, but it is pretty open and shut.
Under rule 70.10 of the NHL rulebook:
"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."
The key wording here is automatically.
The on-ice officials ruled that he left the bench, as per the official game summary, so there isn't really any judgement call here by the NHL.
Additionally, Claude Julien could also be fined or suspended for not controlling his bench.
However, as Ryan Miller can attest, Lucic might just tell the NHL that he didn't mean to, and get off scott free.
Will Lucic or Marchand by suspended?
Well, the Bruins feel they are unfairly held to a higher standard by the NHL after high profile hits.
The rest of the NHL feels the Bruins are held to a different standard by the NHL head office, but not a higher one.
Will Shanahan uphold the rulebook and suspend both Bruins? We'll find out shortly.
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