When Maxim Lapierre came to the Vancouver Canucks, he had a nasty reputation of being one of the most undisciplined players in the game. To everyone's surprise, Alain Vigneault managed to keep him in check for quite a while, but that no longer seems to be the case.
Lapierre was the team leader in penalty minutes in the regular season by 36 minutes. But that stat was overlooked when Lapierre found success on the first line while Daniel Sedin was out with a concussion.
So far in the postseason, he has taken another lead in the PIM department, but this time he doesn't have the offensive contribution to make it excusable.
In Game 1, Lapierre was plus-1, picking up an assist on Alex Edler's goal, but he also made an undisciplined play when he received a charging penalty in the second period. Overall, Lapierre played well in this game.
In Game 2, Lapierre was floating in no-man's land when the Kings scored their fourth goal of the game, and he contributed nothing but a cheap crosscheck to Trevor Lewis after he had put the puck in the net. Twenty-three seconds later, he received a 10 minute misconduct.
Game 3 was surely Lapierre's worst of the series. In the first period, Lapierre's lack of discipline was evident when he took a roughing penalty. Later in the game when the Canucks were down 1-0, Lapierre received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty when he attempted to interfere/hip-check Drew Doughty with the puck nowhere in sight. Lapierre's lack of discipline at bad times in Game 3 played a huge role in preventing Vancouver from gaining momentum and winning the game.
After the performance on Sunday, don't be surprised to see Daniel Sedin and Byron Bitz in the lineup Wednesday, while Lapierre watches from a distance.