Stanley Cup Finals 2011: Who Is the Dirtiest Player in the Finals?

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Stanley Cup Finals 2011: Who Is the Dirtiest Player in the Finals?
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In the wake of Aaron Rome's old school hit that left Nathan Horton concussed and his subsequent suspension, there has been a trend in the media to portray the Vancouver Canucks as a bunch of goons, a throwback to the days of the 1970s Philadelphia Flyers.

There has also been a corresponding trend to absolve the Bruins of all responsibility for the nastiness in the Stanley Cup Finals and also to paint them as a bunch of Lady Byng winners who are being picked on by the bullying, no-talent Canucks.

Yeah, that couldn't be further from the truth.

Do the Canucks have players that cross the line?

Yes.

Do the Bruins have players that cross the line?

Yes.

Both teams have players that cross the line at times when playing hard and that the other 28 NHL teams consider dirty—or at least consider to be a player you hate to play against but love when he is on your team.

Still, at least neither team has someone crazy enough to climb into the stands and beat a fan with a shoe.

Lets take a look at a few recent incidents, and then feel free to contribute to the comments with your take on who the worst offender is.

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