With the news of Shawn Thornton being suspended 15 games yesterday, the Bruins wrapped up their mini-tour of Canada with a blowout loss against the Vancouver Canucks 6-2.
Shots on goal is usually a good indicator of how hard a team is playing and the Bruins definitely were trying to win, but it just wasn’t their night and it turned out to be a pathetic showing for them. The Canucks are now winners of seven straight.
The Canucks went 1-2 on the power play against the Bruins penalty kill, a usual strength for the Bruins, as Boston went 0-3 on the power play. The Bruins even allowed a goal on one of their power play opportunities, which is unlike them.
Rask looked shaky, as he’s been dealing with the same flu bug that has gone through the Bruins locker room recently. Rask got replaced after the Canucks fourth goal by Chad Smith, who didn’t play much better. Johnson allowed two goals on just seven shots.
The Bruins weren’t classy in their loss however as the headlines tell of Brad Marchand’s antics. Marchand mocked the Canucks players by jokingly kissing his ring finger and kissing a mock Stanley Cup to piss off Vancouver and their fan-base.
“I did it after he was eye-gouging me,” Marchand said of Kesler. “Just my emotions were a little high after that. He’s welcome to say what he wants. We both play different games, and whatever happens on the ice stays out there.”
“Everyone knows Marchand’s deal,” said Canucks Kevin Bieksa. “I don’t want to get into a war of words but you know what Marchand is like. I think his teammates know what he’s like, too. There weren’t too many guys sticking up for him in those scrums.”
Maybe it’s because the Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton has been suspended for 15 games, which is ridiculous, but that’s another story. Call me strange, but I actually like seeing the annoying side of Marchand because it’s his game and that’s how you know he’s locked in. Certain things like this instance don’t benefit your team, as it gave the Canucks extra motivation, but sometimes Marchand being annoying helps the Bruins get in the head of the opposing team.
When asked of Marchand’s antics Claude Julien said: “I did hear, obviously I don’t watch the game, I coach the game, but I heard. He’s a good player, he’s an agitator, there’s some good things to that part of his game, but there’s certain areas where, I’ve said it before, you can’t cross the line. Sometimes his emotions get the better of him. I mean, we’ve worked with him and we’ll continue to work with him. The perception that it gives our organization is not what you want to see with those kinds of things. I don’t know what he said to you guys, but it’s certainly something that we’re going to deal with. He’s too good of a player. We don’t want him to be a different player, but there’s certain things we want him to be different at. From what I hear what happened, that’s definitely not something we’ll accept in our organization.”
The Bruins are back home and will face Calgary for the second time in seven days on Tuesday at the TD Garden. We can start watching hockey games at normal hours now as the next two games are played at 7:00PM.