The long awaited rematch between the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks finally arrived Saturday afternoon at the TD Garden. The Canucks came away winners 4-3, winning on their classic recipe of diving, special teams and questionable calls from the referees. Did I mention covering up a puck in front of the net? No surprise there, that’s how they won three games in the Stanley Cup finals last season.
- Can’t believe Roberto Luongo wasn’t in net for this game. His one chance to avenge whatever he could from his Stanley Cup debacle and he doesn’t pounce on the opportunity. Speaks to the softness of Luongo and lack of competitive spirit. Just flat out embarrassing.
- Everyone expected this game to be physical – these two squads hate each other and it showed throughout Saturday’s contest. The referees ruined this game though for their blown calls and complete favoritism of Vancouver. Game misconducts to both Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand killed the Bruins, and it proved to be too much to overcome.
- Can’t get over how poorly officiated the game was officiated. It looked like the NHL borrowed NBA officials for this one. Still trying to figure out four Canucks’ players teaming up on Bruins’ grinder Shawn Thornton that led to a mini brawl out on the ice led to a 5-on-3 for Vancouver. I’ll probably never figure that one out
- All negatives aside it was an invigorating game, and count me among those hoping for a Bruins-Canucks rematch in the Stanley Cup finals. The hatred among these two clubs is evident and it would be a great rematch should it happen.