Canucks-Bruins is suddenly developing into quite the rivalry
"What Marchant did, you could end a player's career doing that. I've never seen Sami Salo take a run at any player in the NHL. All Sami Salo has done is play the game with integrity. Marchand - and this is just my feeling - but someday he's going to get it. Someday, some-one's going to say 'enough is enough' and they're going to hurt the kid because he plays to hurt players. And if the league doesn't care, somebody else will."
In case you missed it, here's the play in question:
Marchand's play was dirty, without a doubt. And there's no question that it will be addressed by Brendan Shanahan and the NHL today, when Shanahan conducts his hearing on the issue.
One thing that Vigneault failed to mention, however, was that his Canucks were playing dirty the entire game. It undoubtedly stemmed from their frustration at the Bruins beating them in last year's Stanley Cup finals, but the aggressive behavior started early in the game, when practically the entire Canucks team jumped Shawn Thornton. Here's video:
The Canucks were constantly trying to bait the Bruins into fighting, and then backing off. Like this example of Dale Weise goading Thornton into dropping the gloves immediately after a face-off, then backing off as if he never wanted to fight.
Again, Marchand's hit was unacceptable. But equally unacceptable is the way the Canucks behaved throughout the entire game. They won the game 4-3, so their strategy worked. But there's no question that the next time they see each other, the level of aggression will be kicked up a notch, and the Bruins will play it a little differently.
Last but not least, the veiled threats toward Marchand are unacceptable. The league will take care of it, and if for some reason Shanahan does nothing, he'll have a detailed explanation for everyone, since that's where he excels as the league's disciplinarian. Agree with his decisions or not, he always gives a solid explanation.
If the Canucks target Marchand with a dirty hit of their own, it should be treated even more seriously, since we'll all know it was premeditated. Poor move, Vigneault.