Beatdown in Beantown: Canucks lose big

I'm not sure if I even have words to describe this game. Sounds, maybe. Not words. Sounds like, COMEONAREYOUKIDDINGME, OR UGHHHHHHHHHHHH. But I digress.

The Vancouver Canucks were destroyed by the Boston Bruins 8-1 Monday night, in an emotionally charged game that saw Boston forward Nathan Horton leave on a stretcher.

The first period was scoreless, but about five minutes in, Canucks defenceman Aaron Rome laid a head shot on Horton, who's head bounced hard off the ice. He appeared to be knocked out for a second, then laid on the ice for several minutes. He eventually was taken to hospital and was said to be able to move his extremities.

Quick rant: What the hell was Rome thinking? You're a journeyman defenceman on a team that preaches turning the other cheek. Management doesn't like dirty hits like that, and hell, the NHL doesn't like dirty hits like that. You leave your feet to deliver a shoulder to head shot, put your team at a disadvantage for 5 minutes, and in the process, probably get yourself suspended. Give yourself a pat on the back Aaron. The only good thing to come out of this is that it will probably end Head Coach Alain Vingeault's love affair with Rome. Vigneault has continually played Rome over established top four defenceman Keith Ballard, who is miles better than Rome.

Anyway, back to the game. The hit pissed off the Bruins to no end, and they responded by scoring four goals in each of the last two periods. Jannik Hansen replied for the Canucks.

The good news for fans; Vancouver is up 2-1 in the series. Also, they have a history in these playoffs of playing very well, and then falling asleep and losing big. Happened in the Chicago series twice, and once each in the Predators and Sharks series, although not as badly. So, basically, it might not be a huge deal. Still though, 8-1 is unacceptable for a Stanley Cup Final. Here's hoping the Canucks get back on track, and close this thing out in the next two games.

9 Comments

George Prax's picture

That game pissed me off to no end. First of all I agree with everything you said about Rome, absolutely ridiculous. I'm not Horton's biggest fan but you never want to see a player leave the ice on a stretcher. That said, Dr. Recchi better make sure Horton doesn't go to any movie screenings.

Speaking of Recchi, I guess Mr. 25 year professional forgot he was supposed to be a role model for a second, sticking his fingers in lapierre's face. I love how the Bruins and they fans complain about everything and call things classless, then turn around and do those things themselves. You expect something like this from Lapierre, but Recchi? Really? He's proven this year time and time again that he's a piece of shit that deserves that sweater bound to his body. The guy's an asshole and it pains me to say it because I always liked him as a player. And it happened like 3 or 4 times with other players too, after Julien said that the Bruins don't do that shit. Bunch of hypocrites. I guess mission accomplished for lapierre. People are going to blame him for getting the Bruins mad but what happened last night was Rome's fault, not Lapierre's.

This should be a lesson to the Canucks. This is what happens when you try to beat the Bruins at their own game. Stick to playing a clean game with a few Lapierre-type moves and game 4 is yours. Try to out-goon them in their own building and it's a tied series.

Chuck Gaston Jr's picture

Boston was pissed off before the game and Rome took away all restraint. If Boston is pissed, they will physically put you down and wont let you up. They play tough, they can score, and they can damn sure get under your skin. Vancouver won two games at home, Boston will do the same to even up this series.

By the way, Recchi was hilarious shoving his finger in that morons face. I was hoping Lappiere would bite him though.
And Julien did come out and ridicule his players prax. He said that it was classless and they had no right to do the opposite of what he said they would do.

George Prax's picture
Chuck Gaston Jr wrote:

Boston was pissed off before the game and Rome took away all restraint. If Boston is pissed, they will physically put you down and wont let you up. They play tough, they can score, and they can damn sure get under your skin. Vancouver won two games at home, Boston will do the same to even up this series.

By the way, Recchi was hilarious shoving his finger in that morons face. I was hoping Lappiere would bite him though.
And Julien did come out and ridicule his players prax. He said that it was classless and they had no right to do the opposite of what he said they would do.

But yet they did do it, so that's very much his fault, since he clearly said so publicly (and I'm assuming privately). Julien looked like a fool there, and Lapierre clearly did the job he set out to do even though Rome overshadowed it.

Kyle Andrew Busch's picture

I think Rome's hit was just late. I didn't see him leave his feet that much, it was kind of like a Kronwall hit. When he hits the guy he explodes upwards, and I think he caught Horton in a vulnerable position. Only problem was it was late, but Rome was finishing his hit. Injuries happen, its just a shame that the Bruins lose a guy like Horton for a 3 pairing plug like Rome. But that being said, its a contact sport and stuff happens. Everyone has to move on

demez's picture

Rome got 4 games, what a joke.

Chuck Gaston Jr's picture

4 games to a 6th defensemen, two games more than I thought. But it was clearly a late hit in that blindside manner, rule 48. The problem now is who else will vancouver be able to use with a few people hurt? Any news on Hamuis?

Kyle Andrew Busch's picture

Ballard is probably gonna play im guessing

Jonathan Szekeres's picture

The only good thing here is that Rome comes out. He's a garbage hockey player that Vingneault loves for some crazy reason. Ballard is miles better than him. He does CLEAN hits, and is a much more viable option to play on the powerplay or eat up big minutes when a guy like Hamhuis goes down. When Rome got ejected last game, the Canucks were down to 5 d, with Andrew Alberts having to play more minutes than usual. I think everyone would've been more comfortable with Ballard in a role like that. I don't understand Vingeault's hatred of Ballard, but it ends now. Play him, take Alberts out and put Tanev in, because the two of them as a pairing looked very good in games previous.

George Prax's picture

So the Bruins lose Horton, their top line winger, and the Canucks lose a 3rd pairing defenseman that shouldn't be playing anyway. Sounds like a fair trade to me.