09 January 2012
Yet even though I haven't been so nervous sitting on my couch watching a game since June, though there was a Sharks game that came close, it was just a game. As Puck Daddy wrote on Saturday, the Vancouver Canucks "win or lose, they really can't win" which, two days removed from the event, I agree with his prediction.
Yes, we did win the game. That was rather nice. There was some high fives post game between my roommate and I. We won it by doing what we could not do in June: scoring. In specific, we scored on the powerplay. Our 5 on 5 chances were not that good from what I recollect but it's obvious that we won because we could capitalize on the powerplay. Also, that the Bruins were dumb enough to keep making emotionally dumb mistakes.
As for this hit:
Marchand's defense was that he was trying to protect himself? From Salo? C'mon....
As for AV's thoughts on it (via The Province)
"That's a stupid comment," said the Canucks coach. "What Marchand did there, you could end a player's career doing that and I've never seen Sami Salo take a run at any player in the NHL. All I've seen Sami Salo do is play with integrity and play the right way.
"Marchand -- this is just my feeling on this -- some day he's going to get it. Somebody is going to say enough is enough and they're going to hurt the kid, because he plays to hurt players and in my mind if the league doesn't take care of it, somebody else will.
"Sometimes it takes the league time to figure things out and there's a difference between a good hip check when the player is coming down on you one-on-one with the puck and what we saw Marchand do with his definite attempt to injure. Something needs to happen."
His hearing has been scheduled for Monday and is via phone with the NHL. I'll have my thoughts on it after the verdict comes down, but I expect he's going to get two games. Though we haven't seen a similar hit to be evaluated by Shanaham, for him, he's a repeat offender which I think weighs heavily on a suspension. Salo ended up with a concussion, which almost seems like a milder injury that what I was expecting, like his body to implode or his skeleton to shatter. Jokes aside, as we've seen, there's no standard concussion, so here's hoping for the best for him.
Right now we're moving on to a back-to-back in Florida against the Panther's on Monday and the Lightning on Tuesday.
For the rest of the night though, I could watch this slapshot of Cody Hodgson's over and over again:
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