Maxim Lapierre isn't liked by very many people. If you did like him for whatever reason prior to Game 5 of these Stanley Cup Finals, you probably don't like him anymore.
After a whistle late in the first period between the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins, Lapierre was skating in the offensive end near Bruins giant Zdeno Chara. They exchanged words a little bit and Chara gave him a rather typical love tap in the side with his stick. It wasn't hard nor brutal nor any other necessarily negative adjective you can think of.
It was, in a word, harmless. Don't tell Lapierre that. The video, via Fel0096:
And again, like I said, you wonder why most people can't stand Lapierre. Of course, he has a history of this. He was given embellishment penalties twice in one game in the 2010 playoffs, and this past season, he had more diving penalties than anybody in the NHL, according to SB Nation's On the Forecheck.
Also late in the first period, Alex Burrows and Milan Lucic got entangled a bit. They're both at fault for it, and I'll gladly argue with anybody that thinks either player deserves the moral high ground on this one. Judge for yourself, again via Fel0096:
We swear, that "play like men" comment wasn't planned by CBC.
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