There's no hiding the Vancouver Canucks reputation as a soft team, and there's no hiding the Boston Bruins reputation as an in your face team that doesn't relent. In these 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, it's considered a huge difference in style and it's considered the exact reason the Bruins have been so successful on home ice.
Is each reputation a fair assessment? The Canucks were 20th in the NHL in hits this past season and the Bruins were 21st, but that's a pretty subjective stat. For example, the New York Rangers led the league in total hits, but had nearly 3,000 more on home ice than on the road. Madison Square Garden scorers are notoriously shaky when it comes to that kind of thing.
In other words, it's hard to quantify how tough a team is, but when you see situations like the one that developed between Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins and Daniel Sedin of the Canucks on Monday night in Game 6, it's easy to understand where the reputation comes from.
Let's go to the shaky video.
The best part? The guy's DVR totally says "Comedy Festival" at the start of this clip. I'm sure a whole lot of people would agree -- what a joke. Hit somebody back, Daniel.
When asked why he was hitting Sedin, Marchand had a pretty straight-forward answer. "I felt like it."
Did Sedin say something that got under his skin? "No, he didn't say anything. He was just right there. He was just kind of taking it."
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