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.