Wasn't expecting any more fisticuffs this year,
so this comes as a welcome surprise...
''double cross-check to the lower back'' maneuver by Bieska,
and the, equally cheap, ''stick between the legs'' response. by Marleau,
that helped to kick off the festivities.
Not surprisingly, Marleau was clearly out-gunned from the start,
and proceeded to open himself up to a few good smacks
by trying to go ''lefty'', late... but, overall, a decent effort from both guys
in a fight that never really got going.
Clowe-Bieska would have, obviously, been more interesting,
but, hey...at this point...beggars can't be choosers.
On a Wings RIP side note...
Jimmy Howard, and a first round pick for Luongo?
Call me a homer, but why does Marleau get dragged into that in an even game. Obvious result. Love Bieksa or hate Bieksa, with most of you hating him I am sure, next to Kesler, he has been the most valuable Canuck. He gets under everyones skins, has played great D and is getting more points than I would have every imagined as well.
One more for good luck...
No contest, Bieksa was in full control.
Marleau started well enough but the turning point was when he lost his grip.
Flinching and turning his head away...you can't hit what you can't see.
Bieksa on the other hand with his head up and eyes on Marleau at all times.
At the end of it all, you can appreciate the respect by both as they parted.
Good character players.
Should this be the last one of the year...have a great summer everyone !
The refs would have called the one cross check on Bieksa if Marleau was Crosby or some other franchise player. Regardless Bieksa destroys. Eager may have tipped the scales the wrong way in this game but if the Sharks can direct all thoughts of revenge towards playing the game instead of retaliating the Canucks might yet regret this scrap.
Another good tilt for Bieksa despite being quite a bit smaller than Marleau. For the haters that wanted him to fight Eager - get a clue. Bieksa is 30-40 pounds lighter and plays 25 minutes a game. Eager is AHL calibre and plays 5 minutes a game.