Cup Rematch Hostility, Briere Beats Ottawa
It took all of four minutes (almost) for things to erupt. Alex Burrows gave Daniel Paille a stick tap while Paille was going back to the bench. Shawn Thornton was in the vicintiy and went right after Burrows. All the Canucks then pounced on Thornton, Henrik Sedin stepping away and onto the bench after Maxim Lapierre flew in. Zdeno Chara was able to ply away a few Canucks as the scrum developed.
Milan Lucic was ejected for leaving the bench to join the altercation. After review, the NHL rescineded the game misconduct, and obviously there will be no further discipline. Nevertheless, this left Boston without two of it's top goal scorers for the next five minutes, and one for the entirety of the game.
Later in the period, on the faceoff immediately after Brad Marchand tied up the game, Maxim Lapierre and Gregory Campbell dropped the gloves and squared off cleanly. They grappled and attempted to throw some punches, but had each other locked up well.
Towards the end of the second period, with the score tied 2-2, Marchand was ejected for clipping Sami Salo. Vancouver, having the league's best power play unit, capitalized by scoring two goals within the 5-minute man-advantage. Boston was now down another top goal scorer for the rest of the game. They were able to add one more goal, but the Canucks prevailed 4-3 in a wild, entertaining game. Unlike Lucic, Marchand may be looking at extra games.
Briere does all vs Sens
In the other early afternoon game, the Senators took on the Flyers in Philly, the first in a home and home over this weekend. Ottawa saw #48 from all angles, as Danny Briere netted a hat trick, scoring every goal for Philly, including the overtime winner - and - fought Kyle Turris, in a surprising flyweight scrap. It was Turris' second NHL fight and Briere's third.
The two teams play again later this afternoon in Ottawa.
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