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The Vancouver Media Calling the Bruins 'Hypocrites' is a Rich Mix of Revisionism

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If you felt that you weren’t getting your recommended daily dosage of silly Canadian hockey reaction from north of the border, let’s shift to the west just a wee bit, shall we?

And it is there we shall find Vancouver’s Ed Willes of The Province proving that Canucks fans are still spinning in circles after their 2011 meltdown at the hands of the Bruins with the ferocity of a dog who can’t find a lost, buried bone in the back yard. “Willes: Bruins are hypocrites when they talk about their tough-but-honest style of play,” reads the headline of Friday’s column, which is 1,000 words of sour grapes squeezed into a wonderment of revisionist history.

Some of the highlights and ripple effects after the Bruins took Game 4 in Montreal Thursday night:

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Through the first three games of the Eastern Conference semifinal, the Bruins dominated the Habs everywhere but on the scoresheet, and that was annoying them. They don’t like the refereeing. They don’t like Alexei Emelin. They really don’t like P.K. Subban. But most of all, they don’t like being down to a resourceful Habs team that doesn’t seem as impressed by the Bruins as the Bruins are with themselves.
As for Brad Marchand, we don’t have the time or space to account for his actions here. Suffice to say he’s a talent. He’s also the cheapest player in the NHL. Now, if a lot of the current byplay sounds familiar to Canucks fans, it should. In the 2011 Cup final, the Canucks basically played a role similar to the one being cast for the Canadiens. They were the whiners. They were the divers and the chickens….The Bruins, according to their interpretation at least, wore the Nux down with the tough, but fair, brand of hockey but their feelings toward them were made public the next fall when former Bruin Mark Recchi said: “Twenty-two years they are the most arrogant team I played against and the most hated team I’ve ever played against.”…Twenty-two years. The most hated team. Wow, that takes in a lot of territory.

Interesting. The last time I remember a professional hockey player essentially lying through his teeth about his ability to be served at a Boston establishment, it was Vancouver’s own Alex Burrows, who, as we all know, has quite the bite.

The last time I recall a media member “allegedly” calling out local scribes for “cheering in the press box,” it was in this very series, but the same poking fellow who found it fit enough to call me a “liar” with little provocation of my own.

Hated? Check your facts, Willes, then find out which team most of Canada is rooting for right now, because it probably isn’t the privileged Canadiens. It’s cute that you think the country was behind your Canucks in 2011 as well. It was even better when the entire world had a good laugh at your expense for treating downtown Vancouver like a conciliatory piñata.

It’s so ironically hysterical to hear a Canucks or Canadiens follower whine about Julien’s “crap” comment. After all, these are both fan and media bases that make the phrase “high and mighty” sound about as lofty as the horizon for all their hypocrisy.

“As for Habs-Bruins," Willes writes, "it’s unclear if they’ll reach the same level of animosity but they were moving in that direction before Thursday night. The two teams then hooked up in a terrific playoff game that featured fast, intense, hard-hitting hockey but none of the histrionics that marred the earlier games.

“There might be a couple of reasons for this. One, the Habs’ power play is 4-for-11 — another thing the Bruins aren’t very happy about — and that should keep the the [sic] B’s honest. You may recall the Canucks’ power play disappeared like Jimmy Hoffa in the Cup final, which allowed the Bruins to play a style that suited their needs.”

Yes, that was it. This had nothing to do with it:

My God. To put this into some perspective, how much of this nonsense do you recall last year during the run against Pittsburgh, or the Stanley Cup final against Chicago? That would be zip, a factor that some Canadians would lead you to believe is the spark of a lack of hockey passion, but we all really know that it’s simply because we tend to have our head and priorities screwed on the right way.

Nope, it was “goons and meatheads,” as one of Willes’ commenters noted, that turned the trick in 2011, and there's just no way that should be allowed again.

High and holy liturgies aside, when the hell does the Penguins series start?


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