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WILMINGTON — The last time the Canucks visited Boston, Jan. 7, 2012, there were 18 penalties – in the first period. It was a game filled with rancor, the bad blood left over from the teams’ Stanley Cup faceoff just six months before. That was understandable.
But it was more curious when those feelings continued in the team’s next matchup, almost two years later, the feud simmering.
“There’s just so much emotion that came out of the Cup Finals that year,” said Brad Marchand, one of the chief instigators. “Obviously it was very intense – it was a hard-fought battle. So that’s not something you just let go, especially with both teams having a lot of guys who played in the Finals.
“It makes this interesting.”