VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The final tally — or perhaps a better word is toll — for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals looks like this:
* Sixty-one hits (31 for the Bruins), 13 penalties (seven for the visitors).
* One injured Vancouver defenseman (Dan Hamhuis, whom Canucks coach Alain Vigneault half-convincingly said was fine).
* One bitten digit (belonging to Patrice Bergeron, chomped by Alexandre Burrows).
* A half-dozen decent scrums . . .
. . . and the realization that both teams in this series aren’t about to back down from anything.
Bruins coach Claude Julien said the reason for both teams’ chippiness and determination should be pretty obvious.
“I think both teams were trying to make a statement, I would imagine,” he said. “Although we talked about discipline, we were obviously going to stand up for each other. This was the type of game that was played.
“When two teams don’t know each other that well, they’re facing each other, obviously the buildup to this finals, there’s going to be some strong emotions out there. Both teams obviously reacted to that.”
Vigneault had a similar perspective, agreeing that the physical edge to the game shouldn’t have been a surprise to anyone familiar with the Stanley Cup playoffs.
“Well, with what’s at stake, I expect both teams to want it real bad,” Vigneault said. “That’s what we saw tonight.”