Frankly, just about everything related to the Vancouver Canucks’ 4-0 loss to the Boston Bruins can be described as “ugly.”
Obviously, the score was lopsided with Tuukka Rask managing a relatively easy shutout, but it went beyond that.
The ugliest moment probably came when Brandon Prust caught Brad Marchand with a deliberate stick … below the belt. Prust received a game misconduct for that action, which prompted some tough stuff shortly thereafter.
Perhaps it was best that the Canucks laid such an egg in front of an audience that was, perhaps, lacking?
Competition can push you to get better and make you raise your game. Sometimes it doesn’t bring out the best in you, though.
Saturday provided two (unintentionally?) amusing moments of players throwing, well, fits in eventual defeats.
The most rumblings came from Jake Allen, who may or may not have shown up Ken Hitchcock in seemingly being only briefly pulled from Saturday’s eventual 4-1 St. Louis Blues loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs:
Despite getting the franchise’s first hat trick from a defenseman (Shea Weber), the Nashville Predators coughed up a lead to the Detroit Red Wings and lost 5-4 in overtime.