Matthias had a hat trick as he also accounted for Vancouver’s opening goal. He has 13 goals in 52 games this season, with five of those markers coming in his last four contests.
This was the opening tilt in an important five-game road trip for the Bruins. With a 28-20-7 record, their hold on the second Wild Card spot is tenuous and Hamilton recently noted that there’s “a lot of negativity in the room.” Certainly this defeat won’t do anything to help that.
Vancouver has now won three of its last four contests to improve to 31-20-3. The Canucks needed these two points to keep pace with San Jose tonight in the battle for second place in the Pacific Division. The victory also gives the Canucks a four-point cushion in the fight for a postseason berth.
They’ll head to Calgary for another important game Saturday night.
The Boston Bruins may be in Vancouver to play the Canucks tonight, but it doesn’t sound like Brad Marchand will be mock-raising the Stanley Cup as part of the festivities.
Marchand, of course, did exactly that the last time the B’s visited Rogers Arena, his antics drawing the ire of both Boston GM Peter Chiarelli and coach Claude Julien.
In hindsight, Marchand recognizes his actions weren’t the best idea.
“At the time, I felt I wanted to do it and, looking back, I probably shouldn’t have,” he said, per the Vancouver Sun.
“That was just an immature situation that I put myself in and the biggest thing is they want me to be more responsible with my actions. The only thing that might be different is I know I can’t be doing stuff like that.”
To be fair to Marchand, he was one of the few B’s who played well in that game, which Vancouver ended up winning, 6-2.
As for tonight’s contest, Milan Lucic put it this way: “If people want to look at that (2011 final) and kind of create more excitement for the game, that’s great. But at the end of the day, just because of where both teams are in the standings, I think both teams are more focused on getting that win.”
Dallas forward Antoine Roussel has been suspended two games for cross-checking Boston’s Adam McQuaid on Tuesday night, the NHL announced.
“Roussel’s cross-check can neither be classified as reflexive nor defensive. The players square off and face each other well in advance of Roussel’s stick striking McQuaid, and Roussel can see that McQuaid has dropped his stick,” the NHL’s Department of Player Safety explained. “What’s more, rather than simply raising his stick to block an anticipated blow from McQuaid, Roussel drives it forward and into McQuaid.
“This action is proactive, not reactive.”
The full video explanation:
As the video shows, Roussel’s history as a repeat offender played a role in this punishment. He was fined by the Department of Player Safety earlier this season for sucker-punching San Jose defenseman Justin Braun.
As a result of the suspension, Roussel will miss Dallas’ next two games — tonight versus Florida, Saturday in Colorado — and eligible to return for a Feb. 17 date in St. Louis against the Blues. He will also forfeit $21,505.38 in salary to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.