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06-20-2011, 01:37 AM
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Originally Posted by MathMan View Post
It's pretty amazing that the CBC is so loaded with Bruins exes and other Bruins homer that Vancouver, the Canadian team, ends up being cast in the villain role, while they're facing the Bruins -- arguably the thuggiest team in the league and coming across as proud of it.

The Bruins get really good PR. And that leads to the double standards.
I don't think the team being Canadian had anything to do with it. By all reports Vancouver came into the series with an extremely arrogant attitude, figuring the Cup was theirs and the games against the Bruins were just a formality.

That attitude showed up early, and the Canucks set the tone when Burrows bit Bergeron (one of the cleanest-playing and most respected Bruins) and then the team treated it like a joke, even going as far as introducing Burrows as a "vegetarian" during a taped bit for NBC. That, alongside Lapierre's finger taunting in game 2, was obviously going to stir some anger in the Bruins and who could blame them?

Like it or not, Vancouver really did do some things to earn their villain identity, which allowed the Bruins to retaliate and seem justified in doing so. It also didn't help that the Sedins seem to have patented the "oh my god I've been shot in the head" style of way-too-obvious diving. The Bruins didn't need good PR...the Canucks did all the work for them.

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