Following their 4-3 to the Canucks on Saturday, the Boston Bruins came under fire from Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault regarding a hit on his defenseman Sami Salo by forward Brad Marchand. On Sunday, Vigneault ripped Marchand's style of play, to say the least.
Vigneault told the Province newspaper that Marchand "plays to hurt players" and is "going to get it" sooner rather than later. On Monday, both Bruins head coach Claude Julien and general manager Peter Chiarelli defended Marchand and criticized Vigneault's motives for his comments.
Julien was not at all impressed by the Canucks comments and reminded everyone that they seem to be just as physcial a team as the Bruins are.
"I think it's pretty hypocritical, everything that's been going on," Julien said. "It's unfortunate. Sometimes you've got to look in your backyard. We all know that he's got the same type of players on his team, and they've all done the same thing. You just have to look at [Alexandre] Burrows putting his blade in [Shawn] Thornton's throat. It's so hypocritical. It's unfortunate." (via WEEI)
Chiarelli meanwhile also had some issues with Vigneault's comments about his second year forward.
"I think we've learned our lesson over time that that's a real inappropriate comment," he said. "That's a real inappropriate comment, and it's an unprofessional comment." (via WEEI)