INSTANT ANIMOSITY: For two teams that faced each other less than once a season coming into this series, it didn’t take long for the hatred to build.
It started with Alex Burrows biting Patrice Bergeron’s finger in Game 1, continued with several scraps in Game 2, and got worse after Aaron Rome knocked top-line Bruins winger Nathan Horton cold with a late hit in Game 3, leading to penalty-plagued finishes to both games in Boston.
Asked what he thought about the Boston media labeling certain Canucks as villains and the Vancouver press responding in kind, Bruins forward Daniel Paille said it was just a natural extension of the intensity and animosity on the ice.
“From watching years in the past, I don’t know if there has been so much hatred on either side,” Paille said a few hours before Game 5. “It’s been that type of series where everyone is sort of getting away with things, and it’s been kind of interesting to watch.”
NOTES: Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said D Dan Hamhius, out since sustaining an undisclosed injury in Game 1 while throwing a low hit on Milan Lucic, would travel to Boston for Game 6 on Monday. But Vigneault would only say Hamhuis is day to day. … Boston is 10-1 in the playoffs when scoring first, while the Canucks are 10-2. The first four games of the Cup finals went to the team that found the back of the net first. Both teams are 8-1 when leading after 40 minutes. … Thomas entered Game 5 just 60 saves behind Kirk McLean for the NHL’s single-season playoff record of 761, set in 1994 while leading the Canucks to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals before losing to the New York Rangers.