Vancouver Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson was given a major penalty for boarding Boston Bruins forward Frank Vatrano in the first period of Thursday night’s game, and Tim Schaller wasn’t going to let that hit go unpunished.
The Bruins forward stuck up for Vatrano and fought Gudbranson. It was a pretty entertaining bout, too.
Gudbranson also was ejected from the game. The Bruins scored three goals on the ensuing five-minute power play to take a 4-1 lead.
Although the rivalry between the Bruins and Canucks has simmered down a bit since their 2011 Stanley Cup Final matchup, these meetings usually don’t lack physicality.
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