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08:25 AM ET 06.07 | Aaron Rome's hit on Nathan Horton, for which the former may receive a suspension, shifted the Stanley Cup final into a different gear. Most of it can be chalked up to the playoff atmosphere. But some of it players attributed to the heightened intensity after Rome's hit. But Julien believes it crossed a line. Most notably when Milan Lucic mocked Alex Burrows. ... The tension is bubbling between the two teams. And it's not something that Julien necessarily likes. "I said this morning that I wouldn't accept it on our team," Julien said. "It happened a couple of times tonight. They've been told that I don't want any of that stuff."

The Boston Globe

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June 7, 2011  08:45 AM ET

Wow!!!! A coach reprimanding his players ( he also chewed out Recchi) rather than whining about the other team. What a novel idea.

June 7, 2011  08:47 AM ET

what a game...if the bruins keep grinding like that the cup will be back in boston...they just got to keep pushing the puck and finnishing the hits

June 7, 2011  08:52 AM ET

Good on him. Recchi was contrite after the game too, so Julien's message was definitely received. SOMEBODY has to take the high ground in this series, rather than just having it by default.

Awesome first period last night. The rest of the game was clearly pretty one-sided, but that first was well-reffed, and just awesome from both sides.

The Rome hit was huge, but not filthy, in my opinion. It WAS a bit late, but not the way they are crucifying him today. I thought watching it last night that the gate they gave him was enough. Today the talking heads are calling for at least a game though, so I'm sure the NHL will comply.

June 7, 2011  08:58 AM ET

No matter how this series ends, and I really hope Boston wins, Julien has by far demonstrated that he has more class in his little finger than the Vigneault has overall. That team is a disgrace, they flop like they've been hit by a truck whenever someone comes into contact with them. They cheap shot and antagonize every chance they get, and then cry like two year olds when someone does anything back. I've got no horse in this race, so there is no favoritism here. I will guarantee that if the Rome hit was made by Cooke, he'd never lace up skates again in the NHL. Rome should be suspended for the series, but if the NHL lives up to it's existing standards, he won't even get a game. That wasn't finishing a check, or even an accidental late hit. It was intent to injure plain and simple. Canuck fans can say what they want, but if they can't see that, then they've got blinders on.

June 7, 2011  08:59 AM ET
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The Rome hit was huge, but not filthy, in my opinion. It WAS a bit late, but not the way they are crucifying him today. I thought watching it last night that the gate they gave him was enough. Today the talking heads are calling for at least a game though, so I'm sure the NHL will comply.

I would disagree, while maybe not a complete blind-side because Horton should have some awareness of where opponents are, it was a lateral hit from the direction opposite to the flow of the play. Rome took a few strides and could have easily avoided the hit, he targeted the head and left his feet doing so, the penalty was called correctly and a suspension probably should follow.

June 7, 2011  09:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Good on him. Recchi was contrite after the game too, so Julien's message was definitely received. SOMEBODY has to take the high ground in this series, rather than just having it by default.Awesome first period last night. The rest of the game was clearly pretty one-sided, but that first was well-reffed, and just awesome from both sides.The Rome hit was huge, but not filthy, in my opinion. It WAS a bit late, but not the way they are crucifying him today. I thought watching it last night that the gate they gave him was enough. Today the talking heads are calling for at least a game though, so I'm sure the NHL will comply.

A bit late?? Come on now, it was a very late and very unnecessary. That cheap hit has knocked out one of Boston's best offensive players for the rest of the series. Rome should receive the same punishment........

June 7, 2011  09:09 AM ET
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I will guarantee that if the Rome hit was made by Cooke, he'd never lace up skates again in the NHL. Rome should be suspended for the series, but if the NHL lives up to it's existing standards, he won't even get a game. That wasn't finishing a check, or even an accidental late hit. It was intent to injure plain and simple. Canuck fans can say what they want, but if they can't see that, then they've got blinders on.

Thank You! I do not defend Cooke's actions, but I do like to point out the hypocrisy of the league and the way the dole out suspensions. I also agree that Rome should be suspended but probably won't be. After reviewing the videos they'll decide that there was no proof that Rome was even on the ice at the time.

When this series started I wasn't rooting for either team. After watching three games, I can not stand the Canucks. The diving, over acting and instigating are just too much.

June 7, 2011  09:11 AM ET
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Good on him. Recchi was contrite after the game too, so Julien's message was definitely received. SOMEBODY has to take the high ground in this series, rather than just having it by default.Awesome first period last night. The rest of the game was clearly pretty one-sided, but that first was well-reffed, and just awesome from both sides.The Rome hit was huge, but not filthy, in my opinion. It WAS a bit late, but not the way they are crucifying him today. I thought watching it last night that the gate they gave him was enough. Today the talking heads are calling for at least a game though, so I'm sure the NHL will comply.

I think your comment is right on target. No doubt the Rome hit backfired in the sense that the Bruins took it to the 'Nucks for the rest of the night. Julien's comments make Vigneault look small and carping and the media is going to start chirping at Vancouver as well. I think Vancouver does have more talent but at this point a lot of this is physchological. Bottom line, while I think Vancouver should still prevail who knows what those 8 goals will do to Luongo's head? If Boston wins the next game, all bets are off.

June 7, 2011  09:12 AM ET

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June 7, 2011  09:21 AM ET

Props to the Bruins penalty killing unit for holding the vaunted Canucks power play to 1 goal in 3 games, and for scoring 2 shorthanded goals last night.

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June 7, 2011  09:22 AM ET
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I'm not sure how you can call that hit on Horton "a bit late", but I guess some folks can rationalize anything if they want to bad enough. I enjoy a rough game of hockey as much as anyone and I am on record as saying that the last two hits on Bruins players (Bergeron and Krejci) earlier in the playoffs were OK by me, but this one was flagrant. Both Lucic (who had the puck) and Horton had time to take several strides before Rome decided to blindside Nathan.Either way, it will be interesting to see what the league office does in this situation. Does the new (Cooke) rule have any teeth or is it just window dressing.

I hope they throw the book at him.

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June 7, 2011  09:27 AM ET
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Based on what has transpired so far in these playoffs (not just the Boston games), I don't see it happening.

I fear that you will be correct on this.

June 7, 2011  09:27 AM ET
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Based on what has transpired so far in these playoffs (not just the Boston games), I don't see it happening.

Well, he meets with league officials at 11:00, so we should hear something after that.

June 7, 2011  09:30 AM ET
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As a side note before I head out for a few hours, I loved the way Tim Thomas knocked one of the Sedin sisters on her **** in front of the net last night and the pathetic Vancouver announcers......err I mean Versus crew had one clown claiming it should have been a penalty. Mr Canuck, could you please post a video highlight of that one?

I loved that one myself. I played a little goal and liked to model myself after Gump Worsley. That hit was something right out of his book. I also liked the way the little girl went down with her legs in the air, looking at the ref.

June 7, 2011  09:30 AM ET

A few thoughts from last night's game:
1) The Horton hit was late and deliberate. I think the game misconduct may have saved Rome's life, as well as allowed Boston to focus
2) One or two goals asiide, Luongo was terrible...I say again...TERRIBLE. He looks more and more like a really average goalie playing over his head
3) The Thorton misconduct was absurd, but not nearly as absurd as the announcer's explanation of it...not Emerick...the so-called experts...
4) I just heard that Vigneault complained that Horton hit his man Rome in the elbow with his head and should have been called

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June 7, 2011  09:33 AM ET
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Wow!!!! A coach reprimanding his players ( he also chewed out Recchi) rather than whining about the other team. What a novel idea.

I'm actually quite glad he did that, at least he showed he's not a hypocrite...not that I actually mind the players mocking each other (I found Lapierre doing it to Bergeron in game two was hilarious)

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