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Milan Lucic #17 of the Boston Bruins fights with Kevin Bieksa #3 of the Vancouver Canucks in the first period on January 7, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Milan Lucic #17 of the Boston Bruins fights with Kevin Bieksa #3 of the Vancouver Canucks in the first period on January 7, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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On Saturday afternoon, for the first time since last year’s Stanley Cup finals, the Vancouver Canucks were in town to play the Boston Bruins. Unlike the Cup, the Canucks were able to leave Boston with a victory, handing the Bruins a 4-3 loss at the Garden.

During the game, Brad Marchand went into the corner with Canucks defenseman Sami Salo to go after a loose puck. While going for the puck, Marchand went low and up-ended Salo. The hit resulted in Marchand receiving a 5-minute major for clipping and was ejected.

The Canucks are none too pleased with Marchand’s hit on Salo. Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said Marchand “plays to hurt players.” Vigneault feels that if the league doesn’t do something about it, some other player will.

Was there intent to injure in Marchand’s hit?

Bruins coach Cluade Julien fired back Monday by saying he finds no reason for the Bruins to change their aggressive playing style.

Did the Bruins aggressive play cost them the game against the Canucks on Saturday?

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