VANCOUVER - It didn't take long for the nastiness to emerge in the Stanley Cup final.
"There seems to be a lot of hatred right now," said Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand after the B'S and the Vancouver Canucks practised at the University of British Columbia in preparation for Game 2 Saturday night.
"With where we're at in the series (the Canucks lead 1-0) and what we're fighting for overall, guys are willing to do whatever it takes and try to hurt each other and do whatever it takes to win that Cup.
"It started last game and it's only going to get worse as the series goes on."
Marchand claimed he was speared by Vancouver defenceman Christian Ehrhoff, which went unpunished.
Marchand is a feisty yapper. So are Canucks forward Max Lapierre and Alex Burrows. Canucks star Ryan Kesler used to get into the extracurricular stuff, but reined it in and has become a better player.
"He seems to be staying away from it," Marchand said. "He seems focused on wanting to play instead of worrying about that stuff."
But does Marchand still believe he could get Kesler off his game?
"Yeah, maybe. But he's a pretty focused guy though and he seems to know what he's doing. All we can do is play physical on him."
There were videoclips making their rounds on the Internet on Friday of what appeared to be Bruins forward Tyler Seguin squirting water from the bench on Canucks defenceman Dan Hamhuis as he was hip checking Bruins forward Milan Lucic. Hamhuis wound up being injured on the play.
"If I did, I didn't intend to," said Seguin, adding: "No comment."
Marchand, meanwhile, said he would like to see The Green Men, the guys in the green bodysuits who antagonize visiting players by the penalty box in Rogers Arena, make the trip to Boston.
"I'd like to see it," he said. "I've heard some stories about Boston fans. I'd videotape it."