Teams view Rome hit differently

Canucks defenceman Aaron Rome skates by Bruins forward Nathan Horton after hitting him with a...

Canucks defenceman Aaron Rome skates by Bruins forward Nathan Horton after hitting him with a brutal check during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final in Boston, Mass., June 6, 2011. (ERIC BOLTE/QMI Agency)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:03 AM ET

BOSTON - Let the debate begin.

How many games will Vancouver Canucks defenceman Aaron Rome receive for his late hit on Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final Monday night?

The controversial hit sparked varying opinions on its level of viciousness.

“We talk about it all the time as players. That’s the s--- we have to get out of the game. The head shots, blind side, I mean that’s what the rule is there for,” said Bruins forward Shawn Thornton. “I got to see the replay and I don’t think that stuff’s warranted. That’s on us as players. It’s out of our hands now, but I think it needs to be addressed because there’s too many of those things going on in the league, as far as I’m concerned.”

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault, as you might expect, disagreed.

“That hit was head-on, player looking at his pass. It was a little bit late,” he said. “I don’t think that’s the hit the league is trying to take out of the game. This is a physical game, you have big guys, a fraction of a second to decide what’s happening out there. It’s very unfortunate. Again, like I said, you never want to see that (a player taken off the ice on a stretcher).”

Rome will meet with NHL vice-president Mike Murphy Tuesday morning, which means he’s likely in for a suspension.

The Rome hit was the biggest incident in what turned into a chippy game.

Thornton accused Canucks forward Ryan Kesler of stepping on the leg of Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas.

“I thought Kesler stepped on Timmy’s leg. I went over to address it and I guess I got a penalty for talking,” said Thornton, who got a misconduct penalty 7:38 into the third period.

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