Alain Vigneault had an evening to sleep on Game 2 and cool down, but the Vancouver Canucks coach was still seething at the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.
Upset with Ben Eager's hit on Daniel Sedin, and counterpart Todd McLellan's comments regarding his huge winger, Vigneault fired across two bows before boarding a flight to California.
"You look at Eager last night, obviously he's on the ice to try and hurt people," Vigneault said. "He ran Danny from the back, one of the NHL's potential MVPs, ran our goaltender, and their coach goes out and says that's the way he wants him to play. I just hope that nothing serious is going to happen on the ice, otherwise there will be some serious consequences to that."
Vigneault said that Eager's hit from behind on Sedin came three seconds after the latter got rid of the puck, and while the former was in full stride.
"If that's not trying to hurt somebody, I don't know what is," Vigneault said.
The Canucks coach was also critical of Eager's post-game comments that defenceman Kevin Bieksa was a "phony" who wouldn't tangle with tough guys.
"Last year, we had [Darcy]Hordichuk ask him I don't know how many times to fight, and [Eager]always turned him down," Vigneault said. "And I think [Rick]Rypien must be 40 to 45 pounds lighter than him, and offered him I don't know how many occasions to fight, and Eager turned him down."
Minus winger Tanner Glass, who was a healthy scratch, the Canucks hardly dressed their toughest lineup in the 7-3 win over San Jose. That could change for Game 3 Friday at the HP Pavilion, although Vigneault rarely tinkers with a winning lineup.