Ryane Clowe never liked Maxim Lapierre.
No, really. The two were teammates in junior, playing 48 games together with the Montreal Rocket during the 2002-03 season and even then, they never got along. So you have to know there was a was a little bit of history being discussed during a meeting between the Sharks winger and Canucks centre late in Vancouver's 7-3 win over San Jose at Rogers Arena on Wednesday.
Clowe received a roughing penalty and a 10-minute misconduct after getting in the face of the Canucks' agitator, who continues to impress with his gritty two-way play through the first three rounds of the playoffs. Clowe even went so far as to call Lapierre a coward in the moments following Game 2 of the Western Conference final.
"I wouldn't have asked him to fight because I knew he wouldn't go," said Clowe. "He was shaking his gloves at [Logan] Couture. I didn't go jump him, I said 'I'll go you,' but I wasn't expecting him to go. I know what he's like."
So much for the old saying that if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. Only minutes earlier at the other side of the Sharks' dressing room, Ben Eager called Kevin Bieksa a phony after fighting Patrick Marleau in a bout where the Shark dropped the gloves first.
Both veterans might want to consider taking a page out of Couture's playbook and leave the name-calling for behind closed doors.
"You lose 7-3, not many people play well," said the 22-year-old. "It's embarrassing, that's the only word that comes to mind about tonight. You're in the conference finals and Stanley Cup playoffs and you put in an effort like that ... you can't feel bad for ourselves because that's what we gave, but I feel bad for the fans and the coaching staff."
The Sharks fall to 0-2 in the best-of-seven series and 0-8 in the Western Conference finals dating back to 2004. Worse yet, San Jose has never recovered from being down two games in a playoff series.
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