Lucic family feels heat in Vancouver

BOSTON -- Vancouver Canucks fans made their presence felt at Game 3 at TD Garden -- at least in the first period and when Chris Higgins spoiled Tim Thomas’ shutout bid late in the third period -- and many wondered whether Boston fans would treat the visiting patrons with respect.

But as Milan Lucic pointed out, Canucks fans in Vancouver are just as passionate and can let their emotions get the better of them. According to Lucic, that’s exactly what happened in Game 1 at the Rogers Arena.

“It’s funny they say that,” Lucic said of the suggestion Boston fans would abuse Canucks fans. “Because I remember after Game 1, people in Vancouver throwing popcorn and peanuts at my grandparents. That’s almost as low as it gets as that goes. They’re my grandparents. They’re in their 60s. If there is anyone you should show respect to, it’s them.

"Also, my uncle and his uncle, [fans] were pouring beers on their seats in Vancouver. There’s no difference between the two cities. I said it before the series started: They’re two really passionate fan bases, they’re really into their teams. There’s nothing more that Boston fans want than for us to win, and there’s nothing Vancouver wants more than for their team to win.”