Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was announced as a finalist for the 2011 Mark Messier Leadership Award on Monday, with Messier making the announcement at TD Garden prior to Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals. The award is given to players based on their leadership and contributions to society. The other finalists are Shane Doan of the Coyotes and Nicklas Lidstrom of the Red Wings.

Former NHL forward Ray Ferraro, who now has a radio show in Vancouver and provides game analysis for Canadian television, joined the Mut & Merloni show Monday and offered a small dose of optimism for Bruins fans.

NESN Bruins analyst and former defenseman Gord Kluzak called in to the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to discuss the Stanley Cup finals.

Kluzak said that the Bruins could have won either of the first two games had they played slightly better.

“I think they have had breakdowns at times that have really hurt,” Kluzak said. “I think if they get back to what they can do — and the model is Game 7 vs. Tampa Bay — this thing is very winnable. I'm much more optimistic than I hear you guys were this morning.

Vancouver's Green Men, Force and Sully, stopped by the WEEI studio for a visit with Dennis & Callahan Monday morning while in Boston for Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup finals.

The two Canucks fans clad in spandex bodysuits made a name for themselves by annoying opposing players in the penalty box at Rogers Arena, but the NHL restricted their behavior after they became cult favorites.

Asked if he had any regrets for openly mocking Patrice Bergeron by sticking his finger in the face of the Bruins center, Vancouver's Maxim Lapierre said everyone should feel to form their own opinion. 

"I've got nothing to answer that," Lapierre said Sunday night during a press availability prior to Monday's Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals at TD Garden. "Everybody has own judgment and that's all right. That's what makes it fun.

"Our focus right now is to win a hockey game. It doesn't matter how you do it."

Upon his arrival in Boston late Sunday afternoon, Canucks coach Alain Vigneault called Rich Peverley’s slash on Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa in the second period of Saturday’s Game 2 a dirty play.

With all the talk about his style in net and the bizarre end to Game 2, Bruins goalie Tim Thomas said his teammates need to start making life a little tougher on his counterpart, Roberto Luongo. 

"I've been busy just trying to do my own job," Thomas said. "I think he's played well with what he's been tested with. But I don't think we've tested him enough. That's part of the reason we're down 2-0 in the series." 

Tim Thomas is perfectly happy with the way he's playing his position. The Bruins goalie - and 2009 Vezina Trophy winner - was outstanding in Game 1 and for most of Game 2 before allowing the game-tying goal with over 10 minutes left in regulation and a bizarre goal 11 seconds into overtime when he fell down chasing Alex Burrows. 

Upon his arrival back in Boston Sunday afternoon at the Garden, Thomas was asked about whether he regrets his aggressive approach or plans on adjusting his tact in goal.

VANCOUVER – Hope you’re ready to hear about resiliency for two days.



VANCOUVER -- There was plenty of buzz over whether Canucks first-line winger Alexandre Burrows would play in Game 2 in the hours that followed his bite on Patrice Bergeron at the end of the first period of Game 1. The league's decision not to suspend Burrows hurt the Bruins big-time Saturday, as he had a hand in all three Canucks goals and scored the game-winner 11 seconds into overtime in a 3-2 Vancouver win. 

The Bruins and coach Claude Julien were quick to dismiss the connection between Burrows' act the impact Wednesday he had Saturday.