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06/08/2011 - 12:36pm
Vigneault: We talked to league about Thomas
By: DJ Bean

Canucks coach Alain Vigneault expressed frustration with Bruins' goaltender Tim Thomas Wednesday, saying that he has spoken to the NHL about the way Thomas plays outside the crease and initiates contact with players. He also had a problem with Thomas' hit on Vancouver center Henrik Sedin in the third period of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals, a hit that occurred in the crease.

"We've asked the league, obviously," Vigneault said. "Part of Thomas' way of playing is playing out of the blue paint, initiating contact, roaming out there. He seems to think that once he's out, he's set and makes the save, that he can go directly back in his net without having anybody behind him. That's wrong. He's got the wrong rule on that. 

"If we're behind him, then that's our ice. We're allowed to stay there. We've talked to the NHL about that. We've talked to the NHL about him initiating contact, like he did on Hank, and they're aware of it....

06/08/2011 - 12:06pm
Julien: Seguin in, no comment on first line
By: DJ Bean

Bruins coach Claude Julien confirmed Wednesday that rookie forward Tyler Seguin will be in the team's lineup for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals. Fellow rookie Jordan Caron will take warmups with the team. 

"I think people have a pretty good idea that Tyler will be back in the lineup," Julien said, "and if they didn't, they do now."

Seguin will be in the lineup in place of the concussed Nathan Horton. He has six points in nine postseason games, though all six came in his first two games. Asked whether he might share how he intends to replace Horton on the fourth line, Julien declined comment.

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins.


06/08/2011 - 11:09am
Pang on D&C: Luongo needed to be pulled

NBC and Versus NHL analyst Darren Pang joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to talk about the Stanley Cup finals.

Pang, a former NHL goaltender, was asked about how Roberto Luongo will respond after the Canucks netminder surrendered eight goals in Monday night's Game 3.

"I've really watched him a lot and seen the way he's reacted. Every time he's tested, he seems to bounce back. He's a much more resilient probably person and athlete than he was a couple of years ago. I think he's able to handle adversity. All that being said … it's tough after the game, because first of all, you're competitive so you're not — embarrassed is not the right word — but you're a little humiliated, you're humbled, and you've got to find a way to go forward."

Pang said the Bruins would do well to make sure not to have any let-up in their aggressive approach so that Luongo has to prove himself immediately.

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06/08/2011 - 10:28am
Remy on D&C: Ortiz 'bat flip didn't annoy me'

NESN Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning, following the Sox' 6-4 victory over the Yankees Tuesday night in New York.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi criticized David Ortiz for flipping his bat after hitting a home run off rookie Hector Noesi in the fifth inning. Remy defended the designated hitter.

"The bat flip didn't annoy me last night because [Ortiz] did it. He's done that in the past. He's done that quite a few times, and it's almost become accepted in the game today," Remy said. "I didn't think very much of it, except that when he made contact he knew it was gone, so he just kind of gave it a little flip and that was it."

Another reason for the Yankees to be upset is because Mark Teixeira had to leave the game after being hit by a Jon Lester pitch. He was one of two batters hit by the Sox lefty.

"Both those pitches were cut fastballs that...

06/08/2011 - 9:54am
Sully on D&C: B's fans harass Green Men

A noticeably tired Sully, one of the two Green Men who support the Canucks, checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to discuss his experiences with Bruins fans at TD Garden in Game 3 Monday night.

Sully and his compatriot Force were up all night after going to Yankee Stadium to cheer on the Red Sox Tuesday night. The duo did not don their Green Men bodysuits in New York, taking a day off after the intensity of Monday night.

Despite having a few run-ins, Sully said he's been pleased with Boston fans. "It was kind of a mixed bag [Monday]," he said. "I'd say about 90 percent of the people were just awesome and really took to us. The other 10 percent were kind of the guys that had a couple too many beverages and were not too cool with it.

"Probably the most unfortunate part was, right after the Aaron Rome hit, we took a couple of threats from a couple of rows down. And there was a family right in...

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