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06/04/2011 - 11:59pm
Bruins downplay Burrows connection
By: DJ Bean

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.

"No comments. That's got nothing to do with that," Julien said when asked whether Burrows' performance made him reconsider whether he felt the league made the right call. "I never thought about that that way. They made a decision and we moved on. If we start using that as an excuse, we're a lame team. To me, it's not even a consideration."

Bergeron had cuts on his right pointer...

06/04/2011 - 11:05pm
That bites: Burrows puts Canucks up, 2-0

Alex Burrows scored his second of the game just 11 seconds into overtime as the Canucks beat the Bruins, 3-2, in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals Saturday night at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. Tim Thomas fell down trying to take the puck from Burrows and Zdeno Chara couldn't catch Burrows as his wraparound slid into the open net before the Bruins goalie could get back in the net. It was the second-fastest overtime goal in Stanley Cup finals history. 

The Canucks lead the best-of-7 championship series, 2-0, as the series shifts to Boston for Games 3 and 4 Monday and Wednesday. 

Vancouver native Milan Lucic tied the game midway through the second period and British Columbia native Mark Recchi scored his 59th career playoff goal two and a half minutes later on the power play to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead. For two periods, Thomas was once again sensational for the Bruins. He was particularly brillant in the second period when he stopped...

06/04/2011 - 8:13pm
Malhotra in, Hamhuis out for Canucks
By: DJ Bean

VANCOUVER -- Canucks third-line center Manny Malhotra will return to the team's lineup for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals, as he is officially listed as active for the team. Malhotra has been out since March after getting hit in the eye with a puck vs. the Avalanche. The move makes Alexandre Bolduc a healthy scratch for the game.

Defenseman Dan Hamhuis will not play for Vancouver, as he left Game 1 after hip-checking Milan Lucic and getting cross-checked by David Krejci in the second period. Former Boston College and Bruins defenseman Andrew Alberts will take Hamhuis' spot in the lineup.

For more on the Stanley Cup finals, visit weei.com/bruins.


06/04/2011 - 6:27pm
Ells yeah: Sox rally for unbelievable win

Jacoby Ellsbury tied the game with a two-out, ground-rule double to right in the 11th and J.D. Drew won it in the 14th with a single scoring Carl Crawford as the Red Sox pulled out one of their more bizarre wins in recent memory, 9-8, over the A's Saturday at Fenway Park. The 5-hour, 17-minute marathon was the longest game of the year for the Red Sox and featured 32 hits, 16 pitchers (nine for Oakland) and two ejections. 

Pinch-hitter Conor Jackson capped a four-run rally in the ninth with a double down the left field line that precipitated Jonathan Papelbon being ejected and Ryan Sweeney drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the 11th before Ellsbury plated Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who also doubled with two outs.  

The Red Sox appeared headed for another easy win over the A's, entering the ninth with a 7-3 lead and Papelbon on to close it out in a non-save situation. Dustin Pedroia commited a crucial error on a potential game-...

06/04/2011 - 4:20pm
Papelbon, Varitek ejected as Sox blow lead

Jonathan Papelbon and Jason Varitek were ejected by home plate umpire Tony Randazzo as the Red Sox blew a four-run, ninth-inning lead to the A's Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox led 7-3 heading into the ninth and Papelbon was brought into a non-save situation. He allowed the first two runners to reach and then became frustrated at the strike zone being called by Randazzo. Adding to the misery was a key error by Dustin Pedroia on what appeared to be a certain, game-ending double play. Instead, a run scored making it 7-4. 

Varitek then arguing and was subsequently ejected by Randazzo after another run scored to make it 7-5. 

Following a close call on a potential third strike to pinch-hitter Conor Jackson, Papelbon gave up a game-tying double down the left field line. After the tying runs crossed, Papelbon barked at Randazzo, who immediately threw him out. Then Papelbon became enraged and charged Randazzo, getting in the...

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