WASHINGTON -- Milan Lucic has been called a lot of things before, but Monday brought an accusation with which he feels unfamiliar.
With the Bruins on the power play late in the third period of Game 3 against the Capitals, Lucic was cross-checked by Washington defenseman Dennis Wideman. That led to Lucic scrapping with forward Matt Hendricks before defenseman Karl Alzner jumped in to take on Lucic. After the scrum was broken up by officials, Alzner made a crying gesture at Lucic.
"Well, there's a lot of [proof] on my side to show that I'm not a crybaby," Lucic said after the game. "That's a lot coming from a guy I think who's got two roughing penalties in three years, so there you go.
Asked whether he felt Alzner was the third man in, an offense that is punishable by a game misconduct, Lucic grinned and chose his words carefully before answering, "Yup."
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At the end of Boston's 4-3 win over the Capitals that gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead in their best-of-7 Eastern quarterfinal series, Capitals star Nicklas Backstrom was given a 10-minute match penalty, which carries with it an automatic one-game suspension, pending league review.
In the closing moments, Alex Ovechkin took a run Rich Peverley along the corner boards in the Washington zone and hit him into the boards. Moments later in the same scrum, Backstrom, who scored the game-winner in double overtime on Saturday, was cited for cross-checking Peverley in the face and given a match penalty. The series, which had been relatively mellow so far, turned nasty with several altercations involving Milan Lucic in the second and third periods and Brad Marchand in the third. Lucic and Brooks Laich were given unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in the second while Lucic and Matt Hendricks were called for roughing at 17:34 of the third.
Zdeno Chara's slap shot with 1:53 left in regulation beat Braden Holtby and lifted the Bruins to a thrilling 4-3 win over the Capitals in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series at the Verizon Center Monday night. The Bruins lead the series, 2-1, with Game 4 Thursday night in Washington before the series shifts back to Boston for Game 5 in Boston.
A fairly mild series in the first two games, the Bruins and Captials joined the Flyers and Penguins and the Rangers and Senators in turning up the intensity with on-ice brawls. It was an on-ice confrontation between Milan Lucic and Washington's Matt Hendricks and Karl Alzner that led to a 4-on-4 situation when Chara took a pass from Dennis Seidenberg and fired the game-winning goal, which deflected off the stick of Roman Hamrlik.
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The NFL has announced that the 2012 regular-season schedule will be released Tuesday at 7 p.m. on the NFL Network and NFL.com.
Along with their usual dates against AFC East foes in 2012, the Patriots will play one game against each of the AFC South and NFC West teams. They also play the first-place teams of the AFC West (Denver) and the AFC North (Baltimore).
The Patriots home opponents for 2012 are: Buffalo, New York Jets, Miami, San Francisco, Houston, Denver, Arizona and Indianapolis. The road opponents are: Buffalo, New York Jets, Miami, Baltimore, Seattle, Jacksonville, Tennessee and St. Louis (scheduled to be played in London).
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Red Sox GM Ben Cherington said that the team believes that center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury will be able to recover from his right shoulder subluxation through a program of rest and rehabilitation. To this point, the Sox do not expect that he will need surgery that would likely prove season-ending.
"At this point I believe he can recover from this without surgery, but we're still gathering information," Cherington said.
Ellsbury suffered the injury on Friday when Rays shortstop Reid Brignac landed on the center fielder's right shoulder after his legs were taken out on a double play pivot.
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