VANCOUVER -- Canucks alternate captain Daniel Sedin spoke Wednesday at Rogers Arena, a day after word emerged that he guaranteed victory in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals, something he did not do.
The Canucks forward wasn't pleased with the idea that he guaranteed victory, and said Wednesday that expressing confidence at home is different from providing a guarantee.
"I didn't do that," he said. "I said if we bring our best game, I like our chances. You can never guarantee anything in life, but I can guarantee you that we're going to bring the best tonight. That's been good enough in 99 percent of the games this year, and I hope it's going to be enough tonight."
Said coach Alain Vigneault: "Well, what did you expect him to say? We're in this to win. Daniel is one of our leaders on our group and believes in the group. He expressed it. I think it's a normal thing to do at this time."
Asked where he...
Blackhawks goalie Marty Turco joined the Mut & Merloni show Wednesday to talk about the Stanley Cup finals Game 7.
Turco has been a guest analyst for NHL Network since his team was eliminated by the Canucks in the opening round. Chicago, the defending Stanley Cup champion, fell behind 3-0 in the series before rallying to force a Game 7 that Vancouver won 2-1.
Turco made it clear that he doesn't like the Canucks' brash style.
"That's where it really got me, was when we were in Chicago and they're up in the game, and they're running their mouths, and they are real cocky," he said. "Never mind that my team beat them the two previous years, knocked them out. You think they'd learn their lesson and just go about their business, but that wasn't the case. It was quite interesting to watch us come back and know that we had them. We know that they're playing differently.
"It was eerily similar in this [Bruins] series....
A strange trial is taking place in Los Angeles, and it has a connection to recently retired Celtic Shaquille O'Neal.
Robert Ross, who claims he did business with O'Neal and dated his ex-wife, allegedly was kidnapped and beaten by a group of gang members three years ago as part of the gang's attempt to retrieve a sex tape of O'Neal with other women, according to preliminary testimony. Prosecutors, however, have indicated they have no evidence such a tape existed and said O'Neal is not involved in the case.
According to a Los Angeles Times report on the case, Ross testified that he is a former member of the Main Street Mafia Crips gang who became a music promoter. After becoming friends with O'Neal and trying to bring musical acts to O'Neal's record label, Ross claims, he got into a financial dispute...
Former NHL referee Kerry Fraser joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to offer his thoughts from an official’s viewpoint on the Stanley Cup finals.
“This is not a typical series, certainly not a typical Stanley Cup final," Fraser said. "We’ve seen such crazy, bizarre things go on, and the officials have certainly been under a lot of scrutiny. There has been some inconsistencies for sure, from my perspective. They need to make sure they are well prepared and call that first penalty that happens, otherwise they're going to be batting uphill all night.”
Fraser was asked about Game 7s and if the referees don't call as many penalties as in other games.
“It’s got to be imagined," he said of that perception. "The players will dictate what the officials do and how they respond. That being said, the officials have to respond appropriately. I found in most Game 7s, the players...
NESN Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning, following the Red Sox' 4-0 loss to the Rays Tuesday night that snapped a nine-game winning streak.
"It doesn't get any better than that," Remy said of the Sox' impressive run that includes road sweeps of the Yankees and Blue Jays. "That New York and Toronto series was about as good as you can get. Everything was going right — the pitching was going right, the defense was going right, the offense was going incredibly right. It was fun to sit there and watch that. It was just bombs away. They were taking early leads, they were putting people away early, putting them away late. It just does not get any better than that.
"But it just goes to show how fickle this game is. You come into a game last night with a tired [Rays] team that got in late in the morning but they had a fresh starter in [James] Shields, who...
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