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05/30/2011 - 4:44pm
Vigneault: Too small a sample vs. B's
By: DJ Bean

VANCOUVER -- The Canucks haven't seem game action since eliminating the Sharks in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. In an attempt to stay sharp during their eight-day layoff before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Bruins, the team scrimmaged before working on special teams in a practice that featured two sessions and lasted an hour and 15 minutes. 

Coach Alain Vigneault noted that it was the second time since the conference finals concluded that he has had his team scrimmage.

"We scrimmaged today just to make sure that our guys are physically and mentally sharp on the ice," Vigneault, who won the Jack Adams award with the Canadiens in 2007, said after the practice. "Instead of doing drills, we figured that this was the proper way to get them ready." 

Vigneault noted that he isn't looking too closely at a few numbers that favor the Bruins. Tim Thomas has allowed just one goal vs. the Canucks in...

05/30/2011 - 3:23pm
Lineup: Lowrie out with sore shoulder

Drew Sutton is back in the starting lineup at shortstop for the Red Sox as they take on the White Sox Monday night at Fenway Park. This will be the third game Sutton has played at shortstop, having appeared in seven games, totaling a .238 batting average and .667 OPS. He takes the place of Jed Lowrie, who was nursing a sore shoulder after colliding with left field Carl Crawford Sunday. Red Sox manager Terry Francona said he expects Lowrie to be back in the lineup Tuesday.

The rest of the Sox' lineup against White Sox starter Jake Peavy is as follows:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

Kevin Youkilis 3B

David Ortiz DH

Carl Crawford LF

Drew Sutton SS

J.D. Drew RF

Jarrod Saltalamacchia C

Jon Lester P

For all the matchups, click here. For more Red Sox news, go to the team...

05/30/2011 - 2:41pm
Julien: Won't touch Cup until 'I've earned it'

Bruins coach Claude Julien admitted Monday to one of the long-standing traditions of NHL coaches and players who compete in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Julien said he has avoided coming in direct contact with the oldest trophy in North American professional sports and will keep from having his picture taken with it until he's earned that privilege by winning it. 

"I have [avoided the Stanley Cup]," Julien said following the Bruins final skate before departing for Vancouver and Game 1 of the finals on Wednesday. "I've seen it in the Hall of Fame in Toronto. I have stayed away from it. And all I said is the day that I even get a picture or touch it will be the day that I've earned it. And that's been my philosophy throughout my career as a coach."

Julien is coaching in his first Stanley Cup finals in eight seasons as a coach, and fourth in Boston. For more, visit the Bruins team page at...

05/30/2011 - 1:57pm
Thousands send off B's from Garden

Approximately 2,000 raucous fans attended a rally outside TD Garden to send off the Bruins as they left for Vancouver and the opening of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday night in British Columbia. 

Fans chanted "We want the Cup!" over and over as players and coaches signed autographs before hopping on charter buses for Logan Airport and a cross-continent, six-hour flight to Vancouver. The team held its final skate in Boston at the Garden amidst light fog on the ice before leaving for Vancouver. The team will take part in media day in Vancouver Tuesday, with Game 1 set for Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET.

For more from the team of Mike Petraglia and Scott McLaughlin in Boston and Bruins beat writer DJ Bean in Vancouver, be sure to visit the Bruins team page at weei.com/bruins and the Big Bad Blog

 


05/30/2011 - 1:41pm
Schneider on M&M: Canucks also play D
By: admin

Former Boston College star and current Canucks backup goaltender Cory Schneider joined the Mut & Merloni show Monday morning to talk about the upcoming Stanley Cup finals.

Schneider said that although the Canucks didn’t learn all that much about the Bruins from their 3-1 loss in February, what he’s noticed most from watching the playoffs is Boston’s depth.

“They have three deep lines, and offensively even their fourth line is effective in what they do,” Schneider said. “On any given night for them a different guy can step up and be the difference.”

Schneider also said the Canucks would need to keep track of Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron in particular. He called Lucic a “big guy who can disrupt a lot of plays and go to the net and create problems.” He compared Bergeron with Vancouver’s Ryan Kessler: a multi-talented player who contributes on offense, defense, faceoffs and...

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