Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was announced as a finalist for the 2011 Mark Messier Leadership Award on Monday, with Messier making the announcement at TD Garden prior to Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals. The award is given to players based on their leadership and contributions to society. The other finalists are Shane Doan of the Coyotes and Nicklas Lidstrom of the Red Wings.
Past winners include Sidney Crosby (2010), Jarome Iginla (2009) and Mats Sundin (2008). Of Chara, Messier said "I'm a big fan of Zdeno's from the time he came into the league" and "I don't think there's a player who's improved as much as this guy." Chara has captained the Bruins since signing as an unrestriceted free agent in 2006.
Messier is the only player in NHL history to captain Stanley Cup champions in two different cities, as he won it as captain of the 1990 Oilers (who defeated the Bruins in the finals) and the 1994 Rangers.
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David Ortiz claimed American League Player of the Week for the week ending June 5. He becomes the second straight Red Sox to win the award after Carl Crawford earned the nonor over the previous time period. Another Red Sox, Adrian Gonzalez, took home the award two weeks prior to Crawford.
In six games last week, Ortiz batted .545 (12-for-22 with four doubles, two home runs, six RBI and five runs scored. The designated hitter finished the week tied for first in the AL in doubles and total bases (22), and is second to only Gonzalez in batting average. He is also second in slugging percentage (1.000), on-base percentage (.583) and hits.
It is the fifth time in Ortiz' career he has won the award, the last coming in the week ending Aug. 26, 2007.
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Marco Scutaro wrapped up a scheduled three-game rehab assignment by going 3-for-4 with a double and two runs for Triple-A Pawtucket. Scutaro was 5-for-11 with a walk and the double during his first games since landing on the disabled list in early May due to a strained oblique. He served as the designated hitter on Monday, following games at short and second.
Scutaro is expected to rejoin the Sox and be activated on Tuesday in New York. He is hitting .235 with a .316 OBP and .309 slugging mark in 23 games this year for the Red Sox.
In the same game against Tampa Bay's Triple-A affiliate in Durham, veteran Kevin Millwood -- signed by the Sox as a minor league free agent after Daisuke Matsuzaka landed on the DL -- pitched his best game of the year. Millwood tossed 6 2/3 innings, allowing one run on five hits while walking none and striking out four. According to PawSox broadcaster Dan Hoard, his fastball velocity was 87-89 mph.
Former NHL forward Ray Ferraro, who now has a radio show in Vancouver and provides game analysis for Canadian television, joined the Mut & Merloni show Monday and offered a small dose of optimism for Bruins fans.
"I think the Bruins can get back in the series tonight," said Ferraro, who retired in 2002 after 18 NHL seasons and 898 points (408 goals). "I think if you played 100 games, I think the Canucks would win more. I really do. I think the Canucks are a deeper, better team. But that doesn't mean that they're going to win this series. What it means is tonight is absolutely imperative to the Bruins. They lose, they don't have a chance. They win, then they've got a chance. They give themselves a chance in Game 4 to even this series.
"I think the Bruins can win tonight. But they'd better be letter perfect, because the Canucks are a good road team."
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NESN Bruins analyst and former defenseman Gord Kluzak called in to the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to discuss the Stanley Cup finals.
Kluzak said that the Bruins could have won either of the first two games had they played slightly better.
“I think they have had breakdowns at times that have really hurt,” Kluzak said. “I think if they get back to what they can do — and the model is Game 7 vs. Tampa Bay — this thing is very winnable. I'm much more optimistic than I hear you guys were this morning.
"I don't think Vancouver is as good as advertised. I've never been overly impressed with the Sedins. I think [Ryan] Kessler may be hurt, the way that [Johnny] Boychuk hit happened early on in Game 2. I didn't think Kessler was the same player, and I think if you're the Bruins you're trying to be as physical as you can with him because he is the key, in my opinion. I think this is still very winnable....
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