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01/07/2012 - 3:59pm
Canucks get revenge, kind of, beat Bruins
By: DJ Bean

The Stanley Cup finals rematch that players swore was "just another game" proved to be far from that, as the Canucks defeated the Bruins, 4-3, in a highly emotional game Saturday at TD Garden.

The Canucks got on the board when Ryan Kesler beat Tim Thomas on the power play 5:41 into the game. Brad Marchand tied it up later in the first period, taking a nice feed from Tyler Seguin in front and deking Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider. After Daniel Paille was stopped on a penalty shot by Schneider, Rich Peverley scored his seventh of the season to give the B's a 2-1. Bruins nemesis Alexandre Burrows would later tip a Cody Hodgson shot past Thomas to tie it on a Vancouver power play. 

Hodgson made it 4-2 1:09 into the third period, but David Krejci brought the Bruins within one 42 seconds later when he picked up a rebound from a Joe Corvo shot and sent it past Schneider.

There was no shortage of heated play on the day, as Burrows...

01/07/2012 - 3:58pm
McNally leads No. 22 Harvard past Dartmouth

Oliver McNally scored 17 points Saturday at Lavietes Pavilion and the 22nd-ranked Crimson pulled away from Dartmouth, 63-47, in their Ivy League opener.

Kyle Casey and Keith Wright each scored 10 for Harvard (13-2), which is favored to win the league after tying for the title with Princeton last season.

Gabas Maldunas had 15 points and nine rebounds for Dartmouth (3-13).

Harvard led 23-22 at the half but fell behind 34-27 before taking control. The Crimson used a 16-2 spurt to forge ahead, with a 3-pointer from McNally and a three-point play from Brandyn Curry putting them in front for good, and closed the game on a 36-13 run.


01/07/2012 - 2:42pm
Lucic could face 10-game suspension
By: DJ Bean

Bruins forward Milan Lucic was given a game misconduct for leaving the bench to join an altercation in the first period of Saturday's game against the Canucks, and that could mean huge trouble for both the winger and coach Claude Julien.

The Bruins have been informed that Lucic was tossed for that reason and that the league will not decide if it was a legal change until after the game.

The fines/suspension section of Rule 70.10 reads as follows: 

"The first player to leave the players’ or penalty bench during an altercation or for the purpose of starting an altercation from either or both teams shall be suspended automatically without pay for the next ten (10) regular League and/or Play-off games of his team."

It later adds the following:

"The Coach(es) of the team(s) whose player(s) (including goalkeepers) left the players’ bench(es) or penalty bench(es)during an altercation shall be suspended,...

01/07/2012 - 2:30pm
O'Brien: 'I'm the leader of this family' at PSU

Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien was formerly introduced as the 15th head coach in Penn State history on Saturday. O’Brien takes over the program from legendary coach Joe Paterno, who was ousted after an investigation led to charges of sexual assault by retired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

Although O’Brien is tasked with restoring a tarnished program, he is excited to begin. “I’m the leader of this family now,” O’Brien said during his introductory press conference. “I can’t wait to get going on this, get everyone headed in the right direction.”

O’Brien will fulfill his commitment as Patriots offensive coordinator throughout New England’s playoff run. “There’s no way I can stand up in front of our football team and our recruits and talk about loyalty and commitment and then leave the Patriots at the start of a playoff run," he said.

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01/07/2012 - 1:14pm
Belichick: O'Brien, Penn State 'great match'

Patriots coach Bill Belichick issued a statement Saturday in the wake of the news that offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien has been named the new head coach at Penn State:

“Over the course of his long coaching career, Bill O’Brien has met every personal and professional challenge head on with great passion and competitiveness. I expect Bill to draw on his deep background in college football and the NFL to continue attracting and developing top players. For five years, Bill’s outstanding work with our quarterbacks and entire offense has led to record-setting performances. His presence and command before our team has grown into that of a inspirational leader. This is a great match between a storied program and a old-school football coach. Bill will be up to the task and I couldn’t be happier for him, Colleen and the O’Brien family.”

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