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06/05/2011 - 6:38pm
Vigneault: Slash on Bieksa a 'cheap shot'

Upon his arrival in Boston late Sunday afternoon, Canucks coach Alain Vigneault called Rich Peverley’s slash on Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa in the second period of Saturday’s Game 2 a dirty play.

“Kevin didn’t get hit,” Vigneault said when asked about the Canucks matching the physical play of the Bruins. “He got a cheap shot in the back of the knee, so that’s totally different. He went down by something you don’t want to see in the game. But at the end of the day, we know they’re a big, physical team, and we can play a speed game but we can play a physical game, which I think we’ve shown throughout the playoffs.”

Bieksa returned after limping to the bench and no penalty was called on the play. The Canucks outhit the Bruins 40-31 Saturday after the Bruins held a 31-30 advantage in Game 1.

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06/05/2011 - 5:51pm
Thomas: We haven't 'tested' Luongo enough

With all the talk about his style in net and the bizarre end to Game 2, Bruins goalie Tim Thomas said his teammates need to start making life a little tougher on his counterpart, Roberto Luongo. 

"I've been busy just trying to do my own job," Thomas said. "I think he's played well with what he's been tested with. But I don't think we've tested him enough. That's part of the reason we're down 2-0 in the series." 

Before Milan Lucic scored nine minutes into the second period of Game 2 Saturday night, Luongo stopped the first 47 shots he faced in the series, and the last 76 faced in the playoffs. Luongo leads Thomas in playoff goals against (2.16 to 2.27) and wins (14-12) while Thomas has the edge save percentage (.930 to .928). Both have played 20 games in the 2011 playoffs. 

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06/05/2011 - 5:10pm
Atchison confirms he will return to PawSox

Following the Red Sox' 6-3 win over the Athletics Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park, reliever Scott Atchison said that he had been told by the organization that he will be sent to Triple-A Pawtucket for a third time this season in order to make room on the 25-man roster for infielder Marco Scutaro.

Atchison had been recalled from Pawtucket on May 16. Four of his seven appearances with the Red Sox this season have lasted more than one inning, with him going three innings on two occasions. His most recent appearance came Friday night, when the righty allowed one hit over an inning.

"Obviously, it's frustrating. It's always frustrating. I feel like I belong here and this is where I feel like I should be pitching. In turn, I know it's part of it," Atchison told WEEI.com. "I have the option. We talked about it before, it is what it is. I like being here. I like being part of this team when I come up and playing with these guys, so there's...

06/05/2011 - 4:59pm
Thomas: Not about to 'take advice' now

Tim Thomas is perfectly happy with the way he's playing his position. The Bruins goalie - and 2009 Vezina Trophy winner - was outstanding in Game 1 and for most of Game 2 before allowing the game-tying goal with over 10 minutes left in regulation and a bizarre goal 11 seconds into overtime when he fell down chasing Alex Burrows. 

Upon his arrival back in Boston Sunday afternoon at the Garden, Thomas was asked about whether he regrets his aggressive approach or plans on adjusting his tact in goal.

"I have a pretty good idea how to play goalie," Thomas said at the beginning of the press conference. "I'm not going to take advice or suggestions at this time. I'm just going to keep playing the way I have." 

Following a five-hour flight back from Vancouver, Thomas and the rest of the Bruins came to the Garden briefly to check into their dressing room and fulfill a media obligation on the offday between Games 2...

06/05/2011 - 4:57pm
Crawford: Don't know if pitch was intentional

Following the Red Sox' 6-3 win over the A's, Sox outfielder Carl Crawford talked about the pitch thrown by Oakland starter Brett Anderson which hit the lefty hitter in the back of the right hand.

The incident, which came in the third inning (one frame after Crawford took Anderson into the Red Sox bullpen for a three-run homer), was followed with Crawford seemingly yelling out Anderson while walking toward first base.

"I don't know if it was intentional," Crawford said. "I know we watch his video, and he doesn't throw inside much. That's all I can say about that."

Asked what Crawford said on his way to first, he responded, "I'll just leave that on the field. It's such a reaction when you get hit like that, right after you hit a home run off a guy, and you know his tendencies.

"You know he doesn't really do that often. Obviously, the thought is going to creep into your head. Did he do it...

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