Bodnarchuk and Marchand rekindling friendship


Bodnarchuk and Marchand rekindling friendship

BOSTON -- Andrew Bodnarchuks promotion to the Bruins gives the young defenseman another chance to establish himself at the games highest level. It also reunites a couple of lifelong friends from Nova Scotia.

Bodnarchuk and Brad Marchand have known each other for 13 years. They met as grade-school youngsters in Halifax.

"Too long," Marchand said with a smile when asked how long he and Bodnarchuk have been friends.

We grew up together playing on all the area teams, we were roommates when he was in Providence, and were here now, said Bodnarchuk.

They're both happy Bodnarchuk's been rewarded for his hard work in the AHL.

He was staying positive in Providence," said Marchand. "Hes very dedicated and he was training very, very hard. I know hes having a really good year and playing a lot of minutes while staying a plus player for a team thats not doing all that hot.

He bided his time and waited. Now that hes up, here hes excited that he can try to take advantage of the situation. Some guys have to wait a little longer for that chance. What really matters is taking advantage of it when you do get into that situation.

Added Bodnarchuk: Its very exciting. Its been a long time since Ive been up here. Boston has a lot of D prospects and Steve Kampfer (who was sent down to the P-Bruins) was playing great last year. Matt Bartkowski was having a great year, too.

I consider them all good friends, but at the same time you know where you want to be. Instead of getting frustrated you just put your nose to the grindstone.

While it remains to be seen how long Bodnarchuk will stick with the Bruins, it appears hell be with them for the 11-day, six-game road trip that starts Wednesday in Montreal.

Butler imitates Brown with post-interception dance: 'Nothing personal'


Butler imitates Brown with post-interception dance: 'Nothing personal'

Malcolm Butler didn't mean any disrespect. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. 


When the Patriots corner picked off a Landry Jones pass in the first quarter -- one that was intended for receiver Antonio Brown -- Butler stood up in the end zone, faced the Heinz Field crowd, stuck one arm in the air a and gyrated like someone had attached jumper cables to his facemask. 

He was doing his best to mimick one of Brown's well-known touchdown dances.

"Me and Brown had conversation before," Butler said, "and it was a joke to him once I showed him how I do it. Much love for that guy. Nothing personal."

For Butler, it was the highlight of what was a productive afternoon. The third-year corner was asked to shadow Brown for much of the day, and he allowed Brown to catch five of nine targets for 94 yards. He also broke up a pair of passes intended for Brown's teammates.

“Stopping Antonio Brown, that’s impossible," Butler said. "You can’t stop him. You can only slow him down. I just went out there and tried to compete today . . . Great players are going to make plays but you have to match their intensity.”
Even on the longest throw from backup quarterback Landry Jones to Brown, a 51-yarder, it appeared as though Butler played the coverage called correctly. 

Butler lined up across from Brown and trailed him underneath as Brown worked his jway from the left side of the field to the right. Butler was looking for some help over the top in that scenario, seemingly, but because Brown ran across the formation, it was hard for the back end of the defense to figure out who would be helping Butler. 

Belichick admitted as much after the game. 

"He was on [Brown] a lot the way we set it up," Belichick said. "Look, they've got great players. They're tough to cover. They hit us on a couple over routes, in cut where they kind of ran away from the coverage that we had. 

"The plays were well designed. Good scheme, good thorws and obviously good routes by Brown. They got us on a couple, but I thought we competed hard. We battled all the way. We battled on third down. We battled in the red area. They made some. We made some, but they're good. They have a lot of good players."

And Brown, in particular, is about as close as it gets to unstoppable in the NFL. Butler found that out in Week 1 of last year when he matched up with Brown in his first game as a starter, giving up nine catches for 133 yards to the All-Pro wideout. 

Though Sunday might not have been perfect for Butler, it was better than that day about 14 months ago. And at times, it was worth dancing about. 

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Seahawks, Cardinals miss OT FGs, tie 6-6


SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Seahawks, Cardinals miss OT FGs, tie 6-6

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Seattle's Stephen Hauschka and Arizona's Chandler Catanzaro missed short field goals that would have won the game in overtime and the Seahawks and Cardinals settled for a 6-6 tie Sunday night.

Hauschka's 27-yard field goal was wide left with seven seconds left after Catanzaro's 24-yarder bounced off the left upright.

The tie was the Cardinals' first since Dec. 7, 1986, a 10-10 draw at Philadelphia when the franchise was based in St. Louis. It was the first for the Seattle since entering the NFL in 1976.

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