Haggerty: Five thoughts from Bruins-Caps


Haggerty: Five thoughts from Bruins-Caps

Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Capitals locked in a scoreless tie aftert the first 20 minutes of Game 1 at TD Garden.

1) Cheap move by Jay Beagle tripping David Krejci on the faceoff at center ice and then butt-ending him in the face when the Bs center tried to get up afterward. Beagle gets whistled for a four-minute penalty and we start to see the Dale Hunter-type influence on the series and Washington.

2) It appears the Bruins strategy is throw as much rubber at Braden Holtby as possible. Makes sense given that its a rookie goaltender, but now Holtby has made nine saves and built up a little confidence. Not enough traffic in the first period from the Bruins for a young goaltender looking for a foothold.

3) Dennis Wideman getting booed every time he touches the puck. Its like old times all over again.

4) How is the Washinton power play as bad as it is? They manage only a single shot on net after a quasi-bogus boarding call against David Krejci when Dennis Wideman turned his back to the center when he saw him coming.

5) It appears pretty simple: The Bruins strategy involves pounding Mike Green with physicality and grinding him down, and the Bruins are doing the exact same thing with Dennis Seidenberg. Zdeno Chara also had Alex Ovechkin teed up from all the way across the other side of the ice, but Ovie side-stepped the onrushing 6-foot-9 missile right at the last moment. Four hits for Ovechkin and three apiece for Shawn Thornton and Chara.

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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