Injured Bergeron looking forward to Game 7


Injured Bergeron looking forward to Game 7

BOSTON -- Patrice Bergeron didn't give any update or description of his still-undisclosed injury on Monday. When asked how he felt, physically, he said, "Ya, I mean I feel like Im looking forward to Game 7 and try to get ready for it."

He'll do so as a Selke Trophy finalist, along with St. Louis' David Backes and Detriot's Pavel Datsyuk. It's the first time that Bergeron has been nominated for the award that's annually given "to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game."

Bergeron led the NHL in plus-minus this season as a plus-36. But he credits his teammates for the nomination.

"Obviously it's a huge honor," said Bergeron on Monday. "Im flattered by it, to be named with two great players like David Backes and Pavel Datsyuk, I guess Im very happy with it, but still I think it goes for all my teammates and I really believe in that.

"I take pride in playing both sides of the rink and the little details in order to help the team win as much as I can. I think this award is somewhat compensating to the guys that play on both sides of the ice, so yes Im happy with it but at the same time, like you said, I dont really believe in individual awards as much as the team efforts. I think every time youre nominated for an award like that its because of your teammates and the help of all of them."

Bergeron played in Sunday's Game 6 with an undisclosed injury, and his coach praised his efforts.

"It's hard to find players like that, that you have to hold back versus sometimes having to push him through it," said Julien. "So, he's one of those guys.

"I thought we got a lot out of him yesterday, personally," added Julien. "I think he was a good player and I didnt see anything besides him just not taking faceoffs. There were no restrictions. And I think theres no doubt, any time off is good for any player that maybe is not at 100 percent. But hes fine, guys.

"Again, the type of player that he is, hes working through it. To me, I didnt see a difference in the player at all as far as his play was concerned. The only difference you saw was him not jumping into that circle to take faceoffs."

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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