BOSTON -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; a:link, span.MsoHyperlink color: blue; text-decoration: underline; a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed color: purple; text-decoration: underline; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; Alain Vigneault was asked a simple question about the numberof hits for each team in the Stanley Cup Final, and the Vancouver Canucks coachwasted no time expressing his opinion on Rich Peverleys slash to the back ofKevin Bieksas knee in Game 2 on Saturday night.
Kevin Bieksa didnt get hit by Peverley, said Vigneaulton Sunday at the TD Garden. He got a cheap shot in the back of the knee. Soits totally different. He went down because of something that, obviously, youdont want to see in the game.
Canucks president and general manager Mike Gillis said the team did not talk with the league about the slash.
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The Bruins are ready to give it their best crack coming out of the NHL’s five day bye despite some evidence that it’s not going to be easy on Sunday night.
Teams in their first game back from the five day vacation were sporting a 3-10-3 record entering Sunday’s action, and the coast-to-coast flight from Boston to San Jose for a date with the Sharks wasn’t likely to do them any favors. Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy didn’t make any mystery of his Sunday night lineup against the Sharks, and will scratch hard-nosed left winger Matt Beleskey along with Joe Morrow and John-Michael Liles. Beleskey was healthy scratched from last weekend’s win against Vancouver as well, and had no points along with a minus-1 rating in the two games he played under Cassidy ahead of the five day break.
Here are the projected line combos and D-pairings vs. the Sharks on Sunday night according to the Boston Bruins twitter feed:
K. Miller-C. Miller
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while enjoying Hockey Day in America.
*Brian Boyle is the subject of trade rumors with the Tampa Bay Lightning, but he wants to stay a member of the Bolts.
*Watch out for the Florida Panthers, who swept the road trip through California and are now back in playoff position for the first time in a long time.
*It’s great to see play-by-play man Dave Strader back in the broadcast booth doing what he does best after his cancer diagnosis.
*Hats off to the Bruins ECHL affiliate, the Atlanta Gladiators, for the sweet-looking Boba Fett sweaters worn during this weekend’s Star Wars night.
*It’s pretty amazing when you’re an NHL player and a former first round pick, and you’re the one most known for being somebody else’s brother. That’s life for Dallas Stars D-man Jamie Oleksiak.
*Interesting piece about sportswriting, politics and a couple of worlds that were destined to collide at some point.
*For something completely different: For the 40h anniversary of Star Wars, the toys are being used to recreate classic movie scenes.