Julien fumes at Canucks' antics


Julien fumes at Canucks' antics

By Joe Haggerty

BOSTON Claude Julien may be focused on the task at hand, but he admits he's still rankled over the Canucks antics during the first two games of the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Bruins' coach had some strong words Monday not only for Alexandre Burrows, who bit Patrice Bergeron in the finger during Game 1, and Maxim Lapierre, who dangled his gloved fingers in front Bergerons face during a scrum in Game 2 . . . but of the Vancouver organization, as well.

If its acceptable to them, then so be it. It certainly wouldnt be acceptable on our end of it, said Julien. I think you know me enough to know that. Not much I can say on that. The NHL rules on something. If the Canucks decide to make a mockery of it, then thats totally up to them."

Burrows wasn't suspended for the finger-biting incident, then buried the Bruins with a two-goal, one-assist performance in Game 2. Lapierre not only taunted Bergeron, but then he and Burrows were caught by cameras laughing about it on the bench. That comes in addition to one of the Sedin twins calling Burrows a "vegetarian" during a taped NBC pregame introduction before Game 2.

If thats their way of handling things, then so be it," said Julien.

But he said the Bruins won't let it distract them from what they have to do to get back into the series.

"We cant waste our time on that kind of stuff," he said. "We really have to focus on what we have to do. The last time I looked, were down two games to none and all our energy has to go toward that.

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Spooner responds positively to healthy scratch


Spooner responds positively to healthy scratch

BOSTON -- It wasn’t perfect by any means, but Saturday night represented a step in a positive direction for Ryan Spooner.

The 24-year-old speedy forward was scratched for the home opener against New Jersey in classic message-sending fashion by Bruins coach Claude Julien, and deserved it based on a passive lack of production combined with some costly mistakes as well. So he stayed quiet, put in the work and then returned to the lineup Saturday vs. the Montreal Canadiens where he scored a power play goal in the 4-2 loss to the Habs at TD Garden.

“He was better,” agreed Claude Julien. “He was better tonight.”

Spooner could have had even more as he got a couple of great scoring chances in the first period vs. Montreal, but Carey Price was able to turn away a couple of free looks at the Montreal net. So the Bruins forward felt he possibly left points on the ice after it was all said and done, but also clearly played his best game of the young season after going from the press box back to the lineup.

“Yeah, I had like maybe four or five [chances] that I could have scored on,” said Spooner. “I’ve just got to bear down on those [scoring opportunities], and a lot [of them] in the first period. It’s good that I’m getting those looks, but I have to score on them.

“I’m just going to go out there and just try to play. I can’t really think about [fighting to hold a spot]. I’ve just got to go out there and try to play, I guess, the game I can and try to use the speed that I have.”

The Spooner power play strike was a nifty one with the shifty forward and David Backes connecting on a pass across the front of the net, and the young B’s forward showing the necessary assertiveness cutting to the net from his half-wall position.

Spooner had five shot attempts overall in the game, and was one of the few Bruins players really getting the chances they wanted against a pretty effective Montreal defensive group. Now it’s a matter of Spooner, along with linemates Backes and David Krejci, scoring during 5-on-5 play and giving the Bruins a little more offensive balance after riding Boston’s top line very hard during the regular season’s first couple of weeks. 

Sunday, Oct. 23: Hall fitting in with Devils


Sunday, Oct. 23: Hall fitting in with Devils

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while waiting to find out which Walking Dead character got brained by Lucille in last season’s cliffhanger. I’m going with Abraham.

*The SI roundtable talks about the future of Jacob Trouba, and where he’ll end up going when his current situation resolves itself.

*P.K. Subban is apparently getting very comfortable in Nashville, and enjoying life in a city with NFL football.

*Fun conversation between Yahoo’s Josh Cooper and Brad Marchand about a whole range of random topics.

*A cool father-son story where they became the goaltending tandem for the Ontario Reign through a series of dominoes falling after Jonathan Quick went down with injury for the Los Angeles Kings.

*Pro Hockey Talk has Taylor Hall serving as exactly what the New Jersey Devils have needed for the last couple of years.

*For something completely different: FOH (Friend of Haggs) Dan Shaughnessy says that the MLB playoffs couldn’t have played out any worse for the Boston Red Sox.