NHL VP to Bruins, Canucks: Enough 'garbage'

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NHL VP to Bruins, Canucks: Enough 'garbage'

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

BOSTON Dont expect any more finger play in the Stanley Cup Finals after Monday nights final straw with Mark Recchi and Milan Lucic waving their fingers in the faces of Maxim Lapierre and Alexandre Burrows, respectively, during Bostons lopsided victory over the Canucks in Game Three at TD Garden.

The incident caused both Recchi and Lucic to be upbraided by coach Claude Julien for their classless gestures, which Julien had criticized the Canucks for earlier in the day. The gloved finger gestures were in retaliation for the two Vancouver players players targeting Patrice Bergeron in the first couple of games in the series, and NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy basically told both teams general managers and head coaches to cut the crap.

NHL official Kris King is in charge of the series," Murphy said. "We've addressed it. We've addressed it with the teams as early as this morning. I will be speaking with both general managers and coaches before the day is over about what we are seeing . . . the garbage that is going on. Some of the issues will be addressed.

Both Lucic and Recchi apologized for their actions after the game was over and promised there would be no repeat incidents, and it appears Murphy is ready to slap the book at any other skaters engaging in finger play.

When asked if failing to suspend Burrows for biting Bergeron earlier in the series led to the Nathan Horton head-hunting actions, Murphy slapped away that notion while hinting that higher penalties await anybody else continuing the shenanigans.

We made the right decision on Alex Burrows, Murphy said. I spoke with Alex. But I'm not here to speak about that. I've dealt with that. We've moved on past that. We will deal with the issues of the series and the chippiness that's going on."

The players will certainly continue piling up the hits and ratcheting up the physicality in the remaining four games of the Stanley Cup Final as it should be. But the biting, overzealous face-washing and ratty behavior, which is straight out of the Montreal Canadiens handbook, should be taking a backseat for the rest of the series.

It's the Stanley Cup Final. Both teams want that trophy, Shawn Thornton said. Everyone's going to do whatever they can to try and make that goal a reality. That includes playing physical, I'm sure.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Heinen looking to show his offense in his shot on Krejci line

Heinen looking to show his offense in his shot on Krejci line

BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins mixed things up with their roster a bit on Saturday after dropping a couple of games in a row to Washington and Colorado. 

Fourth-line energy winger Noel Acciari and playmaking forward Danton Heinen were called up from Providence and will be in the lineup against the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden on Saturday night. 
Acciari went to Providence the past couple of days to get some game action in after missing the past month with a lower body injury, but clearly showed he’s ready to go. 

So, Acciari is back to provide the same hard-hitting and energy he showed before he was hurt and Heinen is looking to show off a little more offense than in his first stint with the Black and Gold this season. He’ll be featured in a top role as left wing with David Krejci and David Backes and with marching orders to shoot the puck like he never shot it in his previous stint in Boston. 

For the Bruins, it’s about getting another look at a candidate to play left wing beside Krejci with both Ryan Spooner and Tim Schaller, with limitations to their respective games, unable to fully grasp that same opportunity. 

“My hope is that Heinen can come in and give us some good hockey. He’s a skill player and he’s been down there for a while, and he’s back up again because he’s been playing well,” said Claude Julien of the Bruins rookie, who had four goals and seven points in his past five games with Providence. “Hopefully he can play well here also. It’s about getting some confidence. When he went down to [the AHL] the pace of his game had to get a little bit better, and in the battles coming up with the puck along the walls. Those are the kinds of things we thought he could work on down in Providence.”

Heinen knows he needs to shoot the puck a bit more to show off his offense after a seven-game stint with the Bruins where he went scoreless, was a minus-2 and had just six shots on net.

“Being hard on the walls, playing fast and shooting the puck, those were all things I was working on [in Providence],” said Heinen, who has seven goals and 13 points in 13 games for the P-Bruins after being assigned to Providence. “I was doing what they told me to do [in Providence] and that’s shoot the puck. They were going in, and I was getting some good opportunities on the power play. It’s seriously tough to get chances [at the NHL level], so you can’t pass them up when you have chances. That was kind of my focus down there.”

Fellow fourth-line energy winger Anton Blidh has been shipped to Providence after three solid games with the Black and Gold. 

Julien said Blidh goes back to Providence having adequately shown that he can play in the NHL. He clearly showed the Bruins that he understands his role as a player that stirs things up a bit and gets his nose dirty on a regular basis.

“[Blidh] was fine. No issues there. He does his job. He plays with lots of energy and obviously he’s getting more experience. He’s a lot better at understanding his positioning within the game and what he has to do,” said Julien. “I thought he helped us out for the time that he was here.”

With Heinen and Acciari both in the lineup and Blidh back in Providence, that means Jimmy Hayes will be scratched after dressing for three of the past four games for Boston.

Saturday, Dec. 10: Vegas, scoring on NHL governors' minds

Saturday, Dec. 10: Vegas, scoring on NHL governors' minds

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while doing some early Christmas shopping ahead of the late rush. 

*Mike Zeisberger sits down with a quartet of NHL governors and discusses a number of hot topics including the Vegas franchise and scoring around the league. 

*Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos has been removed from the NHL Board of Governor’s Executive Committee amid rumors that the Canes might be a prime candidate for relocation. 

*Pierre McGuire weighs in on Connor McDavid’s war of words on the ice and Carey Price losing his mind in the crease against the New Jersey Devils. To that end, Wayne Gretzky liked seeing McDavid get a little combative at such a young age. 

*The New York Islanders signed Cal Clutterbuck to a five year contract extension, and some are skeptical it will turn out well for the Isles.

*David Pastrnak is a premier scoring threat in the league, and Scott Cullen has some details behind that. I will say this: his stock falling in the draft had less to do with his size or heaviness, and more to do with him being concussed for a long stretch of time during the year leading up to the draft. 

*The Florida Panthers are really struggling to stay positive with a 1-5-0 record since the ownership group and management decided to fire Gerard Gallant. 

*For something completely different: Baywatch stars then and now.