Morning Skate 117: Trouble in paradise


Morning Skate 117: Trouble in paradise

Sounds like trouble in paradise between Alan Vigneault and Ryan Kesler over a slow season for the Canucks catalyst, and some critical words from the coach about the player.

Fun piece by Ian Mendes handing out a midseason report card to the Ottawa media that covers the Senators. I do notice that he didnt give himself a grad, however.

The Pro Hockey Talk boys have what sounds alarmingly like a Valedictorian speech from Brian Burke on the prospects of getting a job in pro sports. The NHL might be the toughest field because its such a tight-knit group.

Ryan Miller is very adamant that hes the problem in Buffalo and theres no easy way to fix it. How is that for creative interpretation that will make the skinny jeans-wearing goaltender go ballistic?

Mike Cammalleri clarifies exactly what he meant with his losing mentality comments that got him a one-way ticket out of Montreal. I still fail to see what the big deal was about what he said.

For something a little different: Ty Law graces this weeks edition of Unfiltered along with some Great American Hockey Show high jinks.

Music link of the day: REO Speedwagon with a live version of Roll with the Punches at the XM studio in honor of the Florida Panthers playing it during pregame skate on Monday night.

Revs beat Toronto FC 2-1, deny Shield-clinching opportunity


Revs beat Toronto FC 2-1, deny Shield-clinching opportunity

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Lee Nguyen and Kei Kamara scored late goals and the New England Revolution, with a 2-1 win, denied Toronto FC an opportunity to clinch the Supporters' Shield on Saturday.

Kamara scored the go-ahead goal in the 87th minute with a header off Nguyen's cross. The Revs (11-4-5) avoided playoff elimination and extended their undefeated streak at home against Toronto FC (18-5-8) to six games. Toronto has three matches remaining to clinch the Shield with a magic number of three points.

Nguyen opened the scoring for New England in the 82nd minute with his 50th career goal, taking Chris Tierney's lead pass from midfield and finishing through a defensive deflection.

Toronto FC's Nicolas Hasler answered two minutes later with a right-footed volley of Michael Bradley's diagonal cross.

Forwards Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore missed the match for Toronto FC, both due to lower body tightness.


COLLEGE FOOTBALL: No. 2 Clemson pulls away in 4th quarter to beat Boston College, 34-7


COLLEGE FOOTBALL: No. 2 Clemson pulls away in 4th quarter to beat Boston College, 34-7

CLEMSON, S.C. - Adam Choice had a 6-yard tiebreaking touchdown in the fourth quarter and Travis Etienne had two scoring runs in the final six minutes as No. 2 Clemson wore down Boston College in a 34-7 victory Saturday.

The Tigers, who came in off top-15 wins over Auburn and Louisville the last two weeks, were five-touchdown favorites over the Eagles (1-3, 0-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). But Boston College quieted the large Death Valley crowd on AJ Dillon's 1-yard TD late in the third quarter to tie the game at 7-all.

Clemson finally got going in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Kelly Bryant led the Tigers on a 76-yard drive, capped by Choice's go-ahead score. The next series, they were at it once more on a 90-yard series and the speedy freshman Etienne burst through the weary Eagles to finally give the Tigers some breathing room. Bryant added a 4-yard TD before Etienne closed the scoring with a 10-yard run.

Clemson (4-0, 2-0) won its seventh straight over the Eagles and opened 4-0 for a third consecutive season.

Bryant ended with 106 yards rushing and two touchdowns on the ground. It was the second straight game Etienne, a Louisiana recruited wooed heavily by LSU, broke off a long touchdown run after his 81-yard score against Louisville last week.

Boston College's defense and punter Mike Knoll kept it in the game longer than most figured. Clemson had only 38 yards in the third quarter and Knoll had pinned the Tigers inside the 10 five times.

The effort clearly wore down the Eagles, who were outgained in the final period 213-37.