Ravens' Pollard on Brady's slide: 'That's bull crap'


Ravens' Pollard on Brady's slide: 'That's bull crap'

FOXBORO -- Baltimore Ravens safety Bernard Pollard was upset with Tom Brady's first-half slide, following the Baltimore Ravens' AFC Championship win on Sunday night at Gillette Stadium.

Late in the second quarter, Brady ran down the left side of the field, and, like most quarterbacks would do, he slid to avoid the oncoming hit from Ed Reed.

But as Brady slid, his right leg came up, in what looked like an effort to protect himself, as Reed came running hard at him. Reed attempted to jump over Brady, but Brady's leg came up and kicked him. And Pollard took notice.

"You've got to keep them legs down," said Pollard. "You've go to keep the legs down. We all know and understand what's going on there. And as a quarterback, when you go to slide, we're taught . . . we can't do anything. When you come sliding, and your leg is up in the air trying to kick somebody, that's bull crap."

Rakell gets two goals, Ducks snap Bruins' streak with 5-3 win


Rakell gets two goals, Ducks snap Bruins' streak with 5-3 win

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Rickard Rakell broke a tie with his second goal with 2:34 to play, and the Anaheim Ducks snapped Boston's four-game winning streak under new coach Bruce Cassidy with a 5-3 victory over the Bruins on Wednesday night.

Rakell also scored in the second period for the Ducks and has 24 goals in his outstanding season. Ondrej Kase, Josh Manson and Andrew Cogliano also scored for Anaheim, and Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves in his first victory since Jan. 23.

Frank Vatrano scored the tying goal in the third period for the Bruins, who hadn't lost since Cassidy replaced Claude Julien on Feb. 7. Defensemen Brandon Carlo and Zdeno Chara scored early goals, and Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots.

Anaheim beat Boston for the seventh straight time.