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Tim Thomas tells why he skipped White House visit


Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, who refused to go to the White House when the Stanley Cup champions were honored there Monday, explained his reasoning on his Facebook page.

In what he says will be his only comment on the matter, Thomas wrote:

I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People.

This is being done at the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial level. This is in direct opposition to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers vision for the Federal government.

Because I believe this, today I exercised my right as a Free Citizen, and did not visit the White House. This was not about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country. This was about a choice I had to make as an INDIVIDUAL.

This is the only public statement I will be making on this topic. TT

Here's a thought: At the next Republican debate, let Thomas moderate. He's a goalie, so nothing should get by him.


Patriots hang on to beat Ravens, 23-20

Joe Paterno legacy: From triumph to tragedy in days

Giants jump in feet first to beat 49ers, reach Super Bowl

-- Houston Mitchell

Photo: You can look all you want, but you won't see Tim Thomas in this photo of the Boston Bruins meeting Monday with President Obama. Credit: Alex Wong / Getty Images




Vancouver riot suspects charged; an apology stirs strong emotions

The first charges have been filed against alleged participants in the Vancouver riots that followed last Wednesday’s loss by the Canucks to the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals. Charges have been recommended against six others, according to the Vancouver Sun.

Some of those believed to have been involved have come forward to police. Others were outed on Facebook, YouTube and other social media.

An apology purportedly written by a young female riot participant  and posted online was later revised, perhaps because the writer realized that rationalizing the theft of two pairs of pants by saying “Everything just seemed so right” wasn’t going to satisfy anyone.

She made some interesting points about the darker side of social media now that she and her family have been hounded, she says, by people who are angry about the damage caused by the riots, but her apology seems empty and more like justification than anything else.

Read it and see what you think. I tweeted her statement earlier in the day and the prevailing responses were unsympathetic, rejecting her apology and her rationalization of what she purportedly did.


Vancouver riots show darker side of city

The Vancouver riot photo you don't want to miss

-- Helene Elliott

Photo: Employees of Clover Earthkind Hair Salon work after midnight to clean up some of the damage caused by rioting after the Vancouver Canucks lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals June 15. Credit: Anthony Bolante / Reuters

Stanley Cup finals: Oh no, Canada, the Cup runneth over (the border) again

Lmv78hnc Canada saw its national pastime hijacked once again, when the Boston Bruins defeated Vancouver, 4-0, Wednesday night to win the Stanley Cup.

It kept Canada's streak intact. No team from the Great White North has won the Cup since the Montreal Canadiens took a deflection off Mart McSorley's stick to beat the Kings in 1993. What's next, Tim Horton's being absorbed by Starbucks? (Venti gulp)

In the 18 years that Canada has skated in the wilderness, franchises have won that once made self-respecting Canadian hockey fans giggle in their Molsons --the Ducks, Carolina, Tampa Bay. All beat Canadian teams, to boot.

But Wednesday's loss was unique. It was only the second time since 1940 that Canadian fans had to watch south-of-the-border interlopers take the Cup on Canadian soil, uh, ice. Canadian teams have lost to Canadian teams in Canada, but this was an American invasion.

The last time a Canadian team lost at home to a U.S. team? Vancouver, which was beaten by the New York Islanders in 1982. The Canucks were also the team that started that 18 years of skating in the wilderness. Vancouver lost to the New York Rangers in 1994, sending the Cup south.

The moral of the story?

Well, the Atlanta Thrashers, who are "aboot" to be shipped C.O.D. to Canada, now may never win the Stanley Cup.

Oh well, Canadians will always have curling.


Boston captures Stanley Cup with 4-0 victory over Vancouver

Vancouver riots show darker side of feel-good host city of 2010 Winter Olympics

-- Chris Foster

Stanley Cup finals Game 7: Boston 3, Vancouver 0 after two periods

The Bruins broke things open in the second period by scoring twice, the second time while shorthanded. It got so quiet in Rogers Arena you could hear the Stanley Cup being polished — and not for presentation to the Canucks.

Despite having led the NHL in goals scored during the regular season the Canucks couldn’t get anything going against the Bruins and Tim Thomas. And goaltender Roberto Luongo undermined their feeble efforts with a flat-footed effort on the third goal and no inspirational saves that might have boosted his team’s spirits.

The Bruins didn’t get a shot in the second period until more than seven minutes had passed, but they made their shots count. After taking a pass from 43-year-old Mark Recchi — who might be playing in the final game of his distinguished NHL career — Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg took a long slap shot that Luongo saved with his chest. But Luongo couldn’t control the rebound and Brad Marchand pounced on it, controlled it and took a wraparound shot that eluded Luongo at 12:13.

Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara was serving the game’s first penalty—for interference, called at 16:07—when the Bruins scored again. Patrice Bergeron broke in alone on Luongo and was impeded by Vancouver defenseman Christian Ehrhoff. The referee raised his hand to signal a penalty, but the puck slid into the net at 17:35. The play was reviewed and the goal stood, a stunning blow to a team that was being outscored, 22-8, in the Cup finals.

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Photos: Game 7: Vancouver vs. Boston

Boston leads Vancouver, 1-0, after first period

-- Helene Elliott in Vancouver, Canada

Photo: Boston forward Brad Marchand, left, scores on Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo during the second period of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday. Credit: Jason O. Watson / U.S. Presswire

Stanley Cup finals Game 7: Boston 1, Vancouver 0 after one

The Bruins scored the only goal of a fast-paced and physical first period. The play was made possible by pure hustle on the part of Brad Marchand, a pesky player who has a good amount of skill to complement his abrasiveness.

It was a good omen for the Bruins, because the team that scored first won each of the previous six games.

The Canucks’ Henrik Sedin won a faceoff from Patrice Bergeron in his own zone, but the puck came to Marchand along the right-wing boards. He protected the puck as he eluded the Canucks’ befuddled defense and threw a pass toward the slot to Bergeron, whose shot found space inside the post to Roberto Luongo’s right at 14:37.

The suddenness of the goal deflated the crowd for several minutes, but fans regained their voices and restored the pulsating energy they had been creating.

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Stanley Cup finals: The day the Canucks and Bruins have dreamed of

Stanley_640 With a respectful nod to the late, great coach "Badger" Bob Johnson, who considered every day a great day for hockey, Wednesday dawned as a great day for the Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks, who will bring the NHL season and the Stanley Cup finals to a dramatic close.

Bruins_275 "Every day, you don't wake up playing for the Cup, playing in a Game 7," Canucks center Ryan Kesler said. "It's awesome."

For both teams. "It doesn't get any better than this," said Bruins winger Milan Lucic, a Vancouver native.

The teams will meet at 5 p.m. PDT at Rogers Arena, with the Bruins seeking their first title since 1972 and the Canucks their first Cup since they joined the NHL as an expansion team for the 1970-71 season. A victory for the Canucks would also be the first for a Canada-based team since the Montreal Canadiens beat the Kings in 1993, a long and painful drought for a country where hockey isn't just a game -- it's a part of the fabric of life.

Both teams have players from various countries, but for Canada this is a seminal moment. Bruins Coach Claude Julien recognized that.

"I'm a Canadian. I know what Canadian cities are all about. And this is an opportunity for Vancouver to win their first Stanley Cup, so you can understand the excitement here," he said.

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Canucks' Mason Raymond suffers vertebrae compression fracture; no suspension for Bruins' Johnny Boychuk


Greetings from Vancouver, where there’s lots of buzz about the Canucks and lots of car flags flying in advance of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals, to be played Wednesday at Rogers Arena.

The Canucks, vying for their first-ever Cup championship, won’t have winger Mason Raymond in their lineup for Game 7. Mike Gillis, the Canucks’ general manager, announced Tuesday that Raymond had sustained a vertebrae compression fracture Monday and is expected to be out for three to four months.

The injury occurred 20 seconds into Game 6. Raymond, bent over at the waist and with his back to the boards, was shoved into the boards by Boston’s Johnny Boychuk. The players became entangled and Raymond was slow to get up, needing help to leave the ice. He was taken to a Boston hospital for treatment.

There was no penalty called on the play and the NHL will not impose a fine or suspension.

“We felt it was a battle for the puck,” said Mike Murphy, the league’s senior vice president of hockey operations, in an email.

“Boychuk tried to eliminate Raymond by pushing him towards the boards as the puck went by. Raymond was in a very awkward position with his body in an L position. Boychuk pushed him [backside]-first into the boards, his head and neck area getting wrenched.”

Tough call there. In suspending Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome a Cup-finals-record four games for a late hit that left Boston’s Nathan Horton with a concussion, the NHL said it took the severity of the injury into account. Boychuk’s hit could have been interference or boarding, though the league undoubtedly was hesitant to add a suspension that would keep him out of Game 7.

A few Game 7 stats to chew on:

The Bruins can become the first team to win three Game 7s in one playoff year.

Wednesday’s game will be the 16th Game 7 in a Stanley Cup
final. The home team won 12 of the previous games.

The Canucks lost their only previous Game 7 finals appearance, to the New York Rangers in 1994, but the Bruins have never played a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup final.

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Corey Perry breaks down Game 4

Bobby Ryan breaks down Game 5

George Parros breaks down Game 6

--Helene Elliott, in Vancouver, Canada

 Photo: Vancouver Canucks left wing Mason Raymond  lays on the ice after being hit into the boards by Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk during the first period in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals. Credit: Adam Hunger / Reuters. 

Stanley Cup finals Game 6: Bruins force Game 7 with 5-2 victory over Canucks


The Boston Bruins and Vancouver Canucks continued to take the Stanley Cup finals to extreme, reducing the best-of-seven series to a winner-takes-all finale Wednesday at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena.

The Bruins, dominant at home but unable to manufacture much offense on the road, earned a season-saving 5-2 victory Monday at TD Garden on the strength of a first-period scoring spree that set a record for the fastest four goals by one team in a Cup finals game. The home team has won each game in this series, the Canucks’ biggest reason for optimism after a weak effort Monday by goaltender Roberto Luongo and just about everyone who played in front of him.

Boston’s Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic, Andrew Ference and Michael Ryder triggered roars from the crowd by scoring within a span of 4 minutes and 14 seconds, and David Krejci added a goal during a five-on-three advantage in the second period. The previous record for fastest four goals by one team was 5:29, set by Montreal against Detroit on March 31, 1956.

Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas was beaten by Henrik Sedin’s second-period backhander, Sedin’s first point of the series, and a late third-period goal by Maxim Lapierre.

The Canucks had the powerful motivation Monday of knowing the Stanley Cup was in the house and ready to be polished and presented to them to take home for the summer, but even that wasn’t enough for them to win a game on the road. They were outscored, 17-3, in three games at Boston and Luongo was pulled twice.

But the Canucks outscored the Bruins, 5-2, in the first three games at Vancouver, including a pair of 1-0 shutouts by Luongo, and they will enjoy the comforts of home again on Wednesday for Game 7.

The Canucks, who entered the NHL in the 1970-71 season, have never won the Cup. The Bruins haven’t won since 1972, the era of the Big Bad Bruins.

Another long wait could end Wednesday: no Canada-based team has won the Cup since 1993, when the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Kings, and fans there have hungered to bring Lord Stanley’s trophy home where they feel it belongs.

The tone for the Canucks was somber from the first minute, when a hit by Boston defenseman Johnny Boychuk sent winger Mason Raymond awkwardly into the boards. Raymond was bent over and facing the boards when Boychuck shoved him and fell awkwardly, causing a stoppage 20 seconds in. He was slow to get up and needed help to leave the ice. The Bruins later announced he had been taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of an undisclosed injury.

Luongo, who said he would have stopped the one shot that eluded Thomas in Game 5 and also complained that Thomas hadn’t said anything nice about him, should have paid more attention to his own performance than to Thomas’ style. Luongo looked bad on the Bruins’ first two goals and was replaced by Cory Schneider after the third, a power-play goal.

Marchand got the rampage going at 5:31, firing a shot into the upper-right corner of the net from the right circle. A nifty behind-the-back pass by Rich Peverley set up Lucic in the right circle at 6:06.
Boston scored again, while Vancouver defenseman Alex Edler was serving a boarding penalty. Andrew Ference was credited with the goal, which appeared to deflect before it eluded Luongo.

Schneider replaced Luongo after that goal, at 8:35, but he didn’t have much better luck. He was beaten at 9:45 by Michael Ryder’s redirection of a shot by Tomas Kaberle.

All that was left was the final accounting, which added up to a strange series of extremes and a climactic finale Wednesday.

--Helene Elliott, in Boston

Photo: Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas blocks a shot by Vancouver's Jannik Hansen during Game 6 on Monday night at TD Garden in Boston. Credit: Jim Rogash / Getty Images

Stanley Cup finals Game 6: Boston 4, Vancouver 0 after two periods


The second period was scoreless. The only suspense centered on whether Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas would be able to earn his second shutout of the finals and whether any nasty incidents would erupt in such a one-sided game.

Through two periods, the Bruins had 27 shots and the Canucks had 22.

Vancouver has scored only one goal in eight periods of play in nearly three full games at Boston -- but the Bruins have scored only twice in three games at Vancouver.

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--Helene Elliott, in Boston

Photo: Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk upends Canucks left wing Tanner Glass during the second period of Game 6 on Monday night in Boston. Credit: Jonathan Hayward / Associated Press

Vancouver's Lapierre finds success to the max after leaving Ducks

If you blinked, you might have missed Maxim Lapierre’s Ducks career.

Lapierre, known as an agitator and trash-talker but valued as a third- or fourth-line player, was acquired by the Ducks from Montreal last New Year’s Eve for defenseman Brett Festerling and a fifth-round pick in the 2012 entry draft. Born in the Montreal neighborhood of Saint-Leonard and unhappy about leaving the Canadiens, he never seemed effective and didn’t bring much of his infamous edge to Anaheim.

The Ducks traded him to the Vancouver Canucks on Feb. 28 with prospect MacGregor Sharp for Joel Perrault and a third-round pick in 2012. In between, he played 21 mostly unremarkable games in which he picked up three assists and nine penalty minutes.

But Lapierre found a good fit with the Canucks, who on Monday were one victory over the Boston Bruins away from winning the Stanley Cup.

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Stanley Cup finals, Game 6: The morning skates

Greetings from Boston, where the Stanley Cup will be in the house Monday night and will be awarded to the Vancouver Canucks if they defeat the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.

“I don’t want to see it,” Bruins winger Shawn Thornton said, knowing that if he does see it Monday it will be as a member of the losing team.

The Cup hasn’t been won by a Canadian team since 1993, when the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Kings. The Canucks, who entered the NHL as an expansion team for the 1970-71 season, lost in their two previous Cup finals appearances, in 1982 and 1994.

If the Bruins win — and the home team has won each of the previous five games in this series — the Cup will remain in its packing case to be shipped to Vancouver, where it would be awarded on Wednesday at Rogers Arena.

Reports have floated around the Internet that the Canucks had tried to sell the broadcast rights to a Stanley Cup parade later this week and that they were rebuffed by the NHL, but those reports have not been confirmed by the league or the team.

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