Tag:2011 Stanley Cup Finals
Posted on: August 17, 2011 5:25 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2011 7:24 pm

Roberto Luongo would take back Thomas comments

By Brian Stubits

Roberto Luongo would like a mulligan.

He'd probably take one for the entire postseason (specifically the Chicago series after which he had a hard time recuperating his image), but his remarks this week were regarding his comment about Tim Thomas during the middle of the Stanley Cup Final.

"If I could do it again, I wouldn't say it," Luongo said in an interview with Radio-Canada.ca. "I didn't want to create the buzz that it did. After the fifth game, I had never been so emotional and I got carried away."

You remember it, when Luongo was pumping Timmy's tires?

After Thomas was caught too high in the crease, leaving the net open for Maxim Lapierre on a rebound off the back board to score the game-winning goal, Luongo was asked his thoughts on the Thomas' style.

"It's not hard [to stop] if you're playing in the paint," he said in his postgame conference. "It's an easy save for me, but if you're wandering out, that's going to happen."

He followed it up to admitting that Thomas makes saves that Luongo won't, too. It was a sound bite that drew an incredible amount of attention, but I was never exactly sure why. It was rather harmless, especially considering Luongo was asked to comment on it, he didn't just offer it at his own volition. Nonetheless, it hung over the Finals for Games 6 and 7, both Boston wins.

If you want to hear the whole interview, you better understand French. If so, here's where you can listen.

H/t to ESPN Boston

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: June 18, 2011 3:36 pm

Marchand takes to the mic for 'Black and Yellow'

My favorite part about championship parades? Waiting for somebody to embarrass themself when the microphone comes to them. From the party in Boston, I present to you Brad Marchand.

After Patrice Bergeron led the massive crowd in a "We got the Cup!" chant, he called up his "liney" Marchand to a massive ovation ... and a beat. Black and Yellow is a song that might fit the Bruins nicely, but doesn't exactly suit Marchand well.

Marchand makes two notable singers at championship parades this week. Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks took his shot at the Queen classic We are the Champions. Perhaps we should have a sing off.

But nothing will ever top this.

In all seriousness, good for Marchand and the Bruins. This will be one of the best day's of their lives and there's no guarantee it will ever happen again, so enjoy it to the fullest and have the most fun you can. And give us something to remember.

-- Brian Stubits

Posted on: June 17, 2011 3:01 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2011 7:19 pm

Video: Vancouver fans take to streets to clean up

"We don't need the Cup, we just need to clean up. That's our new slogan."

That coming from a fan of the Canucks and a proud resident of Vancouver.

Locals disgusted by what they saw after the Canucks lost the Cup took to the ravaged, looted and vandalized streets of Vancouver to clean up and help restore the city to where it was before.

The city took a beating in perception that will be incredibly tough to recover from. But this is a good start. It's always important to remember when things like the riot after Game 7 happen that you can't paint a city's residents with broad brush strokes. It's only fair to point out the good after the bad, so that's why we're here.

"What happened last night doesn't really represent Vancouver and the hockey fans or anything like that," one volunteer said. "It was really just a group of people that came out and had to ruin it for everybody else. So we're here to show we love Vancouver and to show that it should be beautiful for everybody, too."

"I don't want the rest of the world or anybody who lives in the city to think what happened last night is any reflection on the type of people in this city," another said.

-- Brian Stubits

Posted on: June 17, 2011 1:48 pm
Edited on: June 18, 2011 3:38 pm

Some clarification on a kiss in riot time

By now I'm sure you've seen this photo. It's amazing to me that the lasting image from riots after Vancouver's Game 7 loss could actually be this. (If not that then definitely this.) The riots were disgusting, embarrassing for people in Vancouver and Canada and, as colleague A.J. Perez pointed out, took away from Boston's spotlight for being the victor.

The contrasts in the picture are amazing. It's the old saying "make love, not war" in an image instead of an idea.

People wondered what exactly was going on. Many on the Internet suggested that maybe even something foul was going on, more of a crime than a romance. Turns out, it might be as pure as it looks.

Megan Jones of Perth, Australia, told the Aussie website Ninemsn.com.au, that the man in the photo is 29-year-old Scott Jones. That would be her son, who has been in Vancouver the last six months.

“It is something he would do -- that’s our boy,” she said. “He has always lived in his own world. He’s special like that. He doesn’t always connect with what [is] going on around him. I knew it was him because he doesn’t have a lot of clothes with him and he always puts on the same thing.”

Looking at the photo almost brings to mind another old saying: Ignorance is bliss.

As for the woman in the picture with Jones, his sister identified her as Alex Thomas, a Canadian who Scott has been dating.

Jones’ father, Brett, said the couple had attended Game 7. After the Canucks lost, the two were caught up in the violence, like a lot of the crowd that attended.

“They were between the riot police and the rioters, and the riot police were actually charging forward, and Alex got knocked by a [police] shield and fell to the ground,” Brett Jones told CBC News. “[Scott] was comforting her and gave her a kiss to say, ‘It’s going to be OK,’ and the photographer just took the shot at that moment.”

As for the photographer? He had no idea what exactly was going on when he took the picture.

“I didn’t really see what I really had until after I gave my memory cards [to an editor on site] and someone said ‘Oh, nice picture of the couple kissing,’” Getty Images freelance photog Rich Lam said.

“I was like, ‘Oh my God, they’re making out.’ Here I thought she was hurt and kind of had a sympathetic guy ... but they’re making out.”

In general, people have been taken aback by such public displays of affection. Wild what a little contextual contrast will do.

-- Brian Stubits

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Posted on: June 16, 2011 11:20 am
Edited on: June 16, 2011 11:21 am

Downtown Vancouver a mess after riots

Just back from walking the streets rioters took to here in Vancouver. I will have more in my column up shortly, but I spoke to one Canucks fan who summed up the rioters. His name is Avi Sidhu and he toured the area filled with smashed windows and overturned cars Wednesday night. 

There were several injuries, the CBC reports

Here’s the Facebook page created to organize a clean-up effort. I can attest there’s plenty that needs cleaning. 

-- A.J. Perez

Posted on: June 16, 2011 5:08 am
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Posted on: June 16, 2011 5:07 am
Edited on: June 16, 2011 10:43 am

Downtown Vancouver a mess after riots

Just back from walking the streets rioters took to here in Vancouver. I will have move in my column tomorrow, but I spoke to one Canucks fan who summed up the rioters. His name is Avi Sidhu and he toured the area filled with smashed windows and overturned cars Wednesday night.

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There were several injuries, the CBC reports

Here’s the Facebook page created to organize a clean-up effort. I can attest there’s plenty that needs cleaning.

-- A.J. Perez

Posted on: June 15, 2011 7:40 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2011 1:54 am

Nathan Horton tosses on some home-ice advantage

VANCOUVER --- Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton may have solved his team’s road woes a couple hours before Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Horton squirted a bottle full of melted ice from the Bruins’ TD Garden on the Rogers Arena ice surface, where the Bruins had failed to win in their three prior attempts before Wednesday’s 4-0 victory.

“We wanted to put that on their ice to make it our ice,” said Horton, who was forced of the series in Game 3 with a concussion. “I tried to be sneaky about it, but I guess I got caught.”

Horton was around the team all day Wednesday, well before he donned his hockey gear to join in the celebration. 

“Nathan was part of it,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “The players wanted him to be part of it.”

Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome delivered the hit that knocked Horton from the series. Rome was given a five-minute major, ejected and later suspended for the duration of the Finals. 

Julien said the collision that put the Bruins' most clutch scorer on a stretcher and then in a Boston area hosptial turned into a rallying point. The game was scoreless at the time and the Bruins had already dropped the first two games of the Finals. 

“Absolutely,” Julie said. “I said, ‘Actions speak louder than words.’ Our guys responded.”

Canucks captain Henrik Sedin disagreed, saying there was “not a chance” the collision turned the series around for the Bruins. 

-- A.J. Perez

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