Well, he wouldn't make such a great villain if he didn't have moments of triumph, would he? Last night, Alexandre Burrows became Boston's worst nightmare. After avoiding suspension for biting Patrice Bergeron in Game 1, he ended up with two goals and an assist, including the overtime winner, in a 3-2 victory to send this series to Beantown with a 2-0 Canucks lead.
I have a feeling the intensity in this series will only escalate further, however, and our morning hockey notes captures some of the "gamesmanship" taking place on both sides. We also have updates on impending NHL coaching moves, a Nashville Predator speaking to a group of young athletes back home, and a whole lot more...
Bauer hockey gear dominates the Stanley Cup Final | Hockey Gear HQ
The Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins are loaded up with Bauer's hockey equipment, and there's a special offer available (ending today!) which can allow you to save money while getting some, too.
Nashville Predators News
Minor-league coach produces major talent for Preds - The Tennessean
Lane Lambert is an early favorite to join the Preds as an assistant, but of course if he comes up, they'll need to backfill his head coaching position in Milwaukee, which is a tremendously important job.
Wanted: Offense | The Checking Line
A few suggestions as to who David Poile should bring in via free agency.
Around the NHL
Burrows leads Canucks to 3-2 OT win over Bruins in Game 2 - Stanley Cup of Chowder
Boston fans suffered a crushing loss last night with Alexandre Burrows leading the way for Vancouver, but to their credit, I don't see them complaining about the fact that Burrows didn't get suspended for Game 2. After all, as CAustin pointed out last night, Boston made to the Cup Final on a Nathan Horton goal in Game 7 against Tampa Bay, when he rightfully should have been sitting out.
Game 2 SCF Report Card ; Money - Nucks Misconduct
Of course in Vancouver, they're giddy over last night's game.
Rich Peverley Slashes Kevin Bieksa In Leg, Runs Away - SBNation.com
A good isolation of Rich Peverley's cheap shot last night.
PHOTO: Max Lapierre Dares Patrice Bergeron To Bite His Finger - SBNation.com
And yes, the douchebaggery went both ways last night.
KuklasKorner : The Malik Report : Paul MacLean may be heading to Ottawa
The Red Wings might lose one of their assistants to the head-coaching job with the Senators.
Richards may be too rich for Rangers' blood - NYPOST.com
The Rangers want a big name in the middle, and if they can't get Brad Richards, Jason Spezza or Stephen Weiss are other possibilities.
Objective NHL: Predicting Playoff Success
A good look at how regular season performance carries over into the playoffs.
'Canes look for this year's Jeff Skinner - NHL.com
Well, if Carolina did find another one like Skinner in this summer's draft, they'll be a real threat.
Michael Yormark: 'Educating the Media Through Twitter' - On Frozen Pond
The Florida Panthers are attempting to get their own word out about the health of the franchise, but some of their statements come off as a little disingenuous.
San Jose Sharks Have Cap Space To Work With During 2011 Offseason - Fear The Fin
It sounds like the Sharks can go shopping...