- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2011

BOSTON (AP) - The Canucks just had their second power play. In their first, they gave up a shorthanded goal but didn’t get a shot off themselves. This time they fired off three shots on goal. (And also gave up another dangerous shorthanded opportunity to Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.)

Still 3-0, Boston. Six minutes to go.


Josh Beckett threw a one-hitter against the Tampa Bay Rays, but Red Sox manager Terry Francona knew it wasn’t exactly a priority among Boston fans.

“Think anybody will be watching our game,” he asked reporters beforehand.

Francona checked in with Bruins coach Claude Julien during the week to wish him luck. The Red Sox skipper admitted he didn’t know much about hockey, even though he grew up outside of Pittsburgh and his father, former major leaguer Tito Francona, ran an ice rink after he retired where the Penguins sometimes practiced. (Here’s the AP story on the Red Sox rooting for the Bruins: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/15/3703863/first-place-red-sox-get-swept.html)

Julien has a chance to become a member of a Boston fraternity that’s so far excluded him. All of the other coaches of the major professional teams won championship rings in Boston: Francona won the World Series in 2004 and ‘07; Celtics coach Doc Rivers won it all in ‘08 and Patriots coach Bill Belichick has Super Bowl titles from ‘02, ‘04 and ‘05.

If the Bruins can hold on here, that would mean every Boston team has a title in the past seven years. That’s never happened before.

Ten minutes to go. Still 3-0, Boston.


If you’re Canucks coach Alain Vigneault, what do you do with goalie Roberto Luongo?

Luongo has been great in Vancouver’s three wins this series, but when he’s been bad, he’s been very, very bad. And things look like they’re heading that way for him tonight.

The Bruins are up 3-0, and two of the goals were scored after Luongo stopped the initial shot. The Canucks are still in this _ the Bruins blew a 3-0 lead in Game 7 of last year’s Eastern Conference semifinals, and do you think maybe they’re talking about that in the Vancouver room between periods?

Luongo’s backup is Cory Schneider, who was 16-4-2 in the regular season and has been called upon five times, with one start, so far in the playoffs. He’s got a 2.58 goals-against average and .915 save percentage in the playoffs.

A fourth goal, and it might be too late.

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