CSNNE.com: Canucks steal Game 1 from Bruins


CSNNE.com: Canucks steal Game 1 from Bruins

June 1, 2011



VANCOUVER The Bruins were 18.5 seconds away from an overtime period with the Canucks when Vancouver's Raffi Torres took a Jannik Hansen pass streaking to the net and scored to win Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, 1-0.

Tim Thomas made 35 saves, several of them spectacular, but the 36th shot gave the Canucks the 1-0 series lead.

The Bruins and Canucks went back and forth through the entire contest, but were dazzled at both ends by the goaltending play of Roberto Luongo and Thomas. In the third period, Luongo made a great concentration stop on Michael Ryder swooping in front the left wing on one end. Moments later, Thomas stoned Maxim Lapierre cold on a breakaway at the other end.

The statements were set early for both goalies as the Bruins and Canucks both had six power plays in the first two periods of play. Both teams enjoyed plenty of scoring chances amid the back and forth action. The game itself had little flow due to the penalties, but a couple of things were clear: The Canucks were more physical than their reputation that had preceded them, and the Bruins were a bit faster on their skates than perhaps Vancouver had anticipated.


Sharks' Dillon frustrated with disallowed goal


Sharks' Dillon frustrated with disallowed goal

SAN JOSE – In order to enhance the review process for offside challenges, the NHL installed blue line cameras at beginning of last year’s Stanley Cup playoffs. They are now standard in every building.

But that didn’t prevent an obnoxiously long delay from occurring in the Sharks-Blue Jackets game on Thursday in San Jose, when Brenden Dillon’s apparent goal at 6:09 of the third period was waived off after a coach's challenge. After approximately seven minutes, and with the fans clearly perturbed, it was finally concluded that Chris Tierney’s skate was about an inch off the ice when Patrick Marleau brought it over the blue line.

The whole process seemed disjointed. Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said: “the on-ice officials told me they didn’t have the same angles that the NHL did, so it obviously went to the [Toronto war room], and they had some different angles.”

Dillon also said one of the linesmen told him that they “couldn’t really tell” if the play was offside, but “Toronto was helping us out.”

It’s up for debate whether reviewing an offside that close violates the spirit of the rule, which was originally intended to prevent any egregious mistakes from going unnoticed and affecting the outcome. What isn’t up for debate, at least in Dillon’s mind, is that the length of time it took the referees and Toronto war room was unacceptable.

Dillon would like to see a time limit imposed on the process.

“Whether it’s a five-minute window, if we can’t find enough evidence in that five minutes, or three minutes, which would be more preferable for us players instead of having our goalie sitting around,” he said. “I think Columbus’ next shift after that, [after Blue Jackets coach John] Tortorella is yelling at them for eight minutes, they come out buzzing and flying and almost scored one.”

DeBoer wasn’t nearly as frustrated as his defenseman, though, either after the game or after Friday’s practice. The Sharks hung on and beat the Blue Jackets, 3-1.

“That’s for bigger and smarter people than me to discuss,” DeBoer said of the rule. “Obviously last night is an example of, do we want to spend time on that, or don’t we?

“I think you want the same playing field for everybody. Right now the mandate is to get it right, regardless of how long it takes or how many cameras we have to put in. If that changes, then as long as it’s the same for everybody, we’re good with that.”

According to the coach, the officials did ultimately get the call right.

“When I looked at it today it was the right call,” DeBoer said. “Unfortunately, it went against us.”

After Warriors allow 129, Ron Adams provides a State of the Defense

After Warriors allow 129, Ron Adams provides a State of the Defense

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NEW ORLEANS – The man whose job description implies he should be offended by the Warriors’ atrocious defensive showing on opening night is surprisingly unbothered.

And veteran coach Ron Adams, generally considered the NBA’s top assistant and the team’s chief defensive strategist, is willing to explain why.

He’s also confident that the shockingly poor defense on display in a reality-check 129-100 lashing by San Antonio will not be the norm.

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“We are going to be a great team,” he told CSNBayArea.com after shootaround Friday at Smoothie King Center, hours before facing the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Warriors were so bad on opening night that coach Steve Kerr opened his postgame news conference with a plea for jokes. He had seen his new squad, heralded as the most lethal in NBA history, introduce itself by allowing more points than it had in any game since he became coach in 2014.

The starters were bad. The bench was bad. And the Death Lineup, surely the team’s best quintet, built to quickly crush opponents, was abominable, posting a defensive rating of 144.9 points.

The Ron Adams of last season, often affectionately described by interim head coach Luke Walton as “a grumpy old man," would’ve been personally insulted by such ghastly numbers.

This season? Adams, 69, is willing to be patient.

“I thought it would be a real tough opening-night opponent,” he said, pointing out the Spurs are among the teams the Warriors will face in the first month that have returned largely intact.

“We have four or five new people in our top 10, and seven new guys total. We’ll have a different defensive team. We’ll find workable combinations. And we’ll find, schematically, what we need to do differently or better.”

How much have the Warriors discovered since Tuesday about their new, rebooted squad could be revealed Friday night, when they face Anthony Davis and the Pelicans.

It will be easier, by any measure, than the challenge presented by the Spurs, a 67-win team with three All-Stars starting in the frontcourt.

Adams, Kerr and the rest of the staff are willing to bet the Warriors won’t be giving up 129 points again this season – as bad as it looked on Tuesday for a team of which so much is expected.

“Unfortunately for us,” Adams said, “it’s simple for others to sit on the sidelines and say, ‘This is a fantastic team . . . they’re going to take off running.’ As I said, we are going to be a great team. But it’s going to be a process.”