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SCF: Morning skate

BOSTON -- Look for the Bruins and Canucks to clean up their acts tonight in Game Four of the Stanley Cup finals after senior vice president and interim dean of discipline Mike Murphy warned both teams they would be penalized if the shenanigans continued.

Murphy said referees would start calling penalties if player kept sticking fingers near the mouths of their opponents and other carried on with other extracurricular "garbage." One reason it continued, of course, is because Alex Burrows wasn't punished for biting Patrice Bergeron in Game One. If the NHL suspended Burrows, it would have ended there.

Both teams agreed they had been making headlines for all the wrong reasons and wanted to get back to playing hockey. That's why we're here, right?

The Canucks promised a much better effort tonight in Game Four. It shouldn't be a problem because they couldn't play much worse in Game Three. Their power play is 1-for-16 in the first three games, strange considering its been the best in the league. The Bruins have five goals on special teams, including two shorthanded scores.

I plan to bring you updates and audio from the Cup throughout the day. That's the plan, but nothing is guaranteed with the wireless network in TD Garden. Putting it mildly, it's not very effective. In Game Seven against Tampa Bay in the conference finals, they lost wireless for more than an hour after it ended while writers were on deadline.

--- Bucky Gleason

 

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