Happy Tuesday. As a San Francisco Giants fan, I found it classless when GM Brian Sabean said of Florida's Scott Cousins (the player who ended catcher Buster Posey's season and the Giants' chance of repeating as World Series champions), "If I never hear from Cousins again, or he doesn't play another day in the big leagues, I think we'll all be happy."
That said, if we never hear from career minor-leaguer Aaron Rome again, I think we'll all be happy ...
*Bucky Gleason writes when reserve defenseman Aaron Rome unloaded with a senseless, filthy blind-side hit that sent Nathan Horton halfway into next week, it meant two things: The Bruins were without one of their top forwards in the biggest game of the year, and their goaltender needed to come through for them when they needed it most.
Horton's teammates woke up in the second period and took care of the rest in an 8-1 laugher before a sellout crowd in TD Garden that poured into the streets knowing the Bruins can even the best-of-seven series with another win in Game Four on Wednesday night. Remember, they dropped the first two games against Montreal before storming back in the first round.
Darned right it can happen again.
*Andrew Ference and David Krejci each had a goal and an assist during Boston's four-goal second period, Tim Thomas made 40 saves, and the Bruins beat the Canucks.
*The Bruins and Canucks amassed the most penalty minutes in a Stanley Cup final game since 1990 when they combined for 145 PIM in Game Three.
*Jerry Sullivan writes we've been told that Terry Pegula will spare no expense in building the Sabres into a champion. All right, a big free agent just hit the street. Rick Dudley has been fired as general manager by the new Winnipeg franchise. Pegula should waste no time and offer Dudley a job in Buffalo's hockey department.
*Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom and Phoenix Coyotes winger Shane Doan have been named as finalists for the NHL Mark Messier Leadership Award. Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller and Doan lost to Sidney Crosby last year.
*Craig Hartsburg has been named associate coach of the Calgary Flames.