Monday's Morning Mashup: Canucks continue to draw ire of NHL opponents

November 21, 2011 - 2:55 am

Welcome to Monday's Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire. WHAT'S HAPPENING LOCALLY MONDAY: NHL: Bruins at Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. (NESN) NFL: Chiefs at Patriots, 8:30 p.m. (WCVB, ESPN) AROUND THE WEB: '™¦ The Canucks continue to make enemies around the NHL. In the latest incident Sunday night, Senators forward Jesse Winchester was checked by Maxim Lapierre against the Canucks bench, and Alex Burrows happened to open the door at the same time, making Winchester fall into the bench area. The video (below) doesn't make it appear intentional, but considering it's noted agitators Lapierre and Burrows who are involved, it's drawing a lot of interest. "It'€™s not a safe play," Winchester said. "I was under the impression my butt was against the wall, the next thing I know I'€™m through the bench. I couldn'€™t see behind me, I'€™m not paying attention to what'€™s on the bench." This comes just days after recently retired Bruin Mark Recchi offered his take on the team the Bruins beat in the Stanley Cup finals in June. "[In] 22 years they are the most arrogant team I played against and the most hated team I'€™ve ever played against," Recchi said in a radio interview. "I couldn'€™t believe their antics, their falling and diving. It was very frustrating, but at the same time as the series wore on we knew we were getting to them and we knew our physical play and our skating, I think it caught them off guard a little bit." '™¦ Cardinals manager Mike Matheny might have a few other things on his mind as he prepares his team to defend its World Series title. According to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Matheny lost his home in a legal fight with a bank over a business debt, and he could be responsible for payback of $4 million. Matheny was sued last year after ceasing payments on a loan he took out to develop property in the state. He sold his 17-room home (featuring an indoor batting cage, home theater, pool with water slide and golf green) and lists his in-laws' home as his residence. He'll reportedly be paid a base salary of approximately $750,000 to manage the Cards. '™¦ The University of Miami was tied with South Florida, 3-3, with two seconds left Saturday and was preparing for a game-winning field goal attempt. USF coach Skip Holtz called consecutive timeouts in an attempt to ice kicker Jake Wieclaw. Instead of keeping their distance from the kicker, the Miami players, encouraged by coach Al Golden, circled Wieclaw and jumped around wildly (video below). "We were just trying to keep him loose," Golden said. "Every Thursday [at practice] '€¦ we try to do what we call pressure kicks, and we're constantly making noise and jumping around, and I knew they were going to start calling timeouts, so I said, 'Hey, pressure kicks.' And the whole team knew what I was talking about, so we just had some fun, and he relaxed and went up there and made a great swing at it." '™¦ Former tennis star Yannick Noah, the father of Bulls center Joakim Noah, said he has a solution to the problem of athletes doping: Make doping legal. "Let's stop the hypocrisy," he told the French newspaper Le Monde. "The best attitude is to accept doping. Then everyone will have the magic potion." Needless to say, his comments were not received well. French sports minister David Douillet called them "serious and irresponsible." ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 21, 1992, with a 4-3 victory over the Flyers, which Bruin became the 20th goalie in NHL history to record 250 career victories? QUOTE OF THE DAY: "I love the game of basketball. It's a shame I'm sitting at home not playing, so it's crossed my mind. Maybe I'll think about it around mid-December if I can see that there is no future of the league starting this year, then that's definitely a strong possibility." -- Celtics star Paul Pierce, on playing overseas STAT OF THE DAY: 89 -- Points by Grinnell College junior Griffin Lentsch in Saturday's 145-97 victory over Principia, an NCAA Division 3 record 'NET RESULTS: Buccaneers running back LeGarrette Blount refuses to be taken down by the Packers in Sunday's game. Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko, playing in Russia during the NBA lockout, takes an elbow the head and falls to the floor with a nasty cut. Campbell University's Eric Griffin has the most memorable early season dunk. TRIVIA ANSWER: Andy Moog SOOTHING SOUNDS: Livingston Taylor turns 61 Monday.