Daily Archives: June 7, 2011

Bruins Rout Canucks, Get On The Board

Published June 7, 2011

The Bruins celebrate a third period goal in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals against Vancouver, Monday. (AP)

The Bruins celebrate a third period goal in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals against Vancouver, Monday. (AP)

For a period it was tense, and a bit dangerous.

Vancouver defenseman Aaron Rome clocked the Bruins’ Nathan Horton as he passed the puck and came across the Canucks’ blue line at the 5:07 mark of the first period. Horton lay on the ice for several minutes motionless and dazed and was eventually taken off on a stretcher.

Before the period was over, the Bruins alerted the media that Horton had been taken to Mass General Hospital and all of his extremities were in working order. However, reports after the game had Horton thinking he was still in Vancouver. Rome was ejected from the game and suspended for four games, so he’ll be out for the rest of the series. The Bruins announced this morning that Horton has a severe concussion, so we also won’t see him for the remainder of the Stanley Cup finals.

After that hit, the Bruins’ play looked a bit like they were in shock mode — and who could blame them. But when they came out to begin the second period, they were a team with renewed purpose. After Andrew Ference fired a shot from the blue line that made its way through a few bodies and behind goaltender Roberto Luongo, the rout was on.

The Bruins finally scored on the power play and the highlight of the night came on the penalty kill. Ference poked the puck away from a Canucks player and Brad Marchand skated down the right side, played the puck off the boards past a defender to himself, swooped in on Luongo and lifted the puck over the prone goalie to notch a 3-0 Bruins lead.

The Bruins scored four more in the third, including again on both the power play and shorthanded. Surprisingly, Vancouver never changed goaltenders.

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Police: Suspicious Materials In MIT Building Harmless

Published June 7, 2011

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Update 2:44 p.m.: Officials have determined that the “suspicious materials” were harmless and that the buildings are safe to reenter, according to a statement on the MIT Emergency notifications website.

Officials have investigated and determined there was no threat to campus safety. An object that had the appearance and characteristics of a pipe bomb turned out, on further examination, to be a collection of harmless materials.

Update 12:11 p.m.: MIT just updated its alert:

MIT Police, Cambridge Police, Cambridge Fire, the Massachusetts State Police, and the Cambridge Bomb Squad are still on the scene at New House. The situation is ongoing. Please continue to stay away from the Amherst Alley area.

Update 11:51 a.m.: Cambridge police disabled some of the hazardous materials using a high pressure water cannon at around 9:50 a.m. Some time later, “Cambridge Bomb Techs reentered the building and determined the need for a second disruption,” according to a police statement.


Multiple law enforcement agencies are investigating a possible bomb in an MIT building, according to the school.

From an MIT emergency alert:

MIT Police, Cambridge Police, Cambridge Fire, the Massachusetts State Police, and the Cambridge Bomb Squad are investigating possibly hazardous materials in Building W70. The building has been evacuated. Police have cordoned off Amherst Alley and ask everyone to stay away from the area.

As a precaution, another bulding, W71, was also evacuated.

Boston Police report the hazardous materials are possibly a pipe bomb and say they’ve joined the investigation. Just before 11:30 a.m. BPD tweeted:

Bomb Squad and K9 units responding to MIT in Cambridge to assist with possible pipe bomb found on premises.

Tuesday Morning: US Overrules Gov. Patrick

Published June 7, 2011

The Department of Homeland Security says it will overrule Gov. Deval Patrick on his decision to opt out of the controversial immigration program Secure Communities. Patrick had said that the state wouldn’t participate in the program, which shares fingerprints among law enforcement and immigration agencies.

In a surprise move, the defense team in former House Speaker Sal DiMasi’s corruption trial said yesterday that it would wrap up its case tomorrow, less than a week after presenting its first witness. The government took about a month to present its case.

Since last week’s tornadoes devastated the area, volunteers have been flooding central and western Massachusetts to help with clean up. The Red Cross has been so inundated with volunteers that it asked people to stop coming out while they continue to get organized.

The rough housing market may also be hurting rentals. A new Harvard study says that rental vacancy rates have been falling, pushing up rents.

Well, Boston hockey fans, Merry Christmas. In your team’s first home Stanley Cup finals game in 21 years, the Bruins erupted to rout the Canucks 8-1. Goalie Tim Thomas was an absolute brick wall and the team got energy bursts from the likes of Mark Recchi and Michael Ryder.

Bruins forward Nathan Horton was felled by a brutal, illegal hit in the first period and had to be carted off on a stretcher. The team rallied around their fallen teammate to win their first game of the best-of-seven series.

What we’re following: We’ll continue to report on tornado damage assessment, political wrangling over Secure Communities and the opening of a commuter rail station on Talbot Avenue in Dorchester.