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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur criticizes Habs’ postseason effort

06.05.14 at 8:01 am ET
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THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Athletics at Yankees, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
NBA Finals: Heat at Spurs, 9 p.m. (ABC; WEEI-AM)
Tennis: French Open, 9 a.m. (ESPN2), 11 a.m. (NBC)

AROUND THE WEB:

– The Canadiens knocked off the Bruins in the Eastern Conference semifinals, but their conference finals loss to the Rangers did not sit well with Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur.

While members of the organization have spoken highly of the team’s solid regular season and playoff run, Lafleur told the French-language newspaper La Presse that he was not satisfied.

“Do not settle for a good season,” Lafleur said. “You do not play hockey for good seasons. You play to win the Stanley Cup, it has to be the objective. You can’t win [Game 5] and then not show up the next night.”

Lafleur was especially disappointed with the effort in the 1-0 loss in Game 6 that ended Montreal’s postseason.

“Looks like it’s as if everyone had given up,” he said. “You can’t win [Game 5] and then not show up the next night.”

Lafleur was especially critical of Thomas Vanek, whose agent said Tuesday that he will test the free agent waters, and Max Pacioretty, who just finished the first year of a six-year deal worth $27 million. Pacioretty scored a career-high 39 goals in the regular season then scored five goals in 17 playoff games (including the game-winner in Game 7 against the Bruins).

“Guys like Vanek and Pacioretty, you cannot keep them on your team,” Lafleur said. “They should stay home if they are not willing to pay the price. Your team will never win with players that fade when there is adversity.”

Manny Ramirez made his debut with the Cubs organization a memorable one, hitting a home run that reportedly traveled 450 feet during an extended spring training game in Tempe, Ariz.

The new player-coach for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs also gave the youngsters a lesson in how to show off, flipping his bat after crushing the ball.

Ramirez, 42, was signed by Cubs president Theo Epstein last week to play a couple of days per week and work with the Triple-A team’s hitters. Epstein said Ramirez will not play for the major league Cubs.

– Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes admitted he was involved in a car race on city streets with teammate Marcell Dareus, who crashed his Jaguar into a tree during Friday’s incident, which happened a few hours after practice ended. Dareus, who was not injured, was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment.

“I was there. I was involved in it,” Hughes said after Wednesday’s practice, noting that he could not elaborate because of the ongoing police investigation.

Dareus, a 2011 first-round draft pick, is taking a two-week break from OTAs after meeting with coach Doug Marrone. Dareus was arrested in his native Alabama one month earlier for possession of synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On June 5, 1989, the Red Sox had a productive draft, selecting which two players who would go on to win MVP awards — one in the American League and one in the National League?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It’s been uncharacteristic based on the last couple of years, and that’s got some frustration for us.” Red Sox manager John Farrell, after Wednesday’s 7-4 loss to the Indians completed a three-game sweep in Cleveland

STAT OF THE DAY: 1 – Hits by the Padres in Wednesday’s 3-2 victory over the Pirates, a game San Diego won by scoring on a sacrifice fly, an error and a bases-loaded walk

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Here are the highlights from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals, which ended in overtime when Justin Williams scored to give the Kings a 3-2 win over the Rangers.

The Rays pay tribute to former coach (and onetime Red Sox manager) Don Zimmer, who died Wednesday.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Mo Vaughn (1995 AL MVP with the Red Sox) and Jeff Bagwell (1994 NL MVP with the Astros)

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Pete Wentz, bassist and lyricist for Fall Out Boy, was born on this day in 1979. He’s the one in the black shirt.

Read More: Guy Lafleur, Jerry Hughes, Manny Ramirez, Marcell Dareus