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Graig Woodburn began covering the NHL in 1983. From 1999-2009 he covered the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings for the Press-Enterprise in suburban Los Angeles, including the Ducks' run to the 2003 Stanley Cup finals and their 2007 championship. He also has provided extensive NHL coverage for The Associated Press and various Sporting News publications. Woodburn grew up playing hockey in Ipswich.

 
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Graig Woodburn
01/05/2010 - 1:27am
Tuukka was not there in time.
Graig Woodburn
01/01/2010 - 11:42pm
As the pregame parade began, as the precession of musket men, fife and drum corps, and the flags of every NHL team entered Fenway Park from the center field bleachers, the kids kept playing on the small rink created near the main show.
Graig Woodburn
12/31/2009 - 12:14am
Despite the lopsided game being played out in the Bruins' favor at TD Garden Wednesday night, there still was plenty of hockey drama in the air: Which of the Winter Classic participants would enter Friday’s game with a bigger margin of victory?
Graig Woodburn
12/29/2009 - 1:50am
The Bruins’ final road game of calendar year 2009 was one to forget.
Graig Woodburn
12/27/2009 - 9:36pm
This one was far from a classic. Returning to game action after a three-day break, the Bruins shook off some early doldrums to take a 2-1 victory over the Panthers Sunday in Sunrise, Fla.
Graig Woodburn
12/24/2009 - 1:12am
Fast and furious was a pretty good way for the Bruins to head toward Christmas. Moving the puck swiftly and efficiently, the Bruins scored three goals in a 68-second span of the first period, building an insurmountable cushion in a 6-4 victory over the Thrashers Wednesday.
Graig Woodburn
12/22/2009 - 2:25am
At just the right time, the Bruins were able to cross some important items off their holiday “to do” list while skating to a 2-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Monday. (Recap.)  
Graig Woodburn
12/20/2009 - 1:06am
Phil Kessel was a mess.                   
Graig Woodburn
12/19/2009 - 8:14am
There was no reason for Tim Thomas and the Bruins to be punching any walls after this one.
Graig Woodburn
12/15/2009 - 1:10am
Zdeno Chara could sense it. The Bruins captain jumped out of his normal composed shell, barging all over the rink and playing deliberate hockey. Chara’s teammates failed to follow his lead. 
Graig Woodburn
12/13/2009 - 1:44am
The Bruins had plenty of chances, but Frans Nielsen had the one that mattered the most.
Graig Woodburn
12/11/2009 - 12:58am
The skilled Toronto forward wilted in the moment. With his team in the midst of a startling rally that had the Bruins giving ground and grasping for answers, the high-profile Maple Leaf lost control and washed it all away.
Graig Woodburn
12/06/2009 - 1:59am
Kessel-Mania I turned into a Marc Savard smack-down.
Graig Woodburn
12/05/2009 - 12:34am
At least they didn’t wear those striped jerseys.
Graig Woodburn
12/02/2009 - 11:36pm
No more overtime. No 4-on-4. No extended shootouts.
Graig Woodburn
12/02/2009 - 2:25pm
When all the numbers are crunched, the salary cap figures massaged and the statistics examined, the Bruins' seven-year deal to keep center Marc Savard in Boston certainly has the hallmarks of a sound economic move.
Graig Woodburn
11/29/2009 - 2:28am
Tim Thomas was down. Way down. But not out. After yielding an ugly, back-breaking, game-tying goal in the final seconds of the third period, Thomas went to work in yet another overtime contest for the Bruins Saturday.
Graig Woodburn
11/27/2009 - 7:37pm
If it was not an altogether Black Friday for the Bruins, it certainly was a gray one.
Graig Woodburn
11/26/2009 - 9:18am
The game was tied in the third period, a possible perfect road trip and first place on the line. Tuukka Rask was just kicking it in the Bruins goal.
Graig Woodburn
11/24/2009 - 2:10am
On the night when an elite, highly skilled center returned to the Bruins lineup, it became glaringly apparent that the team already had another player on its roster who could fill that description and play outstanding hockey.
Graig Woodburn
11/21/2009 - 7:49am
For several weeks, while mending a broken finger, Milan Lucic was simply limited to skating in an empty rink without a puck.
Graig Woodburn
11/20/2009 - 8:21am
Maybe the Bruins should just see themselves as the first NHL team to play a 62-game schedule.
Graig Woodburn
11/17/2009 - 12:44am
Unlike their first meeting against the Islanders in October, the Bruins did not launch a torrid three-goal rally leading to a spirited overtime win.
Graig Woodburn
11/15/2009 - 4:30am
Tough choice. Would you rather lose a scoreless game in shootout, or a high-scoring game on a colossal defensive breakdown?
Graig Woodburn
11/13/2009 - 2:03am
Seemingly about to surrender the first goal of the game in the opening period Thursday, Bruins goalie Tim Thomas did what he does best. He got desperate.


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DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.

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Red Sox Review with Mut, 5-26-16

Mut recaps the Sox 8-2 loss to the Rockies.

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Mut recaps the Sox 10-3 win over the Rockies.

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