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12/09/2010 - 9:33pm
Lucic, Bruins defeat Islanders
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins got three special teams goals (including Milan Lucic's team-leading 14th and 15th goals of the season) and Tuukka Rask picked up his second win as the Bruins defeated the Islanders, 5-2, on Thursday night at TD Garden. The Bruins had two empty-netters, with Lucic and Patrice Bergeron providing them. 

 

Brad Marchand scored his third shorthanded goal of the season in the second period when Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro took a gamble by coming far out of his net to play a puck. 

 

The Islanders got goals from Frans Nielsen and Rob Schremp, the first of which came on a shorthanded penalty shot in the second period. 

 

Michael Ryder added a goal of his own in the third period, which like Lucic's first, came on the power play. The Bruins finished the night 2-for-5 on the the power play. Lucic's first-period goal was assisted by Marc Savard, as the center picked up his first point...

12/09/2010 - 5:16pm
Bruins make two trades
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins made a pair of minor-league trades on Thursday, sending Jeff LoVecchio and Jordan Knackstedt to the Panthers in exchange for defenseman Sean Zimmerman and a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2011 NHL Draft. They also landed forward Juraj Simek from the Lightning for Levi Nelson. 

 

Both players will report to Providence. For more on the Bruins, visit their team page at weei.com/bruins


12/09/2010 - 4:54pm
Report: Red Sox make offer to Martin
By: DJ Bean

According to an ESPN.com report, the Red Sox have made an offer to free agent catcher Russell Martin. The 27-year-old hit .248/.347/.332 for the Dodgers last season, a campaign in which he was limited to 97 games by a torn labrum. He was non-tendered by the Dodgers earlier in the month.

 

Martin is also believed to be receiving interest from the Yankees and Blue Jays. He has hit .272/.365/.396 in his five-season career. 

 

The Red Sox re-signed Jason Varitek to a one-year deal this offseason. They also have Jarrod Saltalamacchia in tow. For more on the Sox, visit their team page at weei.com/redsox


12/09/2010 - 4:52pm
Two missing from Bears practice

The Bears reported two players missing from Thursday practice, linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa and defensive tackle Marcus Harrison. Here's the complete report from Chicago:

Did Not Participate
LB Pisa Tinoisamoa (knee)
DT Marcus Harrison (illness)

Limited Participation
LB Nick Roach (back)
RB Chester Taylor (knee)

For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


12/09/2010 - 4:47pm
Chung, Spikes absence not injury related

FOXBORO — Safety Patrick Chung and linebacker Brandon Spikes were no-shows at Patriots' practice on Thursday, but according to the team, their absence was not injury related. Here's a look at the complete report:

Did Not Participate
S Patrick Chung (not injury related)
LB Brandon Spikes (not injury related)
CB Jonathan Wilhite (hip)
DL Mike Wright (concussion)

Limited Participation
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder/foot)
NT Myron Pryor (back)

For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


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