The Bruins announced Monday that they have recalled goaltender Anton Khudobin from Providence. Khudobin will likely be the Bruins' backup goaltender when the playoffs begin if Tuukka Rask is not ready to return from his abdomen strain/groin strain.
Khudobin has a 21-19-3 record in Providence this season with a 2.61 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage. He suffered a wrist injury in early March, but returned on March 23. He has a 2-2 record since returning.
Current backup Marty Turco, who has made three appearances for the team, is ineligible for postseason play because he was signed after the trade deadline.
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Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey, whose injured right thumb was examined in Boston on Monday, will seek a second opinion on Tuesday, manager Bobby Valentine told reporters in Fort Myers. Bailey, according to a major league source, will see Dr. Thomas Graham in Cleveland, the same doctor who performed surgery on Kevin Youkilis in 2010.
The fact that a second opinion is being sought suggests that the injury could be more far-reaching than initially anticipated. While manager Bobby Valentine did not go into specifics, he acknowledged that there was concern about Bailey.
"When a player is injured, I'm always very concerned, and I always try to make alternative plans. If he jumps right back in, I'm pleasantly surprised. When guys are hurt, they're hurt," Valentine told reporters in Fort Myers. "Now we'll go and get another opinion, just to make sure."
Celtics forward Paul Pierce was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week by the NBA after averaging 25 points, eight rebounds and 2.5 assists as the C's won all four of their games and moved into first place in the Atlantic Division.
Pierce scored a season-high 36 points in a win over the Bobcats on Wednesday and capped the week with a 23-point, seven-rebound performance against the Heat on Sunday. Kevin Garnett was also nominated for player of the week honors. Chris Paul won for the Western Conference.
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Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara was named the NHL's No. 2 star of the week, the league announced Monday. Chara finished second to Flyers right winger Wayne Simmonds and ahead of Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith.
The B's captain racked up seven assists over four games last week, including a three-assist night last Tuesday against the Lightning. He has a career-best 40 assists this season.
Chara also has 12 goals this season to give him a career-high 52 points, surpassing his previous personal best of 51 in the 2007-08 season.
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Josh Beckett said via text message that he expects to make his April 7 start against the Tigers, writing when asked if it was fair to say he would making his start in Detroit despite a reported thumb injury, "As far as I know." He also reported the thumb was "fine."
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine also downplayed the injury when meeting with the media Monday morning, reporting that the starter threw 100 pitches in the bullpen Sunday and saying he "totally" expects Beckett to make the Saturday start.
"He's had a little situation that he's taking care of today, just for peace of mind," Valentine told reporters. "He's having someone look at it, just for peace of mind. ... It seemed like everything was fine."
Earlier Monday morning, pitcher Alfredo Aceves told the media he had been asked to be ready to start the second game of the regular season if Beckett wasn't ready. A team spokesperson...
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