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02/03/2012 - 1:44am
Thornton to Bruins: 'Show up'
By: DJ Bean

 

Bruins forward Shawn Thornton expressed frustration with the team's play -- particularly in the second period -- after Thursday's 3-0 loss to the Hurricanes at TD Garden. 

“Same thing we’ve been talking about for the last however long. We absolutely fall asleep in the second period,” Thornton said. “Not good enough at all. I don't think we had everyone going. Again.

“It seems to be the same old story. We're not that good that we can just come out and go through the motions and expect to be successful.”

The Bruins managed just five shots on goal in the second period Thursday and have been outscored 14-10 in the second period over their last nine games (4-4-1).

"It’s simple. Show up," Thornton said. "We need all 23 guys showing up and working hard and playing with a bit of an edge and not going over it -- that’s when we’re successful. We should know...

02/02/2012 - 10:27pm
Hurricane season (mercifully) over: B's lose
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins turned in their latest poor showing and the Hurricanes took a 3-0 contest and swept the four-game season series between the teams for the first time in franchise history.

The Hurricanes got goals from Eric Staal and Tuomo Ruutu in the first and second periods, respectively. Picking up the shutout for Carolina was Cam Ward, who won all four games against the Bruins this season. Tuukka Rask took the loss. 

The Bruins came out and outshot Carolina 22-8 in the first period, but Staal's first-period tally and stronger second- and third-period efforts propelled the Hurricanes, who entered Thursday last in the Eastern Conference, past the B's. 

With the loss, the Bruins are 4-4-1 over their last nine games, their worst such stretch since the first month of the season. They will return to action Saturday when they host the Penguins at TD Garden. 

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02/02/2012 - 7:47pm
Practice report: Gronk 'did some things'

INDIANAPOLIS -- The return of Rob Gronkowski highlighted the Patriots’ Thursday practice session. Gronkowski was on the field for the second half of a workout that ran for nearly two hours, and the tight end participated on a limited basis, according to pool reporter Alex Marvez.

“He did some things. He didn’t do everything,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said of Gronkowski, who was at practice for the first time since suffering a high ankle sprain in the AFC championship game against the Ravens. “We’ll see how he is tomorrow. I think that will be the big key -- how he responds to this today.

“It was good. It was fine. We’ll see where he is tomorrow -- whether that set him back, whether it didn’t and whether he’s able to continue progress on a daily basis,” Belichick added. “But it was a good test for him, too, at least. At least he was out here and did some things...

02/02/2012 - 7:21pm
Beckett talks Sox collapse, Valentine

Speaking publicly for the first time this offseason, Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett touched on his view of the team's September collapse, as well as his New Year's Day meeting with new manager Bobby Valentine, while appearing on the MLB Network's "Intentional Talk" show.

Regarding the controversy that surrounded the Red Sox' demise in September, when the team's starters went 4-13 with a 7.08 ERA, Beckett explained that the bottom line was that the Sox didn't perform and everything else should have been kept in-house.

"I think the biggest key is what [Jon] Lester said to the end that, we stunk on the field and that was the bottom line," he told the show. "If we would have pitched better, none of that stuff would have even been an issue. And it shouldn't be an issue anyway because what goes on in the clubhouse should stay in the clubhouse. I don't care who says...

02/02/2012 - 7:00pm
Montana on Brady: 'He's the key'

Former 49ers great Joe Montana said on WEEI's The Big Show that Tom Brady is the key to Super Bowl XLIV.

"If you can't stop Tom, you're not going to win," Montana said. "It's just that simple. The Giants have the ability to do that. They've done it once, but the hardest thing to do is beat a a team twice in the same year. Things are, I think, on Tom's favor, just going into the game. Just knowing how well he's playing anyway, you can't let him stand in the pocket. [The Giants] have the ability with their front four to do that, but still it's not a easy feat because he gets the ball out pretty quick."

Brady grew up admiring Montana and the two players are often compared historically. If the Patriots win, Brady would tie his former idol with four Super Bowl victories. Montana said he's content to appreciate Brady and didn't want to get into a comparison between the two.

"I just try to enjoy for what he does,"...

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