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04/05/2012 - 10:08pm
No stars needed: B's beat Senators
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins didn't have all their stars on the ice, but they still beat the team they are likely to face when the playoffs begin next Thursday. Led by goaltender Anton Khudobin, the B's defeated the Senators, 3-1, in Ottawa on Thursday night. 

Khudobin made 44 saves, allowing only a Jason Spezza goal in the second period. The Bruins jumped out to a two-goal lead on tallies from Benoit Pouliot and Greg Zanon before Spezza made it a one-goal game in the second period. Milan Lucic gave the B's some insurance by scoring his 26th goal of the season in the third period. 

Adam McQuaid left the game in the second period and did not return to the game. The Bruins issued no update on McQuaid during the game aside from saying that the defenseman was "doubtful" to return.

Ben Bishop took the loss for Ottawa, allowing three goals on 27 shots. 

The Bruins were playing without Tim Thomas, Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron and...

04/05/2012 - 5:19pm
Melancon: Hook 'felt a little quick'

DETROIT -- Red Sox reliever Mark Melancon, summoned into start of the bottom of the ninth inning, suggested that he was slightly surprised by the rapidity with which he was pulled from his team's contest against the Tigers. Melancon recorded a hard-hit out, then allowed a pair of soft singles to Jhonny Peralta and Alex Avila to put runners on first and second with one out.

At that point, manager Bobby Valentine made the move to closer Alfredo Aceves.

"As soon as it got to be a jeopardy situation, I just wanted to close the door with the last guy who’s going to really be the closer," said Valentine. "I thought he had the stuff to get a ground ball. He got a ground ball."

Aceves hit the first batter he faced, Ramon Santiago, with a curveball on the heel. Then, with the bases loaded, one out and a drawn-in infield, Austin Jackson bounced the game-winning hit past third baseman Nick Punto and down the left field line...

04/05/2012 - 4:30pm
Patriots sign linebacker Bobby Carpenter

The Patriots announced Thursday they have signed free agent linebacker Bobby Carpenter. The 28-year-old is a veteran of six NFL seasons, having spent time with Dallas (2006-09), Miami (2010) and Detroit (2010-11). The 6-foot-2, 249-pounder was originally drafted in the first round (18th overall) of the 2006 NFL draft by Dallas out of Ohio State. He has played in 89 NFL games with 10 starts and has accumulated 165 total tackles, one interception that he returned for a touchdown, 3.5 sacks, five passes defensed and one fumble recovery. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


04/05/2012 - 4:21pm
Bullpen spoils Red Sox comeback in opener

DETROIT -- The Red Sox saw their spirited, ninth-inning comeback go for naught Thursday, with Austin Jackson notching a bases-loaded single down the third-base line against reliever Alfredo Aceves. The walk-off hit gave the Tigers a 3-2 win in the teams' season-opener at Comerica Park.

The Tigers' ninth inning rally came after the Red Sox scored a pair of runs to tie the game earlier in the frame. But back-to-back singles allowed by Mark Melancon, followed by Aceves hitting Detroit second baseman Ramon Santiago, set the stage for Jackson's heroics.

Ryan Sweeney's two-out triple against Detroit closer Jose Valverde plated pinch-runner Darnell McDonald, had been the equalizer for the Sox earlier in the inning.

The outfielder's second hit of the game -- which was rifled into the right field corner -- came after David Ortiz plated Dustin Pedroia with a sacrifice fly earlier in the inning. McDonald had come on to pinch-run for Adrian...

04/05/2012 - 1:44pm
Boychuk day-to-day, Khudobin starting
By: DJ Bean

Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters in Ottawa Thursday that defenseman Johny Boychuk is day-to-day with a mild sprained knee. 

Boychuk left Tuesday's loss to the Penguins in the third period after hurting his knee trying to hit Aaron Asham. He was not on the ice for Wednesday's practice at Ristuccia Arena. 

In other Bruins news, Anton Khudobin is expected to get the start Thursday against the Senators. Khudobin has played six games in the NHL, all of which came as a member of the Wild. If Tuukka Rask (abdomen strain/groin strain) is not ready in time for the playoffs, Khudobin is expected to be the backup.

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins.


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