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05/27/2011 - 3:42pm
Roenick: Kaberle's 'stick made out of Jell-O'

Longtime NHL star Jeremy Roenick joined The Big Show on Friday afternoon to discuss the Bruins-Lightning series and the excitement of Game 7. A veteran of six Game 7s, Roenick -- the third American-born player to join the 500-goals club -- suggested that "there are going to be a lot of nervous guys, a lot of guys praying to the porcelain god before the game. I’ve seen it happen."

Roenick said that he was sticking with his prediction, made before the Eastern Conference finals, that the Bruins would advance to the Stanley Cup finals in seven games. That said, he noted a couple of players whom he believes need to elevate their games in order for that outcome to reach fruition.

Roenick suggested that having Tomas Kaberle (who has no goals and 8 assists in the playoffs) anchoring the power play was a mistake, in part because he's not a threat to get the puck on net.

"He’s got a stick made of Jell-O. Kaberle doesn...

05/27/2011 - 2:33pm
ESPN's Bryant has deal to drop charges

Howard Bryant, a former Boston Herald columnist who now writes for ESPN.com, reached an agreement with authorities in Western Massachusetts to have charges of domestic assault and resisting arrest dropped after he serves six months of pretrial probation. Bryant had been arrested Feb. 26 in Buckland.

"A careful review of all of the statements of percipient witnesses that have been collected do not support allegations that Mr. Bryant struck, choked, pinned [his wife, Veronique] against a car, or inflicted violence upon her," reads an an agreement signed by Jeremy C. Bucci, chief trial counsel in the Northwestern District Attorney's office for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, along with Bryant's lawyer, Buz Eisenberg.

Said Bryant in a statement: "Having always maintained my innocence of these charges, I'm gratified that the...

05/27/2011 - 1:54pm
Report: McHale will be next Rockets coach

The Rockets and former Celtics star Kevin McHale have reportedly reached an agreement on a deal that will make McHale the team's new coach. McHale was 39-55 in seperate stints as Timberwolves coach. Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank was a finalist for the job. He is still in the running for the job at Golden State.

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.


05/27/2011 - 12:56pm
Olczyk on M&M: Defense will lead B's to win

Versus NHL analyst Ed Olczyk joined the Mut & Merloni show Friday to talk about the Eastern Conference finals Game 7 showdown between the Bruins and Lightning.

Olczyk made a comment during the Game 6 broadcast about Bruins coach Claude Julien needing to mix up the lines to get more consistent offense. While he acknowledged Friday, "I think Claude has pushed a lot of the right buttons," he stood by his analysis.

"If you look at the [David] Krejci line, with them having the majority of the success at even strength, I just kind of felt at that time, when you look up at the shot [totals] and there's not a lot of generating going on, you look to try to change it up," he said. "You look to add a little spark somewhere."

Olczyk also suggested making a change on the Bruins' power play, which has struggled all postseason.

"If you are struggling — and I think at times the Bruins have done all the...

05/27/2011 - 12:48pm
Boucher: Bergenheim 'doubtful' for Game 7
By: DJ Bean

Lightning coach Guy Boucher said Friday morning that forward Sean Bergenheim is "doubtful" for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals vs. the Bruins. Bergenheim, who has not played since leaving Game 5 of the series with an undisclosed lower body injury, participated in the team's morning skate Friday, as he did Wednesday before missing Game 6.

"I wouldn't say optimistic for now," Boucher said of Bergenheim. "It's better. He might try the warm-up.  We'll see.  I've still got to talk to my therapists and doctors. There's been some improvement. To what extent, we'll have to wait and see, but doubtful."

Bergenheim has nine goals in the playoffs, which at the time of his injury led all postseason skaters. He has since been surpassed by teammate Martin St. Louis and Bruins center David Krejci, both of whom have 10. 

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