The Flyers overcame a 2-0 deficit to beat the Penguins, 6-4, Sunday in Pittsburgh, but the talk after the game was about a brawl that began when Pens winger Joe Vitale crushed Danny Briere at mid-ice with just over a minute remaining.
While the players on the ice fought, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette climbed up on the dasher to scream at Penguins bench boss Dan Bylsma. Pittsburgh assistant coach Tony Granato climbed up on the boards to defend his coach and was ejected along with Laviolette.
After the game, Laviolette criticized Bylsma for putting his enforcers on the ice at the end of the game. "Those guys hadn't played in 12 minutes," Laviolette said. "It was a gutless move by their coach."
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He wasn't ready to go as far as calling Avery Bradley The Dwyane Wade Stopper, but Heat superstar LeBron James had high praise for the sophomore guard after the Celtics' 91-72 victory Sunday.
"He's a really good young player," James said. "I think defensively he's one of the best that we've seen as far as baseline to baseline. He's really good at that."
Bradley held Wade to 15 points on just 6-for-17 shooting. Meanwhile, starting in place of the injured Ray Allen (ankle), he scored 13 points on 5-for-10 field goals -- four of which came within two feet of the rim. The Celtics improved to 11-4 in Bradley's 15 starts (4-0 over the last four games).
"He gives them another attack off the dribble, and he does a great job of cutting," James said. "When [Rajon] Rondo penetrates or Paul [Pierce] penetrates, he does a great job of cutting and getting easy ones, so he brings a dynamic to their team that they use and...
The Bruins clinched both the Northeast Division and the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs on Sunday night, beating the Rangers for the first time this season with a 2-1 win at Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers took an early lead as Marion Gaborik beat Tim Thomas (unassisted) for his 40th goal of the season. The 1-0 Rangers lead held until four minutes into the second period when Dennis Seidenberg -- back after missing a pair of games with an infection in his left knee -- netted his fifth goal of the year. Zdeno Chara and Brad Marchand assisted on the Seidenberg goal. The Bruins took advantage of a Michael Del Zotto interference penalty later in the period with a Patrice Bergeron power-play goal at the 11:52 mark to take a 2-1 lead.
That was all the cushion Tim Thomas needed. Thomas had struggled against the Rangers this season, losing both games with a GAA of 3.53 and a .811 save percentage, but he was sharp Sunday,...
Following the Celtics' 91-72 dismantling of his Heat on Sunday, coach Erik Spoelstra said, "It doesn't matter what we say right now. It's not about any kind of meeting, any kind of talk. Our response to the media: This game was unacceptable, and we will fix it. Together, collectively, we're not happy about it."
The Heat shot 34.8 percent from the field (31-for-89), 18.8 percent from 3-point range (3-for-16) and 41.2 percent from the free throw line (7-for-17). Led by Rajon Rondo's triple-double of 16 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds, the Celtics outscored Miami 29-19 in the first quarter and 31-12 in the third.
"We have not been able to come up with an answer on the road, particularly in the third quarter, and we fell prey to that again tonight," Spoelstra added. "So, we'll figure it out. Somehow, someway, this group, together, us in that locker room, we'll figure it out. This was unacceptable."
After his fifth triple-double of the season and 18th of his career, Rajon Rondo spoke like a point guard who feels confident he can lead his team deep in the NBA playoffs, even against the powerhouses like the Heat and Bulls.
"I think when we have at least four or five guys healthy, we follow the game plan," Rondo said after his 16-point, 14-assist, 11-rebound performance in Boston's 91-72 spanking of Miami Sunday at TD Garden. "But when I'm healthy, I think we can probably beat anybody."
Last year, Rondo suffered a grotesque dislocation of his left elbow in Game 3 against the Heat. The Celtics won that game but lost the Eastern semifinals four games to one.
Rondo said he does not pay particular attention to the national spotlight, despite the fact that 14 of his career 18 triple-doubles have come on national TV.
"I think my teammates put a spotlight on me more than the media or the televised...
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Mut is flying solo the last hour, but he's giving reaction and analysis as the Celtics draft a power forward out of France by the name of Guerschon Yabusele and getting some early grades for the Celtics
Mut and Kirk are talking more about the Celtics pick of Jaylen Brown and can't seem to find anyone who thinks it's a good pick or can make a case for why the Celtics took him third overall.
We check in with the manager of the Boston Red Sox, John Farrell joins us live from Tampa for our weekly update on all things Sox.
Eduardo Rodriguez and the Sox stumbled in their 13-7 loss to the Rays. Mut recaps the game and takes your calls on all things Boston baseball.
Christian recaps the Red Sox 6-2 loss to the Rangers.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Things got a little scattered in the 9am hour of D&C as the guys discuss the Chinese Dog Eating Festival, a breast feeding 'man', and a little Celtics talk too as the Durant Sweepstakes continue.
It's somewhat of a rarity on D&C, but the phone lines were open on Tuesday as the Kirk Minihane haters and MiniFans alike called in take him on.
A busy Tuesday headlines with Tim Tebow praying with a family on a plane, and Elizabeth Warren teaming up with Hillary Clinton on the road. Plus, another Minihane Masturbation Minute
After an embarrassing outing last night, Angry Lou rips into Eduardo Rodriguez, who seems to not realize that he needs more than two pitches in the big leagues.
Angry Lou is angry at Red Sox manager John Farrell, who is misusing his roster and didn't give Xander Bogaerts a night off last night, even though they made a roster move for a back-up shortstop.
Angry Lou is still rolling, and this time he focuses his anger at Dave Dombrowski for not getting a left fielder during the off season and for general bad roster construction.
Inspired by the tease of being great that Eduardo Rodriguez showed us in the past, we look at four other Sox players that had similar teases.
We close out Dale and Holley with the best soundbites of the day.
Former Celtics General Manager Jan Volk joins Kirk Minihane for a discussion that any Celtics fan will love. Kirk and Jan talk about the legendary 85/86 Celtics and how the team was constructed and of course the decision to draft Len Bias and his tragic death.
Kirk Minihane sits down with John Tomase to talk about the current political landscape, John's desire to write about social issues, and of course Spygate is discussed.
Kirk Minihane is joined by one of his radio heroes, Artie Lange. They discuss everything from Artie's comedy career, his time with Howard Stern, his issues with drugs and prostitutes, and the comedy show to benefit slain Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr.
Jerry Thornton and "Uncle Buck" Adam Cormack break down the greatest season finale of all-time, the season 6 finale of Game of Thrones. Jerry and Uncle Buck debate if this season was the greatest season in television history.
Ben, Russ & Alex recap the 4-0 loss the USMNT suffered to Argentina in the COPA America Centenario semifinal. Then they catch up with the EURO's, and recap if their predicted winners are still in the tournament.
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