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04/25/2012 - 9:33am
Brickley on D&C: Experience key for Bruins

With the Bruins set to play the Capitals in Game 7 in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs Wednesday night, NESN Bruins analyst Andy Brickley joined the Dennis & Callahan show to preview the game.

All of the first six games of the series were decided by one goal, with three of the games going into overtime. Brickley said he expects the trend to continue in Game 7, especially because he has seen no quit in this Capitals team.

"Maybe there’s an open-netter that makes it a two-goal game at the end, but I expect very much what we saw through the first six games," Brickley said. "It’s the same feeling I had going into the Montreal game last year, the same sense I had going into the Tampa game last year.

"I had a different feeling going into the Vancouver game, I had a feeling the Bruins were going to win by at least two, maybe three because of what I saw from the Vancouver Canucks. I’m not...

04/25/2012 - 7:53am
Mashup: World Peace suspended 7 games

Metta World Peace was suspended seven games by the NBA Tuesday for his elbow to the head of Thunder guard James Harden in Sunday's game. The Lakers will be without their defensive specialist for the final regular-season game and the first six games of the postseason. This means he would at most miss two games of a potential second-round series between the teams.

Although World Peace insisted the elbow was accidental, even his own teammates didn't appear to be convinced.

"It's hard to get into a guy's head and know exactly what happened in that situation," Kobe Bryant said Tuesday. "I haven't really spoken to him about it. You've really got to ask him."

Artest was brief in a statement he published on his website: I apologize to the Oklahoma City Thunder fans and the OKC organization. I look foward to getting back on the floor with my teammates and competing for the Lakers fans.

Read more about that story and others...

04/25/2012 - 1:27am
Thornton the scratch in Game 7, Caron in
By: DJ Bean

Shawn Thornton will be a healthy scratch for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals Wednesday against the Capitals. Jordan Caron, who played on the fourth line in place of Thornton in Game 6, will remain in the lineup. 

The lineup is as follows:

Milan Lucic – David Krejci – Tyler Seguin

Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron - Rich Peverley 

Benoit Pouliot – Chris Kelly – Brian Rolston

Daniel Paille – Gregory Campbell – Jordan Caron

Zdeno Chara – Dennis Seidenberg

Andrew Ference – Johnny Boychuk

Greg Zanon – Mike Mottau

Tim Thomas

Tuukka Rask

Bergeron, who is dealing with an undisclosed injuries, is not expected to take faceoffs. 

For more on the Bruins and the Stanley Cup playoffs, visit weei.com/bruins.


04/25/2012 - 1:00am
Lineup: Saltalamacchia back in Sox lineup

With right-handed pitcher Liam Hendriks on the mound for the Twins Wednesday night, Jarrod Saltalamacchia is back in the lineup for the Red Sox. 

No Red Sox hitter has faced the 23-year-old Hendriks, but both Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer carry .500 batting averages into the game against Sox starter Clay Buchholz.

Here is the Red Sox lineup in the series finale:

Mike Aviles SS

Ryan Sweeney RF

Dustin Pedroia 2B

Adrian Gonzalez 1B

David Ortiz DH

Kevin Youkilis 3B

Jarrod Saltalamacchia C

Cody Ross LF

Marlon Byrd CF

For all the matchups, click here. For more Red Sox news, go to the team page at weei.com/redsox.


04/25/2012 - 12:08am
Rivers: 'I think Ray will be ready'

Following Tuesday's win over the Heat, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he believes Ray Allen will be available to the team in the playoffs after battling with a sore left ankle for the last five weeks of the season.

"I think Ray will be ready," Rivers said. "I don’t know that. I do think he will be ready."

Allen -- the NBA's all-time 3-point shooting king -- turned his left ankle late in the game against the Clippers on March 12 in Los Angeles. He played the next five games of the road trip before the pain became too much and he sat out against Philadelphia on March 23. Allen would miss six straight games before returning for a stretch of five games in a row. 

Allen, who reportedly was nearly dealt to the Grizzlies at the trading deadline, started against San Antonio on April 4 before accepting a role coming off the bench the next night in Chicago and for the following three games.  

But he returned...

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