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02/03/2011 - 12:51pm
Rask in goal for B's vs. Stars
By: DJ Bean

Tuukka Rask was first off the ice in Thursday's morning skate, an indication that he will get the start in goal when the Bruins take on the Stars at TD Garden.

 

Rask last started on Jan. 20 against the Sabres, making 29 saves on 33 shots in a 4-2 loss. He is 4-10-1 with a 2.67 goals against average and a .923 save percentage. 

 

Coach Claude Julien said after the skate that Mark Stuart will be a healthy scratch once again for the Bruins, and that it's "not really" a matter of him being a game-time decision at this point. He noted that with six defensemen playing well, he doesn't want to "punish" any of them by disrupting the success they've had. 

 

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


02/03/2011 - 11:09am
Glazer on D&C: Big Ben 'trying' to change

Fox Sports NFL reporter Jay Glazer checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday from the Super Bowl in Dallas, which is being hit with sub-freezing temperatures again Thursday. "You should not have a Super Bowl site where SPF is not involved," Glazer joked.

 

Looking at the game, Glazer said it's a tough one to choose. "This is the most evenly matched Super Bowl I can remember in years," he said. "And all the players I've talked to — I've talked to players, coaches — they're like, 'Man, we can't pick it.'

 

"If you look at these two teams, both quarterbacks are better at extending the play than any QB in this league besides Michael Vick. Basically, half the time, the play doesn't really start until you hit those guys. Both receiving corps can gut you and gas you. Both defenses, very, very violent defenses, 3-4 defenses. Both offensive lines, they've been...

02/03/2011 - 10:44am
Rivers on D&C: Pierce's health a key

Celtics coach Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning.

 

The Celtics have thus far avoided a second-half letdown like the one that hurt them last season, costing them homecourt advantage for most of the playoffs. Rivers acknowledged that the obvious reason is the health of Kevin Garnett, but he noted that there are other factors as well, including having a healthy Paul Pierce.

 

"People forget, both were injured. Paul Pierce had the knee surgery as well as Kevin Garnett," Rivers said. "So, I think those two things are the biggest difference. And [Rajon] Rondo is another year [more experienced], playing great. And Ray Allen is having an unbelievable season. I think all those, in the one basket, is the reason we're playing well. But the big key is Kevin and Paul."

 

Allen gave a fiery speech before Rivers entered the locker room at halftime...

02/03/2011 - 8:22am
Mashup: Coaches named 'Bill' win most

With the Super Bowl a battle of the coaching Mikes — Green Bay's McCarthy vs. Pittsburgh's Tomlin — The Wall Street Journal looks at which first names have been the most successful among coaches in all of the major sports. The name with the most different coaches to win a title is Bill. In the NFL, four Bills — Belichick, Parcells, Walsh and Cowher — have combined for nine Super Bowl titles, tying them with the four Mikes who have combined for five Lombardis.

 

Bills also lead in basketball (with help from Celtics' Bills Russell, Sharman and Fitch) and baseball (including old-time Red Sox manager Carrigan). Toms rule the NHL.

 

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Thursday's Morning Mashup.


02/02/2011 - 9:57pm
Red Sox will have four of top 40 picks

In the end, the Red Sox did not net their desired draft pick for Felipe Lopez. The versatile infielder signed a minor league deal with the Tampa Bay Rays, and so the Sox will not collect a draft pick for the Type B free agent, who declined Boston's offer of salary arbitration.

 

Even so, the Sox are well positioned for the 2011 draft. Thanks to the free-agent departures of Victor Martinez (to the Tigers) and Adrian Beltre (to the Rangers), the Sox will have four of the top 40 picks in this coming year's amateur draft. The team will have the Nos. 19, 26, 36 and 40 picks.

 

For more on the Sox' draft position, visit the Full Count blog. For complete Red Sox coverage, visit weei.com/redsox.


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