Bruins forward Brad Marchand was named the NHL's first star for the week ending Dec. 25 after the youngster turned in dominant performances in a pair of games last week.
Marchand had six points (four goals and two assists) and recorded his first career hat trick in Friday's win over the Panthers. His other goal during the week, a third period tally against the Canadiens on Monday, proved to be the game-winning goal in that contest. The 23-year-old leads the Bruins with 15 goals this season.
New York forward Marian Gaborik and Colorado goaltender Jean-Sebastian Giguere were named the second and third stars, respectively.
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According to multiple reports, newly-signed swingman Mickael Pietrus isn't expected to play for Celtics until Friday's home opener against the Pistons at TD Garden. He will not be joining the team during its current three-game road trip, which includes stops in Miami and New Orleans, Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.
Pietrus, who inked a one-year deal worth $1.3 million with the Celts, is scheduled to undergo a physical Monday. The 29-year-old is coming off an offseason in which he underwent surgery on his right knee. The ailment forced Pietrus to miss the last 12 games of the Phoenix Suns' 2010-11 regular season and led the Toronto Raptors to call off a deal for the eight-year veteran earlier this month. The Suns ultimately worked out a buyout for Pietrus, allowing for the signing by the Celtics.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers told reporters Friday that acquisitions, such as the 6-foot-6 Pietrus, might not be eased into action as if it was a...
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, in his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show, said that while he and other members of the Patriots are aware of potential playoff opponents, it's not a topic with which they concern themselves. With a 12-3 record, the Patriots have locked up a first-round bye and another win could give them home-field advantage, but Brady underscored that those are less pressing concerns than producing strong efforts on a weekly basis, something that will allow the team to achieve goals such as the top seed in the AFC.
"It’s hard to not be aware of [playoff scenarios]," said Brady. "[But] we definitely don’t sit there in team meeting rooms and say these are all the scenarios that can play out.
"Whoever we play in the playoffs is going to be a damn good team," he added. "It doesn’t matter who it is. We’re going to need to play our best game of the year....
The NFL will not investigate the on-field incident after Saturday's game between the Jets and Giants, in which Rex Ryan exchanged some words with Giants running back Brandon Jacobs.
Ryan, who was fined $75,000 for swearing at a fan who mocked him at halftime of the Jets' loss to the Patriots earlier this season, met Jacobs at midfield after the Giants' 29-14 victory.
Said Jacobs: "He told me, 'Shut the [expletive] up, wait until we win the Super Bowl.' I told him I would punch him in the face. I told him that out of all these Giants on this football team, you're talking to the wrong one."
Jacobs also reportedly said to Ryan: "Time to shut up, fat boy."
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After he missed a potential game-tying shot at the buzzer of the Celtics' 106-104 loss to the Knicks on opening day, Celtics forward Kevin Garnett shoved ex-Celtics player Bill Walker -- who was defending him on the play -- in the neck. The two were quickly separated by members of both teams.
"I guess he got mad that I contested his shot," Walker told reporters. "He grabs my hand, tangles it up, I pulled my hand away and then we had a situation."
Walker said that he was unsure where Garnett hit him, but implied that it was evidence of a pattern of dirty tactics.
"You're putting your hands in my face . . . Come on. Y'all know what the man does," said Walker. "I don't know where he caught me . . . I just know I saw his hand coming in my face, you know what I mean? That's disrespectful."
Garnett declined comment to reporters, while Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that he did not have a...
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.
Jeff Goodman calls Mike and Rob to drop a ton of knowledge on the upcoming NBA Draft and some of the names available. Sorry fans - he doesn't see Kevin Durant or any big-named free agents coming to Boston and thinks they'll end up making the third pick this season. He also says that there is NO WAY he would trade next year's Brooklyn pick because the draft will be very deep. He discusses the chances of trading with Philly for Okafor, why he like Kris Dunn so much and much more.
Brad Stevens makes his first appearance on the Dale and Holley with Thornton show. We discuss the Atlanta series and what went wrong, and where the Celtics go from here.
Ian Thomsen of NBA.com joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss to discuss the next moves for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics with the NBA Draft Lottery rapidly approaching. They discussed the crazy ending to Game 2 of Thunder vs Spurs and picked the player they would build their pretend new franchise around.
Christian recaps the Red Sox 5-2 victory over Cleveland.
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox DH, who almost hit for the cycle in the win over the Indians at Fenway.
Torey joins Mike and Rob to discuss the last week for the Red Sox, Joe Kelly's awesome performance last night, if Clay Buchholz can figure things out, David Ortiz and more.
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.
Jim Polito of WTAG in Worcester joins us for a few minutes to talk about the district attorney and how the show should stick to sports.
Turtleboy from Turtleboy Sports joins the guys to talk about the cop killer.
The list of top 20 celebrities people masterbate to, Cosby is in trouble again, and Dupont wrote another column.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN calls in to discuss who she thinks the Celtics are going to draft with the #3 pick, and also gives her opinion on what trades the Celtics could pull off this off-season.
There are so many good, young players on the Red Sox that it's hard to pick out the top 3. Glenn, Lou and Christian debate which of the young guys on the Sox are the most valuable and which ones could possibly be traded for a starting pitcher.
Kevin Love sat out for the entire 4th quarter for the second straight game against the Raptors, and Glenn, Lou and Christian can't believe the excuse Tyronn Lue gave to the media.
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We discuss the infamous nut kick and why NBA players have been so whiny this post-season.
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Former New England Football Pro Christian Fauria and one of Boston's premier sports medicine doctors and orthopedic surgeons to the pro's, Dr. Thomas Gill of Steward Health Care, discuss some of the recent injuries that have plagued the Boston Red Sox and how you can avoid similar injuries in your everyday life.
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