Patrice Bergeron scored the only goal for either side in the shootout and Tim Thomas stopped Jason Pominville as the Bruins beat the Sabres, 4-3, in the regular season finale for both teams Saturday at TD Garden. The Bruins finish their Stanley Cup defense with a regular season mark of 49-29-4, good for 102 points and the No. 2 seed in the East, and open the playoffs this Thursday at TD Garden.
Tyler Seguin scored twice and Brad Marchand tied the game with just under eight minutes left in regulation as the Bruins fought back from a 3-1 third-period deficit. The Bruins took a 1-0 lead Seguin took a feed from Bergeron and beat Jhonas Enroth for his 28th goal of the season at 3:15 of the second.
But the Sabres tied it up on Boyes' first marker of the day, as he beat Tim Thomas with just 4:15 left in the second. Boyes gave the Sabres the lead when he came down on a 2-on-1 rush with Thomas Vanek and flipped a backhander past Thomas with...
Red Sox right-hander Aaron Cook, making his first start for Triple-A Pawtucket, tossed a seven-inning complete game and earned the victory in the PawSox' 4-1 win over Lehigh Valley. Cook allowed one unearned run on just five hits, striking out four and walking two.
Cook had what one talent evaluator labeled a "solid" debut for Triple-A Pawtucket, with his bread-and-butter sinker running mostly 88-89 mph and topping out at 91. His slider was a good pitch at 84-86 mph, and though he didn't have his curveball, Cook was still able to carve up his Triple-A opponents.
Cook signed a minor league deal with the Sox that includes an opt-out if he is not summoned to the big leagues by May 1. His status grows in significance given Josh Beckett's struggles on Saturday, particularly if Beckett's poor outing in Detroit was related to the thumb issue that led Beckett to see two doctors earlier this week.
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DETROIT -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that outfielder Carl Crawford's participation in games for the first time since his January wrist surgery is "imminent. It's coming very soon."
The left fielder, who is on the disabled list, remains in Fort Myers, where he will take part in extended spring training games. He will remain there at least through Friday, as the decision was made that Crawford will not return to Fenway Park for the home opener on April 13.
Crawford -- whose recovery was delayed by a setback early into his swinging program in spring training -- is slated to serve as a designated hitter as he returns to game activity. He will then start integrating some innings in the outfield and then get work on the bases.
“We’re trying to get a very comprehensive, yet not rushed program for him,” said Valentine. “I heard he’s progressing really nicely. ... The way it seems right now, he...
DETROIT -- Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said that left-handers Rich Hill and Andrew Miller, both of whom have opened the year on the disabled list, will start minor league rehab assignments tonight in Single-A Greenville of the South Atlantic League. That, in turn, will begin the 30-day rehab clock for both pitchers, with Hill working his way back from Tommy John surgery that he underwent last June 9, and Miller working his way back from a hamstring strain he suffered in spring training.
Hill, 32, has made 15 scoreless appearances in his career with the Red Sox, including nine last season before he blew out his elbow on June 1. The left-hander has had a rehab process without any hiccups to date, and impressed the Sox enough with the advanced state of his recovery to be added to the 40-man roster (after signing a minor league deal with the team that included an early-March opt-out) in late-February.
Miller, meanwhile, was enjoying a strong spring...
DETROIT -- For the first time since last July 24-25, the Red Sox will feature the same lineup in back-to-back games. The Sox will feature the same lineup on Saturday that they used on Opening Day, when they suffered a 3-2 loss to the Tigers. Jacoby Ellsbury will lead off, David Ortiz will hit cleanup and Ryan Sweeney (2-for-7 with two walks and a double against Tigers starter Doug Fister) will bat sixth.
Josh Beckett will make his first start of 2012, and faces no restrictions after seeing two doctors about discomfort in his right thumb earlier this week. The right-hander went 13-7 with a 2.89 ERA last year, and had a 0.95 ERA in Grapefruit League action this spring.
Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Joe and Tim are joined by US Olympic Medalist and captain of the US Women's Gymnastics team Aly Raisman, as she was at Fenway to throw out the first pitch before the game.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
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.
The 8am hour Friday podcast with Kirk Minihane joined by Butch and Bradford. The guys start with the posted show host job description for Dino's replacement, then get back into the Brady preseason playing time discussion.
Kirk, Butch and Bradfo discuss a new NFL committee that has been formed with Goodell and Kraft, and whether Pats fans should have a problem with it.
Butch, Kirk, and Bradfo debate whether or not they believe the Red Sox will make the playoffs by seasons end
"Angry Lou" goes off yesterday's loss to Tampa Bay, in the process breaking the record for a human talking without taking a breath.
Tom Brady will play in tonight's Preseason game vs. the Panthers. Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss the decision to play Brady.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian take a look at the Pats' O-Line, and the Tight End Position; focusing on A.J. Derby vs. Clay Harbor.
We discuss the role Mingo will play for the Patriots defense.
We discuss the ridiculous assignment of the selfishness label to Tom Brady this week (based on...?) and where it might be coming from.
In honor of tonight's game we look back at four moments where the Patriots and Panthers cross paths.
Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
The heart of draft season is upon us and as Jim and Pete gear up for their own big draft this weekend, this week’s podcast is filled with tips on Draft Strategy and how work your plan. Jim and Pete walk through the draft from the Elite players at the top, through the middle of the draft where you build your core, through the high upside targets at the back that can help steal you a league victory. Stars to sleepers and how to position yourself to get them are the topic of the day. Good luck with your drafts!
We are joined by David Amoyal or ESPNFC.com and GianlucaDiMarzio.com to talk about the transfer window closing and what may happen in the finals days of the summer.
Butch Stearns and Rob Bradford join Kirk Minihane. They begin the show wondering and theorizing why the Patriots are playing Tom Brady in the third preseason game. They also delve into Bradfo's new house guestMore from this show