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04/28/2011 - 12:37am
Report: Hearing scheduled for Ference
By: DJ Bean

According to a tweet from TSN's Bob McKenzie, Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference will have a hearing with the league at 11 a.m. Thursday regarding his hit on Canadiens forward Jeff Halpern in the third period of the B's 4-3 overtime win in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Halpern remained on the ice after colliding with the B's defenseman's shoulder in the Bruins' zone.

"It was pretty solid [contact], actually," Ference said of the play. "I kind of braced myself because I saw him off the side, and I definitely felt him hit me."

Ference maintained that he did not intend to injure Halpern, who seemingly was not significantly injured given his quick return to the game.  

"Oh yeah?," Ference responded when a reporter suggested he may have raised his shoulder. "No. It was like [I expalined]....

04/28/2011 - 12:05am
Julien: B's wanted another crack at Flyers
By: DJ Bean

Thanks to the Bruins' 4-3 win over the Canadiens in Game 7 Wednesday night, the Bruins will get a shot at redemption against the Flyers. Philadelphia eliminated the B's in the second round last season after Boston held a 3-0 lead in both the series and in Game 7. Following Wednesday night's game, B's coach Claude Julien noted that the team was fighting vs. the Habs for another crack at the Flyers.

"There is no doubt that tonight, we knew winning this game would give us another opportunity to play Philly," Julien said after the game. "If anything, I think it’s going to make it interesting. I think a lot of people are going to be watching this to see how it develops and we’re excited to have that opportunity."  

The Bruins went 3-0-1 against the Flyers in the regular season. The Eastern Conference semifinals will begin Saturday at 3 p.m. in Philadelphia. 

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04/27/2011 - 11:25pm
Beckett on Scott: Things even out

BALTIMORE -- Red Sox starter Josh Beckett was clearly agitated at the sight of Orioles left fielder Luke Scott standing at home plate to admire his two-run homer to deep right in the bottom of the fourth inning of the Sox' 5-4 loss to the O's. Beckett glared at Scott as he rounded the bases.

After the game, the right-hander -- who had a no-decision after allowing four runs in six innings -- had little to say about Scott's actions. But in his few words, he did offer a message to his counterpart.

"Those things," said Beckett, "have a way of working themselves out."

Scott told reporters after the game that he meant no disrespect with his conduct.

"I caught it, saw it and tossed my bat off the way and went into my trot. ... Just enjoying the moment," said Scott. "I have all the respect in the world for Josh Beckett. He’s one of the best pitchers in the game. And I respect everyone who takes...

04/27/2011 - 10:57pm
Sox take 'roller coaster' loss vs. O's

BALTIMORE -- The Red Sox wasted their most impressive (and indeed, first) comeback of the season, zooming back to tie the game, 4-4, in the top of the eighth after trailing by four runs only to see the game given back to the Orioles just as quickly in a 5-4 loss.

The Sox did nothing through seven innings, as Baltimore starter Jeremy Guthrie helped to shut down the Sox. But down 4-0, the Sox rallied for four straight hits in the eighth, the last a three-run homer to left by Kevin Youkilis to tie the contest.

That brought reliever Daniel Bard to the mound in the bottom of the inning. But Bard said that the game sped up a bit on him as he was suddenly thrust into a tie game. He gave up singles to each of the first three hitters he faced, missing his location badly. He also crossed signals with catcher Jason Varitek for a passed ball. Bard seemed poised to wriggle out of the jam, however, when with runners on second and third and no outs, a ball in the...

04/27/2011 - 10:11pm
Finishing touch: Horton wins Game 7 in OT

Nathan Horton blew a slapshot past Carey Price with 14:17 left in overtime to give the Bruins a 4-3 win over the Canadiens in Game 7 Wednesday night, sending the Bruins onto the Eastern Conference semifinals. With the win over the Canadiens at TD Garden, the Bruins advance to play the Flyers this weekend in Philadelphia in a rematch of their epic playoff meeting from last year. 

The Bruins appeared headed to a playoff rematch with the Flyers in regulation when Chris Kelly put a backhanded shot behind Price with 10:16 left in the third to give the Bruins a 3-2 lead. With the crowd sensing victory, Patrice Bergeron took a high-sticking penalty with 2:37 left in regulation, setting up P.K. Subban's power-play score on a slapshot past Tim Thomas with just 1:57 left in the third. 

It marked the first time in four tries that the Bruins won a Game 7 on TD Garden ice and was the first Game 7 win for the B's since beating the Canadiens in the...

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