Brad Marchand scored his first career hat trick and added a pair of assists and six different Bruins scored to lead the Bruins to a 8-0 rout of the Panthers in the final game before the four-day Christmas break. Tuukka Rask stopped all 30 shots for his second shutout of the season, and 10th career, as the Bruins extended their latest win streak to six games.
Marchand scored early in the third to put the Bruins up, 7-0. Then, with 9:06 left in the third, he beat Scott Clemmensen for his third of the night. He also set a new career high for points with five and overtook Tyler Seguin for the team lead in goals with 15.
The Bruins showed early on they were intent on avenging the 2-0 shutout of Dec. 8 that snapped their nine-game home ice point streak. Brad Marchand scored on a shorthanded chance just under six minutes into the game. Milan Lucic, in his first game back from Monday's one-game suspension for a hit on Zac Rinaldo, scored his...
FOXBORO -- Just two days after signing him to a one-year contract, the Patriots Friday released safety Vincent Fuller, just one day before his potential debut against the Dolphins.
Fuller spent most of the season on the Lions' injured reserve before being released this week by Detroit, allowing him to sign and immediately play somewhere else. The Patriots picked him up on Wednesday and he was limited in practice Wednesday, Thursday and in Friday's walkthrough.
He had taken one of the two roster vacancies that opened up earlier in the week, when Andre Carter went on injured reserve. Those two spots will be taken by defensive back Sterling Moore and defensive lineman Alex Silvestro, both of whom were promoted on Friday from the practice sqaud. Moore played in five games with the Patriots before his release on Dec. 10. Silvestro, another rookie product of Rutgers, will be a part of the active roster for the first time this season. ...
FOXBORO -- For the second straight day, Brandon Spikes and Sebastian Vollmer were the only Patriots missing at practice as the team wrapped up preparations for the Dolphins Saturday at Gillette Stadium with their weekly day-before-game walkthrough. The team listed Vollmer as doubtful, while Spikes and 14 others - including Patrick Chung - were questionable.
After being medically cleared from his forearm injury, Vincent Fuller is questionable. He was released from the Lions' injured reserve earlier this week and signed to a one-year contract on Wednesday. Here is Friday's complete report:
Did Not Practice
LB Brandon Spikes (knee) Questionable
OT Sebastian Vollmer (back/foot) Doubtful
CB Kyle Arrington (foot) Questionable
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (illness) Questionable
S Vincent Fuller (forearm) Questionable
WR Deion Branch (...
WALTHAM -- The Celtics are preparing for the real possiblility that they won't have Paul Pierce available when they open the shortened 66-game season on Sunday in New York against the Knicks. Pierce, nursing a nagging heel injury, shot around after practice and watched from the sidelines but did not take part in the team's formal practice session on Friday.
"He didn't do anything," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said after Friday's session. "He seemed to working more as far as working out so we'll see [Saturday]. I still think it's doubtful but we'll see.
"I think [Saturday], we'll know better. Paul may wake up and say, 'Coach, I wanna go.' I can tell you this, it's very unlikely he'll start if he plays. I don't think that'll happen. If he does play, he'll play 15 to 20 minutes but right now, I don't see him playing."
If Pierce is unable to go, Rivers said Sasha Pavlovic will likely start in his place, as was the...
The Boston Red Sox have announced their entire 2012 Major League coaching staff. Working alongside new manager Bobby Valentine is Tim Bogar who moves from his third base coaching role to bench coach, Bob McClure joins the staff as pitching coach, Alex Ochoa has been appointed first base coach and Jerry Royster has been named third base coach.
Both hitting coach Dave Magadan and bullpen coach Gary Tuck will remain in their respective roles they had in 2011.
McClure previously had joined the Red Sox organization as a special assignment scout/instructor and prior to that role spent six seasons as the pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals. Ochoa was promoted from the Salem Red Sox (Boston's High-A affiliate) and Royster worked most recently as the manager of the Lotte Giants of the Korea Baseball Organization from 2008-10.
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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.
Danny Picard recaps the Red Sox 5-3 win over the Blue Jays.
Who is to blame for the Red Sox 10-9 loss to the Blue Jays? Danny points the finger.
Tim talks with Red Sox manager John Farrell before the Red Sox game against the Blue Jays. John talks about Clay Buchholz move to the bullpen and adjustments he expects him to have to make going from the starter to the bullpen.
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.
Mike Mutnansky, Butch Stearns, and Jon Meterparel discuss the absence of Malcolm Butler at last week's OTAs and replay a sound byte of Butler from May 21st on WEEI not wanting to discuss his contract. Is Malcolm Butler headed for a contract dispute, and how valuable is he?
Mike Mutnansky, Jon Meterparel and Butch Stearns discuss the Celtics and their level of interest in Kevin Durant after Oklahoma City's losses in games five and six; also what should the Celtics do with the third pick in the draft coming up in June?
Jon Meterparel handles Kirk Minhane's Headlines segment with sound from Robert Kraft at a Jewish University's commencement speech, Julian Edelman screaming 'Free Brady', and Johnny Depp in trouble with his ex Amanda Heard
Laroy Streat keeps setting fire to the airways and talks people singing his Freestyle Fridays to him when they see him on the street! Catch our guy every friday via final drive! He's must listen radio!
We end the week with the best in sound Laroy Streat continues to set fire to the airways with his music.
The guys talk Red Sox pitching and the problems that could arise with Buchholz struggles.
Jerry is joined by Graig Murphy to talk stand up comedy. Until Graig pretty much hijacks the podcast to tell his side of the "Big Show Unfiltered" story.
Ben and Russ preview the Champions League Final between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid. Who we want to win, who we think will win, and why. We also talk about our wishes for the USMNT.
The Dennis and Callahan malcontent is joined by former WEEI personality Pete Sheppard to talk about his past involvement with the station and his current gig in New Hampshire. You'll be glad to hear Pete hasn't changed one bit.
Mike and Rob discuss how OTAs are not the forum to make decisions on the future of the team and how fans on Twitter can't accept that. They also get into the contract situations for Malcolm Butler and Dont'a Hightower.More from this show
Deflategate rage explodes on the guys. They argue whether Brady is dragging it out or he should defend his innocence and the callers get in on the action.More from this show