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03/29/2011 - 11:27pm
Recchi: I'll retire if we win a Cup
By: DJ Bean

Bruins forward Mark Recchi, who passed Paul Coffey for 12th all-time in NHL regular-season points Tuesday, said after the game that he intends to retire if the Bruins win the Stanley Cup this season. 

"If we win a championship, I’m gone," Recchi said.

Recchi has won the Stanley Cup twice in his career, hoisting the coveted trophy as a member of the Penguins and Hurricanes. He said that he likes the idea of winning it with an Original Six team, and that if the Bruins don't win this season he could consider coming back. 

"We’ll see," Recchi said. "We’ll see if I can recover. Obviously take three weeks, a month, see if my body and my head is ready to get back in the grind physically doing the stuff I need to do to get ready for next year."

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03/29/2011 - 10:58pm
Thornton: Hawks 'chirped' after nasty injury

Just moments after he fell on the back of Fernando Pisani's skate blade, ripping open his forehead above the right eye, Shawn Thornton said Blackhawks players were taunting him from their bench. Thornton sustained a nasty gash that required 40 stitches on the inside and outside of his skull. He did not return following the injury in the second period. 

"If I ever find who it was, I'll deal with it my own way," Thornton said. 

Cameras showed Thornton shoving and nearly punching referee Don Van Massenhoven, who was actually trying to stand between Thornton and the Chicago bench. 

"He was [ticked], too," Thornton said. "He yelled at their bench. I really appreciated that." 

Thornton said he was prepared to return to the game with a visor but because the medical staff was concerned about a concussion and the 40 stitches opening up, he was held back and not permitted to return. For more,...

03/29/2011 - 10:02pm
Look of a champ: B's handle Hawks easily

Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk scored just over two minutes apart in the second period to break a scoreless tie while Tim Thomas recorded his ninth shutout of the season to lead the Bruins to a 3-0 win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks Tuesday night at TD Garden. 

Tim Thomas made 32 saves for his 26th career shutout and his 33rd win this season. Thomas, who leads the NHL in goals against and save percentage this season, is now just three wins shy of matching his career-high total of 36 two seasons ago. 

Chara wristed a shot from the top of the left circle through traffic and past Hawks goalie Corey Crawford at 12:02 of the second. Two minutes and 20 seconds later, it was Boychuk who released his shot from the right point through traffic to beat Crawford. 

Nathan Horton also continued his outstanding play, scoring on a flashy deke in front of Crawford early in the third for his 24th of the season. Horton has...

03/29/2011 - 8:49pm
Red Sox acquire McKenry from Rockies

The Red Sox acquired catcher Mike McKenry from the Rockies on Tuesday for right-handed reliever Daniel Turpen. McKenry, 26, hit .265 and caught 94 games at Triple-A Colorado Springs last year and appeared in six games with the big league club at the end of last season. Turpen, 24, an eighth-round pick of San Francisco in 2007, was originally acquired last year when Boston sent righty reliever Ramon Ramirez to the Giants. He was selected by the Yankees in the Rule V Draft during the winter but was later returned to the Red Sox. He split time between the Giants and Red Sox organizations in 2010, finishing with a combined 4.50 ERA in 69 relief innings in Double-A.

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03/29/2011 - 4:50pm
Gonzalez says spring went perfectly

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez hit his second homer of the spring (and second in three games), a towering solo shot to left, in the final game of Grapefruit League play, as the Sox and Rays played to a 1-1 nine-inning tie Tuesday. After the contest, Gonzalez -- who finished the spring with a .308 average in 10 games spanning 26 at-bats -- said that the spring had gone as well as he could have hoped as he recovered from the surgery to repair his right shoulder labrum.

"I think so," Gonzalez said when asked if his spring went perfectly according to blueprint. "Coming here, I knew that if everything came out as planned I would be ready for Opening Day. Then I came here and I was ready earlier than I’d hoped, I got more at-bats than I thought I was going to get, and I feel really good going into the season."

Gonzalez appeared to build progressively into comfort at the plate. He got enough at-...

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