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03/26/2012 - 12:10am
BC advances to Frozen Four again

Parker Milner stopped 33 shots to help lift Boston College to a 4-0 victory over defending NCAA champion Minnesota-Duluth Sunday night, allowing BC to advance to its 10th Frozen Four in 15 years. Pat Mullane and Bill Arnold scored in the second period, and Patrick Wey and Johnny Gaudreau added late goals for BC.

The Eagles will play Minnesota in one national semifinal in Tampa on April 5, while Ferris State and Union will play in the other semifinal. The championship game is April 7.


03/25/2012 - 11:07pm
Wizards coach: We allowed Bradley to score

While everyone from Doc Rivers to Rajon Rondo praised Celtics guard Avery Bradley on his career night, Wizards coach Randy Wittman wasn't impressed.

"I could have scored those layups," Wittman said after watching Bradley score a career-high 23 points in an 88-76 Celtics victory over his Wizards. "I'm being serious. We didn't have anybody guarding him. When I was a player, if you gave me four layups to start the game, I'd have a pretty good groove on to make some jump shots. He ought to send us a postcard of thank yous or something for allowing him to score. I'm sure he thought it was still layup lines before the game."

Bradley's 23 points came on 9-for-14 shooting. For the record, Wittman averaged 7.4 points over nine NBA seasons for the Hawks, Kings and Pacers from 1983-92.

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03/25/2012 - 10:52pm
Stiemsma battling injuries to both feet

Greg Stiemsma can't wait on his own hands and feet.

The Celtics backup center is battling a bone bruise in his right foot, plantar fasciitis in his left foot, and both a jammed thumb and a "chunk out of my right pinkie on one of those blocks in Atlanta, I think," he said. "Nothing major. Just a flesh wound."

Through it all, Stiemsma has put together the best month of his NBA rookie season -- including 10 points and seven rebounds in an 88-76 victory over the Wizards. It couldn't have come at a better time for the Celtics, who recently lost Jermaine O'Neal (wrist) and Chris Wilcox (heart) for the season.

"There’s always little bumps and bruises that you get throughout the season," he said. "This year, with the situation we’re in … we didn’t really have a choice. I’ve worked too hard to get to this point to let a couple little injuries keep me off the floor."

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03/25/2012 - 10:34pm
Turco helps B's past Ducks in Anaheim
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins finished their three-game West Coast road trip with a 3-2 victory over the Ducks Sunday, giving them four wins in their last five games.

The B's jumped out to a 2-0 lead thanks to second-period goals from Zdeno Chara and Benoit Pouliot. Teemu Selanne's 24th goal of the season made it a one-goal game entering the third period.

The Ducks appeared to tie the game in the third period on a goal from Matt Belesky, but Andrew Cogliano was in the crease, causing the goal to be disallowed. The B's increased their lead to 3-1 thanks to Brian Rolston's seventh goal of the season. Lubomir Visnovsky made it 3-2 with an unassisted goal with 2:29 remaining in regulation.

Marty Turco got the start in goal for the Bruins and played the whole game, ending a streak of 15 straight appearances by Tim Thomas. The veteran netminder made 24 saves on 26 shots in the start, his second as a member of the Bruins.

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03/25/2012 - 8:15pm
A-plus: Bradley picks up slack in C's win

With Ray Allen out for a second straight game with a sore right ankle and Mickael Pietrus out with a concussion, Avery Bradley filled the void for the Celtics Sunday night, scoring a career-high 23 points in an 88-76 win over the hapless Wizards at TD Garden. Bradley started his 11th game of season for the Celtics, who won their first game after going 4-4 on a season-long eight-game road trip. Paul Pierce added 21 for the Celtics, who had five players in double figures. 

Behind a red-hot start from Bradley, the Celtics jumped all over the Wizards, leading 27-12 after one quarter. Bradley put on a show, hitting his first seven shots and scoring 15 points in the opening quarter to outscore the Wizards by three himself. As hot as Bradley was, the Wizards were that cold, making just three of their first 25 shots from the floor, showing why they were 11-36 entering the contest. 

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