MONTREAL -- Bruins center Chris Kelly will be in the lineup for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals Thursday night after being cleared by team doctors. Kelly, who returned to Boston to be examined following a hit into Carey Price's goal on Monday, wore a cage in morning skate and will do so Thursday night. He said that doctors determined there was no fracture after being examined.
"I'm good to play tonight," Kelly said afterwards. "I went back to see our doctors in Boston and they gave me the green light and said everything is great and to just go out and have fun."
Coach Claude Julien confirmed that Kelly would play, saying the third-line center is "good to go" and that "he's going to be in the lineup tonight."
Kelly was shoved by Habs forward Scott Gomez while the Bruins were on a 3-on-1 in the first period. The B's center said he took no issue with the hit, which caused him to slide head-...
According to a report from the New York Times, Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire was not at Knicks practice Thursday, instead getting getting treatment on his back spasms at his home. It is expected that Stoudemire, who was forced to leave his team's Game 2 meeting with the Celtics in the second quarter due to the injury, will be ready to play in Game 3. An MRI revealed that Stoudemire has a pulled muscle in his back, ESPN.com reported.
Meanwhile, Chauncey Billups remains questionable for Friday, and Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni told New York Newsday Billups is "feeling better, much better."
Newsday reporter Alan Hahn also relayed that Knicks center Ronny Turiaf injured his knee in the fourth quarter and was not an option on the final play of Game 2....
Jon Barry, who serves as an NBA analyst on ESPN and ABC, joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about the Celtics-Knicks series. Barry said he was "surprised" that the Knicks have been so competitive in the first two games, and suggested the Knicks were just a few plays away from actually be up 2-0 in the series.
"I didn't see that, certainly in Game 2 when you have no Billups and Stoudemire for the better part of that game," said Barry. "I don't know what's going on, I think the Celtics have to worried. They are not playing very well. I see them defensively, and it looks like they are giving the Knicks too much respect. I see them doing them doing things on the defensive end that I've never seen them do before, Big Baby running around like a chicken with his head cut off, trying to double this guy and that guy. They just seem to be doing things that are not things that they've normally...
Former Braves pitcher Tom Glavine has shown interest in forming an investment group to purchase the Thrashers. The Billerica native was a standout prep hockey player who was drafted by the Kings but chose a career in baseball instead. Now, he wants to keep hockey in Atlanta, despite the fact that the Thrashers are one of the league's least valuable teams.
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Patriots owner Robert Kraft sounded an optimistic note about the state of pro football on Wednesday. Speaking with CSNNE.com, Kraft said it would be “criminal” if football isn’t played on Sunday’s at Gillette Stadium this fall, but added that everyone was trying to make a new deal work.
“I promise I will do everything I can do,” Kraft said. “It would really be criminal if we don’t have football here on Sundays. ... I know [commissioner Roger Goodell] and [NFL general counsel] Jeff Pash and our whole team are doing everything they can do to continue negotiations. We’ve got to negotiate, not litigate. We should have a deal. There’s a deal ready to be done where we can play football in the fall. You saw our schedule come out [Tuesday]. We’re excited about that and now we have to find a way to get the players back in.”
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