David Krejci scored to clinch the shootout in the third round as the Bruins beat the Blue Jackets, 2-1, to extend their winning streak to seven games. Tuukka Rask stopped Antoine Vermette after Krejci's goal to seal the win and give the Bruins their 10th win of the season, avoiding what would've been an embarrassing loss to the NHL's worst team.
The Blue Jackets, who entered the game with an NHL-low three wins in 17 games, took a 1-0 lead when Derek MacKenzie beat Tuukka Rask on a power play shot through a screen just under three minutes into the second period.
The Bruins responded quickly as Adam McQuaid fired a shot from the right point that went off a Columbus player and past goalie Curtis Sanford at 4:24 of the period.
With the game tied, 1-1, after two periods, the Bruins showed little urgency in the third period, registering just one shot on goal in the first seven minutes. The Bruins were outshot in the second period...
Bruins president Cam Neely released a statement on behalf of the organization Thursday night after prosecutors closed their criminal inquiry into the Zdeno Chara hit on Max Pacioretty last March that resulted in a concussion and ended the season of the Canadiens forward. As a result, Chara will not be charged with any crime.
"The Bruins organization respects the process that the Quebec prosecutors office undertook regarding Zdeno Chara and we are satisfied with their announcement [Thursday]. We now consider this matter closed and the organization will have no further comment," Neely said.
FOXBORO -- The Patriots had three players out and 14 players listed as "limited" on Thursday's injury report. Here's the complete breakdown:
Did Not Practice
LB Dane Fletcher (thumb)
CB Devin McCourty (shoulder)
LB Brandon Spikes (knee)
CB Kyle Arrington (foot)
S Patrick Chung (foot)
C Dan Connolly (groin)
DE Shaun Ellis (rib)
RB Kevin Faulk (knee)
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (toe)
LB Gary Guyton (shoulder)
S James Ihedigbo (shoulder)
WR Taylor Price (hamstring)
WR Matthew Slater (shoulder)
OT Nate Solder (concussion)
OT Sebastian Vollmer (back)
G Brian Waters (knee)
WR Wes Welker (knee)
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The Cubs announced Thursday that they will introduce Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum as their next manager at a press conference Friday.
Sveum, who was a third-base coach with Boston from 2004-05, was believed to be a favorite for Sox' vacant managerial position, but was never extended an offer by the team. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington denied Thursday that ownership had undermined the baseball operations staff, who held the Brewers' hitting coach in high regard.
Sveum will be reunited with Cubs president Theo Epstein and GM Jed Hoyer, both of whom were with the Red Sox when Sveum was in Boston.
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MILWAUKEE -- Red Sox GM Ben Cherington disputed suggestions that his autonomy had been undermined by Red Sox team owners in the selection process involved with a new manager. While Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum was held in extremely high regard by the baseball operations staff, and was viewed as the leading candidate for the position through the first round of the interview process, the Sox were not ready to make him an offer after team principal owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner, CEO/President Larry Lucchino and Cherington met with him for lunch on Wednesday. That, in turn, has led to a virtual certainty that he will be hired by the Cubs.
Yet while it is clear that the owners of the Red Sox had input into the process, likely including the notion that the search might be broadened to include new candidates, Cherington said that such a model was perfectly reasonable.
"This is a team that is built to win and this should absolutely be a...
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.
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.
Kevin O'Connor of CelticsBlog joined Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for a breakdown of what went wrong in the Celtics series against the Hawks. they then played Celtics free agent tinder and looked ahead to the big moves in store for the offseason.
It wouldn't be a Celtics v Hawks Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown without ESPN's Celtics Whisperer Chris Forsberg joining Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for some WEEI Studio magic. They discuss the Hawks' transition dominance on their mega runs and the bizarre night for Isaiah Thomas. Of course they also answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions!
Joe Castiglione and Tim Neverett talked to the Sox catcher, whose two-run homer off of Dellin Betances gave the Sox the lead for good over the Yankees.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello, after he pitched 7 shutout innings against the Yankees Saturday night.
Red Sox third base/infield coach Brian Butterfield joined Rob Bradford to get his take on Hanley Ramirez, Travis Shaw and Pablo Sandoval. Butterfield, an avid Patriots fan, also predicts who the Pats might take in the second round, while giving a very pointed message to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
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.
Mayor Marty Walsh is promoting equal rights for transgenders at City Hall. A woman was struck and killed by a Duck Boat. Bernie Sanders wants free tuition for all public colleges.
A 19 year old football player, in Mesa, Arizona, is facing 69 counts of indecent exposure, for showing his genitalia in his team photo with the football team.
Piggy-backing on the news of Pablo Sandoval's surgery, the guys take a look at some of the all-time worst contracts in MLB history.
Hanley Ramirez hasn't been hitting and Red Sox fans are just fine with it.
Pablo Sandoval is scheduled for shoulder surgery. What does this mean for his season and his future with the Red Sox?
The guys start the show discussing David Price's not great start to the year.
We discuss Pablo's surgery, rumors of weight loss and a renewed focus, and ultimately if the Red Sox will be able to get anything from Pablo, be in on the field or via trade.
We discuss the missed call to close out the Spurs-OKC game last night and it ultimately spins into a conversation about which league does the best job of refereeing their games.
We close out the Dale and Holley show with the best soundbites of the day.
Mikey and Lenny talk Sox and Sandoval
It’s all about the music – the crew touches on Prince, and the greatest bands of all time
Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, and MJ takes over the text line
This week we are joined by Jon Albanese, manger of Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio and talk about golf returning to the Olympics, Tiger Woods and more. We also look back at the Zurich Classic and preview Wells Fargo Championship.
SB Nation's Kevin O'Connor joins Butch Stearns and John Tomase to talk all things Celtics' offseason, including the upcoming draft
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Dino, Gerry and Kirk look at the reports surrounding Prince and his drug use.More from this show
Sausage tells the guys that he's moving onto greener (read: more lucrative) pastures. His potential replacement, Paul, is interviewed for the job.More from this show
Glenn, Lou and Christian (and ESPN) react to the news that Tom Brady will be suspended the first 4 games of the 2016 season.More from this show