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04/15/2011 - 12:42pm
Thornton: 'It's a long series'
By: DJ Bean

WILMINGTON -- The Bruins held practice Friday, a day after dropping the opener in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals to the Canadiens. Though the team was unable to get a puck past Habs netminder Carey Price in the 2-0 loss, the players expressed little concern over falling behind. 

"It's fine. We're good. It's one game," forward Shawn Thornton said. "We're aware that it's a long series, and we know we can be better, so we're going to be better tomorrow."

Both of the Canadiens' goals were scored by Brian Gionta following Bruins turnovers. Gionta's first-period tally was set up by Scott Gomez after Tomas Kaberle put too much on a reverse, while Gionta's third-period goal came following a Milan Lucic turnover in the Bruins' zone.  

"The game's not perfect. There's going to be turnovers every now and again," Thornton said. "You try and limit them as much as possible, but when they happen, you hope...

04/15/2011 - 11:07am
P.J. Stock on D&C: B's need to get physical

Former Bruins enforcer and CBC hockey analyst P.J. Stock, in an interview on the Dennis & Callahan Show, said that the Bruins need to become more physical if they hope to recover from their Game 1 setback at the hands of the Canadiens. Stock suggested that the Bruins adapted to Montreal's less-physical style of play, rather than taking the initiative and disrupting the Habs.

“The Canadiens are not a physical team, so it’s very easy to get out of a physical game. ‘They’re not going to hit me, so I’m not going to hit them. I’m going to start playing their game,’” Stock said. “I think the Bruins tried to play their game last night instead of getting the puck deep and hitting bodies.”

Stock suggested that Milan Lucic needs to play a pivotal role as a presence in the series, and he also suggested that the Bruins have to be more physical around the Montreal net in order to make goalie Carey...

04/15/2011 - 10:42am
The Gonzalez contract breakdown

Per's Buster Olney (via twitter), here are the terms of the seven-year, $154 million extension:

Gonzalez will receive a signing bonus of $6 million

From 2012-16, he will receive annual salaries of $21 million

In 2017-18, he will receive annual salaries of $21.5 million

For a look at where Gonzalez' deal ranks in team and baseball history, visit the Full Count blog. For complete Red Sox coverage, visit

04/15/2011 - 7:22am
Source: Gonzalez, Sox agree to extension

According to a major league baseball source, the Red Sox have agreed to a seven-year, $154 million extension with Adrian Gonzalez, with the team planning to announce the deal at press conference Friday. The deal will include a signing bonus. was first to report the agreement.

Gonzalez' extension would be the richest ever given out by the current ownership group, and second in franchise history only to Manny Ramirez' eight-year, $160 million contract. The annual average for the deal would be $22 million, the eighth-highest in baseball. Gonzalez is slated to make $6.2 million this season.

John Boggs, Gonzalez' agent, said in spring training that he would be surprised if a deal couldn't be reached between the first baseman and the team at some point in April. The reason for the delay in the Gonzalez agreement was because the team wanted to monitor the...

04/15/2011 - 7:01am
Bledsoe, Parcells nominees for Pats HOF

Bill Parcells and Drew Bledsoe have been announced as first-year nominees for the Patriots Hall of Fame, joining three-time finalist Houston Antwine in rounding this year's class of those up for consideration. Starting Friday, fans will have one month to vote for the nominee they feel is most deserving of Patriots Hall of Fame induction. Voting will take place at through May 15, with the winner being announced May 16.

The Patriots have inducted one player or head coach into the team's Hall of Fame each year since 2007. The process for induction involves a panel of media, alumni and staff who collectively nominate the players and/or head coaches who have been out of football for at least four years. After the nominations are made, the committee votes and the top three become that year's finalists.

The Patriots released the following information on each of the nominees:

Bledsoe was the Patriots' first-round pick in 1993 and played...

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