Bruins coach Claude Julien would only say he "hopes" defenseman Johnny Boychuk will be in the lineup Thursday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Capitals.
Based on this week, it would appear that Boychuk should be ready to return after missing the last two games of the regular season with a sprained knee. He participated in Thursday's morning skate, marking the fourth straight day he's been on the ice with the team. In practices and line drills, Boychuk has played on the second pairing with Andrew Ference.
Julien would not reveal the healthy scratch among forwards, but it should be either Jordan Caron or Daniel Paille, as the two have shared the left wing on the fourth line this week in practice.
Adam McQuaid (upper-body) and Tuukka Rask (abdomen/groin) will not dress. Anton Khudobin will serve as the team's backup to Tim Thomas.
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Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show on Thursday, the morning after the Celtics knocked off the Hawks in overtime to improve to 34-24 on the season and into a tie with Atlanta and Orlando for the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference. Given that it was the fourth game in five nights for the Celtics -- with a win in Miami on Tuesday night -- and the Hawks hadn't played since Saturday a win seemed a difficult task on Wednesday.
"I thought it was the best win we had all year," Rivers said. "Atlanta had been sitting there waiting for us for a few days, and so I was really concerned. Last night, to me, was every bit as important as the night before. I thought it was more important in a lot of ways."
The Celtics lead the 76ers by three games in the Atlantic Division with eight games to go but also now trail the Pacers by just two games for the third overall seed in the Eastern Conference....
Running back Brandon Jacobs won a Super Bowl with the Giants two months ago, but now that he's signed with the 49ers, he's not showing a lot of respect for his former teammates. During an interview on San Francisco radio station KNBR, Jacobs said the New York offensive line deserved more criticism for his lack of production last season.
"We had issues. When I was with the Giants, we had issues down the line," he said. "Of course, I took the blame for those [because I was] holding the ball. But ultimately, at the end of the day, it is my fault because I do have the ball and that's what people see. But there's a lot more than that going on."
As for why he decided to leave New York for San Francisco, Jacobs said: "At the end of the day we go out and play this game for it being football, what we all love playing. But after you've been in the business a certain amount of time, and know that they've turned it into...
After watching his team commit 12 turnovers in the first half and 23 over four quarters and overtime, Doc Rivers was just happy to get away with an 88-86 win over the Hawks Wednesday night at TD Garden. Adding to the ugliness were the disqualifications of Kevin Garnett and Greg Steimsma in overtime, as both big men fouled out while Paul Pierce was called for an offensive foul with 5.3 seconds remaining in overtime, sending the Garden crowd into a near riot.
“I gotta [say] that was the worst game we’ve ever won," said Rivers, who watched as Rajon Rondo recorded his 19th career triple-double, and sixth this season. "And you thought I’d say something else…I mean, we didn’t play well. I mean, we just kept hanging in there. You could see the fatigue and it’s amazing how things backfire. You rest Kevin and you get a good break and then all of a sudden he has to go in overtime. Rondo was sensational; didn...
Celtics coach Doc Rivers didn't know how his team was going to beat Atlanta on Wednesday night on the second night of a back-to-back and the fourth game in five nights, but he figured if it could just keep the game close, the rest would take care of itself.
"We’ve got great character," Rivers said. "Tough-minded group. You could see, they wanted to win that game so bad."
Rivers went so far as to call this is the toughest team he's coached during his tenure with the Celtics.
"This team has resolve. They do," Rivers said. "On paper, all that stuff, you know who we are. But they figure it out. They like each other and I think that allows us to win games on certain nights that we shouldn’t win. I really believe it.
"I had one in Orlando [that was as tough] but we couldn’t win any games. This team, they’re just tough. I don’t know why. I wish I knew. Once we went...
The boys get into the media and how they cover the Pats. It's not always easy covering Belichick and a team that will not give any substance to reporters, but things could be worse.
The guys discuss the upcoming week for the Patriots with the Bills coming to town.
Curran joins the boys live in studio to discuss the future of the QB position in New England.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Joe and Tim talked to the Sox catcher, who caught 23 strikeouts from Sox pitchers in the extra-inning win in Tampa Bay.
Joe and Tim talk with the Red Sox DH, Big Papi, who provided the only offense for the Sox with a 2-run home run that gave the Red Sox a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays
In the midst of the Patriots routing the Texans, Mut recaps the game marking the sweep of the Orioles. David Price picks up his 17th win as the Red Sox have all but cemented their strangle hold on the AL East. They finish their final game with Baltimore in a 5-3 win.
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
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.
Mike Lombardi discussed Bill O'Brien's tough night and Bill Belichick's approach to dealing with injured players.
In the final hour of the show Sean, Gerry and Kirk heard from some drunk callers to the Real Postgame Show and discussed how the Sox fared head to head against the Patriots last night on TV.
In hour three of the show Sean, Gerry and Kirk discussed the Pats win and took calls on Brady vs. Jimmy G.
Patriots DB Duron Harmon joined Glenn, Lou, and Christian. He talked about playing against Brock Osweiler, and the team's mindset at 3-0.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian are joined by Mike Florio of ProFootball Talk. He thinks Brady will eventually win out over Garoppolo, and Rex Ryan will be out of a job soon.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian talk about the surging Sox and their new mission of Playoff positioning.
We check in with the playmaker, hall of famer Michael Irvin breaks down the Pats win over the Texans and whether or not he'll be changing those Lombardi trophies.
Dale, Michael and Jerry spend the majority of our show breaking down an amazing win for the Patriots on Thursday night football.
We look at four instances in the NFL in which Bill Belichick earned his 'genius' title for coaching.
Kirk Minihane sits down with the Boston Globes Sports Media Columnist, Chad Finn. Kirk and Chad talk about the long and storied feud between WEEI and the Boston Globe and the ongoing ratings war between WEEI and the Hub.
Kirk and Gerry talk about how the show is going since the departure of John Dennis, how the fill-in hosts have been doing so far, and what they are looking for in a third host.
Kirk Minihane loves TV and movies, he sits down with TV critic and author of the new book "TV (The Book)" Alan Sepinwall to discuss the best TV shows of all-time and which show should be number 1. Kirk and Alan disagree on which show is the best of all-time and they both have compelling arguments. Kirk and Alan talk about "Cheers" being one of the most underrated and forgotten TV shows of all-time.
After another big win for the Pats on Thursday night, New England rejoices so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson get their thoughts in on the game, the Pats future at Quarterback and the difference between the Patriots organization and everyone else. Then the conversation turns to Fantasy Football featuring the slew of injured Runningbacks and who you need to get and start in their place, including Jerrick McKinnon, Charles Simms and Theo Riddick. The boys wrap it up with a look at solid Starts & Sits from RB to WR to TE. Something for every Fantasy Footballer and Football fan. Make sure you join Jim and Pete on Sunday at 8:00am for the WEEI Fantasy Football Hour.
Lucy Burdge is in to host the second edition of the K&C Recap pod with producers Ken Laird and Chris Curtis, but they don't get far as Kirk Minihane hijacks the program to dish on the show hosts and to blast Curtis.