Johnny Boychuk's slap shot from the right point that beat Jhonas Enroth with just over seven minutes left in regulation gave the Bruins the lead for good, and David Krejci added insurance just three minutes later as the B's beat the Sabres, 3-1, Thursday night at TD Garden. Boychuk's huge hit on Sabres star Thomas Vanek with just under 10 minutes left in the third set the tempo for the defending champs, who won their 40th game of the season and now stand at 40-23-3.
The Bruins were finally able to claim consecutive wins for the first time in nearly two months, last winning back-to-back games against Winnipeg and Montreal on Jan. 10 and 12. Tim Thomas, who had allowed at least three goals in each of his last three starts -- including four in each of his last two -- rebounded to stop 19-of-20 shots.
The Sabres broke the ice late in the first period when Jason Pominville came down the right wing and blasted a slap shot just above...
Celtics president Danny Ainge said on The Big Show that while there's "nothing close" to happening, he won't surrender a future asset to help the current team. "It's a fine line," Ainge said. "But I'm not going to sacrifice future assets to help our bench right at this minute." Ainge said that he gets a "handful" of calls a day but that nothing is imminent as the March 15 trade deadline approaches.
"As of right now we have nothing close to happening," he said. "It's not from a lack of trying. Not necessarily to make major changes, but to make small changes at least."
Ainge said that he feels his roster is in better shape now than in 2003, when he took over basketball operations, both in terms of talent and contracts.
"You've got to have some good things go your way to rebuild. We've got some good pieces," he said. "We've got some players still under contract...
JUPITER, Fla. -- The Red Sox suffered their first defeat in Grapefruit League play, as the Cardinals rallied for six runs in the eighth inning against relievers Chris Carpenter and Garrett Mock to claim a 9-3 victory.
Carpenter, in his first game appearance for the Red Sox since being acquired as compensation from the Cubs for Theo Epstein, had a strong first inning of work in the seventh before losing the plate in the eighth. The hard-throwing right-hander gave up three walks and a single before being lifted for Mock, the former Nationals big leaguer whom the Sox signed to a minor league deal last week. Mock ended up allowing a sacrifice fly and a three-run double along with another run-scoring hit.
For the Sox, Josh Beckett worked three shutout innings and Jose Iglesias delivered a pair of highlights, making a terrific...
Boston College did not score a point for more than seven minutes to start the game, and the Eagles' season came to a close Thursday with a 78-57 loss to NC State in the opening round of the ACC tournament in Atlanta.
Ryan Anderson finished his rookie season with a 22-point, 12-rebound outing, and Lonnie Jackson added 10 points for BC (9-22).
Scott Wood hit 5-of-9 3-pointers en route to scoring 22 points for NC State (21-11), which advances to play fourth-seeded Virginia in Friday's quarterfinals.
After giving up the game's first 14 points, the Eagles trailed by 13 at the break before making a run early in the second half. When Anderson hit a layup with 14:47 left, it capped a 9-0 run and got BC within six at 43-37. It was a nine-point margin with 6:44 left after another Anderson layup, but NC State ended the game on a 20-8 run.
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JUPITER, Fla. -- Red Sox starter Josh Beckett managed to complete a full spring day's work before a downpour intruded upon a Grapefruit League game between the Sox and Cardinals.
Beckett tossed three scoreless innings, requiring just 30 pitches (24 strikes) in his second start of the spring. He allowed a pair of hits and neither struck out nor walked any hitters. Of the nine outs Beckett recorded, seven came via ground ball.
His effort proved well-timed, as Beckett was able to conclude his outing before a storm interrupted the contest at 1:54 p.m., in the top of the fourth inning. At the time of the delay, the Red Sox had runners on second and third with no outs in a 0-0 tie. Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia dominated for two perfect innings, striking out four of the six Sox hitters he faced.
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Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.
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 talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who made a highlight reel catch nearly going over the wall in left field robbing Steven Souza Jr of a home run
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.
Butch, Kirk, and Bradfo debate whether or not they believe the Red Sox will make the playoffs by seasons end
Kirk reads the Friday 'Headlines' which include Bruce Springsteen performing a four hour show in New Jersey, and the great early reviews for "Hands of Stone"
Butch Stearns and Rob Bradford join Kirk Minihane. They begin the show wondering and theorizing why the Patriots are playing Tom Brady in the third preseason game. They also delve into Bradfo's new house guest
Glenn, Lou, and Christian debate the value of playing Tom Brady in the preseason, and they opine about whether or not he should even be on the team plane.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian talk Benintendi's knee injury, and compare Big Papi's season to other 40 year old players. And the juicing question comes up again...
Glenn, Lou, and Christian debate John Farrell's decision to stay with Porcello into the 8th, and his use of the bullpen.
We discuss the Patriots latest acquisition, what they had to give up, and how Mingo will fit on this defense.
A discussion about the disappointing end of the Sox road trip turns into an ultimatum on whether or not pro baseball players are aloud to use fatigue as an excuse.
The up again, down again Red Sox are feeling down again after blowing two very winnable games to end this road trip. We discuss it with you.
Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
Jerry is joined by Red Sox legend Bill Lee to talk about his new biopic "Spaceman," Lee's unique philosophy, political beliefs, drug use and what makes him a cultural icon decades after he retired from baseball.
Christian Fauria and Dr. Gill talk about the process and steps football players have to take when rehabbing injuries during the off season. Focusing on Dion Lewis, Nate Solder, and Sebastian Vollmer
NESN has hired a new anchor who has a history dating pro players. With the trend of that happening in Boston the last few years, does NESN need to keep an eye on Kacie McDonnell?More from this show
Minihane, Callahan and Mutnansky dive further into the Brady - Belichick dynamic as Tom's four-game suspension gets closer.More from this show