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02/28/2012 - 10:37pm
Bruins shut out once again
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins were shut out for the fifth time in February, suffering a 1-0 loss to the Senators at TD Garden Tuesday. 

The loss wrapped up a forgettable February in which the B's went 5-8-1. The Bruins were not able to beat Senators goaltender Robin Lehner, who picked up his first NHL shutout. 

Defenseman Erik Karlsson scored the only goal of the game, beating Tim Thomas on the power play in the first period. Thomas made 37 saves in the losing effort. 

The Bruins had a good chance to tie the game late when Senators defenseman Sergei Gonchar went off for hooking, but the power play and final seconds went yielded no legitimate bids. 

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins


02/28/2012 - 10:32pm
Allen, Celtics hold off charge from Cavaliers

The Celtics blew an early 16-point lead against the host Cavaliers and trailed much of the second half, but they retook the lead on a Ray Allen fast-break layup in the final minute, and then Allen combined with Kevin Garnett to sink four free throws in the final seconds as the C's held off the Cavs, 86-83.

Allen (22) and Garnett (18) combined for 40 points, and Brandon Bass added 12 in his return to help the Celtics (16-17) avoid the first six-game losing streak of the new Big Three era. Meanwhile, Rajon Rondo (scoreless) and Paul Pierce (12 points on 4-of-11 shooting) combined for 11 turnovers as the C's struggled through second and third quarters before salvaging the night and stretching their lead over the Cavs (13-19) to 2.5 games for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.

Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 24 points while former Celtics reserve Semih Erden contrbiuted four points and six rebounds as a Cavs starter.

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02/28/2012 - 9:17pm
Duquette: Trade 'perfect opportunity' for 'Tek

With Jason Varitek close to announcing his retirement, former Red Sox general manager Dan Duquette, in an interview on the Mut & Merloni show, reflected on the trade he made in 1997 to bring Varitek and Derek Lowe to the Red Sox in exchange for reliever Heathcliff Slocumb. It was a landmark trade that had implications for the Sox over the entirety of Varitek's 15-year tenure with the Sox.

"You'd like to make one of those every year, but they don't come along every day. I'm just glad we got the opportunity to see those guys during the great years of their career," said Duquette. "Jason had a great career. He really solidified the team for over a decade. He was one of the few guys, he was the captain of the team, but he really earned that captaincy by the way he handled himself on the field, the leadership that he undertook.

"Whenever we went into Yankee Stadium, he always got a big hit," added Duquette. "He...

02/28/2012 - 8:20pm
Bass, Wilcox return to Celtics lineup

Considering the five-game losing streak and seven losses in eight games before the NBA All-Star break, there hasn't been too much to celebrate around the Celtics locker room, but the return of bigs Brandon Bass and Chris Wilcox are welcome additions to the team's depleted frontcourt.

After a six-game absence due to a knee injury, Bass started alongside Kevin Garnett against the Cavaliers on Tuesday night in place of the injured Jermaine O'Neal (knee). Meanwhile, Wilcox has battled shoulder, calf and groin injuries -- the last of which kept him out of a loss to the Thunder last week.

The Celtics (15-17) lead the Cavs (13-18) by 1.5 games for the eighth playoff seed in the Eastern Conference.

For more on the Celtics, visit weei.com/celtics.


02/28/2012 - 4:18pm
Mottau: Trade 'a dream come true'
By: DJ Bean

Bruins forward Mike Mottau called Monday's trade to the B's "a dream come true."

The Avon, Mass., native was part of the four-player trade that also landed former Islanders teammate Brian Rolston in Boston, and it returned Mottau to the where he grew up and played his college hockey at Boston College.

"Growing up a Bruins fans, and following the team throughout my whole professional career, finally getting a chance to put on the sweater was really special this morning, even just to go out for morning skate," Mottau said after Tuesday's morning skate. 

Mottau followed last year's playoffs and watched the Bruins as they won their first title in 39 years. He's friends with Shawn Thornton, Andrew Ference, Dennis Seidenberg and Joe Corvo, so the trade returns him to his home without the tough adjustment to a new team. 

"Even playing with the Islanders last year, I was home for the Cup run. Watching the...

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