The Flyers overcame a 2-0 deficit to beat the Penguins, 6-4, Sunday in Pittsburgh, but the talk after the game was about a brawl that began when Pens winger Joe Vitale crushed Danny Briere at mid-ice with just over a minute remaining.
While the players on the ice fought, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette climbed up on the dasher to scream at Penguins bench boss Dan Bylsma. Pittsburgh assistant coach Tony Granato climbed up on the boards to defend his coach and was ejected along with Laviolette.
After the game, Laviolette criticized Bylsma for putting his enforcers on the ice at the end of the game. "Those guys hadn't played in 12 minutes," Laviolette said. "It was a gutless move by their coach."
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He wasn't ready to go as far as calling Avery Bradley The Dwyane Wade Stopper, but Heat superstar LeBron James had high praise for the sophomore guard after the Celtics' 91-72 victory Sunday.
"He's a really good young player," James said. "I think defensively he's one of the best that we've seen as far as baseline to baseline. He's really good at that."
Bradley held Wade to 15 points on just 6-for-17 shooting. Meanwhile, starting in place of the injured Ray Allen (ankle), he scored 13 points on 5-for-10 field goals -- four of which came within two feet of the rim. The Celtics improved to 11-4 in Bradley's 15 starts (4-0 over the last four games).
"He gives them another attack off the dribble, and he does a great job of cutting," James said. "When [Rajon] Rondo penetrates or Paul [Pierce] penetrates, he does a great job of cutting and getting easy ones, so he brings a dynamic to their team that they use and...
The Bruins clinched both the Northeast Division and the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs on Sunday night, beating the Rangers for the first time this season with a 2-1 win at Madison Square Garden.
The Rangers took an early lead as Marion Gaborik beat Tim Thomas (unassisted) for his 40th goal of the season. The 1-0 Rangers lead held until four minutes into the second period when Dennis Seidenberg -- back after missing a pair of games with an infection in his left knee -- netted his fifth goal of the year. Zdeno Chara and Brad Marchand assisted on the Seidenberg goal. The Bruins took advantage of a Michael Del Zotto interference penalty later in the period with a Patrice Bergeron power-play goal at the 11:52 mark to take a 2-1 lead.
That was all the cushion Tim Thomas needed. Thomas had struggled against the Rangers this season, losing both games with a GAA of 3.53 and a .811 save percentage, but he was sharp Sunday,...
Following the Celtics' 91-72 dismantling of his Heat on Sunday, coach Erik Spoelstra said, "It doesn't matter what we say right now. It's not about any kind of meeting, any kind of talk. Our response to the media: This game was unacceptable, and we will fix it. Together, collectively, we're not happy about it."
The Heat shot 34.8 percent from the field (31-for-89), 18.8 percent from 3-point range (3-for-16) and 41.2 percent from the free throw line (7-for-17). Led by Rajon Rondo's triple-double of 16 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds, the Celtics outscored Miami 29-19 in the first quarter and 31-12 in the third.
"We have not been able to come up with an answer on the road, particularly in the third quarter, and we fell prey to that again tonight," Spoelstra added. "So, we'll figure it out. Somehow, someway, this group, together, us in that locker room, we'll figure it out. This was unacceptable."
After his fifth triple-double of the season and 18th of his career, Rajon Rondo spoke like a point guard who feels confident he can lead his team deep in the NBA playoffs, even against the powerhouses like the Heat and Bulls.
"I think when we have at least four or five guys healthy, we follow the game plan," Rondo said after his 16-point, 14-assist, 11-rebound performance in Boston's 91-72 spanking of Miami Sunday at TD Garden. "But when I'm healthy, I think we can probably beat anybody."
Last year, Rondo suffered a grotesque dislocation of his left elbow in Game 3 against the Heat. The Celtics won that game but lost the Eastern semifinals four games to one.
Rondo said he does not pay particular attention to the national spotlight, despite the fact that 14 of his career 18 triple-doubles have come on national TV.
"I think my teammates put a spotlight on me more than the media or the televised...
We get deep in to some quarterback discussion with ESPN analyst/former NFL starter Trent Dilfer.
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Former Patriot Heath Evans, now with the NFL Network, joins Dale, Holley and Thornton every Monday for a thorough analysis of the Patriots and the NFL. This week we break down the shutout of Houston, and look ahead to the Bills.
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.
Rob Bradford is joined by former Red Sox, and current Cubs, catcher David Ross, who admits to joining teammates Jon Lester, John Lackey and many members of the Chicago front office in at least contemplating the idea of a Red Sox vs. Cubs World Series. Ross also compares his retirement tour to David Ortiz's, reveals stories of clubhouse celebrations, while suggesting that Lester is pitching better than ever.
Dale, Michael and Jerry speak with Sox slugger David Ortiz in his final regular season week of his career. We touch on the 2016 Sox heading into the playoffs, retirement, memories and Jose Fernandez.
Joe and Tim talked to the Sox catcher, who caught 23 strikeouts from Sox pitchers in the extra-inning win in Tampa Bay.
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.
Kirk flipped out at Curtis and Fred Couples cried.
In hour three Tomase, Callahan and Minihane discuss Trump's comments this morning on Fox and Friends as well as Big Papi's farewell weekend at Fenway.
Glenn, Lou and Christian joke around with audio from a grab-bag of topics, including David Ortiz driving for Lyft, Rex Ryan joining the Buffalo media conference call, and Jim Mora coming back with another great rant.
Red Sox President of Baseball Ops. Dave Dombrowski checks in with Glenn, Lou and Christian to talk about what the playoff roster might look like, and to give the latest update on Pablo Sandoval.
Tom E. Curran joins Glenn, Lou and Christian to talk about Jimmy Garoppolo & Jacoby Brissett, and talk about what he say from a day of practice and press conferences down at Gillette.
We get deep in to some quarterback discussion with ESPN analyst/former NFL starter Trent Dilfer.
Gold Jerry, it's gold! Big Papi borrows a line from our pal Jerry Thornton and the Late Night crowd loves it.
Inspired by the debates last night we look at four sports debates between two conflicting parties.
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.
Gerry Callahan and Jeff Kuhner react to the first presidential debate of this election season. Gerry is convinced Trump lost the first debate while Jeff thinks otherwise. Gerry and Jeff talk about what Trump needs to do better in the upcoming debates.
K&C producers Ken Laird & Chris Curtis are joined by WEEI intern and Recap Show host Lucy Burdge to discuss another explosive Gary Tanguay appearance on the program that featured Tango's second walkout.
Rob Bradford is joined by Alex Speier of the Boston Globe to discuss some of the issues that popped up in the Red Sox' loss to the Yankees Tuesday night. Both Rob and Alex agree winning the division is a forgone conclusion for the Sox, but the storylines surrounding Drew Pomeranz, Henry Owens, Sandy Leon and David Price all warranted discussion heading into another crack at winning the AL East
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