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03/19/2012 - 10:11pm
Late show: C's, Allen explode late for win

After missing 30 of their first 45 shots, the Celtics exploded for 29 points in the fourth quarter, including a sharpshooting display from Ray Allen, on their way to a 79-76 win over the Hawks Monday nght at Philips Arena in Atlanta. The Celtics had to survive an 11-0 run by the Hawks late that made it a four-point game, 75-71, but Mickael Pietrus hit 1-of-2 free throws to make it a five-point lead. Joe Johnson nailed a 3-pointer with 11.8 seconds remain to cut Boston's lead to one, 77-76. After two Paul Pierce free throws, Jeff Teague airmailed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with under five seconds remaining and Rajon Rondo inbounded to Pierce, who dribbled out the clock.

Allen drilled 4-of-5 from 3-point range and led Boston with 19 points while Rondo had 10 points and 13 assists. 

The Celtics were unable to find any offensive rhythm early but were saved by the fact that the Hawks were likewise unable to get going in the first quarter....

03/19/2012 - 9:25pm
Rolston, Bruins blow out Maple Leafs
By: DJ Bean

Brian Rolston had a four-point night as the Bruins crushed the Maple Leafs, 8-0, Monday at TD Garden. 

The win was the Bruins' second straight after the team's recent four-game losing streak. With the victory, the B's have 87 points on the season. 

The Bruins scored four first-period goals, getting tallies from Chris Kelly, Gregory Campbell, Benoit Pouliot and Brad Marchand. They added three more in the second thanks to goals from Pouliot, Zdeno Chara and Rolston before Tyler Seguin made it 8-0.  

Tim Thomas got the easy victory for the Bruins, facing only 13 shots and stopping them all. The Bruins' previous low for shots allowed was 17, which they had done twice this month. James Reimer and Jonas Gustavsson each allowed four goals for the Leafs. 

The Bruins will begin a three-game road trip this week, heading to California to face the Sharks, Kings and Ducks. 

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03/19/2012 - 8:10pm
Chiarelli: No more extensions during season
By: DJ Bean

Meeting with the media before Monday's game to discuss Shawn Thornton's two-year contract extension, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said the team will not extend any more players before the end of the season. 

"The rest we've put off until after the season," Chiarelli said. "I've spoken to all of them, and I want them to focus on hockey, so we're not doing any more until after the season."

In addition to Thornton, the team has given contracts to Rich Peverley, David Krejci and Johnny Boychuk, all of whom were in the last years of their deals. 

Chiarelli's announcement means Chris Kelly, Daniel Paille, Brian Rolston, Greg Zanon, Joe Corvo and Mike Mottau will become unrestricted free agents at the end of the season. Benoit Pouliot and Tuukka Rask will be restricted free agents. 

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


03/19/2012 - 5:43pm
O'Neal to have surgery, miss season

According to a report from Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald, Jermaine O'Neal will have season-ending surgery on his left wrist.

The Celtics have been without O'Neal since Feb. 20. The 33-year-old considered having surgery on the wrist after last season but decided against the procedure. O'Neal played in just 24 games last season and 25 this season after signing a two-year, $12 million deal in July 2010. The veteran has averaged 5.2 points and 4.6 rebounds in his 49 games with the Celtics.

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03/19/2012 - 5:42pm
Uneven performances by Doubront, Aceves

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Felix Doubront experienced an up-and-down performance in the Red Sox' 8-4 loss to the Twins Monday at JetBlue Park. The fifth starter candidate allowed two runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings, striking out three and walking one while throwing 74 pitches (49 strikes).

"I didn't see that nastiness 1-2 [count], that stuff that differentiates a lot of guys," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. "I would like to see if he has it. I liked a lot, and I wished for more."

Doubront had only allowed two runs in his previous three outings, having come off a four-inning, two-hit performance against the Yankees.

Also struggling was set-up man Mark Melancon, who gave up three runs on three hits in his only inning.

"Melancon outing? I thought he backed up the bases pretty well. He had that down," Valentine said when asked about the reliever, whose ERA stands at 9.00. The manager cited Melancon's...

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