PHILADELPHIA -- David Krejci and Brad Marchand each scored twice as the Bruins chased a shaky Brian Boucher and dominated the Flyers, 7-3, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Saturday afternoon at Wells Fargo Center.
The Bruins created traffic in front of Boucher early and often, and rewarded just 1:52 into the game as David Krejci took a loose puck front of Boucher and put a backhander past the Flyers goalie to put Boston on top, 1-0. The Flyers tied the game when Danny Briere beat Tim Thomas to a centering pass and scored 4-on-4 at 11:02 of the first. But the Bruins scored a momentum-changing goal with just 35.7 seconds left in the first when Nathan Horton batted a bouncing puck off Boucher, who flipped the puck with his shoulder into the net.
The Bruins wasted little time taking command of the game early in the second when Mark Recchi took a rebound from Patrice Bergeron and beat Boucher from the right circle just 2:33 into...
FOXBORO — The Patriots took defensive end Markell Carter with the 194th overall pick in the NFL draft on Saturday. A 6-foot-4, 248-pounder out of Central Arkansas, he totaled 62 tackles, 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles as a senior, and finished his college career with 16.5 sacks. For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.
Tim Wakefield will make his first start of the season Sunday afternoon, replacing scheduled starter Clay Buchholz, who was sent home on Friday with what Red Sox manager Terry Francona called "intestinal turmoil." Buchholz (1-3, 5.33 ERA) will be pushed back to Monday for the opener of a four-game series with the Angels.
In seven relief appearances this season, Wakefield has no record with a 5.56 ERA over 11 1/3 innings. Sunday's start will be his first since Oct. 2 against the Yankees in the 160th game of the 2010 season.
Francona said the team would reevaluate the order for the rest of the rotations after Buchholz's start on Monday.
Red Sox left fielder Carl Crawford will return to the eighth spot in the lineup for the second game of Boston's three-game set with Seattle Saturday night after sitting for the second time in 2011 the night before. It will be Crawford's fifth start as the eighth hitter in a Sox uniform. That position in the order has not been especially kind to Crawford as his early-season struggles have continued from that spot. He has hit only .188 in four games with three strikeouts and no walks in 18 plate appearances, although two of his three hits have been doubles.
J.D. Drew and Jarrod Saltalamacchia also return after sitting out Friday's 5-4 loss to the Mariners in the sixth and ninth holes respectively. Starting shortstop Jed Lowrie drops to seventh against the M's starting righty Doug Fister (1-3, 3.19 ERA).
The rest of the lineup of the Sox lineup is as follows:
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
The Patriots selected tight end Lee Smith out of Marshall with the 159th overall pick of the NFL draft on Saturday. Smith is a 6-foot-6, 266-pounder who finished his senior season with the Thundering Herd with a career-best 38 catches for 358 yards and three touchdowns. He started his collegiate career at the University of Tennessee, but was kicked off the team after a DUI. He transferred to Marshall, and finished his college career with 75 catches for 791 yards and three touchdowns. His father, Daryle, played offensive line at Tennessee and spent six seasons in the NFL playing for the Cowboys, Browns and Eagles before spending four more seasons in the CFL. For more on the Patriots, check out weei.com/patriots.
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Dale, Michael and Jerry speak with defensive leader Chandler Jones about the Patriots first loss of the season.
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An experimental game recap of the Celtics 105-95 victory over the Miami Heat.
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A 5-minute game recap of the Celtics 111-101 loss to the Nets
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Red Sox Manager John Farrell joined the Hot Stove Show where he talked about how David Ortiz retirement is bittersweet, the outfield alignment for 2016, the Red Sox bullpen as it looks right now, and Hanley Ramirez off season training.
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DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the sniping back and forth from Claude Julien, Brad Marchand, and Rangers coach Alain Vigneault after Boston's 4-3 comeback win on Friday. The game featured two somewhat controversial hits, Matt Beleskey's check of Derek Stepan (breaking a rib) and Brad Marchand's collision with goalie Henrik Lundqvist and ensuing flop.
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DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 4-3 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night at Air Canada Center.
The guys discussed the latest from Belichick.
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The guys discussed the latest ESPN on ESPN crime.
Just two years after John Henry said he was opposed to signing pitchers to high price deals, it looks like the Red Sox might be front runners for David Price. Glenn, Lou and Christian discuss whether Dombrowski is really trying to spend the money or if he's using the media reports as strategy.
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Christian Arcand and Lenny Megliola discuss Tom Brady vs. Cam Newton for NFL MVP in a spirited hour of radio on the Planet Mikey Show
With Oklahoma sneaking its way into a playoff spot, the Big 12 is still alive. Anthony and Austin give you picks for rivalry week and break down all things college football.
FOXBORO — The Patriots will have their biggest challenge to date to remain perfect as they travel to Denver to take on the NFL’s top-ranked defense in the 8-2 Broncos Sunday night at Sports Authority Field.
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