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02/05/2011 - 4:20pm
Toothless: B's blanked by Sharks

Despite allowing just 18 shots, the Bruins were blanked by Antti Niemi and the Sharks, 2-0, Saturday afternoon at TD Garden. Niemi stopped all 26 shots in recording his third shutout this season, 10th career. The Sharks added an empty net goal with 2.1 seconds remaining to seal the win. 

 

San Jose capitalized on a first-period power play when the Bruins were whistled for the too many men on the ice. Logan Couture flipped a backhander past Tim Thomas at 7:22 of the first, with just 15 seconds left on the man advantage. Playing his 300th career game in goal, Thomas lost in regulation for just the second time in 15 games. 

 

The Bruins had a chance with just under 10 minutes left in regulation when former B's star Joe Thornton was called for tripping. But the Bruins, who were 0-for-4 on the power play, couldn't manage a shot on net. 

 

Thomas faced just 17 shots from the Sharks, who came in...

02/05/2011 - 3:57pm
Trapani, BC hold off Virginia Tech

Joe Trapani had 14 points and nine rebounds as Boston College survived Virginia Tech, 58-56, in an ACC game Saturday afternoon at Conte Forum.

 

Reggie Jackson scored 10 points for BC, which improves to 15-8 overall and 5-4 in the ACC.

 

Jeff Allen had a monster game for Virginia Tech (15-7, 5-4), scoring 25 points and grabbing 19 rebounds. Malcolm Delaney added 19 points but missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 24 seconds left with a chance to tie the game.

 

The Hokies got the rebound and Delaney got a second chance, but his shot down low was blocked by Trapani. Virginia Tech again got the rebound and had one more shot to tie or take the lead. With Jackson smothering Delaney, the ball was sent to a wide-open Erick Green in front of the Tech bench. His 3-pointer bounced off the rim.

 

BC's Biko Paris was fouled on the rebound. He missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with a second left,...

02/05/2011 - 1:22pm
Report: Heat may target Perkins

In his latest After the Buzzer column, Yahoo columnist Marc Spears writes that a source expects the Heat to make a run at Celtics center Kendrick Perkins, who will be a free agent after this season. That would make sense for the Heat, who lack a big man complement to Chris Bosh on their frontline. However, under the current rules Miami would only be able to offer the mid-level exception.

 

The NBA is heading into a summer of uncertainty if the owners decide to lock out the players after the season and a new labor agreement would likely rewrite the free agency rules. However it turns out, Perkins will be in demand as a 26-year-old center with proven rebounding and defensive skills.

 

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.


02/05/2011 - 11:00am
Ray on Kidd: 'Very underrated' shot beat us

There was a great deal of irony in the game-winning 3-point shot delivered by Jason Kidd with 2.5 seconds remaining, a shot that highlighted a stunning Mavericks' comeback in a 101-97 win over the Celtics Friday night at TD Garden. The shot was made by the man ranked third on the all-time 3-point field goal list and it came with Ray Allen, No. 2 on that list, guarding him. 

 

"Very underrated Jason Kidd is with shooting the three but he's proven over his career he's proven he can knock the 3-ball down," Allen said. "The only way he has been able to stay around as long as he has was to develop a jump shot. It was in form today and beat us today."

 

"That one stood out obviously but I thought we gave up way too many," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. "I thought offensively we played well, we shot 50 percent. I just thought defensively we broke a lot of our defensive rules. I thought we...

02/05/2011 - 10:31am
Bodden confident in recovery for next year

Patriots cornerback Leigh Bodden, who spent the season on injured reserve after suffering a rotator cuff tear during the preseason, told reporters in Dallas that he is progressing well in his recovery and that he plans on making an impact in his return next season.

 

"I have the most confidence in the world; I'm going to have my best season next year," Bodden told reporters of his recovery. "I'm rehabbing it good, I'm lifting on it. It's been five months. ... "If I was playing in the Super Bowl and had to play, I would play ... I feel great. It's strong. I've been lifting on it, not too much heavy weights, but the stability is good."

 

The 29-year-old, who entered the season projected as the Patriots' top cover corner, said that he suffered the injury on his second play during an Aug. 26 preseason game against the Rams. He tried to play through it, and lamented that he likely made the injury...

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