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04/23/2012 - 10:22am
Bergeron named finalist for Selke Trophy
By: DJ Bean

Bruins center Patrice Bergeron has been named one of the three finalists for this year's Frank J. Selke Trophy, awarded annually to the forward "who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game." The other finalists are three-time winner Pavel Datsyuk and St. Louis' David Backes.

During the regular season, Bergeron led the NHL in plus/minus (plus-36) and was second in the league in faceoff percentage (59.3). He has never won the Selke in his career.

Only three players have won the award over the last six seasons: Rod Brind'Amour twice, Datsyuk in three straight seasons and Ryan Kesler last season. 

For more on the Bruins and the Stanley Cup playoffs, visit weei.com/bruins

04/23/2012 - 8:52am
Celtics will face Hawks in first round

While homecourt is still to be determined, the Celtics' first round playoff opponent will be Atlanta. With a 38-26 record, the Hawks are up two games on the Magic with two games to play and Atlanta owns the tiebreaker between the two teams.

The Celtics are one game behind the Hawks at 37-27, but they own the tiebreaker for homecourt advantage. The C's finish with Miami and Milwaukee at home, while the Hawks host the Clippers and Dallas. The two teams met in the first round of the 2008 playoffs, with the eighth-seeded Hawks taking the Celtics to seven games by winning every game at home. Boston won the first two meetings this season by a total of five points. Atlanta won the most recent game on Friday.

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


04/23/2012 - 6:45am
Mashup: World Peace sorry for vicious elbow

Lakers guard Metta World Peace claims it was an accident, but even he acknowledges that the video makes him look bad delivering a vicious elbow to the head of Thunder guard James Harden during Sunday's game in Los Angeles.

World Peace was celebrating a dunk when he brushed up against Harden and then knocked him to the floor. World Peace was ejected from the game. Harden, who was on the floor for about a minute, also did not return to action. The Lakers went on to rally from an 18-point second-half deficit and win in double overtime, 114-106.

"During that play I just dunked on [Kevin] Durant and [Serge] Ibaka and I got really emotional and really excited and it was unfortunate that James had to get hit with an unintentional elbow," World Peace said after the game. "I hope he's OK. The Thunder, they're playing for a championship this year, so I really hope that he's OK and I apologize to the Thunder and to James Harden....

04/22/2012 - 6:22pm
Seguin savors 'finally getting one'

Tyler Seguin played the role of hero Sunday in Game 6 at the Verizon Center in Washington as he scored just over three minutes into overtime to give the Bruins a 4-3 win over the Capitals and force a Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series Wednesday night in Boston. Seguin came flying down the slot and took a feed from Milan Lucic. He held the puck long enough to make Caps goalie Braden Holtby commit before flipping the puck into the vacated net for his first career playoff overtime goal.

"I saw the goalie challenging and I just tried to make a quick move and luckily it went in," Seguin said. "I think this series we've had a lot of chances and opportunities and I haven't been bearing down or finishing them off. It's just really nice to get that feeling of finally getting one.

"When you're a little kid, that's your dream, get those big goals and keep your team alive. Looking back on my career so far, that's probably...

04/22/2012 - 5:26pm
Survival: B's win in OT, force Game 7

Tyler Seguin deked and scored on Braden Holtby just 3:17 into the first overtime as the Bruins beat the Capitals, 4-3, Sunday in Game 6 at the Verizon Center in Washington. David Krejci stole the puck near center ice and gave it to Milan Lucic on the left wing, and he fed Seguin down the slot. Holtby came out to try to play the puck and Seguin -- considered the most skilled puck-handler on the Bruins -- held on and waited for Holtby to go down before firing the puck into the open net. Game 7 is Wednesday night at TD Garden. 

It was the sixth straight one-goal game in the series, a Stanley Cup playoff record for a best-of-seven series. 

Andrew Ference -- known for his vocal environmental advocacy -- came down the slot and fired a Seguin rebound into an open net for what could have been the game-winning goal on Earth Day, as the Bruins led 3-2 with 8:03 left. But with 4:52 left, Nicklas Backstrom won a draw against Rich Peverley and drew it...

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