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06/15/2011 - 10:54pm
Thomas earns Conn Smythe as MVP

In delivering one of the most dominating goaltending performances in postseason history and leading the Bruins to their first Stanley Cup in 39 years, Tim Thomas was awarded the Conn Smythe trophy as the most outstanding player of 2011 playoffs. 

He earned the honor with staggering and historic numbers. He established new all-time records by making 798 saves on 849 saves in 25 games, both new standards. Thomas appropriately ended his epic season with his fourth shutout of the playoffs. 

Thomas made several spectacular saves in the third period, including a pair on Jannik Hansen, finishing with a 37-save performance in the first Game 7 of a Stanley Cup finals series in Bruins history. 

For complete coverage, visit the Bruins team page at weei.com/bruins and the Big Bad Blog


06/15/2011 - 10:45pm
Raise a Cup: Bruins win the Stanley Cup

Patrice Bergeron scored just over 14 minutes into the game and added spectacular shorthander in the second while Tim Thomas turned away all 37 shots as the Bruins blanked the Canucks, 4-0, in Game 7 at Rogers Arena to capture their first Stanley Cup since 1972. In winning the sixth Stanley Cup in franchise history, they become the first team ever to win three Game 7s in one playoff season. Brad Marchand also scored twice for the Bruins, including an empty-netter to seal the game with 2:44 remaining. 

After withstanding an early charge by the Canucks that featured point-blank saves by Thomas on Henrik Sedin and Chris Higgins, the Bruins began to turn the momentum. Then, Marchand came out of the left corner with the puck and found Bergeron between the circles. Bergeron swung once and got just enough of the puck to fire it to the right of Roberto Luongo and give Boston the lead. It was one of only five shots Luongo faced in the opening 20 minutes....

06/15/2011 - 9:40pm
Beckett dominates Rays with one-hitter

Josh Beckett was absolutely masterful Wednesday night in Tampa, tossing a complete-game one-hitter to lead the Red Sox to a 3-0 win over the Rays. Beckett (6-2), who threw just 97 pitches, struck out six on the way to the win, the first one-hitter of his career. He got all the run support he would need when Kevin Youkilis crushed a three-run homer in the seventh off Tampa starter Jeremy Hellickson (7-5). Dustin Pedroia added a pair of hits for the Red Sox, who snapped a four-game losing streak to the Rays with the victory. For more Red Sox news, check out weei.com/redsox.


06/15/2011 - 4:49pm
NFL, NFLPA issue statement on talks

After two days of talks in Maryland, the NFL and the players issued the following joint statement regarding the state of the labor negotiations.

"Discussions between NFL owners and players under the auspices of Chief Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan took place again this week and will continue. At the request of Judge Boylan, both sides have agreed to maintain the confidentiality of the substance of the talks."

In attendance on the league side this week was Patriots owner Robert Kraft, as well as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. In addition, owners Jerry Richardson, Clark Hunt, Dean Spanos and John Mara also were present. Representing the players were NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith and NFLPA president Kevin Mawae, as well as Domonique Foxworth, Tony Richardson, Jeff Saturday and Brian Waters.

For more Patriots news, check out weei.com/patriots.


06/15/2011 - 3:26pm
Tito: Miller 'is in our plans, that's for sure'

Making his weekly appearance on The Big Show, Red Sox manager Terry Francona insinuated that something could be worked out with Andrew Miller shortly, that the pitcher might not have to utilize his opt-out (which he is eligible for as of today), and that the the lefty potentially could remain in the Red Sox organization. Various reports suggest Miller will be promoted to the Red Sox, with some stating he will make a start early next week.

"Andrew is in our plans, that's for sure. I think Theo [Epstein] spent some time with him yesterday. They also talked again today. The best way to say it is this kid is in our plans and we really like him," Francona said. "I think in the near future things will kind of become a little more clear as to what we want to do. I can't go past that now."

(To listen to the entire interview, click here.)

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