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03/25/2011 - 9:07am
Brickley on D&C: Recchi spoke the truth

NESN analyst Andy Brickley appeared on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about the Bruins’ 7-0 thrashing of the Canadiens on Thursday night. The hosts suggested that the game was only a Shawn Thornton fight short of perfection.

“I’m not sure that Shawn would ever have a dancing partner on that team,” Brickley said. “I know that Ryan White did a pretty good job on Johnny Boychuk when we were up in Montreal, but outside of him and maybe Travis Moen, I don’t think there’s really anybody on that roster that’s in Shawn Thornton’s league. So that was not going to happen.”

Of course, there was an expectation of fisticuffs given Zdeno Chara’s hit on Max Pacioretty in the teams’ last meeting and Mark Recchi’s suggestion that Montreal embellished the severity of Pacioretty’s concussion.

“I was just curious to see if Montreal would alter their...

03/25/2011 - 6:44am
Mashup: Browns fan sues NFL over lockout

A Cleveland businessman sued the Browns and the NFL’s 31 other teams Thursday, saying the lockout violates his private seat license contract with the club. Self-made millionaire Ken Lanci asked the court to prohibit the lockout. “What tipped the scale for me is the labor issue between millionaires and billionaires and the fact they can’t settle it when the country is in a recession,” he told The Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Worse yet, they have to rub this in our faces.”

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.


03/24/2011 - 9:19pm
Recchi: I took 'pressure off my captain'

After the 7-0 rout of the Canadiens, Bruins winger Mark Recchi acknowleged he made comments this week critical of Canandiens management and medical staff to take pressure off Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. Recchi said Wednesday that the Canadiens "embellished a little bit" the hit on Max Pacioretty on March 8 that resulted in a concussion for Pacioretty but no suspension for Chara. 

"I took pressure off my captain for one day," Recchi said. "He deserved it. He earned it." 

"It says a lot because I know what kind of player he is," added Bruins coach Claude Julien. "I knew exactly what he was doing. You don't have to speak. He's 43 years old, he's a big boy. He can answer for himself. I don't think I need to coach him on any of that stuff. When you see a guy with that kind of experience say something like that, you know what he's doing. So, there was nothing to be said. Their focus was on the...

03/24/2011 - 8:37pm
Sweet revenge: B's crush Habs

Gregory Campbell and Nathan Horton each scored twice while Zdeno Chara, David Krejci and Milan Lucic all tallied three assists as the Bruins annihilated the Canadiens, 7-0, Thursday night at TD Garden. Tim Thomas turned away all 24 shots for his eighth shutout this season for the Bruins, who increased their lead over second-place Montreal in the Northeast Division to five points, with two games in hand on their archrivals.

The game was the first meeting between the two Original Six rivals since Chara hit Max Pacioretty into the boards on March 8 in Montreal, a game won handily by the Canadiens, 4-1, and sparking a police investigation of Chara. Pacioretty hasn't played since with a severe concussion and fractured veterbrae in his back.

The Bruins only needed 61 seconds before assuming control as Johnny Boychuk fired a shot from the right point through a Milan Lucic screen and past Carey Price. Campbell and Horton added goals as the Bruins claimed a...

03/24/2011 - 6:57pm
Ainge: J. O'Neal could be back next week

Danny Ainge joined The Big Show for his weekly interview and said that Jermaine O'Neal was getting closer to a return and coule be back on the court by next Thursday when the Celtics play the Spurs. Ainge was in Chicago to watch O'Neal work out and said that he looks better than he has all season. "The swelling issue that had prevented him from [playing] early in the year is not happening right now," Ainge said. "Since the surgery, it's been a lot better."

Ainge said that the plan was for O'Neal to join the C's in Indiana when they play the Pacers on Monday and then travel with them to San Antonio. O'Neal paid his own way to Chicago to work out there and did so with the team's blessing. "It's not something that we normally do," Ainge said. "But Jermaine paid quite a bit of money out of his own pocket to do it. He felt he could get more individual attention. It's on him to get healthy and be ready and he's put in the time...

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