Boston came back from a first period two-goal deficit to register its first win of the playoffs and tie its quarterfinal series against the Sabres at one game apiece with a 5-3 win at HSBC Arena in a matinee match in Buffalo. Tuukka Rask registered his first career playoff win with 26 saves while Ryan Miller took the loss by allowing four goals on 30 Bruins shots.
Michael Ryder and Zdeno Chara each netted two goals for Boston, while Jason Pominville, Tyler Myers and Matt Ellis tallied for the Sabres. Mark Recchi scored an empty net goal for the final margin.
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According to a team source, relief pitcher Alan Embree has agreed to push the opt-out date on the minor league contract he signed with the Red Sox during spring training back from April 15 to April 30. If Embree is not on the Red Sox' 25-man roster by that date, he would then have the right to become a free agent.
Embree has pitched in four games for the PawSox, allowing three runs on two hits in 3 1/3 innings, walking five and striking out three. Pawtucket Red Sox radio broadcaster Dan Hoard was the first to report the news.
Veteran tight end J.P. Foschi visited and worked out for the Patriots on Friday, according to his agent Ralph Cindrich. Foschi is a 27-year-old out of Georgia Tech who has bounced around the NFL since he debuted in the league as an undrafted free agent with the Raiders in 2005. A 6-foot-3, 265-pounder, Foschi enjoyed his best season with the Bengals in 2009 when he caught 27 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns. For more Patriots news, check out our football blog, It Is What It Is.
Red Sox pitcher Boof Bonser, who got shelled in a rehab start this week, was examined by Red Sox team doctors on Friday. The examination determined that the right-hander -- who underwent surgery on his rotator cuff and labrum last February -- was merely suffering from some normal stiffness, and not a more serious condition.
There is not yet a timetable for when Bonser will resume throwing. The Sox will re-examine the pitcher on a day-to-day basis to determine when he might be able to do so, which will allow him to start a new rehab assignment with Triple-A Pawtucket. In the meantime, Bonser was simply relieved that his injury was not a major one.
"It's a big relief. I was thinking, 'Look out -- just coming off surgery, who knows what could be wrong with it?'" said Bonser. "But they checked it out and everything was good."
Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that outfielder Mike Cameron, who had a kidney stone removed on Friday morning, was likely to return to the lineup on Saturday.
"I think Cam will be ready tomorrow," Francona said after the contest between the Sox and Rays was suspended entering the bottom of the ninth inning. "He really improved as tonight progressed. Unless he shows up and goes backwards tomorrow, which I don't think he will, he'll probably play."
Jacoby Ellsbury, however, continues to suffer from his injured ribs. Francona said that Ellsbury is "still feeling it," and is unlikely to play for the sixth straight day on Saturday. Nonetheless, Francona said that the team is still hoping to avoid putting the outfielder on the disabled list.
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Andy Brickley joined the show to talk about David Pastrnak's first game, the offensive struggles, and Milan Lucic playing with the Swedes.
Dale and Michael get Jack Edwards' 'state of the B' report and talk about the win over the Blues at the Garden on Tuesday.
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BC football sideline reporter Scott Mutryn with the worst impersonation of all time.
Ben Cherington joined us to discuss the Sox off-season moves.
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Rick Pitino had some curious comments after a blowout victory. Richard Sherman takes on the NFL Media policies. Christian talks about a pill for farts.
Dale and Michael give their four selections for the MLB Hall of Fame... this year's finalists were announced today.
Dale and Michael talk Bruins and discuss the supposed practice scuffle between Tuukka Rask and Soderberg, and DJ Bean dials us up to give his thoughts.
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Mikey, Villani, Lenny and Kerry Byrne are talking Patriots-Lions and how the team this year stacks up to Patriots teams of the past.
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