The Bruins put 36 shots on net but could not hit paydirt as they were blanked by former Boston College star Scott Clemmensen and the Florida Panthers, 1-0, Thursday night at TD Garden. The Bruins, who outshot Florida, 36-20, lost at home for the third time in four outings and could not gain ground on Montreal and Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Tuukka Rask started in net for the Bruins for the second straight game and allowed only a first-period goal by Keith Ballard. For more, visit the Big Bad Blog.
Tuukka Rask was voted the winner of the 41st annual Seventh Player Award Thursday night prior to the Bruins' game with the Florida Panthers at TD Garden. Rask, who had a shutout streak of 121 minutes and 42 seconds snapped on a first-period Florida goal, entered action Thursday with a 19-11-4 record and an NHL-best 2.02 goals-against average. The award is voted by the fans and given to the Bruins player who "goes above and beyond the call of duty and exceeds expectations of the fans." For more, visit the Big Bad Blog.
NCAA vice president Greg Shaheen outlined a plan Thursday for a 96-team NCAA basketball tournament. Although it does not mean expansion from the current 65-team field is a done deal, it does indicate the NCAA's preference. The plan still needs to be approved by the Division 1 Men's Basketball Committee and passed on to the board of directors.
The 96-team tourney would be played during the same time frame as the current three-week tournament, but it would add another round of games and have a round of midweek games between the first two weekends of play.
Under the plan, the top 32 teams would receive a first-round bye. The first-round games -- between the bottom 64 teams -- would take place on Thursday and Friday, and the second round would be played Saturday and Sunday. Then there would be third-round games on Tuesday and Wednesday, the Sweet 16 on Thursday and Friday, and the Elite Eight on Saturday and Sunday....
Sports Illustrated baseball writer Tom Verducci checked in with Dale & Holley on Thursday afternoon to talk about the Red Sox. Regarding the Sox' move toward improving pitching and defense, Verducci said it will pay dividends, even if it wasn't the team's original plan. "I like what they've done defensively. I think the pitching staff will be better. I still question whether they have enough offense," he said. "But I think from the run-prevention angle of it, you'll see the results. I don't think there's any doubt about it: This team can go get the ball with anybody."
Verducci predicts the Yankees and Rays will beat out the Red Sox for spots in the playoffs, and he says the Rays should not be overlooked. "The two best teams I saw in Florida were the Atlanta Braves and Tampa Bay Rays," he said. "To me, the Rays, they would just kept coming at teams in spring training. You look at spring training won-loss...
Celtics swingman Paul Pierce joined the Dale & Holley show Thursday afternoon and talked about Wednesday night's tough loss to the Thunder. The Celtics were visibly upset about some of the officials' calls that benefited Thunder star Kevin Durant, but Pierce said the team can't afford to dwell on it. "That's the way the game goes sometimes," he said. "You've just got to move on from it. You can't let it bother you, even though it hurts. Those type of games hurt. I was really frustrated after the game, with how things went. But there's nothing you can really do. You've just got to move on."
Asked why he doesn't seem to get the benefit of the calls from the officials that his contemporaries do, Pierce said it's part of the whole package. "I've always been the Rodney Dangerfield of the game -- no respect. Even from Day 1, when I got drafted," he said. "It something I've just got to play through. I can...
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We get our weekly NFL update with SI/MMQB's Peter King. Peter talks AFC East, first round byes, Jonas Gray/LeGarrette Blount and much more.
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Buster Olney of ESPN joined MFB to talk about all the free agent news surrounding the Red Sox over the past 24 hours
Red Sox beat writer Brian MacPherson joins Danny Picard to talk about the Red Sox going after Jon Lester and other free agents.
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.
Andy Brickley joined the show and touched on last night's convincing win over a good team, Matt Bartkowski needing a wake up call, and the NHL review process.
BC football sideline reporter Scott Mutryn with the worst impersonation of all time.
Ben Cherington joined us to discuss the Sox off-season moves.
Dino picked the Pack.
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.
Mikey remixes Billy Joel "Movin Out" in honor of the Patriots playing the Green Bay Packers
Brandon covers the NFL, particularly the Detroit Lions for Bleacher Report. He gives us his thoughts on this Sunday's game and how the Lions stack up against the Patriots.
Mikey, Villani, Lenny and Kerry Byrne are talking Patriots-Lions and how the team this year stacks up to Patriots teams of the past.
The guys previewed the upcoming Packers Patriots game and discussed the media's latest tweet beef.
Jerry Thornton's first podcast explores sports stories that would make for interesting 30 for 30 documentaries.
Andy Merritt of the New England Hockey Journal joined WEEI.com’s Scott McLaughlin to talk about the play of Vermont and Providence, as well as other happenings around Hockey East. Merrimack coach Mark Dennehy also joined the show to talk about his team’s good start, his freshman class and how he uses possession stats.
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