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04/02/2011 - 3:27pm
Special: Paille, Ryder big, B's win Northeast

Daniel Paille scored an unassisted short-handed goal and Michael Ryder scored on a penalty shot with 7:29 left in regulation to lead the Bruins to a 3-2 win over the Thrashers Saturday afternoon at TD Garden. The win clinches the Northeast Division for the Bruins and assures them of no lower than the No. 3 seed in the upcoming Eastern Conference playoffs and home-ice advantage in the first round. With 99 points, the Bruins trail first-place Philadelphia by just three points in the East. 

The Bruins took a 1-0 lead on a put-back goal by Mark Recchi just under five minutes into the game, after Patrice Bergeron fired a shot on net. Brad Marchand, who was honored before the game with the Bruins "Seventh Player Award," picked up his 20th assist on the goal. 

Atlanta tied it on the power play when Danny Byfuglien scored a slap shot from the high slot that hit Tuukka Rask's stick and popped up in the air and over his left shoulder....

04/02/2011 - 1:20pm
Marchand wins Bruins 7th player award

After scoring 21 goals and adding 19 assists in 72 games, Bruins winger Brad Marchand was honored as the 2010-11 Bruins "Seventh Player Award" given to the Bruins player who goes above and beyond expectations.

Technically still a rookie, the 22-year-old Marchand has earned the trust of his coaching staff by playing the left wing on the team's second line, playing with Patrice Bergeron and Mark Recchi. 

Marchand collected his 20th assist on Boston's first goal of the day when Mark Recchi put in a loose puck to the left of Atlanta goalie Ondrej Pavelec in the first period. 

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


04/02/2011 - 12:11pm
B's Hnidy cleared for action vs. Thrashers

After missing most of the season with a shoulder injury, defenseman Shane Hnidy has been cleared by coach Claude Julien to return to action today against the Thrashers in a matinee at TD Garden.

Hnidy suffered the injury during camp with the Coyotes in September and spent the first half of the season rehabbing it before signing as a free agent with the Bruins at the end of February. 

This is Hnidy's second stint with Bruins, racking up three goals and nine assists in 65 games two seasons ago. The 35-year-old Hnidy had a goal and four assists in 43 games in the 2007-08 season. To make room for Hnidy, Julien scratched rookie blueliner Steve Kampfer for the seventh time in eight games. 

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


04/01/2011 - 10:37pm
Celtics stumble, fall late to Hawks

The Celtics could have beat the Atlanta Hawks Friday night and probably should have, but they were outplayed down the stretch in an 88-83 loss. Paul Pierce scored 25 points and had eight rebounds, while four other Celtics were in double figures, but once again they struggled to get good shots in the final six minutes.

The Celtics built an eight-point lead at halftime and an 11-point lead in the third quarter, but the Hawks made up the difference quickly against the Celtics second unit. It was an uneven performance from almost everyone in a green uniform with moments of brilliance offset by poor shot selection, bad rebounding and missed free throws.

With the loss the Celtics fell a half game behind Miami for second place in the Eastern Conference. They return home to play the Pistons on Sunday at the Garden after going 2-2 on their four-game road trip. There is a chance that Shaquille O'Neal will play in one of their next two games....

04/01/2011 - 9:05pm
Crawford: 'Probably pressing a little bit'

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Carl Crawford could only acknowledge the obvious. His Red Sox debut -- in which he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in a game that his team lost, 9-5 -- was not exactly according to plan.

"First day in a Red Sox uniform and we lost. I was hoping it would be one of those memorable moments, but it wasn’t," Crawford said after the contest. "So you’ve just got to get ready to play tomorrow."

Crawford, who signed a seven-year, $142 million deal with the Sox this winter, suggested that he "was probably pressing a little bit" in his debut. At the same time, he credited starter C.J. Wilson and the Rangers staff for pitching well in the opener.

"I think I was trying as hard as I could," said Crawford. "It’s just one of those things. It was tough on me today. ... It really wasn’t that bad, as far as the nerves and stuff. I just had a bad game today. I...

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