A loud and raucous sellout crowd jeered Phil Kessel in his return and cheered the Bruins as they blew out the Toronto Maple Leafs, 7-2, at TD Garden. Marc Savard had a hat trick and Patrice Bergeron added a pair of assists as the Bruins went 2-for-4 on the power play. Tuukka Rask turned away 31-of-33 Toronto shots, losing the shutout with 4:14 left in the game on Niklas Hagman's tally. In his first appearance in Boston since being traded to Toronto on Sept. 19 and then signing a five-year, $27 million deal with the Leafs, Kessel was held to just two shots and heard chants of 'Kessel, Kessel' from the Bruins faithful. For complete coverage, visit the Big Bad Blog.
The Patriots on Saturday night ruled out Julian Edelman, Fred Taylor, Shawn Springs, Bret Lockett and Sebastian Vollmer for Sunday's game at Land Shark Stadium in South Florida. Taylor returned to practice on Friday after missing the last seven games with an ankle injury. He was listed as doubtful on Friday's injury report. Shawn Springs will miss his fourth straight game while he nurses a sore knee. Safety Bret Lockett is out with a sore groin and Sebastian Vollmer is out with a head injury. For complete coverage, including Christopher Price on the scene in Miami, visit the blog It Is What It Is.
The Bruins recalled defenseman Johnny Boychuk for Providence Saturday afternoon and he will be jumping into the lineup in place of Matt Hunwick when the Bruins host the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight.
Boychuk had been assigned to Providence on Wednesday for conditioning. He played in two games, scoring a goal in one of the contests for the P-Bruins.
Bruins coach Claude Julien explained the move prior to tonight's game.
"I think Matt hasn't played as well as he'd like to and as well as we know he can play," Julien said. "It's one of those things where we need to continue to work with him."
The third-ranked Villanova Wildcats beat the No. 10 New Hampshire Wildcats, 46-7, in a snowy Villanova Stadium on Saturday to advance to the Football Championship Subdivision semifinals next weekend. Villanova jumped out to a halftime lead of 24-0 and led 39-0 after three and was never threatened. In a remarkable discrepancy, Villanova had 343 yards rushing while New Hampshire had -66 for the game. Angelo Babbaro had TD runs of 25 and 59 yards. Villanova improves to 12-1 and faces William and Mary next weekend while New Hampshire ends their season at 10-3.
During his weekly appearance on the Mut and Bradford Show, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia clarified the possibility of him switching to shortstop, as was reported earlier in the week. "That situation got blown way out of proportion," he said. "There was just a couple of talks ... it was kind of a misunderstanding." Pedroia went on to say, "If that situation came up, yeah, I would be willing to do it. That's pretty much what I said ... It wasn't talked about as much as people thought." Pedroia also talked at length about the Red Sox' newest acquisition, Marco Scutaro, as well as the perceived needs for the Sox as the Winter Meetings approach. To listen to the entire segment click here.
The guys discuss what radio row looks like after a huge week in Phoenix, ticket sales and major story lines this week leading up to the actual game.
Dickerson and Price kick things off on NFL Sunday discussing how we can finally get into the nuts and bolts of the game. They talk a little about deflategate and how that will effect the game if at all and get into huge matchup that this game is.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Ryan Hannable previews Super Bowl XLIX between the Patriots and Seahawks.
Ben and Sam discuss ways to improve the NBA All-Star weekend, hand out of hardware, and give their Finals predictions
Jackie MacMullen, ESPN Boston, talks with MFB about Rondo being traded to the Dallas Mavericks, and how this will have an effect on the Celtics rebuild process
How have the Celtics looked after a couple weeks? Could they be a playoff team? These questions and more...
The Red Sox have taken over Foxwoods and Red Sox Manager John Farrell sat down with Mut and Bradford to talk about the roster and how the 2015 season is looking.
Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and 3B Pablo Sandoval sat down with Mut and Bradford. Joe Kelly had a few interesting proclamations. First he said that 95% of pitchers use some sort of grip enhancer, and then he said he was going to win the Cy Young. Pablo leaned over and promised 10 HR's, explaining to Joe that the trick is to set the bar low.
Mut and Rob are in on the Hot Stove Show this week and they're taking calls and talking about the Red Sox pitching as we are 5 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.
Pierre McGuire talks about ways hockey players skirt the rules in the NHL and the development of Dougie Hamilton.
Pierre McGuire joins Lou, Christian and Tim to discuss the resurgent Bruins, the emergence of David Pastrnak, and former Boston College stand-out Johnny Gaudreau looking to trademark the name 'Johnny Hockey.'
We get our state of the B report from NESN's Jack Edwards, right in the midst of a 4 game winning streak and hot return for David Pastrnak.
Wrapping up the show's week on radio row.
Show favorite Mad Dog Russo joins the guys to look at Sunday's game and the response he has seen to deflategate.
Kravitz calls in to put a wrap on the deflategate this week's coverage. He details some of the twitter attacks he has received from Patriots fans.
Christian ran around Radio Row getting predictions form anyone he could find, which included being Green-Flied by Warren Sapp
Local Wiseguy Louie Merloni gives us the lines for Super Bowl XLIX
Adam Schefter, ESPN, joins Lou, Christian and Tim to talk about all the news surrounding Super Bowl XLIX
We help you gamblers out there by breaking down some Super Bowl Prop Bets.
Kevin Harlan talks about some of his famous calls from Patriots games and previews the Super Bowl live from Radio Row.
Tom E Curran joins the show on Radio Row to preview the Super Bowl and give his prediction for the big game.
Mikey, Mut and Lenny are talking about Roger Goodell's state of the game address and question and answer period from earl
Mikey and Mut are gearing up for the Super Bowl on the final show before the Patriots take on the Seahawks.
DeOssie joins Mut from Arizona to talk about how big the hype has been for this year's Super Bowl in comparison to other Super Bowl games in the past and how Seattle's defense matches up against New England's offense.
Jim and Pete talk about the final football game of the 2014 season. It's the Patriots and the Seahawks, and there's still fantasy football to be played!
Chris and comedian Mike Mulloy recap the final Raw before the Rumble and preview the Rumble itself.
Would you rather watch important games in the stadium or on TV? Also we discuss our worst experiences at stadiums.
Old friend Boomer Esiason drops by to give his take on the big game. Boomer thinks the Patriots will prevail in the desert.More from this show
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