Christopher Higgins scored with 1:29 remaining in the third period, lifting the New York Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the Bruins Monday night in New York. Higgins' goal spoiled a late rally by the Bruins, who were down 2-0 late in the game. The Rangers scored on a power-play goal by Ales Kotalik in the first and an even-strength goal by Erik Christensen in the second, before the B's rallied to tie the game on goals by Matt Hunwick and Blake Wheeler in the final minutes of the third period. The more pressing concern for the B’s, however, is the status of leading scorer Patrice Bergeron, who appeared to injure his right hand or wrist when hit by a Dennis Wideman shot in the second period. Bergeron went for X-rays and did not return.
WEEI.com has confirmed that the Red Sox have agreed to terms with free-agent third baseman Adrian Beltre on a one-year, $9 million deal that includes a $5 million player option for 2011. The financial terms were first reported by Peter Gammons (via Twitter). WEEI.com has also learned that the deal includes an escalator for the player option that would be triggered by a significant number of plate appearances.
The 30-year-old Beltre played in 111 games with Seattle last season, hitting .265 with eight homers. The three previous seasons Beltre clubbed 25, 26, and 25 home runs, respectively. Beltre is known as one of the best defensive third basemen in the game, which is one of the major reasons he has been targeted by the Red Sox. For more on the Sox' path to securing Beltre, click here.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick, making his weekly appearance on The Big Show, talked about Sunday's loss to the Houston Texans, the injury to Wes Welker, Julian Edelman and the upcoming playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens. In regards to Welker's injury and the factors that may have contributed to it, Belichick and The Big Show crew spent a fair amount of time discussing the turf at Houston's field. Said Belichick: "The turf down there is terrible. ... To me, player safety starts on the surface that we play on. ... The quality of the field, I thought, was poor."
WALTHAM -- Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo took some shots and did some light running but didn't practice with the Celtics on Monday. Assistant Tom Thibodeau, who filled in for Doc Rivers, ran practice and said Pierce and Rondo are day-to-day with right knee and left hamstring issues, respectively. Thibodeau said no decision has been made on whether Pierce would travel with the team to Miami for Wednesday's game against the Heat. For more, visit the Green Street blog.
WEEI has learned that Patriots defensive coordinator Dean Pees was taken to the hospital during the third quarter of the Patriots' 34-27 loss to the Texans Sunday afternoon in Houston. Pees experienced shortness of breath while sitting in the coaches box and was consequently rushed to a nearby hospital. A battery of tests were done and it has been determined that Pees should make a full recovery and will get back to work this week. The 60-year-old defensive coordinator did not travel back to New England with the team following the game, but he is expected to return later tonight.
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Greg and Chris talk more offseason happenings with the Pats and their plans. They talk about some of the free agents toward the bottom of the list with Stevan Ridley and Dan Connolly. Price thinks that Connolly could end up back with the Pats and Ridley elsewhere (Cowboys?), but Greg thinks they both could be back. They also chat about the departure of VInce Wilfork and what he meant to the organization, the re-signing of McCourty and more.
The very first airing of the offseason edition of NFL Sunday gets underway with Greg and Chris delving into the free agency period and how the Pats made out. Of course they lost Revis to the Jets, but what else went on? Greg isn't over the loss of Revis yet and the guys discuss what went into that whole ordeal. Price is looking forward to the additions of Chandler and Cadet. They also get a call from Mike Petraglia and get his thoughts on the Pats offseason moves.
We talk to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News about his column today which basically accuses the Patriots of sour grapes for asking the league to enforce their own rules against tampering.
Brow Buff's Sam Packard and Ben Kichen break down Marcus Smart's unfortunate ball tap, debate leadership in the Celtics locker room, and rehash the great Kevin Love to Boston rumors.
Flannery joins Mut to break down the Isaiah Thomas trade to Boston and what it means for the Celtics this season and in the future. Paul also chats with Mut about the other deals that happened at the NBA's trading deadline
We talk to Chris Mannix from SI to break down the C's acquisition of Isaiah Thomas and the crazy trade deadline in the rest of the NBA.
Mut, Tomase, and Bradford kick things off talking about Shane Victorino taking offense to people reading into some comments he made about trading for Cole Hamels. They also discuss Blake Swihart and how soon he could be up if Christian Vazquez starts the season on the DL.
Joe Kelly joined the Hot Stove show where he talked about being ready for his next spring training start after a biceps ailment forced him out of his last outing, he talks about his NCAA brackets and how teammate Wade Miley has a perfect bracket still.
Mut, Bradford, and Tomase kick off this weeks show by talking to Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly about his biceps recovery, getting ready for the season and his NCAA brackets. They then talk about the Red Sox depth at closer with Koji Uehara questionable for the start of the season.
Jack Edwards of NESN joins Dale, Michael and Jerry. With 9 games left the Bruins don't have much if any margin of error, and Jack knows it.
DJ, Joe and Pete talk more playoff scenarios in hour 2 and if the Bruins can get in, they'll be a very dangerous team... to the point where DJ thinks teams would much rather face the Senators and are doing their best to oust the Bruins from the equation. It's become apparent now more than ever that Chiarelli probably needed to pull the trigger on a deal for a defenseman at the trade deadline. Also. Bruce Garrioch from the Ottawa Sun joins the boys to discuss the Hamburglar and the Senators and Bruins being neck-and-neck for a playoff spot.
With the Senators hot on the tail of the Bruins for a spot in the playoffs, Bruce Garrioch from the Ottawa Sun calls into Sunday Skate. He talks about "the Hamburglar" craze sweeping through the league as goalie Andrew Hammond has really stepped up for Ottawa. They discuss playoff chances, the fans' reaction in Ottawa and more.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys discussed Darrelle Revis' comments on his contract offer from the Patriots.
The guys opened the show by discussing the rumored profanity laced tirade by Bill Belichick.
Pierre McGuire of NBC Sports joins the show to talk about the struggling Bruins, the play of Zdeno Chara, and the future of Claude Julien and Peter Chiarelli
Rich Cimini of ESPN New York joined the show to talk about the ongoing tampering scandals between the Jets and the Patriots.
Christian does not impress the high school girls hockey team.
Dale and Michael discuss the collective egg laid by the Celtics against the Heat, and how the Bruins turnaround better begin tonight if they want it to begin at all.
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We discuss Shane Victorino's call-out of another local radio show, and debate the merits of Victorino's claims.
Chris Price joins Mut to talk about how Revis will heat up the Jets-Pats rivalry next season
Mut opens his show talking about the New York Jets filing tampering charges on the Patriots
Mikey, Mut, and Lucy are talking about all things New England sports, the Red Sox spring training, more Darrelle Revis and Jets talk, and some Bruins mixed in.
Mike Mulloy joins Chris in the studio to talk Raw and Wrestlemania.
WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin and College Hockey News’ Adam Wodon preview this year’s NCAA regionals and take a look at the chances for each of the Boston-area teams in the field. They also discuss BU’s Jack Eichel, Harvard’s Jimmy Vesey and the Hobey Baker Award.
Schefter joined us live from the owners meetings.More from this show