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Celtics Live Blog: Rajon Rondo Leads Surging C's into Toronto

8 a.m.: The Celtics have had no difficulty generating intensity in the past two weeks in part because the competition has been so strong. It is tough for the Celtics to lose focus when LeBron James, Joe Johnson and Kevin Love are lined up next to them at tip-off. Thursday's game brings an entirely different type of opponent. The Raptors (20-39) will never be mistaken for championship...
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April 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Bruins Mailbag: Zdeno Chara, Bruins Defense Will Play Key Role In Series Against Capitals

The playoffs have finally arrived, but not even the Stanley Cup playoffs can stop the mail delivery. With the real season now getting under way with the Bruins opening their title defense against the Capitals, there are plenty of questions surrounding the club’s quest to be the first team to repeat since Detroit in 1998, and I've tried to address as many as possible in the...
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April 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Patriots Could Make Nick Perry Their First Opening-Round Pick From USC Since Willie McGinest

It's an unusually thin year for top-notch prospects from USC, as defensive end Nick Perry might be the Trojans' only first-round pick on the defensive side of the ball in this month's draft. If Perry slides to the Patriots, they could use a first-round pick on a player from USC for the first time since Willie McGinest in 1994. Perry is the focus of the 13th installment...
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April 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Sox Live Blog: Josh Beckett Seeks Redemption in Home Opener Against Rays

8 a.m. ET: For the 100th time at Fenway Park, the Red Sox (1-5) will open up a new season and this time local fans will have a chance to see new Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine at the helm in person. Valentine will hope the team's offense and starting pitcher Josh Beckett can turn the corner against the Rays (4-1) at 2:05 p.m. Last time Beckett took the mound, he was shelled...
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April 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Chris Kelly 'Pleasantly Surprised' With Game-Winning Goal Against Capitals (Video)

Chris Kelly is the poster child for hockey analysts who give love to the gritty players whose skills fall under the "things you won't find on a stat sheet" umbrella. Well, Chris Kelly just scored the game-winning goal in overtime of a postseason goalie battle, and believe me, it will be on every stat sheet. In fact, Kelly may even be checking it himself, as it sounds...
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April 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Braden Holtby's Tim Thomas Impression Runs Dry in Overtime of Thrilling Goalie Battle

BOSTON -- Tim Thomas played like Tim Thomas on Thursday night. Unfortunately for the stomachs, hairlines and hearts of Bruins fans, Braden Holtby played like Tim Thomas, too. Thomas edged Holtby in Thursday's series-opening goalie battle at the TD Garden by the slimmest of margins as Chris Kelly was able to finally sneak something passed Holtby, just a couple minutes into overtime...
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April 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Bruins Stymie Capitals Attack With Solid Defense, Must Crowd Braden Holtby in Game 2 (Video)

The Boston Bruins defensive effort helped catapault them into the overtime, and a wonderous goal by center Chris Kelly gave them the win. The efforts of Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg and even some of the forwards helped to stymie the Capitals offensive attack, holding Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin and the rest of the Washington gunners to just 17 shots on goal for the night. The...
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April 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Sharks, Bruins Survive Thursday Nights NHL Overtime Playoff Battles

The first round of Game One's are now said and done, and already we have seen three incredible overtime games. After Philadelphia's comeback thriller Wednesday night, it was pretty clear that this year's NHL Playoffs were set to be just a little more exciting than usual. And after Thurday night's round of games, we know that for a fact. Here are the recaps from the...
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April 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Bruins Take First Step with Game 1 Win Over Washington, But Know They Have Long and Arduous Road Ahead

BOSTON – The Bruins took an important first step Thursday night, but they know it was just the first step. And this club is hoping to replicate the long journey it took last spring. The Bruins opened the defense of the Stanley Cup without a goal for more than 60 minutes, but got the only one they needed 1:18 into overtime to beat Washington 1-0 in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference...
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Dennis Seidenberg Sets Tone Early with Entertaining Running Battle with Alex Ovechkin in Game 1 Win

BOSTON – The buildup for the series was centered around the expected showdown between Zdeno Chara and Alex Ovechkin, but it was Chara’s defense partner Dennis Seidenberg who left the biggest impression on the Capitals star in the opening game of the Bruins' first-round series. Actually, they left some pretty good marks on each other in an entertaining but punishing night...
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April 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Chris Kelly Awarded Bruins' Playoff Chain, Which Symbolizes Team Strength, Balance (Photos)

BOSTON -- The Bruins make some pretty impressive fashion statements in the spring and summer and it has nothing to do with Stanley Cup rings. During their Cup run last year, the B's were sharing an old-school Bruins coat -- something straight out of your uncle's attic. This time around, it's a padlocked chain -- something straight out of John Cena's locker. The chain...
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April 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Milan Lucic Uses Aggressive Defensive Pressure to Shut Down Capitals Attack (Video)

The Bruins put on a dominating defensive effort in their 1-0 overtime win against the Washington Capitals on Thursday night. Milan Lucic helped lead the way on the defensive end, using his punishing size and force to limit the opportunities of Alexander Semin and the rest of the Capitals' attack. Check out the video above to see Lucic dominate and the impressive defensive effort by the Bruins.
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April 12, 2012  |  Discuss

David Krejci knocked over by falling glass pane

The TD Garden crowd was so fired up after the Bruins' dramatic overtime win over the Washington Capitals, they nearly brought the house down. Problem was, David Krejci was in the way. A pane of glass from the TD Garden boards fell on top of Krejci in the aftermath of Chris Kelly's game-winning goal 1:18 into overtime, as the Bruins claimed a 1-0 lead in the opening round...
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April 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Chris Kelly's Scores Overtime Winner, Gives Bruins 1-0 Series Lead Over Capitals (Video)

Through 60 minutes, neither the Bruins or the Capitals were able to put the puck on net. But a mere 78 seconds into sudden-death overtime and Chris Kelly pushed the Bruins to a 1-0 series lead. Kelly's breakaway was jumpstarted by a fantastic foot save by Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, who deflected the puck off his skate and out near the blue line. Benoit Pouliot got a handle on...
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April 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Chris Kelly's 'Slapshot Stunner' Propels Bruins Past Capitals, Taking Advantage of Best Chance All Game Long (Video)

Sudden death? More like sudden victory. Chris Kelly slapped home the game-winner a mere 78 seconds into overtime, and suddenly the Bruins were up 1-0 in Round 1 against the Washington Capitals. Tim Thomas made 17 saves, Zdeno Chara and the defense kept Alex Ovechkin in check and an overall team effort gave the Bruins a dramatic win that will hopefully propel them on their way to...
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April 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Cam Neely's Two Goals Against Capitals in 1990 Playoffs Earns Ketel One Honorable Mention (Video)

The Boston Bruins took a a 1-0 lead on the Washington Capitals, after Thursday night's overtime thriller. The B's current series against the Caps started off with a wonderous goal by Chris Kelly just 1:18 into the overtime to give Boston the 1-0 win. Thursday's win recollects another impressive performance in the history between these two teams. On May 9, 1990, current...
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April 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Celtics Recent Winning Streak Boosts Odds to Win NBA Title

By the end of the season, few teams will be able to say they beat the Miami Heat twice. Heck, few teams will be able to say that after the playoffs too. But the Celtics took down the Big Three for the second time, earlier this week with another impressive victory. Since the All-Star break, no team has been hotter than the Boston Celtics. The Celtics haven't had a losing month...
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April 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Overtime Playoff Hockey Nerve-Wracking, But Provides Guarantee of Goal for Bruins-Capitals Game 1 (Video)

Settle in, this is going to be a wild ride. The Bruins are headed to overtime in Game 1 of their series against Washington, and we all know what that means. It means we will have a winner, eventually, at some point in the near or distant future, after a goal by one of these two teams. NESN Nation's Dan Duquette is excited to not have to worry about a shootout and focus on real...
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April 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Josh Beckett Could Benefit From A Strong Outing On Friday For Many Reasons

It's his second start of the early season, but it’s a crucial appearance for Josh Beckett. As he starts Friday's home opener, there will be pressure. Not just from the 1-5 start. Since this marks Beckett's first home start since acknowledging improper behavior in the clubhouse, he is taking the next step in mending the fences with the fan base. Upon recognizing the...
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April 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Intensity of Emotions, Hitting Only Parts of What Makes Playoff Hockey Great (Video)

By now, you know that playoff hockey is a different beast than the regular season. The hitting ratchets up, the crowds go bonkers and every goal matters that much more. NESN Nation's Dan Duquette asked our Twitter followers what difference between the playoffs and regular season they love, and they came up with quite a few good answers. Check them out in the video above and leave...
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April 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Peter Chiarelli Expects Brian Rolston to Fill Void Left by Nathan Horton in Playoffs (Video)

The Boston Bruins made a number of additions to the roster at the trade deadline this season. The acquisitions included guys like Greg Zanon, Mike Mottau and former-Bruin Brian Rolston, and each will play a role in Boston's chase for another Stanley Cup title. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli was pleased with the B's additions at the deadline and feels that the team has plenty of...
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April 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Capitals, Bruins Setting Expectations Very Differently Considering Past Playoff Histories (Video)

The Bruins are the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, but the Capitals don't seem all that worried about it. In fact, some of the players are going so far as to proclaim that they don't even feel like underdogs against the B's. NESN Nation's Dan Duquette is a little bit amused by the tone the Capitals are trying to set with playoff expectations, considering their...
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April 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Rangers, Penguins Own Highest Ticket Prices for Start of NHL Eastern Conference Playoffs

As an NHL fan, having your hometown team play at home for the start of the NHL Playoffs can be an extremely exciting opportunity, unless you're a New York Rangers fan. With the second set of Eastern Conference Playoff games less than an hour away, it's time to see how expensive, or in some cases inexpensive, it can be to get yourself to an NHL Playoff game. The graphic below...
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April 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Johnny Boychuk, Andrew Ference Pairing Key to Bruins Success Against Capitals (Video)

The Washington Capitals boast a few of the best offensive stars in the NHL. Luckily, the Bruins can counter the Caps' offensive firepower with some of the league's best defensive stars in its arsenal. While fans and experts focus on the matchup between perennial MVP Alex Ovechkin and annual Norris Trophy finalist Zdeno Chara, the true test will lie within the second lines...
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April 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Chris Kelly Explains Secrets Behind Rising Intensity in Playoff Hockey (Video)

The atmosphere surrounding playoff hockey always seems to be far more intense than the regular season. The Bruins know this all too well. Bruins center Chris Kelly was part of that intensity throughout last year's Stanley Cup run. Kelly explains that the regular season hockey is intense, but the postseason brings about a whole different beast. Check out the video above to hear...
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April 12, 2012  |  Discuss
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