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A look back at the Bruins’ weekend to nowhere

Things could hardly have gone worse for the Bruins over the weekend — on the scoreboard, in the standings and on the medical report. Sunday was supposed to be about the potential conference finals preview against the Rangers in New York. That the Blueshirts are now 3-0 against the Bruins this...

Monday, March 5, 2012, 2:17 AM

Greg Zanon to make Bruins debut against New Jersey

Greg Zanon and Peter Chiarelli had crossed paths before.Chiarelli was with Ottawa in 2000 when the Senators drafted Zanon, a left-shot defenseman, in the fifth round of the NHL Draft.But Zanon chose college instead. It was not until Monday, with the Bruins in need of depth on defense for the...

Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 4:06 PM

Bruins play numbers game at deadline

With a key Bruins player succumbing to injury seemingly every week, general manager Peter Chiarelli was thinking as much quantity as quality at Monday’s trade deadline.Toward that end, the Bruins made a pair of trades Monday, bringing in a pair of a defensemen and a veteran forward for the...

Monday, February 27, 2012, 3:17 PM

3 things we learned in Week 1 of Spring Training

The first week of Red Sox Spring Training is in the books, and already strong themes are playing themselves out in Fort Myers, Fla. And all of them trend toward redemption after last September’s inglorious demise. Here are the three things we learned in Week 1:Bobby V means businessHe said upon his...

Sunday, February 26, 2012, 2:12 PM

Bruins playing worst stretch of hockey since October

The Bruins did not spend Presidents Day selling cars. But they most certainly worked on refueling their engines.Mired in their worst stretch of hockey since the opening 10 games of the season, head coach Claude Julien made the easy call Monday, giving his road-weary Bruins the day off, in advance...

Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 3:35 PM

Season of sorry: 3 things to watch this week at Red Sox Spring Training

With Camp Apology getting into full swing, the Red Sox are finally close to putting out the fires of 2011 and focusing on firing up a comeback season.After Sunday’s Mea culpa session with Jon Lester and Josh Beckett – with one more culpa than the other – Carl Crawford addressed the media Monday and...

Monday, February 20, 2012, 2:27 PM

Red Sox pack up the truck

It’s Truck Day Saturday for the Red Sox, the first sure sign that spring is fast approaching.The Red Sox will ceremoniously load the moving van outside Fenway Park for the weeklong journey to Fort Myers, Fla., where Spring Training will officially begin Feb. 19 with pitchers and catchers reporting...

Thursday, February 9, 2012, 4:27 PM

3 storylines to watch as Bruins invade Buffalo

There remains only one reigning champion in Boston, and the Bruins continue their march toward a second consecutive Stanley Cup championship Wednesday against the Sabres in Buffalo. Here are three keys heading into tonight’s game:Beat the bad teamsThe Sabres, ranked 12th in the Eastern Conference...

Tuesday, February 7, 2012, 4:36 PM

Bruins set for season’s 2nd half

Zdeno Chara’s team scored the most goals Sunday, but irony was the big winner in the NHL All-Star Game.As Team Chara raced to a 12-9 victory in Ottawa, there was the Bruins’ Tyler Seguin and Toronto’s Phil Kessel skating on the same line. Of course, it was Kessel whom the Bruins traded to Toronto...

Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 2:41 AM

State of the Red Sox

They have been moved to the back of the Boston sports pantry by talk of Bowls and Cups. But it’s never too early to dish on the 2012 Red Sox. With spring training less than a month away, and the roster finally coming into focus, the concerns heading into the season are becoming clearer. And coming...

Monday, January 30, 2012, 1:53 AM

Bruins using break to gear up for another Stanley Cup run

The Bruins ended the first half of their season on a down note, dropping a 5-3 decision to the Capitals — the day after Tim Thomas’ controversial decision to skip the White House ceremony honoring the 2011 Stanley Cup title.The Bruins would love to have the same problem to contend with next year —...

Thursday, January 26, 2012, 2:45 AM

Brad Marchand’s return should ease Bruins pain

Brad Marchand is finally back tonight, and not a moment too soon for the fledgling Bruins.Marchand, who served the final game of his five-game suspension Tuesday, will be in the lineup against the Devils Thursday night in New Jersey (7 p.m., NESN)."It's always tough to watch the team play, it's...

Thursday, January 19, 2012, 1:08 AM

Bruins in midst of a slump according to some

Unlike Vancouver two weeks ago, tonight’s 2011 postseason rematch between the Bruins and Lightning in Tampa (7:30, NESN) is totally lacking in drama. The Lightning, who extended the Bruins to seven games in last spring’s Eastern Conference Finals, are dead last in the East this season.Pointwise,...

Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 2:25 AM

Shawn Thornton, Bruins talking, playing tough

Shawn Thornton is beloved in Boston for winning fights and protecting teammates on the ice. Tuesday night, Thornton did them both off the ice.After the Bruins’ 5-3 victory over Winnipeg at TD Garden, Thornton slugged it out over the phone with a Vancouver columnist, winning what is likely the last...

Thursday, January 12, 2012, 3:08 AM

Bruins, Vancouver talking smack

The NHL didn’t buy Brad Marchand’s “duck” defense Monday. That meant Marchand could not duck a five-game suspension.After a conference call with the Bruins forward Monday, NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan concluded that Marchand’s upending clip of defenseman Sami Salo during the Bruins 4-3 loss...

Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 2:32 AM

Bruins set to embrace the Vancouver hate

How intense has the Bruins-Canucks rivalry become? Even the retired players are getting into it. Last June’s Stanley Cup combatants reunite Saturday afternoon (1 p.m., NESN) at TD Garden for the first time since Game 7, when the Bruins skated with the Cup on Vancouver ice.It was the last career...

Friday, January 6, 2012, 3:26 AM

Bruins ready to bite into beefy schedule

It’s a new year, and there’s no better time for the Bruins to be resolute.The 2012 half of the schedule kicks off tonight against the Devils in New Jersey (7:30 p.m. NBCSN), launching the Bruins on arguably their toughest three-week stretch of the regular season.The Bruins will play 12 games over...

Tuesday, January 3, 2012, 2:35 PM

Welcome to Boston Bobby Valentine ... let’s get to work

Bobby Valentine has been called many things throughout his baseball career. On Thursday, they officially called him manager of the Red Sox. As for the other descriptions, some of them suggesting an ego large enough to devour Fenway Park, Valentine pleaded for calm.“It’s about reputation versus...

Friday, December 2, 2011, 1:10 AM

Sox gearing up for the Valentine experience

Besides two World Series titles, the signature moment of Terry Francona’s Red Sox managerial career is the 2004 ALCS comeback from 0-3 down against the Yankees.No other team in baseball history has reached a Game 7 from such a hole. Only two teams have ever made it to Game 6.Care to guess who...

Thursday, December 1, 2011, 2:13 AM

Bruins vs. Sabres: So much on the line

There is so much on the line when the Sabres play the Bruins Wednesday night in Buffalo.The two teams entered play Tuesday night tied with Toronto for the division lead. The Bruins are riding a nine-game winning streak.But the focus of tonight’s game has nothing to do with wins and losses. It’s all...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 3:21 AM