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NHL Power Rankings: Rangers creep up, Islanders take a step back

1. Washington Capitals (46-12-4, last week No. 1) – It has been a big week of games for the Capitals who lost 3-2 to the Blackhawks on Sunday in a possible Stanley Cup Final preview but bounced back to rally for a 3-2 win against the Penguins on Tuesday. Washington is 7-3-0 in its last 10 games and...

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 4:22am

Rangers winners, Bruins and Islanders losers at NHL trade deadline

The expectation was thatthe NHL Trade Deadline Day was going to be a whirlwind.The reality was it was a slight breeze.When Monday’s trade deadline came to an end, there were 19 deals totaling 37 players. The two biggest names on the market were Andrew Ladd and Eric Staal were moved, while the rest...

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 11:42pm

Bruins trade for Lee Stempniak, John-Michael Liles

The Bruins acquired a pair of players just prior to Monday's 3 p.m. NHL trade deadline as they boosted their beleaguereddefense and added another offensive threat, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.Boston landed defenseman John-MichaelLiles from the Hurricanes and forward Lee Stempniak from the...

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 1:47am

NHL Power Rankings: Bruins stumble, Lightning rise, Capitals No. 1

1. Washington Capitals (44-10-4, last week No. 1) – At this point, you can basically pencil in Washington for this top spot until the playoffs begin. Like the high-flying Warriors in the NBA, the Caps are chasing lofty history (namely Detroit’s record 62 wins in 1995-96). Down to its core, hockey...

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 12:50am

Burke: The Bruins are again the black (and gold) sheep of Boston

The Bruins have the fourth most points in the Eastern Conference and are fresh off a 7-3 victory over the second best team in the superior West, the Dallas Stars. They’re going to make the Stanley Cup playoffs. They might even win a round or two.But the B’s are once again the black (and gold) sheep...

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 3:11am

NHL Power Rankings: Bruins, Blues rise

1. Washington Capitals (41-10-4, last week No. 1) – Not that it matters at all but Washington has set a new NHL mark for the best record through 55 games after Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Los Angeles. Indeed, regular season history is well within the grasp of this very dominant group. Anything can...

Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 9:13am

Bruins have 3 options with Loui Eriksson at NHL trade deadline

With the 2016 NHL Trade Deadline rapidly approaching (Feb.29), there is one player currently on the Bruins that will serve as the barometer for what Boston (31-20-6) becomes this spring: veteran right wing Loui Eriksson (20 goals, 25 assists, plus-11). By now, hockey fans around New England can...

Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 12:03am

Danny Picard: Bruins should trade Zdeno Chara now

One day, there will be another “33” hanging from the TD Garden rafters.At least, I’d like to live in a world where we aren’t taking championships for granted too much, and Zdeno Chara will be the last Boston Bruin to wear that number.It speaks to how I feel about the guy. And as one of his biggest...

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 7:12pm

NHL Power Rankings: Islanders, Penguins, Ducks make the leap

1. Washington Capitals (39-9-4, two weeks ago No. 1) – The Capitals continue to leave everyone, particularly teams in the Eastern Conference, in theirdust. They have the most points in the NHL (82) and the best goal-differential (plus-56!). Washington has 30 games left in the regular season but...

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 12:52am

Boston College, Boston University meet in 2016 Beanpot title game Monday

For a city (Boston) and region (New England) that generally couldn't care less about college sports, there is one notable exception: it is always an event when Boston College meets Boston University in a men’s hockey game. Whether it is in the regular season, the Hockey East playoffs or the NCAA...

Monday, February 8, 2016 - 7:01pm

Bruins desperately need to make a trade ahead of NHL deadline

After watching yet another disastrous loss (4-3 in overtime) on their home ice (in a season already chock full of them) on Tuesday, the Bruins front office hopefully has reached the only logical conclusion at this juncture: the team has to make a trade before the deadline (February 29) or else they...

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 1:10am

NHL Power Rankings: Red Wings, Rangers in the top 10

1. Washington Capitals (35-8-3, last week No. 1) – It’s hard to picture a team having a better first half than the Capitals did. Alex Ovechkinhas the second most goals in the NHL, with 28 in just 45 games. The Capitals have the most points in the NHL (73) and the best goal-differential (plus-55)....

Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 2:15am

Bruins report card: Tuukka, defense with lowest grades of the bunch

Heading into the 2016 All-Star break, the Bruins are 26-18-5 overall, which is good enough for third-place in the Atlantic Division and fifth-place in the Eastern Conference. They have been just awful at TD Garden (11-13-2) but they are unquestionably one of the best road teams in the NHL (15-5-2...

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 11:33pm

NHL Power Rankings: Capitals continue to breakaway from pack

1.Washington Capitals(35-8-3, last week No. 1)– The Capitals continue to be on an absolute tear as they aim for the top seed in the Eastern Conference and a President’s Trophy to boot. Washington has the most points (73) in the NHL and the best goal-differential (plus-55). They are 7-2-1 in their...

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 4:35am

Bruins survive midseason slump, eye better days ahead

Unless you are the Blackhawks (who are currently riding a franchise-best 11-game winning streak), all other NHL teams are subject to bad stretches in every regular season. The key is to not let those slumps continue for too long and also to steal points (by going to OT and shootouts) when you can....

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 4:03am

NHL Power Rankings: Rangers, Lightning, Coyotes jump in ranks

1. Washington Capitals (32-7-3, last week No. 1) – At basically the halfway point of the 2015-16 regular season, the Capitals have shown no signs of slowing down from their amazing pace. Washington has the most points in the NHL (67), the best goal-differential (+49) and superstar left wing Alex...

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 4:48pm

NHL Power Rankings: Red Wings, Panthers, Kings jump

1. Washington Capitals (29-7-3, two weeks ago No. 2) – It’s a new year, halfway through the 2015-16 regular season and the Capitals are unquestionably the top team in the NHL. Washington has the most points (61), the best goal-differential (+39) and the fewest regulation losses (7). Right now,...

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 - 3:13pm

Bruins still trying to find an identity in 2015-16 season

Nearly every team experiences a similar scenario at one point or another in the laborious 82-game NHL regular season. Itnow appears to be Boston’s (20-14-4) appointed time to struggle.Thanks to a confluence of injuries to key players (David Krejci, David Pastrnak and Adam McQuaid) plus a costly...

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 - 2:46pm

2016 Boston sports: DeMarcus Cousins in trade to Celtics, Pats win it all

As the new year approaches, it’s time to look into the crystal ball and see what Boston’s sports teams will have in store for 2016.Let’s start with the Boston Red Sox, who have bolstered their pitching staff by signing starter David Price and trading for closer Craig Kimbrel. Both acquisitions were...

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 - 9:56pm

Top 10 Boston sports storylines of 2015

1. Patriots win Super Bowl XLIX - February 1The Patriots had been written off by the "experts" in the regular season. But then they made the playoffs, messed with the Ravens, dominated the Colts, blocked out the "Deflategate" nonsense for two weeks, and proceeded to beat the Seahawks in dramatic...

Monday, December 28, 2015 - 8:55pm