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Oct 30, 2018; Raleigh, NC, USA; Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) looks on during the game against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Boston Bruins defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
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Matt Kalman
November 27, 2018 - 9:51 pm
When David Pastrnak woke up Tuesday he was tied for the NHL lead with 19 goals with Winnipeg sniper Patrik Laine. Sometimes it seems like no one can stop Pastrnak at the offensive end of the rink. But off the rink success can cost Pastrnak opportunities, like when he visits the kids at Children’s...
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Ryan Hannable
November 26, 2018 - 11:18 pm
Over the 27 days between games for Rob Gronkowski, a lot was said about his play and future — most of which was negative. He’s slow. He’s not the same player he once was. Bill Belichick was right about wanting to trade him. He’s not worth the money. This is his last year as a member of the Patriots...
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John Tomase
November 26, 2018 - 11:56 am
The list of Celtics who have met or exceeded expectations this season is depressingly short: Kyrie Irving, Marcus Smart, Marcus Morris. The list of Celtics who have failed to do so is depressingly long: everybody else. That said, some disappointments are more disappointing than others. And after a...
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Alex Reimer
November 26, 2018 - 11:07 am
Close your eyes and imagine if Tom Brady was winless on the road this season and took two sacks late in the second half to cement his latest road loss against a division rival. Or, if that scenario doesn’t strike your fancy, think about the reaction if Brady threw two ghastly picks, including an...
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Ryan Hannable
November 25, 2018 - 7:36 pm
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — By the time Week 12 usually rolls around most NFL teams, including the Patriots, know what they have and who they are. After a 2-2 start last year, the Patriots won seven straight games to improve to 9-2 after Week 12 and it was pretty clear the team had what it took to make...
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Matt Kalman
November 22, 2018 - 11:42 am
It says a lot about Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara that when he’s asked on Thanksgiving morning what he’s thankful for he responds “health” even though he’s currently on injured reserve with a left MCL injury. The 41-year-old captain knows his knee will heal and there are more important things than...
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Jim Hackett
November 21, 2018 - 8:11 pm
Monday night’s 54-51 offensive explosion has lots people talking and it has me thinking about the Patriots path the next six games and into the postseason. After the Patriots Week 6 43-40 victory over the then-undefeated Kansas City Chiefs I said on-air to my co-host Pete Davidson on the Fantasy...
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Ryan Hannable
November 20, 2018 - 10:55 pm
FOXBORO — For the Patriots, the bye week is all about self-scouting and finding ways to improve. With the bye week coming in Week 10 it’s hard to make drastic changes, but if one thing is clear the offense needs a bit of a jump-start, especially in the passing game. Besides Julian Edelman, no one...
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Matt Kalman
November 20, 2018 - 2:23 pm
It’s time for David Krejci to carry the Bruins. Well, he doesn’t have to carry them as much as he just has to replace Patrice Bergeron – which is kind of like carrying them. Anyway, if the 32-year-old Krejci’s not up to the task, it will be an indictment on his abilities and the Bruins’ depth,...
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Rob Bradford
November 20, 2018 - 10:06 am
Of all the regular season moments that helped pave the way for the Red Sox' World Series title, what happened in the sixth inning back on June 21 in Minneapolis has to be pushed to the top of the list. With the Sox holding a 2-0 lead over the Twins, Rick Porcello delivered his 0-2 offering to Joe...
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