Bruins’ Offense Goes Silent In First Period Against Hurricanes

There hasn’t been much going for the Boston Bruins’ offense of late.
After being shut out at home against the Montreal Canadiens this past Saturday, Boston’s attack was equally quiet in its return to the ice Tuesday. The B’s only logged five scoring chances in the opening 20 minutes against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena, extending their scoreless streak to four periods.

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NESN’s Dale Arnold, Billy Jaffe and Barry Pederson broke down the Bruins’ lackluster offense during the first intermission. To hear what they had to say, check out the Amica Coverage Cam in the video above.

Kyrie Irving Puts Insane Handles On Display, Burns Multiple Pistons Defenders

Kyrie Irving has incredible ball handling skills (you know that, we know) and he put them on full display Tuesday night.
In the first quarter of the Boston Celtics’ tilt against the Detroit Pistons at TD Garden, Irving took the ball up the floor, and upon getting to the top of the key he broke Reggie Jackson’s ankles. Then as he was cutting back to the paint he made Andre Drummond miss. He proceed toward the net and sent a layup right above the outstretched arm of Blake Griffin.
Take a look:

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Goodness gracious.

Connelly’s Top Ten – Bad Broadcast, Bad Game, Bad Opponent

Connelly’s Top Ten – Bad Broadcast, Bad Game, Bad Opponent
1.STUFF
* A win is a win but that was a terrible football game
* Don’t tell me that Alabama couldn’t beat the Bills
* Thurman Thomas number retired at halftime – wonder if he found his helmet yet?
* Not only did the Patriots pull away but covered the 14 point spread
2. APPRECIATE EVERY BRADY START
* Brady’s 100th 300 yard passing game – fifth time out of a 100 he didn’t throw a TD / first time he didn’t throw a TD or Interception with 300 yards
*Don’t like that he is motivated to get a 1,000 yards rushing – you hold your breath when he starts running
* Great block
* Took a couple of hard shots (one Gordon has to make the catch downfield)
* Brady a quiet 324 yards
* Brady 29-3 against the Bills / 11 games over 300 yards including one 400 yard game
3. OFFENSE
* James White‘s 5th 10 receptions game – team is 2-3
* Edelman’s 14th 100 yard game – team is 12-2* I like Patterson in the back field – why not
* Barner is hesitant and not breaking tackles
* Every time Gronk lands on his back you wonder if it’s his last game
* Play of the game was pass to White on third down early in the 4th quarter – caught a pass and beat Stanford one on one for the first down
* Is this one of Tom’s best offensive lines?
* Thought McDaniel was vanilla all game
* Gostkowski is 17-19 in field goals – that’s too easy – make kickers kick it from where ever the ball was downed the play before – angles would be fun
4. DEFENSE
* Who is Simon
* Danny Shelton should take advantage of opportunities to make tackles – he doesn’t have many
* D Line was stout
* Nice run support by Chung
* Are the Pats going after more punts to block this year
* Is Hightower a Patriot Hall of Famer – I would say no right now – he did have the tackle on Marshawn Lynch and the sack on Matt Ryan – but not enough
* Nice game by Flowers
* Van Noy impacting game
* Back to back week that Roberts dropped interception that hit his hands
5. BILL GARB / KRAFT SIGHTINGS
* Bill with blue Members Only coat and East German secret police turtle neck
* Mr. Kraft before the game and mid way through the 4th quarter
6. BROADCAST
*I would say one of the worst broadcasts I can remember
* Put Witten is unlistenable / Booger average / Joe Tessitore is yelling at me and he had his Connecticut school of Broadcasting voice going
* I guess trying to attract a younger demographic with video game like graphics – the Brady jumping on the table off the RV was cute
* Could they mention again how Anderson was playing golf a month ago
* Even their official in the box was horrendous Jeff Triplett
7. OFFICIALS
* Pats got most of the calls – that was a clean peel back block by Benjamin on McCourty
* Edelman could get fined for the head butt on his fair catch
* Stupid push off by Hogan – no need
* Why didn’t the Patriots get flagged for leaving the bench area after McCourty’s pick six?
8. BILLS AND THEIR MAFIA
*That linebacker Edmonds is a monster
* Now what do you do all week if you’re a Bills fan – gray skies, blizzards around the corner, Brady is your daddy
* Bills will move McCoy this week – their season is toast – again
9. STATS
*Brady, Edelman and Patterson had 59 of 76 yards rushing
10. JAMES WHITE VERSUS KEVIN FAULK
* White projected this year…………….432 yards rushing / 869 yards receiving / 17 TD
* Faulks career high each category – 638 yards rushing / 486 receiving / 6 TD
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Bill Belichick All Smiles In Patriots Locker Room Celebration After Win Vs. Bills

It’s not often Bill Belichick smiles around the football field, but when he does, it usually means something pretty good happened.
The New England Patriots earned their fifth straight victory Monday, beating the Buffalo Bills 25-6 to close out Week 8 action. It wasn’t the prettiest win, but the Pats buckled down in the second half to seal the deal and keep things rolling.
As is the case after every win, the Patriots had cameras rolling in the locker room immediately after the victory. This week, they caught a few grins from Belichick, which he flashed while hugging quarterback Tom Brady and giving props to safety Devin McCourty for his pick-six to secure the victory.

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(You can watch the celebration here)
The Patriots now have a short week of preparation as they turn their attention to a tilt with the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night.

Hurricanes Goalie Scott Darling To Make Season Debut Vs. Bruins

The Carolina Hurricanes will welcome back a familiar face to the ice Tuesday night.
Fifth-year goaltender Scott Darling will make his 2018-19 NHL season debut when the Hurricanes host the Boston Bruins at PNC Arena. Darling’s first season with Carolina in the 2017-18 campaign wasn’t anything to write home about, as he owned a 13-21-7 record with a 3.18 goals against average.

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Prior to the Bruins-Hurricanes tilt, NESN’s Dale Arnold, Billy Jaffe and Barry Pederson took a closer look at Darling’s debut season with the Canes. To hear what they had to say, check out the video above from “Bruins Face-Off Live,” presented by EchoStor Technologies.

John Henry: Alex Cora ‘Every Bit As Good’ As Red Sox’s Best Player

Alex Cora deserves every bit of praise he’s received — especially after the season he had.
The Boston Red Sox manager did it all in the 2018 campaign. He helped lead the team to a franchise-best 108 regular-season wins and sealed the official title of best team in baseball when the Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night.
Cora impressed everyone in his first year as manager. Especially owner John Henry, who had heaps of praise for the skipper after the World Series victory.
“He put together a clubhouse that had more unity that I had ever seen,” Henry said, via WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. “It showed day to day perseverance, sense of purpose, dedication every day. He had them ready every day. On every level, he was a superior manager. He was every bit as good as our best player.”

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Pretty strong words. But he’s certainly not wrong.
From Brock Holt’s hugs to J.D. Martinez after he hit a home run to their second base hip dance , this team showed a lot of personality. And their perseverance paid off considering the Red Sox are champions of the baseball world.
And thanks to Alex Cora’s leadership, Red Sox nation will be able to enjoy the victory parade Wednesday morning.

Updated CFL Playoff Scenarios

With one week remaining, a once confusing CFL playoff picture is now mostly sorted out.

Only two West Division teams can swap their positioning.

While the East Division can only see a change in which of its bottom-feeders will acquire the first overall pick in the 2019 CFL Draft.
Each CFL Teams’ Current Position
The 12-5 Calgary Stampeders can earn first place and a first-round bye with a win in B.C.

While the 12-6 Saskatchewan Roughriders will be paying close attention to the Stampeders game before preparing for a home playoff game of their own.

Below the Stamps and Riders are the 10-7 Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who will finish in third place in the West Division.

And finally, the 9-8 B.C. Lions are stuck in the crossover spot (fourth in the West), or should I say blessed with it?

Out East, thanks to a three-game sweep of Hamilton, the 10-7 Ottawa Redblacks have clinched first place in the East Division.

Those 8-9 Hamilton Tiger-Cats will host the crossing over B.C. Lions on November 11.

As for the non-playoff teams, Mike Reilly’s underachieving Edmonton Eskimos will finish their season versus Winnipeg.

The 4-13 Toronto Argonauts will travel to Ottawa, and the 4-13 Montreal Alouettes will go to Hamilton, closing out the Argos’ and Alouettes’ seasons.
East and West Semi-final
As mentioned, the B.C. Lions will play the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the East Semi-final.

The Ottawa Redblacks will await the winner.

In the West, if Calgary beats B.C. on Saturday, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers will play the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the West Semi-final.

If B.C. beats Calgary on Saturday, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers will play the Calgary Stampeders in the West Semi-final.
Back up Quarterbacks in Action
With Winnipeg, B.C., Edmonton, Ottawa, and Hamilton locked into their current positions, many back up quarterbacks will likely take the field in Week 21.

Redblacks head coach Rick Campbell has already announced that starter Trevor Harris won’t place this week.

Eskimos head coach Jason Maas had announced that Mike Reilly will suit up for Edmonton on Saturday.

As for Winnipeg, B.C., and Hamilton, expect to see Chris Streveler, Jonathon Jennings, and Dane Evans and/or Bryant Moniz take snaps behind centre.

With Travis Lulay and other B.C. starters resting, all signs point to a Winnipeg-Saskatchewan West Semi-final.

The 2018 CFL playoffs start on November 11.

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Bruins’ Jaroslav Halak Looks To Continue Strong Start In Tilt Vs. Hurricanes

Jarsolav Halak sure hasn’t been playing like a backup netminder.
The Boston Bruins goalie has earned a 3-0-2 record through five starts this season, including a 1.43 goals against average and two shootouts.

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Halak dazzled in his last start, posting 26 saves to hold the Philadelphia scoreless in the Bruins’ 3-0 win over the Flyers last Thursday. He’ll look to keep it going Tuesday night when Boston visits the Carolina Hurricanes.
To see highlights of Halak’s performance against the Flyers, check out the video above from “Bruins Pre-Game Shootout” presented by Awaken 180 Weightloss.

Bill Belichick Concerned With Patriots’ Lack Of Depth At Running Back

The New England Patriots didn’t trade for a running back — or anyone else, for that matter — ahead of the NFL trade deadline Tuesday afternoon, but they still could add one to their roster before their Sunday night matchup with the Green Bay Packers.
During an interview Tuesday with WEEI’s “Ordway, Merloni and Fauria,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick admitted he’s concerned with his team’s lack of backfield depth.
“We just got back a few hours ago,” Belichick said, “so we’ll kind or recalibrate here and see where we’re at relative to who’s available and how we want to structure our game plan and what we want to do there. That’s one of the things we’re going through (Tuesday). But it’s a consideration, and I’d say it’s a concern.”
Sony Michel’s knee injury has left the Patriots dangerously thin at running back. Case in point: Belichick and his staff opted to use wide receiver/kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson as the team’s primary ball-carrier during Monday night’s 25-6 win over the Buffalo Bills.
With Michel sidelined, Patterson got the start over James White and Kenjon Barner — New England’s only two active running backs — and led all Patriots players with a career-high 10 carries for 38 yards, including a 22-yard dash that helped set up a fourth-quarter touchdown.

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Despite Patterson’s best efforts, though, Monday’s rushing performance was the Patriots’ worst of the season. They managed just 76 yards on 25 carries as White (eight carries, 15 yards, one touchdown) and Barner (two carries, 4 yards) both were non-factors on the ground.
So, while the Patriots could ride it out with their current group against the Packers, it really would be in their best interest to add another back if they don’t expect Michel to be ready to play Sunday.
As we covered last week, promoting Kenneth Farrow from the practice squad would be an easy way of solving this problem, especially after the Patriots opened a roster spot Tuesday by placing cornerback Eric Rowe on injured reserve. The Patriots also could choose to sign one of the several veteran backs still floating around in free agency — a group that includes the likes of Mike Gillislee, Orleans Darkwa and Charcandrick West.
Michel, who practiced in a limited capacity Saturday, reportedly is considered week to week. Running back Rex Burkhead (neck) is not eligible to return from IR until Week 13.

Why Max Kellerman Believes Bills ‘Exposed’ Patriots — In A Good Way

The New England Patriots defeated the Buffalo Bills 25-6 on Monday night at New Era Field.
Cause for concern?
That’s the question ESPN’s “First Take” crew considered Tuesday when discussing the Patriots, who thrived defensively yet looked out of sync at times offensively while beating the Bills by 19 points.

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Max Kellerman confirmed when asked whether Buffalo “exposed” New England in the Week 8 showdown — only he meant it as a compliment to the Patriots, who again are legitimate championship contenders after winning five Super Bowl titles over the last 18 seasons.

Stephen A. Smith, meanwhile, doesn’t sound too bullish on the Patriots despite acknowledging their organizational greatness. Because while New England defeated Buffalo rather handily, there’s at least one other AFC team that Smith believes could cause problems for the Patriots down the road.