The B’s were in action last night as they took on the top team in the East, the Philadelphia Flyers in Phili. This was the first time the two teams have met since the game 7 loss in the playoffs last year. The Bruins came out strong after a couple poor performances over recent games. The scoring began with Patrice Bergeron netting his 5 goal of the season in the first period, while on the power play. Their second of the game came from rookie Tyler Seguin, also scoring his 5 of the year. The B’s last goal came off an empty netter by Milan Lucic to secure a 3 -0 victory. Timmy Thomas stood on his head, stopping all 41 shots that came his way. This is Thomas’ 5 shutout of the season, who improved to 9-0-0 on the road and 12-2-1 overall. The Bruins will look to build on this win as they take on Tampa Bay at the Garden tonight.
In other Bruins news, a few days ago the B’s traded defenseman Matt Hunwick to the Colorado Avalanche for former BU standout Colby Cohen. Cohen will report down to Providence to serve as one of their defensemen. This move created enough salary cap flexibility to bring back center Marc Savard from injured reserve, which could be as early as tonight. The B’s will have important decisions to make regarding the cap when Marco Sturm also returns from injury later this month.
Some other Boston notes:
· The Celtics won last night as the held off the Trail Blazers 99 – 95 behind Paul Pierce’s 28 points.
· The Pats will be looking to win their 4 straight on Monday night as they host division rival New York Jets. This game will be for first place in the AFC East as well as the top seed in the AFC.
· The Red Sox made some news yesterday when they took a trip to Houston to meet with free agent outfielder Carl Crawford. This would be a huge pickup for the Sox if they could get the deal done. Watch for things to unfold during the Winter Meetings, which starts this coming Monday.
Another important note, Lebron will be making his way back to Cleveland for the first time since his “Decision” to join. The Cavs will be hosting the Heat tonight with tip off slated for 8:00. The game will be on TNT.
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