The Bruins had to once again settle for a single point in the standings last night as they fell to the New Jersey Devils 3-2 in overtime. Steve Conroy has the details of the Bruins with another “moral” victory, of which the Bruins are getting too many of lately, as opposed to the real kind. Jim McCabe has the game story for the Globe, as Brian Gionta scored the game winner in OT for the Devils after the Bruins had tied things up in the third period. Joe McDonald says that the Bruins will find themselves where they aimed to be as the Olympic break arrives – in playoff contention. Douglas Flynn notes that the Bruins now find themselves just one point out of the final playoff spot.
Mike Loftus has a look at new Bruin Brian Eklund, a Braintree native excited to be joining his hometown team. Marvin Pave has a look at Wayne Primeau, who scored the game tying goal in the third period against Martin Brodeur, and has produced much more than the Bruins could’ve expected when they acquired him as the third man in the Joe Thornton trade. Steve Buckley has Tim Thomas frustrated with how the game turned out for the Bruins and himself. McDonald says that the Bruins aren’t talking about the gambling scandal. McDonald’s notebook says that Tim Thomas’ continued strong play could prompt a trade of Andrew Raycroft. Conroy’s notebook looks at Hall Gill packing his bags for Turin. McCabe’s notebook has more on Gill joining the US Olympic Hockey team’s taxi squad.
Shira Springer and Steve Bulpett report on Paul Pierce being named to his fifth All Star team last night. Mike Fine says that the Celtics are remaining positive despite being mired in a six game losing streak.
Scott Souza has a look at Al Jefferson, who is determined to get back in the Celtics lineup as soon as possible. Michael Muldoon takes a look at the rash of injuries that have crippled the Celtics as of late, which has been the last thing this young team has needed. Bulpett’s notebook has more from Kendrick Perkins and Al Jefferson on their injuries, while Springer’s notebook has Doc Rivers pulling people out of the front office so that he can hold practice with enough bodies.
Nick Cafardo looks at the Red Sox silence over their reported courtship of Roger Clemens, and looks at the other possible landing spots for the Rocket. He says though that Boston is the best story line, and after all, we know that that is what is really important here. Jeff Horrigan talks to Red Sox manager Terry Francona about the WBC and about players on his roster who will be participating.
Ron Borges has his boxing notes, with Fernando Vargas obsessing over Oscar De La Hoya.
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