After falling 10-2 on Monday night, the Bruins played better last night, but still couldn’t get their offense on track as they fell to the Panthers 1-0 in OT at the TD Banknorth Garden.

Kevin Paul Dupont says that the Bruins did a lot of things better last night, but in the end they were still losers. Stephen Harris says that the Bruins did bounce back from Monday night’s debacle, even if they didn’t get the win last night. Douglas Flynn has last night counting as a baby step forward for the Bruins. Bud Barth calls the Bruins performance “rather lukewarm” last night.

Mike Loftus has Patrice Bergeron feeling good after a vigorous, nearly half-hour workout on the ice yesterday. Harris has Cam Neely announcing that the Bruins will offer some $15 season-ticket packages for next season.

Dupont’s notebook has defenseman Aaron Ward sitting out with a deep bruise in his foot. Harris’ notebook has more on Bergeron taking a big step in his comeback with a stressful workout yesterday. Barth’s notebook says that desperation is what the NHL is about at this time of the year.

Celtics

The Garden should be rocking tonight as the Pistons come to town for an Eastern conference showdown with the Celtics.

Bob Ryan says we have an extra-large game on our hands tonight at the Garden, perhaps the first one of this sort in a long, long time. Tony Massarotti says that it seems like old times, with the Celtics and Pistons renewing their rivalry, and leads off with Larry Bird saying that he never viewed the Pistons like he did the Sixers and Lakers, but the Pistons “took more shots at you than those other teams.” Jeff Howe has the Celtics ready for a clash of the Titans.

Marc J. Spears has Chauncey Billups and the Pistons pumped up for this one as well. Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics will be looking to add to their conference lead and take a step closer to getting home court advantage. Scott Souza says that this game will settle the regular season series between these clubs, but might also go a long way towards determining home court for the postseason. Mike Fine says that newly signed Sam Cassell will not play against the Pistons tonight, and possibly not against the Bulls on Friday.

The Globe notebook has Cassell’s debut with the Celtics being delayed because of a death in the family. Bulpett’s notebook also has Cassell not available to the Celtics tonight. Fine’s notebook has Rajon Rondo secure about his position with the signing of Cassell now official.

Red Sox

Michael Silverman has Jonathan Papelbon taking his struggles to get a pay raise from the Red Sox public. Sean McAdam delves a little deeper into the situation, noting that Papelbon might be being influenced by the Players Association to take this quest public and attempting to drive up salaries for young stars who normally wouldn’t be in line for such increases. McAdam also notes that while Papelbon has said he’s aiming for the record $900k that Ryan Howard got, the Red Sox had said they would go over the $750k mark (a high for relievers) which was set by Marino Rivera, so Papelbon may not be being treated unfairly as he is making it out to be. Jeff Goldberg has more on Papelbon trying to raise the bar (and payscale). Joe Haggerty also reports on the salary struggles of the Red Sox closer.

Amalie Benjamin has J.D. Drew looking for a more productive second season in Boston after never feeling comfortable here in his first year with the team. Jeff Horrigan has Daisuke Matsuzaka also looking to improve his performance in his second season with the Red Sox. Jon Couture notes that a subtle change could make a big difference for Dice-K this season.

Silverman has a look at 21-year-old shortstop prospect Argenis Diaz, who is impressing all with his glove and improving bat. Alex Speier says that this is a critical year in the development of NH’s Kyle Jackson, who struggled in AA last season. Silverman also has Papelbon working on a slider this spring to add to his selection of pitches.

Gordon Edes reports on Red Sox scout being arrested on two counts of lewd and lascivious behavior on persons under 16.

Horrigan’s notebook has more on the scout in hot water for the Red Sox. Benjamin’s notebook has more on Papelbon and his contract situation.Couture’s notebook has more on Papelbon wanting a fair deal from the Red Sox. McAdam’s notebook has more on the slider that Papelbon is working on.

Patriots

Mark Farinella says that it’s great that the Patriots re-signed Randy Moss, but he can’t play defense, and that is where the Patriots needs are. Karen Guregian has a look at what the free agent process was like for Moss, and why he resisted the Eagles offer to join Asante Samuel in Philly.

Dan Pires reports on the Patriots re-signing Jabar Gaffney to a one year deal. He quotes Gaffney as saying he wanted a longer deal, but they couldn’t get it done right now, and he’s just happy to be back. David Heuschkel has the news of the Patriots signing cornerback Jason Webster away from Buffalo. Shalise Manza Young has more on the moves of yesterday for the Patriots.

Mike Reiss and Jeff Jacobs look back at the career of Brett Favre, who retired yesterday from the Green Bay Packers. Jeff Horrigan has the news of Favre’s retirement hitting David Ortiz and his family hard.

Guregian’s notebook has more on the Patriots bringing back Gaffney for another year. Reiss’ notebook has more on what tipped the scales in favor of the Patriots for Moss.

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