The red-hot Bruins were slowed a bit last night down in D.C. as the Capitals beat Boston 3-1.

Fluto Shinzawa has goaltender Brent Johnson, who started the season as the backup behind former Montreal goalie Jose Theodore stopping the Bruins cold. Stephen Harris has the talented Capitals up for this showdown.

Shinzawa’s notebook has Marc Savard finally showing what he can do with quality linemates. Harris’ notebook has Manny Fernandez’s winning streak coming to an end as well.

Red Sox

Amalie Benjamin says that the Red Sox would love to counter the Yankees splashy signing of C.C. Sabathia by grabbing Mark Teixeira. Sean McAdam says that the Teixeira negotiations are a game of high stakes poker. Michael Silverman says that there are at least four teams in the bidding for Teixeira.

Nick Cafardo thinks that Sabathia is a great signing for the Yankees. Michael Silverman says that the Red Sox can see past the Yankees, as they’re not the only competition in the AL East any more. Jon Couture says that there is more than meets the eye with the Sabathia signing.

Dan Shaughnessy says that Jim Rice’s time has come.

The Herald notebook has Scott Boras indicating that the Red Sox have made an offer to Jason Varitek to return. Joe McDonald has more on the offer to Varitek, as does Benjamin’s notebook.

Patriots

Over on Patriots Daily, Scott Benson says it will be A Long December for Patriots fans.

Glen Farley says Matt Cassel may not play on Sunday due to the death of his father. Rich Garven has more on Cassel’s possible absence. Bob Hohler and Christopher L. Gasper team up in the Globe on this story, giving some background on the late Mr Cassel. Karen Guregian has Cassel’s teammates expressing their support. Shalise Manza Young has Bill Belichick saying that situations like these are bigger than football.

Farley has the Patriots talking about the “Black Hole”  in Oakland. Brian MacPherson says that the tuck rule still lingers in the Bay Area.

Hector Longo says that Randy Moss/Wes Welker could be the best receiving combination since…ever.

Garven’s notebook has  Nnamdi Asomugha sick of losing in Oakland. Gasper’s notebook has Asomugha planning on sticking close to Randy Moss. Shalise Manza Young says that Asomugha’s skills are not lost on the Patriots. Guregian has old pals Moss and Asomugha meeting on opposite sides Sunday. Guregian’s notebook has Vince Wilfork at practice yesterday.

Celtics

Jim Fenton is already looking ahead to Celtics/Lakers on Christmas Day. Frank Dell’Apa thinks Rajon Rondo could be an All Star.

Mike Fine says that the Wizards were too quick to fire Eddie Jordan. Mark Murphy has the Celtics set to take on a Wizards team showing new life.

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