The Bruins looked good last night, posting a 3-1 win over the Washington Capitals.  The two teams will face off again on Thursday night in the Bruins home opener at TD Garden.

Bruins send a message with 3-1 win over Caps – Joe Haggerty has the highlights of the victory.

Bruins head home winners – Steve Conroy has the Bruins showing why there is such optimism for this team.

Milan Lucic Posts Second Career Gordie Howe Hat Trick in Bruins Win Over Capitals – Don’t know what a Gordie Howe Hat Trick is? Douglas Flynn explains.

Tuukka has to play sometime – D.J. Bean says that despite Tim Thomas’ early success this season, Tuukka Rask needs to get back between the pipes.

Wait isn’t weighing on Paille this time – Fluto Shinzawa’s notebook has Daniel Paille not upset at being a healthy scratch again.

The NFL’s controversy regarding helmet-to-helmet hits continues to be a hot topic everywhere. Yesterday, the league fined Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather, $50,000 for his hits on Baltimore tight end Todd Heap. Interesting, Meriweather, who has been the national poster boy for this outrage, did not receive the highest fine handed out by the NFL yesterday. Steelers linebacker James Harrison was hit with a $75,000 for his hit on Cleveland Browns WR Mohamed Massaquoi, and Texans cornerback Dunta Robinson also got whacked $50,000 for a hit on Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson. The topic is even the subject of a Globe Editorial.

It’s the right thing to do – Rich Levine says that the league acted properly.

From seventh-round pick to starting defensive lineman –– it didn’t take long for Patriots’ Brandon Deaderick – Brian MacPherson has a look at the Alabama product, who played under Belichick crony Nick Saban.

Devin McCourty’s Rutgers teammate paralyzed – Karen Guregian has the Patriots rookie talking about his college teammate Eric LeGrand.

Pats’ Ingram stays calm in eye of the storm – Glen Farley chats with Patriots longsnapper Jake Ingram.

O’Brien calls Moss disagreement normal – Monique Walker’s notebook has the Patriots QB coach and offensive playcaller talking about his time with Randy Moss.

Fenway Park upgrade enters final phase – Mike Fine looks at the winter plans for renovation at the old ballyard.

Latest Fenway fix comes up short – Michael Silverman think it would be a huge mistake to expand the bullpens.

Did John Lackey cost the Red Sox a shot at Cliff Lee? – Alex Speier looks at whether signing Lackey will prevent the Red Sox from pursuing Cliff Lee.

Celtics’ inside looking out – Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics will have a much-improved post game this season.

Wafer on thin ice with Celtics – Scott Souza has the guard coming on strong as of late, but still in danger of not making this team.

Jermaine O’Neal limping out of gate – Chris Forsberg has the Celtics battling a number of injuries.

Rivers throat biopsy negative – Frank Dell’Apa’s notebook has the Celtics coach relieved after a health scare.