It was an interesting week for the Bruins with a 7-goal loss followed by a dominating 6-goal performance. Believably, it featured some very interesting stats, including the most goals the team’s allowed since 2008, a scorching hot winger, the team backstop moving up on an important franchise list, their worst defensive game since 1965 and the first time something has ever happened for the team. Ever. This is Bruins By The Numbers: This Week’s Good And Bad.
Brad Marchand has been slightly on fire for the Bruins over the last three weeks.
0: The Bruins were 0-for-3 on the penalty kill in Tuesday’s historic 9-2 loss to the Kings – the first time they failed to kill a penalty in a game since an 0-for-1 showing on March 22.
1: Brad Marchand scored the very first overtime penalty-shot goal in the 91-year history of the Bruins to beat the Sabres, 2-1, on Saturday.
1.72: Marchand is currently second in the NHL behind only Alex Ovechkin averaging 1.72 goals per 60 minutes.
2: The B’s improved to 2-5 in overtime games this season as they beat the Sabres, 2-1, on Saturday.
The Bruins have entered the All-Star Break and despite having just one All-Star representative, they’re in a better position than most people would have predicted. Their last week of games before their week-long break included the end of an impressive penalty killing streak, a couple of milestones for their gritty, diminutive winger and some continuing road success against one Eastern Conference foe. This is: Bruins By The Numbers: This Week’s Good And Bad.
Patrice Bergeron is back in the All-Star game as the Bruins enjoy a week off.
2: The B’s scored two power-play goals in their 3-2 win over the Flyers on Monday, marking the first time they scored more than one power-play goal since Dec. 29.
2: Brad Marchand was assessed a tripping penalty just two seconds into the second period of Monday’s win over the Flyers.
2: Somehow, Matt Beleskey was plus-2 in Tuesday’s 6-2 loss to his former team in the Ducks.
The Patriots are just about set to take on the NFC Champion Seahawks in their sixth Super Bowl appearance in the last 13 years. In their two most recent trips in 2007 and 2011, however, the Pats have not been able to come away victorious. In their most recent Super Bowl loss to the Giants, there were some pretty clear reasons as to why they were unable to win the game. We all remember the last-minute, game-winning touchdown drive orchestrated by Eli Manning, Ahmad Bradshaw’s accidental touchdown and the last-second Hail Mary attempt falling incomplete. Chances are, however, most people have forgotten about some of the other reasons the Pats came out on the wrong end of the score, but not to worry. Here are the top-12 reasons the Patriots lost Super Bowl XLVI.
Tom Brady walks off the field in Indianapolis following the Super Bowl XLVI defeat.
Let’s start with the disclaimer that I do understand that I am the glass half-full type of person that tends to take the optimistic outlook on things. I realize that The Cubs’ (or any other teams’) dollars are worth just as much as the Red Sox’, and that the Red Sox cannot really bank on much of a hometown discount at this point. Popular rumors say that the Red Sox are one of at least six teams that are intensely interested in signing Lester from the open market, and Red Sox ownership reportedly has a meeting scheduled with Lester and his agents. However, the simple fact that they traded him should not rule the Red Sox out as a serious bidder for Lester’s services on the free agent market. Obviously the team has the resources to compete with just about any team on the open market, so the dollars should not be an issue. Red Sox fans should not exactly expect that Lester will definitely return to Fenway this winter, but they can expect a realistic shot at signing him.
There is something to be said for the comfort factor here. Lester was drafted, developed, and enjoyed tremendous success with the Red Sox organization, and this cannot be ignored completely. Additionally (and possibly more importantly), Lester has a great family life in the Boston area. His wife and children are comfortable here and have their whole lives centered around this area, so coming back to the Red Sox would be a seamless transition as far as the community is concerned. Lester has said before that one of the key factors in his free agent decision will be how comfortable his family is in a particular community, which should be an area in which the Red Sox have a sizable advantage over the rest of the market.
Vince Wilfork leaves the Georgia Dome on a cart following the game.
The Patriots have suffered a huge loss following their Sunday night win over Atlanta as five-time Pro Bowl nose tackle Vince Wilfork has reportedly torn his right Achilles, according to Shalise Manza-Young of the Boston Globe, and is believed to be out for the remainder of the season. League sources have since confirmed the report.
Wilfork left the game in the first quarter and it was originally reported that he had suffered an ankle injury. He was taken off on a cart and was seen leaving the stadium with a boot on his right foot. Bill Belichick was also reportedly seen talking with Wilfork’s wife outside the New England locker room following the game. Leading up to the Week 4 meeting with the Falcons, Wilfork appeared on the Patriots’ injury report with what was listed as a foot injury.
Wilfork has missed only six games in his 10-year NFL career and played in all 16 in each of the last three seasons. The 325-pounder has been a longtime staple in the team’s run defense that is 13th in the league after four weeks this season, allowing 105 yards per game.
Surgery is likely to happen in the next few days and the team is left with young and unproven guys in the middle including Tommy Kelly, Joe Vellano and Chris Jones at an already thin defensive tackle position.
Wilfork had nine tackles in four games this season. He will be 32 next month and presuming he returns in time for the 2014 season, it will be a contract year for him.
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