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Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) scores on Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov (1) the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver on Friday, March 21, 2014.

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DENVER — The Boston Bruins became the first NHL team to clinch a spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs. And they did it by refusing to get ahead of themselves.

Patrice Bergeron and Carl Soderberg each had a goal, Chad Johnson stopped 31 shots for his third career shutout, and the Bruins beat the Colorado Avalanche 2-0 on Friday night for their 11th win in a row.

“We don’t really worry about how many we’ve won or who we’re playing in one day or two days,” Johnson said. “We just worry about who’s next. That’s sort of where our mindset is. Just staying in the moment, I think, is the biggest key to our success right now.”

Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara said clinching a postseason berth won’t alter that mindset.

“We still have to play our hockey, really focusing on the little details going into the playoffs, and not getting satisfied and complacent,” he said. “We just still have to push our team to the best, maximum results.”

Johnson was at the center of their latest success, which pushed their point total to 101, the 21st time the team has reached the 100-point threshold.

“He made some saves that helped us a lot,” Boston defenseman Dougie Hamilton said. “I thought he played really well.”

Colorado pulled goalie Semyon Varlamov for an extra attacker with five minutes remaining but couldn’t avert its first shoutout of the season. The Avalanche had scored at least once in 80 straight games since their previous shutout last April 6 at Phoenix.

“They slowed us down and they did a good job,” Colorado’s Matt Duchene said of Boston. “We hadn’t been shut out all year. Usually, it happens against great teams.”

Colorado, which handed Boston its only shutout of the season on Oct. 10, was the last NHL team to be blanked this season.

“I thought our play was very positive,” Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said. “We had a lot of good chances early on. Except for maybe the first six or seven minutes of the start of the third, I thought we played better than them. Their goalie played really well. He made some great saves.”

Johnson turned away a flurry of shots in the final minutes and delivered two key saves in the second period, using his glove to stop Nathan MacKinnon’s shot on a breakaway and stuffing Jan Hejda’s shot from up close with his upper body.

“They had some good chances there in the second, and I just tried to be in position and make the saves when I thought I could,” said Johnson, who improved to 10-0-1 in his last 11 starts, a career-best point streak that includes a pair of shutouts.

With the Bruins on the power play, Loui Eriksson passed to Soderberg in the lower right circle for a wrist shot into the upper corner of the net on Varlamov’s stick side. That made it 2-0 at 13:11 of the second period.

Boston also struck in the first. Bergeron slipped through Colorado’s defense, taking a pass from Hamilton in the slot and firing a shot that Varlamov stopped. But the rebound trickled out, and Bergeron knocked the loose puck back into the net at 5:12.

“He made a good play to go to the net. I just put it in to him,” Hamilton said. “He hit him right in the chest and he had a good finish off of that. I was pretty happy to have that there.”

NOTES: The Bruins’ win streak is the longest since a 13-game run in the 1970-71 season. … Avs C John Mitchell sat out for a second time after leaving Tuesday’s game at Montreal with a back injury. He remains day to day. … Colorado D Erik Johnson turned 26 on Friday. … Boston hasn’t lost since a 4-2 defeat to Washington on March 1. … The Bruins have also won their last six road games and earned a point in their past 13 (10-0-3). … Boston has won its last three games in Denver.

Streak ties Anaheim for NHL’s longest this season

NEWARK, N.J. — Brad Marchand and Jarome Iginla scored in a 59-second span early in the second period and the Boston Bruins beat the New Jersey Devils 4-2 on Tuesday night for their 10th straight win.

Patrice Bergeron and Chris Kelly also scored and Chad Johnson made 20 saves as the Eastern Conference leaders hurt the Devils’ postseason hopes by sending them to their third straight loss.

The 10-game winning streak ties Anaheim for the NHL’s longest this season. It is the Bruins’ longest since a 10-game run in November 2011, and four shy of the franchise record set in 1929-30.

Patrik Elias and Travis Zajac scored for the Devils, who are now in danger of missing the playoffs for the second straight year and third time in four. Martin Brodeur made 27 saves.

Bruins score twice in first period 

BOSTON — Tuukka Rask made 21 saves and the Boston Bruins beat the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1 on Thursday night for their seventh consecutive victory.

Zdeno Chara and Jarome Iginla scored for Boston. The Bruins took over the top spot in the Eastern Conference with 93 points, one more than Pittsburgh.

Mike Smith made 18 saves for the Coyotes, who had won two straight.

The Bruins scored twice in the first period, the first coming on Chara’s wrist shot past Smith, who was screened by Bruins forward Chris Kelly. It was the 16th goal of the season for the Bruins’ captain – three short of his career high.

It was still 1-0 when the Coyotes had their best early scoring chance, getting a puck that got through Rask and trickled behind him. But the goalie reached back with his stick and swiped it off the goal line for the save.

On the ensuing breakout, the Bruins got the puck to Johnny Boychuk at the blue line and his slap shot was deflected by Iginla into the net. It was his 21st goal of the season.

Lauri Korpikoski scored for Phoenix with 12 minutes left in the game to spoil Rask’s shutout. Phoenix had a chance to tie with about two minutes to play but Rask slid to his left and deflected a shot off his skate and into the post before it rolled away.

Peverley traded to Dallas Stars last year

AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

DALLAS — The game between Dallas Stars and the Columbus Blue Jackets was called off in the first period after Stars forward Rich Peverley, who once played for the Boston Bruins, collapsed on the bench.Dallas Stars and the Columbus Blue Jackets

Play was halted 6:23 into the game Monday night as Peverley was carried from the bench. A public address announcement was made several minutes later that the 31-year-old Peverley was conscious and taken to the hospital.

“They’re shaken and they want to reschedule. We understand that,” John Davidson, the Blue Jackets president of hockey operations, told Fox Sports Ohio. “They were shaken to the core.”

There was no immediate announcement of when the game would be made up. Columbus was leading 1-0.

Peverley missed the start of the season because of a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat, a condition diagnosed during a training camp physical.

Injuries not life-threatening, officials say

BOSTON — Boston police said two women were injured when netting reportedly fell on them inside the TD Garden Thursday night.

Police said they received word of the incident just after 9:30 p.m.

The two women, who were not identified, reportedly suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to a local hospital.


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Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  December 28, 2013 03:26 PM

Dennis Seidenberg’s season is over. Seidenberg has been ruled out for 2013-14 because of a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee.

Seidenberg was injured in the third period of last night’s 5-0 win over Ottawa. Seidenberg collided with Cory Conacher. Seidenberg needed help returning to the dressing room.

Seidenberg was the team’s No. 2 defenseman. The left-shot Seidenberg had been playing on the second pairing. In the playoffs, Seidenberg could have moved up to partner with Zdeno Chara like he has since the 2010-11 postseason.

The rock-hard defenseman provided flexibility because he could play both sides. Seidenberg was also capable of logging big minutes in even-strength and shorthanded situations.

The Bruins recalled Zach Trotman from Providence on an emergency basis. This is Trotman’s first NHL recall. The right-shot Trotman was paired with Zdeno Chara for much of training camp. David Warsofsky was recalled from Providence earlier today.

To make room for the reinforcements, Niklas Svedberg was assigned to Providence.

Brockton strip club allegedly sold fake merchandise

Police say sports goods offered to customers were fake

Emily J. Reynolds/The Enterprise

BROCKTON, Mass. —More than $10,000 in counterfeit merchandise was confiscated from the Foxy Lady strip club in Brockton on Friday, another example of a larger operation in the region, authorities say.

News partner The Enterprise reports that the cargo of fake goods -– manufactured to look like official products from area sports teams, including the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Rox -– were being peddled to customers for $10 each or given away for free with a purchase of two lap dances, said Brockton Code Enforcement Officer Scott Uhlman.

When authorities arrived at the North Pearl Street strip club around 1 p.m., several of the dancers were seen wearing the shirts, Uhlman said.

“They had the girls wearing the shirts, trying to sell them to the customers,” he said.

Officials seized without incident 420 shirts featuring the fake team logos worth $10,500, Uhlman said. As of Friday police reported no arrests.

When reached at his establishment just before 4 p.m. Friday, club owner Frank Caswell said that he was advised by law enforcement officials not to discuss the matter. Uhlman disputed that claim.

“With all due respect, the people that came in today, that was doing the confiscating, had given me explicit instruction to not to talk about it,” Caswell said. “I was led to believe that this should not be discussed with anyone.”

The raid is part of an ongoing investigation by Brockton police detectives and Homeland Security tracking down traders and sellers of counterfeit merchandise in the region, Uhlman said.

Uhlman said local authorities were tipped off to this case by the trademark rights advocacy group Coalition to Advance the Protection of Sports Logos, based in Idaho.

Police did not say how long Caswell had been selling the items, where he bought them or how much he made.

Police said Caswell bought the shirts for between $3 and $5 and sold them for $10. But for two lap dances worth $30 customers received a free shirt.

Of the seized shirts, many featured vintage logos for the Patriots, Red Sox, Boston Bruins and the Boston Celtics. Some shirts combined the name of the club with a team logo. A few more featured the Patriots logo facing in the wrong direction.

“They’re garbage,” Uhlman said of the quality of the fakes.

Authorities say that this is the first time they’ve tracked such activities to the club, which opened on Pearl Street in 1999.

But it’s not the first Brockton store to get caught selling fake goods, Uhlman said.

Last December police busted Faye Silva, owner of Village Uniforms at Westgate Mall, on charges of making and selling counterfeit sports merchandise. In that raid authorities confiscated $35,900 in fake goods at the Brockton store.

The items seized included sports jerseys that were being sold as genuine NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB merchandise, a heat press and various major league team logos that Silva allegedly used to make the fakes.

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Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton was suspended for 15 games Saturday, the NHL announced.Thornton pulled the Penguins’ Brooks Orpik to the ice in the first period of their game at TD Garden on Dec. 7 as a confrontation began between Bruins and Penguins players. After Orpik fell, Thornton punched him several times in the head.

“This cannot be described as a hockey play that went bad, nor do we consider this a spontaneous reaction to an incident that just occurred. Rather, it is our view that this was an act of retribution for an incident that occurred earlier in the game. The result of this action by Thornton was a serious injury to Orpik,” the NHL said in a video on its website to explain the ruling.

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Thornton received a match penalty and was ejected, and was immediately suspended. He had a hearing with the NHL’s Player Safety Department, headed by former player Brendan Shanahan, on Friday in New York.Thornton was remorseful after the game.

“I feel awful,” Thornton said after the Dec. 7 game. “It wasn’t my intention for that outcome. I know Brooksie. I’ve gotten to know him over the last seven years here. I skate with him in the summer and through the lockout. I’ve texted him a couple times. I feel awful. It’s not what I wanted to see or what anybody wanted to see.”

The incident followed two other rough moments in the game. Orpik knocked the Bruins’ Loui Eriksson out of the game with a big hit – Eriksson suffered a concussion – and the Penguins’ James Neal struck Boston’s Brad Marchand with his knee as he skated by Marchand, who had fallen to the ice at the time.

Neal was suspended five games.

The Bruins are in Vancouver to take on the Canucks Saturday night in the final game of a four-game Canadian road trip.

Thornton will be eligible to return to the Bruins Jan. 11 vs. the Sharks in San Jose. It is his first suspension, but it will cost him $84,615.45 in lost pay, according to the NHL. The forfeited salary will be donated to the Players Emergency Assistance Fund, the NHL said.

TSN’s Darren Dreger was first to report the news Saturday.


1) Celtics Use Unselfish Play to Torch Cavaliers

Crawford Records Triple-Double

The Celtics led from start to finish against the Cavaliers and cruised to a 103-86 blowout win Friday night in Boston. The C’s shot 50 percent from the field in a game that saw all of Boston’s starters score in double-figures.

Several Celtics logged impressive box score lines in the win, including Jordan Crawford’s triple-double performance (11 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists) and Jeff Green’s season high in scoring (31 points). Avery Bradley shot 9-of-11 from the field en route to 21 points while Jared Sullinger dropped in four 3-pointers in the win.

2) Patriots make a series of transactions

The Patriots announced that they have signed DT Sealver Siliga to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and signed TE D.J. Williams to the 53-man roster. In addition, the Patriots signed rookie T Patrick Ford to the practice squad.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced that they have signed DT Sealver Siliga(Pronounced – SIL-ver SEE-ling-gah) to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and signed TE D.J. Williamsto the 53-man roster.

In addition, the Patriots signed rookie TPatrick Ford to the practice squad.

Siliga, 23, was signed by the Patriots to the practice squad on Oct. 23, 2013. He has spent time with San Francisco, Denver and Seattle since joining the NFL as a rookie free agent with the 49ers in 2011 out of Utah. The 6-foot-2, 325-pounder, was released by the 49ers at the end of his first training camp and was then signed to the Denver practice squad. He began the 2012 season on the Denver practice squad before being signed to the 53-man roster in September. He played in one game for Denver in 2012. Siliga was traded by Denver to Seattle in training camp this past summer and spent part of the year on the Seahawks practice squad before being released on Oct. 4.

Williams, 25, played in seven games with one start for Jacksonville this season before being released by the Jaguars on Nov. 4. The 6-foot-2, 245-pounder originally entered the NFL as a fifth-round draft pick (101st overall) by Green Bay out of Arkansas in 2011. Williams was waived by Green Bay on Aug. 31, 2013, and claimed off waivers and awarded to Jacksonville on Sept. 1, 2013. He has played in 33 NFL games with three starts and has nine receptions for 70 yards.

Ford, 23, was originally signed by the New York Jets as a rookie free agent out of Eastern Kentucky on Aug. 13, 2013, and was released on Aug. 26, 2013. The 6-foot-6, 305-pounder, was a three-year starter at Eastern Kentucky, serving as both a guard and tackle during his collegiate career. He spent the majority of his final two seasons at left tackle.

3) Big Zee Leads the Way
4) Trio of hot prospects added to Red Sox’s 40-man roster
Cecchini, Brentz and Ranaudo protected from next month’s Rule 5 Draft


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