Kraft: Progress is made, but much work remains

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Kraft: Progress is made, but much work remains

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
FOXBORO - Nothing from nothing leaves nothing. So it's gotta be something if the owners and players are summitting privately as opposed to standing back-to-back with their arms folded over their chests. That was the point Patriots owner Robert Kraft made Thursday while meeting with media at Gillette Stadium following an event honoring community volunteers from around New England. Asked if the two sides are closer to resolving their differences now than March 11 when the lockout began, Kraft said, "I think so because we're talking now. We're making progress. But you know there's a lot of work to be done. This is a very hard deal with all the different variables . . . Sitting down and talking about the problems is a positive thing. But there's a lot of hard work still to be done. But the good news is, we're talking."Kraft at first smiled when asked how theinitially clandestine meetingsheld in Chicagolast week andLong Island this week had gone, "There were secret meetings?" he smirked.He then acknowledged, "We've been fortunate that we've had two rounds of talks and anytime principals are talking in any deal that's complicated or has some potential problems, I think that's a big plus. I'm happy that we're talking principal-to-principal. "We have the greatest game in America and a lot of people depending on this game, not just people working in this building -- service people, support people," Kraft added."I think on Sundays, it's part of Americana. People plan their day and we have to be very careful that we continue to enhance it. The fact we're continuing to talk is a very positive sign."

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Blackhawks edge past Bruins with late goal in 1-0 win

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Blackhawks edge past Bruins with late goal in 1-0 win

BOSTON -- Anybody looking for an emotional, high-energy response from the Bruins after back-to-back putrid losses to the Islanders and Red Wings didn’t get it on Friday night against the Chicago Blackhawks at TD Garden.

Instead the Bruins had plenty of shots with zero goals to show for it, and then gave up a goal to Marian Hossa on a nifty tic-tac-toe passing play to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 regulation win over the Black and Gold. It was the third straight loss for a Bruins team that continues to sink down in the playoff picture at a time of years when the results are the only thing that matters.

The defeat could also very well cost B’s head coach Claude Julien his job as a lifeless Bruins organization looks for any way to get out of the mud they’ve been stuck in for the last six weeks.

The Bruins and Blackhawks couldn’t crack the scoreboard for the first 50 minutes in regulation, and the genuine scoring chances were few and far between for both sides.

Tim Schaller and Patrice Bergeron had scoring chances down low in the first period, and Joe Morrow had a breakaway turned away by Blackhawks backup goalie Scott Darling early in the proceedings. But the scoring chances and sustained attack really began to dry up in the second period, and it became a series of one-and-done shots on net for both sides.

As one would expect both goalies were stellar with Darling putting together a 16-save performance in the first period, and Tuukka Rask turning away several Blackhawks chances including an Artem Anisimov wrist shot off the rush with just a couple of minutes to go in the third period. Rask finished with 21 saves, and Darling finished with 30 saves in a big win for the Chicago backup netminder.