Krejci's contract runs out with Czech Republic team


Krejci's contract runs out with Czech Republic team

Bruins center David Krejci spent the first three months of the hockey season playing in his native Czech Republic during the NHL lockout, but those days are over for now. Krejci confirmed to in an email that his contract has run out with the HC Pardubice team he played on from October-December. Now hes simply watching and waiting to see what happens with the lockout just like everybody else.

Krejci will remain in the Czech Republic for the present time, and then make a decision once things resolved in the next few weeks. The 26-year-old playmaking pivot will obviously head to Boston if the NHL and NHLPA can hammer a new CBA out in the next two weeks prior to potential 2013 NHL regular season cancellation. It also remains a consideration that Krejci will remain playing in the Czech Republic if the entire NHL season is bagged.

My contract is done, but Im still in Czech for now, said Krejci to Im waiting for whats going to happen with the NHL in the next couple of weeks.

Krejci finished with 27 points (16 goals, 11 assists) in 24 games for Pardubice along with a plus-3 rating, and is one of 13 Bruins that traveled to Europe this season while attempting to stay sharp during the NHL lockout.

Krejci is entering the first year of a three-year contract extension that will pay him 5.25 million per season, and is coming off a career-high 23 goals scored for the Bruins last season. Patrice Bergeron is similarly finished with his contract playing for HC Lugano in the Swiss A League and will headed back to North America after participating in the European Spengler Cup tournament this week.

Red Sox celebration quickly washes away walk-off loss


Red Sox celebration quickly washes away walk-off loss

NEW YORK -- It had the potential to be the most awkward celebration ever.

In the top of the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium, before their game was complete, the Red Sox became American League East champions, by virtue of one other division rival -- Baltimore -- coming back to beat another -- Toronto -- in the ninth inning.

That eliminated the Blue Jays from the division race, and made the Sox division champs.

But that ninth inning reversal of fortune was about to visit the Red Sox, too.

Craig Kimbrel faced four hitters and allowed a single and three straight walks, leading to a run. When, after 28 pitches, he couldn't get an out, he was lifted for Joe Kelly, who recorded one out, then yielded a walk-off grand slam to Mark Teixeira.

The Yankees celebrated wildly on the field, while the Red Sox trudged into the dugout, beset with mixed emotions.

Yes, they had just lost a game that seemed theirs. But they also had accomplished something that had taken 158 games.

What to do?

The Sox decided to drown their temporary sorrows in champagne.

"As soon as we got in here,'' said Jackie Bradley Jr., "we quickly got over it.''

From the top of the eighth until the start of the bottom of the ninth, the Red Sox seemed headed in a conventional celebration.

A two-run, bases-loaded double by Mookie Betts and a wild pitch -- the latter enabling David Ortiz to slide into home and dislodge the ball from former teammate Tommy Layne's glove --- had given the Sox a 3-0 lead.

Koji Uehara worked around a walk to post a scoreless walk and after the top of the ninth, the Sox called on Craig Kimbrel, who had successfully closed out all but two save opportunities all season.

But Kimbrel quickly allowed a leadoff single to Brett Gardner and then began pitching as though he forgot how to throw strikes. Three straight walks resulted in a run in and the bases loaded.

Joe Kelly got an out, but then Teixeira, for the second time this week, produced a game-winning homer in the ninth. On Monday, he had homered in Toronto to turn a Blue Jays win into a loss, and now, here he was again.

It may have been a rather meaningless victory for the Yankees -- who remain barely alive for the wild card -- but it did prevent them the indignity of watching the Red Sox celebrate on their lawn.

Instead, the Sox wore the shame of the walk-off -- at least until they reached their clubhouse, where the partying began in earnest.

It had taken clubhouse attendants less than five minutes to cover the floor and lockers with plastic protective sheets. In a matter of a few more minutes, the air was filled with a mix of beer and bubbly.

President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski wore a goggles and only socks on his feet.

As the spray reached every inch of the clubhouse, David Ortiz exclaimed: "I'm going to drown in this man.''

Defeat? What defeat?