Bruins battered by Penguins, 5-2


Bruins battered by Penguins, 5-2

PITTSBURGH Things are getting bleaker and more difficult for a Bruins team thats trying to make it through the NHL grind intact.

The Bruins lost one of their games in hand over the Ottawa Senators and dropped another black-and-blue decision in a 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins that saw three more players go down with injury at the CONSOL Energy Center.

Now the Bruins lead the Sens by only two points with just two games in hand as Ottawa continues to threaten the Bs in the Northeast Division.

Patrice Bergeron, Adam McQuaid and Max Sauve were all lost at different points during the game and the depleted Bs unit couldnt overcome a three-goal deficit in the first period that doomed them to defeat.

David Krejci powered a gutsy Bs comeback with a pair of goals in the second period that got Boston back into the game, but Pens top line players James Neal and Evgeni Malkin simply did too much damage.

The two goals allowed Krejci to cross over the 20-goal plateau for the first time since his 73-point season during the 2008-09 campaign.

Arron Asham set the tone with an early goal that got things going Pittsburghs way when a blocked shot hopped right onto his stick, and the MalkinNeal combo helped create two more goals before the period was over.

Bruins coach Claude Julien opted to pull Tim Thomas in favor of Marty Turco for the second period, and Turco only gave up one goal the rest of the way while making a solid debut for Boston. But a Penguins team thats won nine games in a row is playing far too well to be caught by a Bruins team simply looking for a foothold. Pascal Dupuis added the insurance strike for the Penguins that officially ended all hope for Boston in the third period.

Quick Slants Podcast: Gostkowski’s woes with Chuck Zodda


Quick Slants Podcast: Gostkowski’s woes with Chuck Zodda

New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski has now missed five kicks on the year, including field goals against the Miami, Buffalo and Cleveland. 

In an emergency podcast, Tom E. Curran speaks with Chuck Zodda of Inside The Pylon about Stephen Gostkowski’s kicking woes.

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Geno Smith has torn ACL; Ryan Fitzpatrick to start for Jets


Geno Smith has torn ACL; Ryan Fitzpatrick to start for Jets

The Jets’ quarterback situation took a comically typical turn Monday, as Ryan Fitzpatrick will be under center after an MRI revealed that Geno Smith has a torn ACL. 

After starting New York’s first six games of the season, Fitzpatrick was demoted to backup for Sunday’s game against the Ravens. Smith was injured on a sack by Baltimore’s Matt Judon, forcing Fitzpatrick back into action. 

After leading the Jets to a 24-16 win, Fitzpatrick made his dissatisfaction with being benched known. 

“The biggest thing in this game in order to last, is to have belief in yourself,” Fitzpatrick said in his postgame press conference. “Because when the owner stops believing in you and the GM stops believing in you and the coaches stop believing in you, sometimes all you have is yourself. That’s something that I’ve had to deal with before. That’s something I’m dealing with now.”

On the season, Fitzpatrick has completed 136 of 237 passes for 1,561 yards with six touchdowns and a league-leading 11 interceptions.