Marchand collects trophies, points in finale


Marchand collects trophies, points in finale

BOSTON -- The trophy case at Brad Marchands parents house in Halifax might be getting a little cramped at this point.

The Little Ball of Hate is clearly excited to return to the place where President Barack Obama dubbed him with his nickname for when the B's and Capitals meet in the playoffs. But Marchand also loves playing at home, where he's been very good. In fact, he cleaned up with the Elizabeth Dufresne Trophy as the Bruins best home performer for the season, and the John P. Bucyk Award for the greatest off-ice charitable contributions, hand-picked by the Chief himself.

Marchand also showed a bit of class -- that sometimes goes under the radar given his antagonizing ways -- by grabbing the puck for Patrice Bergerons 400th point after he assisted on Tyler Seguins third period goal.

We wouldnt have won last year without him. We wouldnt have the success weve had this year without him, said Marchand of Bergeron. Hes the kind of player that wins championship and hes the kind of player you build championship teams around.

Both awards were presented to Marchand prior to Saturdays regular season finale, and then the rabble-rousing Bs imp potted his 28th goal of the season in Bostons 4-3 shootout victory over the Buffalo Sabres.

Not a bad day for No. 63, who followed up a strong 20-goal rookie season with 28 goals, 55 points and a plus-31 in 76 games for the Bruins. Marchand even copped to missing a breakaway chance during the game to give his buddy Tyler Seguin the sole team lead with 29 goals scored this season.

Yeah, I missed it on purpose because he was crying about how he wanted before the game, said Marchand with a smirk. So I let him have it.

The back-and-forth between Marchand and Seguin for the goal-scoring lead on the Bruins was one of the more enjoyable subplots to the second half of the season, and Bergeron said it was fitting they were going back and forth on the final day of the season.

It was fun. Thats what I told them. I knew Marchand was going to try to score another one just to get back to even with Seguin, said Bergeron. Its healthy competition between the two. They try to do things together, I guess. But theyre playing great and its nice to have them both on my side.

Lost in all the scoring title hubbub was the fact that both third period goals also allowed the Bruins to get into overtime and end the season on a winning note. But once again the regular season credit and the trophies that go along with it dont really matter much starting Thursday against the Washington Capitals.

Theres always more room for more trophies, said Marchand. But the only one Im making room for is the Stanley Cup. So hopefully we get lucky again.

Report: Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic


Report: Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car crash in in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning, according to ESPN's Cristian Moreno. Ventura was 25 years old.

Ventura was 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA for the Royals' 2015 World Series champions and 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA in 32 starts in 2016. The right-hander made his major league debut in 2013 and in 2014 went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA for Kansas City's A.L. pennant winners. 

Ironically, Ventura paid tribute to his good friend and fellow Dominican, Oscar Tavares, who was also killed in a car crash in the D.R. in October 2014, by wearing Tavares' initials and R.I.P. on his cap before Ventura's start in Game 6 of the World Series in 2014. 

Ventura is the second major league player to die in the past five months. Former Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in Miami on Sept. 25.


Patriots-Steelers game notes: Pats shooting for record ninth Super Bowl berth

Patriots-Steelers game notes: Pats shooting for record ninth Super Bowl berth

A quick look at the information you need to know about tonight's Patriots-Steelers game:


TEAM RECORDS: Patriots 15-2, Steelers 13- 5

GAME TIME: 6:40 p.m. EST


TV ANNOUNCERS: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson


NATIONAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Kevin Harlan, Dan Fouts and Ross Tucker

LOCAL RADIO NETWORK: Anchored by WBZ-FM (98.5 The Sports Hub)

LOCAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Bob Socci and Scott Zolak


LAST MEETING: Patriots 27, Steelers 16 on Oct. 23, 2016 at Heinz Field

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-- Bill Belichick is coaching in his NFL-record 11th conference championship game. Tom Brady is playing in his NFL-record 11th conference championship game.

-- The Patriots are 8-4 in AFC Championship Games, including 5-1 in games played in Foxboro and 4-1 at Gillette Stadium.

-- The Patriots are 30-19 in postseason games, including 19-4 at home (3-1 at Schaefer/Sullivan/Foxboro Stadium, 16-3 at Gillette).

-- The Patriots' 30 postseason victories are tied with the 49ers for fourth-most in NFL history, behind the Cowboys (34), Steelers (34) and Packers (32).

-- The Patriots' .612 winning percentage in postseason games is third-best in NFL history, behind the Ravens (15-8, .652) and Packers (34-21, .618).

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-- If the Patriots win today they will qualify for their ninth Super Bowl, most in NFL history. They are currently tied with the Cowboys, Broncos and Steelers at eight.

-- If the Patriots win today, Robert Kraft will set an NFL record for most conference championships by an owner (8) in the Super Bowl era. He is currently tied with the Denver Broncos' Pat Bowler at seven.

-- If the Patriots win today, Bill Belichick will move into a tie with Bill Walsh for third place on the NFL list of best postseason coaching winning percentage. Belichick (who would be 25-10 with a victory) and Walsh (10-4) would have .714 winning percentage. Belichick is currently in fifth place, two percentage points behind Joe Gibbs (17-7, .708). Vince Lombardi (9-1, .900) is in first place and Tom Flores (8-3. .727) is second.

-- If the Patriots win today, Belichick will advance to his seventh Super Bowl as a head coach, which would be most in NFL history. He is currently tied with Don Shula at six.

-- Tom Brady (8) needs one more playoff game with three or more touchdown passes to tie Joe Montana (9) for most three-plus TD playoff games since the 1970 NFL merger.

-- Stephen Gostkowski (142) needs 11 points to tie Gary Anderson for third place on the NFL's all-time list of kicking points in the postseason. Adam Vinatieri (234) is first and David Akers (175) is second.

-- Julian Edelman (76) needs nine receptions to tie Andre Reed (85) for sixth place on the NFL's all-time list of postseason receptions. Michael Irvin is fifth at 88, and Hines Ward and Wes Welker are tied for third at 88.

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-- REFEREE: Terry McAulay. UMPIRE: Rich Hall. HEAD LINESMAN: Wayne Mackie. LINE JUDGE: Mark Perlman. FIELD JUDGE: Scott Edwards. SIDE JUDGE: Boris Cheek. BACK JUDGE: Tony Steratore. ALTERNATES: John Parry, Mark Steinkerchner, Rich Martinez. REPLAY OFFICIAL: Mike Wimmer. SUPERVISOR: Gary Slaughter.