Rally sends B's to playoffs on winning note

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Rally sends B's to playoffs on winning note

BOSTON -- The Bruins battled back to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the third period, and defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 4-3, in a shootout on Saturday at the TD Garden, sending the B's into the playoffs on a winning note.

Buffalo scored a pair of third-period goals to take a 3-1 lead midway through the third, but Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand each found the back of the net, under three minutes apart, to tie the game at 3-3 and send it to overtime, and eventually a shootout.

In that shootout, Patrice Bergeron beat Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth five-hole, and Tim Thomas stopped all three shots he faced to complete the comeback.

The third period began in a 1-1 tie, after Brad Boyes evened up the game by knocking home a rebound on the doorstep with 4:15 left in the second.

Seguin had initially put the Bruins up 1-0, just 3:15 into the second period, after he received a perfect cross-slot pass from Bergeron. Seguin went hard to the right post on a 2-on-1, and Bergeron found him for the tap-in.

Griff Whalen practicing for Patriots, wearing No. 14

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Griff Whalen practicing for Patriots, wearing No. 14

FOXBORO -- The Patriots took to the practice field behind Gillette Stadium on Friday with all but one player. 

Wideout Danny Amendola was the only player not present at the session. Newly-acquired receiver Griff Whalen was present and wearing No. 14. 

Safety Jordan Richards was back on the practice field for the first time since suffering a knee injury against the Jets in Week 12. Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder), Elandon Roberts (hamstring), Eric Rowe (hamstring) and Matthew Slater (foot) were all limited in practice on Thursday, but were on the field Friday.

Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while digging the Spider-Man trailer that dropped last night. 

*John Scott has finally called it a day and announced his retirement, and apparently there’s a book of his memoirs also coming out too. I’m predicting it’s not headed for the New York Times best seller list. 

*Winter Olympics participation and the CBA negotiations for the NHL are starting to merge into giant issue.  

*Connor McDavid calls the Flyers' Brandon Manning classless for telling him on the ice that he purposefully tried to hurt him last season. Some players might also take issue with McDavid making public what another player said to him on the ice. That’s kind of a no-no for most hockey players and breaks an unwritten rule that McDavid might think he’s above given his star status. This whole thing isn’t a good look for anybody. 

*Kevin Stevens pleads guilty to federal drug charges in what’s become a pretty sad situation for the former NHL star. 

*New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is beginning to raise questions with his play, and his massive price tag. 

*Youngsters Zach Weresnki and Dylan Larkin took similar paths to the NHL, and are both considered part of the talented young generation full of hockey stars. 

*PHT writer Joey Alfieri has Carey Price taking a nutty on Kyle Palmieri after the player crashed into his crease last night. Price is being celebrated for sticking up for himself, but if another goalie did that to a Habs player at the Bell Centre, there would already be a warrant out for his arrest. Play it both ways, Montreal!  

*For something completely different: here’s the aforementioned new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer that looks pretty darn good.