Thomas in net again, Boychuk and Chara reunited

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Thomas in net again, Boychuk and Chara reunited

BOSTON -- Tim Thomas will be making his 18th appearance in the last 19 games when the Bruins suit up to take on the Washington Capitals, and it will be a mostly familiar lineup that takes the ice against the Caps. The forward groups will be the same with Daniel Paille sitting as the healthy scratch as the 13th forward and the odd-man out, but Dennis Seidenberg is out of the lineup with an infected cut in his leg.

With that in mind, Claude Julien will go back to the usual Zdeno CharaJohnny Boychuk pairing that weve seen so much this season. Instead, Joe Corvo will play for the first time since the Bruins were drop-kicked by the Florida Panthers by a 6-2 score at BankAtlantic Center two weeks ago.

Here is the projected lineup for the Bruins:

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Marchand-Bergeron-Peverley
Rolston-Kelly-Pouliot
Paille-Campbell-Thornton

Chara-Boychuk
Ference-McQuaid
Zanon-Corvo

Thomas
Turco

Gronkowski nominated for Walter Payton Man of the Year Award

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Gronkowski nominated for Walter Payton Man of the Year Award

FOXBORO -- Rob Gronkowski is up for one of the NFL's most prestigious awards, and it's not simply for what he's done while on the football field. 

The Patriots tight end is the team's nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, it was announced on Wednesday. Each year the award recognizes one player for his excellence on and off the field.

“We’re proud to honor these outstanding men who represent the NFL’s best on and off the field,” said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. “Our players have a unique platform to make a difference far beyond the field of play. We salute these individuals who are exemplary in their commitment to making a positive impact in communities across the globe through their dedicated service and philanthropic efforts.”

The winner will be announced in Houston on the night before Super Bowl LI.

Gostkowski named AFC special teams player of week

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Gostkowski named AFC special teams player of week

FOXBORO -- It's been an uncharacteristically erratic season for Stephen Gostkowski, but on Sunday the Patriots Pro Bowl kicker was dialed in. And his four field-goal performance against Los Angeles earned him AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors. It is the second time this season and the fifth time in his career that Gostkowski has been named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week, having also won the award after the first game of the season at Arizona. 

Gostkowski's missed four field goals so far this season. He hasn't missed four in a year since 2012 when he missed six field goals. He's also missed three extra points. While the Patriots were a little downcast about the inability of their offense to close out drives against the Rams, an ancillary benefit was undoubtedly Gostkowski having a day that should boost his confidence going forward.