Thomas in net, McQuaid back in lineup

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Thomas in net, McQuaid back in lineup

SUNRISE, FL Tim Thomas gets the start for the Bruins looking to even his record at 4-4 for the month and right the ship, and hell stand behind a Bs team thats looking for anything to hang their Black and Gold hat on.

Jordan Caron has been pushed up with David Krejci and Milan Lucic on the top line, and the ultra-effective two-way line of Patrice Bergeron, Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand will be reunited after a handful of games away from each other. Here are the lines with Adam McQuaid taking the pregame warm-up for the first time since suffering in upper-body injury Sunday in Pittsburgh. McQuaid was expected to be a healthy scratch, but a game time decision had him in the lineup.

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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.