Turco, Bruins drop one to Penguins, 5-3

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Turco, Bruins drop one to Penguins, 5-3

BOSTON -- It was a battle of back-up goaltenders, and a somewhat meaningless game for the Bruins on Tuesday night at the TD Garden, and the Pittsburgh Penguins walked away with a 5-3 win in the process.

But the B's may have lost more than just the game, as defenseman Johnny Boychuk collided with Penguins forward Arron Asham in the third period, and was helped off the ice and to the dressing room with an apparent lower-body injury.

Rich Peverley helped Boston cut Pittsburgh's lead to 5-3 about a minute after Boychuk left the game, but it was too little, too late.

Arron Asham's re-direction past Marty Turco, 6:15 into the third period put the Penguins up 5-3, after they went into the third with a 4-2 lead, thanks to a pair of power-play goals in the final two minutes of the second.

Daniel Paille and Rich Peverley drew two-minute penalties nine seconds apart, and Pittsburgh took advantage, as James Neal gave the Penguins a 3-2 lead with 1:49 left in the period, which was followed by Sidney Crosby's second goal of the game, with 1:01 left in the period.

The Bruins began the second by tying the game at 2-2, just 18 seconds in, after Milan Lucic finished a behind-the-back pass out front by David Krejci.

Pittsburgh initially took a 2-0 lead in the first period, thanks to goals from Crosby and Paul Martin.

Crosby sniped the top-right corner from the lower-left circle, after Pascal Dupuis knocked a loose puck out front to him. Martin then finished a juicy rebound that came out to him in the slot as he skated hard to the net, with 5:02 left in the first.

Benoit Pouliot gave the Bruins some life, late in the opening period, as he flipped a backhander over the left shoulder of Penguins goaltender Brent Johnson with 3:03 remaining. It helped give the Bruins a spark, but not enough spark to get a point on this night.

Brady, Harbaugh found common ground on plane ride back from Michigan

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Brady, Harbaugh found common ground on plane ride back from Michigan

FOXBORO -- What could have been an awkward plane ride for Tom Brady and John Harbaugh was made less so thanks to a high school lacrosse player. 

Brady and Harbaugh shared a private plane back from Michigan where Jim Harbaugh and his University of Michigan program put on an event for National Signing Day. About a year earlier, Brady told a room full of reporters that Harbaugh and his coaching staff should study the rule book and "figure it out" after hearing that they were pretty upset about the unusual formations the Patriots ran during their AFC Divisional Round win over Baltimore. 

They may not have been on the best of terms.

"I was pissed off," he told ESPN's Ian O'Connor before the start of this season. "It was uncalled for. And the rules are deeper than that, and I know the rules, and I stand by why that play shouldn't have been allowed. ... So yeah, that should never have been said."

But on the flight was Harbaugh's daughter Alison, a high school lacrosse player. When Brady took some time to share a few thoughts on competitiveness with her, he and Harbaugh found common ground.

"We had a lot of fun," Harbaugh said of the flight. "I don't know if he's talked about that at all, but we ended up sharing a plane ride along with my daughter and a couple of his people, friends of his. We just had a chance to just talk for a couple hours. And really more than anything, Alison got a chance to listen to Tom Brady talk about competing and what it takes to be great at what you do.

"And one of the funny things about it was, he was so nice to her. He gets off and they go, and we get back on the plane and we're talking, and she says something like, 'Boy, Tom really is a nice guy.' And I look at here and go, 'Tom?' I'm thinking 'Mr. Brady' would have been more appropriate. She said, 'He said to call me Tom.' I got a kick out of that.

"It was good. Lot of respect for him and a lot of respect for what he's accomplished. He's very tough to compete against. The best quarterback that's played, certainly in this era, without question in my mind. That's how I would rank him. And it's just another tough challenge to have to play against him."

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

Lowry, Sullinger and Blount interrupt interview with DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan didn't get a chance to answer one question in his postgame interview before being interrupted by Kyle Lowry, Jared Sullinger, and LeGarrette Blount.