McCourty 'fine' after fourth-quarter injury scare


McCourty 'fine' after fourth-quarter injury scare

FOXBORO -- Patriots cornerback Devin McCourty spent Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills playing safety, and while he was part of a second half that saw major improvements in the secondary, he finished the game with an injury scare.

With 1:41 left in the fourth quarter, and the Patriots leading 49-21, McCourty hit Bills wide receiver Ruvell Martin on a play that resulted in a Kyle Arrington interception. The interception was overturned because McCourty was flagged for a personal could on the hit.

But McCourty seemed to have suffered a lower-body injury on the play. He stayed down on the field for several minutes, until the Patriots' training staff came rushing over to the opposite sideline -- including coach Bill Belichick.

McCourty got up on his own power and jogged off the field with a slight limp, saying after the game, "Yeah, I was fine."

Blackhawks edge past Bruins with late goal in 1-0 win


Blackhawks edge past Bruins with late goal in 1-0 win

BOSTON -- Anybody looking for an emotional, high-energy response from the Bruins after back-to-back putrid losses to the Islanders and Red Wings didn’t get it on Friday night against the Chicago Blackhawks at TD Garden.

Instead the Bruins had plenty of shots with zero goals to show for it, and then gave up a goal to Marian Hossa on a nifty tic-tac-toe passing play to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 regulation win over the Black and Gold. It was the third straight loss for a Bruins team that continues to sink down in the playoff picture at a time of years when the results are the only thing that matters.

The defeat could also very well cost B’s head coach Claude Julien his job as a lifeless Bruins organization looks for any way to get out of the mud they’ve been stuck in for the last six weeks.

The Bruins and Blackhawks couldn’t crack the scoreboard for the first 50 minutes in regulation, and the genuine scoring chances were few and far between for both sides.

Tim Schaller and Patrice Bergeron had scoring chances down low in the first period, and Joe Morrow had a breakaway turned away by Blackhawks backup goalie Scott Darling early in the proceedings. But the scoring chances and sustained attack really began to dry up in the second period, and it became a series of one-and-done shots on net for both sides.

As one would expect both goalies were stellar with Darling putting together a 16-save performance in the first period, and Tuukka Rask turning away several Blackhawks chances including an Artem Anisimov wrist shot off the rush with just a couple of minutes to go in the third period. Rask finished with 21 saves, and Darling finished with 30 saves in a big win for the Chicago backup netminder.