The Steelers ongoing cap purge saw veteran defensive end Aaron Smith fly forth on Thursday. At 35, the oft-injured Smith may be at the end of the line. Biceps, rotator cuff, neck, foot -- they've all given way in the past few seasons for the once-brilliant 3-4 DE that Bill Belichick once felt was one of the most underrated defenders in football. But, given the penchant of the Patriots for scooping up players who seem to be on their way out of the league and wringing one, final, time-managed season out of them, it wouldn't be a surprise if the Patriots reach out to Smith to see if he's DONE done or just done in Pittsburgh.Meanwhile, Raiders' outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley is staring at a reported ultimatum from the Raiders. Oakland wants him to restructure before the start of the league year. He's due to make 11 million with 6.5 million guaranteed. The fat contract Al Davis gave this solid pass rusher makes him a player the Patriots wouldn't likely trade for. They'd have to take on his deal. But if Wimbley doesn't blink and is released, New England could be interested. One big reason -- pass rush potency. Another? Joe Linta, Wimbley's agent, has a terrific relationship with the Patriots and could help smooth the way for a signing with the Patriots.
Joe Haggerty hands out his superlatives after the Boston Bruins 5-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins
PITTSBURGH - Conor Sheary scored two goals, Sidney Crosby added his league-leading 28th and the Pittsburgh Penguins won their fourth straight game, 5-1 over the Boston Bruins.
Pittsburgh led 2-1 through two periods before breaking out in the third with three goals in a span of 2 minutes, 57 seconds.
Sheary scored his 17th and has nine goals in nine games. Bryan Rust added his 12th and Patric Hornqvist his 11th for the Penguins, who won a season-high seventh straight at home. Pittsburgh the NHL's best home team, is 13-0-1 in its last 14 home games.
Evgeni Malkin had two assists for a season-best seven-game point streak. Crosby added two assists for a three-point game. Matt Murray made 44 saves to win his fourth straight game.
David Krejci scored his 11th for the Bruins, who have lost four straight and five of their last six.