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A chain reaction for Bruins' Paille

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A chain reaction for Bruins' Paille

WASHINGTON Dan Paille was wearing The Chain after the Bruins' 4-3 win over the Capitals Monday night, and it was long overdue for the fourth line winger whos busted his tail for weeks.

Paille scored the game-tying goal in the second period when Shawn Thornton pushed Washington into making an unforced error, and the puck landed on the stick of Gregory Campbell. Campbell fed Greg Zanon on the other side of the ice and the Bs defenseman blasted away at a shot from the left point that caused a rebound in front.

A miscommunication between Dennis Wideman and Jeff Schultz left Paille wide open in front of the net, and the fourth line winger shoveled a backhanded shot past Braden Holtby.

It was Paille setting the example for the rest of the Bruins about the proper way to create a net-front presence, and the correct method for crashing the net with courage and a plan for offensive attack.

Were finding our way in the last two games and were trying to keep moving forward," he said. "Most of the time theres a man on you in a man-on-man system, but I was able to get free for a good five seconds. I had all the time in the world to get that rebound, and I was fortunate to get that bounce.

Paille nearly had another goal in the first period when a long Thornton clear bounced off Holtbys pads, and created a rebound that was floating back toward the Bs fourth line. Instead of letting an onrushing Paille get a crack at the loose puck, Holtby went after it with his stick and the stick came loose, knocking the puck away from Paille. It appeared accidental, but the Bruins could have made a case for a penalty shot, which is awarded if a goalie throws his stick at the puck.

In any case, the play was part of an effort by Paille that is regularly appreciated by his fellow Merlot Line members, and something his teammates value.

We pride ourselves on being a good line, and if we can help then were going to, said Thornton.

And this time, with Paille's goal, they did help.

I was extremely happy for him," said Thornton. "Effort is never a problem for us, but being able to capitalize is always a good thing for the fourth line.

After never holding a lead over the Capitals through the first 10 periods, the Bruins now havent trailed in the playoffs since Paille stepped in front of the net for a big-time goal.

Brad Stevens: Isaiah Thomas will get scan on hip in September

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Brad Stevens: Isaiah Thomas will get scan on hip in September

Appearing on The Vertical Podcast with Chris Mannix, Brad Stevens said that Isaiah Thomas’ hip will be evaluated by the Celtics in September before the team decides how to proceed. 

The C’s were unsure of whether Thomas would require surgery on his right hip, which ended his postseason early. He has gone the offseason without surgery, so the C’s will look at it next month. 

“He has another follow-up and another scan in the early part of September when he arrives back here out east, and from there we will know an exact timeline," Stevens said. "Obviously, it’s been a lot of appropriate rest, a lot of rehab. There have been some good strides here certainly in the last month or few weeks, but we’re not going to know that until after that early September timeframe.

Added Stevens: “We want what’s best for Isaiah. We want to make sure that when he is ready to roll, which hopefully is sooner rather than later, that he is ready to roll at his highest level and for the longest possible time, obviously, right? So that’s a lot more important to me than anything else.” 

Stevens said that the uncertainty of not knowing whether Thomas would need surgery was challenging, but that his priority was the player. 

“I don’t know if it was unnerving because you can only control what you can control, but it’s a big deal for me because it’s a big deal to him,” he said. “Ultimately, obviously you want to go into every season 110 percent healthy and we’ll find out where we stand with everybody, but more so you want what’s best for him.”    

Scaramucci says Kraft gave Super Bowl LI ring to Trump

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Scaramucci says Kraft gave Super Bowl LI ring to Trump

Anthony Scaramucci isn't afraid to say stuff. This time, it involves the Patriots. 

The outspoken former White House communications director follows over 180,000 Twitter accounts. One of them is @rslashpatriots, who asked about Robert Kraft's Super Bowl rings via direct message. 

Putin famously stole Kraft's Super Bowl XXXIX ring while Kraft was visiting Russia in 2005. According to Kraft, he took out the ring to show it to Putin, but Putin put it in his pocket and left without giving it back.

Now that Trump has Kraft's ring, Kraft theoretically only has three of a possible five Super Bowl rings now. Guessing he could get new ones made.