Peverley still a question mark for Friday

564916.jpg

Peverley still a question mark for Friday

WILMINGTON, Mass The jury is still out on whether Rich Peverley will suit up for Friday nights game against the Florida Panthers, but he missed his second straight day of practice with an undisclosed issue.

The nagging problem wont fully go away, and Claude Julien said that Peverley will be playing with it for the entirety of the season. That likely means its something that will need surgery once the year is over, but a couple of extra days of rest sandwiched around three days off for Christmas could be beneficial for the shifty Peverley.

Peverley has 10 points (2 goals, 8 assists) during nine games in the month of December, and there is clearly an upside to earning two points against an Eastern Conference competitor like the Florida Panthers headed into the holiday.

Therein lies the Bs dilemma with Peverley.

Were not 100 percent. We decided to keep him off the ice today and well decide tomorrow morning whether we skate him to get him ready for the night or whether well give him the extra rest, Julien said. If thats the case then the goal is to give him extra rest. Were not sure we can totally eliminate and well have to deal with for the year. Its a little nagging injury that wont stop him from playing, but sometimes rest does him a lot of good.

Ironically hes been playing some of his best hockey while playing banged up, but the Bs also have Zach Hamill to step in for Peverley. The 23-year-old skated with Benoit Pouliot and Chris Kelly at practice on Thursday morning at Ristuccia Arena.

Bruins' skid continues in 6-3 loss to Lightning

Bruins' skid continues in 6-3 loss to Lightning

BOSTON – The Bruins are doing it again. 

With a team that was badly in need of a win, the Bruins couldn’t get any separation from the Tampa Bay Lightning before ultimately sagging in the third period on the way to a deflating 6-3 loss at TD Garden on Thursday night. 

It marks four losses in a row for the Black and Gold with Thursday night as the worst among them, and doesn’t extinguish any of the concerns that Boston is in another late-season tailspin. 

Jonathan Drouin beat Tuukka Rask with a shot from the face-off circle that dipped underneath his glove hand for the game-winner, and Nikita Kucherov added the final two goals to give him a hat trick for a Bolts team that snapped their own three-game losing streak. 

This game had all the warning signs after a nondescript first period with the Bruins giving up goals immediately after they scored three times in the second period. The first was a David Pastrnak power play strike for his 32ndof the season, and the Lightning struck 44 seconds later with a Brayden Point rebound score after a big breakdown by Boston’s best players on the ice. 

Zdeno Chara again gave the Bruins a short-lived lead on a shorthanded goal in the second period, but Tampa Bay responded with a blistering Nikita Kucherov one-timer just 24 seconds later with the Bolts still on the power play. Boston scored again on a Riley Nash wraparound bid that he threw off the diving Victor Hedman in the crease, and Boston had a brief one-goal lead once again. 

It was 1:35 later that Anton Stralman beat Rask high to the glove side on an odd-man rush and that set up a third period where Tampa Bay scored three unanswered goals and sent the Bruins to their fourth straight loss. 

Report: Steelers' offer for Dont'a Hightower was bigger than Patriots'

Report: Steelers' offer for Dont'a Hightower was bigger than Patriots'

Dont'a Hightower left money on the table in New York and in Pittsburgh, and instead took a smaller deal to return the New England Patriots, according to CBSSports' Jason La Canfora.

The Jets' offer was previously reported to be $12 million per year, including incentives. La Canfora reiterated that report. But he also detailed Pittsburgh's offer, as the Steelers also outbid the Patriots with over $9 million per year.

Instead, Hightower settled for $8.7 million per season with New England, and will play under Bill Belichick in a Patriots jersey for the sixth season in 2017.

Hightower traveled a great deal during free agency, and ended up garnering interest from the Steelers, Jets, Tennessee Titans and Miami Dolphins.

The 27-year-old linebacker finished the 2016 season with 65 tackles tackles, 2.5 sacks, two pass deflections and one forced fumble. He also had a game-changing strip sack on Matt Ryan in Super Bowl LI that shifted the momentum of game.