Scott comfortable as next man up on Patriots defense

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Scott comfortable as next man up on Patriots defense

FOXBORO -- This is Trevor Scott's fifth year in the NFL. After spending four seasons with the Oakland Raiders, the defensive end is having a somewhat different experience this season with the Patriots.

"I mean, other than the fact that it's the first time I'm making the playoffs, it's pretty different," said Scott on Monday, a day after the Patriots beat the Dolphins 28-0 to clinch a first-round bye. "I'm definitely excited to be here, and definitely ready to take a run at this thing."

If the Patriots are going to take a serious run, then they're going to need Scott's presence on the defensive line. He recorded one of New England's seven sacks on Sunday, and may be used even more if Rob Ninkovich's hip injury limits his playing time. (Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran reported Monday that the Patriots are cautiously optimistic that Ninkovich may return for the playoffs.)

"I just go in and perform every time I'm asked to," said Scott, who saw action in place of Ninkovich against the Dolphins after the Ninkovich left the game. "I mean, that's all I can really control. So, every time my number's called, I just make sure I go in and do my job.

"We have a lot of depth here, on defense," added Scott. "That's one thing, when someone goes down, we have the next guy that's going to step in and fill his role. It's definitely huge to have the depth that we have, so no matter what happens, we just have to keep moving forward."

Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia said in a conference call Monday that he was pleased with Scott's progress.

"Trevor has certainly progressed and become more familiar with the system and communication and the different things that were trying to do," Patricia said. "Obviously we have a situation like we had yesterday and guys just have to step in and go and thats what we prepare for every week."

The Patriots move forward with a first-round bye. Players showed up for meetings on Monday. They'll have Tuesday off, and will practice on Wednesday and Thursday before having Friday through Sunday off.

"We're not taking the week off, that's for sure," said Scott on Monday. "We're still going to be back in here working hard, getting ready for whoever we face next.

"It's definitely good for us, just for the fact that you get to be mentally sharp and physically sharp again. The bye week is definitely big."

Bruins blast Kings 4-1, continue strong start for Cassidy

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Bruins blast Kings 4-1, continue strong start for Cassidy

LOS ANGELES - Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak scored their 26th goals of the season, and the Boston Bruins improved to 5-1-0 under interim coach Bruce Cassidy with a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.

Anton Khudobin made 27 saves in his second start since Christmas for the Bruins, who nursed an early lead to their first win in Los Angeles since March 24, 2012.

Pastrnak punctuated a strong all-around game with his seventh power-play goal of the season early in the second period. Dominic Moore ended his 26-game goal drought with an empty-net score, and David Krejci added another empty-netter with 7.2 seconds left.

Kevin Gravel scored his first NHL goal and Peter Budaj stopped 21 shots for the Kings, who have lost six of eight.

Paul George on trade talks: 'Thought I’d be in the loop a little more'

Paul George on trade talks: 'Thought I’d be in the loop a little more'

After a lot of speculation ahead of the trade deadline, Paul George is still a member of the Indiana Pacers.

Meeting with the media at Thursday's practice, George addressed the rumors, but sounded a bit frustrated about not being “in the loop” in regards to trade talks. 

“I was kind of on the ropes just like you guys were on what was about to happen,” George told reporters, per Clark Wade of the Indianapolis Star. “It’s kind of a dark moment, a lot of uncertainty. That was the frustrating part. You want me to be your guy here, thought I’d be in the loop a little more.”

The Celtics were one of the teams who were reportedly interested in George, but on the CSN Trade Deadline Special, Chris Mannix said the C's “weren’t really close” to landing the All-Star.

George, 26, will be a free agent after the 2017-18 season.