Third-period attack lifts Bruins over Jets, 5-3


Third-period attack lifts Bruins over Jets, 5-3

BOSTON -- The Bruins came from behind three times on Tuesday night at the TD Garden, and got back on track, defeating the Winnipeg Jets 5-3.

Boston scored three unanswered goals to get the win -- all coming in the third period -- after falling behind 3-2 to end the second period.

Nathan Horton scored his second of two goals, just eight seconds into the third period, tying the game at 3-3, as he went to the net and received a spin-o-rama pass from David Krejci, who took the puck deep down the left corner off the opening draw.

Three minutes after Horton finished the play off, Tyler Seguin gave the Bruins their first lead of the game, as he came streaking down the right wing, cut across the crease with a toe drag, and put a backhander upstairs to make it 4-3 Boston.

Then, nearly seven minutes into the third, Benoit Pouliot added insurance by knocking home a rebound out front, while on the power play to make it 5-3.

Tuukka Rask made 29 saves while picking up his 10th win of the season. Ondrej Pavelec picked up his 14th loss.

The Jets took two of their three leads in the second period, with the first being a quick score to take a 2-1 lead, as former Bruin Blake Wheeler batted down a shot from the left point in the opening minute.

Shawn Thornton tied the game at 2-2, five minutes into the second period, after scoring on a penalty shot. Thornton was coming out of the penalty box, and got the puck swinging up the boards on a Winnipeg shot that went wide left. As Thornton came in all alone, he was hooked at the last minute, and the penalty shot was awarded.

On that penalty shot, Thornton didn't disappoint, faking a shot, then toe-dragging to his backhand, where he then flipped it upstairs.

The Jets took a 3-2 lead, six minutes later, thanks to Eric Fehr's low shot from the left circle that re-directed off Bruins defenseman Joe Corvo's stick and skate. It was Corvo who started the rush, as he turned the puck over in the neutral zone while trying to make a cross-ice pass from his own blue line.

Both teams ended the first period in a 1-1 stalemate. Andrew Ladd put the Jets up 1-0 with 3:07 left in the first, after he batted down a Zach Bogosian slapper from the right point that beat Rask to his right.

The Bruins tied the game at 1-1 with 39.4 seconds left in the opening period, as Nathan Horton put home a Milan Lucic pass out front.

Blount on free agency: 'I definitely want to go back to New England'


Blount on free agency: 'I definitely want to go back to New England'

LeGarrette Blount knows where he wants to be for 2017. Ever since he re-joined the Patriots in 2014 following a short stay in Pittsburgh, the 250-pound back has been very open about how he wants to play out the rest of his career in New England. 

Those feelings haven't changed, even as he faces free-agency after having recorded the best season of his seven-year career.

"I just want to make sure that I go to this free agency with an open mind, knowing that I definitely want to go back to New England," he told NFL Total Access on Monday. "I love it there. I love the culture. I love the players. I've become close with a lot of the guys. Obviously you know how my running back group is.

"We'll cross that bridge whenever we cross it. On that point, I feel great. I'm in amazing shape. I feel like I could play 100 more years if I have to."

Blount finished 2016 with career-highs in attempts (299) yards (1,161) and touchowns (18). His ability to help the Patriots close games in the fourth quarter was notable throughout the course of the season, and he was among the most effective goal-line backs in the league. His 18 rushing scores are a franchise record.

Toward the end of the season, as Dion Lewis worked his way back into the Patriots offense, Blount had his workload cut into, and his fumble in the Super Bowl was a near-catastrophic moment -- his devastated reaction to which was caught expertly by NFL Films. But a big-picture view of Blount's year would reveal that he  posted the most prodictive "big back" season the Patriots have had in more than a decade.

Blount signed a one-year deal with the Patriots last offseason after seeing his 2015 prematurely ended by way of a hip injury. He turned 30 in December.

Magic Johnson named Lakers president of basketball ops, Kupchak fired

Magic Johnson named Lakers president of basketball ops, Kupchak fired

Magic Johnson was named the Los Angeles Lakers' president of basketball operations after longtime Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak and vice president of basketball ops Jim Buss were fired, the team announced.

"Today I took a series of actions I believe will return the Lakers to the heights [late owner] Dr. Jerry Buss demanded and our fans rightly expect,” Jeanie Buss, Jerry Buss' daughter, Jim Buss' brother and Lakers president and co-owner, said in a statement. “Effective immediately, Earvin Johnson will be in charge of all basketball operations and will report directly to me. Our search for a new General Manager to work with Earvin and Coach Luke Walton is well underway and we hope to announce a new General Manager in short order. Together, Earvin, Luke and our new General Manager will establish the foundation for the next generation of Los Angeles Lakers greatness.”

Johnson, the Hall of Famer guard who led L.A. to five NBA titles, said in the same statement: “It’s a dream come true to return to the Lakers as President of Basketball Operations working closely with Jeanie Buss and the Buss family. Since 1979, I’ve been a part of the Laker Nation and I’m passionate about this organization. I will do everything I can to build a winning culture on and off the court. We have a great coach in Luke Walton and good young players. We will work tirelessly to return our Los Angeles Lakers to NBA champions.”

Johnson, part of a group that owns MLB's Los Angeles Dodgers, returned to the organization as an adviser earlier this month. Johnson coached the Lakers briefly in the 1993-94 season, going 5-11. 

Johnson's new job with the Lakers won't change his role with the Dodgers, according to the L.A. Times.

The current Lakers have the third-worst record in the NBA at 19-39 after finishing with the second-worst mark in the league (17-65) last season. Kupchak was named an assistant GM under Jerry West in 1986 and in 2000 took over for West as GM.