Bruins Avoid Distraction

Despite the distraction of the NHL gambling scandal, in which one of their own was named, the Bruins went out on the road and defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1. Fluto Shinzawa and Steve Conroy have the game stories from the Steel city. Mike Loftus has a look at Tim Thomas, who has really helped turn the season around for the Bruins. Conroy has Travis Green and the Bruins being tight lipped about Green being named in the investigation. Bill Reynolds says that this scandal is coming at the worst possible time for the NHL. Shinzawa’s notebook has more on Green being named in the probe. Conroy’s notebook looks at Brian Leetch getting back into the lineup for the Bruins last night.

Steve Bulpett has Paul Pierce hoping that the Celtics can keep their core nucleus of himself, Wally Szczerbiak, Delonte West, Al Jefferson and Kendrick Perkins together through the trade deadline and well beyond then. Shalise Manza Young reports on Kendrick Perkins colliding with Brian Scalabrine at practice yesterday and separating his shoulder. It is hoped that the injury isn’t too severe, but it seems likely that it will keep the third year big man sidelined until after the February 19th All Star game. Marvin Pave and Shira Springer also report on the injury to Perkins. Bulpett’s notebook has more on the injury as well as an update on Wally Szczerbiak’s knee and Gerald Green’s development.

Paul Doyle looks at the Red Sox ownership creating a new Fenway Park, little by little. Jeff Horrigan reports that this offseason’s projects are just about halfway complete, but are expected to be finished in time for the home opener. Joe McDonald also reports on the Fenway makeover. Steve Buckley approves of the alterations. Nick Cafardo reports on Red Sox pitching coach Dave Wallace being hospitalized with a hip infection that could keep him out of spring training and part of the regular season. Horrigan’s notebook looks at newly signed Red Sox shortstop Alex Gonzalez’s stellar performance in the Caribbean World Series.

Tom E Curran talks to Brad Blank, the agent for Patriots receiver David Givens, who says that the free agent to be would like to remain with the Patriots. Lenny Megliola says there is a decent chance that Doug Flutie could be back for another go-around with the Patriots.

Michael Vega and Mark Murphy report on freshman point guard Tyrese Rice leading Boston College to a 72-66 win over Wake Forest.

Kevin Paul Dupont has a profile on US Olympic Hockey coach Peter Laviolette. Bob Ryan takes a look at what some of the top stories for the US will be in these games. Get more Olympic coverage from the Boston Globe and Boston Herald Turin Olympic pages.

The New York Sports Pages are also filled with NHL gambling coverage and Olympic news.

NESN has Devils/Bruins at 7:00. TNT has Heat/Mavs at 8:00 and Bulls/Kings at 10:30. ESPN has Ohio St/Michigan at 7:00 and West Virginia/Pitt at 9:00. ESPN2 has St John’s/Georgetown at 9:00 and Cal State-Fullerton/Pacific at 11:00. FSN has UCLA/Washington St at 8:30 and Stanford/Cal at 10:30.

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