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Chara, Thomas, Bergeron, Boychuk don't travel

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Chara, Thomas, Bergeron, Boychuk don't travel

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- As the Bruins concluded practice on Wednesday at Ristuccia Arena and got ready to fly to Ottawa, Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, and Tim Thomas remained on the ice.

The trio of veteran leaders will not travel with the team to take on the Senators in the second-to-last game of the regular season. They each continued to practice for close to an hour after the rest of the Bruins called it a day.

With the B's not moving from the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, and a home game to conclude the regular season on Saturday, Chara said they're not making the trip to Ottawa "for good reasons."

"It's not like I'll be sitting out for a whole bunch of games," said the Bruins' captain on Wednesay. "It's just this one, and I'll be back the last game."

Also not making the trip to Ottawa will be injured defenseman Johnny Boychuk, who suffered a lower body injury in the third period of Tuesday night's 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Wednesday's practice that he still did not know the extent of Boychuk's injury, and remained hopeful that it wasn't as bad an injury as it looked.

"Not yet," said Julien. "He was seeing our doctor this morning. We haven't had the results yet, but again, I'm still confident that it will be hopefully not as bad as it looked."

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Jayson Tatum vs. Markelle Fultz debate

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Jayson Tatum vs. Markelle Fultz debate

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their reactions on the Celtics getting their first win of the season and a comparison between Isaiah Thomas and Kyrie Irving in the 4th quarter.

7:17 - Phil Perry joins BST to break down the tale of the tape between the Falcons and the Patriots as he breaks down the quarterbacks, offense, defense, coaching, and intangibles between the two teams.

11:57 - Our crew on BST discuss number 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz and number 3 overall pick Jayson Tatum going up against each other and debate who seems like the better pick so far. 

16:35 - In this segment of Irrelevant Questions, Tom Curran interviews Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett as he asks him a bunch of random questions. 

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ALCS: Verlander, Astros beat Yankees 7-1 to force Game 7

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ALCS: Verlander, Astros beat Yankees 7-1 to force Game 7

HOUSTON -  Justin Verlander remained perfect with Houston, pitching seven shutout innings when the team needed him most, and Jose Altuve homered and drove in three runs as the Astros extended the AL Championship Series to a decisive Game 7 with a 7-1 win over the New York Yankees on Friday night.

Acquired in an Aug. 31 trade, Verlander has won all nine outings with the Astros. And with his new club facing elimination in Game 6 against the Yankees, he delivered again.

After striking out 13 in a complete-game victory in Game 2, Verlander threw another gem. The right-hander scattered five hits and struck out eight to improve to 9-0 with 67 strikeouts since being traded from Detroit. George Springer helped him out of a jam in the seventh, leaping to make a catch at the center-field wall and rob Todd Frazier of extra bases with two on and Houston up 3-0.

Game 7 is Saturday night in Houston, with the winner advancing to the World Series against the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

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