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Could Seguin and Kessel be All-Star linemates?

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Could Seguin and Kessel be All-Star linemates?

OTTAWA Could it be that Tyler Seguin and Phil Kessel will be linemates during the NHL All-Star game on Sunday?

That would go right in line with the playful sense of humor Bruins coach Claude Julien displays on a regular basis, and could be a fun way to turn all of the SeguinKessel comparisons on their ears. Seguin joked about it with Kessel after both were selected by Team Chara, and will suit up with the same blue All-Star sweaters on Sunday afternoon at Scotiabank Place.

'I said Kess, I think were linemates, Seguin said following the draft on Thursday night. Kessel said That be cool. I think the media would like it.

The duo are irrevocably intertwined in their hockey careers after the fairly contentious trade of Kessel from Boston to Toronto handed the Bruins the No. 2 overall pick that nabbed Seguin two years ago. Since then, the Bruins have captured a Stanley Cup, watched Seguin blossom into an All-Star forward and concocted the Thank You, Kessel chant at TD Garden as a way to mock the Leafs scorer that wanted out of Boston.

Meanwhile, Kessel has developed into one of the most dangerous goal-scorers in the NHL, and has Toronto in the playoff hunt for the first time since the NHL lockout. Hes actually topped 80 points in the 82 games since being handed the title of Mr. Irrelevant during last years All-Star Draft, and was selected in the eighth round this season.

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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