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Marchand collects trophies, points in finale

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Marchand collects trophies, points in finale

BOSTON -- The trophy case at Brad Marchands parents house in Halifax might be getting a little cramped at this point.

The Little Ball of Hate is clearly excited to return to the place where President Barack Obama dubbed him with his nickname for when the B's and Capitals meet in the playoffs. But Marchand also loves playing at home, where he's been very good. In fact, he cleaned up with the Elizabeth Dufresne Trophy as the Bruins best home performer for the season, and the John P. Bucyk Award for the greatest off-ice charitable contributions, hand-picked by the Chief himself.

Marchand also showed a bit of class -- that sometimes goes under the radar given his antagonizing ways -- by grabbing the puck for Patrice Bergerons 400th point after he assisted on Tyler Seguins third period goal.

We wouldnt have won last year without him. We wouldnt have the success weve had this year without him, said Marchand of Bergeron. Hes the kind of player that wins championship and hes the kind of player you build championship teams around.

Both awards were presented to Marchand prior to Saturdays regular season finale, and then the rabble-rousing Bs imp potted his 28th goal of the season in Bostons 4-3 shootout victory over the Buffalo Sabres.

Not a bad day for No. 63, who followed up a strong 20-goal rookie season with 28 goals, 55 points and a plus-31 in 76 games for the Bruins. Marchand even copped to missing a breakaway chance during the game to give his buddy Tyler Seguin the sole team lead with 29 goals scored this season.

Yeah, I missed it on purpose because he was crying about how he wanted before the game, said Marchand with a smirk. So I let him have it.

The back-and-forth between Marchand and Seguin for the goal-scoring lead on the Bruins was one of the more enjoyable subplots to the second half of the season, and Bergeron said it was fitting they were going back and forth on the final day of the season.

It was fun. Thats what I told them. I knew Marchand was going to try to score another one just to get back to even with Seguin, said Bergeron. Its healthy competition between the two. They try to do things together, I guess. But theyre playing great and its nice to have them both on my side.

Lost in all the scoring title hubbub was the fact that both third period goals also allowed the Bruins to get into overtime and end the season on a winning note. But once again the regular season credit and the trophies that go along with it dont really matter much starting Thursday against the Washington Capitals.

Theres always more room for more trophies, said Marchand. But the only one Im making room for is the Stanley Cup. So hopefully we get lucky again.

Belichick: Karras stepping in an illustration of why Patriots are good

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Belichick: Karras stepping in an illustration of why Patriots are good

Is it Tom Brady? Is it Bill Belichick? Well, yes and yes. But there are other reasons for why the Patriots are 8-2, obviously, and Belichick highlighted one of them by lauding one of the most unsung players on his 53-man active roster.

What Ted Karras did on Sunday -- filling in against the Raiders as the starting center in place of David Andrews -- was just one of many examples of a player making the most of an opportunity presented to him, Belichick explained.

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"Ted always works hard," he said after the Patriots beat the Raiders, 33-8. "Nobody spends more time at the facility than he does. Training. Preparing. He had an opportunity, and he stepped up and did the most with it. That's what we needed. That's why we have a good team. We have a lot of guys who do that."

Andrews came down with an illness last week and missed the team's final two practices at the Air Force Academy. As the primary fill-in at all three interior offensive line spots, Karras was tapped as the replacement, and he played all 60 offensive snaps for the Patriots in what was his first start since filling in for Shaq Mason during the 2016 season-opener. 

Karras had played just nine snaps going into the game -- all in a blowout against the Broncos the week prior -- but was part of an effort in the trenches that allowed Tom Brady to remain relatively clean for the vast majority of the game. On 38 drop-backs, Brady was pressured just seven times, he was hit three times, and he was sacked only once. And for the second consecutive week, Brady's offensive line was not penalized. 

Considering that Karras wasn't the only fill-in used, the offensive line's performance was all the more impressive. LaAdrian Waddle continued to be the primary replacement for Marcus Cannon, who is dealing with an ankly issue, and when Waddle left Sunday's game briefly on two different occasions then Cameron Fleming took his place. 

"They did a great job to step in like that . . . [Waddle] was battling out there, going against some really good players," Brady said. "It was a great team win. Great by the offensive line. They've really done a great job with the penalty situation, moving the line of scrimmage and so forth. Great protection. We just have to keep it going."

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Former Patriots wide receiver Terry Glenn killed in car crash

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Former Patriots wide receiver Terry Glenn killed in car crash

Terry Glenn, the Patriots' top draft pick in 1996 who had a tumultous six-year career with the team -- and who also caught the first NFL touchdown pass ever thrown by Tom Brady -- died early Monday morning in a one-car accident in Irving, Texas. He was 43.

Glenn wound up playing 12 years in the National Football League, joining first the Packers and then the Cowboys after leaving the Patriots in controversy in 2001. Glenn was involved in a pay dispute with the team during training camp, had issues with the coaching staff, and was deactivated by Bill Belichick after the fourth game of the year. He wasn't given a Super Bowl ring after the Pats beat the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI.

He had earlier clashed with Bill Parcells as a rookie, with Parcells famously referring to Glenn as "she" when he was sidelined with a minor injury. He caught 90 passes for 1,132 yards and six touchdowns in '96 to help the Patriots advance to the Super Bowl for the second time in franchise history; they were beaten by Green Bay in Super Bowl XXVI.

Glenn and Parcells reunited in Dallas in 2003 after Glenn had spent one yeat with the Packers, and he played the remainder of his career with the Cowboys. He had two 1,000-yard receiving seasons in Dallas.

According to reports, Glenn was with his fiance at the time of the accident. She's being treated at a local hospital for unspecified injuries.

He played college football at Ohio State.