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Morning Skate: Wednesday, April 11

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Morning Skate: Wednesday, April 11

Justin Bourne has a preview of the BruinsCapitals first round series set to begin on Thursday night at TD Garden with some things to look for.

A look at some of the young hockey talents rising and falling on the NHL Central Scouting list as the junior hockey season moves toward a conclusion.

An interesting look by Pro Hockey Talk at which NHL teams benefited the most and which were hosed the most by referee calls during the 2011-12 regular season.

Sidney Crosby craves the playoff atmosphere almost as much as he craves the referees whistle when an opponent brushes up against him.

Good quotes fromWEEI.comscribe DJ Bean chronicling Benoit Pouliot finally throwing a little dirt on the Montreal Canadiens that he had saved over from last year. Will he be saying the same thing about the Bruins next year? Hmmm.

Yahoo! Sports has their playoff breakdown and the Pittsburgh Penguins are their Cup favorites. Id have to agree as long as they remain healthy.

For something completely different: a conversation with Simpsons creator Matt Groening.

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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