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Thornton agrees to 2-year extension

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Thornton agrees to 2-year extension

Shawn Thornton couldnt have planned it any better. The Bruins energy line player has agreed to terms with the Bruins on a two-year contract that will keep in Boston through the 2013-14 NHL season, and will pay Thornton an annual average value of 1.1 million per season.

The Irish fourth line winger also came to agreement on the deal on St. Patricks Day following a 3-2 shootout win over the Philadelphia Flyers at TD Garden, so all told it was a pretty good day for player and team.

The Bruin and their enforcer had been working on a deal over the last couple of months and there seemed to be little doubt the 34-year-old tough guy would be back in the Boston fold. A source with knowledge of the situation indicated that Thornton hadnt actually signed the contract, but thats a formality at this point.

The two-time Stanley Cup champ is coming off his best NHL season when he managed to 10 goals and 20 points for the Bruins last season, and hes amassed a team-leading 143 penalty minutes this year. Thornton is also one of the biggest leadership voices in the Bs dressing room and continues to plant roots in the Boston community including the upcoming Cuts for a Cause event with 98.5 the Sports Hubs Toucher and Rich set for March 28.

TSN hockey analyst Bob McKenzie was the first to report that Thornton and the Bruins had come to an agreement on a two-year extension. Thornton has 4 goals and 12 points in 69 games for the Bruins this season.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins, 34-24

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MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Wentz tosses 4 TDs, Eagles beat Redskins, 34-24

PHILADELPHIA - Carson Wentz tossed four touchdown passes, and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame losing nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters in a 34-24 win over the Washington Redskins on Monday night.

Wentz threw for 268 yards and ran for a career-best 63 after a shaky start to lead the NFL-best Eagles (6-1) to their fifth straight win. But the victory was costly because Peters was carted off the field with a knee injury in the third quarter.

Kirk Cousins had 303 yards passing and three TDs for the Redskins (3-3).

The Eagles went three-and-out three times in their first four drives and had only 57 total yards before Wentz hit Mack Hollins in stride with a perfect 64-yard TD pass to tie it at 10.

That got the offense rolling.

Wentz connected with Zach Ertz for 46 yards on the next series and found him again for a 4-yard TD pass to make it 17-10.

After getting the second-half kickoff, the Eagles drove 86 yards for another touchdown. Peters was injured during the series, and fans chanted his name while teammates surrounded the cart.

Wentz finished the drive off with a play that Peters would appreciate.

While being hit by two defenders and falling forward, Wentz lofted a 9-yard TD pass to Corey Clement.

Wentz fired a 10-yard TD pass to Nelson Agholor to expand the lead to 31-17. Wentz kept that drive alive by escaping a sack and running 17 yards on third-and-8.

Cousins tossed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Chris Thompson to give the Redskins a 10-3 lead. He connected with Jordan Reed on a 5-yard TD to cut the deficit to 24-17 and threw a 12-yard pass to Reed to cap the scoring.

The Eagles were penalized on four straight plays to start their first possession before Wentz was intercepted by Quinton Dunbar on a deep pass to Torrey Smith on second-and-31.

Philadelphia swept Washington for the first time since 2013 and has a commanding lead in the NFC East. The Cowboys and Redskins are tied for second place.

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