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Turco, Bruins drop one to Penguins, 5-3

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Turco, Bruins drop one to Penguins, 5-3

BOSTON -- It was a battle of back-up goaltenders, and a somewhat meaningless game for the Bruins on Tuesday night at the TD Garden, and the Pittsburgh Penguins walked away with a 5-3 win in the process.

But the B's may have lost more than just the game, as defenseman Johnny Boychuk collided with Penguins forward Arron Asham in the third period, and was helped off the ice and to the dressing room with an apparent lower-body injury.

Rich Peverley helped Boston cut Pittsburgh's lead to 5-3 about a minute after Boychuk left the game, but it was too little, too late.

Arron Asham's re-direction past Marty Turco, 6:15 into the third period put the Penguins up 5-3, after they went into the third with a 4-2 lead, thanks to a pair of power-play goals in the final two minutes of the second.

Daniel Paille and Rich Peverley drew two-minute penalties nine seconds apart, and Pittsburgh took advantage, as James Neal gave the Penguins a 3-2 lead with 1:49 left in the period, which was followed by Sidney Crosby's second goal of the game, with 1:01 left in the period.

The Bruins began the second by tying the game at 2-2, just 18 seconds in, after Milan Lucic finished a behind-the-back pass out front by David Krejci.

Pittsburgh initially took a 2-0 lead in the first period, thanks to goals from Crosby and Paul Martin.

Crosby sniped the top-right corner from the lower-left circle, after Pascal Dupuis knocked a loose puck out front to him. Martin then finished a juicy rebound that came out to him in the slot as he skated hard to the net, with 5:02 left in the first.

Benoit Pouliot gave the Bruins some life, late in the opening period, as he flipped a backhander over the left shoulder of Penguins goaltender Brent Johnson with 3:03 remaining. It helped give the Bruins a spark, but not enough spark to get a point on this night.

Patriots-Falcons practice report: Gilmore, Rowe absent

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Patriots-Falcons practice report: Gilmore, Rowe absent

Wednesday's practice participation/injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Falcons game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
CB Stephon Gilmore (concussion/ankle)
LB Harvey Langi (back)
LB Elandon Roberts (ankle)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
RB Rex Burkhead (ribs)
WR Chris Hogan (ribs)
G Shaq Mason (shoulder)

ATLANTA FALCONS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
K Matt Bryant (back)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
OLB Vic Beasley Jr. (hamstring)
LB Jermaine Grace (hamstring)
LB Deion Jones (quadricep)
DE Takk McKinley (shoulder)
LB Duke Riley (knee)
WR Mohamed Sanu (hamstring)
DL Courtney Upshaw (ankle/knee)

Morning Skate: Issues with gambling and Vegas Golden Knights?

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Morning Skate: Issues with gambling and Vegas Golden Knights?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while still in disbelief at what happened to Gordon Hayward last night.

*Interesting piece on the connection between gambling and the NHL in Las Vegas where they’ve just kicked their new expansion franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights.

*Would you like a Providence Bruins game-worn jersey and give to a great cause at the same time? Here are the Pink the Rink Bruins jerseys up for auction on eBay with the money earmarked for cancer research and treatment.

*Some interesting stuff from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Friedman in his 30 Thoughts about the start that Malcolm Subban is off to with the Vegas Golden Knights and whether that’s in any way a reflection on the way goalies are being developed with the Bruins.

*So, the Ottawa Senators clearly didn’t miss Erik Karlsson given the start that they got off to, but there’s no doubt hockey fans did as he makes his return from offseason surgery.

*Nikita Kucherov just keeps on improving for the Tampa Bay Lightning after a Hart Trophy-level season last year.

*For something completely different: I don’t understand why there’s anything controversial about somebody saying In ‘N Out Burger is overrated. While it’s a perfectly fine West Coast fast food chain, it is absolutely overrated at this point. The fries are average at best, and the burgers are merely okay compared to all of the other burger joints out there.