Friday, March 29, 2013

Bait And Switch Sports Chowdah Update- B's Blow Late Lead Against Habs, Lose Out On Iginla Sweepstakes; Wes Welker Heads to Mile High

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
NHL- After a road win against Ottawa and a split of a home and away seried against the Maple Leafs, the Bruins were in a poisition to help themselves with a head to head matchup against the Canadiens at the Garden on Wednesday.

Things got off to a less than stellar start when Boston fell into a 2-0 hole thanks to ex-Bruin Michael Ryder and PK Subban. But in the 2nd period, Boston strung together four goals from Dougie Hamilton, Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Nathan Horton to go on top 4-2. In the third period, the Bruins maintained a two goal lead after the Habs and B's swapped goals, but could not hold onto a 5-3 lead. Brendan Gallagher made it a 1-goal game with 7:42 remaining and the Canadiens went on the power play with 1:33 in regulation after Aaron Johnson was called for delay of game. This would be pivotal as the Canadiens pulled Peter Budaj for the extra attacker and Andrei Markov scored the game-tying goal with 9 seconds left in regulation.

After a scoreless OT, Gallagher would get what would prove to be the game winner in the shootout to wrap up Montreal's late rally, giving the the 6-5 OT win. Tukka Rask turned aside 23 of 28 shots faced in regulation and OT while Montreal pulled Carey Price late in the second after allowing 4 goals on 26 shots faced. Budaj would only allow one goal on 15 shots faced for the remainder of regulation and OT.

The Bruins got an extra day to lick their wounds, but will have a busy weekend ahead of them with a road trip to Philadelphia on Saturday before continuing on to Buffalo for a Sunday night tilt against the Sabres. Saturday's game gets underway at 1:00 ET and will be televised on the NHL Network while Sunday's matchup takes place at 7:30 PM ET and will be televised on the NBC Sports Network.

OTHER BRUINS NEWS-Before the game was even over, the media was paying attention to Jarome Iginla and the fact that he was a healthy scratch for the Calgary Flames, fuelling speculation that Iginla was going to be traded to Boston as defenseman Matt Bartkowski and forward Alexander Khokhlachev were scratched from the Providence Bruins lineup on Wednesday night.

However, the pundits were wrong and by 1:30 AM on Thursday the Flames had announced that Iginla had been traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins. By Thursday, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli called a press conference to that the two teams had reached an agreement by noon Wednesday before it went off the rails when Iginla would only waive his no-trade clause for the Penguins. The short list of teams Iginla was reportedly headed for included Boston, Pittsburgh, Chicago or Los Angeles. Prior to the trade, Iginla had been with the Flames since 1996 and had been captian since the 2003-04 season. Iginla reached the 900 career points milestone in 2010 and scored his 500th career goal last season against Nashville last season.

In other Bruins news, the B's acquired LW Kaspars Daugavins after the Ottawa Senators placed him on waivers. Daugavins is perhaps best known for his unorthodox shooting method in the shootout where he secures the puck by using the toe of his stick before making his shot.

NFL- WR Wes Welker agreed to a two year $12 million contract with the Denver Broncos. The deal includes up to $150,000 in incentives should Welker catch more than 90 passes in a season. The former Patriots wide reciever was reportedly sought after the Tennessee Titans in addition to New England hoping to retain his services. Welker has had 38 touchdowns and 8,580 yards in 140 career games since his NFL debut in the 2004-2005 season. Besides a single game with the San Diego Chargers, Welker played in 14 games for the Miami Dolphins during the 2004-05 season and has been a Patriot until signing the contract with Denver.

MLB- The season hasn't even started and the New York Mets have been dealt a serious blow to their starting rotation this week when Johan Santana has likely re-torn the anterior capsule in his left shoulder and his missing the entire 2013 season is almost a foregone conclusion. The Mets reportedly owe as much as $31 million this season as part of a $137.5 contract he signed with New York in 2008.

RED SOX- The Red Sox are getting ready to wrap up Spring Training with a Saturday game against the Minnesota Twins at Ft Myers on Saturday afternoon. On Thursday, Clay Buchholz pitched four innings of one-hit ball in Boston's 6-1 win over the Twins, but the Twins bounced back on Friday and defeated Boston by an 8-5 final.

After Saturday, the Red Sox will start off the regular season in the Bronx with an April 1st daytime matchup against the NY Yankees. The regular season debut will be televised on ESPN and has Jon Lester going up against CC Sabathia with a scheduled first pitch at 1:05 ET.

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