Rangers 3, Bruins 2 (OT)

Bruins lose to Rangers in OT

Boston, MA - 12/16/2017 - (2nd period) Boston Bruins center Sean Kuraly (52) could only watch as New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30)make a stellar glove save on this play during the second period. The Boston Bruins host the New York Rangers at TD Garden. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Fluto Shinzawa, Topic: 17Rangers-Bruins, LOID: 8.4.376523049.

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Mats Zuccarello scored a power-play goal in overtime.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/16/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/885717792.jpg Will the Steelers ever stop playing that zone defense that the Patriots routinely destroy?

“Whatever they decide to do, we’ll be prepared for,” said Tom Brady. “We’ll go out there and cut it loose on Sunday.”


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/16/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/843877108.jpg Manny Machado should be the Red Sox’ primary target

He’s the game changer Boston’s lineup needs — though he’s likely headed for a record-setting contract.


/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/15/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Tara_Sullivan-14874.tif An ode to Brady vs. Roethlisberger

This Patriots-Steelers matchup is a reason to stop and appreciate how long and how well each has played QB for his franchise.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/16/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Tlumacki_ChristmasatFenwayPark_sports054.jpg Red Sox proceed with caution on free agents

President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski doesn’t want to repeat past mistakes made by the organization.

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels watches warm ups prior to an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, in Denver. (AP Photo/

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Which NFL coaches will be coming and going this year?

We count a whopping 14 potential head coaching openings, and three potential GM openings.

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The team is trying to cope after its star linebacker suffered severe spinal injury on a routine play.

Bruins notebook

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Alomst one-third of the team’s scoring is coming from forwards, David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand.

BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 13: Former Boston University Men's Hockey Coach Jack Parker speaks with reporters before the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction at Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel on December 13, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts.(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)


The reach and influence of Jack Parker

USA Hockey honored the depth and breadth of Parker’s work by inducting him into the US Hockey Hall of Fame.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/16/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/323d6bfc2ee3446189f61c4f1e95c469-323d6bfc2ee3446189f61c4f1e95c469-14981.jpg Matt Grzelcyk deserves to keep playing

The Bruins could roll seven defensemen when Adam McQuaid returns.

12/13/17, Detroit , The feather bowling area is shown on Dec. 13, 2017, at the Cadieux Cafe in Detroit. (Kevin Paul Dupont/Globe staff)

Kevin Paul Dupont | On Second Thought

This Detroit café keeps feather bowling rolling

Feather bowling is a blend of bocce, curling, and horseshoes.

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 20: NBA Hall of Fame player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is recognized during a game between the UNLV Rebels and the Rice Owls during day one of the Main Event basketball tournament at T-Mobile Arena on November 20, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images)


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, on and off the court

His new book covers much more than his 38,387 points, six MVPs, and six NBA championships.


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Lewis is confident the Patriots will bounce back Sunday against the Steelers.

Pittsburgh, PA - 10/24/2016 - (3rd quarter) New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) does his traditional spike into the turf after his 36 yard catch and run for a touchdown during the third quarter. The New England Patriots take on the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Ben Volin, Topic: 24Patriots-Steelers, LOID: 8.3.399682367.

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What the Patriots need to do to beat the Steelers

Sunday’s showdown will go a long way toward deciding home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs.

Jim McBride

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After a strong start, the Patriots running back has been a healthy scratch the last five games.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/11/30/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin103016Patriots-Bills_Spt4.jpg Rob Gronkowski wasn’t in the mood to talk about his suspension

In a very brief meeting with reporters, the Patriots tight end said he learned a lesson, and that he was focused on Sunday’s game.

Longmeadow's Joseph Cardaropoli tries to get around Brockton's goalie, David Isaac in Division 1 State Championship soccer, at Worcester State University. Mark Lorenz for the Boston Globe.

Mark Lorenz for the Boston Globe

Boston Globe 2017 Fall All-Scholastics teams

See a sport-by-sport rundown of the players of the year and top performers from the recently completed season.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/16/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Ceglarski%201%20(1).jpg Former BC hockey coach Len Ceglarski dead at 91

An Olympic silver medalist and member of BC’s 1949 national championship team, Ceglarski coached the Eagles to 419 victories.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/843417774.jpg Matt Kemp returns to Dodgers in 5-player trade with Braves

Los Angeles sent Adrian Gonzalez, Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy and Charlie Culberson and cash to Atlanta for Kemp.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/16/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/885847964.jpg Steelers’ Antonio Brown is valuable, but is he the Most Valuable?

Pittsburgh’s star wideout is making a case to be the first receiver to win MVP honors.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/893938508.jpg Lions top Bears, stay in playoff hunt

Quarterback Matthew Stafford was 25 of 33 passing for 237 yards and two touchdowns for Detroit.

Peter Abraham

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/16/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin121517AlexCoraatTheBase_Spt6.jpg Alex Cora connects with Red Sox’ fan base

The new Red Sox manager was a hit with young fans at an indoor baseball facility in Roxbury.

BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 14: Boston Celtics Gordon Hayward visits with Tyson at Boston Children's Hospital December 14, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images for Boston Children's Hospital)

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Celtics notebook

Gordon Hayward does not rule out a return this season

The Celtics forward said he is optimistic, though a return depends on how his left leg heals.

Malcolm Butler (right) and Antonio Brown went head-to-head in the AFC Championship Game in January.

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Dan Shaughnessy

The Steelers can talk a big game, but they’re not going to win it

After all the news and noise, the Patriots will go into Pittsburgh and cut the Steelers’ hearts out. Again.

Marcus Smart picks up a charge on Utah’s Alec Burks during the second quarter Friday.

Jazz 107, Celtics 95

Celtics out of tune in loss to Jazz

The Celtics dug themselves a hole in the second quarter and lost for the third time in five games.


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How can it be a rivalry when Pittsburgh has never beaten the Tom Brady/Bill Belichick Patriots in a playoff game?

Season Ticket Podcast

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/15/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/seasonticket_300-14866.jpg Previewing Steelers-Patriots with Bill Cowher

The former Pittsburgh coach and “NFL Today” analyst joined guest host Chad Finn to discuss Sunday’s showdown.


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The rookie winger has not been sturdy on the puck since his return to the lineup.

Cleveland Indians' Carlos Santana takes batting practice during team workout, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017, in Cleveland. The Indians will play the winner of the wild card game between the New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins in the ALDS on Thursday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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Red Sox made offer to Carlos Santana, but Phillies were a better deal

The first baseman agreed to Philadelphia’s three-year, $60 million deal on Friday.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/12/16/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/e9f36b0951ab450f8be1c6ec40092dc5-e9f36b0951ab450f8be1c6ec40092dc5-0.jpg Panthers owner faces investigation for workplace misconduct

A former White House chief of staff will head the team’s investigation into 81-year-old Jerry Richardson.