bruins 4, predators 1

Bruins scramble past Predators

The Bruins’ Noel Acciari lay a vicious check on Filip Parenteau mid-ice in the first period.

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Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci staked the team to an early lead.

Fluto Shinzawa | On hockey

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Rask has his haters, but on Tuesday he showed them he’s ready for a fight.

bruins notebook

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/29/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/tlumacki_bruinsvspredators_sports468.jpg Rask settles into his familiar spot in the net

The Bruins goalie says he’s healthy and ready for lead role in the season’s home stretch.

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Houston, TX Feb. 6 2017: On the morning following their come from behind Super Bowel victory, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick were present at a press conference along with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Brady (right) accepted the Super Bowl MVP award from Goodell (left). The Vinced Lombardi Trophy is at right. (Globe Staff Photo/Jim Davis) reporter: various topic: Super Bowl

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BEN VOLIN | ON FOOTBALL

Welcome back to Gillette, Roger!

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will be at the Patriots’ season opener, his first appearance at Gillette Stadium since Deflategate.

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Bill Belichick skipped the AFC coaches breakfast Tuesday morning, but he was still a big topic of conversation.

Foxborough, MA 12/12/16 Patriots Shea McClellin jumps over Ravens players to blocks a field goal attempt in the first quarter.New England Patriots play against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. (Jim Davis / Globe Staff)

NFL OWNERS MEETINGS

NFL owners vote to ban leaping on extra points and field goals

The proposal, a safety measure, was brought forth by the Eagles and backed by the Players Association.

Alex Speier

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Kelly’s plan is to use the hard fastball if he starts the season in Tyler Thornburg’s eighth-inning spot.

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The Celtics have a reasonable chance of holding on to the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.

US 1, PANAMA 1

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Christian Pulisic set up Clint Dempsey’s 56th international goal, allowing the US to remain in contention for a trip to Russia.

Meghan Duggan of Danvers, team captain of the US women’s hockey team, was eager to get back on the ice with her teammates for this weekend’s World Championships in Plymouth, Mich.

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US women’s hockey team averts boycott

The players settled their wage dispute with USA Hockey and will participate in the upcoming world championships.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/29/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/160516seadogs0611.jpg Cole Sturgeon has hit it off with Red Sox

The 25-year-old outfielder has been called up eight times and was added to the spring training roster.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/28/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin021417SpringTrainDay2_Spt23-14196.jpg Tyler Thornburg expected to be out at least a month

Thornburg, acquired to be the team’s primary setup man, is dealing with a shoulder injury.

Next up for Harvard is a date with Minnesota-Duluth in the national semifinals April 6. Above: Crimson players celebrated a goal during last week’s NCAA regional win against Providence.

Stew Milne/Associated Press

Harvard is plenty hot heading into Frozen Four

The Crimson take an 18-game unbeaten streak into their first Frozen Four in 23 years.

Sports Log

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The five-time FIFA Player of the Year was suspended for ripping into a referee last week.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/28/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/katherine-14213.jpg Here’s why the bib number 261 at the Boston Marathon is so significant

In 1967, Kathrine Switzer became the first woman with an official number to run the race — despite physical attempts to stop her.

Hurricanes 4, Red Wings 1

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With a loss in Carolina, Detroit will find itself outside of the postseason for the first time since the early 1990s.

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