Bruins 2, Islanders 1

Unlikely heroes put brakes on Bruins’ free-fall

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 25: Stephen Gionta #24 of the New York Islanders attempts to deflect a shot past Anton Khudobin #35 of the Boston Bruins during the second period at the Barclays Center on March 25, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Backup goaltender Anton Khudobin gave up only one goal and Riley Nash scored two goals to snap a poorly timed losing streak.

Alex Speier

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A righthanded home run in a spring game was another sign the Red Sox third baseman is ready to play.

FLUTO SHINZAWA I SUNDAY HOCKEY NOTES

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The recovery clock starts ticking as soon as a game ends.

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DAN SHAUGHNESSY

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/10/06/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy_20131006.jpg Will Andrew Benintendi be the Red Sox’ next superstar?

His 2016 sample was spectacular, but short, almost Garoppolo-esque.

NICK CAFARDO I SUNDAY BASEBALL NOTES

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/9245af025ee745c88ace9e6a0139a6ea-9245af025ee745c88ace9e6a0139a6ea-0.jpg Will teams blow away White Sox for Jose Quintana?

Officials say Quintana won’t be going anywhere if the packages being offered don’t improve.

CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 23: New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore works out on March 22, 2017 at Athlete by Design in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Brian Blanco for the Boston Globe)

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BEN VOLIN

Stephon Gilmore should work out well with Patriots

Gilmore is not a big talker and he loves football, traits favored by Bill Belichick.

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Ben Volin gave it a whirl for his story on new Patriot Stephon Gilmore, and he covered all the angles.

Bruins notebook

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Chin032317Bruins-Lightning_Spt14.jpg Tuukka Rask sits out with a lower-body injury

The Bruins goalie, who lost four straight, missed Saturday’s crucial game.

RED SOX NOTEBOOK

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/02/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/price6-001.jpg David Price starts to throw again

The Red Sox lefthander continues to make progress after being shut down for a month.

BEN VOLIN | SUNDAY FOOTBALL NOTES

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/06/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/3d9c45794972418d8088b41ee77154eb-3d9c45794972418d8088b41ee77154eb-0-14053.jpg What changes could rise from NFL league meetings?

The Raiders-to-Vegas issue could come to a head, and several rule changes are on the table.

March Madness

Harvard's Viktor Dombrovskiy (27) celebrated a first period goal.

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NCAA East Regional | Harvard 3, Air Force 2

Harvard headed to Frozen Four after beating Air Force

The Crimson held off a late surge by the Falcons.

NCAA NORTHEAST REGIONAL I UMASS LOWELL 5, CORNELL 0

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On Sunday, UMass Lowell will attempt to advance to the Frozen Four for the first time since 2013.

NCAA West Regional final | Duluth 3, BU 2

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/ab83db07fd2e4d059faab46d3693ea67-ab83db07fd2e4d059faab46d3693ea67-0.jpg Duluth eliminates BU in overtime

Adam Johnson scored a power-play goal at 1:57 to lift the Bulldogs.

SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 25: Johnathan Williams #3 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs goes up against Quentin Goodin #3 of the Xavier Musketeers in the first half during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament West Regional at SAP Center on March 25, 2017 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw Remote/Getty Images)

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NCAA MEN’S TOURNAMENT: GONZAGA 83, XAVIER 59

Gonzaga routs Xavier, heads to first Final Four

Nigel Williams-Goss scored 23 points and the hot-shooting Zags dominated the Musketeers.

NCAA MEN’S TOURNAMENT: OREGON 74, KANSAS 60

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/c4b54750eacf4efdb35a12f755182706-c4b54750eacf4efdb35a12f755182706-0.jpg Upstart Oregon KO’s top-seeded Kansas

Tyler Dorsey scored 27 points and the Ducks advanced to their first Final Four in 78 years.

NCAA TOURNAMENT

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/AP17084125679599.jpg A look at Sunday’s regional finals

Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Kentucky will vie for spots in the Final Four.

Bob Ryan

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/26/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/ryan90-13900.png Chicago owes Jerry Krause a big thank you

The object of any professional sports GM is to construct a championship team. Krause constructed six.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/655815660.jpg Al Horford takes long look at his shot selection

Horford’s 3-point attempts have dipped significantly, down to just 1.7 per game in March.

GARY WASHBURN | SUNDAY BASKETBALL NOTES

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/24/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/c92418a96c684e758466d63af9e7a7ba-c92418a96c684e758466d63af9e7a7ba-0.jpg Jaylen Brown could change how rookies enter the league

When pursuing an agent during the pre-draft process last year, the Celtic decided to represent himself.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/25/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/534430ccbfb84aecb31ab4fd00e23226-534430ccbfb84aecb31ab4fd00e23226-0.jpg Jilted UMass wants to interview Micah Shrewsberry again

The Celtics assistant lost the job to Pat Kelsey, who abruptly asked out of his contract last week.

REVOLUTION 5, MINNESOTA UNITED 2

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/03/25/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/kleinr_Revolution_04.jpg Revolution beat Minnesota United in home opener

New England improved to 7-0-4 in its last 11 home-opening matches.

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