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BOSTON (AP) -- Patrick Towles passed for 183 yards and a touchdown in his final home game, Davon Jones added a rushing score and Boston College kept alive its bowl hopes will a 30-0 win over UConn on Saturday.

Eagles senior linebacker Matt Milano added a 19-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

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Oct 29, 2016; Greenville, NC, USA; East Carolina Pirates linebacker Dayon Pratt (1) tackles Connecticut Huskies running back Arkeel Newsome (22) during the third quarter at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. East Carolina defeated Connecticut 41-3. (James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports)
Oct 29, 2016; Greenville, NC, USA; East Carolina Pirates linebacker Dayon Pratt (1) tackles Connecticut Huskies running back Arkeel Newsome (22) during the third quarter at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. East Carolina defeated Connecticut 41-3. (James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports)

BOSTON (AP) -- At the beginning of the year, Boston College set its sights on making it back to the postseason.

With two games to go in the regular season, the Eagles have no margin for error if they want to get there.

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Oct 22, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey (2) tries to escape from Boston College defensive end Zach Allen (2) during the first half at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 22, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey (2) tries to escape from Boston College defensive end Zach Allen (2) during the first half at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Eric Dungey threw for three touchdowns, Ervin Phillips had a pair of scores and Syracuse beat Boston College 28-20 on Saturday, sending the Eagles to their 12th straight Atlantic Coast Conference loss.Dungey went 32 for 38 for 434 yards. He also ran 17 times for 54 yards for the Orange (4-4, 2-2 ACC).Last week, he became the first player in school history to throw for over 300 yards and rush for over 100 in an upset victory over then-No. 17 Virginia Tech.

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Oct 15, 2016; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange running back Dontae Strickland (4) scores a touchdown during the fourth quarter of a game against the Virginia Tech Hokies at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse won 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 15, 2016; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange running back Dontae Strickland (4) scores a touchdown during the fourth quarter of a game against the Virginia Tech Hokies at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse won 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

When Syracuse coach Dino Babers thinks about last week's victory over Virginia Tech, he thinks about his team's future, not its past."Any time you take over a new program, there's going to always be that game that everyone goes back to that turns the program," he said this week. "And hopefully three, four, five years down the road, people will point back to this game."Fresh off a 31-17 upset of the then-No. 17 Hokies, Syracuse (3-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) travels to Boston College (3-3, 0-3) to play its former Big East rivals. And Babers is hoping his biggest win yet in his first year as the Orange coach will be just the first of many.

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NEW YORK -- On the same day that Andrew Smith passed away from cancer, Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens fought back tears discussing the player he coached at Butler.

Stevens traveled to Indiana on Thursday to visit with Smith and missed the team's loss to the Chicago Bulls.

"I was happy that I got a chance to say goodbye," Stevens, who fought back tears while addressing a throng of reporters, said at Madison Square Garden before the Celtics met the Knicks. "And this is really about when you coach somebody, you get a lot more out of coaching them than they do from you. So, that's that. I could go on and on and it wouldn't do him justice. He was special, he was tough, he set a great example..."

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Following a weekend visit to Boston College with committed guards Mike Sagay and Ty Graves, 6-foot-10 forward Nikola Popovic pulled the trigger, too.

Popovic, an 18-year-old native of Bosnia who plays for the Sagemont (FL) School, also considered Georgia, Providence, Central Florida Richmond and Rice.

"He chose them because he can go in and play with some really good young guards," Sagemont coach Adam Rosstold SNY.tv. "They have some really good freshmen and sophomore guards that will be there over the next several years. He saw the opportunity to go in and develop with those kids and try to build something there.

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Florida transfer Elijah Carter?is headed to?Boston College and will be immediately eligible.

"First I would like to say thanks to all three schools for the relentless pursuit in my abilities. I will be doing my final year of collegiate basketball at Boston College ! #EAGLES," he announced on Twitter.

The 6-foot-2 New Jersey native recently visited Georgetown and UNLV but is headed to the ACC instead.

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Dare I say, the Islanders once again have a chance to clinch a playoff spot on Thursday.

They won't be in action, but they have two ways to finally lock up a spot in the postseason. One possibility requires the Ottawa Senators to lose at Madison Square Garden. If the Rangers come away with a win in any fashion against the Senators -- winners of four of their last five -- then the Isles would clinch.

The Islanders can also clinch if the Bruins lose in any manner to the Panthers. The Washington Capitals helped the Islanders Wednesday by beating the Bruins 3-0 at the Verizon Center.

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Ryan Strome isn't exactly a guy known for dropping the glove.

However, that's what the Islanders' forward did on Saturday night in the opening period against the Boston Bruins. His combatant, Torey Krug, is not a guy who gets into a fight that often either. In fact it was just his second of the season.

For Strome, it was his first career fight in the NHL.

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Chad Johnson will be in net tonight when the Islanders take on the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.

In his last outing, Johnson allowed four goals on 19 shots in the Isles' 4-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings. The Islander backup goalie has struggled since starting off the year with three wins in his first three starts. Johnson is 6-6-0, with a 3.43 goals against average and .886 save percentage.

Head coach Jack Capuano has seemed hesitant to start Johnson, even in games that would be logical for the team's backup to start in. Jaroslav Halak has started in 38 of the Isles 51 games this season.

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The Islanders found a way to come back from a two-goal deficit on Thursday night, but Bruins goals in the final seconds of the second period and opening minutes of the third led them to a 5-2 victory over the Isles.

The Bruins had a 2-o lead before the Islanders rallied in the second period. John Tavares scored 8:25 into the second to cut the Boston lead to 2-1 and Michael Grabner deflected Johnny Boychuk's shot in to even the score at 2. However, an error in judgement by Jaroslav Halak led to a goal by Kevan Miller with 3.4 seconds left in the period.

Boston added two more goals in the third.

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Ty Graves, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound 2016 point guard from Montverde (FL) Academy, verbally committed to Boston College on Wednesday.

"Yeah, he did a verbal commit?this morning," his father, Kevin, told SNY.tv.

"The campus is beautiful, the facilities are great. [He liked] the academics, they have their own law school, the coaching staff. Coach Scott Spinelli started recruiting Ty at Maryland. He was at Maryland with Coach [Mark] Turgeon. When he got the job at BC for the first year, he just never stopped recruiting?Ty. He came to see us in Vegas. He came to see us in Myrtle Beach, he came to see us in Pittsburgh, he was just always there.

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Uniondale, N.Y. -- Chad Johnson was at the Nassau Coliseum when he heard his former Boston teammate would be joining him on Long Island. Corey Conacher played the role of news breaker by alerting Johnson of the deal:

"I was outside there and Conacher was like 'hey did you hear the news?' I didn't know what he was talking about," Johnson explained. "He said, 'yeah we picked up Boychuk in a trade there.' It was definitely exciting, so I sent him a text right away. Just letting him know if he needed anything I'd be more than willing to help out. He called me five minutes later."

Unlike Nick Leddy, who was acquired on Saturday via a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks, Boychuk is only familiar with Johnson in the Islanders room. The two discussed the situation on Long Island during that phone call after the trade. "[Johnson] said it's a great area for family and he says that I think I'm really gonna like it here," Boychuk told reporters.

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Bridgeport, Conn -- It was a tough friday night for the Islanders in their final preseason game of the season.

The Boston Bruins pummeled the Isles 6-1 in front of a sellout crowd of 8,600, -- a large number of which were Bruins fans -- at Webster Bank Arena. Kyle Okposo scored the lone goal for the Islanders on the power play after Brock Nelson left the game after being hit from behind by Kevan Miller in the second period.

The Islanders fielded a roster primarily made up of AHL players and a handful of NHL regulars, which played into how the game turned out, but it was still as ugly a preseason loss as they come. Inside the locker room after the game there was a very somber atmosphere. You could tell no one was taking the loss lightly.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Brent Thompson, brock nelson, Chad Johnson, GIFs, Islanders, john tavares, kyle okposo, new york islanders, News
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Bridgeport, Conn -- A scary moment occurred during Friday night's preseason game against the Boston Bruins.

Brock Nelson left the game after defenseman Kevin Miller hit Nelson into the boards head first. The play occurred midway through the second period with the Islanders trailing 3-0. Nelson, according to Arthur Staple, ?received five stitches and returned to the game in the third period.

Miller was given a five minute major for boarding and a game misconduct. Islander captain John Tavares immediately went after Miller for the?hit on Nelson.

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By JACK LeGWIN

Matt Milon has committed to Boston College.

"Blessed to say that I have committed to Boston College!" Milon tweeted.

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Boston College on Saturday landed a verbal pledge from 6-foot-11, 235-pound Los Angeles Cathedral big man?Idrissa Diallo, a former Cal commit.

Diallo decommitted from Cal after the coaching change that brought in Cuonzo Martin.

"It's a legit opportunity to play the four spot in the ACC with a coach [Jim Christian] that's committed to him and his ongoing development," Cathedral coach?William Middlebrooks told SNY.tv by phone. "He understands where he is, where he's trying to go and I think he's genuinely committed to help him going there."

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Former Oklahoma State pledge?Jared Terrell visited Boston College on Monday and Rhode Island on Tuesday, sources told?SNY.tv.

Adam Finkelstein reported that Terrell said he "really enjoyed" his visit to BC.

Boston College recently hired Jim Christian as head coach and Christian added?Preston Murphy, a former Rhode Island assistant, and?Scott Spinelli, a Massachusetts native, to his staff.

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The Nets (36-31) defeated the Celtics (23-47) on Friday by a score of 114-98.

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[sny-box]The Nets had one of their most efficient shooting nights of the season, shooting just under 60% from the field for most of the night, ultimately finishing at 56.4%.

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The Nets (30-30) lost to the Boston Celtics (21-41) by a score of 91-84.

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[sny-box]The Nets started ice cold offensively, missing all 17 of their three-point tries in the first half.?It was the most misses without a make in any NBA first half in 15 years.

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Tonight, the Nets are back on the road as they travel to face the division rival Boston Celtics at the TD Garden. Brooklyn is looking to win their fifth straight game, which would match their longest winning streak of the season.

There was a time, early in the 2013-14, when the Celtics led the Atlantic division, and the Nets were struggling to adjust. That time is long gone now, however.

Since January 1, the Nets are 20-8, with a .714 winning percentage that's the best in the Eastern Conference and third-best in the NBA. The Celtics have gone the other direction, at 7-23 in that span, with a .233 winning percentage, third-worst in the NBA.

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The Nets beat the Boston Celtics?to win for the 10th time in their last 11 games. It?certainly?wasn't a pretty game, as the two teams both shot under 40% from the field, but it also wasn't your typical January matchup.

For the first time in his career, Paul Pierce played against the only franchise he'd ever known since coming into the league in 1998. He and Kevin Garnett were teammates in Celtics green for six seasons, but they were visitors at the TD Garden on Sunday.

The atmosphere was electric all night long, with thunderous cheers and classy first-quarter video tributes for the two future Hall of Fame Celtic legends.

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The Nets (20-22) defeated the Boston Celtics (15-31) tonight by a score of 85-79.

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[sny-box] Emotions were running high at the start of the contest with Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett?s return to TD Garden. But the play on the court from both sides certainly did not live up to the hype.

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Deron Williams made his much anticipated return last night, and boy, it was like night and day watching this team play with him on and?off the floor.

The team seemed to have a focus and identity with him running the?show. The first half it was extremely evident as the Celtics ran out to a 14-5 lead and then it was like a light switch went on for Williams. He?started to run and get the Nets into early offense and they ran off a?30-10 run to go into half with a 56-47 lead.

That hasn't happened much this season, folks.

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The Nets (7-14) defeated the Boston Celtics (10-13) tonight by a score of 104-96.

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[sny-box] The Nets had a comfortable 13-point lead after three quarters but went cold from the field to start the fourth. The Celtics though could not make a serious enough dent into the lead, so when Brooklyn regained its stroke, the game was sealed.

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Tonight, the Nets play their third division game of the season, as they take on the Boston Celtics at the Barclays Center at 7:30 pm. The two teams came together on a major trade this past offseason, and there's no doubt the players involved in that deal have had December 10 circled on their calendars ever since.

In July, the Nets and Celtics agreed on a deal that sent future Hall of Famers Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, along with Jason Terry, to Brooklyn in exchange for five players and three future first-round draft picks. It was expected that the Nets would become a powerhouse, while the Celtics would be in rebuilding mode.

However, few would've expected the two teams to be in the respective positions they find themselves in today, as the two teams get set to square off for the first time this season. It's the Celtics, not the Nets, who sit atop the Atlantic division with a 10-12 record. It's the Nets, not the Celtics who enter tonight fourth in the division at 6-14.

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Keith Bogans is ready to take Reggie Evans to task on some ribbing Evans dished out during the preseason.

According to Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston, Bogans said Evans sent him lemons before the Nets and Celtics met in the preseason?to give him a playful message:

"When the Nets visited Boston for the teams' preseason finale in October, Evans found a couple of lemons in the visiting locker room at TD Garden. He grabbed a marker and had teammates autograph them before having a ball boy deliver them across the hall to Bogans and [MarShon] Brooks.?The insinuation: Life handed them lemons, so enjoy the sour taste of losing."

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The Nets lost to the Celtics tonight by a score of 101-97.

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[sny-box]The Nets played very good defense to start the game and held Boston to 19 first quarter points only to see the game go south pretty quickly after that. It became a struggle to score and players began doing things they don't normally do and they looked disjointed at times.

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Matt Farrell, a 6-foot-2 point guard from Point Pleasant Beach (N.J.), verbally pledged to Boston College over Monmouth and Dartmouth on Tuesday.

"I wanna be challenged and I wanna see if I can play at the highest level," Farrell said, according to Josh Newman of the Asbury Park Press.

Farrell is the second Point Pleasant player to pledge to a Division 1 school in recent weeks, following 6-8 forward Dom Uhl, who committed to Iowa on SNY,tv. He is BC's first pledge in 2014.

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Even though the Devils? 2013 season is over, we can still look back at some great moments in New Jersey?s playoff history.

On May 9?

1994- Martin Brodeur stops all 22 shots he faces, pitching his first-career playoff shutout in New Jersey's 2-0 win over the Boston Bruins in game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Brendan Byrne Arena.

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Even though the Devils? 2013 season is over, we can still look back at some great moments in New Jersey?s playoff history.

On May 8?

1988- Officials boycott game 4 of the Wales Conference finals between the Devils and Boston Bruins, after the NHL did not suspend New Jersey coach Jim Schoenfeld for his postgame outburst at referee Don Koharski.

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Even though the Devils? 2013 season is over, we can still look back at some great moments in New Jersey?s playoff history.

On May 7?

1994- Stephane Richer's goal at 14:19 of the first overtime lifts New Jersey to a 5-4 win over the Boston Bruins in game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Boston Garden.

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Even though the Devils? 2013 season is over, we can still look back at some great moments in New Jersey?s playoff history.

On May 6?

1972- Denis and Mireille Brodeur welcomed a baby boy, Martin, into the world. That boy would grow into the Devils' -- and arguably the NHL's -- greatest goalie of all time.

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Even though the Devils? 2013 season is over, we can still look back at some great moments in New Jersey?s playoff history.

On May 5?

1994-?Tom Chorske scores twice and records an assist, leading New Jersey to a 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins in game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

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Even though the Devils' 2013 season is over, we can still look back at some great moments in New Jersey's playoff history.

On May 4...

1988-?Pat Verbeek's overtime goal lifts New Jersey to a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins in game 2 of the Prince of Wales Finals at Boston Garden. Aaron Broten and Doug Brown also score goals, evening the series at 1.

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Even though the Devils' 2013 season is over, we can still look back at some great moments in New Jersey's playoff history.

On April 30...

1988-? Kirk Muller scores 14 seconds into the game, and John MacLean's third-period redirection serves as the game-winning goal in New Jersey's 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals in game 7 of the Patrick Division finals at the Cap Center.

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The Devils helped themselves on Thursday night.

Unfortunately for them and their fans, that's the only help they got.

New Jersey remains six back of eighth place now with only five games remaining. The Devils' 3-0 win in Philadelphia kept them alive in the playoff hunt with five games left but did them no other good.

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Down six points with just six games left, it's time for the Devils to start helping themselves.

We can go over the scenarios every day, but without New Jersey wins it doesn't matter. The Devils are 0-6-4 in their last 10 yet are still mathematically alive.

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It's going to take an awful lot to get the Devils into the playoffs.

New Jersey clearly can't get into the tournament without winning some games. It also hasn't gotten much help lately.

Still, as it is mathematically possible for the Devils to get in, we keep it up.

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It's getting late fast for the Devils.

New Jersey's 5-4 loss to Boston Wednesday leaves it in dire straits. The Devils trail the three-way tie for sixth by four points with only eight games left.

The only solace New Jersey can take is it will have destiny in its own hands. The Devils will meet Ottawa Friday in a crucial affair at Prudential Center. Three of New Jersey's final eight will be against the Rangers and Sens.

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  • The regular collection of links from the Devils' 5-4 loss to the Bruins on Wednesday at Prudential Center (NorthJersey.com) (NJ.com) (AP) (NHL.com).
  • New Jersey's eighth-straight loss, coupled with Bryce Salvador's injury and the Rangers' shootout win over Toronto, has the team's playoff hopes in dire straits (Fire & Ice).
  • Andy Greene says the Devils are playing for their lives (NJ.com).
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Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

This one hurts as much as a Zdeno Chara slapshot to the wrist. While the rival (and eighth-place) Rangers won in a shootout to move four points head of the Devils, New Jersey lost what felt like a microcosm of their entire season. There was the awful start, injuries to key players affecting the team and the Devils coming up just short of a tie game and a guaranteed point in overtime. Like I said, this one hurts. Some thoughts...

Fragile: It's a word Pete DeBoer used to describe his team after the Devils allowed three early goals despite the Bruins taking four penalties in five minutes AND Martin Brodeur stopping a penalty shot. It seemed a wildly appropriate description for a team that has been known to cave at the end of periods, surrender goals in bunches and lose their heads in their own zone. There's a reason why the Devils always seem to play better after DeBoer calls a timeout. He can read whether they need a kick in the ass or a moment to breathe and then suddenly, they look like a different team. It happened tonight and it's happened countless other times this season. The team's psyche is fragile and they don't have enough extraordinarily talented players on the roster to carry them through rough patches. Without Ilya Kovalchuk, it's a collection of "guys" -- some with high-quality talent, but most without. A "fragile" team combined with a limited roster is a bad combination and it's why they've gone one two very bad losing streaks this season. This is not a team that can answer the bell and fight through adversity, which is so strange since it's nearly the same team as last year's that basically made adversity its 24th man on the bench. THIS is where we're seeing and feeling the loss of Zach Parise, who's attitude, work ethic and willingness to buy in no matter what would drive the Devils through difficult times. Maybe Travis Zajac or Adam Henrique will get there some day, but they're not there now.

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On Wednesday night, the Nets defeated the Boston Celtics by a final score of 101-93.

The Skinny: The Celtics raced out to the early lead, relying on hot three-point shooting to open an eight-point lead. But Joe Johnson found his outside stroke, and the Nets responded with a 13-2 run, capped off by back-to-back three-pointers by C.J. Watson. Brooklyn led by one after one.

Deron Williams took control offensively to open the second quarter, helping to increase the Nets? lead to six. Boston?s second unit immediately fought back to regain the lead, but from there the Nets went on a 15-4 run to lead by 10 at the break. D-Will scored 11 points in the quarter, and things began to get chippy as Kevin Garnett picked up a technical foul for a skirmish with Reggie Evans.

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Can the Devils can off their slide and back into the playoff picture tonight?

Who: Boston Bruins at New Jersey Devils

When: 7:30 p.m. ET; Pregame show at 7:00 p.m. ET

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The Devils are down to nine games to make a postseason run.

New Jersey trails the eighth-placed Rangers by just two points with 17 days left. The Devils are four points behind the two-way tie for sixth between Ottawa and the Islanders.

The Isles and Senators seem to be going in opposite directions. Ottawa's lost five straight-- including a 3-2 loss in Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Islanders are 7-2-1 in their last 10 and knocked off Philadelphia 4-1 on Tuesday in Uniondale, N.Y.

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