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Mitch's Sports: Bruins Come Back To Beat 'Canes; Hayward Regains Form In Celtics Win Over Warriors

The Boston Bruins found themselves down 2-0 in the second period to the Carolina Hurricanes last night before scoring three un-answered goals and eventually winning 4-3 in overtime.

The Hurricanes were donning their old green Hartford Whalers unis (the franchise that now plays its hockey in barbecue country got its start in Connecticut's insurance capitol) and the 'Canes got two goals past Jaroslav Halak before the Bruins evened things up on a rebound by fourth line winger Chris Wagner, and then Jake DeBrusk, who would be the catalyst for the overtime winner, banged in a rebound to tie the game at two.

The Bruins then took a 3-2 lead on a short-handed goal by Patrice Bergeron, who finished off a two on one break with a feed from Brad Marchand.

Carolina tied the game at three with less than ten minutes left but in the overtime DeBrusk stripped defenseman Justin Faulk of the puck behind Carolina's net, circled around and sent a perfect pass across the crease to David Krejci, who faked forehand and then went backhand to slide the puck past Curtis McElhinney for the win.

There was a downside for Boston. The recently acquired Marcus Johansson collided with Michael Ferland on a clean hit by the Carolina forward, but a devastating one that sent Johansson to the ice and eventually to the hospital, where he was held overnight for observation. The Bruins have experience with players acquired for a playoff push derailed by concussions and they'll have to cross their fingers that Johansson is not the latest.

The Montreal Canadiens were winners last night, topping the LA Kings 3-1, and what a win for goaltender Carey Price, number 314 in his career with Montreal and that ties him for most Montreal goaltender victories with a legend of the game, Jacques Plante, the man who invented the goalie mask and was arguably the greatest netminder in NHL history.

Shea Weber had a goal and an assist in helping Price to the historic win, and the Canadiens maintain their wild card playoff position, now tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins at 79 points apiece, one game ahead of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

In men's college hoops the Green Knights of Vermont Technical College made it to the semi-finals of the USCAA playoff tournament, but their run to a title was stopped in an 80-74 loss to Penn State-Wilkes Barre in Pennsylvania last night. Jeremiah Shaw finished off an excellent season for VTC scoring a game-high 24 points in the loss.

The UVM Catamounts wrapped up their regular season beating UMass-Lowell 74-57 on senior night, with a ceremony before the game to honor the careers of Samuel Dingba and Ernie Duncan. Stef Smith scored a game high 21 points to lead UVM to its 26th regular season win before they begin the playoffs as the number one seed in the America East conference.

On the pro hard court, good luck figuring out those Boston Celtics. Losers of four of their last five since the all-star break they headed out west and beat the stuffing out of the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors 128-95 last night.

The struggling Gordon Hayward regained his all-star form with a 30-point performance off the bench, and Kyrie Irving had a double double with 19 points and 11 assists in a game the Celtics wish they could bottle and take with them wherever they go, playing more like the team that was supposed to contend for an NBA title this year.

Meanwhile the Warriors, good as they are, have had their own head-scratching stumbles, at least at home this season. It was the fifth time they've lost by 20 or more points on their home court.

The NCAA Nordic and Alpine ski championships begin today at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, with the men's 10K freestyle and women's 5K freestyle events.

UVM is sending eleven skiers into the field of 148. Middlebury and Dartmouth twelve, and any one of them would love to bring the title back east. An eastern school hasn't won the championship since UVM did in 2012.

A graduate of NYU with a Master's Degree in journalism, Mitch has more than 20 years experience in radio news. He got his start as news director at NYU's college station, and moved on to a news director (and part-time DJ position) for commercial radio station WMVY on Martha's Vineyard. But public radio was where Mitch wanted to be and he eventually moved on to Boston where he worked for six years in a number of different capacities at member station a Senior Producer, Editor, and fill-in co-host of the nationally distributed Here and Now. Mitch has been a guest host of the national NPR sports program "Only A Game". He's also worked as an editor and producer for international news coverage with Monitor Radio in Boston.
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