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LeBron James and members of the Miami Heat took in Saturday’s National Hockey League game between the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre.

The Heat are in Toronto to take on the Raptors Sunday.

James was, according to his Twitter account, pumped up about the experience – a first for him.


Bruins’ Bourque scores first NHL goal since December, 2008


It was over four years in the making, but Chris Bourque has finally scored his second career National Hockey League goal.

The stage he did so on wasn’t bad either.

Bourque scored the lone goal in the Bruins 1-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre Saturday.

The 27-year-old Bourque, the son of Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque, last scored in the NHL on Dec. 30, 2008, when he was a member of the Washington Capitals.

To keep some perspective on the elongated scoring slump, it’s worth noting Bourque spent the 2010-11 season in Europe and last season in the American Hockey League.

His goal against the Leafs comes two days after he was a healthy scratch against the Buffalo Sabres.

The Bruins played most of the game without feisty forward Brad Marchand, who left in the second period and did not return with an undisclosed injury, according to

Bruins’ Thornton hurt in fight, to be evaluated today (Update: 7-10 days, concussion)

Shawn Thornton, John Scott

Boston’s Shawn Thornton might want to think twice before engaging Buffalo’s John Scott again.

Last night, the two squared off to see just what kind of protective muscle the Sabres had brought in this summer. The end result saw Thornton handled with ease and he wound up leaving the game after serving his five minutes. After the game, Bruins coach Claude Julien told reporters there was no update on his condition, as Joe Haggerty at shares.

“We’ll know more [Friday],” said Claude Julien. “He’s being evaluated, until we get a definite answer [there is] nothing more.”

In the meantime, the Bruins have called up Jamie Tardif from Providence on an emergency basis.

We all know the dangers of fighting and it’s safe to say Thornton knows them as well as anyone. When dealing with a 6’8″ monster like Scott, however, perhaps it’s best to just leave things alone.

After all, this isn’t the first time Scott’s left an opponent dazed and injured after a fight, just ask Alexandre Bolduc.

Update: The Bruins have announced that Thornton will be out 7-10 days with a concussion. It remains unclear why a timeframe has been put on a concussion (or, that particular timeframe) especially given the uncertainty of recovery from head injury.

Regardless, that’s what the Bruins are claiming.

Sabres’ Vanek stuns Bruins with hat trick

Buffalo Sabres v Boston Bruins

Things started slow between the Buffalo Sabres and Boston Bruins, as is sometimes the case with so much hype surrounding one game.

But then the puck dropped on the second period and the goals began piling up. Thomas Vanek scored a hat trick and added two assists for a five-point game, as the Sabres outlasted the Bruins by a score of 7-4.

The Bruins enjoyed leads of 3-1 and 4-3, before the Sabres roared back with four unanswered goals in the third period.

The big story coming into the game was whether the Sabres would seek retribution on Bruins bruising forward Milan Lucic for running goalie Ryan Miller last year.

Say for this Shawn Thornton-John Scott heavyweight fight less than three minutes into the first period, both teams kept their relative cool, combining for a grand total of 26 penalty minutes.

The loss in the Bruins’ first in regulation this season, but it could prove more costly.

Thornton was reportedly injured during the fight.

Patrice Bergeron also left the game after being spun into the boards, the Bruins Twitter account reported.

Joe Haggerty of reported Bergeron returned to the game.

Haggerty also reported, based on an indication from head coach Claude Julien, that Daniel Paille was being evaluated after taking a high stick in the third period.

Sabres-Bruins fight: Scott knocks Thornton out of game (video)


It didn’t take long for the Buffalo Sabres and Boston Bruins to engage in fisticuffs.

Roughly three minutes into their highly-anticipated grudge match — the first since Buffalo’s offseason beef-up, pegged by many as a response to the Milan Lucic-Ryan Miller incident — one of the Sabres’ acquisitions, 6-foot-8 John Scott, got into it with Bruins tough guy Shawn Thornton:

Not an epic tilt or anything, but definitely a shift in approach for the Sabres — and to Scott’s credit, he made good on what was promised upon being signed by Buffalo.

“John’s size and toughness make him a difficult player to battle against,” Buffalo GM Regier said upon signing him. “His physical play will be a valuable addition to our team.”

Of course, employing Scott means having to deal with him, you know, actually playing hockey. And that nearly got the Sabres in trouble late in the first period, when Scott took a bad elbowing penalty on Rich Peverley.

Update: According to multiple sources, Thornton was injured during the fight and won’t return to the contest.

Here’s more, from’s Joe Haggerty:

Shawn Thornton had a lengthy chat with big John Scott during pregame warm-ups and it was pretty clear the two were planning out a bout once things got started. Thornton tried to get a hold of Scott so he could grapple with the 6-foot-8, 260-pound brute, but Scott landed a series of overhand right punches that sent the B’s enforcer tumbling to the ice.

He skated off to the dressing room as soon as his penalty was over and never returned to the bench in the first period. He won’t return to the game tonight. Not good.