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BOSTON (AP) — David Pastrnak scored a hat trick, Tuukka Rask made 24 saves in his return from hip surgery and the Boston Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2. Rask, the winningest goalie in franchise history, made his season debut after recovering from surgery last summer to repair a torn labrum. Rask was solid in net and got plenty of help from his teammates, who held Philadelphia to 27 shots as the Bruins won their fourth straight and seventh in eight games. Cam Atkinson and Joel Farabee scored for Philadelphia, which lost its sixth in a row. Carter Hart finished with 33 saves, keeping the Flyers close despite a listless start.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mikey Anderson, Viktor Arvidsson and Anze Kopitar scored in a span of 1:23 of the third period and the Los Angeles Kings won their third straight 6-2 over the Pittsburgh Penguins. Dustin Brown had a goal and an assist to reach 700 career points, Sean Durzi had a goal and two assists, and the Kings went 5-2-0 on their seven-game homestand. Jonathan Quick made 27 saves. Kris Letang and Radim Zohorna scored for the Penguins, who have lost two of three following a 10-game winning streak. Tristan Jarry allowed six goals on 45 shots.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Despite winning an unprecedented seven Super Bowl rings, Tom Brady is still haunted by one that slipped away — literally. As Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13-4) prepare to host the Philadelphia Eagles (9-8) in an NFC wild-card game Sunday, the GOAT has been forced to recall his big drop. It occurred in Philadelphia’s 41-33 win over New England in the Super Bowl four years ago when Brady let a pass from wide receiver Danny Amendola bounce off his fingertips. Making matters worse, Eagles quarterback Nick Foles caught a touchdown pass later in the game on a trick play called “Philly! Philly!” that will be immortalized in Philadelphia.  

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden is hoping to extend his stay in the Steel City at least one more week. Haden will play in the second playoff game of his 12-year career when the Steelers visit Kansas City in the opening round of the postseason. The 32-year-old was forced to sit out last year’s playoff loss to Cleveland because he was in the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols. Haden is in the final year of his contract and is unlikely to re-sign with the Steelers.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The last time the Chiefs played the Steelers, record-setting wide receiver Tyreek Hill had just recovered from COVID-19 and star tight end Travis Kelce was sitting at home and still dealing with the virus. Kansas City still rolled to a 36-10 victory at Arrowhead Stadium. That should give the Chiefs a lot of confidence for the rematch in the wild-card round of the playoffs Sunday night. Kelce and Hill should be healthy and available for Patrick Mahomes, who still threw for 258 yards and three scores without them in that December win over the Steelers.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (AP) — Naz Hillmon had 21 points, Leigha Brown scored 15 of her 17 points in the first half and No. 11 Michigan beat Penn State 74-57 for its sixth straight win in the series. The game featured two of the Big Ten’s four 20-point scorers as Hillmon entered averaging 20 points and Penn State’s Makenna Marisa 21.7. Hillmon was 7 of 14 from the field and 7 of 8 at the free-throw line, while Marisa was held to 16 points on 6-of-19 shooting. Hillmon made two free throws midway through the third quarter for a 20-point lead to put her into double figures for the 27th straight game. Maddie Nolan had 15 points and Emily Kiser added 13 for Michigan.

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