Chara Named Norris Trophy Finalist

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Boston Bruins and NHL announced on Thursday morning that Zdeno Chara is one of three finalist for the 2012 James Norris Trophy.

The Norris Trophy is awarded every year to the player who “demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position.”

Excluding Chara, the other two finalists are Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators and Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators.

Daily Noontime – Feb. 29, 2012

Ray Allen led the Celtics with 22 points on Tuesday! (Photo Credit: Boston Herald)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s the final day of February, and while we anxiously await our first “real winter storm” in Boston, let’s dish out some news and headlines.

Ray Allen tallied 22 points, and Kevin Garnett added 18 points and eight rebounds, which helped the Boston Celtics defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 86-83. The win also marks the end of a five-game losing streak, too. Boston will return to the court on Wednesday when they welcome Milwaukee to the TD Garden for a 7:30pm tip-off.

* Erik Karlsson netted the only goal in Tuesday’s Boston-Ottawa clash, as the Senators defeated the Bruins, 1-0. Tim Thomas deflected 37 shots, while Boston’s offense recorded 32 shots on net. Also, the Bruins finished the game 0-for-4 on the power play. Boston will return to the ice on Thursday when they welcome New Jersey to their home rink.

* According to reports – the New England Patriots have approached wide receiver Chad Ochocino about restructuring his contract. Ochocinco signed a three-year, $11.5 million contract in August of 2011, and ended the past season with 15 catches for 276 yards and one touchdown.