The Mercury News Weekend

Bruins add even more talent


The NHL's best team just got bigger and tougher.

Already on their way to one of the best seasons in hockey history, the Boston Bruins acquired defenseman Dmitry Orlov and forward Garnet Hathaway from the Washington Capitals on Thursday in exchange for forward Craig Smith and three draft choices. It's the latest big acquisitio­n by an Eastern Conference contender as the league approaches the March 3 trade deadline.

Boston sent a 2023 firstround pick, a 2024 second-rounder, a 2025 thirdround­er and Smith to Washington. The Capitals retained half of Orlov's salary and Minnesota will pay 25%; the Wild will receive a 2023 fifth-rounder for helping Boston stay under the cap.

Orlov and Garnet will join the team with the NHL's best record after leaving one that won it all in 2018.

With a 43-8-5 record and 91 points heading into the Kraken game — a pace that would surpass the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens' alltime record of 132 points — the Bruins have shown few weaknesses. But the memories of recent playoff disappoint­ments left Sweeney worried about depth, especially on defense, heading into what he hopes will be a long postseason run.

The Bruins have topped 100 points for four straight non-pandemic seasons but have made just one long playoff run, losing to the St. Louis Blues in the 2019 Stanley Cup Final.

Orlov, 31, was a homegrown player for Washington and helped the team win the Stanley Cup in 2018. Hathaway, 31, has played on the Capitals' fourth line for the past four seasons. DUCKS TOP CAPS, END 6-GAME SKID >> Jakob Silfverber­g

scored the goahead goal early in the third period, John Gibson made 41 saves and the Anaheim Ducks handed the reeling Washington Capitals a sixth consecutiv­e defeat, 4-2.


Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 30 shots for his 73rd career shutout and the Minnesota Wild beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-0 for their fourth straight win.

MCDAVID SCORES TWICE, OILERS BLAST PENS >> Connor McDavid scored twice to push his total to a careerbest 46 goals, and the Edmonton Oilers embarrasse­d Sidney Crosby and the Penguins 7-2 in Pittsburgh.



Linebacker Bobby Wagner is parting ways with the Los Angeles Rams after just one season, a person familiar with the decision said.

The 32-year-old Wagner was outstandin­g in his only season with his hometown Rams, who signed him as a free agent last March following a decade with the Seattle Seahawks.

Wagner started all 17 games at middle linebacker and made 140 tackles with a career-high six sacks for the Rams.


A person with knowledge of the hiring tells The Associated Press that Sean Payton is bringing back ex-Broncos head coach Vance Joseph to Denver to serve as his defensive coordinato­r.

Joseph coached the Broncos from 2017-18, compiling an 11-21 record before being replaced by Vic Fangio. He spent the past four seasons as the Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinato­r.



Billy Horschel has never won a PGA Tour event in his home state of Florida. His quest to change that is off to a fine start. Horschel shot a 5-under 65, tying him with Joseph Bramlett for the firstround lead in the Honda Classic at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens.


Jennifer Kupcho of the United States fired a bogey-free 7-under 65 to share the lead alongside four other golfers after the opening round of the LPGA Thailand .

With her in the lead were Anna Nordquist of Sweden, Nasa Hataoko of Japan, rookie Jaravee Boonchant and Lin Xiyu of China.


ALCARAZ DROPS SET BUT WINS AT RIO OPEN >> Defending champion and topseeded Carlos Alcaraz beat Fabio Alcaraz overcame the 35-year-old Italian 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-4 in 2 hours, 47 minutes.

 ?? PATRICK SEMANSKY — THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ?? Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin wears a helmet bearing a sticker in memory of his father, Mikhail Ovechkin, on Thursday night against the Ducks in Washington.
PATRICK SEMANSKY — THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin wears a helmet bearing a sticker in memory of his father, Mikhail Ovechkin, on Thursday night against the Ducks in Washington.

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