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WILMINGTON, Mass. -- The smile spread across Matt Bartkowskis face even before the question was finished. How will it feel to play against his hometown Penguins, the team he rooted for as a youngster? "I cant believe how many times Ive been asked that," the Bruins rookie defenceman said with a laugh. "Its going to be awesome." Especially if Boston upsets Pittsburgh, the club that won two Stanley Cups in the 1990s with two players who became his idols, Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr. Now Lemieux is a co-owner of the Penguins and Jagr is Bartkowskis teammate in Boston. The teams begin the Eastern Conference finals in Pittsburgh on Saturday night. "Its kind of cool we get to play playoffs in my hometown," Bartkowski said. "At the end of the day, Im on Boston and thats Pittsburgh. Were there to win." A former standout at Mt. Lebanon High -- a proud school with its own rink tucked away neatly in a suburb south of Pittsburgh -- Bartkowski made his playoff debut in Game 5 of the opening round against Toronto after being recalled from Providence of the AHL to replace the injured Wade Redden. He next appeared in Game 7 vs. the Maple Leafs, scoring the first goal before the road team posted the next four. But he and the Bruins rallied, won 5-4 in overtime, and suddenly, he appeared as if he was there to stay. He played well with this time in all five games of the next round against the New York Rangers. But Andrew Ference, sidelined the last seven games with a lower body injury, could return soon and that could leave Bartkowski out of the lineup. All that said, hes already accomplished more than he could have imagined when he was lightly recruited out of high school. "I knew he could be a pretty good player probably by his junior year," said Paul Taibi, his high school coach. "The NHL was kind of a dream still at that point." As a senior, Taibi said, Bartkowski was the best player in Pennsylvania. But hockeys popularity in the western part of the state had declined by then -- a lull between the end of the Lemieux-Jagr era and the start of the Sidney Crosby-Evgeni Malkin era. "At that point, I was probably 14 or so," Bartkowski said. "It died down for a solid four years or so until Crosby got drafted. ... Every time they get big players in Pittsburgh, it seems to jump start all the little kids playing, so its good for the area." The Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 2009, their first championship since they won their second straight in 1992, three days before Bartkowski turned 4. They played then in the Civic Arena -- also known as the Igloo -- located at 66 Mario Lemieux Place, and Bartkowski remembers skating there as a youngster. He finally received some attention at the Chicago Showcase, a tournament for lightly recruited high school players where he was most valuable player. He spent two years in the United States Hockey League before being drafted in the seventh round by the Florida Panthers in 2008. But he chose to play at Ohio State for two seasons. "I was drafted by Florida but I didnt really go to any camps," he said. "So Id watch the Penguins games. I was still a Penguins fan." Before Bartkowski played for the Panthers, they traded him to the Bruins in March 2010. He made his NHL debut on Jan. 10, 2011 in a familiar place, Pittsburgh. The Bruins won 4-2, overcoming a 2-0 deficit with four goals in the last four minutes. And his next two games? Both against the Penguins in Boston. "You could see the potential, but it was raw and he needed some experience. He needed to get himself more confident," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "Right now, what weve seen in this guy is he has no fear. "He knows he can play in this league and it shows." With just 27 games in his NHL career, including seven in the playoffs, hes returning to a city where friends and family members will be in the stands. Julien doesnt think that will be a distraction. "He seems pretty excited. Hes looking forward to it," Julien said. "At the end of the day, he knows who hes playing for. He wants to do well for his team. The better he does, the better he looks in everybodys eyes, whether its his hometown thats rooting for the other team or whether its us." Bartkowski knows he has to play physically and be in the right position against the Penguins potent offence. Hes eager to get started. "Im stoked up, pumped up and ready to go," he said. "Im sure the rest of these guys are because everybodys calling them the favourites." For the first time, Bartkowski is getting steady playing time in the NHL. Its allowed him to get into a rhythm and develop teamwork with other Bruins, a crew viewed among the deepest in the league. "Hes playing with so much confidence right now," said Taibi, who talks to him often. "I finally think he believes thats where he belongs. He was playing without that cloud of, Am I going to play the next game? He knew he was going to be in the lineup pretty much the whole (Rangers) series. He just needed a chance to prove himself and I think hes passed with flying colours." And hes playing with his idol. The Bruins obtained Jagr from Dallas on April 2. "Its awesome because I looked up to him," Bartkowski said. "Its pretty cool to be able to play with him now." Any chance Bartkowski had of reaching the playoffs had seemed to disappear a few days earlier. Just before the March 28 trade deadline the Bruins thought they had sent him to Calgary as part of a trade for Jarome Iginla that they hoped would boost their offence. They even scratched Bartkowski from their lineup that day. But Iginla waived his no-trade clause only for Pittsburgh and he went there. "I would not even be playing right now and now weve got a shot at the Pens in the conference finals," Bartkowski said. "It couldnt have worked out any better." His hometown and his new town await. Browns Jerseys Store . The Cleveland Indians, Tampa Bay Rays, and Texas Rangers all won on Sunday meaning the Rangers will host the Rays in a play-in game on Monday. Browns Jerseys Sale . The team says the Spain international has a muscle pull in his right leg. Barcelona hosts third-division side Cartagena in the return leg of their round-of-32 tie after winning their first meeting 4-1. . On June 12, just as the sun sets on the magnificent historical city of Sao Paulo the inventors, innovators and purveyors of “joga bonitowill” open their campaign. The opponent, Croatia and all its football might and will. 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Their opponent, the Miami Dolphins, took another approach.Dolphins running back Arian Foster told ESPNs Bob Holtzman that he planned to take a knee and raise his fist during the national anthem. Foster said Dolphins players met Friday and agreed to make their own decision on how to handle Sundays anthem.Foster, along with teammates Kenny Stills, Michael Thomas and Jelani Jenkins, took a knee Sunday, though it appeared Foster did not raise his fist as planned.We encourage all members of our organization to stand at attention during the national anthem out of respect and appreciation for the freedoms we are afforded as Americans. We also recognize that its an individuals right to reflect during the anthem in different ways, the Dolphins said in a statement. We respect these liberties and appreciate the sacrifices that everyone has made for our country, especially on this day of remembrance.We hope todays events will continue a respectful and thoughtful dialogue in our community on unity, inclusiveness and togetherness.Foster said he has had conversations recently with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Peters said Friday that he was behind Kaepernick 100 percent, a stance he reiterated after Sundays game.Im black. I love being black, and Im supporting Colin as far as what hes doing as far as raising awareness of with justice system, Peters said Sunday. I didnt mean anything by it. I locked arms with my teammates. I talked to coach. Coach said it was OK if I wanted to express my thoughts about what I wanted to do.Its not about attention for me. Dont talk about it being about [that]. I come from a majority black community in Oakland, California. I grew up around my people a lot. The struggle I see, Ive got family members who are still in the struggle.In a statement issued on behalf of the players, the Chiefs said: After having a number of thoughtful discussions as a group regarding our representation during the National Anthem, we decided collectively to lock arms as a sign of solidarity. It was our goal to be unified as a team and to be respectful of everyones opinions, and the remembrance of 9/11.Its our job as professional athletes to make a positive impact on our communities and to be proactive when change is needed. Together we are going to continue to have conversations, educate ourselves and others on social issues and work with local law enforcement officials and leaders to make an impact on the Kansas City community.Peters added that more steps need to be taken.We need to continue to meet as a team. Ill continue to do some things on my own back at home, Peters said. Well try to further help this problem. Its not going to do us no good if you all rush us talking about the same thing over and over.Players from several teams, including the Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans, helped to hold the edges of giant flags at their games.dddddddddddd.New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola was one player who helped hold the flag, while teammates Martellus Bennett and Devin McCourty waited until the completion of the anthem to raise fists prior to their game Sunday night against the Arizona Cardinals.I believe in this country. I love this country, McCourty said. My father was in the Army. My older brother was in the Army. Those men and women go out there and put their life on the line. I respect that. Thats the reason why I didnt do anything during the national anthem because I respect it. You talk to people about how much respect they have for the flag. Thats why they believe. Thats why they go fight. Nothing but respect for that.Kaepernick has been moved by the number of players around the NFL reaching out and supporting his decision to sit or kneel during the national anthem over the past few weeks in protest of racial oppression and other social issues.Some players, including Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane and Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall have joined Kaepernick and his 49ers teammate?Eric Reid in kneeling during the anthem, though Lane stood with his teammates Sunday in a demonstration of unity. Others have discussed it, though Kaepernick said earlier this week that some have expressed concerns about the possible repercussions of joining the protest.Several Seahawks player said they are in the process of meeting with the mayor of Seattle and police chiefs across the state.I think its something that theres a lot of players that really feel the same way, Kaepernick said Wednesday. Theyre just nervous about consequences that come along with it, and a lot of them have families to feed, and I think thats a tragic situation where players arent comfortable speaking whats on their mind and whats right because theyre afraid of consequences that come along with it. Thats not an ideal environment for anybody.Marshall has already experienced some of that blowback, losing an endorsement with the Air Academy Federal Credit Union on Friday after kneeling before Thursdays opener against the Carolina Panthers. On Sunday, a handful of NFL players apparently werent deterred and joined Kaepernick in sending their message, even on the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.Kaepernick and the Niners play Monday night, but he said earlier this week that he would have continued his protest had the 49ers played on Sunday, again emphasizing that his actions have nothing to do with disrespecting the military.Once again, this isnt a protest against men and women of the military, Kaepernick said. I have great respect for them. I spoke with Nate Boyer and Joey Jones, those are great military vets, and Ive spoken to others as well. People are getting lost in what the true message is and dont want to address what it really is and address those issues. Thats really the problem. I wish people would be as outraged about the murders that are happening in the street as they are about a protest.ESPNs Nick Wagoner and Mike Reiss contributed to this report. 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