Morning sports update: Patriots defense in the midst of historic run after slow start

Stephon Gilmore makes an interception against the Dolphins.
Stephon Gilmore makes an interception against the Dolphins. –CJ GUNTHER/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock

The Bruins got a 3-2 win against the Lightning on Wednesday night, while the Celtics and Patriots prepare for upcoming games of their own.

Here’s a look at a few other stories from around the world of sports:

Patriots defense recovered from sluggish first month, now thriving: Despite injuries to key players like Dont’a Hightower, the Patriots defense hasn’t allowed more than 17 points in seven straight games.

That’s a run that ranks highly in the history of not merely the Belichick era in New England, but against the rest of the NFL in the last decade. (WEEI)

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Rob Gronkowski enjoys trips to Buffalo: As he grew up going to Williamsville North High School near Buffalo for three years, Rob Gronkowski relishes the annual trip to upstate New York.

“I do like going home, and definitely playing where you grew up. That’s like a dream, to even play in the stadium that you drove by all the time growing up as a kid,” Gronkowski said on Wednesday. The Patriots’ tight end has more touchdowns (11) in his career against the Bills than any other NFL team. (ESPN)

The Red Sox are investigating the possibility of trading for Jose Abreu: In need of a first baseman who can hit for power, the Red Sox are reportedly talking to the White Sox about the potential of trading for Jose Abreu.

As it’s coming up on nearly a year since the two teams executed the Chris Sale trade, Chicago is well versed in Boston’s minor league system. To complete this deal, however, it appears the Red Sox might need to trade a Major League piece or two. (Boston Globe)

The best U.S. mogul skier is from Maine, has sights set on Olympics: Troy Murphy is looking at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea as his hope to finally land on the podium. The top men’s mogul skier in the U.S. is ranked sixth in the world, but didn’t manage a top-3 finish all last season.

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Still, Murphy is an intriguing Olympic prospect. His jumping (a critical component of mogul skiing competitions) is on par with any of his world class opponents. (Boston Globe)

Daily highlight: Everton’s Wayne Rooney completed his hat trick on Wednesday against West Ham with an exquisite one-timer from inside his own half:

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