The Bruins bandwagon continues to steam on, picking up fans as it goes along. Last night they upended the Senators 4-2. Stephen Harris says that this team is clearly forging an identity. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell notes that the team followed the urging of its coach and went right after the Senators from the beginning. Douglas Flynn writes that all the pieces are falling into place for the Bruins. Joe McDonald says that the Bruins appear to be poised to make a run at the Cup. Ron Indrisano examines the return of Patrice Bergeron to the ice for the B’s. Steve Conroy looks at P.J. Axelsson, who though not scoring as of late is contributing to the Bruins success in other ways. Steve Buckley has a pay column looking at the quiet confidence of 23 year old Andrew Raycroft as he prepares for the challenge of playoff hockey. Conroy also writes about Glen Murray, who notched his 30th goal of the season last night. James Murphy wonders if this is the year for the Bruins. Marrapese-Burrell’s notebook looks at Brian Rolston, who has had his scoring opportunities lessened as his role has changed. Harris’ notebook also looks at the return of Bergeron. McDonald’s notebook has more on the 18 year old Bergeron.
Michael Silverman says that Pedro is “happy” with how talks between himself and the Red Sox went yesterday. Howard Bryant has a pay column in which he says that Nomar now has all the leverage in talks with the Sox, who misjudged the market price for Miguel Tejada. He also looks more at the steroid issue and how Johnny Damon got himself in a little hot water for his comments. Nick Cafardo and Jeff Horrigan look at how Gabe Kapler is adjusting to learning how to play third base. Gordon Edes has the obligatory steroid article for the day. Sean McAdam and David Borges write about Rhode Island’s own Rocco Baldelli, looking to follow up his strong rookie year. David Heuschkel has a look at Keith Foulke, getting himself up to speed and into form. Tony Massarotti says tonight’s Red Sox/Yankees spring matchup will have a bit less hype than the first one. Christopher Young does his best to inject some negativity into a pretty positive spring. Horrigan looks at the progress of Dave McCarty. Borges also looks at Derek Lowe breezing through his start yesterday. Cafardo’s notebook has a look at the talks between the Red Sox and Nomar. Horrigan’s notebook and McAdam’s notebook also look at the start by Lowe yesterday. Borges’ notebook has Lou Piniella speaking about the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry.
Michael Felger reports on the Patriots bringing in 340 lb Keith Traylor for a meeting and physical yesterday. Traylor would not be a replacement for Ted Washington, but could possibly add some girth to the defensive line. Ron Borges may mock the Herald as “Patriots Daily”, but I didn’t see this reported in his paper.
Celtics links including a couple pieces by Jackie MacMullan, can be found over at Fox Sports Net.
NESN has Red Sox/Yankees at 7:00. ESPN has Mavs/Pacers at 8:00 and Kings/Lakers at 10:30. ESPN2 has the NIT at 7:00 and 9:00. ESPN Classic is commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Larry Bird/Magic Johnson 1979 NCAA Final with the Final Four games of Michigan State/Penn at 5:00 and Indiana State/DePaul at 7:00, followed by the final of Michigan State/Indiana State at 9:00. Then they are showing the Larry Bird “SportsCentury” at 11:00.