Two out of Three ain’t bad, I guess. The Celtics were in a position to make a clean sweep for the Boston teams last night, but faltered down the stretch and lost to the Heat, marring an otherwise outstanding night for Boston sports fans.
The Globe hasn’t updated it’s web site yet today, so here’s the links sans Globe. (I know, some of you think it should be that way every day.)
The Bruins couldn’t have asked for a better start to their playoff series with Montreal. Andrew Raycroft got a shutout in his first playoff start, and the Bruins managed three goals in support of Raycroft. Stephen Harris looks at the opening salvo fired by the Bruins. Joe McDonald says that the Bruins are changing some of their recent history with their play. Douglas Flynn agrees that this is a new Bruins team, not one phased by history. Karen Guregian says that Mike O’Connell’s trading deadline moves made him look like a hero last night as Gonchar and Nylander scored the first two goals for the Bruins. Steve Conroy looks at Joe Thornton, who played last night despite his injury. Though he didn’t figure in the scoring, the Captain made a big impact just by being out there. Guregian also looks at how the Bruins are trying to cover up the nature of the injury. Matt Kalman says the Canadiens will be looking to bounce back in game two. Conroy also has a look at the playoff debut for Patrice Bergeron. McDonald’s notebook looks at Raycroft shutting out the team he was fanatical about as a kid. Harris’ notebook looks at Mike Knuble getting a second crack at his first playoff goal.
Sean McAdam looks at Derek Lowe carrying over a theme from last year – outstanding run support in games he starts. Jeff Horrigan also takes a look at Lowe’s performance in the 10-3 Sox win. David Heuschkel looks at Johnny Damon going 5-5 and robbing David Segui of a home run. Not a bad night’s work. Nick Cafardo (one of the few Globe stories posted thus far) also has a look at Damon. David Borges looks at the Bats coming alive for the Sox. Bill Reynolds says that Pedro is just breaking in his new manager. Bob Hohler looks at a lineup switch last night that seemed to jump start the Sox offense. The Herald chose today to run its Season Preview for the Red Sox, and most of it myopically focuses on the Yankees. Horrigan’s notebook looks at the Sox first three starters performing pretty much as expected. Heuschkel’s notebook looks at Manny defending Pedro. McAdam’s notebook has more on the night by Damon, as does Borges’ notebook.
Those who saw the Globe SportsPlus on NESN last night report that there appeared to be a bit of tension between Dan Shaughnessy and Gordon Edes. Shaughnessy apparently in full doom and gloom mode and wanting Pedro strung up, (Lobel agreed with him.) while Edes noted the results of a poll showing that the fans are not over reacting. Edes noted that sports writers are known to leave games early as well. I’ve received numerous reports (some directly from the press box) of Shaughnessy leaving games early over the years as well. Shaughnessy also said the notion that the Sox have a tough media to face every day is overrated. (Thanks to JL and others for the report.)
I’m enjoying the Sam Marchiano era on NESN. Just had to get that out there.
TNT has Magic/Nets at 7:30 and T-Wolves/Kings at 10:00. ESPN has Sharks/Blues at 10:00. ESPN2 has the Frozen Four with BC/Maine at 6:00.