Ups And Downs

Alright, we’ll get the ugly stuff out of the way first. Bruins come up short in game 7. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell, Stephen Harris, Douglas Flynn and Joe McDonald have the game stories from the 2-0 loss at the Fleet. Despite all the hope heading into the playoffs, Kevin Paul Dupont says the chemistry still wasn’t right for the Bruins. Karen Guregian says that Joe Thornton should be praised for just getting out on the ice at all in this series. Michael Holley looks at another Bruins season ending with a whimper. Steve Conroy looks at Andrew Raycroft taking the playoff loss very hard, though it’s hard to put any blame upon the young goaltender. Ron Indrisano says Raycroft was standup in this series. Joe Gordon looks at the efforts of Sergei Samsonov. Steve Buckley has a pay column saying that first round flops are commonplace for Thornton and the Bruins. Andy Nesbitt says the Canadiens just kept growing in confidence after the game four loss. Conroy looks at the play of Jose Theodore. Gordon also has a look at the winner by Richard Zednik. Marrapese-Burrell’s notebook looks at the torn rib cartilage of Joe Thornton. Harris’ notebook has all the players saying farewell for the offseason.

Sox come from behind yesterday to beat the Yankees 5-4 with the Triple-A portion of their lineup delivering the key blows. I almost expected to see John Henry crying after the game. Game stories are served up by Jeff HorriganBob HohlerSteven KrasnerDavid Heuschkel and David Borges. With one Yankees series out of the way now, Sean McAdam notes that at least now the Sox know that the Yankees can be beaten. Dan Shaughnessy looks at a stirring finish to a impressive weekend by the Sox. Gordon Edes, Bill Reynolds, Jeff Jacobs and Tony Massarotti look at A-Rod, who is glad to get out of town. Howard Bryant has a pay column about Ellis Burks, who wants to contribute despite a knee injury. Frank Dell’Apa and Silverman look at the heroics of Gabe Kapler. Michael Silverman looks at the performance of Bronson Arroyo, who settled down nicely and matched the effort of Kevin Brown. Kevin McNamara looks at the efforts of Keith Foulke over the weekend, having ending each of the Sox wins. Borges’ notebook looks at Arroyo. Hohler’s notebook looks at Foulke, as does Heuschkel’s notebook. Horrigan’s notebook looks at the bullpen in general, while Krasner’s notebook looks at Pokey Reese.

The Patriots took over Patriots Day by making the trade for Corey Dillon. Ron Borges says that this was a tough decision, but a brilliant one for the Patriots, no matter how Dillon turns out here. Tom Curran and Michael Smith note that this trade in the end came down to Tebucky Jones for Corey Dillon. Kevin Mannix, Ian M. Clark and Michael Parente also weigh in on the deal. Mike Reiss talks with the agent for Dillon, who also represents Rodney Harrison. He says the Patriots did their homework on Dillon. Gerry Callahan’s pay column today essentially calls the Patriots hypocrites for cutting Christian Peter all those years ago and now bringing aboard Dillon. Michael Felger says Ty Law still wants out of New England. He adds though, that playing for Belichick won’t be a problem, because this is all about business. Smith adds comments from Law’s agents that he didn’t run from the police. Nick Cafardo looks at the top safety in the draft, Sean Taylor from Miami. Borges also looks at the courts blocking Maurice Clarett from the draft.

Celtics may have caught a break with Ron Artest being suspended for tonight’s game two. Links are at Fox Sports Net.

John Molori has a look at the Patriots new Three Games to Glory II DVD and a recap of FOX’s Yankee Broadcasting Network.

NESN has Red Sox/Blue Jays at 7:00. FSN has Celtics/Pacers at 8:30, (yes, I checked with them.) with NBATV carrying the game nationally. TNT is showing Knicks/Nets at 8:00 and Kings/Mavs at 10:30. ESPN has Senators/Maple Leafs at 7:00.

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