The Bruins finally got to play a home game at the TD Banknorth Garden and responded with a 3-2 win over the Calgary Flames. Stephen Harris says that the hockey quality of this one was pretty good, but more importantly for the Bruins it was a win. Fluto Shinzawa looks at the Bruins taking a page from the Patriots defense – bend, don’t break. Joe McDonald has more on the Bruins coming up winners in their home opener. Douglas Flynn says that the Bruins problems aren’t over, but this was a step in the right direction. Bud Barth and Mick Colageo round out the coverage of the Bruins home opener.
Steve Conroy looks at a big night from Glen Murray, who had a pair of goals playing on a line with youngsters Patrice Bergeron and Phil Kessel and provided leadership, setting an example by swarming the Flames back at their own blue line in the final seconds, preventing one last rush from Calgary. Bob Duffy reports on the Bruins getting a solid performance from goaltender Hannu Toivonen. Karen Guregian has owner Jeremy Jacobs preaching patience and urging fans to take a longer term view of the Bruins rebuilding. Duffy also has a piece on senior Bruin P.J. Axelsson, who says opening night with the Bruins never gets old.
Kevin Paul Dupont says that for a night, all the Bruins changes looked good. Dan Shaughnessy even chimes in with a column on the new-look Bruins. Guregian also takes a look at he Bruins answering the bell and rewarding their fans with a good performance on opening night. Tom King says that the Bruins need to prove themselves as a good playoff team in order to totally win fans back.
Harris’ notebook reports on Andrew Alberts suffering a separated shoulder last night. Shinzawa’s notebook looks at Marco Sturn missing the game with a thigh bruise after getting hit with a puck on Wednesday night. McDonald’s notebook has Jacob’s enjoying the somewhat new look of the Garden. Flynn’s notebook has Flames forward Darren McCarty putting in a good word for B’s coach Dave Lewis. Barth’s notebook has Jacobs expressing optimism for the Bruins this season and beyond. Colageo’s notebook has Jacobs also saying that they need to start winning as well.
Rob Bradford checks in with a piece on Celtics rookie point guard Rajon Rondo. He talks to Rondo’s high school coach, who has been around some big-time players and calls Rondo the best of them. Bill Doyle looks at Ryan Gomes, once again trying to prove himself against bigger and more highly touted players. Mike Fine’s notebook has things looking up a little bit for rookie forward Leon Powe after his performance against the Nets. Dylan on the BSMW Full Court Press checks in with a look at the point guard position for the Celtics. These links and a look at the off guards on the Celtics roster, including Paul Pierce, Delonte West and Tony Allen can be found on the FSN Nothing But Net blog.
Mark Murphy examines why NBA players seem obsessed with carrying firearms…in many cases they deem a necessary protection against seeking to do them harm. He has a second part in which he notes that the players wealth and fame make them targets. I would imagine their size makes them easy to spot, too – more so perhaps than over professional athletes.
Murphy’s notebook has the Celtics standing behind Telfair as the victim of this incident. Shira Springer has more on this, as she takes another look at the whole incident, and the Celtics reaction to it. Jim Fenton has more on an interesting few days for Telfair. Mike Fine also looks at the Celtics trying to explain things.
We’ve got another edition of the BSMW Game Day Roundtable lined up where topics include Moss, Turf and other forms of vegetation, including media.
John Tomase takes an in depth look at the key play of the first Patriots/Bills game, a stop of Willis McGahee by Don Davis on 4th and 1. Christopher L Gasper has Doug Gabriel using family to keep him grounded and focused. Paul Kenyon contrasts the Patriots and Bills receivers. Alan Greenberg has more on the receivers, wondering if they’re not very good, or if they’ve been facing good defenses. Tom King says that things have gone downhill since the first play of the season for the Bills.
Albert Breer looks at Dan Koppen planning on taking the offensive line out to dinner to celebrate his new contract. Mark Farinella has more on Koppen and his new contract. Rich Garven has Junior Seau touting Ty Warren. Ron Hobson has Tom Brady and his receivers working hard to establish chemistry on the field.
You might recall Colts President Bill Polian accosting a Jets employee on the sidelines before a recent game, accusing the Jets of cranking up the noise near the Colts. Polian has also already complained about the Patriots turf. Well, Tom E Curran reports that the Patriots have asked the NFL to ensure the safety of their employees from the Colts President on the sidelines during the upcoming Colts/Patriots game as a way to tweak Polian.
Tomase’s notebook has more Morgan on Brown. Kenyon’s notebook has Seau feeling very good about his decision to come to New England. Garven’s notebook has Bill Belichick seeking a boost in third down defensive stops. Mike Reiss’ notebook looks at the great protection Brady has gotten from his line this season. Parente’s notebook has the Patriots prepping for the Bills passing attack. Farinella’s notebook has more on Morgan giving Brown his seal of approval.