Bruins Finally Break Out

The Bruins find themselves atop the links this morning for the first time in…well, I can’t remember.

Stephen Harris has the Bruins mustering a bit more offense than usual last night in their 5-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Kevin Paul Dupont has more on the offensive “reset” for the Bruins last night at the Garden. Douglas Flynn has the Bruins turning on old friend Andrew Raycroft last night. Bud Barth has Peter Schaefer leading the charge with a pair of goals for the Bruins.

Mick Colageo says that Peter Chiarelli has some shopping to do with the cap relief obtained by putting Patrice Bergeron on long-term injury reserve. Dupont’s notebook says that the move could end Bergeron’s season. Harris’ notebook has Chiarelli high on Tuukka Rask, considering him very close to being ready to carry a load for the Bruins. Barth’s notebook says that Bruins fans may get to see Rusk soon, as Manny Fernandez’s knee is still bothering him. Flynn’s notebook has Hal Gill coming back to the Garden with the Leafs.

Celtics

In a Globe front page story, Shira Springer looks at the reemergence of the Celtics as a top sports attraction in Boston, where it seems, everyone is talking about them and their new stars. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has the Celtics staking their claim in the TV ratings as well.

Peter May notes what it is like finally getting to see how good Kevin Garnett really is, and how much better he can be with the right supporting cast around him. Lenny Megliola wishes to thank Minnesota for providing Boston with its latest superstar, right after Randy Moss and David Ortiz.

Mark Murphy has Rajon Rondo’s hard work and willingness to listen and learn paying off for the second year point guard. Mike Fine has the Celtics continuing to work to get better and extend their success. Jeff Howe examines the long road back for Tony Allen, who says his knee is still only 85% healed. Scott Souza has the Celtics not worried about style points, just victories.

Patriots

Over on Patriots Daily, there is the latest edition of Niners Watch, looking at just how good that draft pick might be for the Patriots come April.

Michael Felger wonders if Donte Stallworth might be a one and done proposition here in New England. Christopher L. Gasper feels that even if the Patriots go undefeated, the camera scandal could cost Bill Belichick the coach of the year award. Mark Farinella says that the time has come for the Patriots to start shifting to cold weather mode.

Jackie MacMullan looks at Junior Seau and why the future Hall of Fame linebacker has been such a great fit in a part-time role here with the Patriots. Karen Guregian has a piece on fellow linebacker Tedy Bruschi and how he says he can’t slow down as he gets older.

John Tomase has the Patriots wide receivers each talking about their favorite Randy Moss catch this season. He also examines each of Moss’ 12 touchdowns this season. Jennifer Toland has Troy Brown doing his best to get back on the field for the Patriots. Christopher Price has more on Troy being Troy.

Shalise Manza Young has the Patriots wanting Laurence Maroney to hit more 4-5 yard runs rather than trying to go for the home run every time. Guregian has more on Laurence Maroney being ready to carry the load for the Patriots. David Heuschkel has Maroney more concerned with wins than with touchdowns.

Gasper’s notebook has Maroney not worried about when his first touchdown of the season is going to come. Guregian’s notebook says that the weather conditions in Buffalo on Sunday night could provide the first cold weather test for the Patriots this season. Robert Lee’s notebook has Rodney Harrison saying that Troy Brown still has it. Farinella’s notebook has the clock ticking on Brown as he tries to break into a talented receiving group on the Patriots. Toland’s notebook has the bye week helping Maroney to get completely healthy for the second half of the season.

Red Sox/Baseball/Misc

Tony Massarotti has Barry Bonds finally facing a Federal Indictment on perjury and obstruction of justice charges. Bob Hohler has more on the latest blow to the national pastime.

Check out the view from the Bay Area on Bonds, and also on the A’s opening the season in Japan with the Red Sox on the Bay Area Sports page.

Rob Bradford says that decision time is looming for Mike Lowell. Jeff Goldberg has the Red Sox and Yankees both continuing to chase Lowell.

Bill Burt looks at New England’s unknown superstar, the Revolution’s Taylor Twellman, trying to finally get the Revs over the top. Mike Biglin has more on the Revolution and their Cup Final rematch with Houston. Frank Dell’Apa and John Connolly also look at the Revs latest Cup quest, set for Sunday.

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