Bruins Win Again, Bruschi Sticking Around

David Scott says that the latest round of cutbacks at the Boston Globe is bound to impact the sports section.

Bruins

The Bruins are suddenly red-hot, having won five games in a row, including last night’s 5-1 rout of the revamped Pittsburgh Penguins at the Garden.

Fluto Shinzawa has the Bruins doing all the little things needed for the victory. Steve Conroy has the Bruins enjoying another walk in the park against a talented opponent. Douglas Flynn notes that last night was more than just two teams competing, it was “two divergent philosophies at odds.” Bud Barth has Marco Sturm getting the Bruins going early last night.

Kevin Paul Dupont says that no move was the right move for Peter Chiarelli and the Bruins at the deadline. Stephen Harris agrees that standing pat was likely the Bruins best move. Dupont also has rookie Milan Lucic getting his punches in during last night’s win.

Shinzawa’s notebook has Sturm coming on strong, including two first-period goals last night. Conroy’s notebook has newly acquired Marian Hossa spraining an MCL in his debut with the Penguins. Barth’s notebook has the Penguins getting a boost from the trade deadline while the Bruins did nothing.

Patriots

NFL Free Agency started at midnight last night, and there is already activity to report. However, there is also some non-activity in Randy Moss’ status, which comes as a bit of a surprise. Christopher L. Gasper reports that after midnight last night, he spoke with Moss’ agent, who would not comment on negotiations and did not indicate if a deal was close between his client and the Patriots. Gasper also reports on Randall Gay heading to free agency, where he is expected to be the third best cornerback on the market. John Tomase says that all signs still point to a Moss return to New England for next season. Mark Farinella has the Patriots already keeping busy in the opening hours of free agency.

Mike Reiss has Tedy Bruschi returning to the Patriots, agreeing on a new multi-year deal with the team. Karen Guregian also reports on the return of Bruschi, and also has Kelley Washington agreeing to a new contract to remain with the Patriots as well. David Heuschkel has more on the return of Bruschi, and also reports that Kevin Faulk passed a drug test following his being charged with possession earlier this week, so he will not have to participate in the NFL’s substance abuse program.

Celtics

Sam Cassell got his buyout from the Clippers, and all signs seem to point to the veteran point guard joining the Celtics early next week, provided he clears waivers. Marc J. Spears has Cassell talking as if he is already with the Celtics. Mark Murphy’s notebook has the Celtics waiting through the weekend for Cassell.

Spears also writes about the Celtics easing newly signed P.J. Brown into the mix slowly. Scott Souza says that a hard sell helped the Celtics land Brown. After seeing them go at each other in practice everyday, Doc Rivers has recently been playing Leon Powe and Glen Davis together in games, and they’ve been as tough on the opposition as they are on each other. Mark Murphy has the story.

The Globe also has a piece this morning by Don Aucoin, who talks with long-time season ticket holders about the team finally returning to glory.

Red Sox

Gerry Callahan says that having Josh Beckett at the top of their rotation gives the Red Sox a huge edge heading into the season. Rob Duca says that Beckett is a modern-day Larry Bird with a baseball with the way that he treats each and every game. Jeff Goldberg has Beckett starting off strong with his performance against BC yesterday.

Rob Bradford has David Ortiz coming into the season with two simple goals, stay healthy, and stay with the Red Sox for the rest of his career. Joe Haggerty has a healthy and happy Big Papi ready to tackle ’08. Garry Brown says that Bartolo Colon could prove to be a heavyweight signing for the Sox. Sean McAdam has things just getting worse and worse for Roger Clemens.

Dan Shaughnessy has the Red Sox taking on Boston College and Northeastern yesterday in a scene faintly reminiscent of the 1992 US basketball dream team. Michael Silverman has the Red Sox teaching the college kids a few lessons. Amalie Benjamin has a look at another highly-regarded Red Sox pitching prospect, Michael Bowden, who spent much of the offseason eating – at the Red Sox direction.

Jim Donaldson says that Manny Ramirez was wrong to skip the trip to Washington. Silverman has a look back at the Red Sox visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center/ He also has a few Sox still recovering from the Sidecar ride they went on while in Washington. (photos here) Goldberg has also has more on the Sox wild ride in Washington. Bradford has Julio Lugo hoping to increase his power numbers this season.

Benjamin’s notebook has Beckett making short work of the Eagles in his spring debut. The Herald notebook has the Red Sox coaches adjusting to wearing a helmet in the coaching boxes. McAdam’s notebook has Beckett just trying to be consistent. Duca’s notebook has more on the wild ride in D.C. for some of the Sox.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has the Sox getting ready for another big broadcast year on NESN.

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