Bruins Bolster Playoff Chances

The Bruins took a big step towards the playoffs last night with their 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Garden.

Fluto Shinzawa and Steve Conroy have the details of the win. Bud Barth and Bob Stern also report on the victory.

Stephen Harris has a look at Milan Lucic, who received the 7th player award last night and appears to have been born to be a Big Bad Bruin. Barbara Matson has Peter Schaefer stepping in and contributing last night with all the injuries to his teammates. Douglas Flynn has the Bruins doing more with less in the last two games. Tony Lee has the Bruins besieged by the injury bug. Mike Loftus has a number of Bruins notes.

Conroy’s notebook has Chuck Kobasew out 4-8 weeks with a fractured left tibia, courtesy of a Zdeno Chara blast the other night. Shinzawa’s notebook has more on the injury, noting that the shot hit the only unprotected spot on Kobasew’s leg. Barth’s notebook and Stern’s notebook have more on the mounting injuries for the Bruins.

Celtics

Kevin Henkin has a piece on Celtics rookie Glen “Big Baby” Davis in a new posting on the BSMW Full Court Press.

Marc J. Spears has MVP candidate Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets coming into the Garden tonight hoping to sweep the two game season series from the Celtics. Steve Bulpett notes that a win tonight for the Celtics would push them over the franchise record for the biggest one-season improvement. Scott Souza observes that with a win, the Celtics will have beaten every team in the NBA this season.

Jim Fenton examines the Celtics success against the Western Conference. Tim Weisberg says that Bill Russell has been a winner his entire life, something that is still clear even in the speeches he gives today.

Patriots/Red Sox

Karen Guregian and Mike Reiss report that Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson recently had ankle surgery which could put his availability for the start of training camp in question.

The Red Sox are out in Los Angeles for three exhibitions with the Dodgers. Check all the coverage on RedSoxLinks.com.