Season Ends In Seven For B’s

The Bruins were unable to complete their first round comeback last night in Montreal, as they fell to the Canadiens 5-0, ending their season.

Fluto Shinzawa has the Bruins able to hold their heads high as they left the Bell Centre last night. Steve Conroy has the Bruins wasting a great effort in the first period when they wasted several very good scoring opportunities. Joe Haggerty has seven as the Bruins unlucky number last night.

Stephen Harris states that “suddenly the future seems very bright for this team that no longer can be dismissed as irrelevant in the Boston sports market.” Mick Colageo says that for the first time in six years, the Bruins can go into the off season with something to build on. Bob Ryan says that losing a game 7 in Montreal is no disgrace. Mike Loftus says that this series could be the start of something good for the Bruins.

Barbara Matson has Zdeno Chara’s thoughts on the end of the season. Steve Buckley says that Tim Thomas has firmly established himself as a No. 1 goaltender with his performance in the postseason. Harris has Cam Neely talking about the season and how far many of the youngsters have come.

Sean Farrell has Montreal goaltender Carey Price getting back into top form last night. Jon Couture has Price flourishing despite the pressures and expectations that come with playing in Montreal.

Shinzawa’s notebook has Glen Murray leaving the game early with injury, his departure might’ve been his last moments in a Bruins uniform. He also reports that “Canadiens fans celebrated in downtown Montreal by setting at least three police cars on fire a few blocks from the Bell Centre.” – this for a first round victory. Conroy’s notebook says that Chara will need corrective surgery on his shoulder this offseason.

Red Sox

David Scott reports that Gordon Edes will be leaving the Boston Globe Red Sox beat to join the baseball staff of Yahoo! Sports. He also reports that NESN has settled on Heidi Watney to replace Tina Cervasio as sideline reporter for the Sox games.

The Red Sox finished off their four game sweep of the Rangers yesterday with a 8-3 win at Fenway Park. Amalie Benjamin has Clay Buchholz baffling the Rangers with a variety of pitches. Jeff Horrigan has the Red Sox waiting out 11 walks from Rangers pitching on a day that Boston is focused on running. Joe McDonald says that the Red Sox already appear to have their blueprint in place for the season. Jeff Goldberg has Clay Buchholz appearing poised and polished on the mound yesterday. Ron Chimelis has Buchholz looking like the pitcher fans think he can be. Phil O’Neill has the Sox getting a variety of contributions in yesterday’s win. Mike Petraglia has more on the Sox win at Fenway.

Tony Massarotti notes that whereas once the Red Sox would’ve used the Japan trip and brutal early schedule as an excuse to lose, with the new culture around Fenway, the opposite has actually been true. Jim Donaldson has the Sox rolling on even with their bench inserted into key spots in the lineup and a rookie pitcher on the mound. Rob Bradford has Dustin Pedroia still seeking to silence the doubters out there. Nick Cafardo has the Red Sox depth proving to be critical early in the season thus far. Side note: do we really think Nick got all those emails from Red Sox fans blasting Terry Francona for giving Manny the day off yesterday? Horrigan has more on Francona following through in giving Ramirez his first full day off of the season yesterday.

Bradford has a look at the progress Julio Lugo has made at the plate and in the field this season. Massarotti has Buchholz keeping command of all four pitches yesterday as the key to his win. Steven Krasner has more on Buchholz’s ability to mix up his pitches and keep the Rangers off balance. Paul Jarvey has Buchholz looking like a seasoned veteran out there yesterday. Bob Stern has Clay just feeling “right” out there on the mound. Alex Speier has the “Joba Rules” sparking debate in the Bronx.

Benjamin’s notebook has Lugo picking up four hits yesterday and raising his average to .314 on the year. In addition to the injury bug that has bitten the Red Sox as of late, Horrigan’s notebook reports that the flu bug is making its way around the clubhouse as well. McDonald’s notebook has more on Buchholz picking up his first win of the season. Goldberg’s notebook has more on the Red Sox reserves coming through again yesterday. Chimelis’ notebook says that Japan is just a distant memory for the Sox. O’Neill’s notebook has more on Lugo finding his stroke.

Celtics

Matt Richardson on the BSMW Full Court Press goes back to the tapes to review some things he said about the team earlier in the season.

Mark Murphy has the Celtics playoff first-timers enjoying the experience of game one, but are ready to move onto business. Bill Reynolds HATES the new style “game presentation” at the Garden for Celtics games. Mike Fine has young Celtics forwards Leon Powe and Glen Davis charged up in the atmosphere of game one. Jeff Howe has the Celtics anticipating a different game from the Hawks tomorrow night.

Marc J. Spears has Rajon Rondo facing his mentor, Mike Bibby in this series. Bibby has worked with Rondo over the last seven years, since his cousin was Rondo’s coach for a period in high school. Steve Bulpett has more on the Rondo/Bibby relationship. Scott Souza has a look at James Posey and the huge contributions he makes to the club, especially with his help defense.

Bulpett adds that youth doesn’t serve the Hawks very well in this series. Monique Walker has rookie center Al Horford as the one young Hawk who spread his wings in game one.

Spears’ notebook has Posey finishing eighth in the Sixth Man of the Year voting. Murphy’s notebook has more on Posey, ending with the Celtics forward comparing Sunday night’s crowd to the playoff crowds he played before in Miami. Kevin McNamara’s notebook has more on the Celtics reserves, who are anything but reserved. Fine’s notebook has Doc Rivers effusive with his praise of Posey.

Patriots

Chris Warner is Acorn Hunting for the Patriots as he looks at potential late round/undrafted players who might be of interest to the team.

Check in with all the draft coverage from newspapers and around the web on PatriotsLinks.com.

  • Chief

    Memo to the mouth-breathers ripping Manny for sitting yesterday; Pedroia is the ONLY positional player to appear in all 21 games so far this season. So if you are going to rip Manny for sitting, you might as well rip the entire team (less Pedroia the Destroyer obviously).

  • rick

    Memo to Steve Buckley,

    Tim Thomas was good at times and bad at times during the series, just like the regular season. The last seven games do not make him a #1, especially considering the other talent at goalie.