Bergeron, Rask Lift Bruins Over Devils

Patrice Bergeron broke a scoreless tie with 18 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Bruins a 1-0 win over the New Jersey Devils. Tuukka Rask pitched the shutout for the B’s.

Here’s your top 10 from this morning:

Bruins make like contenders in 1-0 win over Jersey – Joe Haggerty calls this one “a grimy, playoff-style 1-0 statement win on the road.”

Joe Colborne inks 3-year deal – Steve Conroy’s notebook has the Bruins’ 2008 first round pick coming to terms with the team yesterday. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound center is expected to report to Providence today.

DeFilippo seeks a different style in his next hire – Mark Blaudschun has Boston College athletic director Gene DeFilippo explaining what he’s going to be looking for in his next mens basketball coach.

A very successful tenure simply had run its course – Bob Ryan says the following of Al Skinner and why he and Boston College needed to part ways: “I had to smile when I saw that St. John’s was interviewing Al. Doesn’t St. John’s understand that Al is the least-hard-working guy in show business, that in the world of Division 1 college basketball, there is absolutely no one like him? In a world of 24/7/365 basketball zealots, Al is Mr. Casual.

Translation = lazy. Ryan is kinder the rest of the way to Skinner, and appreciative for the 247 wins that the coach brought to the program in his 13 seasons.

Patriots brass dines with Tim Tebow – Karen Guregian looks at the “normally discreet and secretive Pats” openly dining with the Florida QB. Smokescreen? WEEI’s ItIsWhatItIs blog has the Patriots taking Tebow with their second pick in the second round in their latest mock draft.

In Foxboro, it’s running back by committee – Robert Lee has Sammy Morris talking about his fellow running backs, and how the Patriots handle them during the season.

Kelly aces his big-time test – Peter Abraham has 20-year-old phenom Casey Kelly looking right at home while facing the Tampa Rays yesterday.

The man in the middle – Joe McDonald says that David Ortiz needs to produce if the Red Sox offense is to thrive in 2010. McDonald looks at whether Ortiz is up to the challenge.

Tazawa has sprained ligament in elbow – Brian MacPherson’s Red Sox Journal updates the status of Junichi Tazawa, and has several other items of interest.

Marquis Daniels a downer – Mark Murphy has the Celtics swingman trying to figure out the cause of his recent poor play.

  • Chris

    Al Skinner may or may not be ‘lazy,’ but at some point the BC fan base has to be called that, too. I mean, how often are Conte Forum and Alumni Stadium ever sold out? How often do BC fans ‘travel’ Bowl games & such? If we’re going to interject the characteristic of ‘laziness’ to describe Al Skinner, use it to describe BC fans & students as well.

    • joe

      I am not a BC fan but I agree with you on the home games not being sold out. You can’t blame fans for not traveling on the road for the acc tourney when you could spend all that money to get down to North Carolina and they could get bounced in the first round. It’s not like when they were in the Big East and MSG is a car ride away

  • Classless

    Bottom Line: B.C. isn’t a a big time college basketball program. The fact that they’re in the ACC is really strange. They don’t come close to NC or Duke in any way, shape or form.

    • http://www.jonvssports.blogspot.com Jon

      Here’s the problem: They weren’t going to be UCONN, Syracuse, Georgetown or Villanova in the Big East either. You can argue they weren’t even Seton Hall, Providence or St. Johns – and those schools are below BC on the talent scale right now. BC is a hockey school that thinks it’s a football school. The ACC isn’t even a great football conference any more with Miami and FSU flailing around…

  • Chris

    The debate will rage over the move to the ACC was a smart one. More money may come rolling in because of the ACC alliance versus the previous Big East tie-up, but at what cost? My view is that there is apathy over BC athletics no matter the conference affiliation. BC is a medium-sized school that ought to remind itself to have medium-sized aspirations. It really is New England’s version of Wake Forest, which is fine as long as everyone there accepts that place on the totem pole.