The attempted to put up a fight last night and extract a measure of revenge for their fallen teammate Marc Savard, but in the end it was, like much of the Bruins efforts this season, too weak, as they meekly fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0 at the Garden.
To fans, job not getting done - There are times, rare occasions, when Dan Shaughnessy’s nastiness and acerbic writing are just what is warranted for the situation. Dan may actually have not been harsh enough on the Bruins in this one.
Bruins lose more than a game to Penguins - Joe Haggerty says that this defeat “might have just sealed this season as an abject failure.”
Score may be settled with Cooke, but loss to Pittsburgh leaves Bruins unsettled - Mike Loftus says so much “for the hope that the Bruins grasp the severity of their situation, and are determined to act accordingly.”
Matt Cooke, Penguins laugh it off - Steve Buckley has Pittsburgh laughing at the Bruins…and the media…after the game.
10 Red Sox campers who intrigued us, and 5 who haven’t - Ron Chimelis lists out young players and newcomers who have made an impression one way or the other during spring training.
Overlooked superstar: The perception of Kevin Youkilis - Alex Speier looks at why the national spotlight does not shine on Youkilis.
Bowden refines his pitch, to Red Sox’ delight - Sean McAdam has Michael Bowden coming to camp with a new, simplified delivery.
Scutaro, Pedroia blending in well - Peter Abraham has the Red Sox new double-play combination getting along well thus far.
Kelly will pitch in AA-Portland - Daniel Barbarisi’s Red Sox Journal also has an update on Ryan Westmoreland.
NESN is trying to solve a chemistry problem - Chad Finn reports that NESN is killing “Sports Desk” in favor of a new “issues-oriented show” called “NESN Daily” but is having trouble finding the right chemistry for a cohost to go with Jade McCarthy. Great, another show about “issues” and “takes”, just what we need around here.
Slamming this Patriots pair laughable - Ron Borges says that those criticizing Tom Brady and Ty Warren for not being in Foxborough this week for the start of offseason workouts are way off base.
Crumpler Pats’ latest attempt to stabilize tight end position - It has been reported that the Patriots have come to terms with free agent Tight End Alge Crumpler. Christopher Price examines the Patriots latest effort to patch the position. Tom E. Curran is convinced that Crumpler will be a colossal bust with the Patriots.
Celtics survey playoff picture - Julian Benbow has Doc Rivers looking at first round playoff possibilities.
Danny Ainge: Kevin Garnett can’t do it alone - Steve Bulpett has the Celtics GM saying that others need to step up the games in the coming weeks.
Robert Morris gets excellent credit rating - Bob Ryan looks at the near-upset of Villanova yesterday.
A few others:
State of the Patriots: What the 2009 Film Revealed - Andy Benoit of the New York Times’ blog “The Fifth Down” tells us what a review of the Patriots’ season revealed.
It’s been reported that the Patriots have a workout scheduled with Indiana LB Matt Mayberry. He spoke with Patriots Daily earlier in the week.
Providence not kind to Cinderella - I try and spotlight some writers from the smaller papers around New England. Today Eric Rueb of the Narragansett Times gets a chance to write about the NCAA Tournament games in Providence. Also see ‘Nova avoids upset by Peter Gobis of The Sun Chronicle.
I’m not sure why anyone would be interested in reading Gerry Callahan’s column this morning: “Tiger Woods textbook example of real sicko.” What’s the appeal? It’s predictable, and Callahan is much too talented a writer to be shoveling this sensationalistic-driven tripe.
With Mike Adams taking over the Big Show this week, my afternoon drive dial has been set solely on Felger and Massarotti, and Felger has been dead-on about the Bruins and this whole Savard/Cooke/Colin Campbell situation.
Mike Adams might be a good fit for the WEEI evening audience, who seem to be well into their nightly six pack by the time the phonelines open each night, but as an afternoon drive host, he’s horribly out of his league. (Though they’re not doing him any favors putting the likes of Larry Johnson and Steve Burton in there with him.) He isn’t current on sports topics at all, most of the knowledge he does have is on the 1970′s Red Sox, (or on Manny Ramirez) and his attempts at humor fizzle quickly. A winning combination.