Clinging to a one point lead for the final playoff spot in the East, the Bruins faced their closest competition for that spot last night in Atlanta. Tuukka Rask pitched the shutout as the Bruins roared to a 4-0 win, pushing their lead to three points. Couple that with their win over the Rangers on Sunday, and the playoff picture suddenly looks a lot better for Boston.
We’ll go with 15 links from this morning:
Bruins march through Atlanta en route to playoffs – Joe Haggerty with the thorough game story and talking points from last night’s game.
B’s respond nicely to pressure – Dan Rowinski assures Bruins fans that the sky is not falling, after all.
Grinders Starting to Produce as Bruins Beat Up Thrashers 4-0 – James Murphy notes that David Krejci and Milan Lucic showed their form of last season in the win.
Student bodies may be on the way – Fluto Shinzawa’s notebook reports that the Bruins might be signing some college and junior players soon, including 2008 first round pick Joe Colborne.
Life caught up to Antoine Walker – Mike Fine looks at how the former Celtic landed himself in the financial mess of a lifetime.
Nate Robinson and the Art of High Energy Basketball – Jessica Camerato looks at why the Celtics guard is always high-energy.
Celtics unpack, look to get right at home – Mark Murphy has the Celtics hoping that a 12-day homestand can help get themselves straightened out.
Happiness, hope on the diamond – Gordon Edes gets J.D. Drew to talk about as much as anyone has since he’s been in Boston. He recalls making his MLB debut with the Cardinals on the day that Mark McGwire hit home run # 62 in 1998, and talks about his son Jack, who might face more surgery.
10 takeaways from breakfast with Belichick – Tom E. Curran reports on the media breakfast with Bill Belichick at the NFL Owners meetings.
Offseason Workouts a Time for Patriots to Bond, Jell as a Team – Jeff Howe (who was the first to report that Randy Moss and Tom Brady had reported to offseason workouts) tells us what the players are trying to accomplish in these sessions.
Patriots could benefit from draft change – Mike Reiss says that splitting up the draft over several days could help the Patriots ability to make trades.
For Hermida, patience will be a virtue – Brian MacPherson in the ProJo profiles the Red Sox new fourth outfielder, who will have to make a number of adjustments this season.
Sox’ catching prospects are being well-received – Amalie Benjamin has bullpen coach Gary Tuck talking about the future receivers in the Red Sox organization. Tuck is particularly high on Luis Exposito.
Buchholz’ bad habit makes unwanted appearance – Alex Speier has Clay Buchholz reverting to some old ways, showing that he remains more of a work in progress rather than a finished product.
Pedroia suffers wrist sprain – Sean McAdam has a plethora of Red Sox notes from yesterday.
On the downside, Jim Donaldson writes today about breakfast with Bill Belichick being like “dry toast” and that the Patriots coach has no “personality”, says he laughed at an out-of-town writer who asked him if Belichick had said anything “revealing”, that Belichick “is nothing like the colorful and quotable ‘Tuna'” (Bill Parcells) and that he approaches press conferences like a “root canal.”
How long has he been the coach here? Is any of this new? In Tom E. Curran’s piece above, he notes that Donaldson was “dominating the proceedings with even longer questions than mine.” Donaldson says he got maybe one morsel of interest from the session, while Curran came away with 10.
Maybe the problem is with you, Jim.
(Funny, in this picture from said event, the dry-toast Belichick is smiling, while I believe that is Donaldson (top left) happily eating his free food.)