Friday Quicklinks

I’ve got a lot going on this morning, so I’m just going to pass a few quick links your way.

Broadcast really stands out – Chad Finn has Sean Grande talking about his confrontation with a Miami Heat fan during last Friday’s broadcast, which ended with the Celtics radio man getting doused with the beverage of a female fan.

If Celtics win this title, Grande says it would top all 18 – Bill Doyle talks to Grande and Mike Gorman about the Celtics/Cavs series which begins tomorrow night.

Bruins, Celtics re-ignite fans’ title passions – Gerry Callahan says we’re in for a manic May.

Eight issues Red Sox must overcome – Gordon Edes has a look at some things worth fretting about as the month of April comes to an end.

Sox have ups and downs in reaching level ground – Sean McAdam also has a look at the Sox as the first month of the season winds down.

Patriots rookies open minicamp – Mike Reiss has Ted Johnson remembering his first rookiecamp and what the current rookies can look forward to today and tomorrow.

A quick thought on the Boston sports radio wars – yesterday afternoon really highlighted why there is such a need for what 98.5 can bring to listeners. With two second-round playoff series ready to start, and the Red Sox season in swing, WEEI’s Big Show devoted almost all their time to the incident where the Miami Dolphins GM asked Dez Bryant if his mother was a prostitute. They hammered this topic into the ground, which is what they do best over there.  

Meanwhile, on the Felger and Massarotti show on WBZ-FM, there was a lot of Bruins talk, and it was great, not so much because F&M are necessarily hockey experts – they’re not – but because of the passion of the Bruins fans, who are fired up about this team right now, and their prospects for the future. To their credit, F&M embrace this passion and encourage it.  Hockey ranks fourth on my interest scale among the four major pro sports, but this type of radio is great to listen to.

It’s Bruins/Flyers In Round Two

The Montreal Canadiens came through for Bruins fans last night, defeating the Washington Capitals in game seven last night, ensuring that Boston will face the Philadelphia Flyers in round tw0, with home ice advantage, rather than the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Bruins/Flyers Preview: Bruins take it in six games – Joe Haggerty says that the Bruins can take this series in six games and advance to the conference finals.

Bruins say Flyers are dangerous – Joe McDonald says that the Bruins aren’t taking the Flyers lightly.

Boston Bruins face tough playoff test in Philadelphia Flyers – Mike Loftus has more on the series, which begins on Saturday.

Got his shot, having a blast – John Powers profiles defenseman Johnny Boychuk, who is getting his chance to shine in this postseason.

Red Sox

Jon Lester returned to form last night, as the lefty allowed just one hit over seven innings while striking out 11 in a 2-0Red Sox victory in Toronto. Check RedSoxLinks.com for the full coverage.

Lester in top form – Amalie Benjamin has Jon Lester with his best outing of the season.

So far this season, it’s Buchholz who’s pitching like the ace – Brian MacPherson looks at the encouraging start to the season for the young righty.

Since call-up, he’s tattooing it – Peter Abraham has Darnell McDonald again coming through for the Sox.

After back stiffness, Papelbon pitches well – Sean McAdam’s notebook wraps up a number of items.

Celtics

Breaking down the Celtics-Cavs series – Paul Flannery previews the next round for the Celtics.

Dislike is apparent between Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers – Jim Fenton says we can expect plenty of extracurricular activity in this series.

Rough times toughen C’s resolve – A. Sherrod Blakely’s notebook has the Celtics learning from the tough regular season.

Maturing Glen Davis key to Celts bench – Mark Murphy says Davis could be a huge key in this series. Steve Bulpett says Marquis Daniels could be big too, after sitting most of the Heat series.

Patriots

Discovering Devin McCourty  – If you’ve been following his blog, you know Ian Rapoport has been tracing the roots of the Patriots first round pick. He pulls it all together in a feature today.

New England Patriots hope Price is right at wide receiver – Glen Farley with a look at the Patriots third round pick.

Cunningham’s skill could fill Pats’ need – Mike Reiss looks at whether the second round pick is the answer to the Patriots pass rush needs.

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Celtics Close Out Heat, Move On To LeBron

The Celtics closed out their first round playoff series in five games with a 96-86win at the TD Garden last night. They move on to now face LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers starting on Saturday. Get complete coverage of last night’s game over at CelticsLinks.com.

There’s Still Fight In Celtics’ Big Three – Jeff Jacobs has the Celtics old-timers garnering praise from Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra.

Time flies; they still have moments – Bob Ryan says that the second season has begun for the aged Celtics.

So long Miami, hello Cleveland – Paul Flannery wonders whether the Celtics are fully back.

Celtics wear down Wade – David Willis has the Celtics slowing down Dwyane Wade just enough last night.

There’s no time like the present – Gary Washburn says that if the Celtics have to play the Cavs, they may as well do so now.

Truth is, they’re not done – Steve Bulpett has the Celtics ready for their next and biggest challenge. He also catches up with Bob McAdoo, who actually has some fond memories of Boston.

To his credit, Davis will take charge – Julian Benbow’s notebook has Glen Davis accepting a halftime challenge from Doc Rivers.

Red Sox

The Red Sox got a huge game from Clay Buchholz, who gave up just one run over eight innings, and the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 2-1 at the Rogers Centre. Get all the coverage at RedSoxLinks.com. Also get it Reloaded.

Buchholz just what the doctor ordered  – Sean McAdam has the young righty giving the Red Sox bullpen a much-needed night off.

Clay Buchholz two good – John Tomase highlights two pitches in the eighth inning as evidence of how good Buchholz was last night and how far he has come.

Plugged back in, crackling good – Peter Abraham has Dustin Pedroia red hot in the second spot in the lineup.

David Ortiz on the right track – The headline on Scott Lauber’s notebook is misleading, as Big Papi’s struggles continue.

Castro gives way to Embree in bullpen – The Globe notebook has the Red Sox welcoming back an old friend.

Embree’s back, but for how long? – McAdam’s notebook says the lefty’s stay might be a short one.

Bruins

Injuries not holding blueliners back – Joe McDonald has the Bruins young defensemen stepping up with injuries to Mark Stuart and Dennis Seidenberg.

It’s no choice when it comes to B’s next playoff opponent – Joe Haggerty says that Bruins fans should be rooting hard for the Montreal Canadiens tonight, which would bring the Philadelphia Flyers to town in round two.

Mark Recchi eyes next foe – Steve Buckley notes that either way, the Bruins winger will be playing one of his old teams in the next round.

Savard is cleared to play for Bruins – Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has the Bruins center cleared to play in the next round.

Patriots

Breezing through the draft – Mark Farniella has a pretty enjoyable review of the draft.

Brandon Spikes: Family matters – Karen Guregian has 49ers linebacker Takeo Spikes speaking glowingly about his younger cousin. He also has praise for Jermaine Cunningham and his ability to rush the passer.

Hernandez says he failed one test – Albert Breer addresses the Patriots draftee’s claims that reports of multiple failed drug tests were inaccurate. Tom E. Curran also weighs in.

Campanelli Stadium is home to Faulk, too – Glen Farley with a nice piece on Kevin Faulk and his deepening ties to New England. 

Misc 

‘Toucher’ apologizes for Tebow ‘Nazi’ remark – Jessica Heslam has the 98.5 morning host regretting a comment he made on the air last Friday.

Sarandis out as BC hoops announcer – Mark Blaudschun reports that Jon Meterparel will replace Ted Sarandis as Boston College basketball play-by-play announcer. Bill Ebben will also be replaced. It will be anounced today.

The Bruins Are Movin’ On

The Bruins are moving on to the second round, thanks to a rousing 4-3 win at the Garden last night, which clinched the opening round series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs four games to two. Get all the stories and coverage on this one from BruinsLinks.com.

Krejci leads Bruins into the second round – Joe Haggerty has the young center scoring a pair of goals and assisting on another in the clinching win.

Revitalized Milan Lucic Keys Bruins’ Series-Clinching Win Against Sabres – James Murphy has the Bruins winger playing like a freight train on the ice.

Tuukka Rask gives Bruins a chance – Stephen Harris has the rookie goaltender playing like a start in his first playoff series.

Strong start, even better ending – Kevin Paul Dupont has the Bruins finally playing ahead in this one.

Signs point to Savard’s return soon – Matt Kalman says that we could see the Bruins top center in the next round.

Bruins win allows fans to ask ‘What if?’ – Graig Woodburn says that Tuukka Rask has Bruins fans dreaming big.

Bruins never let it be Miller Time – Bill Burt has the Bruins defeating “the best hockey player in the world over the last eight months.”

Bruins digging in for seconds – Steve Buckley has the Bruins reinventing themselves in the playoffs.

Red Sox 

Josh Beckett got lit up again last night, but the Red Sox managed to outlast the Toronto Blue Jays for a 13-12 win at the Rogers Centre.  Head to RedSoxLinks.com for complete coverage.

What should we make of Red Sox, Beckett? – Rob Bradford has a look at the struggles of Beckett, and the Red Sox in general.

Quite an outing for Delcarmen – Peter Abraham has the Red Sox reliever calming things down for his club last night. Abraham also reports on the signing of Cuban catcher Adalberto Ibarra.

Marco Scutaro, Alex Gonzalez not short on fondness – John Tomase looks at the friendship between the two shortstops, who traded places over the winter.

Matsuzaka on target for Saturday – Amalie Benjamin’s notebook has the Japanese righty set for his first start with the Red Sox this season on Saturday.

Celtics

The Celtics will be looking to make it back-to-back closeouts at the Garden for the local teams as they take on the Miami Heat tonight, (7:00 CSN) leading their opening round series three games to one. Check CelticsLinks.com for all the action.

 Celtics need to put out Wade’s fire – Scott Souza says that the Celtics will be focused on not letting Dwyane Wade beat them again.

Celtics have a sense of urgency now – Julian Benbow has the Celtics clear on where they need to improve after a review of game four.

Paul Pierce opts for present – Steve Bulpett has the Celtics captain reaffirming that he wants to retire as a Celtics, even joking that he’ll “go the Nomar Garciaparra route or whatever” if he has to.

Q up the defense – A. Sherrod Blakely’s notebook has the Celtics looking to get Quentin Richardson back under control as well.

Patriots

Party In The UDFA – Chris Warner analyzes the rookie free agents signed thus far by the Patriots.

Hernandez has history of drug use – Albert Breer reports on the Patriots fourth round draft pick, who admitted that he turned to marijuana use following the death of his father.

Recently Released Adalius Thomas Never Found a Home With Patriots – Jeff Howe says that we shouldn’t expect Thomas to grow up at his next NFL stop, either.

Thomas sacked by Patriots – Shalise Manza Young has Thomas taking the high road in his first quote following the release, a route also taken by Bill Belichick. We’ll see how long that lasts on Thomas’ end.

Ranking the Patriots’ needs – Mike Reiss looks at the remaining needs that the team has following the draft.

Draft over, but Patriots still seeking ways to improve – Robert Lee has more on what the team needs to do.

Celtics Can’t Turn Down The Heat, Just Yet.

The cliche goes that that fourth win in a playoff series is the hardest one to get, and the Celtics found that out yesterday, as a determined Dwyane Wade wasn’t about to let his Miami Heat squad go down in a first round sweep. Wade scored 46 points yesterday, as the Miami won, 101-92 to send the series back to Boston for game five. Get all stories on this one over at CelticsLinks.com.

The Red Sox fell to the lowly Orioles 7-6 in 10 innings over at Fenway yesterday. The win was just the third of the season for Baltimore. Find full coverage at RedSoxLinks.com.

The Bruins look to close out the Sabres at home in tonight’s game six at the Garden. Check out BruinsLinks.com for as much coverage as you can handle on the B’s.

Sloppy start, finish did in Celtics – Chris Forsberg says that the Celtics gave this one to the Heat just as much as Wade took it from them.

Celtics beware, the Heat still have Wade – Paul Flannery looks at a game that got away for the Celtics.

No plan to visit again – Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics are hoping to not make a return trip to Miami this week.

Tony Gaffney takes long road to short list as a Celtic – Nice story this weekend from Bill Reynolds on the local kid getting a chance to join the team he grew up cheering for.

Finding a way with star’s strong will – Remember back when Eddie Andelman used to talk about the difference between a “superstar” and a “super-duper-star?” Well, Bob Ryan apparently puts Wade in the latter category.

No answer for D-Wade – A. Sherrod Blakely’s notebook has a few more items from yesterday.

Belichick sticks to his standards – Randy Whitehouse notes that lately around here, instead of “in Bill we trust,” it’s been more like “what have you done for me lately?”

Not old, but old school – I’m not sure what to make of this, but Hector Longo apparently loves the Patriots draft.

Five things we learned this weekend at the NFL draft – Christopher Price is still a little concerned at the lack of a pass rush.

Belichick drafted with attitude – Mike Reiss says that the Patriots were focused on getting bigger and tougher this weekend.

Brandon Spikes, Jermaine Cunningham top crop of new leaders – Ian Rapoport has Foxborough preparing for a Gator invasion. He also notes that the Patriots brought in at least five players who were captains of their college teams, a clear sign that leadership is important to the team.

Return of Savard to Bruins would be just what doctor ordered – Kevin Paul Dupont says that the Bruins need what Marc Savard can bring them.

Savard playing in Game Six is a bad idea – Joe Haggerty doesn’t think they should take the risk.

Time for Sturm to stir up Game 6 magic – Mick Colageo says that Marco Sturm needs to be a major player tonight.

Bruins draw lines in ice – Rich Garven’s notebook has Sturm and Milan Lucic being swapped on the first two lines.

Homing in on finishing blow – Stephen Harris says that the Bruins need to close things out tonight, or Buffalo will have the momentum going into game 7.

Wakefield latest challenge for Francona – Gordon Edes has the Red Sox manager with another unhappy veteran.

Overtaxed bullpen fails Red Sox in the end – The ProJo Red Sox Journal picks up a few pieces from yesterday.

Creating roster space will force decisions for Red Sox – Michael Silverman’s notebook has some decisions coming up for the Sox.

Find Your NESNplus Channel for Monday, April 26 – Red Sox and Bruins are both in action tonight, look here for where to find them on your TV provider.

It’s a Friday Megalink Thing

Let’s do your Friday megalinks while I have some time.

Your Weekend Viewing Picks give you everything you need to know on sports and entertainment.

Now to your links.

National

Steve Wieberg of USA Today looks at how the new deal between CBS/Turner and the NCAA came to fruition for an expanded NCAA Tournament.

Michael Hiestand of USA Today explores the ripple effects of CBS/Turner winning the rights to a 68 team field NCAA Tournament.

Dave Kindred, writing for the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center yearns to be a young sportswriter again.

Dan Levy of On The DL writes in The Sporting News’ Sporting Blog about the winners and losers in Thursday night’s NFL Draft coverage.

CNBC’s Darren Rovell looks at the sports business winners and losers of the NFL Draft.

Darren says a Division II football player could be a big steal of the Draft.

Michael David Smith of Pro Football Weekly says the ratings for the NFL Draft on ESPN and NFL Network blew away the NBA Playoffs on TNT.

Sports Business Daily has an extensive look at CBS Sports recruiting Turner Sports to assist in keeping the NCAA Tournament away from ESPN. 

Georg Szalai of the Hollywood Reporter writes about the combined CBS/Turner bid that won a long-term deal to air the NCAA Tournament starting next year.

David Tanklefsky and John Eggerton of Broadcasting & Cable look at Turner Sports joining the NCAA Tournament party.

Mike Reynolds from Multichannel News writes about Turner taking the plunge to become an NCAA Corporate Partner.

Anthony Crupi of Mediaweek looks at CBS sharing the NCAA Tournament rights with Turner Sports.

And Toni Fitzgerald of Media Life Magazine also writes about CBS/Turner teaming up for the NCAA Tournament.

Sports Media Watch notes that the NFL Draft was a hit in primetime on Thursday.

SMW notices that the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals are top draws during the NHL Playoffs on Versus.

SMW says the NHL Playoffs on NBC got off to a great start last weekend.

SMW says the NBA Playoffs on TNT, ESPN and ABC are up slightly in the ratings from last year.

And SMW states that last week’s Mets-Cardinals 20 inning marathon on Fox got the exact same ratings as when the Yankees were blown out 22-4 for the same week last season. 

Steve Lepore at Puck The Media has the viewership of the NHL Playoffs on Versus for the first 7 nights.

Maury Brown at the Biz of Baseball writes that MLB.TV’s internet out of market package will now be available on Sony’s PS3 platform in HD.

East and Mid-Atlantic

Richard Sandomir of the New York Times writes about the upcoming changes in the NCAA Tournament as CBS Sports and Turner Broadcasting team up to air the event next year.

Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News hates the NFL Draft going into primetime, but then again, Raissman hates just about everything.

Phil Mushnick of the New York Post feels NFL Commish Roger Goodell is blind.

Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union says the primetime NFL Draft needed some sprucing up.

Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News writes that NFL Network’s Mike Mayock nailed the Bills’ first round draft pick once again.

DCRTV.com’s Dave Hughes writing in Press Box says former Baltimore sports talk show host Anita Marks is back in town, but not for a job.

Jim Williams of the Washington Examiner says CBS and Turner are partners for the NCAA Tournament for the long haul.

South

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald looks at the CBS/Turner partnership for the NCAA Tournament.

Tom Jones of the St. Petersburg Times says former Tampa Bay Bucs QB Shaun King is joining a local sports radio station.

Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News has the local ratings for the NFL Draft and Dallas-San Antonio.

David Barron of the Houston Chronicle explores the new CBS/Turner agreement with the NCAA.

Mel Bracht of the Daily Oklahoman also writes about the expanded NCAA Tournament on CBS/Turner.

Mel has details of the new CBS/Turner contract with the NCAA.

Midwest

John Kiesewetter of the Cincinnati Enquirer says Fox Sports Ohio airs spring football on Saturday.

Kyle Nagel of the Dayton Daily News did not enjoy watching the NFL Draft in primetime.

Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel feels the NCAA got it right by expanding to four teams for the men’s basketball tournament.

Ed Sherman in Crain’s Chicago Business has the winners and losers in sports business and media.

Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch talks about a local sportscaster who’s battling health problems.

Dan writes about the NFL TV analysts raving about the Rams’ selection of Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford.

West

Jay Posner from the San Diego Union-Tribune says the NCAA Tournament got it right by expanding to 68 teams rather than 96.

John Maffei of the North County Times says the San Diego Chargers are primetime TV darlings this season.

Jim Carlisle of the Ventura County Star notes the real story about the NCAA Tournament is not about the field expansion, but the expansion of TV channels airing the games.

Jim adds that the Los Angeles Kings’ postseason play is scoring for Fox Sports West.

Joe Flint of the Los Angeles Times laments cable busting into the NCAA Tournament.

Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News discusses why a 68 team field for the NCAA Tournament is good for fans and why having Turner airing games is a win-win for viewers.

Tom also has a story in today’s Daily News on the CBS/Turner partnership for the NCAA Tournament.

Tom says last night’s NFL Draft coverage turned into “Where’s Jimmy Clausen?”

Tom also has his weekly media news and notes.

Tom is amazed at the number of college football bowls game for the upcoming season.

Canada

Bruce Dowbiggin of the Toronto Globe and Mail writes that NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman’s sometimes maudlin treatment of the media gets him no favors with reporters.

Chris Zelkovich in the Toronto Star notes another Canadian has been hired by ESPN.

William Houston in Truth & Rumours critiques the performance of CBC’s Bob Cole and Gary Galley during the Ottawa-Pittsburgh triple overtime thriller.

We’ll end it there.

Earlier today, Bruce mentioned in the morning links that Comcast SportsNet will be busy tonight covering the Celtics, the Red Sox, the Patriots Draft and the Bruins all live during its SportsCentral progrram. Well, I’ll be at CSN headquarters to see how the staff will cover the events and I’ll be live blogging at the Fang’s Bites at BSMW site as well as live tweeting at my Twitter account.

Tonight’s visit to Comcast SportsNet is part of a larger story I’m writing on local sports coverage and you’ll see that down the road on Fang’s Bites at BSMW.

Patriots Pick McCourty, Sox Fall At Fenway

The Patriots surprised everyone by selecting Rutgers cornerback Devin McCourty in last night’s first round of the NFL draft. You can check all the reaction to this pick over at PatriotsLinks.com.

The Red Sox were shutout at Fenway Park last night, 3-0. The big news of the night however is that Tim Wakefield will be moving to the bullpen as Daisuke Matsuzaka is ready to join the rotation. Sean McAdam was the first with this news yesterday.

Patriots run the same old corner route – Tom E Curran says this pick seems a little redundant.

They were caught out of position – Albert Breer says that McCourty better be the next Darrelle Revis or Nnamdi Asomugha. McCourty’s college coach Greg Schiano was on WEEI this morning to defend his former player, and says that “4-5 years from now, people are going to say, ‘Wow, what a pick that was.’ That’s how I feel about the kid. I think he’s something special.”

McCourty at top of Patriots’ board – Mike Reiss has Bill Belichick saying that McCourty was the player they had targeted all along.

Belichick’s testing New England’s trust – Rich Levine says that with this pick, the “band of loyal Belichick supporters seems to further dissipate.”

Pats pad the defense, but leave draftniks wondering – Andy Vogt has the Patriots war room throwing almost every draftnik for a loop.

What is the story surrounding the knee of Texas LB Sergio Kindle? – Wondering why the highly touted Kindle is still on the board? Ian Rapoport gives you a big reason. Yesterday on the Globe Patriots blog, Albert Breer had a very good post on why he though Kindle would be a good fit for the Patriots.

Second-round mock draft – Reiss tries to figure out how the second round is going to fall.

For Terry Francona’s Red Sox, one wrenching decision has followed another – Ron Chimelis notes that the Red Sox manager has already had to make some very tough decisions early on in this season.

How do the Red Sox find their way? Start with the starters. – Rob Bradford looks at how the Red Sox can get back on track.

Red Sox changing of guard continues – Gordon Edes has Tim Wakefield as another member of the old guard being phased out.

Scan reveals broken ribs for Ellsbury – Maureen Mullen’s notebook has a new CT scan revealing the injury.

Celtics taking fire out of Heat – Julian Benbow says that the Celtics and Heat are in opposite mental states right now.

Celtics-Heat Game 3: What to watch for – Paul Flannery looks at the keys to tonight’s game.

Rajon Rondo pressing point on Miami – Dan Duggan points out that having Rondo defending Miami’s point guards full court has completely disrupted the Heat offense.

D-Wade to play more at the point – Because of the above, A. Sherrod Blakely says that we can expect Miami to adjust by having Dwyane Wade bring the ball up more.

Chiarelli chose wisely with Satan – Joe Haggerty says that the Bruins GM made the right midseason move.

Bergeron won’t look past Sabres – Joe McDonald has Patrice Bergeron and the Bruins not ready to look ahead yet.

Bruins pick right time to play best hockey – Stephen Harris looks at the Bruins turning it on in this series.

Savard is at contact point – Fluto Shinzawa’s notebook has the Bruins center getting cleared for contact.

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Tonight is a HUGE night in Boston sports. Comcast SportsNet is putting to use the huge staff that they’ve assembled for SportsNet Central and will have live remotes related to all four major sports teams in Boston.

Here is the rundown for the night:

Miami
Sherrod Blakely, Greg Dickerson, Mike Gorman, Tommy Heinsohn, Bob Ryan and former Globe writer Marc Spears live from American Airlines Arena before and after Celtics-Heat Game. Reports will happen in the 6 and 10:30 editions of SportsNet Centraland Celtics Pre-Game Live and Celtics PostGame Live.

Buffalo
Joe Haggerty live from HSBC Arena before Bruins-Sabres Game 5 and Bob Beers live after the game. Reports will happen in the 6 and 10:30 editions of SportsNet Central.

Gillette Stadium
Tom Curran at 6 p.m. before Draft Round 2 begins and Globefootball writer Albert Breer at 10:30

Fenway Park
Sean McAdam live from Fenway before Sox-Orioles game at 6 p.m.

Week Log: B’s the Talk of the Town

No surprise as to which team gets lead-off honors this week. For the third straight game, the Bruins reversed an early deficit to beat the Buffalo Sabres last night at TD Garden and take a commanding 3-1 lead in their opening-round playoff series. They are officially the talk of the town today.

Bruins, baby!

ESPN Boston Bruins Blog has last night a repeat of Game Two’s third period comeback. Black & Gold is impressed with all this late drama but wants the B’s to start stronger next time, while Here We Go Bruins! no longer worries about the B’s falling behind.

Barstool Sports has Tuukka Rask and Ryan Miller adding immensely to TD Garden’s future legacy with their work in goal last night. Boston Sports Blog says B’s fans haven’t had the pleasure of watching a game-changing netminder of Rask’s quality in a very long time. The Bruins Blog has Miroslav Satan last night’s hero after being stonewalled by Miller on bids to win this in regulation and again in the first overtime.

Stanley Cup of Chowder has Satan making the Sabres pay for having too many men on the ice. James Murphy sees the irony in winning this one due to a too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty. Rink Rap has Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff complaining about the tide-turning penalty calls on his Sabres. Tea Party Throwdown brings in Cam Neeley to give Ruff a tide-turning beatdown.

Kathryn Tappen reports all systems are go with Marc Savard, but if he has to wait another week so be it.

Celtics

We look now to the C’s to keep the line moving, as they held serve on Sunday and Tuesday in their first-round playoff series against the Miami Heat.

Red’s Army credits Doc Rivers with two ballsy calls that won these games, the first coming Sunday when he left Tony Allen on the court. CelticsBlog analyzes the emergence of “Good Tony” but in the end concludes he’s a phenomenon fueled more by fan perception than reality. Doc then started Glen Davis over Rasheed Wallace on Tuesday, when Rivers and Davis teamed to make North Station Sports look like a chump for the full 48. For Celtics Life, Davis stepping up big in KG’s absence was reminiscient of the 2009 ployoffs. Bingo Bar Blog is now bidding adieu to the Heat, who aren’t expected back in town until sometime next year.

LOSCY thanks Quentin Richardson for helping the C’s flip on the switch this postseason. Celtics Town says Q-Rich’s continuous provocation of Paul Pierce speak to a far darker reality lurking within. However, Ball Don’t Lie says tossing an elbow at Richardson is the latest illustration of how Kevin Garnett has become an ass during his days in Boston. Celtics Blog doesn’t see a lot of love coming KG’s way down in Miami this weekend.

Green Street has the C’s stepping into a frenzy in Miami, where their regular season road success will be tested starting tomorrow night. A. Sherrod Blakely has the Heat hoping to regain some mental toughness back home.

Patriots / NFL Draft

Leading up to this weekend’s NFL Draft, Joe Posnanski muses that all the fun seems to be in the picking, with little regard for how the player turns out. And Another Thing . . . is loving the pre-Draft analysis by the national treasure that is Jon Gruden.

Here in New England, Jerry Thornton pleads with Beli-Claus to blow him away with some immediate gratification this weekend. Patriots Daily thinks it likely that more than a couple of picks will come from the list of significant contacts Bill Belichick has established over the last few weeks. Mike Reiss sees an end to Foxborough’s courtship of Tim Tebow after Belichick tipped his cap by referring to him as – of all things – a quarterback. Pats Pulpit pokes holes in the case for drafting Penn State DE Jared Odrick with the Pats’ first-round pick, while Extra Points extols Texas LB Sergio Kindle’s versatility.

NE Patriots Draft thinks Tuesday ‘s signing of Torry Holt will allow the Pats the flexibility to draft a WR as late as Friday. Rap Sheet suggests Jason Taylor’s signing with the Jets might give Belichick the opportunity to dump Adalius Thomas once and for all.

Blaug has the NY Jets kicking Patriot butt on paper this offseason. With Tuesday’s release of the 2010 NFL schedule, Pats Chowder has the Pats’ opponents look pretty tough on paper in the upcoming season. Boston Sports Then And Now sees no wiggle room for blown fourth quarter leads this year.

Red Sox

There’s even some good news over at Fenway, although back-to-back walk-off wins are not going to be enough to keep the Sox out of the Week Log cellar, at least not this week. Michael Hurley has the Sox getting a big lift from the Bruins success in their win last night.

Full Count Blog has Darnell McDonald making contributions in the field and at the plate in his first two games. Finding McDonald may be like finding a $20 bill in Masshole Sports‘ pockets, but the first installment on Theo’s run prevention mortgage is coming due and $20 isn’t going to make a dent in it. Fenway Fruitgirl notes that all the underperforming managers and players victimized by Theo’s recent vitriol have something in common – they were all selected by Theo.

Thoughts From Press Row throws hitting coach Dave Magadan under the bus for another woeful Big Papi spring. Projo Sports Blog says never mind Ortiz, as the results have been ugly with J.D. Drew at the plate.

Odds & Sods

. . . an unstructured wandering through the Boston sports world

It Is What It Is tells us of Conte Cuttino, a Stony Brook standout that may well market himself right into the NFL this weekend.

Bloggers, we’re only two weeks away from the greatest collection of minds on the Boston sports scene as the first-ever Boston Sports Blogapalooza hits the Baseball Tavern on May 2.

And closing on a fun note, Marathon Blog brings us sights and sounds from the Boston Marathon finish line Monday afternoon. To all who crossed and those that tried, a job well done!

Tonight will find me sitting with a glass of champagne in one hand ready to toast the 22nd pick of this year’s draft, and two aspirin in the other in case that pick gets dealt for three on Saturday. Let’s hope for the best, and we’ll talk about it all next Thursday.

Walkoff Wednesday For Boston Sports

Both of the local team in action last night needed extra time, but they both managed to pull out wins in thrilling fashion. The Bruins got a goal from Miroslav Satan in the second overtime to defeat the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 and take a 3-1 series lead. Check all the coverage over at BruinsLinks.com.

The Red Sox needed 12 innings, but got a Kevin Youkilis wallball which scored Marco Scutaro from second base to give the Red Sox their second straight walkoff win, 8-7at Fenway Park. Get full coverage from this one at RedSoxLinks.com.

The first round of the 75th NFL Draft is tonight, in prime time for the first time. The Patriots pick at #22, which should come up at about 9:45 tonight. Head over to PD for our Patriots Daily 2010 Draft Central.

Double serving of special – Dan Rowinski says that the Bruins have set Boston on fire.

Bruins beat Sabres in double overtime – Joe Haggerty has the gamer and talking points from a thrilling night at the Garden.

Boston Bruins within one win of advancing in the playoffs after double-overtime win over Buffalo Sabres – Mike Loftus looks at the ways in which this was a huge win for the Bruins.

Bruins win wipes away a little bit of history – Stephen Harris has the term “too many men on the ice” finally getting a new meaning among Bruins fans.

Satan was given one too many chances – Kevin Paul Dupont has the 35-year-old Slovak winger netting the biggest goal of the season thus far for the Bruins.

All-out effort lifts Bruins in double OT – Joe McDonald looks at an exhausted Tuukka Rask after this one.

Thrills worth double take – Dan Shaughnessy notes that it has been quite a week at the new Garden.

Sox walk off with another win, in 12 – Amalie Benjamin has the gamer from Fenway.

McDonald a star long before Fenway – Jeff Hamrick covered Darnell McDonald in high school, and thought he was destined for greatness.

Big Papi passed over by Francona – Gordon Edes has Mike Lowell getting the start at DH last night.

Ortiz, Francona get together – The Projo Red Sox Journal has the Sox slugger and manager taking some time to talk things over.

Beckett struggles; Lowell steps up – The CSNNE.com notebook fills a few gaps.

Marco Scutaro’s alert play changes course of game – John Tomase looks at a play that won’t stand out in the boxscore, but that won the game for the Red Sox.

Ray Allen won’t be denied – Jessica Camerato looks at the resilient mentality of the Celtics guard, who talks about what the future could hold for him.

Celtics’ defense not resting – Scott Souza says that the Celtics cannot let up on their much-improved defense.

Celtics taking nothing for granted against Miami – Rich Levine has the Celtics looking to keep going against Miami.

Goodell abused his power with Roethlisberger suspension – Kirk Minihane dares to criticize the all-powerful Roger Goodell. Expect a horse head in your bed tomorrow morning, Kirk.

A look at the what Patriots will do — and what they should do – Tom E Curran flashes his credentials, and then tells you what will happen over the next few days.

Belichick network in action – Albert Breer notes that the Patriots coach’s college connections really pay off at this time of year.

Expect surprises in Draft – Andy Vogt gives us a few things to look for over the next several days.

Plenty of needs for Pats to fill in draft – Hector Longo takes a relatively reasoned approach today.

Concussion keeping Heidi Watney off NESN – Jessica Heslam reports that a concussion is what has kept the NESN Red Sox reporter off the air in recent games.

Newsday’s Policy Would Mean The End of Shaughnessy, Borges

The New York newspaper Newsday recently implemented a new policy in its sports pages. An article by John Koblin in the New York Observer reports on the policy and has reaction from many Newsday staffers, who are unhappy with the decision.

The article opens this way:

Newsday has a new policy for its sports page. The paper’s editors have told their writers there has to be a new, softer tone. They don’t want loaded words. They don’t want name-calling. They don’t want stories to be unnecessarily harsh.

Naturally, this has staffers crying “Censorship!” Media critics such as @richarddeitsch of Sports Illustrated (a favorite of mine) state that they are “angry and sad” with the decision.

Now, Newsday deserves a lot of criticism for a lot of things, but I’m not sure this is as awful as it is being made out to be by those in the media.

The paper is not asking the writers to refrain from criticizing underperforming teams and athletes, they are simply to keep it professional. I’ve always wondered by there was a separate set of standards for news reporters and sports reporters. You don’t generally see news reporters using the brand of sarcasm, name-calling and harshness that sports reporters use on a regular basis.

Columnist Wallace Matthews is quoted extensively in the piece, as a harsh critic of the new policy. He ended up quitting Newsday and going to work for ESPNNewYork. Matthews complains:

“They don’t want sarcasm in the paper,” he said. “What they want is straightforward analysis of why they’re having problems. You can’t have fun with it.

That’s awful. Straightforward analysis. How dare they insist on such an unreasonableness. You can’t have “fun” taking cheap shots at athletes anymore. Just terrible.

It’s playing big in New York, but can you imagine if the Boston Globe or Herald came down with a similar edict? Dan Shaughnessy would never get another column published.