The Bruins jumped on the Dallas Stars right from the opening faceoff, with Gregory “Soupy” Campbell decking old his old nemesis Steve Ott and then two other fights starting after that. In the first four seconds of the game, there were three fights.
They did eventually end up playing hockey after that beginning to the night, and the Bruins posted a 6-3 win over the Pacific Division-leading stars.
Bruins stand up during fight night at the Garden - Joe Haggerty says that the Bruins play their best hockey when someone takes a poke at them. Stephen Harris adds that this Bruins team seems to create momentum off of fights.
Bruins, Stars stir up old memories - Mick Colageo has this one stirring up memories of a Bruins/Stars game from 30 years ago.
Bergeron back in starring role - Michael Vega has Patrice Bergeron continuing his hot play with a pair of goals in the first period.
Daniel Paille likely heading to Rule 48 suspension - Steve Conroy’s notebook has one Bruins likely to hear from the league office today. The Globe notebook by Fluto Shinzawa has more on the Paille hit. The CSNNE notes from Joe Haggerty have Marc Savard set to undergo tests in Boston today.
Celtics connect four stars - Mark Murphy has the Celtics “Big Four” being named All-Star reserves, and Doc Rivers’ plan to play them all together in the game. Murphy’s notebook has Delonte West getting closer to a return.
The Rondo Paradox - Interesting column on RealGM.
Developing opportunity for Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia - Alex Speier has a look at the Red Sox work with the young catcher in the offseason as they prepare him to be the starter in 2011.
With David Ortiz, much left to be desired - Scott Lauber says that the DH’s struggles against lefties might be a concern for Terry Francona.
The two sides of the Sox - Jim Donaldson looks at the Red Sox as both half-empty and half-full.
10 Questions — No. 9: How key is Dice-K? - Gordon Edes looks at the importance of Daisuke Matsuzaka as the fifth starter.
Zoned in on each other - Greg A Bedard with a worthy feature on the matchup between defensive minds – and former roommates – Dom Capers and Dick LeBeau.
Goodell has only himself to blame for feeling ‘deceived’ - Kirk Minihane says that if the Commissioner really felt so deceived, he should’ve done something before now.
Fox has its team ready for climactic Sunday - If you didn’t hate Joe Buck with the intensity of 10,000 white-hot burning suns prior to now, after reading Chad Finn’s media colum today you surely will.
Fox crew will miss Super lure of Pats - Bill Doyle has more from Buck and Troy Aikman.
Logan Mankins is my favorite Patriot. He’s the first guy to stand up to the Krafts since Mike Vrabel.
Goodell to SI’s Peter King on Belichick’s Spygate non-response: “He went out and stonewalled the press. I feel like I was deceived.’’ Welcome to our world, Roger.
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