The Bruins and Canadiens engaged in an old-fashioned hockey game last night, one which saw even the goalies set to square off and trade punches. (settling instead for a mild scuffle) The Bruins outlasted their rivals from the north 8-6 at the Garden. Get all the coverage at BruinsLinks.com.
Bruins score a wild win against Canadiens – Steve Conroy has the Boston/Montreal rivalry back in full force. Douglas Flynn has both players and fans enjoying this one. Joe McDonald says this one was goals and fights galore.
Fights aid Bruins in team unity, wins – James Murphy has more on what the fighting spirit is doing for this team. Kevin Paul Dupont is encouraged by the attitude. Mick Colageo says that this was Bruins/Canadiens circa 1971.
Tim Thomas drops catching gloves with Carey Price – Conroy’s notebook has the goalies facing off. The Globe notebook by Fluto Shinzawa has Tyler Seguin a healthy scratch last night. The Patriot-Ledger notebook by Mike Loftus has more on Seguin.
Special teams on the stage – Bob Ryan looks forward to the latest headline game for the Celtics, with the hated Lakers in town tonight. Jimmy Toscano says that Celtics/Lakers is the biggest and best rivalry in sports.
Preparation is key to Ray Allen’s 3s – Jackie MacMullan looks at Allen as he prepares to become the NBA’s all-time leader in three-point field goals. The Herald notebook from Steve Bulpett has more on Allen’s quest. Scott Souza has Allen getting his shot at history.
Drama follows LA on the road – Gary Washburn looks at the recent struggles of the Lakers. Dan Duggan has the Lakers looking to beat a quality opponent – something they’ve struggled with this season. It wouldn’t be a visit from the Lakers without a Bill Reynolds column on Lamar Odom.
Celtics have free pass against Lakers – Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics have so many injuries, that if they do down gallantly tonight, they will be forgiven. Chris Forsberg has more on the banged-up Celtics. A. Sherrod Blakely has the Celtics looking forward to this one. The Celtics notebook from Julian Benbow has Paul Pierce missing practice because of illness.
Gonzalez arrives early to touch bases – Peter Abraham has the Red Sox new slugger showing up early for spring training, even though he can’t swing a bat for a couple more weeks. Brian MacPherson has more on Gonzalez arriving early.
Red Sox positional primer – Scott Lauber takes a run down the roster.
Logan Mankins could be tagged today – Karen Guregian says that the offensive lineman could receive the dreaded franchise tag as early as today.
We’ll also be monitoring announcements of coaching staff changes from the Patriots today. Ian R. Rapoport reports that Corwin Brown and Mike Woicik will not return to the staff next season.