Bruins Stay Hot, Blank Blackhawks

The Bruins continued their hot play last night, as Tim Thomas solidified his grip on another Vezina trophy by blanking the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks 3-0 at the Garden last night. Get all the coverage at BruinsLinks.com.

Bruins power toward playoffs with 3-0 victory over Chicago - Mike Loftus has the Bruins looking to continue playing desperate hockey. Rich Thompson has the Bruins getting the best of an original six rival.

Recchi has a winning plan - Kevin Paul Dupont has the 43-year-old Bruin saying that he will retire if the Bruins can win a cup. Douglas Flynn has Recchi reaching yet another career milestone last night. Joe McDonald has more on Recchi’s retirement plans. Danny Picard has Recchi able to still teach lessons after 22 seasons.

Thomas on his way to another Vezina - Joe Haggerty has the Bruins goaltender locking down the award with his performance last night. DJ Bean has Thomas returning to the unbeatable form he showed in October. Stephen Harris has Thomas in playoff form. James Murphy has Thomas again at the top of his game.

Shawn Thornton bloodied but unbowed - Thompson’s notebook has Thornton needing 40 stitches above his eye for a non-combat-related injury. The Globe notebook from Fluto Shinzawa has more on Thornton. The Patriot-Ledger notebook from Mike Loftus has rookie Brad Marchand notching his 20th goal of the season night.

Red Flops - Dave Dyer finds problems all over the Red Sox roster, saying it would be foolish to write them in as AL Champs.

What the Red Sox learned this spring - Gordon Edes has 10 things we’ve learned about the 2011 Sox.

Red Sox count on Clay Buchholz - Scott Lauber says that the Red Sox are placing a lot of faith in the young righthander.

As park is left behind, memories spring to mind - As the Red Sox played their final game at City of Palms park yesterday, Nick Cafardo got nostalgic.

Developmental dilemma for Red Sox prospect Jose Iglesias - Alex Speier examines the dilemma the Red Sox face with the phenom shortstop.

Not open-and-shut - Peter Abraham’s notebook says that the opening day lineup is still in flux. The Herald notebook from Scott Lauber has more on Terry Francona’s choices for opening day. Tim Britton’s Red Sox Journal has Buchholz looking strong in his final spring start. The CSNNE notes from Maureen Mullen has Carl Crawford picking up an award from the Tampa writers.

Celtics facing major issues as playoffs approach - A. Sherrod Blakely looks at some things the Celtics need to get straightened out before the postseason arrives.

Celtics’ slide wasn’t part of the plan - Peter May says that this year’s slide is much more concerning than last year’s.

Problematic Celtics need to be answerable - Julian Benbow has the Celtics hitting their rough patch, just as all other top teams have had theirs this season.

Rookies lose time for learning - Karen Guregian says an extended lockout will make it very difficult for rookies to contribute to the Patriots this season.

Andy Reid, Bill Belichick Represent Rare Models of Head Coaching Consistency and 19 Other NFL Thoughts - Jeff Howe goes around the NFL.

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