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.

Felger/Tanguay “Dustup” – Real or Contrived?

So I’m a day late on this one, having had yesterday wiped out with an illness, so I’m catching up with this Gary Tanguay/Michael Felger dustup on Sunday/Monday.

It apparently started with Felger’s comments on Sports Sunday, following the Celtics win over the Timberwolves:

Felger started off his show by saying that Tanguay was “afraid” to cover what Felger thought was the “real” story following the game. Felger believes Rondo was sat down on Sunday as a discipline issue.

Tanguay shot back on Twitter:

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Tanguay then did appear on the Felger and Massarotti show on 98.5 yesterday. Here is the segment.

Tanguay takes issue with Felger’s comments, and sounds genuinely agitated about how Felger portrayed Tanguay’s take. Tanguay claims that he actually told Felger before the show that Rondo was sitting down for more than just the finger injury that the team announced, and said that he mentioned this on the air as well.

Felger says the issue is with “tonality,” but that Tanguay is guilty for not covering that real angle more, and that everyone who covers the team is “in the bag.”

Then last night, Tommy Heinsohn came to the defense of Tangauy, ripping Felger:

So what do you think? Is this a real feud, or contrived? I’m always skeptical about incidents like this, especially when all the material is freely available on the media outlet’s web sites. If there were a true argument or spat between personalities, I’m not sure it would be so easily available. Tanguay does appear grieved at how he was portrayed by Felger, though I’m sure some of that was being played up.

Slumping Celtics Can’t Finish…Again

Once again, the Celtics started strong, but finished poorly, losing to the Pacers in Indiana 107-100. About the only good thing you can say about this loss is that they looked better in losing to the Pacers than they did in beating the Timberwolves on Sunday. Get all the coverage at Celticslinks.com.

Don’t blame ‘The Trade’ – Gerry Callahan says again that the trade of Kendrick Perkins is not to blame for the Celtics slide.

Rondo’s spark not enough for Celtics – Paul Flannery has the point guard getting back on track, but other pieces falling short. Chris Forsberg tries to find some positives from last night.

Frustrated Allen cuts backdoor – Gary Washburn says that Ray Allen was clearly frustrated with his role last night, and his avoidance of the media afterwards speaks volumes.

Jermaine O’Neal near return – Julian Benbow’s notebook has the veteran center set to practices with the team, and hopes to play on Thursday night against the Spurs. A. Sherrod Blakely has more on O’Neal’s return,  and the Herald notebook from Mark Murphy has more on Rondo’s encouraging performance.

In Tito they trust – Joe McDonald has a feature on what has made Terry Francona the most successful Red Sox managers in Boston history. Scott Lauber has more on Francona’s style.

Five things spring training taught us about these Red Sox – Rob Bradford looks at some things we’ve learned about the 2011 Red Sox. The ProJo trots out Five keys to the season.

Albers and Reyes are keepers – Peter Abraham has the Red Sox making some tough decisions in the bullpen. Gordon Edes has more on the decision to send down Hideki Okajima. who has been the Red Sox top lefty reliever for the last four seasons.

Lackey not thrown off – The Globe notebook has John Lackey adjusting to a change of plans yesterday. The CSNNE notes from Sean McAdam have more on Lackey. The Herald Red Sox Notebook from Lauber has more on Okajima being sent down, as does the Red Sox Journal from Tim Britton.

Air has been cleared a bit – The Bruins notebook from Fluto Shinzawa has the defensemen working with the goaltenders in order to keep visual lanes clear. The Herald notebook from  Stephen Harris has the Bruins looking to keep their momentum going with crisp practices.