NESN Sets New Bruins Regular Season Ratings Record

From NESN:

Last night’s 7-0 Bruins win over the Canadiens garnered a 6.6 household rating on NESN according to Nielsen, which is the highest rated regular season game in the network’s 27 year history covering the Bruins. NESN’s previous regular season ratings record was a 6.2 household rating for the March, 18, 2010 game when the Bruins played the Pittsburgh Penguins at TD Garden.

Against a very competitive network prime lineup, which included the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the Bruins ranked #1 in the Boston DMA in Men 25-54, #2 in Adults 18-49 and #3 in Households and Adults 25-54.

NESN’s pre and post-game shows as well as NESN Daily also earned strong numbers.

WB Mason Bruins FaceOff LIVE       1.4 HH rating

Ace Ticket Bruins Overtime LIVE      5.3 HH rating (season best)

NESN Daily                                        2.7 HH rating

Bruins Score Epic Win Over Hated Canadiens

The Bruins came up huge last night, pounding the revenge-minded Canadiens 7-0 in a thoroughly enjoyable hockey game at the Garden. Get the complete coverage at Bruinslinks.com. It might be fun to also check out the Montreal Gazette this morning as well.

Clean hit – Fluto Shinzawa says: In perhaps their most complete game of the season, the Bruins got contributions up and down their lineup to lay the worst kind of smackdown on their most hated rival. Mick Colageo has the Bruins flat-out taking care of business.

Bruins show they can beat the Habs the right way – DJ Bean adds: So while there weren’t many punches thrown, the messages that the Bruins needed to convey were conveyed. They can beat their rivals the right way. Steve Conroy also agrees that the Bruins did their pounding the right way. Danny Picard has Nathan Horton among the stars of this win “the right way.”

Leadership, big wins give Bruins a boost – Joe McDonald praises the presence of Mark Recchi, saying that his stats don’t even matter, because what he brings off the ice is so much more important for this team. Stephen Harris has Recchi’s comments this week hitting their mark.

Gregory Campbell speaks up with two goals, fists – Conroy’s notebook has the scrappy centerman proving to be much more than a throw-in in the Nathan Horton deal. The CSNNE notes from Joe Haggerty has Zdeno Chara making a strong statement last night. Dan Hickling’s Bruins Journal has the Bruins doing no gloating following the big win. The Globe notebook from Fluto Shinzawa has more on Recchi’s comments.

Media Roundup: Remember The Bruins? – My SBNation Boston media column has Michael Felger riding Bruins talk to ratings success.

Going gets tough in practice – Steve Bulpett has the Celtics getting charged up with an intense practice. Frank Dell’Apa has more on the practice session.

In tight race, C’s keep eyes on the prize – Peter May has the Celtics still focused on getting the top seed. Jessica Camerato adds that there will be a lot of desperate teams on the Celtics upcoming schedule.

Always a deep concern – Nick Cafardo frets over the Red Sox starting pitching depth after the top five.

The iceless man cometh: Clay Buchholz and the quest for 200 innings – Alex Speier examines the thin righty’s goal of becoming a workhorse. Scott Lauber has more on the goal for Buchholz.

Aceves always marched to his own beat – Tim Britton says that the former Yankee is a bit…eccentric.

Marlin has a blast against Buchholz – The Globe notebook has a look at a tough outing for Buchholz. The Herald Red Sox Notebook has David Ortiz remaining positive after a tough game. Britton’s Red Sox Journal has more on Buchholz getting roughed up.

Menu worth reheat – Ian Rapoport warms up a few Patriots-related nuggets.

Skinner defends himself – Mark Blaudschun has the former BC coach speaking out for the first time since his dismissal following last season.

Sharks to distribute Kathryn Tappen bobblehead dolls tonight – Bill Doyle has the NESN anchor being honored at the Worcester Sharks game tonight.

Terrible Execution Kills Celtics

The Celtics let the Memphis Grizzlies hang around last night, and down the stretch just could not execute on offense, leading to their demise in a 90-87 loss.  A Rajon Rondo floater with plenty of time on the clock and a Glen Davis desperation three-point attempt are not the ideal shots the Celtics were looking for. Get all the coverage at CelticsLinks.com.

I’m short on time this morning, but the big story people are going to be talking about is tonight’s Bruins/Canadiens rematch. It’s an even bigger story in Montreal, where Mike Felger is now public enemy number 2. (Behind Zdeno Chara, of course.) From the Montreal Gazette this morning:

The intro to the segment promised “fact not fiction,” which told me that the guys at 98.5 The Sports Hub don’t understand the concept of sports talk radio. It’s all about opinion. If you don’t have people expressing opinions and debating the news of the day, it makes for boring radio.

Of course, all you have to do is listen to Felger, the village idiot of Boston sports radio, to know that he likes to play fast and loose with the facts.

Of course, I’m positive that Felger is thrilled with this increase exposure, further expanding the “brand.”

In the weeks leading up to this game, ticket prices has spiked, as can be seen in the graphic below.
 

The price has gone up 82% in the last month.

Catch all the Bruins coverage prior to tonight’s game over at BruinsLinks.com.

Here’s a quick five from this morning”

What exactly happened to Josh Beckett, and how he’s going to fix things – Rob Bradford looks at how the Red Sox righty looks to get back on track in 2011.

Raining on Sox’ parade – Michael Silverman searches for some negatives amidst the overwhelming positivity of Red Sox camp.

Minor progress for Gonzalez – Peter Abraham has the first baseman getting some extra work in a AAA game last night.

Fighting chance tonight? – Fluto Shinzawa says that the Canadiens would be wise not to trigger a repeat of the February ninth contest between the clubs.

Jermaine O’Neal’s return on schedule – Mark Murphy has the rehabbing big man set to rejoin the team next week.