It was crucial for the Bruins to score first last night if they wanted to have any chance of staying in this first round series with the Montreal Canadiens. They did just that, scoring the first three goals of the game, and hanging on to win 4-2, to make the series 2-1 in favor of Montreal.
Bruins’ Fast Start, Sense of Desperation Fuels Winning Effort to Get Back Into Series With Montreal - Douglas Flynn says that the Bruins at least have a fighting chance in this series now. Mick Colageo says that “Neither Zdeno Chara nor Tim Thomas were perfect, but they were masterful when it mattered most.” Steve Conroy has the Bruins taking “the first step in their recovery last night.”
Ice chopped up but win smooths things over - Kevin Paul Dupont says that even in the win, the Bruins “still displayed the kind of rough edges that all too often lead to playoff disaster.”
Desperate Bruins turn tables on Habs - Joe McDonald says that the Bruins “proved why desperate teams are dangerous in every aspect of the game.”
Score one for Tim Thomas - Stephen Harris has the Bruins goaltender coming up big in the third period. Joe Haggerty has Thomas coming “through with save after save after glorious save” in the third period. James Murphy says that Claude Julien’s faith in Thomas was “rewarded with a gutsy performance from a goalie who always seems to tackle adversity head on.”
Put Claude Julien blame on ice - Ron Borges wonders “Why is it always the coach’s fault when his players refuse to do what they’ve trained all their life to do?”
When push comes to shove, Chris Kelly steps up - Steve Conroy’s notebook has Kelly sporting a shiner following the game, but getting the last laugh. The Globe notebook from Fluto Shinzawa has a fast start the key to the game. The CSNNE notes from Joe Haggerty have Zdeno Charo looking better in his return to the ice. The Rapid Reaction notes from James Murphy have the first line of Horton, Krejci and Lucic finally delivering.
Matsuzaka Surprises, Impresses - Jeff Jacobs has Daisuke Matsuzaka coming through with a great start yesterday in beating the Blue Jays. Jon Couture notes a report that Dice-K was nervous prior to yesterday’s game.
10 Things We Learned as Sox, Daisuke found their way - Alex Speier has a look at what we’ve learned as the Red Sox won their third straight.
Jed Lowrie’s value appreciating - Ian Rapoport has the Red Sox shortstop continuing his torrid hitting with a 4-5 day. Mark Blaudschun says that “no one is looking for context regarding the Red Sox’ Jed Lowrie. That can come later if he can stay healthy, as well as productive, throughout an entire season.” Maureen Mullen says that “with the way Lowrie has been hitting, he should be a man with a spot somewhere in the lineup.” Jeremy Lundblad has some impressive stats on Lowrie’s start to the season.
Carl Crawford shows signs of breaking out - Mike Fine’s notebook suggests that the new outfielder is ready to break out of his early-season slump. The Herald notebook from Dan Duggan has an RBI double off the wall in the sixth for Crawford a promising start. The Red Sox Journal from Brian MacPherson has more on Lowrie. The Globe notebook from Michael Vega has Hideki Okajima glad to be back with the big club. The Rapid Reaction from Steven Krasner says that there is still plenty of room on the Red Sox bandwagon.
Game 2 Keys: Has the switch been permanently flipped? - Paul Flannery wonders if the Celtics have fully entered playoff mode.
O’Neal gives Celts big defensive presence - Scott Souza says that “Jermaine O’Neal has given the Celtics their last line of defense back.”
No Billups a big problem for Celts? - Jimmy Toscano wonders if the Celtics will continue their unfortunate trend of losing when an opposing team is missing a key player. A. Sherrod Blakely says that the Celtics aren’t going to take the Knicks lightly without Billups.
Pierce focused on all-around game vs. Knicks - Blakely says that Pierce’s defense on Carmelo Anthony in this series will be just as important as his own offense.
Ray Allen still clutch shooter after all these years - Steve Bulpett has the Celtics guard defying time.
Bench needs to improve against Knicks - Jim Fenton’s notebook has the reserves needing to step up their game. The Globe notebook from Julian Benbow has more on Jermaine O’Neal’s presence in the middle. The Herald notebook from Mark Murphy has things not looking good for Shaq.
Parcells phones in for a chat - You get the sense of wistful longing for the mid-1990′s from Mark Farinella as he recaps Bill Parcell’s conference call with the local media yesterday. More on the call from Karen Guregian | Tom E. Curran | Glen Farley
Teams hungry for Pats’ top picks - Karen Guregian has a recap of Bill Belichick’s interview on SIRIUS yesterday. Greg A. Bedard snidely sets up his recap of the interview by noting that “Bill Belichick, who won’t be talking to the local media before the draft, spoke for 16 minutes earlier today with Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller of Sirius NFL Radio.”
Bedard said the same thing on Twitter yesterday. I thought the Patriots did the local media a favor by having Nick Caserio hold a session with the locals last week, one that was extremely interesting and informative. Would he have prefered Belichick get up there and say nothing? Nothing is going to change guys, no matter how much you complain. (I suppose the same could be said for my complaining about their complaining.)