Bruins Look To Close Out Lightning

The Bruins look to return to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1990 as they face off against the Tampa Bay Lightning in game six tonight, holding a three games to two series lead.

Bruins will show finishing touch – Joe McDonald is confident that the Bruins will be able to close out the series tonight. Fluto Shinzawa thinks that a fast start will be the key for the Bruins. Stephen Harris says that the Bruins cannot afford to think ahead just yet.

Bruins know clincher is always the toughest one – Ian Clark says that the Bruins know that they will have a fight on their hands tonight. Rich Garven says that the Bruins will need to play with more passion tonight. Mick Colageo examines the Bruins ability to handle pressure thus far in the postseason.

Sixty minutes from the Stanley Cup Finals – Joe Haggerty says that the Bruins have proved themselves time and time again. James Murphy has six keys to a win tonight for Boston.

What is Guy Boucher doing? – DJ Bean says that no one in the playoffs has been more captivating, mystifying, and puzzling all at once.

Bolts go back to Dwayne Roloson – The Herald notebook has Boucher going back to his veteran goalie for game six. The Globe Bruins notebook has the Bruins going with a three-center line at the end of game five. The Patriot Ledger notes from Mike Loftus has more on the Tampa decision to go with Roloson. The CSNNE notes from Joe Haggerty have Tim Thomas especially dominant late in games.

The Red Sox finally broke through against the Indians, with Josh Beckett pitching into the seventh inning and moving to 4-1 on the season and Jason Varitek hitting his first home run since last May to give the Red Sox a 4-2 victory in Cleveland. Get all the coverage at RedSoxLinks.com.

Josh Beckett dealing like an ace again – Michael Silverman says that the Sox righty is back at the top of his game.

Backstops become backbones – Nick Cafardo notes that both of the Red Sox catchers have been productive as of late.

A Hill of a streak: Rich Hill’s unlikely path to Red Sox history – Alex Speier has the lefty tying the team record for the longest streak of scoreless outings by a pitcher at the start of his Sox career.

Is Adrian Gonzalez the best hitter in baseball? – Kirk Minihane tries to figure out if there is anyone better in the game than the Red Sox first baseman.

Varitek does it all to beat Tribe – Maureen Mullen’s CSNNE notes have the veteran catcher doing it all last night. The Herald notebook from Scott Lauber has more on Varitek’s contributions. The ProJo Red Sox Journal has more on Hill getting the job done in relief. The Globe notebook from Peter Abraham has John Lackey feeling good about a bullpen session yesterday.

Bill Belichick Knows How to Play to a Crowd and 19 Other NFL Thoughts – Jeff Howe with a look at NFL news in the past week.