Bruins. Lightning. Game 7. That Is All.

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The Bruins have another chance at history tonight, a chance to return to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1990. A chance to get into position  for their first Cup since 1972. Is the Sixth time’s the charm for Cup-starved Bruins?

Bruins have a date with destiny – Mick Colageo thinks that one team is going to win big tonight, he’s just not sure which team it will be. Stephen Harris says that anything but a less-than-complete effort won’t do. Joe Haggerty lists out changes that the Bruins need to make tonight. Douglas Flynn says that the Bruins need to get more shots on the Tampa goal tonight. Barbara Matson says that the Bruins seem confident heading into tonight. Rich Garven looks at the winner-take-all scenario.

Factors in series all added up to a 7 – Bob Ryan looks at how we got here, and what this game means to the Bruins. Jackie MacMullan looks at whether the Bruins can get it done tonight. Steve Buckley says that both teams know what it is like to play a game 7. Bill Burt has Ray Bourque, who was 6-0 in game 7’s with the Bruins, giving some advice to the current squad.

Game 7 a fitting conclusion to East final – Steve Conroy says that it is fitting that things have come down to this for this Bruins team. Mike Loftus looks at the back-and-forth just in this series.

Bruins need Thomas’ best in Game 7 – Joe McDonald notes how huge it is that Tim Thomas have a big game tonight.

Making noise at end? – Matson’s notebook has Nathan Horton possibly squirting a Tampa fan with bottle of water Wednesday night. The Bruins notebook from Steve Conroy looks back at the power play woes of game six.

For the second straight day, the Red Sox pounded out 14 runs, this time in a rain-shortened afternoon in Detroit, with Carl Crawford again the catalyst with four hits in a 14-1 thumping of the Tigers.

Red-hot Carl Crawford settling in – Gordon Edes has the outfielder raising his average .32 points in two days. More on Crawford from Michael Silverman | Maureen Mullen | Peter Abraham 

Landing Aceves best ‘accident’ Sox have had – Tim Britton looks at the smart decision the Red Sox made in snatching up for the former Yankee.

Hazelbaker, Lin take one step up – Michael Vega’s minor league notebook has a pair of outfielders earning promotions.

Another stop for Josh Reddick – Scott Lauber’s notebook has the outfielder getting the call up yesterday, and feeling more prepared for the Majors. The notes from Mullen have more on Aceves, as does the Globe Red Sox notebook from Abraham. Britton’s Red Sox Journal has more on Crawford.

Coverage has been slick – Chad Finn looks around at the local coverage of the Bruins.

Examining coverage of Bruins playoff run – Mike Shinnick has more on the Bruins coverage.

New on-air spin for Tornadoes – Bill Doyle looks at the broadcasts of the Worcester Tornadoes, which will not be on the radio for the first time in seven years. Instead, all 94 regular-season games will be broadcast online, at, and on the team’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, and

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2011 Approval Ratings – Michael Felger

As polarizing a figure as there is in the Boston sports media right now, you either love Felger or hate him. (This should make it easier for those clamoring for a apathy option in the poll.)

Felger is the afternoon co-host of the Felger and Massarotti show on 98.5 The SportsHub. He is also host of CSNNE’s Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight and Sports Sunday.

Felger broke into the local sports scene with the Boston Herald in 1989. During the 90’s the worked his way up to the Revolution and Bruins beats, before becoming the Patriots beat writer. Around that time, he started to become a presence on local radio and television shows, his battles with Nick Cafardo and Ron Boges on WBZ’s Sports Final during the early part of the decade are legendary.

As the decade went on, Felger phased out his writing, dropping to a smaller and smaller role at the Herald while increasing his on-air gigs. He became a night host on CSNNE, and hosted his radio own show on the old ESPN 890, and then hopped over to for a short time before becoming the biggest name hire at 98.5 when it launched in the summer of 2009.

Felger’s Mohegan Sun bio reads:

As a self described impartial observer of the Boston sports scene, Mike Felger revels in his ability to play devil’s advocate and singe local sports fans for their unabashed homerism. Felger has been bringing that attitude to Mohegan Sun Sports Tonight and Sports Sunday. He pens weekly Patriots summaries, Patriots’ Report Cards and a weekly mailbag.

Interestingly, when we did this series the last time, the first reader comment on Felger’s post read “Secretly works for Patriots PR dept.”

My, how things have changed.

Felger is originally from Milwaukee and a graduate of Boston University. He is married to FOX25 reporter/anchor Sara Underwood.


Bruins Can’t Close, Game 7 Tomorrow Night

The Bruins could not close out the Tampa Bay Lightning on the road last night, and thus will need a win tomorrow night at the Garden in game seven in order to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Bruins dropped last night’s game 5-4, as both sides (even though they did score a goal on one) of the power play failed them. Get all the coverage at

After changing script, B’s must avoid unhappy ending – As the Bruins get ready for their 100th game of the season, DJ Bean says we need to know where they stand. Joe McDonald says that the Bruins have put themselves into a corner.

Here we go again – Joe Haggerty says that their experience in game 7 against Montreal can only help the Bruins. Douglas Flynn has the Bruins remaining confident, despite the setback in game six.

Power failure killing Bruins – Stephen Harris has the season-long Achilles heel of the Bruins doing them in again. Kevin Paul Dupont says that if the Bruins do manage to win the Stanley Cup, they should have an asterisk next their entry in the record books.  Steve Conroy says that conventional wisdom might be the downfall of this team.

Did Boucher’s comments sway refs? – James Murphy examines a hot post-game topic. Joe Haggerty also weighs in on the Tampa coach using his pregame press conference as a bully pulpit to critique NHL officials.

David Krejci gets trick, no treat – Matt Kalman has the hat trick from the Bruins center not enough for a win. Bill Burt says that Krejci’s performance should bring hope to Bruins fans. Derek J. LaRiviere has Krejci in no mood to celebrate his achievement following the game.

Lucic hopes to bring it home – Fluto Shinzawa’s notebook says that win or lose, Milan Lucic will be going home after tomorrow night. The Herald notebook from Conroy has Martin St. Louis coming up big again for the Lightning. The notes from Haggery have more on Krejci’s performance.

The Red Sox scored seven runs in the first inning, and 14 overall for the game as they trounced the Cleveland Indians 14-2 yesterday afternoon. Get the complete coverage at

Bats make statement – Michael Silverman has the Red Sox performance self-explanatory. Anthony Castrovince says that these surging Red Sox might just be getting started.

Going up? Pedroia looking to elevate his game – Alex Speier has the second baseman looking to get back on track at the plate.

Situation was advantageous – With Jon Lester staked to a seven-run lead before he even took the mound, Peter Abraham’s notebook says that the lefty was able to just relax and pitch. The Herald notebook from Scott Lauber has more on Pedroia.

Celtics wading into draft pool – Julian Benbow has a look at Danny Ainge’s draft prep.

Marquis Daniels rebounds from major scare – Mark Murphy has a health update on the former Celtic.

Nate Solder seeking assistance – Karen Guregian has the Patriots first round pick trying to prepare for the season as best he can.