The Bruins evened the Stanley Cup Finals at two games apiece with a rousing 4-0 shutout of the Vancouver Canucks last night at the Garden. Tim Thomas was again magnificent in goal, and the Bruins again smothered the vaunted Canuck offense and power play. Get all the links over at BruinsLinks.com.
Tied up neatly – Fluto Shinzawa says that the Bruins have not just evened the series, they’ve grabbed the Stanley Cup Finals by the throat. More gamers from Steve Conroy | Paul Kenyon | Danny Picard | CSNNE.com (video) | NESN Video | Mike Loftus | Mick Colageo
Bruins’ Thomas Pulling Out All The Stops – Jeff Jacobs has the Bruins netminder once again dazzling in goal. More on Thomas from Jackie MacMullan ( who has the Canucks still doubting Thomas) | Stephen Harris | DJ Bean ( with four other thoughts on the game) | Matt Kalman | Scott McLaughlin
Peverley fills the void with Horton out – Eric McHugh has midseason acquisition Rich Peverley stepping up to the first line and netting two goals. More on Peverley from Amanda Bruno | Ron Borges | Michael Whitmer | Jeff Hamrick | Joe Haggerty | Mike Petraglia | Matt Kalman | Jesse Connolly | Chris Forsberg
Bruins have found new identity – Joe McDonald says that a new and improved version of the Boston Bruins has been born this spring. Kevin Paul Dupont says that as lost as the Canucks looked last night, the Bruins were found.
Michael Ryder’s good on both ends – Steve Conroy’s notebook has the winger showing some surprising defensive work last night. The Globe notebook from Fluto Shinzawa has Tyler Seguin understanding his coach’s decisions on moving him in and out of the lineup. The Bruins Journal says that ice conditions were not a factor last night. The CSNNE.com notes from Danny Picard and Joe Haggerty have Nathan Horton making a surprise visit to the locker room after the game. The Patriot Ledger notebook from Mike Loftus has Jordan Caron ready to go if needed.
Red-hot Sox look set to run away – John Tomase says that now is the time for the Red Sox to run away with the division.
Ortiz blasting his way into Sox’ future – Sean McAdam has Big Papi making himself irreplaceable to the Red Sox. Michael Silverman says that it is looking like the Red Sox will need to find a way to pony up and keep both Ortiz and Jonathan Papelbon after the season. Gordon Edes says that the home runs just keep coming for Ortiz.
Pedroia to have right knee examined – Peter Abraham’s notebook has the Sox second baseman returning to Boston to have his knee examined. If surgery is needed, he would miss a month. The CSNNE notes from Sean McAdam have Jason Varitek pleased after catching a Tim Wakefield start for the first time in years. The Herald notebook from Scott Lauber has more on Pedroia.
Guess I hit a nerve:
Is it possible to be both thin-skinned AND clueless? I guess the answer is yes. I bash Felger perhaps more than any other media person in town. (um, hello? Anyone?) The difference is, he can take it, and it doesn’t bother him. In fact, I think he encourages it.
What prompted this? Yesterday Michael Holley took a vacation day. WEEI didn’t replace him, but just moved Adams over. Yes, they did have Jack Edwards in studio for a long stretch, but I tweeted that I’d love to see the one-day ratings between Ordway/Adams and Felger/Mazz on a day in which the Bruins were playing a Stanley Cup Finals game. I guess that equals kissing Felger’s rear end.