Bruins Take OT Opener, Sox Open Fenway Today

Chris Kelly scored the game-winning goal in overtime last night as the Bruins took a 1-0 series lead over the Washington Capitals with a 1-0 win at TD Garden.

B’s-Caps shaping up as goalie duel – Joe McDonald thinks that last night’s game portends a tight series.

Kelly speaks softly and carries a big stick – Joe Haggerty has Kelly as the humble hero once again. DJ Bean has Kelly once again delivering more than he’s willing to give himself credit for. Stephen Harris has Kelly as the first recipient of the silver medal chain giving by his teammates to the player of the game. Mick Colageo has more on Kelly, and five things we learned last night.

Opening act was a dandy – Bob Ryan says that last night showed us that it’s going to be a long, hard road to the finals.

Tim Thomas poised at all points – Ron Borges has the goaltender remaining focused and getting the shutout despite facing only seven shots in the first two periods.

Dennis Seidenberg Sets Tone Early with Entertaining Running Battle with Alex Ovechkin in Game 1 Win – Douglas Flynn has the Bruins defenseman and the Capitals star trading blows early.

B’s man-up struggles continue – Steve Conroy has the power play continuing to struggle for the Bruins. Fluto Shinzawa has Claude Julien not afraid to turn to Joe Corvo if needed. The Bruins Journal from Matt Kalman has Ovechkin being held in check by the Bruins defense.

This afternoon is the Red Sox Home Opener and with it begin all the tributes to Fenway Park. Hopefully those can overshadow just how dreadful the team has been thus far.The question for today appears to be cheers or boos, or boo or cheer?

How (and why) the 2012 Red Sox were built this way – Alex Speier looks at how we ended up with this group of players.

After 100 years, Fenway matters – Historian Glenn Stout tells us why Fenway is still important.

Five reasons to cut Sox some slack – Gordon Edes attempts to reason with the angry mob.

The genius of Doc Rivers, a true player’s coach – Paul Flannery looks at one of the reasons the Celtics coach is the best in the game.

Veteran RB Kevin Faulk not ready to retire just yet – Karen Guregian has the veteran hoping for one more year with the Patriots, something he stated in a Q&A with reporters yesterday.

Santos facing uncertainty – Chad Finn reports on a serious health scare for Gil Santos, which may force him to retire from the Patriots broadcast booth.

NBC, NESN, CSNNE Gear Up For Bruins’ Playoff Push – In my SB Nation Boston Media column, I’m looking at the embarrassment of riches that Bruins fans have in the coverage of the NHL playoffs.

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