Bruins season comes to an end with OT loss, Red Sox sweep Twins

The defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins’ season came to a disappointing end Wednesday night as they fell 2-1 in Game 7 to the Washington Capitals at TD Garden. Joel Ward scored just 2:53 into overtime to give the Capitals the win. Tyler Seguin had the lone Bruins goal coming in the second period, while Tim Thomas finished with 25 saves. It was one of the most highly contested series in NHL playoff history, being the first-ever series where each game had a one-goal differential.

Patrice Bergeron injury hurts– Steve Conroy in his notebook has how an upper-body injury suffered in Game 5 limited Bergeron in the final two games of the series. He took one face off the past two games.

Tyler Seguin saves best for last– Mark Daniels looks at the 20-year-old who scored the final two goals in the Bruins’ 2011-2012 season. He scored the overtime goal in Game 6 and he tied the game in the second period of Game 7.

Seguin learns from Game 7 loss– Joe Haggerty has how Seguin was just starting to come around and play like he is capable of.

Bruins power play struggles prove costly against Capitals– Douglas Flynn looks at the Bruins power play that went 2-for-23 in the series. The Bruins struggled on the power play during last year’s Stanley Cup run, but couldn’t overcome it this year.

Five reasons why the Bruins couldn’t make it out of the first round– DJ Bean has five reasons why the Bruins season came to an end much sooner than people expected.

A shocking, silent end to a season filled with promise– Jim Donaldson looks at how the Bruins season came to a sudden, shocking end.

What kept them afloat last year was missing– Kevin Paul Dupont has a few reasons why this year’s team was different from last year’s team in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Bruins’ season comes to a sudden end– Dan Shaughnessy takes a look at the Game 7 loss, which ended the Bruins’ season.

Tim Thomas rides high road after crease crunch– Ron Borges takes a closer look at Ward’s game-winning goal, and wonders if there could have been goaltender interference called.

One of the biggest offseason stories with the Bruins will be whether or not Tim Thomas will be back, or will he be dealt in order to make way for Tuukka Rask to be the No. 1 goaltender in Boston?

Don’t look now, but the Red Sox have won three in a row after they completing their sweep of the Minnesota Twins with a 7-6 win Wednesday night in Minnesota. Starting pitcher Clay Buchholz struggled, but still was able to pick up the win. He pitched 5.1 innings, allowing five runs on ten hits and walked three. The team led 7-1 going into the sixth inning, before allowing five Minnesota runs, but the bullpen held on for the one-run win. Alfredo Aceves picked up the save.

Clay Buchholz needs to get it started– Nick Cafardo says if the Red Sox bring up Aaron Cook, Buchholz should be the spot they should be thinking of replacing.

Red Sox bullpen’s subpar game reinforces the importance of Rich Hill’s looming returnDidler Morais says the Red Sox are looking forward to getting reliever Rich Hill back this weekend.

Hot-hitting Sweeney got his start on mound– Brian MacPherson looks at Ryan Sweeney’s hot start to the season and how he originally thought he would be drafted as a pitcher.

A different clubhouse– Michael Silverman says going on the road after what took place last weekend was the best thing that could have happened for the Red Sox.

In what has flown under the radar this week because of all the Red Sox and Bruins attention is the NFL draft’s first round is tonight. The Patriots have picks 27 and 31 in the first round, but knowing how Bill Belichick operates it would not be a surprise if the team traded one/or even both of the picks.

Patriots have changed the way teams draft– Tom E. Curran takes a look at Belichick’s draft philosophy and how it has tried to be duplicated by other teams in the league.

Starting the selections: Patriots ready to roll into 2012 draft– Christopher Price looks at the the draft as a whole and looks at possible directions the Patriots may take.

Bill Belichick capable of anything– Karen Guregian says with Bill Belichick running the show anything is possible on draft night.

Our Best Patriots Draft Possible

By Chris Warner

Over the past week we’ve been studying potential players available throughout the NFL draft who fit New England’s needs. After much debating, head-scratching, and coffee-drinking (America runs on it, after all), we’ve decided on the following to best aid the Foxboro Footballers.

As of right now, the Patriots have two picks in the first round (27 and 31 overall), two in the second (48, 62), one in the third (93) and one in the fourth (126). They traded their fifth-, sixth- and seventh-round picks.

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Patriots Draft Potential: Defensive Backs

By Chris Warner

Let’s look at some possible 2012 additions who could bolster New England’s defensive backfield.

Last season the Patriots’ lineup of DBs went through a revolving door, if said door was hooked onto some super-fast thresher. Has-beens, Never-weres and Someday-might-bes helped contribute to a consistently poor passing defense that never seemed to form a cohesive unit.

While some of those players shall remain, a rookie signing would supplement a thorough housecleaning and possibly give opposing quarterbacks the least bit of apprehension that 2011 lacked.

The Patriots have two picks in the first round (27 and 31 overall), two in the second (48, 62), one in the third (93) and one in the fourth (126). They traded away their fifth-, sixth- and seventh-round picks.

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