Bruins Take 3-1 Lead After OT Victory

David Krejci seems to be a guy who steps his game up to another level when the postseason begins. During the Bruins 2011 run to the Stanley Cup title, Krejci was the leading scorer of the postseason. He’s on that pace again as he scored a hat trick, including the game-winner in overtime as the Bruins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 to take a 3-1 series lead.

Krejci continues postseason heroics – Joe Haggerty looks at another big playoff performance for Krejci.

David Krejci on top of his game – Joe McDonald notes that “in 63 career playoff games, Krejci has 25 goals and 32 assists for 57 points, including a plus-26 rating. Those are some sick numbers and his teammates know it.”

Meanwhile, not everyone is happy with the victory and series lead. Kevin Paul Dupont tries out a little Dan Shaughnessy schtick to open up his column today:

The Maple Leafs are all but finished, although we only need recall Boston’s 3-0 series lead over Philadelphia in 2010 to remember that sure things can turn into dreaded, torturous black holes of despair in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Duly noted.

Also this morning, the noted hockey experts on the WEEI morning show were declaring that the Bruins trade of Phil Kessel to the Maple Leafs has now proven to be a bad deal, and it was noted that Kessel has outplayed Tyler Seguin in this series. A caller informed them of the following stats:

Kessel the last three seasons:  -33
Seguin the last three seasons:  +53

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Elsewhere, there continues to be some confusion over the status of Rob Gronkowski’s arm, and the number of surgeries needed. I was under the impression, and I’m not the only one, that the plate that is currently in Gronkowski’s forearm would need to be removed at some point, and so another surgery to take it out seemed to be a given. Thus when I see every outlet reporting that he might need a 4th surgery, I thought it was just hysteria.

I haven’t seen it clearly reported, (perhaps I’ve just missed it) but apparently the plan all along was that the plate would be left there permanently. Now, when the current batch of antibiotics runs its course, the arm will be evaluated for infection, and if needed, they would go in, remove the current plate and put another in, which of course would be a setback.

Whether that plate needs replacing hasn’t yet been determined officially.

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A few other links/items of note:

Celtics myths miss point – Steve Bulpett does a masterful job dispelling a number of myths surrounding the Celtics such as “they’re a better team without Rondo” and “the Celtics could’ve traded KG to the Clippers” and “the Celtics could’ve beaten the Knicks if they signed a true point guard after Rondo went down.”

It almost seems like Bulpett is taking aim at a certain 98.5 afternoon drive show…

Papi’s performance speaks for itself – Along the same lines of taking aim, Gordon Edes offers an alternate view of David Ortiz’s performance this season to that suggested by Dan Shaughnessy yesterday. (He must be on steroids!)

Speaking of Ortiz and Shaughnessy:

  • OpinionNotFact

    I’m sure it’ll just be sold as CHB “doing what the fans wish reporters did in the late 90s” by anyone but Danno needs to go, like yesterday.
    If he pops on the radio, I’ll change it. I certainly don’t read any of his dreck either but sometimes you can’t avoid him. This ‘incident’ has made it’s way around the internet today.
    Just stop, Dan. We get it. You’ll ask the tough questions!

  • Drew Smith

    I’ve said it a million times, the media makes a big deal about steroids…most fans couldn’t care less. It is what it is.

    • bsmfan

      It’s funny how we’re outraged with baseball stuff. Football? It’s like hearing a SEC football player or kid at a Coach Calipari/Rick Pitino coached program is being paid. Collective yawn and “whatever”.

      Turn that to football… Does anyone want the NFL testing for HGH and the injury report being 2-3x what is already is by week 11? I don’t. I don’t think the writers care much either. I think the NFL also knows that its product will be effected by this, as well.

      Remember when Jermaine Cunningham showed up to camp and was ripped? I recall it being a footnote in many columns, not the subject of some big article. Were we surprised Week 8 when he got popped? Now we see it about Ridley and my first question was doing an over/under on the week he gets a 4game.

      I recall a good or one of the more known sports writers did an article on just this (the difference in sports/reactions to PEDS) but I cannot find it.

      • Mike

        One of my favorite “nothing to see here” examples of steroids in sports is how Greg Oden packed on 40 pounds of muscle during his rookie year while he was out following knee surgery. The fact was noted without comment in several articles. I’m not much concerned with the presence of steroids in sports–if I were a borderline AAA player, I’d probably try them too–but I get tired of the sanctimonious writers who ignore them 99% of the time and then act outraged when someone is proven to have used them. The Tom Verducci/Buster Olney/Peter Gammons “we don’t know anything if it isn’t proven in a court of law” is the worst form of willful ignorance in this issue, in my opinion.

        • bsmfan

          The “selective outrage” is it basically limited to bias? If you follow SEC football, the inkling of one of the other schools cheating is huge. Auburn gets accused of something and Bama fans go nuts, etc. To outside observers, most just accept they all do it at varying degrees, and the folks not smart enough get caught. On G+Z today, one of them said, “What if Shaughnessy replaced the name in the article with ARod”. Would we have the same reaction? I doubt it.

          I think there are two biases at work: sport (baseball vs football) and the local vs. rival.

          I have to again introduce the “sport bias”
          How many of us or others in the media were on, say, Borges or Curran, both who mentioned Cunningham, to possibly find out or even ask the question if he was juicing? I don’t remember anything.

        • Mike

          I don’t dispute what you say about college football–I pay no attention to college sports at all, so that’s a set of issues I’m pretty much unaware of. But there are so many biases–you named a few, such as different sports (football vs. baseball, basketball or golf), rival teams, and yes, nationality. I’ve heard the “you never know how old a Dominican really is” line more times than I can remember…though Danny Almonte was an American. Though the Dominican Republic does have little or no regulation on drugs–and that’s why A-Rod got therapy there–and though Ortiz does tend to think of himself as on a pedestal, he’s got a real beef. A genuine stereotype has grown up around Dominican players.

  • latetodinner

    David Ortiz’s self righteous indignation over the fact that Dan Shaughnessey of all people had the audacity to suggest that Ortiz’s performance at 37 years old might have something more to do with what he puts into his body than his actual training is hollow to me. Drew Smith, poster to this board, might be right, fans don’t care about steroids…I know I do…players who take them make the game a farce to me but I might be in the minority…but the issue here is not the PED use…it is the reaction to the accusation. Ortiz truly believes that he has ascended to some mythical spot in Boston Sports folklore whereas he should be above suspicion. For the life of me i can’t figure out why a 37 year old player, coming off an Achilles rupture that is usually associated with PED use, who evidently failed a PED test when he was younger (we are still waiting for the answer as to why he was on the list as promised by him at that fateful press conference way back when) and who once said something to the effect of…growing up in the Dominican I did not know much about working out and diet…I took the supplements that my instructors gave me…I had no idea what it was…thinks he is beyond reproach.

    For all I know Ortiz might be clean. His amazing turn around from looking completely done from the last half of 2009 through the first half of 2010 to where he is now…seemingly discovering the fountain of youth is remarkable. However his past behavior suggests he is willing to do whatever it takes to be successful so I don’t think he is in any position to be indignant when questions arise about how he is doing what he is doing. As Raffi Palmiero and a host of others have learned…he should either say nothing or do a mea culpa. Denying with forth right conviction at this point in time will either come back to haunt him if he is caught doing something illegal or leave the story in the press to linger. He needs to understand he and his ilk in the MLBPA brought this on themselves and there is no putting the Genie back in the bottle. Silence is the best way to handle the situation…the problem Papi has is he wants to be liked so much, his ego will not allow him to be quiet.

  • bsmfan

    Ortiz turned right around to ESPN Deportes, in Spanish, and called Shaugnessy a racist:

    http://espn.go.com/boston/mlb/story/_/id/9260558/david-ortiz-boston-red-sox-says-ped-suggestions-discriminatory

    Fun.

  • dan

    of course shaugnessy is a racist…he is a Bostonian with an irish name and he came of age from a different time when IT WAS OK TO ATTACK SCHOOL BUSES BECAUSE BROWN KIDS WERE ON IT.