The Bruins continued their early season division struggles, dropping a 5-4 overtime decision to the Toronto Maple Leafs by way of a shootout. Eric Lindros beat Andrew Raycroft in the shootout to give the Maple Leafs the win. Nancy Marrapese-Burrell reports on the power outage continuing for the Bruins. Stephen Harris writes that the Bruins once again showed that they have difficulty with team defense and protecting leads. Dan Hickling reports on another back and forth game for the Bruins. Over on the Boston Bruins Blog, it’s noted that the Bruins have yet to be outclassed from start to finish in any game this season save the Ottawa one, which could be looked at as a positive, if they can ever learn to close teams out. Even before last night’s game, Mike Loftus was saying that the Bruins could use a tighter defense. Harris looks at a few Bruins who have Olympic hopes for their home countries.

Burrell’s notebook reports that despite an injury to his eye, Captain Joe Thornton doesn’t want to wear a visor or face shield on his helmet. Harris’ notebook looks at the Bruins first experience with the new overtime shootout format. Hickling’s notebook looks at the many connections between the Bruins and Maple Leafs rosters.

Michael Felger looks at Bills safety Lawyer Milloy who patrolled the secondary so well for the Patriots for many years, and is now with Buffalo. Felger writes that Milloy isn’t the player he once was, and the Patriots don’t need him on the field, but they sure could use his mouth and some of his attitude. With the help of a player agent, Mike Reiss assesses the value of several members of the Patriots relative to their contracts. He breaks them out into Value Plus, Value and Value Minus categories. Alan Greenberg says that the Patriots biggest goal coming out of the bye week is to improve the defense. Jonathan Comey asserts that the AFC East (and a playoff berth) is there for the taking for the Patriots. Michael Parente agrees that the AFC East is the Patriots to lose, and that there is no panic or reason for panic in the hallways of Foxboro. Karen Guregian looks at Richard Seymour, who is bugged by the Patriots 3-3 record, has vowed to be back out on the field for the Buffalo game, and is ready to get started. Bob Halloran says that Tedy Bruschi’s return is a matter of faith for all involved, critics, supporters and Bruschi himself.

Michael Silverman writes this morning that should things not work out between he and the Red Sox, Theo Epstein might not have to just go out and take another GM job in baseball. The Yale graduate has plenty of opportunities, connections and interests to make a successful career outside of the game. Gerry Callahan (subscription only) says that the deal has to get done, and eventually win get done. Tony Massarotti has a brief report that the Red Sox have dismissed assistant trainer Chris Correnti.

Stan Grossfeld goes down to Greenville,South Carolina for his feature on native son Shoeless Joe Jackson. He talks to the locals and looks into whether Jackson really was guilty of being part of the plan to throw the 1919 World Series. Dan Shaughnessy looks at the World Series coming to Texas for the first time ever. Tony Massarotti looks at the White Sox having their share of good luck during this series. Chris Snow and Dom Amore look at tonight’s starter for the Astros, Roy Oswalt, who has the ability to be the stopper Houston needs right now. Massarotti also has a short piece on the stopper for the Astros. Jeff Jacobs examines the manic motormouth known as Ozzie Guillen. Jeff Horrigan looks at the Astros being upset that MLB is insisting that they leave their dome open for the next few nights as long as the weather is fair. Edes’ notebook and Horrigan’s notebook each have Brad Lidge hoping for a better performance his next time out.

Steve Bulpett reports that the Celtics will probably not pick up the fourth year option on Marcus Banks, which would make the UNLV product a free agent after this season. Shalize Manza Young has a look at rookie Gerald Green, who has a lot of work and maturing to do before his time comes on the court. The youngster has worlds of potential and talent, but has a ways to go still. The older guards are working him hard in practice, teaching him lessons for the future. Mike Fine, meanwhile has a piece on Orien Greene, as the second round draft pick continues to make a name for himself in the preseason. Shira Springer looks at Brian Scalabrine, as the forward continues to attempt to carve out a role for himself on this club. Bulpett documents some allegations made against center Mark Blount in a NY court room yesterday. The person involved was a former coach of Blount, who testified that someone else took Blount’s SAT and later injected him with steroids to bulk him up. This same person had sued Blount back in 2001.

Bill Reynolds has a piece on former Providence College and Boston Celtics player Marty Conlon. Young’s notebook has coach Doc Rivers standing in support of Tony Allen and hoping that the second year forward will finally learn from his mistakes off the court. Bulpett’s notebook has more on the ups and downs of Gerald Green during camp.

John Molori’s Media Blitz has Mike Gorman talking about the upcoming Celtics season, and also talks to Jon Wallach, who is strongly pushing to become the permanent host for the WEEI evenings. John Howell looks at Donny Marshall joining the FSNE Celtics broadcasts. Bill Griffith looks at the BC Eagles getting showcased this Thursday night with a national TV game on ESPN against Virginia Tech.

FSN has Celtics/Nets at 7:30. FOX has White Sox/Astros at 8:40. OLN has Penguins/Panthers at 7:30.