The Bruins managed to hold on and win a 2-1 game last night, this time behind backup goalie Hannu Toivonen, who was pressed into duty after Andrew Raycroft was sidelined with a strained hamstring that could keep him out for a week. Jim McCabe, Douglas Flynn, and Joe McDonald have the game stories from the Garden. While the Bruins were able to break through and get their first division win last night, Kevin Paul Dupont says that this team is still seeking their identity and is very much a work in progress. Karen Guregian looks at the play of Toivonen who stole the show last night and provided a huge lift for the team. Joe Haggerty also has a look at the outstanding play of the rookie goaltender. Flynn has a piece on former Bruin Jason Allison, who is happy to be playing anywhere in the league right now. Guregian has a short bit on Patriots fan Eric Lindros, who is monitoring the Tedy Bruschi comeback closely. Flynn’s notebook and McDonald’s notebook each look at the injury to Raycroft, while McCabe’s notebook also looks at that subject, and the player called up to take his place on the roster for now, Jordan Sigalet.

Jerome Solomon says that the Patriots have spent their time during this bye period working on improving the defense. We’ll see on Sunday night whether that work has paid off. John Tomase says that the return of Richard Seymour this week should make things easier for everyone on that side of the ball. Ian M Clark notes that the Patriots are finally getting their first look at the AFC East this weekend. Check out the BSMW Game Day page for a preview of Sunday night’s matchup with the Bills. Michael Felger reports that despite his early struggles this season to fit in with the Patriots schemes, linebacker Chad Brown remains the ultimate pro, keeping his head up.

Tom E Curran writes that the 2005 Patriots offense is “more versatile, complete and explosive than they’ve ever been.” Tomase reports that things are looking good for a Tedy Bruschi return this weekend. Alan Greenberg reports that Tyrone Poole’s season is over, after the cornerback was placed on IR yesterday. Solomon’s notebook and Tomase’s notebook each have more on Poole’s season coming to an end. Curran’s notebook observes that that move opens up a roster spot for Tedy Bruschi to return.

Jim Lazar and Jim McCabe each make their weekly NFL picks for the Herald and Globe, respectively. I.M Bettor and Double D also weigh in on the weekend’s action for the Herald. Patrick Hanrahan has some fantasy football advice, while the Globe lets us know who’s hot and who’s not.

The Theo Watch continues on and the Globe (dubbed “The House Organ” by some cynics) has Chris Snow & Gordon Edes reporting that a new deal for the Red Sox GM could be announced as early as today. Sean McAdam looks at the peace talks held yesterday to try and improve the relationship of Theo Epstein and Larry Lucchino. Michael Silverman says that the current lame duck status of Epstein has prevented the team from getting business done that needs to be given attention to. However McAdam does report that the Red Sox have reached a tentative agreement with Mike Timlin. The Theo talks may have taken a turn yesterday when it was learned that assistant GM Josh Brynes had been hired by the Arizona Diamondbacks to be their new GM. David Heuschkel reports on the Theo situation and the Brynes defection. Tony Massarotti also reports on Brynes, the news of whose departure was first broken by Michael Holley on WEEI yesterday. Silverman says that one of the items of business being held up by the Epstein contract talks is negotiations with centerfielder Johnny Damon. Elsewhere, Chris Snow notes that Kevin Millar and Bill Mueller wasted no time in filing for free agency.

Bob Ryan looks at White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, noting that he managed to be an original in a game that sometimes leads you to think you’ve already seen it all. Dom Amore notes that while the World Series was a yawner, baseball got what it wanted – a World Series with no major controversies. Buddy Thomas celebrates as a long time White Sox fan. Jeff Horrigan looks at how the White Sox dominated the World Series without much fanfare. Gordon Edes has more on the nearly perfect playoff run by the White Sox. Chris Snow wraps up the World Series with a few words from Alex Cora, whose brother Joey is the third base coach for the champs and a few other players and figures.

Michael Vega and Steve Conroy report on Boston College falling short night, losing to Marcus Vick and Virginia Tech 30-10. Mark Blaudschun says that the game showed that Boston College is just not quite ready to be considered among the nation’s elite teams. Conroy reports that Notre Dame has dropped Boston College from their schedule after the 2010 season, because of damage done to the field by celebrating Eagles three years ago. Vega’s notebook looks at the program that Frank Beamer has built at Virginia Tech. Conroy’s notebook looks at Quinton Porter, who had no time to throw last night.

Steve Bulpett looks at Doc Rivers crunching the numbers for his rotation as the regular season approaches next week. Shira Springer reports on the Celtics cutting center Curtis Borchardt yesterday to bring their roster to the 15 player maximum.

Bill Griffith has more on Sporting News Radio pulling the plug on local programming at WWZN. David Scott also looks at the situation and has a preview of an upcoming interview with departing Herald columnist Howard Bryant. Mark at Boston Radio Watch also has a report on the situation. Meanwhile, Griffith’s regular SporTView column this week examines the end of an era in thoroughbred horse racing on television as we know it. He also checks in with Bob Neumeier, and looks at the World Series numbers. Jim Baker also has a media column today, looking at the Celtics broadcasts, NFL viewing this weekend, and a few other items.

ESPN has Nets/Knicks at 7:30 and Kings/Lakers at 10:00. ESPN2 has Colorado State/New Mexico at 7:00.