A great sports weekend wrapped up last night with the Bruins finally breaking through against Montreal, and the Red Sox winning the weekend series with the New York Yankees.
Having shown some spark in game two despite coming out on the short end of the scoreboard, the Bruins again came out energized last night in front of the TD Banknorth Garden crowd, and again found themselves in an overtime contest with their rivals from the North. This time however, the B’s got the last laugh, as Marc Savard scored at 9:25 of overtime to give Boston a 2-1 win. Montreal now leads the series two games to one.
Steve Conroy says that we have a series now, and both teams will need all the rest they can get before tomorrow night’s game four. Fluto Shinzawa has Peter Schaefer hanging tough and setting up the Savard game winner in overtime. Douglas Flynn has the Bruins working hard to keep the Montreal crowd out of the game in the B’s own arena. Bud Barth has Savard giving the Bruins new life with his game winning goal in over time. Mike Loftus has the Bruins persistent and consistent enough to get the win.
Kevin Paul Dupont has Savard taking a little extra satisfaction in his game winner against the Canadiens. Stephen Harris says that the lack of games like last night’s in recent years is why the Bruins have become largely irrelevant in the Boston sports universe. Last night’s was certainly one to get the attention of even the casual fan. Mick Colageo has Tim Thomas stealing the show last night, especially in the overtime period.
The game was big enough to draw an assignment for Dan Shaughnessy over Red Sox/Yankees, as he compares the Canadien fans who have invaded Boston to the “suddenly arrogant and entitled Big Papi-jersey crowd.” Rich Garven notes that fully one-third of the crowd was made up of Canadien fans, but B’s fans had the last cheer last night.
Rich Thompson has Tim Thomas coming up big for the Bruins last night, as he was able to hold Montreal to the single goal. Matt Porter says that the odds are still against the Bruins in this series, but they do look a lot better this morning. Harris says that the Bruins are making the right move by being cautious with Patrice Bergeron and not rushing him back into this series, choosing to look at the big picture instead.
Shinzawa’s notebook has Thomas overcoming fatigue to carry the B’s to a win. Conroy’s notebook has praise for rookie Milan Lucic’s performance. Barth’s notebook has the Bruins keeping Montreal from getting off to a quick start last night. Glen Farley‘s notebook has more on the crowd and a number of other items.
Daisuke Matsuzaka struggled with his control, but got enough support to get the win last night as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 8-5 in front of a national ESPN audience.
Jeff Horrigan has the Sox hammering away at Phil Hughes in his first start at Fenway Park. Gordon Edes has the Sox coming out on top on a long, cold night at Fenway. Joe McDonald has the Red Sox bullpen bailing out Dice-K last night. Jeff Goldberg has the Red Sox striking early against Hughes and the Yankees. Ron Chimelis reports on the Sox turning back the Yankees. Paul Jarvey notes that the new Dice-K looked a lot like the old Dice-K last night. Bob Stern says that the Red Sox had a lot of problems to overcome last night.
Bob Ryan has a look at the struggling David Ortiz getting a night off to rest his mind more than his body as he goes through a cold stretch of epic proportions. Bob Halloran is waiting for fans to start booing Ortiz. Lenny Megliola says that Big Papi’s struggles are purely mental. Kevin Thomas says that we shouldn’t panic over Big Papi just yet. Steven Krasner has Ortiz taking time to chill yesterday and get his mind right. Joe Haggerty has more on Ortiz getting a mental health day.
Steven Krasner says that Matsuzaka just couldn’t find a “go to” pitch last night. Steve Buckley says that while the Red Sox might be the new Yankees, the Yankees have certainly turned into the team that they used to laugh at – the old Red Sox. Dave Nordman has Jacoby Ellsbury triggering the offense for the Red Sox last night. Nick Cafardo is the master of snap judgments. Last week he had the Sox future not looking bright after getting swept in Toronto, while this morning, the Yankees are doomed for losing two out of three to the Red Sox.
Paul Kenyon has Manny Delcarmen closing the door on the Yankees in the ninth for the save with Papelbon sitting out. Alex Speier says that people are still in amazement over Papelbon’s performance on Saturday. Buckley has the Red Sox bullpen coming up big last night despite not having the services of Jonathan Papelbon or Hideki Okajima. McDonald and Kenyon have more on the Sox bullpen situation last night.
Amalie Benjamin has a look at the Fox fiasco from Saturday night which left Sox viewers in the lurch for the end of the ballgame. Neil Best at Newsday has an explanation of what happened as well. Kenyon has Joe Girardi getting second-guessed in the New York media for choosing to pitch to Manny Ramirez on Saturday. Dom Amore also reports on Girardi falling under scrutiny in New York. Laurel J. Sweet has the Yankees considering criminal charges against the Red Sox fan who planted a David Ortiz jersey in the foundation of the new Yankee Stadium.
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Horrigan’s notebook has more on David Ortiz getting last night off. Edes’ notebook has Papelbon getting the night off as well. The ProJo notebook has Mike Timlin struggling again, with the opposition now batting 1.000 (5-for-5) so far against him. Goldberg’s notebook has the Yankees refusing to let a Sox curse take root in their new stadium. Chimelis’ notebook has more on Girardi’s decision from Saturday. Jarvey’s notebook looks ahead to another unusual schedule for the Sox this week. Stern’s notebook has more on Big Papi’s day off.
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