In what many people thought would be the final act of the hockey season around Boston, the Bruins traveled up to Montreal, facing elimination at the hands of the Canadiens. Boston had struggled to score goals all series, and found themselves down 1-0 in the second period. Then, the Bruins proceeded to score five unanswered goals the rest of the way, cruising to a 5-1 win, and sending the series back to Boston for a game 6 on Saturday night. Phil Kessel, who had been benched the previous three games, got the Bruins on the board with the tying goal.
Fluto Shinzawa has the Bruins getting into the head of previously unflappable Montreal goaltender Carey Price. Steve Conroy notes that this isn’t the first time that the Bruins have been left for dead this season, only to rise up when it was least expected. Mick Colageo has the Bruins not willing to settle for a dignified exit just yet. Mike Loftus has coach Claude Julien pulling the right strings at the right time.
Kevin Paul Dupont says that Harry Sinden’s days with the Bruins should be finished after his comments earlier in the week to Dan Shaughnessy criticizing the team. Dupont says that it’s ok for columnists to knock the team, (as he points out that he did in calling for Joe Thornton to be stripped of his captaincy before game 7 against Montreal a few year back) but those kind of remarks cannot come from someone associated with the team, especially in the middle of a series. Stephen Harris says that Kessel may have taken a big step forward in his development as a player with his contributions and attitude last night.
Dupont has the goal by Glen Metropolit on a fumbled exchange from Price as the key play of the game. Harris says that Glen Murray could be in his last days as a Bruin. Sean Farrell has the Canadiens lamenting that they didn’t finish off the Bruins when they had the chance. Conroy has the Bruins looking to the comeback blueprint that their own coach used in 2004 to bring the Canadiens back from a 3-1 series deficit to defeat the Bruins. Ron Chimelis has the Bruins resurfacing on the Boston sports scene in this series.
Manny Ramirez continues to just ravage the New York Yankees. The Red Sox slugger hit a pair of home runs last night, prompting a pitch behind his head from Yankees reliever Kyle Farnsworth, which elicited a knowing and acknowledging nod from Sox ace Josh Beckett in the dugout, who could very well recall the incident at a future time. Beckett wisely chose not to comment further on the matter after the game. The Red Sox went on to beat the Yankees 7-5 at Yankee Stadium.
Gordon Edes has Ramirez likely disappointed that the Sox and Yankees don’t play again until July. Michael Silverman has Ramirez putting the Sox on his back last night for the win. Joe McDonald has Manny bashing in full effect last night as the Sox slugger again does a number on the Yankees. Dom Amore has the Yankees still unable to figure out Ramirez, who has hit 55 of his 495 career home runs against them. Bill Ballou notes that “it is players like Josh Beckett and Manny Ramirez who separate the playoff teams from the ones that simply fill out the schedule.”
Jackie MacMullan has an enjoyable look at Ramirez, who might just finally be getting some of his proper due from some septics in town. (Mike Adams excluded, of course) Rob Bradford looks for clues from Manny to explain his change in persona, and also in results at the plate as compared to last season. Jeff Jacobs has an aging Mike Mussina just unable to solve Manny. Dan Lamothe has a look at what has turned into Manny week for the Red Sox.
Amalie Benjamin has Josh Beckett with his best and longest start of the season thus far. Sean McAdam notes that just as in the playoff, Beckett comes up big when the Sox need him. Steve Buckley looks at Jonathan Papelbon, who relishes every minute of these Red Sox/Yankees rivalry games. Alex Speier look at Papelbon and the “Godfather” of closers, Mariano Rivera. Nick Cafardo has a look at struggling shortstop Julio Lugo. Buckley has J.D. Drew hoping that the rest of the season goes like it has started thus far for him. Joe Haggerty has Jacoby Ellsbury working hard to fill the role that had been held by Johnny Damon with the Red Sox.
Amalie Benjamin examines the trend of Red Sox/Yankees games to last over four hours. Tony Massarotti also attempts to tackle this subject. McDonald also takes a crack at explaining the marathon games between the two teams.
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Edes’s notebook has Craig Hansen mowing down batters in Pawtucket and emerging as a candidate for a callup should the Sox need bullpen help. In Silverman’s notebook, he has more on the purpose pitch from Kyle Farnsworth at Manny’s head. The Projo notebook has more on the heat thrown by Farnsworth at Manny. Ballou’s notebook has Dustin Pedroia following up his rookie of the year campaign with an All Star like start to this season.
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Marc J. Spears has Mike Fratello pumping his former player Doc Rivers as the NBA Coach of the Year. Scott Souza has the Celtics veterans saying that the playoffs are a whole new ballgame. Jim Fenton has Rivers still haunted by the 1988 Hawks-Celtics game 7. Mike Fine has James Posey’s bear hugs becoming as much of a Garden staple as ML Carr’s towel or Larry Bird wiping the bottom of his shoes with his hand. Robert Lee has the Celtics starting their preparations for Atlanta.
Spears’ notebook has Kevin Garnett getting the day off of practice for the birth of his child. Fenton’s notebook has Pierce ready to renew acquaintances with former teammate Joe Johnson in the first round. Fine’s notebook has more on Garnett’s absence from practice.
Bill Doyle has a look at Charles Barkley and his role on TNT’s NBA coverage.
On Patriots Daily today there is a look at the top defensive prospects in the draft.
Mark Farinella has a look at the kickers in the draft. Mike Reiss has the Patriots signing veteran punter Scott Player to compete with Chris Hanson. Shalise Manza Young has Vince Wilfork getting his draft day fundraiser in order.
John Tomase has yet another piece saying that the Matt Walsh talks might happen soon.