The Bruins are scoring goals, and having fun doing it. Last night at the Garden, rookie Blake Wheeler scored his first career hat trick in the Bruins 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Kevin Paul Dupont has the scoring getting a little easier in the Hub of Hockey. Rich Thompson has Tim Thomas just as important to the win with his 34 saves. Bud Barth has the Bruins looking impressive as of late, while Bob Stern looks at Wheeler’s decision to change his uniform number. Mike Loftus says that this one was harder than it looked. Joe Haggerty has Wheeler scoring three different types of goals for his hat trick.
Stephen Harris remembers the retiring of Bobby Orr’s number, 30 years ago. Bill Doyle has NESN analyst Mike Milbury finally coming around on Tim Thomas. Barbara Matson has Wheeler showing up with a new uniform number and new game. Harris has a jersey change paying off for Wheeler last night. James Murphy has Aaron Ward remembering the lessons he was taught by Igor Larionov. Mike Petraglia chimes in with the Sounds of the game from last night.
Dupont’s notebook has Matt Hunwick seeing time once again last night. Thompson’s notebook has Andrew Ferrence rewarding Dennis Wideman for getting him his 100th career assist. Barth’s notebook has Glenn Murray disputing the terms of his buyout from the Bruins.
Britt Schramm previews Bills/Patriots on Patriots Daily.
Shalise Manza Young has the Patriots still in the hunt, eight games into the season. Christopher Price says that for the first time in five years, Patriots/Bills means something. Jim McCabe says that the Bills have shown a split personality thus far this season. Ron Borges has Larry Izzo and the Patriots wary of the Bills’ kick return game. Eric McHugh says that Kevin Faulk could once again have a huge role come Sunday. Jennifer Toland has a look at the Bills’ Trent Edwards, who has rarely made mistakes this season. Ben Swasey thinks the Patriots have what it takes to move to 6-3. Robert Lee says that the big offensive line of the Bills will be a challenge.
Christopher L. Gasper says that for this season at least, the Patriots don’t have the huge edge at QB over all the teams in the AFC East. Karen Guregian has Matt Cassel developing right before our eyes. Mark Farinella isn’t pleased with Cassel’s “evolution as a “communicator” in the Bill Belichick mode” and wishes he was more like the happy-go-lucky kid he had been over the previous three seasons. Chris Kennedy looks at the battle of young QB’s on tap for Sunday. McHugh does Cassel by the numbers.
The Globe notebook has Bill Belichick gushing over the Bills’ specials teams. Guregian’s notebook has the Patriots and Bills talking about New England’s recent dominance in the series. Toland’s notebook looks at whether the Patriots have a mental edge over the Bills because of the dominance. Lee’s notebook has Buffalo coach Dick Jauron impressed with Cassel.
Sean McAdam looks back at an uneventful GM meetings. Nick Cafardo says that the Red Sox and other clubs are just biding their time right now. Amalie Benjamin has Dustin Pedroia winning the Gold Glove at second base. Joe McDonald and Michael Silverman have more on the honor for Pedroia. Rob Bradford says that we’re looking at history in the making with Pedroia.
With Mo Vaughn set for induction into the Red Sox Hall of Fame, Steve Buckley wonders if the big guy might’ve made it to Cooperstown had he remained with the Red Sox. Dan Lamothe has more on the 2008 class of the Red Sox Hall of Fame.
Jeremy Gottlieb on the BSMW Full Court Press has a look at the first five games of the Celtics season, and what we’ve learned from them. Frank Dell’Apa has the Celtics finding their groove and using the loss to Indian as motivation. Mark Murphy has a look at Leon Powe’s development into an inside force for the Celtics.
David Scott has CN8 ceasing operations and 300 people getting layed off as a result.