The Bruins shook themselves out of their funk yesterday for a convincing 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.

Fluto Shinzawa has hard work and mental preparation paying off for the Bruins in this one. Steve Conroy has the Bruins finally producing a game they could hang their hats on – right at the perfect time. Joe Haggerty has the Bruins turning things around in the biggest game of the season. Bud Barth has the Bruins standing up the surging Devils yesterday. Glen Farley says that there was old-time hockey on display at the Garden yesterday.

Stephen Harris has Bruins fans and players breathing a sigh of relief after this one. Michael Felger says that this was a nice win, but Bruins fans shouldn’t be making parade plans anytime soon. Mike Loftus has the Bruins clinching the division yesterday, but this wasn’t their biggest goal of the day.

Shinzawa’s notebook has Matt Hunwick playing his second straight game after being scratched the previous five. Conroy’s notebook has Milan Lucic chipping in with a goal after being moved down to the fourth line. Barth’s notebook says that yesterday’s win was a team victory. Loftus’ notebook has more on Lucic scoring with his new linemates. Farley’s notebook has Mark Recchi feeling right at home with the Bruins.


Mark Murphy has Glen Davis finally making opponents pay with his jump shot. Robert Lee has a look at the job Doc Rivers has done in keeping the Celtics together. Mike Fine examines Kevin Garnett’s impact on the Celtics over the weekend in his return from injury.

Tim Weisberg looks at the path remaining for the contending teams in the NBA. With the Clippers in town, Marc J. Spears looks at the maturity of Marcus Camby since his UMass days.

Red Sox

Rob Bradford has a look at Daniel Bard, who was sent to the minors yesterday. Daniel Barbarisi has Bard as the last of the Red Sox top prospects to be returned to the minor league camp. Maureen Mullen also reports on Bard being sent down.

Nick Cafardo says that we have to assume that the Red Sox know what they’re doing with George Kottaras. Sean McAdam says that the Red Sox might seek outside help for the temp jobs they’re going to have open on their roster. Alex Speier has Jason Bay opening eyes with his power. Mike Fine wonders if David Ortiz was the victim of lack of protection in the lineup last season, or if he is just trending downward.

Barbarisi checks out the Sox latest Japanese import in Junichi Tazawa, who has also impressed in camp. Adam Kilgore has more on Tazawa, and a number of other Red Sox notes.

Barbarisi’s Journal has Josh Beckett getting out of a jam in an otherwise solid outing against the Phillies. McAdam’s notebook has Mike Lowell’s comeback on track.


Chris Warner has a Q&A with Houston defense end Phillip Hunt on Patriots Daily.

Mark Farinella checks in with another edition of Ask Fearless.

Karen Guregian has Pierre Woods missing Mike Vrabel already.

Bob Ryan has Pitt making it through to the Sweet 16 and a trip to Boston.

David Scott is impressed with the new, not so much with CBS sports and Dan Shaughnessy.