The Bruins wrapped up the regular season yesterday with a 6-2 win in NY against the Islanders.
Fluto Shinzawa and Stephen Harris have the Bruins taking care of business and now looking to extract some revenge against the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the playoffs. Joe Haggerty has the Bruins getting one final bow in before the playoffs begin.
Mike Loftus examines how multi-position players have benefited the Bruins. Haggerty has former Bruin P.J. Stock saying that the Canadiens wanted to face the Bruins rather than the Washington Capitals. He also notes that whatever the postseason may hold, the Award Season is sure to be kind to the Bruins. Mick Colageo has Patrice Bergeron putting things together just in time for the playoffs.
Shinzawa’s notebook says that Tim Thomas’ ability to track the puck has been the biggest reason for his success. Harris’ notebook has coach Claude Julien not wanting to talk about Montreal prior to yesterday’s season finale.
The Celtics performance in Cleveland yesterday afternoon could not have inspired much confidence among Celtics supporters as to their ability to win in the postseason a) without Kevin Garnett, and b) in Cleveland, period. The Cavs embarrassed the Celtics to the tune of a 107-76 whipping.
With the Cavs and Celtics locked into the #1 and #2 spots respectively, Frank Dell’Apa has the Celtics choosing not to show up and play yesterday. They weren’t going to be pushed around, however. Mark Murphy has Ray Allen and company storing this one in their memory banks.
Marc J. Spears has the Celtics knowing that they’ll likely have to win a game in Cleveland if they want to repeat as NBA Champs, but feeling confident in their ability to do so. Steve Bulpett has the Celtics pretty much choosing not to compete yesterday after wrapping up the #2 seed the night before. Michael Muldoon says that LeBron and the Cavs were a little too big for their britches yesterday. Paul Flannery looks at whose stock went up and down this NBA season.
Tim Weisberg says that this game showed how tough the playoffs on the road are going to be for the Celtics. Scott Souza has Ray Allen continuing to evolve his game. Bulpett has LeBron making an assessment of the Celtics. Camerato has the Celtics giving respect to Anderson Varejao.
Dell’Apa’s notebook has Paul Pierce allowing the Cavs their celebrations yesterday. Murphy’s notebook has Anderson Varejao again getting into it with a Celtic, this time Ray Allen. Varejao wondered after the game if Allen “doesn’t like Brazilians or maybe he doesn’t like my hair.” Camerato notes that the Celtics still don’t know who they’re going to play in the first round.
Michael Silverman has the Red Sox dropping another one to fall to 2-4 on the young season. Joe McDonald says that this one was about missed opportunities. Amalie Benjamin has the swings of the game again not going in the favor of the Red Sox.
Sean McAdam observes that thus far the Red Sox have not been able to get the clutch hits when they need them. Bill Burt says that Jacoby Ellsbury is at the top of the Red Sox worry list. Rob Bradford runs down five things we learned yesterday.
Adam Kilgore has Josh Beckett insisting that the ball he threw near Bobby Abreu’s head was not intentional. McAdam has tempers flaring early in this one. McDonald says that Beckett’s pitch turned the Angels’ emotions up a notch yesterday.
Silverman’s notebook looks at an overall disappoint start for Beckett yesterday. McDonald’s notebook has California man arrested after making threats to Dustin Pedroia’s family. Benjamin’s notebook has Nick Green taking advantage of the opportunities to get on the field when he can.
Michael Whitmer has Angel Cabera holding off the field to win his first Masters. Karen Guregian has Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson coming up short in the end. Whitmer has more on the pairing of the A-list stars, who fizzled out at the end.