The Bruins dropped game two of their Eastern Conference semifinal series 3-0 at home last night.

Fluto Shinzawa has the Bruins losing home ice advantage, and the Hurricanes discovering that Zdeno Chara isn’t a 6-foot-9-inch goal-eliminating cyborg after all. Steve Conroy says that the Bruins clearly have a fight on their hands now. Mike Loftus has the Bruins making it easy for Carolina to tie up the series. Bud Barth has the Bruins following allowing a chink in their playoff armor. Nick Cammarota has game two at a glance.

Kevin Paul Dupont has the Hurricanes coming into game two much more prepare than the Bruins. Bill Burt says that the Bruins simply ran into a red-hot goaltender last night. Ron Borges has the Hurricanes issuing the Bruins a wake-up call. Lenny Megliola has the Bruins unable to make the needed improvements over the opener.

Stephen Harris says that life in the playoffs had been pretty easy for the Bruins up to this point, but that has changed. Dan Shaughnessy says it was a good night for Hartford. Mick Colageo has Cam Ward proving to be a wall to the Bruins. Joe Haggerty says that last night taught the Bruins not to underestimate the Hurricanes.

Michael Vega has the Bruins unable to get the power play charged up. Harris explores a unique tie between Cam Neely and Milan Lucic. Lucic was signed to the Bruins by the son of the man who convinced Harry Sinden to trade for Neely and bring him to the Bruins.

Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has the Hurricanes making all the right adjustments and improvements. Colageo notes that the Bruins need to be wary of late magic from the Hurricanes. Marrapese-Burrell has former Bruin Sergei Samsonov feeling at home in Carolina. Loftus has more on Samsonov, who believes he has found a home with the Hurricanes.

Shinzawa’s notebook has Tim Thomas saying that the refs made the right call in saying that the puck didn’t cross the goal line on a Chad LaRose shot in the second period. Burt’s notebook says that the goal was too close to call. Conroy’s notebook has more on the call. Barth’s notebook has the ‘Canes reversing some critical trends in game two.

Celtics

The Celtics begin their Eastern Conference semifinals series against the Orlando Magic at the Garden tonight. It’s probably a good thing that the Celtics wrapped up the number two seed in the East, because had they not, after the game seven win against the Bulls on Saturday night, they would’ve had to travel down to Florida for tonights game. With the team exhausted from all the overtimes against the Bulls, every little bit of rest is critical. Staying at home helps.

On the BSMW Full Court Press, Jeremy Gottlieb isn’t quite ready to move on from the Bulls, and wonders if the Celtics are ready either.

Marc J. Spears says that the Magic’s large frontcourt presents some matchup problems for the Celtics. Mark Murphy has the position-by-position preview of the series. Scott Souza has the Celtics getting ready for Orlando without KG. Bill Doyle says that last year’s schedule for starting the second round was similar to this years. Robert Lee also has a series preview, and notes that the Celtics struggled against the Magic in their games without Kevin Garnett.

Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics aren’t waving the white flag just yet, and their history shows some success when they’re missing a star. Tim Weisberg says that strong defense and contributions from their bench are what the Celtics need in order to beat the Magic. Jim Fenton says that the Magic present a different set of challenges than the Bulls. In his series preview, Paul Flannery picks the Celtics in seven. Frank Dell’Apa has the Celtics trying to freshen up for their next opponent.

Bulpett lines up 5 keys to the series to watch for. Fenton says that the Celtics have quickly turned their attention to Orlando for this series. Murphy has Stephon Marbury and the bench ready to make a bigger contribution in round two. Fenton says that the  opening-round playoff series against the Bulls will go down as one of the best ever. Jeff Howe agrees that the series was great, but says it is just a memory now. Tim Povtak says that playing without Dwight Howard in game six against Philadelphia might’ve just-started the Magic.

Red Sox

Carl Crawford and the Rays ran all over the Red Sox yesterday, stealing eight bases – six of those by Crawford in a 5-3 Tampa victory.

Adam Kilgore has a Julio Lugo bobble doing in the Sox. Michael Silverman blames the bullpen. Kevin McNamara has the Rays running all over the Red Sox.

Nick Cafardo looks at the Rays running wild on the Sox. Sean McAdam says that the thefts are a serious concern. Rob Bradford wants to figure out who to blame for the steals yesterday.  Dan Lamothe is just as sick of the Rays as you are.

Amalie Benjamin has David Ortiz vowing to keep swinging. Silverman has Ortiz confident he’ll eventually snap out of this skid. McNamara has Ortiz admitting that the slump is getting into his head.

Benjamin’s notebook has Jason Varitek admitting that letting eight runners steal on him is a little troublesome. McAdam’s notebook looks at a very encouraging outing from Brad Penny. McNamara’s Journal has more on the stolen bases.

Patriots

The Patriots had their rookie camp on Friday and Saturday as we got our first glimpses and soundbites from many of the rookies.

We’re about halfway through the offseason, and Christopher Price checks where the Patriots are in terms of preparing for the ’09 season.

Mike Reiss has Ron Brace enjoying his first taste of pro life. Karen Guregian has the Patriots high on the potential of Sebastian Vollmer. Mike Anthony has Vollmer making up for lost time. Shalise Manza Young has Darius Butler using Deion Sanders as a mentor. Glen Farley has defensive lineman Darryl Richard proving to be a true student athlete.

Mark Farinella offers a few thoughts on the Dalai Lama coming to Gillette and a number of other items.

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