Friday night was an ugly night to begin the weekend, the Celtics and Bruins were both firmly trounced in their second round playoff games, putting each team behind in the series. Last night was a much better night to end the weekend, as each team, plus the Red Sox bounced back to record a victory. The Bruins stayed alive with a 4-0 shutout of the Hurricanes in game five, the Celtics got a buzzer-beater from Big Baby Davis to beat the Magic 95-94 in game four of their series, and the Red Sox took two out of three from the Rays with a 4-3 win at Fenway Park last night.
Fluto Shinzawa has Zdeno Chara and the Bruins showing that they’re not going to just fade away. Steve Conroy has the Bruins showing their old fury to beat down the Hurricanes in game five. Bud Barth has the Bruins survival instinct finally kicking in last night. Mike Loftus has the Bruins finally putting their best on display last night. Nick Cammarota has game give at a glance.
Bob Ryan has the Bruins giving their fans what they deserved last night. Stephen Harris thinks part of the problem that the Bruins might have had is they haven’t hated the Hurricanes enough. That might’ve changed last night. Lenny Megliola has the Bruins responding with their backs to the proverbial wall.
Kevin Paul Dupont says that the Bruins won this one by keeping the puck in the Carolina end for extended periods of time. Bill Burt says that Milan Lucic may have saved the season for the Bruins by giving the fans what they wanted – a huge hit on a Carolina player. Steve Buckley says that the complete and total dismantling of the ’Canes brings hope for the Bruins.
Michael Vega says that Chara’s return to the ice after getting hacked on the ankle by Jussi Jokinen was a huge relief to the team and the fans. Glen Farley has emotions rising for the Bruins along with their level of play. Joe Haggerty thinks that Lucic may have changed the entire tone of the series.
Nancy Marrapese-Burrell says that it is now the Hurricanes that are twisting and turning after the Bruins blew by them in game five. Mick Colageo says that Carolina might be without Scott Walker for game six after his sucker-punched Aaron Ward in the face late in the game. Farley has Mike Mottau of the Devils talking about what has made the Hurricanes tough this postseason.
Shinzawa’s notebook has a bone-crunching hit from Milan Lucic setting the tone early for the Bruins. Burt’s notebook looks at the healthy dose of hate that is entering the series. Conroy’s notebook has the Bruins angered by the cheap-shot tactics of the Hurricanes. Colageo’s notebook has the Bruins looking to grab the changing point of the series. Barth’s notebook has more on the scary moment for Chara last night. Loftus’ notebook has Tim Thomas coming up huge for the Bruins once again.
Frank Dell’Apa has Glen Davis hitting a 21-foot jumper as time expires to give the Celtics the win and evening their best of seven series at two games apiece heading back to Boston for game five. Mark Murphy has both teams bringing their respective “A” games last night. Jessica Camerato has the Celtics escaping Orlando with an unlikely win.
Dan Shaughnessy has a look at Big Baby as the Celtics show again why they’re the defending champs. Steve Bulpett has Paul Pierce at his best on the final play last night, trusting his teammate to get the job done. Marc J. Spears has Davis’ proud father-figure talking proudly about how far Big Baby has come. Ron Borges has Baby like a gunfighter at high noon, it was time to draw and fire, and he took the Magic out of Orlando. Paul Flannery has Baby becoming a man before our eyes.
Shaughnessy has a rare Sam Jones sighting in Orlando last night.
Jarrod N. Rudolph has Davis ruining Dwight Howard’s big moment of making two last minute free throws. Bulpett looks at Magic assistant coach Steve Clifford‘s long journey from a small Vermont town to the NBA. Zach McCann has the Magic gambling off Big Baby on the final play.
Shaughnessy believes the NBA is exercising abuse of authority with all the suspensions for hard fouls.
Amalie Benjamin has a pair of eighth inning doubles by David Ortiz and Jason Bay proving to be the difference in the Red Sox victory last night. John Tomase has Jonathan Papelbon closing out the Rays in the ninth for the win. Mike Fine looks at an exciting night and finish at Fenway. Bill Ballou has the Sox continuing to defy logic thus far this season. Ron Chimelis has Jason Bay doing it again for the Sox. Dom Amore has Papelbon slamming the door on the Rays. Joe McDonald has Papelbon wriggling out of a ninth inning jam.
Adam Kilgore has Daniel Bard getting the early call-up last night. Michael Silverman says that this is anything but an ordinary roster transaction. Brian MacPherson thought it was going to be Michael Bowden to get the call. Ballou has a Bard routine up next for the Sox. Chimelis has Pawtucket pitchers making an impact with the Red Sox.
Rob Bradford says that the Red Sox sure have some unique relievers. Silverman has Dustin Pedroia out until at least Wednesday after straining his groin. Kevin McNamara has the Rays unable to wreck a perfect night in Boston sports.
Nick Cafardo thinks we should talk MORE about steroids, not less. Kevin Cullen uses Dom DiMaggio’s death as an opportunity to rip Manny Ramirez. Michael Gee thinks that the Globe and Times are shooting themselves in the foot with the Manny ripping.
Benjamin’s notebook has Dustin Pedroia leaving the game with a strained groin last night. Tomase’s notebook has Big Papi happy for Big Baby’s game winner. Ken Lechtanski has Bard in and Lopez out for the Sox in his notebook. Chimelis’ notebook has more on Bard’s callup.