The Bruins dropped their season opener last night, 4-1 to the Washington Capitals.
Fluto Shinzawa has coach Claude Julien promising that the Bruins will play better hockey than what they showed in this one. Stephen Harris has opening night falling flat for the Bruins. Bud Barth says that Alex Ovechkin is Zdeno Chara’s Kryptonite. Mike Loftus has the Capitals taking the air out of the Bruins on opening night. Joe Haggerty has the Bruins learning a few lessons from their sloppy opener.
Kevin Paul Dupont says that the Bruins never got started in this one. Mick Colageo says that the Bruins just didn’t want it as badly as the Capitals last night. Steve Buckley has the Bruins falling asleep in this one. Mike McMahon says that Peter Chiarelli may have put together a nice team, but he needs to win a championship. Steve Conroy has Alexander Ovechkin stealing the show last night.
Shinzawa’s notebook has new Bruin Derek Morris having a hit-or-miss opener. Harris’ notebook has David Krejci making a nice return to the ice. Barth’s notebook has Mark Recchi enjoying his status as the league’s oldest player…for the moment. Colageo’s notebook has Milan Lucic focused on what he does best. McMahon’s notebook has Junior Seau making an appearance at the game. Loftus’ notebook has more on Krejci. Glen Farley looks at what Seau was doing there.
The Patriots are somehow favored against the ’86 Bears that are coming into Gillette on Sunday.
Michael Vega has a look at safety Brandon McGowan, who has been an early season surprise for the Patriots defense. Ian R. Rapoport has more on McGowan, who has made a career of picking himself back up when he’s knocked down.
Eric McMugh has a look at massive defensive end Terdell Sands, who is doign the Reverse Richard Seymour. Mark Farinella has more on Sands, who might be the largest man ever to wear a Patriots uniform. Christopher Price has Sands hoping to make a big impact with the Patriots.
Karen Guregian has Randy Moss talking about how much pain he was in last Sunday. Jennifer Toland looks at what Joe Flacco has done for the Ravens offense. Shalise Manza Young says that the Ravens defense presents problems for the Patriots. Ron Borges looks at what Junior Seau was doing in Boston at the Bruins game last night. Price gives us Five Things To Watch For Sunday Afternoon.
Vega’s notebook has Sands talking about coming to New England. Rapoport’s notebook has more on Sands. Farinella’s notebook explains why you’ll see some Pats in Pink on Sunday. Toland’s notebook says that the Patriots red zone woes will be tested further this weekend. Young’s Patriots journal has more on Sands.
Amalie Benjamin has Jon Lester looking just fine in his first outing after getting hit off the knee by a line drive last weekend. Sean McAdam says that Lester’s performance has to give Sox fans a sigh of relief. Eric Avidon says that this was an important step for Lester. Jim Fenton has Lester passing his final regular season test. Kevin McNamara has a final look at Lester’s performance.
Adam Kilgore says that without Nick Green, the Red Sox have a hole at backup shortstop. McAdam also addresses the lack of a utility infielder for the playoff roster. Daniel Barbarisi says that at the moment Jed Lowrie has a better shot at the role than Nick Green.
Bill Ballou says that Red Sox MVP comes down to Jason Bay or Kevin Youkilis. John Tomase says that Jacoby Ellsbury has answered every question that people had about him entering the season. Alex Speier says that Jason Bay has also answered all questions this season. Haggerty has Theo Epstein building yet another playoff worthy roster. Barbarisi has Justin Masterson feeling comfortable with the Indians. Rob Bradford has a look at Billy Wagner and the challenges he’s faced coming over to the Red Sox.
For all you mouthbreathing morons out there that think that the Red Sox actually accomplished something by making the playoffs, Jim Donaldson says you’re an idiot. Trying looking at the Yankees, he says, who actually won something this season.
Benjamin’s notebook has Mike Lowell having to leave the game last night after fouling a ball off his ankle. Tomase’s notebook has Justin Masterson endorsing John Farrell as the next Indians manager. Ballou’s notebook has Lester back in form. Fenton’s notebook has more on Lowell. The ProJo Red Sox journal has Masterson and Terry Francona talking about the firing of Eric Wedge.
Bob Ryan has a look at Doc Rivers’ son Austin, who some feel is the best high school senior guard in the country.
Dan Duggan has the Celtics embracing Twitter.
Chad Finn chats with ESPN’s “College Game Day” host Kirk Herbstreit, who is in Boston for tomorrow’s BC/FSU game. Finn also looks at TBS’ postseason baseball plans.