Last night’s playoff opener didn’t hold too many surprises for the Bruins. They got solid goaltending from Tuukka Rask, but couldn’t put the puck in the net, falling to the Sabres 2-1. Get all the coverage from last night over at BruinsLinks.com.
The Red Sox had nothing yesterday, falling meekly to the Twins 8-0. They return to Fenway tonight for a series with the Tampa Rays. Jon Couture has the game Reloaded.
There’s a lot going on, so we’ve got 20 – count ’em – 20 links for you this morning.
Sabres get jump on Bruins, win Game One – Joe Haggerty says that the Bruins biggest mission should be to try and solve Ryan Miller before it is too late.
No surprises in Sabres’ Game 1 win over Bruins – Dan Rowinski says that Game 1 between the Bruins and Sabres stuck to the script.
Bruins pointed right way – Stephen Harris says that even if the Bruins get swept, if they play as they did last night, they will be able to hold their heads high.
Stuart able to put a finger on frustration – Fluto Shinzawa’s notebook has Mark Stuart musing over his unusual injuries this season.
Sam Jones remembers when ’69 Celts struggled, yet won title – There have been a few comparisions to this Celtics team which finished fourth in the Eastern Conference (50-32) with an aging nucleus and the 1968-69 Celtics which also finished fourth in the East with a 48-24 record, but turned things on in the postseason to win the final championship of the Bill Russell era. Sam Jones was also in his last year that season, and talks to Bill Burt about the experience. Good piece from Burt.
Tony Allen finally finds game, role with the Celtics – A. Sherrod Blakely has the sixth year Celtic being counted on to help defend Dwyane Wade in this first round series.
Breaking down the Celtics’ first-round opponent – Paul Flannery has five things to know about the Miami Heat.
Heat on Celtics to prove worth – Steve Bulpett says that it is put up or shut up time for these Celtics.
Celtics’ regular-season report card – Mark Murphy grades the Celtics.
Smoltz slides easily into booth – Chad Finn’s Sports Media column has the former Braves ace adjusting to his new career in the booth. Finn also looks at some of the WEEI/98.5 ratings numbers.
Gloves and bats fail Red Sox in 8-0 loss to Liriano, Twins – Daniel Barbarisi has the Sox with a bad day all around.
Red Sox commence depth challenge – Alex Speier’s five things begins with the team’s depth already being used up.
Let’s see what Red Sox do at Fenway Park – Mike Fine looks at the early season struggles of the Red Sox, and tries to decide if this is going to be a trend or just early growing pains.
Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Cameron sit, with DL a possibility – Michael Silverman’s notebook has the Red Sox outfield very thin at the moment.
‘Teammates’ together again – Thomas Grillo reports on a new statue depicting Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky, Bobby Doerr and Dom DiMaggio set to be unveiled at Fenway later this year.
Ranking the Patriots’ needs – Mike Reiss has an in-depth look at the Patriots needs heading into the draft.
Patrick Chung could have increased role in second season with Patriots – Robert Lee has the Patriots top pick from a year ago working for an increased role in ’10.
McClain’s fire burns inside – Albert Breer has a profile of Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain. who won’t be available where the Patriots are set to pick, but would look awfully good here.
Patriots Daily Mock Draft, Part 2 – the guys look into the later rounds for some potential Patriots.