Week Log: B’s the Talk of the Town

No surprise as to which team gets lead-off honors this week. For the third straight game, the Bruins reversed an early deficit to beat the Buffalo Sabres last night at TD Garden and take a commanding 3-1 lead in their opening-round playoff series. They are officially the talk of the town today.

Bruins, baby!

ESPN Boston Bruins Blog has last night a repeat of Game Two’s third period comeback. Black & Gold is impressed with all this late drama but wants the B’s to start stronger next time, while Here We Go Bruins! no longer worries about the B’s falling behind.

Barstool Sports has Tuukka Rask and Ryan Miller adding immensely to TD Garden’s future legacy with their work in goal last night. Boston Sports Blog says B’s fans haven’t had the pleasure of watching a game-changing netminder of Rask’s quality in a very long time. The Bruins Blog has Miroslav Satan last night’s hero after being stonewalled by Miller on bids to win this in regulation and again in the first overtime.

Stanley Cup of Chowder has Satan making the Sabres pay for having too many men on the ice. James Murphy sees the irony in winning this one due to a too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty. Rink Rap has Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff complaining about the tide-turning penalty calls on his Sabres. Tea Party Throwdown brings in Cam Neeley to give Ruff a tide-turning beatdown.

Kathryn Tappen reports all systems are go with Marc Savard, but if he has to wait another week so be it.

Celtics

We look now to the C’s to keep the line moving, as they held serve on Sunday and Tuesday in their first-round playoff series against the Miami Heat.

Red’s Army credits Doc Rivers with two ballsy calls that won these games, the first coming Sunday when he left Tony Allen on the court. CelticsBlog analyzes the emergence of “Good Tony” but in the end concludes he’s a phenomenon fueled more by fan perception than reality. Doc then started Glen Davis over Rasheed Wallace on Tuesday, when Rivers and Davis teamed to make North Station Sports look like a chump for the full 48. For Celtics Life, Davis stepping up big in KG’s absence was reminiscient of the 2009 ployoffs. Bingo Bar Blog is now bidding adieu to the Heat, who aren’t expected back in town until sometime next year.

LOSCY thanks Quentin Richardson for helping the C’s flip on the switch this postseason. Celtics Town says Q-Rich’s continuous provocation of Paul Pierce speak to a far darker reality lurking within. However, Ball Don’t Lie says tossing an elbow at Richardson is the latest illustration of how Kevin Garnett has become an ass during his days in Boston. Celtics Blog doesn’t see a lot of love coming KG’s way down in Miami this weekend.

Green Street has the C’s stepping into a frenzy in Miami, where their regular season road success will be tested starting tomorrow night. A. Sherrod Blakely has the Heat hoping to regain some mental toughness back home.

Patriots / NFL Draft

Leading up to this weekend’s NFL Draft, Joe Posnanski muses that all the fun seems to be in the picking, with little regard for how the player turns out. And Another Thing . . . is loving the pre-Draft analysis by the national treasure that is Jon Gruden.

Here in New England, Jerry Thornton pleads with Beli-Claus to blow him away with some immediate gratification this weekend. Patriots Daily thinks it likely that more than a couple of picks will come from the list of significant contacts Bill Belichick has established over the last few weeks. Mike Reiss sees an end to Foxborough’s courtship of Tim Tebow after Belichick tipped his cap by referring to him as – of all things – a quarterback. Pats Pulpit pokes holes in the case for drafting Penn State DE Jared Odrick with the Pats’ first-round pick, while Extra Points extols Texas LB Sergio Kindle’s versatility.

NE Patriots Draft thinks Tuesday ‘s signing of Torry Holt will allow the Pats the flexibility to draft a WR as late as Friday. Rap Sheet suggests Jason Taylor’s signing with the Jets might give Belichick the opportunity to dump Adalius Thomas once and for all.

Blaug has the NY Jets kicking Patriot butt on paper this offseason. With Tuesday’s release of the 2010 NFL schedule, Pats Chowder has the Pats’ opponents look pretty tough on paper in the upcoming season. Boston Sports Then And Now sees no wiggle room for blown fourth quarter leads this year.

Red Sox

There’s even some good news over at Fenway, although back-to-back walk-off wins are not going to be enough to keep the Sox out of the Week Log cellar, at least not this week. Michael Hurley has the Sox getting a big lift from the Bruins success in their win last night.

Full Count Blog has Darnell McDonald making contributions in the field and at the plate in his first two games. Finding McDonald may be like finding a $20 bill in Masshole Sports‘ pockets, but the first installment on Theo’s run prevention mortgage is coming due and $20 isn’t going to make a dent in it. Fenway Fruitgirl notes that all the underperforming managers and players victimized by Theo’s recent vitriol have something in common – they were all selected by Theo.

Thoughts From Press Row throws hitting coach Dave Magadan under the bus for another woeful Big Papi spring. Projo Sports Blog says never mind Ortiz, as the results have been ugly with J.D. Drew at the plate.

Odds & Sods

. . . an unstructured wandering through the Boston sports world

It Is What It Is tells us of Conte Cuttino, a Stony Brook standout that may well market himself right into the NFL this weekend.

Bloggers, we’re only two weeks away from the greatest collection of minds on the Boston sports scene as the first-ever Boston Sports Blogapalooza hits the Baseball Tavern on May 2.

And closing on a fun note, Marathon Blog brings us sights and sounds from the Boston Marathon finish line Monday afternoon. To all who crossed and those that tried, a job well done!

Tonight will find me sitting with a glass of champagne in one hand ready to toast the 22nd pick of this year’s draft, and two aspirin in the other in case that pick gets dealt for three on Saturday. Let’s hope for the best, and we’ll talk about it all next Thursday.

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Walkoff Wednesday For Boston Sports

Both of the local team in action last night needed extra time, but they both managed to pull out wins in thrilling fashion. The Bruins got a goal from Miroslav Satan in the second overtime to defeat the Buffalo Sabres 3-2 and take a 3-1 series lead. Check all the coverage over at BruinsLinks.com.

The Red Sox needed 12 innings, but got a Kevin Youkilis wallball which scored Marco Scutaro from second base to give the Red Sox their second straight walkoff win, 8-7at Fenway Park. Get full coverage from this one at RedSoxLinks.com.

The first round of the 75th NFL Draft is tonight, in prime time for the first time. The Patriots pick at #22, which should come up at about 9:45 tonight. Head over to PD for our Patriots Daily 2010 Draft Central.

Double serving of special – Dan Rowinski says that the Bruins have set Boston on fire.

Bruins beat Sabres in double overtime – Joe Haggerty has the gamer and talking points from a thrilling night at the Garden.

Boston Bruins within one win of advancing in the playoffs after double-overtime win over Buffalo Sabres – Mike Loftus looks at the ways in which this was a huge win for the Bruins.

Bruins win wipes away a little bit of history – Stephen Harris has the term “too many men on the ice” finally getting a new meaning among Bruins fans.

Satan was given one too many chances – Kevin Paul Dupont has the 35-year-old Slovak winger netting the biggest goal of the season thus far for the Bruins.

All-out effort lifts Bruins in double OT – Joe McDonald looks at an exhausted Tuukka Rask after this one.

Thrills worth double take – Dan Shaughnessy notes that it has been quite a week at the new Garden.

Sox walk off with another win, in 12 – Amalie Benjamin has the gamer from Fenway.

McDonald a star long before Fenway – Jeff Hamrick covered Darnell McDonald in high school, and thought he was destined for greatness.

Big Papi passed over by Francona – Gordon Edes has Mike Lowell getting the start at DH last night.

Ortiz, Francona get together – The Projo Red Sox Journal has the Sox slugger and manager taking some time to talk things over.

Beckett struggles; Lowell steps up – The CSNNE.com notebook fills a few gaps.

Marco Scutaro’s alert play changes course of game – John Tomase looks at a play that won’t stand out in the boxscore, but that won the game for the Red Sox.

Ray Allen won’t be denied – Jessica Camerato looks at the resilient mentality of the Celtics guard, who talks about what the future could hold for him.

Celtics’ defense not resting – Scott Souza says that the Celtics cannot let up on their much-improved defense.

Celtics taking nothing for granted against Miami – Rich Levine has the Celtics looking to keep going against Miami.

Goodell abused his power with Roethlisberger suspension – Kirk Minihane dares to criticize the all-powerful Roger Goodell. Expect a horse head in your bed tomorrow morning, Kirk.

A look at the what Patriots will do — and what they should do – Tom E Curran flashes his credentials, and then tells you what will happen over the next few days.

Belichick network in action – Albert Breer notes that the Patriots coach’s college connections really pay off at this time of year.

Expect surprises in Draft – Andy Vogt gives us a few things to look for over the next several days.

Plenty of needs for Pats to fill in draft – Hector Longo takes a relatively reasoned approach today.

Concussion keeping Heidi Watney off NESN – Jessica Heslam reports that a concussion is what has kept the NESN Red Sox reporter off the air in recent games.

Newsday’s Policy Would Mean The End of Shaughnessy, Borges

The New York newspaper Newsday recently implemented a new policy in its sports pages. An article by John Koblin in the New York Observer reports on the policy and has reaction from many Newsday staffers, who are unhappy with the decision.

The article opens this way:

Newsday has a new policy for its sports page. The paper’s editors have told their writers there has to be a new, softer tone. They don’t want loaded words. They don’t want name-calling. They don’t want stories to be unnecessarily harsh.

Naturally, this has staffers crying “Censorship!” Media critics such as @richarddeitsch of Sports Illustrated (a favorite of mine) state that they are “angry and sad” with the decision.

Now, Newsday deserves a lot of criticism for a lot of things, but I’m not sure this is as awful as it is being made out to be by those in the media.

The paper is not asking the writers to refrain from criticizing underperforming teams and athletes, they are simply to keep it professional. I’ve always wondered by there was a separate set of standards for news reporters and sports reporters. You don’t generally see news reporters using the brand of sarcasm, name-calling and harshness that sports reporters use on a regular basis.

Columnist Wallace Matthews is quoted extensively in the piece, as a harsh critic of the new policy. He ended up quitting Newsday and going to work for ESPNNewYork. Matthews complains:

“They don’t want sarcasm in the paper,” he said. “What they want is straightforward analysis of why they’re having problems. You can’t have fun with it.

That’s awful. Straightforward analysis. How dare they insist on such an unreasonableness. You can’t have “fun” taking cheap shots at athletes anymore. Just terrible.

It’s playing big in New York, but can you imagine if the Boston Globe or Herald came down with a similar edict? Dan Shaughnessy would never get another column published.

C’s Pound Heat, Sox Pull One Out

 The Celtics played like an awakened giant last night (Thanks, Quentin Richardson!) and after a pretty tight first quarter blew the Miami Heat out of the building last night, rolling to a 106-77 win at the Garden to take a 2-0 series lead. Check the full coverage from all over the web at CelticsLinks.com.

The Red Sox looked dead in the water last night, as the Texas Rangers ran at will on the base paths. The Red Sox clawed to within two runs by the eighth inning, when last second callup Darnell McDonald hit a pinch-hit, game-tying two-run homer, and then in the bottom of the ninth hit a ball off the wall with the bases loaded and two out to give the Red Sox a 7-6win at Fenway. Check the full Red Sox coverage at RedSoxLinks.com. You can also get this one Reloaded.

Welcome back, Celtics – Paul Flannery greets the real Celtics, who finally showed up last night.

C’s do just fine without Garnett – Lenny Megliola has the Celtics getting a step-up effort from Glen Davis.

Their study is producing answers in test – Gary Washburn says that the Celtics have hit the reset button.

The rebirth of Ray Allen – David Willis looks at the Celtics guard playing at a Hall of Fame level last night. The Eagle-Tribune also unveils a new-look website. It’s an overall improvement from the old version, but the actual content is in a very narrow strip. It’s the second smaller paper in the region to redesign this week, as the NH Union Leader also has a new look.

Ray Allen puts the Heat on Dwyane Wade – Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics may have lost Kevin Garnett for this game, but they found Ray Allen.

The Mystery of Glen Davis – Rich Levine notes that whatever you may think of Glen Davis, you have to admit that the guy is a gamer.

Stingy defense rediscovered – Julian Benbow’s notebook wraps up a few other items.

A star is born in stunning Red Sox win – Amalie Benjamin reports on the newest Red Sox hero.

Wild win is exactly what the Red Sox needed – Sean McAdam says that this win was big for Boston.

Red Sox outfielder Darnell McDonald is an overnight sensation after 13 years – Ron Chimelis has more on McDonald.

A few things that Red Sox fans might not want to hear – Rob Bradford doesn’t want you fanboys to get too excited over last night’s win. (Actually the column is much better than the headline would indicate.)

Kevin Youkilis done with flip-flopping – Steve Buckley has Youkilis saying that he’s done moving back and forth between first and third on a game-by-game basis.

Ellsbury, Cameron both down and out – The Projo Red Sox Journal has a number of news items and notes from yesterday.

LB Brandon Graham fits the Bill – Karen Guregian thinks that the Michigan linebacker would be a good fit for the Patriots.

Patriots add veteran Holt to receiving corps – Robert Lee reports on the Patriots signing of WR Torry Holt.

Rich Garven’s Mock Patriots draft – The T&G Patriots writer looks at who he thinks the Patriots will end up with.

Mark Recchi still has much to offer as wise veteran – Stephen Harris looks at the influence the veteran is having with the young Bruins.

Rask plays it cool in first playoffs – Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has the Bruins goaltender looking quite good in his first series.

Pats Pre-Draft Visits and Workouts – Scott A Benson has a complete look at the reported visits and workouts between the Patriots and possible draft targets.

On the downside today, you knew someone would suggest it, and who better than Ron Borges to say that since Glen Davis played so well last night, that the Celtics should sit Kevin Garnett in Friday’s game three as well.

Also, with the NFL and Patriots schedule coming out last night, you got some people already trying to project game-by-game how the season is going to go. Given how much rosters will change between now and September, it’s a bit silly to try and do this. OK, Mike Reiss, we’ll let you get away with it,  Hector Longo on the other hand? Not with that garbage you submitted today.

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Gary Tanguay will be back on the 98.5FM airwaves for this week’s Patriots coverage. The former mid-day host will be on the air from Gillette stadium for tomorrow night’s first round of the NFL draft, and will also be will Patriots Pre and Post game colleagues Andy Gresh and Scott Zolak on Saturday from 10-2 for another draft show.

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The Bruins and Red Sox are both scheduled to play 7:00 PM games tonight and NESN will deliver both games in standard and high definition.

NESN’s broadcast of the Boston Bruins – Buffalo Sabres Game #4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at TD Garden will be available on your regular NESN and NESN HD channels. The Boston Red Sox –Texas Rangers game at Fenway Park will be available on NESNplus and NESNplus HD channels.

NESNplus and NESNplus HD are a compilation of channels that distributors provide NESN to carry simultaneous coverage of Red Sox and Bruins games.

In most Comcast communities, the Red Sox – Rangers game NESNplus feed will be on channel 81 and the NESNplus HD feed on channel 894. For DIRECTV subscribers, the NESNplus channel will be 629 and the NESNplusHD will be on 629-1. For Dish Network subscribers, NESNplus will be on 450 and NESNplusHD will be 442.

A complete list of NESNplus and NESNplus HD channels can be found at NESN.com.

NESN will provide updates on a game-by-game basis regarding which game will be available on NESNplus and NESNplus HD channels and on which channels fans can find the game through their local provider.

Bruins Handle Their Business At Home

The Bruins took a 2-1 series lead on the Buffalo Sabres with a 2-1 victory at the TD Garden last night. In addition to the links below, get all the coverage at BruinsLinks.com.

The Red Sox are awful right now. Just awful. 0-for their last 32 with runners in scoring position, this is a team that just can’t get it going. The were pummeled again by the Rays, 8-2at Fenway yesterday. You can get the game Reloaded, but do you really want to?

The Celtics get ready for game two of their first round series with the Miami Heat tonight at the Garden, but will do so without the suspended Kevin Garnett.

The Patriots will find out their 2010 schedule tonight, as continue last minute prep for this week’s NFL Draft, starting Thursday night.

Seems like old times as Bruins outmuscle Sabres – Joe Haggerty has the gamer from last night, as well as  several talking points.

Old faithful – Jeff Hamrick of the Eagle-Tribune looks at 42-year-old Mark Recchi setting up the game winner for the Bruins.

A long wait between playoff goals for Bergeron . . . but it was worth it – Danny Picard has Patrice Bergeron scoring his first postseason goal since 2004.

Vladimir Sobotka snares spotlight – Stephen Harris has the Bruins fourth-line center being ignited in the postseason.

Savard is able to begin skating – Fluto Shinzawa’s notebook has Marc Savard stepping out on the ice for the first time since his concussion.

If the Red Sox keep struggling, it’s Theo Epstein who will catch the heat – Ron Chimelis says that Epstein, not Terry Francona should feel the heat if the team continues to struggle.

Red Sox clubhouse not a happy place – Mike Fine has Dustin Pedroia among those expressing dissatisfaction at his team’s play.

Right now, they can’t do anything right – Gordon Edes says that the Red Sox can’t hit, field, or pitch, and they can’t even win at Fenway Park.

The rotation was Lack-ing – Alex Speier says that with the three aces at the top of their rotation, the Red Sox were not supposed to go through a five-man rotation without a win.

No holiday in outfield – Scott Lauber’s notebook says that the Sox might be looking for some outfield reinforcements very soon.

Wallace’s world in Garnett’s absence – Scott Souza says Rasheed Wallace will get the chance to make up for a season of disappointments by filling in for Kevin Garnett tonight.

Celtics have been down this road before – Julian Benbow says that the Celtics know how to play in the postseason, and against the Heat, without KG.

What to watch for in Tuesday’s Game 2 – Paul Flannery has a few things to look for tonight.

Celtics must repeat the little things – Steve Bulpett has a few of the things you might not notice that will be critical tonight.

Doc Rivers has ‘Q’ for league officials – Dan Duggan’s notebook has the Celtics coach wondering why Quentin Richardson didn’t received more than just a fine as punishment.

Unproven ’09 picks make Patriots’ 2010 draft dicey – Tom E. Curran looks at three Patriots picks from last year, who could play a bigger role next season, but the uncertainty around them plays into this week’s draft as well.

Complete List of Patriots Daily Prospect Interviews – In all, Patriots Daily conducted interviews with 34 prospects heading into the draft. Check the complete list here.

Remodeling the system – Albert Breer looks at the importance of finding the right fit, rather than just going with prototypes.

Time to plan the fall season – Mike Reiss lists the things he’s anxious to learn during tonight’s schedule release.

A BSMW reader summed up Nick Cafardo’s column (High anxiety, as even Red Sox owner Henry shows concern) this morning thusly: “Sox can’t throw out runners. Angels may make an offensive catcher available. Where would he fit in here? Sox are 1-6 without Ellsbury. 3-3 with him. Team should have left him in center. Too driven by stats I don’t understand.”

2010 Season Already A Marathon For Sox

It’s another Patriots Day, AKA Marathon Monday here in New England.

The Red Sox are slumping, and the Bruins and Celtics are coming off weekend playoff wins. Kevin Garnett will be suspended for tomorrow night’s game two, after planting an elbow in the face of a yapping Quentin Richardson near the end of the Celtics game one victory.

This morning (NESN, 11:00am) the Red Sox look to salvage a game in this series, while tonight the Bruins look to take the lead in their first round playoff series. (NESN, 7:00pm)

If you want coverage of the Boston Marathon, I recommend Boston.com’s Boston Marathan Special page. WBZ TV will have complete marathon coverage. They will also be filing race updates via @bostonmarathon .

With so much going on, I’ve selected 20 great articles to get you going today:

Taking stock of the Sox’ predicament – Alex Speier with a solid look at a team and defense  that has been less than advertised to this point in the young season.

It’s early, but so far, the Red Sox look like a machine whose parts don’t fit – Ron Chimelis notes that at this point there is no doubt that the Tampa Rays are a much better team than your Boston Red Sox.

April slump has a different feel – Jon Couture notes that “every throwing gaffe and dropped pop comes with a snicker from somewhere in the corner pub or the press box.” Glad our objective media members are enjoying themselves in the early going here.

Red Sox toil through another ‘unacceptable’ outing – Mike Fine notes that the Red Sox have used that word so much early on that it might become one of those t-shirts the players seem to adopt every year.

Cameron still hasn’t found comfort zone – Amalie Benjamin’s notebook catches us up on the rest of the Red Sox news.

Bruins’ Recchi knows how to win – Joe McDonald has the 22-year NHL veteran stepping up his game in the postseason and sharing his experience with his younger teammates.

Boychuk coming into his own with the Bruins – Joe Haggerty notes that sticking with the young defenseman has paid off for both Johnny Boychuk and the Bruins.

Best offense is an offensive defense – Mick Colageo says that a new-found confidence the defensemen have with the puck is giving the Bruins a lift.

Claude Julien, team seize leadership role – Stephen Harris grabs you with the first line of his column today, and then examines whether the statement is true or not.

Adam McQuaid green, but solid on blue line – Steve Conroy’s notebook has the rookie defenseman holding his own on the defense.

Garnett to miss Game 2, but tone is set – Tim Weisberg says that the impact of the Garnett elbow will be felt for the rest of this series.

Davis ready to reprise role – Chris Forsberg has Glen Davis looking forward to another chance to fill in for KG in the postseason.

Heat now realize they’re in for a fight – Gary Washburn says that the Heat “have to prove they can do more than berate defenseless players.”

Paul Pierce not lured in by Richardson’s tough talk – Steve Bulpett says that Pierce says he isn’t taking the bait, but given the strong personalities involved, this series hasn’t seen its last incident.

Memories of draft day for local players – David Pevear with a very cool column, talking to guys like Lowell’s 90-year-old Ed Murphy, who was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1943, and other locals who were draft long before the Mel Kipers and Todd McShays took over the event.

Are Patriots thinking QB in draft? – Hector Longo with a fairly comprehensive look at the QB prospects in the draft, and looks at the Patriots’ experiments at that position in the Bill Belichick era. Tom E. Curran also looks at the QB prospects.

Tebow may be out of Patriots’ range – Mike Reiss says that Tim Tebow may have moved up and out of the Patriots draft range.

Jared Odrick sure he’d succeed in Pats defense – Karen Guregian has the Penn St defensive end feeling like he’s to guy to fill the shoes of Richard Seymour in New England.

Big void exists for Patriots at defensive end – Ian Rapoport has more on the need at the DE position for the Patriots.

Q&A With USC DE Everson Griffen – Chris Warner talks to another guy who has been mentioned as a possible Patriots selection at defensive end.

Sunday Quick Ten

Here are ten quick top items from today:

Bruins rally for stirring Game two victory – Joe Haggerty has the story of the Bruins 5-3 win over the Sabres yesterday afternoon to tie the series at a game apiece.

Key Bruins reappear in Game 2 upset – Dan Rowinski has several Bruins waking up in yesterday’s game.

AD orders up another round of whine – Tom E Curran reacts to yesterday’s article in the Globe on Adalius Thomas by Shalize Manza Young.

Patriots’ Mr. Versatile sees value in Tim Tebow – Karen Guregian talks to Troy Brown about how the Florida QB could possibly be used by the Patriots.

Should Pats consider move up for Suh? – Tim Weisberg wonders if the Patriots could and should make a move to trade up for the top defensive talent in the draft.

The Red Sox are in an early-season funk, to be sure. Check the reloaded from Jon Couture for Game 10 and Game 11 – both losses to the Rays.

Questioning adds to Garnett’s pain – From yesterday, Jackie MacMullan’s extensive talk with and feature on Kevin Garnett and his long and continuing recovery from last season’s knee injury.

Celtics defense was a sight to behold – Gary Washburn has the Celtics rediscovering themselves on the defensive end last night.

Kevin Garnett expects tussle to be costly one – Steve Bulpett says that it is almost certain that KG will be suspended for Tuesday night’s game two for an elbow to the head of Quentin Richardson during an altercation last night.

Tony Allen turns tide with D on Wade – The hero of last night’s game was….Tony Allen? Chris Sheridan explains why.