Returning to their home ice after a 6-0 road trip, you might think the Bruins would be in for a letdown. It didn’t happen. The Bruins used a high-energy style to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 at the Garden last night. Get all the coverage at BruinsLinks.com.
Bolt cutters – Fluto Shinzawa has the Bruins winning the battle for second place in the Eastern Conference.
With fight night not an option, B’s will a high-energy win – DJ Bean has the Bruins winning a big game without their fists. Kevin Paul Dupont has the Bruins employing a grind-it-out style for the win.
Tim Thomas continues Vezina repeat drive – Rich Thompson’s notebook has the Bruins goaltender heading towards another award-winning campaign. The Globe Bruins notebook has Rich Peverley giving a boost to the Bruins third line. The Bruins Journal from Dan Hickling has the Bruins lining up the Lightning for big hits all night.
What can Jeff Green do for the Celtics? Good question – Paul Flannery has Doc Rivers still trying to figure out how to best use his new young forward. Chris Forsberg has more on how the Celtics are tying to find the best role for Green.
Sigh of relief by Glen Davis – Dan Duggan has Glen Davis expected to be out for a week with a strained patella tendon.
Prospects good for SS – Scott Lauber notes that this has been a much easier spring for shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias, who has adjusted nicely to living in this country.
No grand illusions – Michael Vega has Daniel Nava trying to avoid being deemed a one-hit wonder.
Buchholz numbers may be deceiving – Jeremy Lundblad says that the sabermetric odds are against the Sox pitcher matching last season’s success.
Red Sox begin to embrace bunting –– in spring training, anyway – Brian MacPherson has the club putting a little more emphasis on the skill this spring.
J.D. Drew may opt to retire after year -Michael Silverman has the outfielder raising retirement as a possibility.
Bobby Jenks set for role – Lauber’s notebook has the former closer ready for his role as a set-up man with the Red Sox. The Globe Red Sox notebook has Josh Beckett cleared to throw a simulated game. MacPherson’s Red Sox Journal has Terry Francona happy that Cliff Lee chose the Phillies.
NFL’s CBA talks enter do-or-die phase – Michael Silver explains why today is a crucial day in the history of the NFL.
Extension in CBA talks creates small cause for optimism – Chris Price looks at the 24-hour extension as a good thing.
Preparing for new game plan – Mike Reiss has the Patriots players trying to treat this offseason as business as usual, conditioning-wise.
Retiring Stephen Neal puts his family first – The Herald notebook has the guard calling it a career after 10 seasons.
Pats Draft Scenarios: The Machines Take Over – Chris Warner scanned various websites for their top-rated draft prospects and matched them up with New England’s first six picks for 2011.
Merloni is finally a lineup regular – Chad Finn has the former Red Sox utilityman discussing his new everyday role on WEEI.