Wait. I thought I was told that Tim Thomas could never steal a playoff game?
After giving up two early goals, Tim Thomas was spectacular in shutting out the Flyers the rest of the way and into overtime, where the Bruins pulled out a 3-2 win to take a 2-0 lead in their second round series. Thomas made 52 saves on the night. Get all the coverage at BruinsLinks.com.
Thomas still proving people wrong – Joe Haggerty has the Bruins goaltender proving the likes of Mike Felger wrong. More on Thomas from Stephen Harris | Joe McDonald | Christopher L. Gasper | Matt Kalman | Douglas Flynn
Standing tall, sitting pretty – Kevin Paul Dupont says that the Bruins were not the better team last night, but they got the win.
Overtime a common (and good) thing for Bruins this postseason – DJ Bean looks at the Bruins success in OT this postseason, a topic also explored by James Murphy.
McQuaid joins team for flight – Fluto Shinzawa’s notebook has the Bruins defenseman returning home with the team after being sent to the hospital after banging head first into the boards in the first period. The Herald notebook from Steve Conroy has Chris Kelly continuing his red-hot play. The CSNNE notes from Joe Haggerty have more on the Bruins overtime success. The ESPN Boston Rapid reaction has this Bruins team looking like the 1993 Montreal Canadiens. The HockeyJournal.com notes from Jesse Connolly have Connolly’s Commendations and more.
The Red Sox were able to wear down the previously unbeaten (6-0 coming in) Jered Weaver, and then light up the Angels bullpen in posting a 9-5 win at Fenway Park last night. Get the complete coverage at RedSoxLinks.com.
An epic grind: Breaking down how Red Sox beat Jered Weaver – Alex Speier examines how the Red Sox handed Weaver his first loss of the season. More on this from Nick Cafardo.
Dustin Pedroia’s one tough act – John Tomase looks at how one at-bat from Pedroia shaped the night for the Red Sox. Danny Picard has more on the spark from Pedroia, and Mike Fine has Pedroia showing why he is one of the toughest players in the game. Rob Bradford has Pedroia and Adrian Gonzalez feeling healthy and strong.
Side order of Beckett a hit with brass – Peter Abraham’s notebook has the Red Sox being extra cautious with Josh Beckett after his 125 pitch outing. The Herald notebook from Scott Lauber has more on Beckett, who will start tomorrow. The ProJo Red Sox journal has still more on Beckett’s throwing session. The CSNNE notes have Clay Buchholz picking up his second win, and Jacob Ellsbury leaving the game with an injury.
The Celtics look to even up their second round series against the Miami Heat tonight down in Miami. The NBA yesterday downgraded the flagrant foul that had been given to Jermaine O’Neal for setting a screen. The foul, which game Miami two free throws, and the ball back, which resulted in a three-pointer and a five-point possession for Miami, essentially killed a third-quarter Celtics rally. Thanks for nothing, NBA.
Language foul – Gerry Callahan is fired up over the technical given to Paul Pierce which resulted in his ejection from the game. Julian Benbow has Pierce glad he didn’t get a suspension from the league.
It happens lickety-split – Steve Bulpett has LeBron James wary of a repeat of last year’s round two, but he feels confident this is a different team and situation.
Garnett vows to be aggressive – Gary Washburn has KG ready to turn things up a notch tonight.
Doc sees loss in new light – Mark Murphy’s notebook has the news of Osama Bin Laden’s death changing River’s perspective on the game one loss. The Globe notebook from Monique Walker has the Celtics looking to avoid giving up uncontested shots tonight. The Celtics journal from Kevin McNamara has the Celtics looking for more shots from KG.
A few ratings notes from Celtics/Heat game one:
- On ABC, the 7.0 metered market rating ranks as the highest-rated NBA Playoff game (excluding Finals) since 5/13/04 (LA Lakers/Spurs, Conf Semi, Game 5, 7.1 mtrd mkt rtg).
- In Boston, the 13.9 mtrd mkt rtg ranks as ABC’s highest-rated NBA Playoff game (excluding Finals) in this market since 5/18/08 (Cleveland/Boston, Conf Semi, Game 7, 18.7 mtrd mkt rtg).
- In Miami, the 18.4 mtrd mkt rtg ranks as ABC’s highest-rated NBA Playoff game (excluding Finals) in this market since 5/29/06 (Detroit/Miami, Conf Final, Game 4, 18.7 mtrd mkt rtg).
Patriots’ draft had key purposes – Karen Guregian says that the Patriots may be better equipped to deal with the Jets after this draft.
Don’t rush to judge Patriots’ draft – Chad Finn attempts to reason with the foaming-at-the-mouth Patriots fans who demanded a pass-rusher out of this draft.