The Bruins came out and dominated right from the start, scoring two quick goals, and crushing the spirit of the Philadelphia Flyers en route to a 5-1 victory at the Garden. The Bruins even scored a power play goal, and in the process took a commanding 3-0 series lead. While there will be many comparisons to last year, when the Bruins also took a 3-0 series lead in the second round over the Flyers, most observers insist this is a different Bruins team, which will not allow a repeat of last year. Get all the coverage at BruinsLinks.com.
Here’s a history lesson: This series is over – DJ Bean doesn’t want to sound like a Bruins butt-kisser, but he insists this series is over. Douglas Flynn has the Bruins determined to prove that this year is different. Amanda Bruno says that the Bruins clearly have revenge and payback on their minds. Joe McDonald though, says that the Bruins are focused on this year, not what happened last year. Mick Colageo says that the toughest win still awaits.
Quick start brought the house down – Kevin Paul Dupont has the Bruins stunning the Flyers with the quick start.
Captain Zdeno Chara anchors Bruins’ win – Stephen Harris has the Bruins Captain setting the tone early and all night long for the Bruins. Barbara Matson has more on the star turn for Chara. Eric McHugh says that it appears that the Big Fella is fully hydrated. James Murphy has Chara focusing on offense last night.
Power play breaks out of 0-for-30 slide – Steve Conroy has the Bruins finally getting that elusive power play goal. The CSNNE notes from Joe Haggerty has the power play slide ending, thanks to Chara. The Globe notebook from Fluto Shinzawa has Shane Hnidy getting the call in place of Adam McQuaid last night. The Bruins Journal from Dan Hickling has the line of Peverley, Ryder and Kelly proving their worth. The E-T notebook from Jeff Hamrick has more on Chara.
Thanks to a rain delay and extra innings, the Red Sox and Angels played until 2:45 this morning, with the Angels pulling out a 5-3 over the Red Sox. The two teams get less than 12 hours rest before playing this afternoon at 1:35. Get all the coverage at RedSoxLinks.com.
Matsuzaka, Red Sox fall to Angels in 13 innings – Michael Vega has Daisuke Matsuzaka giving up two runs in the 13th inning to finally end things.
What the Red Sox did (and didn’t do) while you were sleeping – Rob Bradford catches you up on things.
Cloud burst drowns Sox – Scott Lauber has the Red Sox emptying their bench and bullpen, and even dipping into their starting rotation after the rain delay.
A second-guesser’s delight – Sean McAdam says there were plenty of decisions to second-guess last night, but narrows it to three.
Lowrie stays in lineup – Eric Avidon’s notebook has Lowrie sticking in the lineup on a regular basis. The Globe notebook from Michael Vega has JD Drew sitting this one out. The Herald notebook from Scott Lauber has almost everyone else chipping in last night.
Hub to honor Russell with statue – Julian Benbow reports on the announcement that a statue of the Celtics Hall of Famer will be commissioned.
Don’t blame the Kendrick Perkins trade for 2-0 hole and other off-day thoughts – Kirk Minihane sent me a note joking that he and I might be the only people left who support the Perkins trade. He may not be far off.
Celtics need Ticket to ride – Steve Bulpett says that the Celtics need Kevin Garnett to step up his game if they are going to have any chance of extending this series beyond four games.
West expresses himself through art – Jessica Camerato with a mini-feature on how Delonte West uses art as an outlet.
No Psychologist Needed To See Difference In Bruins, Celtics – Jeff Jacobs compares the mindset of the two Boston winter teams right now.
Virginia defensive coordinator says Patriots got a winner in Ras-I Dowling – Christopher Price has a former coach raving about the Patriots second round draft pick.