It wasn’t pretty, the Bruins were badly outshot and had stretches of time in which they just looked awful, but thanks to another terrific effort from Tim Thomas – including a turnback in the third period which was one of the most amazing stick saves you’ll ever see – the Bruins beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 to take a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals. With a win tomorrow night or Friday, the Bruins will advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Tim Thomas is the talk of the town this morning, and that is reflected in the radio side (a running joke on D&C this morning is about how Thomas can do anything) and all over the newspapers and newssites, as you’ll see below.
It ain’t braggin’ if it’s true – After a shaky game four, Thomas guaranteed a Bruins victory, and as Joe Haggerty notes, he backed it up last night. More on Thomas from: Kevin Paul Dupont | Stephen Harris | Jackie MacMullan | Mick Colageo | Jeff Jacobs | Bill Burt | Amanda Bruno | Eric McHugh | James Murphy | Matt Kalman
Bruins inch closer to finals by winning a losable game – DJ Bean has these Bruins somehow managing a win. More on the degree of difficulty from Bob Ryan and Douglas Flynn. On HockeyJournal.com, Jesse Connolly says that this one was undeniably ugly.
Zdeno Chara earning his captain’s ‘C’ – Joe McDonald has the big defenseman playing his best postseason hockey for the Bruins. Rich Thompson looks at the performance of Chara’s partner on defense, Dennis Seidenberg.
Phil Esposito full of memories from days with B’s, Bolts – Stephen Harris has the Bruins legend rooting firmly for the Lightning in this series, but with good reason.
B’s penalty-kill units shine at right time – Steve Conroy’s notebook in the Herald says that the Bruins penalty-kill units are helping them hold their own in the special teams battle. The Globe notebook from Fluto Shinzawa has the Bruins finally putting Chara in front of the net during the power play. The CSNNE notes from Joe Haggerty have Chara coming up big all-around last night.
Surging Indians keep Bard, Red Sox from going over top – Peter Abraham has the Red Sox missing out on another opportunity to move into first place.
Sox see what may have been – With Victor Martinez no longer here, Michael Silverman looks at what the Red Sox gave up to get him – Justin Masterson, who has been very good for the Indians this season, and last night.
Setup needs some cleanup – Nick Cafardo has the setup role floundering as of late for the Sox.
Pedroia’s injury considered minor – Abraham’s notebook has the second baseman giving everyone a scare when he fell on the basepaths last night and had to be removed from the game. The Herald notebook from Scott Lauber and Michael Silverman has Tommy John surgery a possibility for Daisuke Matsuzaka, who is seeking a second opinion in Japan.
As NFL lockout drags on, rookies continue to lose precious time – Christopher Price on the challenges rookies will face to contribute right away to their new teams. Tom E. Curran has Mankins saying that the rookies will be way behind when the lockout ends.
No fair market in owners’ system – Norma Rae Borges with a hilariously scathing column against the NFL owners. I love how he mentions teams like the Dolphins, which have been cutting the pay of employees, and then mentioning the Patriots, as if they are also doing it. (They’re not.)
Actual tease for a video segment on the CSNNE.com website:
Tom Brady’s skills on the field are rarely questioned. His machismo? That’s another story, especially after the release of a few new vacation photos.