The Bruins played valiantly last night, battling the favored Vancouver Canucks to a scoreless tie until just 18 seconds remained in the third period. Boston was still in the game largely due to the play of Tim Thomas, who was once again magnificent in goal for the Bruins, but really had no chance on the winning goal, and the Canucks took game one of the Stanley Cup Finals 1-0 last night. The Bruins had their chances, especially with a 5 on 3 opportunity in the second, but could not convert.
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B’s prove they’ve got the right plan – Joe Haggerty says that despite the loss, the Bruins still achieved much of what they set out to do last night. Kevin Paul Dupont says that the Bruins can take some solace in how they played. Ron Borges has Thomas and the Bruins remaining positive. Former Bruin Bob Sweeney says that the Bruins showed that they belong in this series. Mick Colageo says that the Bruins need to look at the positives in this one.
Five things we learned: Bruins can lose 5-on-5, Burrows pulls a Ference – DJ Bean runs down the major storylines from last night.
Goalies steal the show – Joe McDonald looks at a tremendous night for both goaltenders. Cam Tucker has Thomas trying to describe what happened on the winning goal. Stephen Harris has Roberto Luongo taking the first round of the goaltending duel.
Rick Bowness glad to see former team – Stephen Harris has the former Bruins head coach, now the associate coach of the Canucks happy for the success of his former team.
Boychuk’s mistake costs Bruins – Haggerty’s notes have the defenseman well aware of his mistake on the winning goal. The Herald notebook from Steve Conroy has the power play once again unable to score. On the flip side, the Globe notebook from Fluto Shinzawa has the Bruins penalty killing unit perfect on the night.
NBC, Versus will cash in on Bruins in Stanley Cup Finals – Bill Doyle’s media column has the networks benefiting from the Bruins presence in the finals.
Feeling Bruins Fans’ Pain: A Bostonian’s Guide to Proper Fan Righteousness – Fenway Pastoral has some tips for dealing with the bandwagoners.
Red Sox Game 56 (CWS 7, @Sox 4) Reloaded – Jon Couture runs down the stories on another Red Sox loss, which resulted in a three-game sweep at the hands of the White Sox.
Running on empty — getting nowhere – Gordon Edes reviews the homestand and looks at the Red Sox getting a badly needed day off today. Mike Fine has the Red Sox feeling that the off day will be a big help.
Sox head into Monday’s draft with 4 of first 40 picks – Tim Britton looks at the Red Sox draft situation. Scott Lauber notes that after this year the Red Sox may not be able to gather additional picks as has been their custom.
Beyond Daisuke: What options do Sox have if he’s unavailable in 2011? – With Daisuke Matsuzaka reportedly looking at Tommy John surgery, Alex Speier examines the Red Sox options to fill his place in the rotation.
Shaq announces retirement – Julian Benbow has the big fella calling it a career via Twitter after an injury-plagued season with the Celtics.