On Patriots Day, a day in which the Red Sox held their annual 11 a.m. game, the Bruins played Game 3 of their playoff series with the Capitals and there was the running of the 116th Boston Marathon, the biggest Boston sports story occurred off the field when Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine called out third baseman Kevin Youkilis.

On Sunday night’s “Sports Xtra” on Ch. 7 WHDH, Valentine gave this quote regarding Youkilis:

“I don’t think he’s as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason. But [on Saturday] it seemed, you know, he’s seeing the ball well, got those two walks, got his on-base percentage up higher than his batting average, which is always a good thing, and he’ll move on from there.”

Of course, plenty was made of the comments, including responses from Youkilis, Dustin Pedroia, GM Ben Cherrington, and Bobby V himself.

A Sign that Maybe the Red Sox are a Team– Steve Buckley says that this could bring the team together and could use it as motivation, but also warns that they shouldn’t voice their displeasure too publicly.

Negative Response to Manager in Clubhouse– John Tomase has how Valentine has already taken the first step in losing the clubhouse.

For Red Sox a Matter of Trust– Gordon Edes has how the Valentine-Youkilis flap could weaken the seemingly fragile clubhouse.

What was Bobby Valentine Thinking?– Kirk Minihane calls this Valentine’s first real miss as Red Sox manager.

Valentine’s Criticism of Youkilis is no big deal– Jim Donaldson has a different take on things, and says it isn’t that big of a deal and is just Valentine’s style, which players aren’t used to.

It’s Business as Usual for Bobby Valentine– Dan Shaughnessy has his take on Valentine’s comments and then the teams’ reaction.

Strange Days: For Kevin Youkilis, 2012 off to a Perplexing Start– Alex Speier takes an in-depth look at the start of the 2012 season for the Red Sox third baseman.

As for the game itself, the Red Sox fell 1-0 in Daniel Bard’s second career major league start. The team had a chance to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, with the tying, and game-winning runs on base, but Cody Ross struck out to end the game in a questionable at bat, with pitches that were seemingly a foot outside called strikes.

For Daniel Bard, a disappointing decision and outcome, but a bigger picture– Alex Speier takes a look at Bard’s start and a decision to keep him in the game which ended up by hurting the team.

The Bruins and Capitals series picked up with a combined seven goals being scored, as well as some tension developing between the teams. Zdeno Chara’s goal with just under two minutes remaining gave the Bruins a 4-3 win and a 2-1 series lead. After struggling for offense in Games 1 and 2 Bruins coach Claude Julien mixed up the teams’ first two lines, separating Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron.

Early on the Bruins played like Games 1 and 2, but as the game progressed the team picked up their intensity and started crashing the net. Kevin Paul Dupont has how just going to the net by lesser-known offensive players led to goals from Brian Rolston and Daniel Paille. Stephen Harris says good things happen when you put the puck on net.

Things got physical and testy for the first time in this series. The Capitals Nicklas Backstrom could face a suspension for receiving a match penalty after the final buzzer when he cross-checked Rich Peverley, and following the game Milan Lucic called out Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner.

Marchand and Lucic bring emotion to table in lieu of offense– Joe Haggerty has how even though these two players aren’t scoring they are still contributing in other ways.

Better late than never: Hits, words, hate for Bruins-Capitals– DJ Bean takes a look at how Game 3 brought out the best in the two teams and how in playoff hockey, the teams just don’t like each other.

Fiesty Fits Them– Ron Borges says the Bruins got back to playing like the Bruins that fans are used to seeing.

Seidenberg Makes Early Case for Conn Smythe– Matt Kalman takes a look at Dennis Seidenberg’s first three games of the series and says he is just continuing where he left off from last year’s Stanley Cup run.

 Joshua Cassidy turns in ride for the ages– Bob Ryan takes a look at the Boston Marathon’s men wheelchair winner Joshua Cassidy from Canada, and how he blew away the field.

7 thoughts on “Bobby V Steals Show, Bruins Take Game 3

  1. Rob Bradford on the late Sports Tonight (April 17 but into 18th), “There is a picture of Felger with the caption “Wisconsin Wimp””

    Second person now to take a swipe at him lately.

    Although, him and Rob Bradford have been getting into it lately


  2. Was reading some completely unrelated articles and came upon this:


    From the mess that is Arkansas football and now their coaching search:

    “Sources tell me that former San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions head
    coach Steve Mariucci is interested in the Arkansas head coaching job…
    Yet another source tells me that New England Patriots offensive
    coordinator Josh McDaniels would be willing to talk if contacted by

    I saw nothing about this via local press/media.

    Wait, McDaniels already wants to leave?

    I was expecting him to give it 3 years and either have a very clear succession plan to Hoodie or go elsewhere–not 3 months.

    I really hope this is a bad rumor…


  3. Last one from the eponymous Woj,


    “NEW YORK – As the NBA trade deadline lurched into its final hour a month
    ago, league sources say the call Ray Allen long feared had come: Boston
    Celtics coach Doc Rivers was on the line, telling him he had been
    traded. Allen had been sent to the Memphis Grizzlies for a package
    including O.J. Mayo and a draft pick, and the Celtics’ Big Three had
    come to a most brusque ending.

    For 20 minutes or so, Allen had to process the information. They traded me to Memphis?
    And yet, as the disappointment dissolved to anger, Rivers returned with
    a messenger’s nightmare: Never mind. The deal fell apart. Take a deep
    breath and let’s go back to work again.

    Ray Allen was nearly traded to the Grizzlies for O.J. Mayo. (Getty Images)Before
    the Big Three could make it past the trade deadline,
    Allen-to-the-Grizzlies had to fall apart and discussions on a deal that
    would have sent Paul Pierce to the New Jersey Nets for an expiring
    Mehmet Okur contract and a lottery pick never reached completion, league
    sources said. Celtics general manager Danny Ainge loves the talent in
    the 2012 NBA draft, but he still gets one more run, one more chance with
    this group in the Eastern Conference playoffs”


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