Despite the disappointing outcome of game one, hopefully it can be appreciated for just what a phenomenal exhibition of sports that it was.

The game ended just a tick before 1:00 EST, but the ratings for the game locally approached NFL levels.

The overnights have this one pulling in a 28.1 locally for WHDH channel 7 which had the game. Compare that to game one of Boston/Vancouver of the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals which did a 25.5 locally.

Nationally, the allure of having two Original Six teams translated well in ratings too, which the game doing a 4.8. That is the highest rating for a game one of the Stanley Cup Finals since 1997 (Detroit/Philadelphia, 5.1).

Last year’s game one between the Kings and Devils did a 2.4, so last night represented a 100% increase.

Bruins now face steep uphill battle – Kevin Paul Dupont says that the Bruins are in trouble.

Classic Cup battle tough for Bruins to swallow – Steve Buckley says that the have a lot of work to do if they intend to recover from this one.

For Bruins, this was opportunity wasted – Joe Haggerty says that the Bruins will lament this one as the one that got away.

Bruins lament lost chance, but it won’t be their last chance – Chad Finn says that as tough as this one was to lose, all is not yet lost.

Bruins let Hawks off hook in Game 1 – Joe McDonald has the Bruins just letting this one get away.

Bruins learn extra-long lesson in Game 1 – DJ Bean says that the Bruins proved to be human last night.

A great night, just not for the Bruins  – Chris Gasper says its time to move onto game two.


Doc Rivers’ eyes open to other options – Steve Bulpett says that while Doc Rivers said that he would either coach the Celtics or nowhere, the coach is now open to at least considering other jobs as he may not be interested in rebuilding the Celtics.

Two-run HR just adds to Nava’s career year – Sean McAdam looks another big hit for the Red Sox outfielder, who may legitimately be in the All Star discussion. Nava hit a two-run homer last night which couple with a strong start from Alfredo Aceves was the difference for the Sox in a 2-1 win over Tampa.