The Bruins Cannot Be Stopped!

31 03 2009
The B's are on a real roll, can they keep it going?

The B's are on a real roll, can they keep it going?

By Jim Chandley

While that may be a little drastic, the Bruins have turned the effort around 180 degrees of late.

The B’s beat Tampa 3-1 in Boston on Tuesday.

They brought a great powerplay and really put the Bolts away early.  Blake Wheeler scored midway through the first and there was more to come.

Zdeno Chara and Chuck Kobasew both scored in the second on powerplays.  The game was effectively over as these goals deflated the Lightning completely.

Steven Stamkos did score for Tampa Bay in the third, but it was a day late and a dollar short.  The Bruins coasted to the 3-1 win.

Now the B’s wait for the Senators on Thursday night.  Boston is firmly in the driver’s seat to win the Eastern Conference and may look to rest some key players as the regular season draws to a close.

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Garnett Out At Least Next Four Games

31 03 2009
The Boston Celtics need their emotional leader, Kevin Garnett, in order to put up their 18th banner. (Copyright 2009 NBAE  (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Boston Celtics need their emotional leader, Kevin Garnett, in order to put up their 18th banner. (Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

By: Brendan Tyman

Kevin Garnett will be out for at least the next four games with the aggravation of the sprained knee he suffered in the battle against the Orlando Magic last Wednesday. He has sat out the last two games in Atlanta and at home versus Oklahoma City.

This means that KG may be back for the final three contests in the regular season to get his rhythm and timing back. March has really hurt both Garnett and the Celtics. There have been numerous injuries the Celts had to endure including Rajon Rondo’s sprained ankle, Leon Powe hurting his ankle, and Glen Davis also spraining his ankle.

Garnett had returned when the team played in San Antonio and was inserted into the starting lineup in a few games before being shut down.

Head coach Doc Rivers hopes to have a healthy Garnett for the playoffs as Boston is behind second-place Orlando by percentage points.





B’s Continue Winning Ways Against Flyers

30 03 2009

Boston Enforcer Lucic Netted Two Goals on Sunday

Boston Enforcer Lucic Netted Two Goals on Sunday

By Jim Chandley

The Bruins beat the Flyers in a hard fought contest on Sunday.  After the Flyers drew first blood, the Bruins retook the lead and never lost it again.

At 10:39 in the first, Milan Lucic canceled out Claude Giroux’s goal to tie the game at 1-1.  Dennis Wideman scored a few minutes later on the powerplay and Lucic scored again minutes later to end the period 3-1.

After a Mike Richards goal in the second, the score was 3-2 Bruins.

Mark Recchi scored early in the third to pad the lead.  The goal turned out to be a big one as Simon Gagne scored minutes later, making it 4-3 Bruins.

Ultimately, the Bruins held off the last charge by Philly and took the win and two points.

The B’s are off until Thursday when they host Ottowa.  They hold a healthy seven point lead on Washington and eight on New Jersey with seven games to play.





Bruins Win Ugly Behind Fernandez, 7-5 Over Leafs

29 03 2009
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Bruins backup Manny Fernandez

By Jim Chandley

Boston took two points out of Saturday’s tussle at the Air Canada Centre.  Toronto have had a tough year so the game should not have been very exciting.

But Manny Fernandez made it interesting.  The enigmatic net-minder has been sporadic of late, leaving fans to sweat out games the B’s might otherwise win with ease.

Saturday was no exception.

Fernandez gave up soft goals to Nikolai Kulemin and Alexei Ponikarovsky in the first period.  Mark Recchi would tip in a Matt Hunwick slapper at the end of the period to save a tie score for intermission.

In the second, the Bruins offense went ballistic.  Goals from Shawn Thornton, Blake Wheeler, David Krejci and Recchi put the B’s ahead for good.  The score after two periods was 7-4.

Fernandez would let up one more in the third, but the Bruins escaped with their skin and the two point victory.  They skate again tonight at Philladelphia.





Escape In ATL

27 03 2009
Celtics' point guard, Rajon Rondo gets his arm caught between Atlanta's Joe Johnson's body and arm in the second half of Boston's victory. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Celtics' point guard, Rajon Rondo gets his arm caught between Atlanta's Joe Johnson's body and arm in the second half of Boston's victory. (AP Photo/John Amis)

By: Brendan Tyman

The Boston Celtics struggled to hold a lead late in the contest, but they survived Joe Johnson and the Hawks’ furious rally. Without Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo saying he felt his legs were like “a 42 year old’s,” the Celts won 99-93 and held a double-digit advantage for the majority of the second half.

Glen “Big Baby” Davis stepped up and had a double-double in the first half. He finished with 19 points and a career-high 12 rebounds after being inserted into the starting lineup with Garnett nursing a sore knee. Ray Allen had 22 points and Paul Pierce added 21. Eddie House and Stephon Marbury came off the bench to score in double figures with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Johnson led Atlanta with 22 points and hit some 3-pointers to close the large gap. The Hawks cut their 17- point deficit to just 4 on a Johnson trey before Pierce made four free throws to clinch the result. Mike Bibby tallied 19 points.

Boston forced the pesky Hawks to shoot just 7 for 21 from international waters and uncharacteristic mistakes at the end of the game.





Billy Gillespie Axed

27 03 2009
Where will Gillispie go now? (Andy Lyons/Getty Image)

Where will Gillispie go now? (Andy Lyons/GettyImage

By: Brendan Tyman

The University of Kentucky fired Billy Gillispie, Head Coach of the Men’s Basketball team. He served two years in a seven-year contract and his record was 40-27.

The Wildcats lost to Notre Dame on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament. They finished the season with a 22-14 record. Despite having two of the top players in the Southeastern Conference, Jodie Meeks and Patrick Patterson, the ‘Cats lost 8 out of their last 11 games.

Irreconciable differences were the result of Gillispie’s exit in a tough environment.





Late Rally Falls Short In Orlando

26 03 2009
Celtics guard Ray Allen shoots a jump shot in the first half of the game between Boston and the Orlando Magic. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Celtics guard Ray Allen shoots a jump shot in the first half of the game between Boston and the Orlando Magic. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

By: Brendan Tyman

In a battle for second place in the Eastern Conference, Boston fell to the Magic, 84-82, at the Amway Arena. Dwight Howard blocked a Paul Pierce shot with 3.8 seconds left that would have given the Celtics a lead.

Orlando went ahead early and continued to build on their lead even when Kevin Garnett was playing in the 3rd quarter. The score was 66-50 before the C’s began to climb back into the contest. They outscored the Magic 20-14 in the 4th quarter.

Howard (a.k.a. Superman) finished with 24 points and 21 rebounds. This was the 8th time Howard has recorded a 20-20 in his career. Rashard Lewis added 21. Courtney Lee hit some big shots and contributed with 11 points.

Pierce led the Celts with 26 points. Kendrick Perkins had a double-double with 11 points and 11 boards.

Howard dominated from the opening tip and Boston could not match the intensity. The Magic shot better than the first 3 times these teams met, especially from behind the arc. In the previous matchups, Orlando shot just 29% from international waters, but last night they made 40%.

The Celtics have included another road in their quest for a repeat.