Exciting Weekend

27 04 2009
A fan holds up a broom as the Boston Red Sox swept a three game series against the New York Yankees last night. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

A fan holds up a broom as the Boston Red Sox swept a three game series against the New York Yankees last night. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

By Brendan Tyman

This past weekened provided several highlights and the only downside for Boston sports fans was the 121-118 loss suffered by the Celtics in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series versus the pesky Chicago Bulls.

The image that will stand out the most is not the NFL Draft or the last second treys knocked down by Ray Allen and Ben Gordon to send the contest into another frame for their respective teams, but Jacoby Ellsbury stealing home with 15-year veteran Andy Pettite on the mound.

Things could not get better as Boston has become the center of the sports universe. Many analysts declared the New England Patriots as having one of the best drafts and being set for 2010 with 3 second round selections. The Boston Red Sox just swept the New York Yankees and the 9-game homestand. The Boston Bruins finally got revenge on the Montreal Canadiens and are currently relaxing while their future opponent is battling. The Boston Celtics are the defending champions and looking to repeat as world champions. Two Boston College players were just chosen on the first day of the Draft (B.J. Raji was the first defensive tackle taken by the Green Bay Packers and Ron Brace was taken by the Pats).

If you are a Boston sports fan, you can be thankful for living in this glorious renaissance in sports history. Enjoy weekends like this past one because they do not come along very often.





One Down, 15 to go

16 04 2009

By Jim ChandleyCanadiens Bruins Hockey

The B’s beat the rival Canadiens 4-2 at the Garden tonight in their first playoff game of 2009.

Phil Kessel scored twice including an empty net goal with 15 seconds left to salt the game away.  Zdeno Chara scored on the powerplay and David Krejci scored only moments after Kessel’s first goal to set the pace.

The Habs got goals from Christopher Higgins and Alexei Kovalev, but it was not enough to hold of the top seed in the East.

Fisticuffs ensued as the game came to a close.  Steve Montador and Guillaume Latendresse went at it in an obvious carryover from the last regular season game the two teams played, which was full of rough stuff.

Game 2 will be played Saturday night in the midst of one of the best sports days Boston has seen in some time.

The Celtics will open their first round playoff series with the Bulls at the Garden Saturday afternoon.  The facilities crew will then flip the floors so that the B’s can host the Canadiens in game 2.  At 7, the puck will drop at the Garden and the Sox will take the field against the Orioles back in the Fens.

The city will surely be abuzz over all the sports action; just make sure you’re in town early to get a parking space…





Hockey Game Breaks Out at Boston/Montreal Bosing Match

10 04 2009

By Jim ChandleyNHL/

The Bruins beat the Canadiens 5-4 in overtime tonight.  While the Bruins were happy to have the win, the trip to overtime gave Montreal the point they needed to get into the playoffs.

The game, however, was hardly the story.  These two ancient rivals were at each other’s throats all night long.  Between the two teams, 87 penalty minutes were handed out.

Milan Lucic beat down Mike Komisarek in the second period.  Ryan O’Byrne and Shawn Thornton also got into, also in the second.  No fight was isolated; both teams went at each other each time the rough stuff started. All told, the second period took over an hour to play because of all the fighting.

The game and the fights were huge victories for Boston.  They finished the season series against the Habs with a 5-0-1 record, their best season against Montreal since before the lockout.





Bruins Lose 3-2 in Ottawa

7 04 2009
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Embattled Bruins Goaltender Manny Fernandez

By Jim Chandley

In their first game since clinching the top spot in the Eastern Conference, the Bruins started Manny Fernandez in goal to give starter Tim Thomas a night off.

Christoph Schubert and Mike Fisher scored in the first to give Ottawa a 2-0 lead.

Zdeno Chara and Phil Kessel scored in the second for the B’s (Kessel’s was his 32nd on the season), but so did Ottawa’s Dany Heatley.

The Senators kept their 3-2 lead throughout a few charges from the Bruins in the third.  The score  would remain at 3-2.

Boston will host the Habs on Thursday night at the Garden.





Bruins Beat Rangers, Secure Eastern Conference One Seed

5 04 2009

By Jim Chandley

The B’s beat the Rangers on Saturday to seal the first spot in the Eastern Conference.  This means the Bruins will have home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs, with the possible exception of a would-be Stanley Cup Final against San Jose.

The only goal came midway through the first on Saturday. Blake Wheeler scored from Axelsson and Wideman at 9:04 in the period.

The Bruins had many quality chances, but they only scored (and only needed) the lone goal.  They won 1-0.

Perhaps the most entertaining part of the game, however, came when Bruins goalie Tim Thomas was tapped on the back of the head by notorious badboy Sean Avery.  A fracas ensued and Avery wound up in the box.  Video can be seen here.

The B’s will skate again on Tuesday in Ottawa.  They could still overtake the Sharks for the best record overall.  But both teams will likely rest key players, so that battle will largely be up to the third and fourth lines from both squads.





Bruins Beat Senators 2-1, Reach 110 Point Mark

2 04 2009

The B's try to best the teams from the old Adams Division this year.

By Jim Chandley

Boston beat lowly Ottawa tonight at the Garden to bring their season point total to 110.  The last time the B’s amassed as many points, they played in the Adams Division (that’s 1982-3 for you kids).

Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson scored in the first period to stake the Sens to the early lead.

That was all the Ottawa fans had to cheer about for the entire evening.  Milan Lucic would score early in the second from David Krejci and Michael Ryder.  After going into the lockerroom tied, the B’s came out and got a quick goal from Marc Savard (P.J. Axelsson on the assist).

This was all they would need as the game ended 2-1.

The Bruins’ 110 points are good for a nine point lead on Washington with five games to play.  This means that the Bruins can clinch the Conference title with a win on Saturday afternoon when they host the Rangers.





Bruins Forget to Lose, Take Five Point Lead in East

22 03 2009

nhl_bruins_devils_412By Jim Chandley

The Boston Bruins hosted the New Jersey Devils in a massive game at the TD BankNorth Garden today.

Boston ultimately prevailed and took a five point lead on the Devils for first place in the East with nine games left to play (the Devils have 10 remaining).

Marc Savard and Mark Recchi set up Michael Ryder on the powerplay in the first for the first goal of the game.  This was the first and only lead change of the game.

Chuck Hobasew and Savard would score early in the second before the Devils finally got on the board with a goal by Andy Greene.  Milan Lucic added another in the the second to close the scoring for the day.

The B’s play seven of their last nine against teams who (at the moment) are not in playoff positions in the standings.  On the other side of the race, New Jersey will play six teams in their last 10 games who are currently in playoff position.

This win puts the Bruins in the driver’s seat to hold home ice throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.