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…

Bruins Wrap Up Regular Season with a Win

13 04 2009

By Jim Chandley

The B’s beat down the New York Islanders in their regular season finale on Sunday.  The 6-2 slaughter was a fitting end to the Bruins successful season.

Phil Kessel had a hat trick to finish the season with 36 goals.  Michael Ryder, Chuck Kobasew and Marc Savard also scored for the B’s.

Boston’s 53-19-10 finish was their best in over 10 years.  With 116 points, the Bruins were a full four wins better than anyone else in the Eastern Conference.  However, the San Jose Sharks did finish one point ahead of Boston.  Should the two meet in the Stanley Cup Finals, San Jose would have the advantage of home ice.

The Garden will be packed on Thursday night as the B’s host their arch rivals, the Montreal Canadiens, in Game 1 of the first round.  The game starts at 7 PM.  For those who can’t make it to the Arena, the game will be on NESN.

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

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.