What happened yesterday in sports? A lot, and we are here to recap it for you.
* The Chicago Bulls topped the Miami Heat, 93-89 . This comes after both teams did not make many deadline moves, but the Heat are very much in on Troy Murphy, though I think he will end up a Celtic. Derrek Rose had 26 points for Chicago, while Dwayne Wade led all scorers with 34.
* The Boston Celtics fell to the new-look Nuggets, 89-75. Boston was without Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson, who they traded to the Thunder. Also out was Shaquille O’Neal, leaving the Celtics without any big men after Semih Erden was traded to Cleveland.
* The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the New York Islanders in OT, 4-3. The Islanders took an early lead, but the Flyers stormed back to take this one.
* The Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Montreal Canadiens, 5-4. Toronto took a 3-1 lead and Montreal later tied it with two PP goals. But the Maple Leafs scored soon after, and were able to win in Montreal.
* The Los Angeles Kings topped the Minnesota Wild in a key western conference game, 4-2. Also in the west, Vancouver topped St.Louis, 3-2, Dallas beat Detroit 4-1, and Chicago beat Nashville 3-0.
News and Notes:
* Some big moves in the NHL and NBA yesterday. Gerald Wallace was sent to Portland, which really shows the state Charlotte is in. That is all they have, and you have to wonder if folding is inevitable.
* I like the Perkins trade for both teams. From the Thunder side, they get a big man that can really make a difference. For the Celtics, they improve offenseivly with Jeff Green and while Perkins is great on defense, it does not hurt them that much. It is a gamble, with both O’Neal’s hurt, but if they get Murphy I think it’s well worth it.
* The goaltender carosual in Tampa Bay continues. They get rid of Dan Ellis and bring in Curtis McElhinny. I don’t think this makes a difference for the Lightning. The east will come down to Philadelphia and Boston.
* Brooks Orpik will miss the next five weeks for the Penguins. Tough loss after trading Alex Goligoski. Also interesting to see how Alex Kovalev works out there.
* And lastly, an NLL shout out. Brad Bannister, what are you doing? Folding the Roughnecks could kill the league, and you’re fine with it? Take the offer from the Flames and go away.
Here is your sports recap from yesterday:
Boston scores to note:
The Bruins defeated the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 to clinch a trip to the next round. David krejci scored two goals, while the other goals came from Mark Recchi and Miroslav Satan. The Bruins were up 2-0 in the second before a Dennis Wideman turnover gave the Sabres a goal. The Bruins scored later in the period to extend their lead to two, but Buffalo scored 22 seconds later. Satan scored his goal in the third period, and Buffalo scored with their goalie pulled. In the end, the Bruins held on for the win.
The Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 13-12. The Sox jumped out to a 5-0 on Dana Eveland, but Josh Beckett could not hold the lead and was pulled after 3+ innings. Jason Varitek was the hero of the night with four RBIs and three hits.
The Montreal Canadiens beat the Washington Capitals, 4-1. Jaroslav Halak made 53 saves for the Habs, pushing the Caps to the brink. Game seven will be tomorrow night. Mike Camalleri scored twice for the Habs.
The Orlando Magic beat the Charlote Bobcats, finishing off their sweep.
The Chicago Blackhawks beat the Nashville Predators, advancing to the next round.
The Milwakee Bucks beat the Atlanta Hawks, tying up that series.
News and Notes:
* Peter Charelli said that Marc Savard has been cleared to play
* The Red Sox sent down Scott Atchison in favor of Fabio Castro
* The Jets are already after Thomas
Red Sox @ Blue Jays
Heat @ Celtics
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Tonight the Boston Bruins (6) travel to the Buffalo Sabres (3) for game one of their playoff series. The Bruins went 4-2 vs the Sabres in their season series. Now, the only two Bruins wins in regulation USA Olympic hero goaltender Ryan Miller was not in net. Here is the game prevwie for tonight:
Probable line combonations:
Bruins keys to the Series:
Power Play: If the Bruins can get their power play going, they can be very dangerous. Here’s the problem: The Bruins don’t have their best offensive player. But if a guy like Micheal Ryder can get hot on the PP, that will be what this team needs.
Take a game on the road: This won’t be so hard, as the Bruins are one of the best road teams in the league. If they take game one or two, I think they win this series.
Players to watch:
Boston: Blake Wheeler; I feel a big series from him.
Buffalo: Derek Roy; He’s just awesome, enough said.
Talk about the game here, or at the BBS.com Comments area. It’s playoff time in the prediction department, and the competers are already in, so don’t make your predictions on the BBS.com Message Boards. My prediction: Bruins, 4-1, Lucic, Chara, Satan, Ryder. But hopefully we this;
The Boston Bruins are currently fighting the Montreal Canadiens, Philly Flyers, New York Rangers, and Atlanta Thrashers for the playoffs. Meanwhile, they also want the Toronto Maple Leafs to stay in last in the Eastern Conference. So, what can happen?
Montreal 3 GR 86 pts
Boston 3 85
Philly 3 84
New York 4 82
Atlanta 3 81
The Rangers, Canadiens, and Flyers took the season series with the Bruins. But the Bruins have the advantage on Atlanta. The Bruins play Buffalo, Carolina, and in Washington to close out the season. The Maple Leafs, two points behind Florida and Tampa Bay, play the Canadeins, Flyers, and Rangers. The Rangers and Flyers play each other twice. The worst case scenerio would be the Bruins not winning another game, and the Flyers and Rangers geting three points out of ther games, and the Maple Leafs move out mof the celler. best case? Bruins win all their games, other teams lose as muh as possible. Here is a scenerio where the Bruins can stay in the playoffs:
Bruins win two games=89 points
Flyers win all games=88 points
Rangers win two games=86 points
That would mean the Bruins would have bat two teams, and the Flyers would have swep New York. Another scenerio:
Bruins win one game=87 points
Flyers win two games=88
Rangers win two games=86 points
I don’t know who won the Flyers-Rangers games, just that they each won two games. In this scenerio the Bruins would be behind the playoffs, but still in. One more:
Bruins win one game, lose in OT= 88 points
Philly loses one, beats New York twice= 88 poins
Rangers win two, lose to Philly twice= 86 points
The Flyers would get the tie breaker, I believe. In these scenerios, the Bruins can make the playoffs still. They are still in control of their own destiny. But they play some tough teams, and will need some help. Remember to keep coming to Total Bases and BestBostonSports for more info and coverage!
Q: Do you think the Red Sox will be as good as last year?
– Bree (via BBS.com)
A: Better. I love the Red Sox’s depth, more than any other team. If a guy like Ellsbury or Youkilis goes down the Sox are still a playoff contender. If Evan Longoria or Carl Crawford go out, forget about it. The pitching is by far thye best, and the offense is as good as anyone, (except New York) in my opinion.
Q: Could Mark Savard be having a more unlucky year ???
A: Probally not. It’s too bad the Bruins did not retailiate on Cooke Thursday night, they should have. This hurts the Bruins so much, who I think have been playing great. The Bergeron-Recchi-Sturm line is fantastic, and Blake Wheeler looks like he did at the begining of last season. If they had Savard, I could see a serious playoff run. But things look much more bleak now. The NHL is making a new head-shots rule, but it might be too little too late. The hit on Seabrook of Chicago was horrible, as well as Ovechikin’s on Campbell (ironic name).
The Celtics beat the Rockets, 94-87. Pierce had 26 points. The Celtics take on the Mavericks tonight in Dallas at 9pm.
The Red Sox lost to the Pirates, 9-7. I was at this game, right behind the on-deck circle. I got autographs from Chuck Tanner and Ron Johnson. David Ortiz hit a two run shot off Paul Maholm. I am in Dunedin tomorrow to see the Sox take on the Jays,
The Flames beat the Sharks, 4-3. The Sharks scored twice in the final two minutes, but the Flames held on to stay tied for the eight seed with Detroit.
The Oilers beat the Redwings, 3-2. Detroit remains in the playoffs by gaining the point in the SO, with the Flames still behind them. Deven Dubynk got his first career win in net for Edmonton.
News and Notes: Yesterday on WEEI’s Dale and Holley, the Bruins Shawn Thornton said he would have liked to knock out Cooke in their fight. I would have liked that too, Shawn.
Ryan Westmoreland has been moved from ICU to NRU in his recovery from brain surgery.
The Red Sox signed Alan Embree.
Tomorrow the Boston Bruins play the Pittsburgh Penguins in one of their most inticapated games of the season. The Bruins are currently in eighth place in the East after their win vs the Hurricanes last night. The New York Rangers lost, so the Bruins remain three points ahead of the team they will play Sunday. The Penguins are in second place in the East and lead their divison. This is the first time the teams have met since Matt Cooke cheapshot Marc Savard and ended his season.
Stats: Leading goal scorer: Marco Sturm (21)
Points: Patrice Bergeron (above)(Credit: SI.com)
Assists: Zdeno Chara
Goalie: Tuukka Rask
Most games played: Blake Wheeler, Mark Recchi (above) (Credit, Bruinscrew.Word press)
Penguins: Evgeni Malkin (knee, questionable)
Bruins: Patrice Bergeron (Knee, questionable)
Andrew Ference (Groin, out)
Marc Savard (If you don’t know the situation by know, you live under a rock)
* Malikn and Crosby will have some excuse to sit out the game. Probally Cooke as well.
* Big win last night. Good to see a 60 minute effort by the whole team. Goals by five different players is always a good thing. It was Bergeron, Ryder, Recchi, Krejci, (who all have double figures in goals) and Boychuk. It was only Carolina, but other thn Montreal they have been the hottest team in hockey.
* X-rays on Bergeron’s knee where negative after taking a Mark Stuart slapshot to the leg. Bergeron is questionable for Thursday. Claude Jullian says the prognosis is a bad bruise.
* If Matt Cooke does not come out of the game peeing his pants, I will be very disapointed. Remeber the Dallas game last year? Seems like a different team now.
* Daniel Paille better start scoring. If he scoes 16 goals, the Bruins get an additional third round pick. If he doesn’t, they lose thier fifth rounder. Come on Paille!
* Tyler Seaguin. Remember tht name. Come on Toronto, keep losing!!
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Tonight the Boston Bruins play the hated Habs, AKA the Montreal Canadiens.
The last time the Bruins played was Thursday night, vs the Philadelphia Flyers. Patrice Bergeron scored a goal with two assists. The Bergeron-Sturm-Recchi line has been great the last two games.
Game Stats: Bruins leading point scorer: Bergeron
Bruins leading goal scorer: Marco Sturm
Bruins assist leader: Zdeno Chara
Goalie: Tuukka Rask
– Peter Charelli will hold a conference call with season ticket holders, on what other day than March 18. This should be an interesting day, with the Pens back in town, and the celabration of the 1970 team.
– Tuukka Rask should start tonight over Tim Thomas
– Maxim LaPierre is back tonight after serving a four game suspension.
– Matt Cooke scored last night. Did I mention March 18 yet?
– The game will be on NHL network or NESN
– Go Bruins!