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.
Just thought I’d give you a Bruins update during the break.
Thought #1: I am bored to death. I love the Olympic hockey, but I miss the Bruins. March 2 is circled on my calender.
Thought #2: Patrice Bergeron should be on the top line on Canada. He won two key faceoffs for Canada, and they would not even use him on the top line. They could use him up there, he is being wasted on the fourth line.
Thought #3: I can also not wait for March 4. I want to see someone nail Phil Kessel, kind of like this:
Thought #4: Marc Savard is so valuble to this team. They where so terrible without him, and I know that horrendous streak continued with his return to the lineup, but they looked better the second he stepped outonto the ice in Buffalo. Thank goodness they signed him for seven years.
Thought #5: Marc Savard needs a scorer. Daniel Paille is a good player, but he does not have the hands to finish. He replaced Chuck Kobasew, and would you want Kobasew on the top unit? That solves it right there.
Thought #6: I do not get the defenseman trade rumors. Johnny Boychuk and Mark Stuart are coming back. They will have an extra defenseman as it is. I don’t see why they need one, unless they are getting Chris Pronger or Niclas Lidstrom, and we know that is not happening.
Thought #7: What the hell happened to the Detroit Red Wings?
Thought #8: Bruins fight, they win. Blake Wheeler(!) fought a Montreal guy, they won. Thornton fought a Buffalo dude, they won. Thornton beat up a Tampa gut, they win. McQuaid fights some dude on Florida, they win. The Bruins kick butt when they are phsyicsl. They need to play with some emotion.
Thought #9: Did I mention I can not wait for the Bruins to start up again?
Thoguht #10: Dennis Wideman sucks.