Happy “hump day” to everyone, and welcome into another grand edition of the Daily Noontime! Let’s get this day started with some headlines and news from the “Hub.”
* The Boston Bruins earned their third consecutive victory on Tuesday at the TD Garden, as they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 5-2. The win avenges a previous loss, which saw the Lightning destroy the Bruins, 6-1. Five different Bruins netted one goal, while Tim Thomas recorded 16 saves between the pipes. Boston will return to the ice on Thursday when they host the Washington Capitals.
* With the win on Tuesday, Boston has padded their lead in the Northeast standings. The Bruins have won six more games than Ottawa currently, and are also locked in the second seed in the Eastern Conference, too. A few more wins would most likely secure the Black and Gold a playoff spot, and a division championship.
* The UMass men’s basketball team fell short against Stanford on Tuesday, as the Cardinals defeated the Minutemen, 74-64 in the NIT Final Four.
* The Boston Celtics will look to earn their third consecutive victory on Wednesday, as they’ll host the Utah Jazz at 7:30pm. A win against a Western Conference playoff team would be a huge boost for the Green and White, who remains a half a game behind Philadelphia in the Atlantic standings.
* Finally, the Boston Red Sox announced on Tuesday that Jose Iglesias was sent down to Pawtucket, which is most likely where he’ll begin the 2012 season.