Daily Noontime – March 5, 2012

Rajon Rondo recorded a triple-double against New York on Sunday! (Photo Credit: USA Today)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Good Monday to everyone! Let’s kick-off a brand new work week with some kick-butt news and headline from the city of champions, Boston!

* The Boston Celtics extended their current winning streak to four games, as they defeated the New York Knicks on Sunday, 115-109 in overtime. Rajon Rondo once again ignored the ongoing trading rumors by finishing the game with 18 points, 17 rebounds and 20 assists, while Paul Pierce paced the Green and White with 34 points. New York’s Jeremy Lin finished with 14 points, five assists and four rebounds. Boston will conclude its five-game circuit on Tuesday when they host the Houston Rockets for a 7:30pm tip-off.

* The Boston Bruins have dropped two of their last three, as the New York Rangers defeated the Black and Gold on Sunday, 4-3 at Madison Square Garden. Derek Stepan netted the go-ahead goal at 12:21 to secure the win for the Rangers, who snapped a one-game losing streak. The Bruins will return to the ice on Tuesday when they face-off against the Maple Leafs in Toronto.

* According to reports – Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has yet to make any announcement on Tuukka Rask, who sustained a lower-body injury on Saturday against the New York Islanders. However, once Sunday’s game concluded against the Rangers, the Bruins announced that they should have a better gage on the goaltender’s injury, as well as his status on Monday, (when news becomes available, we’ll link it on the blog).

* Finally, various reports on Monday have confirmed that eight more men have announced that they were abused by a former Boston Red Sox clubhouse manager, who is now dead. For more information on this particular story – CLICK HERE.

Daily Noontime – February 9, 2012

Neither Tim Thomas or Tuukka Rask could stop Buffalo's offense on Wednesday! (Photo Credit: Zimbio.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Thursday to everyone, and welcome into yet another grand edition of the Daily Noontime. Here are some headlines and news to kick-start the day!

* The Buffalo Sabres walloped the Boston Bruins on Wednesday evening, 6-0 in upstate New York. Both Tuukka Rask and Tim Thomas surrendered three goals, as well as combined for 23 saves, while Boston’s offense tallied 36 shots on Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller. Also, this was the second time in February that the Bruins have finished the game with a “goose egg” on the scoreboard. Boston will look to rebound on Saturday when they host Nashville for a 1:00pm face-off.

* Boston College’s men’s basketball team stunned No. 17 Florida State on Wednesday in Chestnut Hill, as they overcame a slow start to defeat the Seminoles, 64-60. Freshman Jordan Daniels led the Eagles with 21 points, as well as provided four trifectas and five assists. The Eagles are now 8-16 overall, and 3-7 in ACC play.

* The Boston Celtics will look to continue their winning ways on Thursday when they host the Los Angles Lakers for an 8:00pm tip-off. The Green and White are currently riding a five-game winning streak, while the Lakers have lost two of their last three contests.

* Doc Rivers was one happy father on Wednesday evening, as he watched Austin Rivers sink the game-winning three-pointer for Duke, which lifted the Blue Devils past the North Carolina Tar Heels, 85-84.

Daily Noontime – February 3, 2012

Despite turning away 28 shots, Tuukka Rask allowed three goals on Thursday! (Photo Credit: Zimbio.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Friday everyone, and welcome into yet another amazing edition of the Daily Noontime.

We’re t-minus two days away from the big game, too, so let’s get through this particular day, so we can all get ready for Super Bowl XLVI!

* The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Boston Bruins for the fourth time this season, as the Black and Gold lost at home on Thursday, 3-0. Tuukka Rask recorded 28 saves between the pipes, while the offense compiled 47 shots on net. The Black and Gold will look to snap their one-game losing streak on Saturday afternoon when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 1:00pm matinee.

* Edwin Jackson won’t be sporting a Boston Red Sox uniform this spring, as he and the Washington Nationals reached an agreement on a one-year deal.

* The New England Patriots and New York Giants will have their final media session on Friday, which will be followed by commissioner Roger Goodell, who is expected to meet with the media for his “State of the NFL.”

* On Thursday, the NBA Eastern Conference and Western Conference All-Stars were announce, but nobody from the Boston Celtics was selected to start the exhibition contest. However, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo are the leading vote-getters to join the team from the east.

* Finally, Harvard University’s men’s basketball team will look to earn their seventh consecutive contest on Friday when they welcome Cornell University to their home court for a 7:00pm tip-off, (Noontime Sports will be at this particular game and will be providing updates).

Carolina Sweeps Season Series Against Boston

 

By Matt Noonan 

BOSTON, MA – It’s never enjoyable to be on the losing end in sports, especially against a last place team in the Eastern Conference, ahem… the Carolina Hurricanes.

Boston proved they’re vulnerable Thursday evening at the TD Garden, as a full capacity crowd watched their hometown Bruins struggle immensely, and earn an ugly 3-0 beating.

“Yeah I think sometimes we’re working, [but] we’re not working smart and there’s a fine line there, and we’re not doing that right, it’s obvious,” said a disgusted Patrice Bergeron.

The Bruins center continued by saying, “We know where to be on the ice, we know how to execute, we know the system and we’re just not doing it. We’re just not in sync and it shows.”

Despite following the “so-called” system, the Black and Gold tallied 47 shots on net in a span of 60 minutes, (22 in the first period and 20 in the third period), but didn’t send a puck past Carolina goaltender Cam Ward, who earned his third shutout of his NHL career against Boston.

“I felt like I was seeing the puck well and for the most part,” said Ward. “I was really happy with my rebound control and we had to get off to a good start because we know that they play extremely hard, especially in their building, [but] to walk away out of the first period with a 1-0 lead, we felt good about that and improved our play in the second period.”

Boston also didn’t compliment Tuukka Rask, who recorded 28-saves between the pipes, and allowed one goal in each period.

“We had a lot of shots, but we just let them see the puck pretty well and didn’t go to the net too hard at times and, you know, let them get those easy shots. But, you know, I mean, tough game,” said Rask.

Carolina has now won six contests on the road this year, two of them in Boston’s barn, which certainly is a red flag for head coach Claude Julien, who appeared quite dumbfounded after his Boston’s eighth loss at home.

“There are certain teams during certain years that will give you a hard time, and they have. They’ve played us well, and they’ve made it hard on us, [but] at the same time, they’ve come in here with lots of confidence, [and] they beat us the last three games, I’d say pretty soundly, and so that’s what the situation is,” said Julien.

The season sweep marks the first time in Carolina history that the franchise has defeated the Bruins in a regular season series, too.

“Tonight we were just really bad. We just didn’t play well,” said Boston’s captain Zdeno Chara. “[It was] just a really bad night for us.”

The Bruins will look to bounce back, and recover from their awful performance on Saturday when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 1:00pm matinee.

Bruins-Hurricanes: Second Period Recap

By Matt Noonan 

BOSTON, MA – Trailing Carolina by one goal, Boston’s goaltender Tuukka Rask, (20 saves) attempted to jumpstart his team’s offense by recording various highlight reel saves. Yet, Rask’s efforts didn’t exactly help, as the Hurricanes took advantage of Boston’s lackluster player to notch their second goal of the evening, which Tuomo Ruutu connected on a backhanded rebound for the score at 16:41.

The Hurricanes tallied 14 shots in 20 minutes while the Bruins finished the period with five.

Boston had numerous scoring chances, but David Krejci, Dennis Seidenberg and Zdeno Chara could not poke the puck past Cam Ward, (27 saves).

Interesting Note: The Bruins have been held scoreless following the second period eight time this season. Also, Ward has two shutouts this season, and 18 in his NHL career. (Both notes were provided by the Bruins PR/Media Staff.). 

Bruins-Hurricanes: First Period Recap

By Matt Noonan 

BOSTON, MA – The Boston Bruins tallied 22 shots in 20 minutes, but couldn’t muster a goal.

Carolina potted one goal on eight shots, as Jiri Tlusty sent a pass from behind the net to Eric Staal, who whipped the puck past Tuukka Rask, (seven saves) to give the Hurricanes a 1-0 advantage.

Brandon Sutter attempted to extend the one goal lead a few minutes afterward, but sent the puck to the opposite side of the zone.

Boston had numerous scoring chances, especially throughout the opening 10 minutes when they recorded 10 shots on Cam Ward, (22 saves).

Chris Kelly currently leads the Black and Gold with three shots.

Interesting Note: This is the second time this season that Boston has recorded 20 or more shots in a period. Against the Winnipeg Jets on Jan. 10, the Black and Gold tallied 22 shots in the third period, and would up winning, 5-3. (Note courtesy Bruins PR/Media Staff). 

Daily Noontime – January 11, 2012

Nathan Horton scored two goals on Tuesday, which helped the Bruins defeat the Jets, 5-3! (Photo Credit: Zimbio.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Good Wednesday morning to all, and welcome into yet another tremendous edition of the Daily Noontime! Here are some of the day’s headlines and news, enjoy.

* Without left-winger Brad Marchand in the line-up, the Boston Bruins managed to pick up an important win against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday evening. Nathan Horton netted two of the team’s five goals, while Tuukka Rask recorded 29 saves between the pipes. The Bruins will enjoy a day of rest, and then welcome the Montreal Canadiens to the TD Garden on Thursday for a 7:00pm face-off.

* According to an article from ESPNBoston.com – Marchand expressed that he wasn’t happy to fork over $152,439.02. He also admitted that he was quite shocked that he was handed a five-game suspension, too.

* Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow told New England and Boston reporters that he admires Tom Brady, and certainly believes he can learn from him. Tebow was quoted for saying, “He’s been one of the best in the business and he’ll definitely go down as one of the best. My hat is off to him and his career and how great of a quarterback he’s been and good for him.”

* It’s been a few days since the Boston Celtics last played basketball, but on Wednesday, they’ll host the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks, who have won four of their last five contests. The Celtics winning streak was snapped last week when the Indiana Pacers handed them an 87-74 victory.

* Despite an interesting 34 minutes, Harvard’s men’s basketball team somehow prevailed, as the Crimson defeated Monmouth, 70-61.

Daily Noontime – January 6, 2012

Sources confirmed on Thursday that Bill O'Brien will be coaching the Penn State football team next season! (Photo Credit: NJ.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Good Friday morning to all, and welcome into another stupendous edition of the Daily Noontime!

Here’s some of the latest news, and headlines from the city of Boston, as well as six states of New England, enjoy.

* On Thursday evening, sources confirmed that New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien accepted the head coaching position with Penn State. However, ESPNBoston.com provided a rather intriguing blog on Friday morning that stated six “thoughts” on him accepting the position, as well as how it could effect the Patriots next week during the AFC Divisional round.

* The Boston Bruins returned to the Garden, hosted the Calgary, and manhandled the Flames, as the Black and Gold tallied nine goals in three periods. Patrice Bergeron and Nathan Horton lit the lamp twice, while Tuukka Rask recorded his third shutout of the season. Boston will return to the ice on Saturday afternoon when they welcome the Vancouver Canucks for a 2:00pm face-off.

* University of Massachusetts’s (Amherst) men’s basketball defeated Fordham University, 80-76, and University of Vermont beat Boston University, 83-69.

* The Boston Celtics will return to the parquet on Friday evening when they host the Indiana Pacers. The Green and White are currently on a four-game winning streak, and are hopeful that Ray Allen will be in the lineup, too.

Daily Noontime – January 4, 2012

According to sources -- Tuukka Rask wants to remain in Boston for the foreseeable future! (Photo Credit: ViewFromMySeats.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Good morning, and welcome into yet another edition of the newly refurbished Daily Noontime!

Here is some of the latest news swirling around the city of Boston, and six states of New England.

* Boston Bruins backup goaltender Tuukka Rask told the media on Tuesday that he wants to remain with the Black and Gold for the foreseeable future. Rask has played in 13 games this season, and has earned eight wins and two shutout victories. However, he’s expected to become a restricted free agent in July, but according to GM Peter Chiarelli, he believes that his second string goaltender will remain with the organization for the “future.”

* No. 21 Harvard dropped their second contest of the season in New York, as Fordham University defeated the Crimson men’s basketball team, 60-54. Despite the loss, Harvard remains undefeated at home, but has only won five-of-seven contests on the road this season, too.

* The only other basketball score to report is Yale University defeated Holy Cross, 82-67.

* New England Patriots offensive guard Brian Waters expressed to various media outlets that he hopes Gillette Stadium is loud for their first postseason contest on Saturday, Jan. 14, and possibly, Sunday, Jan. 22, too. Gillette Stadium isn’t exactly the most intimidating place to play, but Waters believes the place can be “loud.”

* Games to Watch: The Bruins will face-off against the New Jersey Devils this evening at 7:30pm, while the Celtics will host the New Jersey Nets for a 7:30pm tip-off. Also, Northeastern University’s men’s basketball team will host University of North Carolina Wilmington at the Matthews Arena; tip-off is scheduled for 7:00pm.

Marchand, Rask Lead Boston Past Florida, 8-0


By Matt Noonan 

BOSTON, MA — Over the past few weeks, the Boston Bruins have been unstoppable.

The Black and Gold have only dropped two games in the month of December by a combined score of 4-1, but on Friday, Boston skated flawlessly in an 8-0 shellacking of the Florida Panthers.

“We played a good game,” said the smiling Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask. “Lots and lots of good things and lots and lots of goals, so it’s good for the fans I think.”

This was indeed a great game, as Brad Marchand tallied a career high five-points, (three goals and two assists), while Rask recorded his second shutout of the season, and 10th of his career.

Boston also received some help from Patrice Bergeron, who recorded a goal and two assists.

Gregory Campbell, Dennis Seidenberg and Benoit Pouliot also made an impact, as each player registered one goal in the team’s 23rd victory of the season.

 

“I think we were moving our feet well [on Friday], and being hard on the forecheck, and causing some turnovers,” said Bergeron, when asked about his team’s performance.

Bergeron continued by saying, “We talked about that last game, in the third period, [and] I thought that’s what gave us success, so we had to keep that going [for the rest of the season].”

The Bruins certainly made a statement in the opening period, as Boston recorded four goals in 14 minutes, which practically solidified the victory, and the evening.

“We’re playing well and we’re winning and it’s a little easier to get in the game when we play like this,” said Pouliot. “We are on a great run right now and we have a good break and hopefully we’ll keep going after [the holiday’s conclude].”

Boston will certainly want to keep this success going, especially since it seems that the Bruins have officially found their championship mojo.

“Well, the one thing I said to them was we’ve gone from 15th to first in less than two months – they deserve a lot of credit for that and they worked hard to accomplish that and I think it’s important that they enjoy the three days of the Christmas holiday they have,” said head coach Claude Julien.

Julien continued to elaborate on his team’s performance over the past few weeks when he stated, “And those three days will be beneficial to us hopefully not just in the long run, but in the short term. If we come back with the right approach and the right attitude, and head out on the road and play Phoenix, and take off where we left off, then that three days will look even better.”

The Bruins will certainly want to preserve their successful trend from the past few weeks when they travel to Arizona on Wednesday, (Dec. 27) to visit the Coyotes.