Happy Friday to everyone! Let’s kick-start the final work day with some headlines and news from…Boston! Also, Happy Birthday Fenway Park!
* The Washington Capitals evened their best of seven game series with Boston on Thursday, as they defeated the Bruins, 2-1. Braden Holtbydeflected 44 shots between the pipes, while Rich Peverleynotched Boston’s only strike in the first period.
* Boston and Washington will return to the ice for Game No. 5 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinals series on Saturday afternoon at the TD Garden — face-off is scheduled for 3:00pm.
* The Boston Red Sox will commemorate their 100-year-old ballpark on Friday when they host the New York Yankees for a 3:05pm first pitch. Both squads met at Fenway Park on this exact date 100 years ago, too.
* Clay Buchholz will be on the mound for the Red Sox on Friday, and will oppose Ivan Nova, who has won two contests this season against Baltimore and Los Angles.
* Finally, the Boston Celtics will play their final regular season road contest on Friday when they travel to Atlanta to face the Hawks — tip-off is at 7:00pm.
It’s Friday, which means… it’s time to break into song and dance! However, before we do that, let’s kick-start the final work day with some headlines and news from the city of champions…Boston!
* The Boston Bruins began their Stanley Cup title defense on Thursday with a 1-0 overtime win against the Washington Capitals. Chris Kellynotched the game-winner, while Tim Thomasturned away 17 shots. Boston and Washington will return to the ice for Game No. 2 on Saturday at the TD Garden.
* Against Washington in Game No. 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals – Boston’s 2011 power play woes continued, as the Bruins ended the game 0-for-4. The Bruins somehow managed to win the Cup last season with an awful power play, but Claude Julien knows that particular unit needs to improve.
* The Boston Red Sox will play their home opener on Friday, as they welcome Tampa Bay to Fenway Park. The Sox enter the contest with a 1-5 record, while the Rays are 4-2 and tied atop the AL East with the Toronto Blue Jays.
* The Boston Celtics will look to build off their two most recent victories against Atlanta and Miami on Friday when they travel to Toronto for a 7:00pm tip-off. The Green and White have eight contests remaining, and five of those games will be played on the road.