Daily Noontime: Thursday, March 5th, 2020


By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation

It’s Thursday, which means we need to work extra hard for another weekend – it will be here tomorrow (rejoice!), so make sure to drink extra water this morning and afternoon.

The Wednesday wind has vanished it seems – I am not hearing the whistling like I did yesterday (outside my office), which is a good sign, right? There may be snow on the horizon – that would be tomorrow, to be exact – but then the warmer weather will return, which certainly makes me happy (and I hope you, as well).

Let’s have another great day by starting it with the Daily Noontime – enjoy, everyone!

Good News: The Boston Celtics snapped their two-game losing streak. Yep, the Boston Celtics returned to their winning ways last night without a good chunk of their marquee players and beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 112-106.

Jayson Tatum returned to the lineup after being sidelined with an illness earlier this week and netted a team-high 32 points to go with nine rebounds and six assists.

With the win, the Celtics improve to 42-19 and will return to action tomorrow night when they host the Utah Jazz for an 8 p.m. tip-off.

Boston caps its two-game Florida trip this evening: The Boston Bruins will look to depart Florida with another win – they beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-1, on Tuesday evening and have a chance to pick up two more points this evening against the Florida Panthers at 7 p.m.

While the Bruins were idle last night, one of their former players, Johnny Boychuk, needed 90 stitches to his “eyelid after being hit in the face with a skate.” Luckily, the current New York Islanders defensemen did not suffer any damage to his eye (sigh of relief!).

The Boston Red Sox received some good news yesterday regarding Chris Sale and that is he will not need Tommy John surgery. This is certainly good news, but it is inevitable that something will have to happen (or at least help the pitcher alleviate the pain or discomfort) going forward.

Will he need surgery in the future? Perhaps, but maybe the Red Sox should consider signing a free agent or two to sure up the pitching staff.

The Babson College men’s lacrosse team scored their first win over Endicott College yesterday since 2003. Babson erased a one-goal deficit at the break to beat the Gulls and improve to 3-1 overall.

Ethan Carpenter matched his career-high with five points on four assists and one goal while Chi Chi Price netted two goals in the win.

As for the Endicott women’s lacrosse team, they scored an impressive win against Trinity College to improve to 2-0 this season. Gabriella Prisco and Maya Feigenbaum each recorded three goals and one assist in the win.

James Santoro scored the game-winning goal for the Engineers in double-overtime yesterday as MIT outlasted UMass Dartmouth to improve to 2-1 overall. Three members of the Engineers finished Wednesday’s epic contest with two goals while Andrew Palleiko turned aside a season-high 10 shots.

Lauren Manis netted her 2,000th career point last night as the Holy Cross women’s basketball team cruised past Loyola (Md.) and secured a home date with Lafayette next Monday, March 9th in the Patriot League Tournament.

Manis is now the third player in program history to net 2,000 points or more – she joins Amy O’Brien (2,075 points) and Sherry Levin (2,253 points).

Finally, we’re one day away from the start of the 2020 NCAA D-III Basketball Tournament and one team you should certainly keep your eyes on is Smith College, which captured its first-ever New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown on Sunday.

And one of the players you should watch on Smith tomorrow is first-year Jessie Ruffner, who finished Sunday’s championship game with 15 points and a game-high four steals.

Daily Noontime – April 4, 2012

Sidney Crosby recorded two goals against Boston on Tuesday! (Photo Credit: Yahoo! Sports)

By NoontimeSports.com 

It’s “hump day,” which means this week is almost over, but please… don’t cry! Let’s jumpstart the morning with some news and headlines from the city of champions…Boston!

* Sidney Crosby netted two goals, while goaltender Brent Johnson recorded 26 saves, as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, 5-3. The loss marks the end of a two-game winning streak, which saw Boston defeat the New York Islanders and New York Rangers.

* The Bruins have two more games remaining on their regular season slate, and they’ll return to the ice on Thursday when they travel to Ottawa to face the Senators.

* Prior to Tuesday’s face-off, Tyler Seguin received the Seventh Player Award for his performance on the ice this season. Seguin leads the Bruins with 65 points in 78 games, which is an enormous improvement from last year. In 2010-11, Seguin recorded 22 points in 74 games.

* The Boston Celtics will return to the hardwood on Wednesday when they host the San Antonio Spurs at 7:30pm. The Green and White have won 15 of their last 20 contests, and will look to earn their sixth consecutive win, too.

* According to sources – Ray Allen received a cortisone shot recently, and is hopeful that he’ll be able to return to the lineup soon. Allen hasn’t played for roughly two weeks since he sustained a sore right ankle injury.

* Finally, Bruins head coach Claude Julien remains optimistic about Johnny Boychuk, who sustained a leg injury during the third period against the Penguins. Boychuk told reporters he felt “good,” but wasn’t sure if he’d be able to attend practice on Wednesday.   

Daily Noontime – March 9, 2012

Boston has now won back-to-back games for the first time since January 10 and 12. (Photo Credit: Star-Telegram).

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Friday to everyone, and welcome into another grand-slam edition of the Daily Noontime! We’ve got some news, updates and headlines, so let’s get rolling!

* The Boston Bruins earned their 40th win of the season on Thursday when they defeated the Buffalo Sabres, 3-1. Gregory CampbellJohnny Boychuk  and David Krejci all scored goals, while Tim Thomas deflected 19 shots. The Bruins have now won back-to-back games for the first time since January, and will return to the ice on Saturday when they host the Washington Capitals at 1:00pm.

* The Boston Celtics will look to snap their one-game skid on Friday when they host the Portland Trailblazers at 7:30pm. The Green and White are currently clinging to the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference, and would probably play against Chicago or Miami in the playoffs. However, there is still a decent amount of time remaining before the tournament begins, right?

* According to reports – former Boston Celtics guard-forward Gerald Green inked his name on a 10-day contract with the New Jersey Nets on Thursday.

* The Boston College Eagles men’s basketball team didn’t exactly recover from a slow start on Thursday during their first ACC tournament game, as North Carolina State handed them a 78-57 loss.

* Finally, the Providence College men’s ice hockey team shocked University of Massachusetts (Lowell) on Thursday in Game 1 of the Hockey East quarterfinals, 5-3.

Boston Stretches Winning Streak to Four Games, Beats Edmonton, 6-3

By Matt Noonan 

BOSTON, MA – Against the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday, Boston added yet another win to their “November to remember,” as well as stretched their most recent winning streak to four games with a 4-2 victory at the TD Garden.

“[This win] is more like us,” said Bruins left winger Milan Lucic. “That feeling around here is starting to be like we’re used to… it’s been a lot of hard work, and [we’re] starting to have a lot of fun, and we want to keep having fun.”

Boston kicked-started their offense seven minutes into the first period with a Johnny Boychuk goal, as well as Jordan Caron’s first score of the season, which gave the hometown team a two-point advantage before Edmonton erased it three minutes later with two quick strikes in a span of 29-seconds, which came off the sticks of Ryan Smyth and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

“[It was] a tough start,” said Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask, who finished the game with 27 saves. “I was bouncing the puck between rebounds, and then you get guys like Smyth in front of a net, who’s really good with that stick and tipping those pucks.”

The Bruins eventually overcame their lackluster play during the final few minutes of the opening period, as Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin rifled two shots past Oilers goaltender Devan Dubnyk, (22-saves) in the second period before Smyth registered Edmonton’s final goal of the game late in the third period.

However, Edmonton’s potential rally was denied literally two minutes later, as Boston recorded two back-to-back strikes in a span of 44-seconds to secure their seventh victory of the season, and their fifth at the Garden.

“I thought we were doing pretty good things out there, and that results in those scoring chances,” said Rask.

“They’re a team that goes to the net really hard. They play pretty sound defensively and they really try to lock up that neutral zone and try to force that other team to make mistakes and unfortunately for us tonight, we kind of played right into their game plan,” said Oilers left winger Taylor Hall.

The Bruins will look to extend their four-game winning streak to five games on Saturday when they host the Buffalo Sabres for a 7:00pm clash.

Bruins Snap Three-Game Losing Streak, Beat Senators, 5-3


By Matt Noonan 

BOSTON, MA — October wasn’t exactly the greatest month for the Boston Bruins, who posted a [3-7] record.

However, on the first day of November, the men dressed in black and yellow turned the page, and ended their three-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory against the Ottawa Senators, as well as their fourth win of the season.

“I think we were trying to maintain that 60-minute focus in our game,” said Bruins head coach Claude Julien. “I think everybody was on the same page tonight as far as, don’t hang your heads, let’s go out there, let’s get the next goal, and let’s find a way to win this game.”

“I think overall we battled hard,” said Senators goaltender Craig Anderson. “Give [Boston] credit, their PK [penalty kill] was good. Overall we battled to make it 3-3 and we were in the game and we just couldn’t seem to stick with it and find a way to get a point.”

Ottawa set the tone early by scoring twice on nine-shots in the first period, thanks to Nick Foligno, (one goal, two assists) and Stephane Da Costa, while Boston countered with Milan Lucic on the team’s second power play of the game before Patrice Bergeron, (three goals, two assists in his last five games), added the Bruins second goal early in the middle period. Then, after Bergeron re-energized the TD Garden crowd, Chris Kelly, (one goal, one assist) rifled the puck past Craig Anderson 14-minutes later, and gave the Bruins a one-goal advantage heading into the second intermission.

[Rich] Peverley entered the zone with a lot of speed and everyone was pretty much concentrated on him because he was moving so fast, and I just tried to find the high slot there and it was a great job by Jordan [Caron] to be at the net there,” said Kelly, when asked to describe his goal.

Jared Cowen kicked-off the final period with his Ottawa’s final score of the evening, as he pushed the puck past Tim Thomas to tie the game before Boston rebounded once again, and netted two goals in a span of 37-seconds. Johnny Boychuk and Daniel Paille not only gave the Bruins their largest lead of the game, but also recorded their first goals of the season, and officially ended any possible comeback by the Senators.

“Getting that first one by you and now you don’t have to worry about it. I think last year it took me until January, so I feel a little bit better,” said Boychuck.

Obviously, the Bruins have struggled this season, but earning a win against a Senators team that entered Tuesday’s affair atop the Northeast Division might give Boston some confidence, especially against Toronto on Saturday.

“Hopefully we can build off this and have a couple good practices before we go into Toronto,” said Kelly.