Facing a win or go home scenario, Boston buckled down and defeated Washington on Sunday at the Verizon Center, 4-3 in overtime, and forced a seventh game in this particular Eastern Conference quarterfinals series.
How The Game Was Won:The Bruins earned a 3-2 lead midway through the third period before the Capitals evened the score with an Alex Ovechkin tally at 15:08, which prompted an extra session.
In the fourth frame, Boston earned their second overtime victory of the series on their third strike by Seguin, who managed to weave past Washington’s netminder Braden Holtby, (27 saves) for the clincher.
Seguin’s Goal Cracked Holtby: With a chance to help his team punch their ticket to the Eastern Conference semi-finals, Washington’s 22-year-old netminder deflected two shots by Boston in overtime, but couldn’t contain their third, as Seguin snuck the puck past Holtby for the game-winning goal.
Seguin’s strike propelled an animated postgame celebration on the ice, and pushed the momentum arrow toward Boston. It also exhibited that Holtby isn’t comfortable with traffic in front of the net, too.
Holtby has been rather impressive against Boston, but one might wonder, will he be able to rebound on Wednesday?
Two-Goal First Period: Entering Sunday’s afternoon affair, Boston had won 16 contests when they scored two or more goals in the first period.
Against the Capitals, the Bruins ended the opening period with a 2-1 lead, and wound up beating their first round foe by one goal.
Boston is now 17-0-0 when notching two or more tallies in the opening frame.
Game No. 7: Last season, Boston won two consecutive game sevens, and will attempt to earn their first of the 2012 playoffs on Wednesday.
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.
Boston’s power play woes continued, as they ended the contest 0 for 1, while Washington recorded a power play at 18:43 in the second period.
Both teams will return to the ice on Saturday afternoon, as Boston will host Washington for a critical fifth game of the series. Last year, Boston won the fifth game of their opening round series against Montreal, and wound up defeating the Canadiens in seven games.
What will happen this year? Thoughts? Ideas? Analysis? Feel free to post your comments about this particular series below!
Good Monday to everyone, and let’s welcome back the Daily Noontime! After a week off, we’re back and ready to roll. So, without further ado, let’s kick-start the day with some headlines and news.
* The Boston Celtics tallied 53 first half points and never looked back, as the Green and White defeated the Washington Wizards at home on Sunday, 88-76. Avery Bradleypaced the Celtics with 23 points, while Paul Piercetallied 21 points. Boston is now 26-22, and will attempt to earn another “w” on Monday when they travel to Charlotte to tip-off against the Bobcats at 7:00pm.
* Marty Turcorecorded his first win in a Boston sweater on Sunday, as the Bruins defeated the Anaheim Ducks, 3-2. The win marks a 2-1 record for the Black and Gold, who’ll be returning home from their west coast trip on Tuesday to face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Boston has seven games remaining on their schedule, and certainly each match will be critical for the Black and Gold, especially if they’d like to remain the second seed in the Eastern Conference.
* For the first time in 19 games, Rich Peverleyreturned to the ice after sustaining a MCL sprain in his right knee a few weeks ago. The forward told the media after the game concluded that he felt good, and was content about being able to play, too.
* Boston College will return to the Frozen Four for the second time in three seasons, as the Eagles defeated Minnesota-Duluth on Sunday at the DCU Center in Worcester, 4-0. Minnesota-Duluth was the defending champions, but apparently BC was too much for them. The Eagles will return to the ice on Thursday, April 5, when they face-off against the University of Minnesota.
* Finally, New England Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light, who according to sources is expected to retire, was recently elected to NFL Players Association executive committee. He told reporters that he’s committed to helping younger players grow in the sport he loves.
Happy Monday everyone, and welcome into a brand new edition of the Daily Noontime! Here are some headlines and news swirling around the city of Boston.
* Literally one day after the Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine announced that his team would ban beer in the clubhouse, Tampa Bay Rays skipper Joe Maddon lashed out by telling the press that his ball club would be allowed to enjoy an “adult beverage” in their club house. Maddon also told the Tampa Bay Times that the Rays are not the Red Sox. So, with all of this being said, should we consider this motivation for Boston to beat Tampa Bay this year?
* Monday will certainly be a busy day for the Boston Bruins, who’ll attempt to initiate a trade before the NHL deadline concludes in the afternoon. Boston could certainly use some help at the wing position, especially since Nathan Hortonand Rich Peverleyare currently sidelined with injuries. The Bruins concluded their more recent six-game swing with a 3-2-1 record, and will return to the ice on Tuesday evening when they welcome the Ottawa Senators to the TD Garden for a 7:00pm face-off.
* The Boston Celtics will look to snap their five-game losing streak on Tuesday when they travel to Cleveland for a 7:00pm tip-off against the Cavaliers. The Green and White are currently ranked eighth in the Eastern Conference, and on-par to make the playoffs. However, Cleveland, who is ranked ninth in the conference, is one-and-half games behind Boston for the eighth and final playoff spot.
It’s been a while since a dark, stormy cloud drifted over the city of Boston.
For the past few weeks, Bostonians and New Englanders have appeared aggravated and disgusted with their four major professional sports teams because they’ve either struggled or disengaged.
Yet, let’s take a step back and realize that these particular days will pass because Boston is still technically the “City of Champions,” especially since all four major sports teams have won at least one championship in the past 11-years, right?
So, without further ado, let’s take a stroll downtown and check in with the Bruins, Celtics and Red Sox, who’re currently stealing the spotlight from the New England Patriots, who ended their season a few weeks ago in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Thoughts on the Sox: It’s way too early to deem the upcoming Boston Red Sox season a failure, especially since it’s only been two days of pitchers and catchers.
Manager Bobby Valentine has done a rather decent job with the club over the past few days, and appears eager to help everyone improve, especially Daisuke Matsuzaka, who according to the Boston Globe, played catch with his skipper on Monday. However, the highly touted pitcher isn’t expected to return the Fenway Park bump until midseason, as he’s currently recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Carl Crawford seems focused and determined to improve his performance from last season, despite ending the year with 129 hits, 29 doubles, seven triples, 56 RBIs and 18 stolen bases. Also, he struck out 104 times at the plate, too. Yet, similar to Matsuzaka, Valentine doesn’t want to push his leftfielder back into the lineup because he’s currently recovering from surgery on his left wrist.
Finally, a majority of the Sox position players have already arrived in Fort Myers, which is a hopeful sign that they’ve moved on from their chicken and beer rituals from last season. Boston is expected to conduct their first full team workouts on Thursday, and I’m sure after it concludes, we’ll have plenty to discuss around the water cooler in regards to David Ortizto Cody Rossto Jason Varitek.
The aging Boston Celtics: Literally two weeks ago, I was sitting in the TD Garden watching the Green and White face a Memphis Grizzlies squad that probably should have won this particular clash, especially because they’re younger, quicker, stronger and faster. Although, Kevin Garnett denied the Grizzlies of a much needed win by turning in 22 points and nine rebounds, which helped Boston escape with a 98-80 victory.
Although, ever since that particular day, Boston has endued a 2-6 slump, which includes two losses to a struggling Detroit Pistons team that’ll most likely miss the Eastern Conference playoffs.
The Celtics are a complete mess, and need something or someone to spark their offense and defense, but what exactly should they do?
Should team president Danny Ainge create a blockbuster move or keep the roster intact?
What would Red Auerbach do? OK, that maybe the wrong thing to ask, but really, what would the former coach do in this particular situation?
It’s hard to determine what will happen over the next few weeks, but it’s pretty certain that a change is needed, especially if Boston plans to contend for some hardware in June.
The Bruins need to score goals: Similar to the Celtics, the Bruins are struggling.
They’ve lost two of their last three contests, and registered a goose egg (zero) on the scoreboard for the sixth time this season this past Sunday when the Minnesota Wild blanked them, 2-0 on national television.
However, Boston can salvage their current six-game road trip with wins in St. Louis, Buffalo and Ottawa, which might turn some frowns upside down.
Various reports on Tuesday and Wednesday confirmed that Nathan Hortonis expected to remain sidelined, while Rich Peverleycontinues to be hampered by a knee injury. Also, Shawn Thorntonhas been battling an illness, which could prevent him from playing against the Blues on Wednesday.
Although, despite the various injuries, as well as bumps and bruises I think, Patrice Bergeronsummed it up perfectly when he told the media that his teammates aren’t expecting the front office to locate a “savior” to assist the Bruins, who’re currently on par to snag the second seed in the Eastern Conference.
I don’t think a drastic change is necessary for this particular squad. What Boston needs to do is focus on scoring the first goal, and capitalizing on it. They also need Tim Thomasto keep his mind on hockey, not politics or social media.
The Bruins will be fine, but I’m not ruling out a potential trade that could help Boston in May and June.
Happy Friday, and welcome into yet another stupendous edition of the Daily Noontime! Here are some headlines and news to kick-start the final weekday!
* Chicago outscored Boston, 29-21 in the final frame, which helped the Bulls defeat the Celtics in the Windy City, 89-80. Chicago has now won 27 games, while Boston falls to 15-14 on the year, as well as 4-6 on the road. Carlos Boozerand Luol Dengpaced Chicago with 23 points apiece, while Kevin Garnettled Boston with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Boston will look to snap their two-game skid on Sunday, when they travel to Detroit to face the Pistons for a 6:00pm tip-off.
* The Boston Bruins will continue their six-game swing on Friday evening, as they travel to Winnipeg to face the Jets. The Black and Gold are expected to be without RichPeverley, who sustained a knee injury on Wednesday against Montreal. Also, Nathan Hortoncontinues to remain sidelined due to a concussion he sustained against Philadelphia in January.
* Sources confirmed on Thursday that Brad Marchandwon’t be suspended for a hit on Montreal’s Alexei Emelinfrom this past Wednesday. NHL Senior VP of Player Safety Brandon Shanahan tweeted that there won’t be any disciple for the Bruins winger.
* Jason Varitekand Tim Wakefieldhave yet to show up at the Boston Red Sox spring training facility in Florida. Both players want to return to the club, but according to sources, Boston said they’re not guaranteeing roster spots for either player, but instead have offered minor league contracts with an invitation to attend Spring Training.