Tomorrow night the Boston Bruins will take on the Florida Panthers at the TD Garden at 7:00 PM. In their last three match ups this season, the Bruins have trumped the Panthers all three times. But it will take a lot more than past history for the Bruins to secure their win tomorrow night. (more)
It’s almost spring, which means only one thing…BASEBALL. The Red Sox this past weekend started their spring training schedule, which gives us hope in Boston that the season is just around the corner. The 2013 World Series Champions played Minnesota Friday and Saturday, and then they played Baltimore yesterday afternoon. Here’s what happened down in the Sunshine state. (more)
The Bruins beat the New York Rangers on the road last night (6-3). This was their first win since returning from the NHL and Olympic break. Although it was a slow and sloppy start for the B’s, they found their rhythm and alleviated Tuukka Rask from the Rangers firing shots at him early in the first period. (more)
Kevin Garnett came through with 28 points and 11 rebounds to lead his Celtics past the Phoenix Suns 115-103 yesterday at Boston’s TD Garden. KG and crew were certainly extra motivated after scoring just 71 points in a road loss to Phoenix one month prior. The C’s have now won three straight and were able to snap the Sun’s four-game winning streak in the process.
Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo each contributed 16 points while producing game high numbers in different categories (Rondo had 15 assists and Pierce pulled down 16 boards). Newcomer Nenad Krstic had 13 points from 4-of-6 shooting. Glen Davis scored 14 during his 26 minutes on the floor before straining his left knee at the end of the fourth block. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI this afternoon to determine the severity of the injury.
“We’re back to that injury bug and trying to maneuver around it,” said Garnett. “Unfortunately, Baby’s going to be out. We haven’t got a lot of time left, but hopefully he’s better than the norm and he’s not out for too long — or he’s not out period. Baby’s a trooper, he’s been playing hurt throughout this whole year and some of last year.” The Celtics are next set to host the Golden State Warriors tomorrow night at 7:30 PM.
Nate Robinson has already found his rhythm as a member of the Boston Celtics, netting 4-of-5 from long range last night to help his squad battle past the Detroit Pistons 105-100 at The Palace. The former New York Knicks stand-out’s 14 points in 15 minutes played certainly exceeds expectations in regards to his new role.
“This was big for us,” said Ray Allen following his 18 point performance. “Nate was big. He can get to the basket, he can hit the mid-range stuff and he can get the 3-ball. That helps us a lot with the second unit.”
The Celts were desperate for a win after falling to the last place New Jersey Nets last weekend at home. A road win in Detroit might be just what they need to build momentum looking ahead to the last two months of the regular season. The C’s are scheduled to head back to Boston to host the Charlotte Bobcats tonight at 7:30 PM. Boston Celtics tickets are now available!
Ryan Callahan contributed two second period goals for the New York Rangers to defeat the Ottawa Senators 4-1 Tuesday at Scotiabank Place. The Senators were skating strong to start with a Milan Michalek score 3:51 into the contest. From there the Rangers took over, netting all four of their game total goals in the second. They kept the lead through the final block as both squads failed to further produce on the offensive end.
“I just thought we stayed with it,” said Rangers coach John Tortorella. “Even though we were down 1-0 – the first shot goes in – I thought we played a good first period. I thought we were pretty good through the neutral zone, our forechecking was coming, we give up an odd-man rush that cost us but we stayed with it and continued to just try to play a simple game.” The Rangers are next set to take on Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins tomorrow night while the Senators hit the road to matchup with the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Boston Bruins recently made a few roster adjustments following their return from the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. The Bruins were able to pick up Dennis Seidenberg and Matthew Bartkowski from the Florida Panthers for Byron Bitz and Craig Weller. The Anaheim Ducks sent Steve Kampfer to Boston for a fourth-round draft pick. Lastly, the B’s reached a deal with the Edmonton Oilers, trading Matt Marquardt for Cody Wild. The NHL trade deadline is 3:00 PM this afternoon.
In their first game at the Garden since the break, the Bruins found themselves struggling in the third period of play. The defense ended up allowing four goals through the block, resulting in a 4-1 Montreal Canadiens victory. “You could tell we hadn’t played in a couple of weeks,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien. “Somehow, we started to fade after they scored that first goal.”
Boston is now 27-23-11 heading into Thursday’s contest against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Make sure to purchase your Boston Bruins tickets as they fight to solidify their playoff spot in the home stretch of the regular season!
Unfortunately, Long Beach, CA band Sublime didn’t find mainstream success until after lead singer/songwriter Bradley Nowell died of a heroin overdose in 1996. Though drummer Bug Gaugh and bassist Eric Wilson would form Long Beach Dub Allstars with members of the band’s extended family, they never attempted a “proper” sort of reunion. After a small show featuring Gaugh’s new band, Del Mar, he took the stage with Wilson and a singer known only as “Rome”. The trio played a set of Sublime classics, as well as a new song to an enthusiastic crowd.
Del Mar’s MySpace page confirms the reunion and adds to speculation of a full tour: “we’re ******* stoked for Bud, Eric and Rome … Bud’s still playing with Del Mar, and Sublime doesn’t have any firm tour plans or anything YET, but we’ll keep you posted on their progress.”
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Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel will be joining teammate Mike Vrabel in Kansas City after dealing with the Chiefs. New England gave them away for just the #34th pick in the draft, knowing they were able to free up approximately $20 million in cap space.
Last season Cassel stepped in after Tom Brady went down with a season ending knee injury in their first game. From there he was able to lead the Pats to an 11-5 record while throwing for 21 touchdowns and earning an 89.2 QB passer rating. After seven years as a back up with Southern California and the Patriots, Cassel finally got his chance to prove he was first string quality.
After a more than successful season, to keep Cassel the Patriots would have to offer at least $14 million his way to keep him on the roster. New England decided to give him a possible starting opportunity elsewhere, knowing their star Tom Brady is fully expected to be recovered by the start of next season. “I’m feeling great. I’m feeling really good,” said Brady. “Everything is progressing just as I expected.”
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