Allen Iverson’s move to Detroit has helped the Pistons get past the Lakers and the Cavs but not their Eastern Conference rival, Boston Celtics. The Celtics ruined Iverson’s home debut with Detroit a couple of weeks ago. It was more of the same last night at the TD Banknorth Garden as the Celtics prevailed over Detroit 98-80. Iverson managed 16 points and 4 assists but was outplayed by Celtics’ point guard Rajon Rondo. Rondo scored 18 and had 8 assists as the leading scorer for Boston last night.
Both teams scored 21 points in the 1st but Boston would pull away in the 2nd and 3rd quarters outscoring Detroit 56-36 in that stretch. The Celtics got 15 points out of Kevin Garnett who returned from a one game suspension. Rasheed Wallace would add 13 points and 6 rebounds for Detroit. Last night marked the 5th straight game where the Celtics held the Pistons to under 90 points.
The Celtics will play their next two games on the road before returning home to the TD Banknorth Garden to host the Golden State Warriors on 11/26. Celtics tickets are available for all remaining 2008-2009 games.
Despite a slow and sloppy start to last night’s game against the Dallas Stars, the Chicago Blackhawks were able to turn it around in the second half of the game, eventually winning 6-3. Dallas got it going early, scoring the first goal and outshooting Chicago 10-1 at one point. Brenden Morrow got the lone first period goal for the Stars at the 7:37 mark. The Blackhawks were able to tie it up at the end of the first on a wrist shot by Patrick Kane.
The Blackhawks would play a more involved and intense game in the second period. They took their first lead of the night on Ben Eager’s second period goal assisted by Dave Bolland. A Stars’ power play goal by Mike Modano would even the score at 2 apiece just one minute later. Near the end of the second period, Chicago rookie Kris Versteeg broke a 3-3 tie with a power play goal. Chicago would hang on to this lead for good adding two goals in the third period from Martin Havlat and Patrick Kane.
The Blackhawks will play their next four on the road before returning to the United Center on 12/3 to host the Anaheim Ducks. Chicago Blackhawks tickets are available for all 2008-2009 games now.
The score after one period of play between the Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres last night stood at 4-3, which sounds more like a final score than a first period score. It was the first time since 1995 that the Bruins have been involved in a seven goal first period. The scoring wouldn’t stop there for the Bruins as they added four more goals to take a 7-4 win over Buffalo after trailing for much of the first period.
The offense started quickly for both teams last night. Five goals were scored before 6 minutes of hockey were played. Buffalo would hold the lead three different times in the first on goals by Jason Pominville, Derek Roy, and two by Thomas Vanek. The Bruins would answer with three goals in the first by Chuck Kobasew, David Krejci, and Marc Savard.
The second and third periods were all Bruins as the Sabres seemed to run out of gas. Bruins goalie Manny Fernandez also settled down nicely in the net and didn’t allow another goal after the 12:37 mark of the first period. The Bruins got second period goals from Chuck Kobasew and Zdeno Chara who scored twice on power plays. Phil Kessel added an insurance goal in the third period.
At 12-3-4 the Boston Bruins lead the North East Division and trail the Rangers by two points for the overall lead in the Eastern Conference. The Bruins will host the Panthers on Friday night 11/21. Bruins tickets are available for this game.
The Boston Red Sox were able to free up some money, move an outfielder and pick up a solid reliever via a trade with the Kansas City Royals today. Centerfielder Coco Crisp will be heading to the Royals in a deal for right handed reliever Ramon Ramirez. Crisp split time in the outfield with Jacoby Ellsbury but was owed $5.75 million in 2009, too rich for a part time player. The move also helps the Red Sox free up cash for a very good free agent market this off-season.
Ramon Ramirez appeared in 71 games in 2008 with a 2.64 ERA in 71 1/3 innings. He was 3-2 with one save.
The Boston Celtics certainly missed Kevin Garnett’s defense last night against the New York Knicks. Garnett missed the game due to a one game suspension for an altercation in a game this past weekend. The Celtics gave up a rare 101 points but were able to outlast the Knicks for a 110-101 victory. Crowd favorite Brian Scalabrine got a start in place of Garnett and wound up hitting a clutch 3 pointer late in the game.
Paul Pierce led the way for Boston last night with 22 points and 8 rebounds as Boston earned its 10th win of the year. Kendrick Perkins stepped up with 16 points while Rondo and Allen added 15 points each. The win was the 7th in a row for the Celtics against the Knicks.
The Celtics will host Allen Iverson and the Detroit Pistons on 11/20 at the TD Banknorth Garden. Celtics tickets are still available for this game.
The Boston Bruins didn’t let Saturday night’s shootout loss to the Rangers get them down. Boston bounced right back on Monday night with a 3-2 over the Toronto Maple Leafs for their 6th win in 7 games. The Bruins now have an 11-3-4 record on the year, good for first place in the Northeast Division.
The Bruins jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Phil Kessel and Matt Hunwick. Jason Blake would cut the Bruins lead in half with his goal for Toronto at the end of the first period. The Maple Leafs would press hard for the equalizer goal in the second period, peppering Tim Thomas with shots. It was during one of these attacks that Bruins Forward, Michael Ryder was able to steal the puck up ice and score for the Bruins, restoring their two goal lead. The Maple Leafs would add a goal in the third period but would not be able to force a tie in this one.
The Boston Bruins will play their next two games at home. They host Buffalo on 11/19 and Florida on 11/21. Bruins tickets are available for these games.
Boston Red Sox second-baseman Dustin Pedroia won the 2008 AL MVP award, the first time a 2B has won the award since Nellie Fox in 1959 for the Chicago White Sox. Dustin received 317 total points in the voting beating out Justin Morneau who had 257 points and teammate Kevin Youkilis who finished third in the voting with 201 points. Dustin is also the first Red Sox player to win the award since Mo Vaughn in 1995. Pedroia batted .326 in 2008 with 83 RBI and was the heart and soul of the Boston Red Sox. Congratulations to Dustin Pedroia and the Boston Red Sox.
USA Today Sports Weekly recently released a list ranking all MLB franchises by a number of criteria (including on-field performance and front office business). The Boston Red Sox secured the top spot; thanks in part to five postseason trips in the past two years, two World Series titles, one rookie of the year and multiple Cy Young Award candidates, a healthy mix of high profile veterans and successful home-grown rookies, and maintaining and improving Fenway Park. The ownership group, helmed by John Henry, Tom Werner, and Larry Lucchino, has turned the Red Sox into a very successful brand name.
2009 Boston Red Sox Tickets are available for all games!
The New York Jets and the New England Patriots got week 11 of NFL Football off to an exciting night on Thursday, with NY taking the win and 1st place in the AFC East with an OT win.
11/13/08New York Jets (7-3) 34 New England Patriots (6-4) 31 – Despite a career day for Matt Cassell complete with fourth quarter comeback the Jets were the victors in OT as Favre and company took first place in the AFC East.
11/16/08Miami Dolphins (6-4) 17 Oakland Raiders (2-8) 15 - Chad Pennington and the Dolphins just did squeeze out a two point win over the pitiful Oakland Raiders.
New York Giants (9-1) 30 Baltimore Ravens (6-4) 10 - The Giants rushed for over 200 yards against one of the best rushing defenses in the NFL in the Baltimore Ravens. The Giants are cruising at 9-1.
Indianapolis Colts (6-4) 33 Houston Texans (3-7) 27 - Manning’s 320 yards and two TD passes was enough to put away the Texans as the Colts put themselves back in the playoff picture.
Green Bay Packers (5-5) 37 Chicago Bears (5-5) 3 - The Packers win created a three way tie for first place in the NFC North with the Bears and the Vikings.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-3) 19 Minnesota Vikings (5-5) 13 - Jeff Garcia threw for 255 yards in a winning effort for Tampa Bay today.
Denver Broncos (6-4) 24 Atlanta Falcons (6-4) 20 - The Falcons’ fourth quater comeback bid fell short as the Broncos got their 6th win of the year.
Carolina Panthers (8-2) 31 Detroit Lions (0-10) 22 - The Panthers weren’t going to let the lowly Lions stand in their way of their 8th win. The Lions still haven’t won a game.
New Orleans Saints (5-5) 30 Kansas City Chiefs (1-9) 20 - Drew Brees had 266 passing yards as the Sainst got by the Chiefs today for their 5th win.
Philadelphia Eagles (5-4-1) 13 Cincinnati Bengals (1-8-1) 13 - McNabb threw for 339 yards but couldn’t get the Eagles a win as Philly and the Bengals played the first tie of the NFL season.
Tennessee Titans (10-0) 24 Jacksonville Jaguars (4-6) 14 - The Titans avoided an upset after trailing in the first half. Collins’ three TD passes helped lead the Titans to their tenth victory.
Arizona Cardinals (7-3) 26 Seattle Seahawks (2-8) 20 - Kurt Warner had another huge day throwing for 395 yards in the Cardinals win over Seattle.
San Francisco 49ers (3-7) 35 St. Louis Rams (2-8) 16 - The 49ers were too much for the Rams on Sunday.
Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3) 11 San Diego Chargers (4-6) 10 - The Steelers were able to edge out the Chargers in a snowy game at Pittsburgh today.
Dallas Cowboys (6-4) 14 Washington Redskins (6-4) 10 - Tony Romo enjoyed his first game back from injury with a win over the Redskins.
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