Homepage, Sports - The last five minutes of last night’s Bruins/Blues matchup had more action than more entire games do. Down by a goal, the Bruins rallied to score three goals in under two minutes, giving the B’s a two-goal lead with barely three minutes to go. St Louis would get points on a David Perron power play goal, and a game tying shot by David Backe. After a scoreless overtime period, the Blues shut out the B’s in the shootout to take the overtime win.
Even with the loss, the Bruins are tied with the San Jose Sharks for NHL best point standings at 71.
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Sports - Portland “rookie” Greg Oden is finally starting to have the kind of games the Trailblazers drafted him for. Oden’s 24 point, 15 rebound, 2 steal, and 2 block outing helped the Blazers shred the Milwaukee Bucks. It was Oden’s 12th double-double on the season, team best for the season. Portland’s 102-85 win puts them at 25-16 on the season, putting them just 1.5 games behind Denver in the Northwest division. Despite the Darius Miles salary cap drama, the Trail Blazers have been playing solid .500 ball since the holiday break, and will face off against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
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Homepage, Sports - The last time the Celtics and Nets met, the Celtics made it look easy in a 118-86 rout. Saturday night’s game was no different, with the C’s nearly doubling up on New Jersey in the first half. The Celtics benefited from Rajon Rondo’s near triple double (9 rebounds, 14 assists, and 8 points, along with 2 steals), solid play off the bench from Leon Powe and Eddie House, and Ray Allen’s 25 point effort.
“It was a great start,” C’s coach Doc Rivers told the AP. “It’s one of the things we talked about. If you get off to a good start, it gives you a chance to play well the whole game. I thought the whole team was running well.”
The Celtics will host the Phoenix Suns at home tonight at the Garden. Keep your eyes on Shaquille O’Neal’s Twitter feed in case he any enlightening post-game comments.
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Homepage, Sports - The Conference Championships are over, and the matchup for the 2009 Superbowl is set. The Arizona Cardinals capitalized on Philadelphia’s mistakes to win the NFC Championship 32-25. Behind the stellar defensive play of Troy Polamalu, the Steelers contained Ravens’ rookie QB Joe Flacco. The Steelers’ 23-14 win puts them in the Super Bowl for the second time in 4 years. This is the first Super Bowl appearance, and second Championship game (the Chicago Cards won the 1947 meeting with the Philadelphia Eagles).
The 2009 Super Bowl will be held at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on February 1st, 2009. Super Bowl Tickets are available now!
Homepage, Sports - After beating their rival Canadiens in a tough game on Tuesday, a somewhat fatigued Boston Bruins team headed to New York – their first road game in nearly two weeks. The Islanders out-skated, out-shot, and generally outplayed the Bruins; but Tim Thomas’ dominant goaltending gave the Bruins the win. Thomas stopped an incredible 40 of 41 shots (Islanders netminder Yann Danis stopped 25 of 27) and continued to show why he was selected to the NHL All-Star game. On Saturday the Bruins will face the Capitals in Washington at 7:00pm.
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Homepage, Sports - ESPN’s Peter Gammons has reported that the Boston Red Sox have signed first-baseman Kevin Youkilis to a four-year extension worth over $40 million. The deal includes a fifth year option for $13 million, and covers his final two years of arbitration and two years of free agency. Youkilis hit .312 last year with 29 home runs and 115 runs batted in, is just one year removed from winning a Gold Glove at first, and came in third in American League MVP voting.
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Homepage, Sports - Last night’s 118-86 rout of the New Jersey Nets was just what the Boston Celtics needed. The win was the third in a row for the Celtics who recently had a 2-7 slump to deal with. The last three games have seen the Celtics really return to form. Now at the halfway point of the season the Celtics’ record is 32-9 just two games off of last year’s pace.
Paul Pierce did most of the scoring last night for Boston with 22 points total. Pierce went 5-5 on 3 pointers in the 3rd quarter putting the Celtics well out in front of the Nets. Kevin Garnett added 20 points and 9 rebounds. Glen Davis added 12 points off the bench.
Last night’s loss was the sixth straight for the Nets against the Celtics. They’ll get another shot on Saturday night when Boston visits the Nets in New Jersey. The Celtics will be back at the Garden on 1/19 to host the Suns. Celtics tickets are available for this and all remaining 2009 games.
Concerts, Homepage - Immensely popular Latin-lounge-pop act Pink Martini are coming to the Boston Opera House. The 16-piece band will perform at the Opera House on June 10th at 8:00pm. Singer China Forbes is expecting her first child, and this short 5-date tour may be their only set of dates for a while. Pink Martini are still touring in support of 2007′s “Hey Eugene”, but the band has been debuting new material.
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Concerts - Acclaimed “new age” musician and composer Yanni is reinventing some of his classic songs and going on tour. His new album “Yanni Voices” pairs some of his most loved songs with classical and pop vocalists. Yanni will be touring with a number of his collaborators this Spring, including a stop at the Agganis Arena in Boston, MA. Yanni and company will play Boston on May 3rd at 7:30pm. Don’t miss a chance to experience their high-energy virtuosic perfomance in person!
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