Thursday, February 26, 2009


The Bruins have scored 12 games in 2 games. In their last 4 periods of hockey, they've scored 9 times, and allowed 0 goals. That's domination. Plain and simple.

Tim Thomas recorded his 100th career win, and his career high 4th shutout of the season. He was undoubtedly the #1 Star of the game, stopping 35 shots, and getting an assist on Michael Ryder's power play goal.

Speaking of Michael Ryder, he has 3 goals and 2 assists since coming back from his face injury. Chuck Kobasew also had 2 goals last night. Matt Hunwick had a goal and an assist, and blocked 3 shots. Byron Bitz had his 3rd goal in 2 games, and has become a force on the ice. I'd like to see him get some extra time on the ice. He traffics the slot, and he's strong with the puck.

In the last 2 games, 19 Bruins have recorded points. Only Shane Hnidy has had ice time and hasn't been on the scoresheet. But he was +3 last night, and had a great game.

The Bruins are also fighting as a team. Even Marc Savard dropped the gloves, or at least he tried to. And Shawn Thornton took down 6' 5" 230 pound George Parros AND his mighty mustache.

The Bruins host the Capitals 1:00 PM Saturday afternoon in a potential preview of the Eastern Conference Finals.


Photo Credits:
AP Photo/Winslow Townson


Jon Lester started Thursday afternoon's contest and pitched 2 scoreless innings. Other notable performances:

Julio Lugo: 0/3
Dustin Pedroia: 0/2, BB, R
David Ortiz: 0/3
JD Drew: 0/2, BB, R
Jason Varitek: 0/2
Jeff Bailey: 1/2, 2 RBI
Hideki Okajima: IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 R, K

Red Sox visit the Rays Friday afternoon.


Photo Credit:
AP Photo/Steven Senne


Early this morning in LA, Gabe Pruitt was in his car, stopped at a green light, when an LAPD officer pulled him over. I don't know how you pull over a stopped car, but whatever. The officer determined he was drunk, and now he's in LA jail.

Pruitt's the backup point-guard, which just so happens to be the position that Stephon Marbury plays.

And according to the New York Times, Marbury's pretty sure he'll be signing with the Celtics on Friday.

NY Times Story

Boston Herald


To quote Mister Kevin Garnett...


Just like a loss to the Clippers is possible. Just like Stephon Marbury in green and white is possible.

The Celtics fell the Clippers 93-91 Wednesday night. Normally that might incite panic, concern, or even notice. But losing a 2 point game with Kevin Garnett playing 0 minutes doesn't bug me much, even though the Celtics easily could have, and probably should been victorious.

The big story is Stephon Marbury. It's looking more and more like he'll be a Celtic. And I for one think it will be a good move. At the same time, he should not be welcomed to Boston with a ticker-tape parade, or even with open arms. The first thing he gets when he walks into the Celtics' locker room is a list of Do's and Don'ts.

Marbury has the talent to be a role player on this team. He also has the ego to be a cancer. And the Celtics have 23 games to figure out which he'll be. If he helps, he can stay. If not, the Celtics can cut him loose. Sound like something another sports team in New England has done in the past. *cough* *cough* Corey Dillon, Rodney Harrison, Randy Moss *cough* *cough*

It really is amazing how much winning can help keep a locker room cool, and how much the whole "You need us more than we need you" attitude can help keep an individual from getting a big head.

Celtics host the Pacers Friday night.


Photo Credit:
AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill


Grapefruit League play started for the Red Sox with the annual contest against the BC Eagles, and the opener of the 2009 Mayor's Cup.

The Sox extended their winning streak over BC, even though they were shut-out until the 5th inning of the 7 inning contest. David Ortiz was 0 for 2, Julio Lugo was 0 for 1 with a walk, JD Drew was 0 for 0 with a walk, Rocco Baldelli was 0 for 3, Clay Buchholz pitched a perfect 3rd inning, recording 1 strikeout.

Already, the 2009 season is better than 2008. Last year, Beckett was grabbing his back in pain after his first Spring Training start. This year, he threw 2 perfect innings, struck out 2, and the outing was totally pain free.

Across town at the Twins' facility, the rest of the Sox lost 5-2. Notable performances:

Jacoby Ellsbury: 0/3
Dustin Pedroia: 2/3, 2B
Kevin Youkilis: 1/3, R
Jason Bay: 0/3
Brad Wilkerson: 1/3, R, Error
Jed Lowrie: 1/2, 3B, RBI
Jeff Bailey: 2/2, RBI
Josh Bard: 0/3

And now the pitchers...

Tim Wakefield: 2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR
Justin Masterson: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K
Manny Delcarmen: IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Javier Lopez: IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Ramon Ramirez: IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Josh Bard also looked less than smooth catching Wakefield. But I don't think it's time to sound the Mirabelli Alarm and get a replacement. After all, Wakefield might not be in the rotation at all in a few months.

The Sox host the Pirates Thursday afternoon.


Photo Credits:
AP Photo/Steven Senne