Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Before Wednesday night, the Bruins had only swept the Canadiens twice in their 31 playoff series, One sweep came in 1992, the other came in 1929. Add sweep number three to that list.
The Habs scored on the opening shift of Game 4, but the Bruins didn't yield, didn't get nervous, didn't even get that excited. They simply played Bruins hockey, confident and strong, and eventually came out on top of a 4-1 scoreline.
Michael Ryder, what a steal he was. He had 2 goals in this game (thankfully not a 3rd, because I made a bet to get a #73 tramp stamp on my lower back (with black and gold flowers) if he got a hat trick), and was outstanding on every shift. You could tell he was on the ice simply by the way the game changed.
And I'm going to get the #73 as a temporary tramp stamp on my lower back. Weird? Maybe... who cares?
Only the 3rd time in 32 meetings that the Bruins have swept the Habs. The others were 1992 and 1929.
The Bruins utterly outplayed the Canadiens in just about every aspect of the game. The Habs certainly beat the B's in instigation and cheapness, but that's it. The Bruins were stronger, faster, smoother, cooler, better.
Now we wait about a week and a half for our next opponent.
AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz
The Red Sox claimed the first game of their attempted doubleheader against the Twins, behind a solid effort from Tim Wakefield, and a trio of 2 run homers. Youkilis hit a 2 run shot in the 1st, then Nick Green in the 2nd, then Mike Lowell in the 3rd. The rains came in the bottom of the 7th with the Sox up 10-1, which made the game easy to call for both teams. The Sox get a win, the Twins don't have to waste an inning+ of mop-up bullpen work.
Third time in 5 games the Sox have put up 10+ runs, 4th time in 6 games they've scored 8+.
The Man of the Game is Mike Lowell, who was 3 for 4 with a homer, a double, 3 RBI, a run, and was on 3rd base with 1 out when the game was suspended.
They'll try to get the nightcap in, but I'm not too optimistic. Francisco Liriano faces Brad Penny. This game was going to be mere intermission entertainment during the Bruins game, so I could care less.
AP Photo/Michael Dwyer