The Bruins were simply outclassed in another poor showing this weekend. Luckily, they have a pretty strong grip on the Maple Leafs, but not taking away a single point this weekend is an utter disappointment in a weekend that has certainly been taxing on Boston sports fans (including myself). The defense was abysmal yet again, even with the returns of Kevan Miller and Matt Grzelcyk. The Bruins look to rebound after a poor weekend in Columbus on Tuesday.
After soundly defeating the New York Rangers Wednesday night at TD Garden, the Bruins had two days off before hosting the Florida Panthers for a Saturday matinee in Boston. The Panthers, who have been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention since their 7-3 loss to the Bruins a week ago, looked to keep the engines running before heading into their premature date with the off season.
In the interest of time (and my sanity), this season I'm going to be doing weekly recaps of Red Sox games. Last season I did daily recaps and while it was a lot of fun and resulted in the publication of my popular book A Win For Every Stitch, it was also exhausting. This go around, I'm going to offer up bite-sized recaps of every game the Sox play in a week. Since the season just started two days ago, this first one will be short, but from here on out they'll be longer. Either way, as the Sox embark upon a defense of their 2018 World Series championship, the 2019 season promises to be an interesting one...let's see how it unfolds!
There's not many things more beautiful to watch on a basketball court than Kyrie Irving in the clutch. Last night, we got another opportunity to see just that. With about 6 seconds left in the game and the score tied at 112-112, Kyrie took the ball from Al Horford, cut towards the basket past Wesley Matthews, faked a pass to Jayson Tatum drawing Thaddeus Young into the corner away from the basket, and connected on one of his classic, crafty lay-ups over Cory Joseph with 0.5 seconds to play. In a way, it was the perfect pay back for Oladipo's game winning shot in the final seconds of the first Celtics-Pacers match-up this season in Indiana.
Today, the Revolution announced that they have resigned defensive midfielder Scott Caldwell to a multi-year contract, extending his tenure with the Revs beyond the 7 years he’s already been on the first team. No salary numbers or exact length are available yet, but look for a 3-year contract with Scotty earning around $250,000 a season. Caldwell, who is currently 28, has been a mainstay in the middle of the field for the team since 2014 where he earned his first full time role alongside Jermaine Jones, has been an example of what many coaches would call, the perfect player. “If you ever went into coaching, you’d want 28 Scotty Caldwells.”, said one Revs coach, in a tweet posted by Jeff Lemieux earlier today. His dominance between 2013-2016 caused many pundits to consider Scott one of the best defensive midfielders in MLS, and he was able to produce mightily for his Revs teammates and co.
It’s Opening Day. Pretty much every year - even Opening Days 2005, 2008, and 2014...the Championship Opening Days - I would have ended that sentence with an exclamation mark. Call me crazy, but I’m just not sure how I feel about the upcoming 2019 season. I love baseball, so besides sprinkling in a few Spring Training viewings, the months between October and April are pretty bleak for me. Usually, I buy into every Opening Day sentimental cliche; The Boys of Summer are Back! Can’t wait to hear the crack of the bat! The sweet smell of the grass! Lazy afternoons in the bleachers! Cold Watered-down Overpriced American Lagers! And that all sounds fantastic. It really does. So why am I being a Debbie Downer? Why do I have a more melancholy approach to Red Sox Opening Day 2019 in Seattle? Because I’m pretty sure a big piece of me doesn’t want to let go of 2018.
With five games left in the regular-season, the Boston Bruins are giving every reason to be optimistic for a long playoff run. Powered by a five-point, three goal explosion from David Pastrnak, the Bruins doubled up the New York Rangers at TD Garden, 6-3, on Wednesday night.
The Bruins power play, which ranked third in the NHL entering the contest, played a vital role in the win as the team converted four of six such opportunities to beat Henrik Lundqvist in the Rangers net. New York also benefited from the man-advantage, scoring twice in four chances.
David Backes was a bad signing. This is an undebatable fact. Backes has been scratched multiple times this year and is currently on the third year of a 5 year, 30-million-dollar contract. As the Bruins approach the playoffs, one question arises: what is Bruce Cassidy going to do about Backes come playoff time?
The Celtics took down the Cavaliers 116-106 without Kyrie Irving on Tuesday night and put an end to their recent 4-game losing streak. With the win, the Celtics officially became the 5th team in the Eastern Conference to clinch a playoff berth.
The Red Sox and Rick Porcello avoided a huuuuuge scare during last night’s Spring Training matchup against the Cubs at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ. In the bottom of the second inning, Wilson Contreras squared up a sinker and sent it back where it came from, bonking Porcello off the top of his dome. Porcello stood up almost immediately, and laughed off what could have been a scary moment for him and a potentially devastating loss for the club.