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Bruins’ Stanley Cup drought continues…

…but not without some encouraging results.

Yes, Boston lost a 5-0 debacle to the Montreal Canadiens on Monday at Bell Centre. Le Tricolore clinched a trip to the next round of the playoffs and ended the Bruins’ season, four games to three. The Kostitsyn brothers, Andrei and Sergei, accounted for three goals.

Still, the Bruins rallied from 2-0 and 3-1 series deficits. Projects for next year: Stay healthy. Get back to the playoffs. Try to take a series lead in games so you don’t expend energy on constant comebacks.

April 22, 2008 at 8:31 pm Leave a comment

A Bruins, Celtics playoff panorama

Boston’s basketball and hockey teams can sure generate postseason excitement after years of missing the playoffs. The Bruins haven’t made the postseason since 2004, while the Celtics last visited the playoffs in 2005. Now both teams are back.

They’re also looking at championship droughts (relatively speaking, of course, given the Red Sox’ 86 years between titles). The Bruins’ most recent Stanley Cup came in 1972, while the Celtics won their latest National Basketball Association championship in 1986. Can these teams buck precedent?

For the Bruins, they will have to evoke the resilience of last year’s Red Sox, who rallied from a 3-1 deficit against the Cleveland Indians in the American League Championship Series. The Bruins trailed the Montreal Canadiens, their Eastern Conference quarterfinal foe, by the same margin before winning 5-1 on Wednesday night. Two more wins for the eighth-seeded B’s, and they can stun the No. 1 Habs.

The Celtics have a heap of high expectations to fulfill as they begin the playoffs. For a team that won just 24 games last season, they sure bounced back quickly, with an NBA-record 42-game turnaround in 2007-08. Can the Celtics’ new top trio, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett — none of whom has won a championship — continue to delight fans in the postseason? We’ll find out as the top-seeded Celtics begin the playoffs against the No. 8 Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.

April 18, 2008 at 4:18 pm 1 comment

Simon’s stomp, NHL’s response

Another disheartening sports story, this one from the National Hockey League: The New York Islanders’ Chris Simon has stomped on an opposing player, Jarkko Ruutu of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Simon, FOX Sports reported, “drew a match penalty when he pulled out Ruutu’s leg with his, sending the forward to his knees between the team benches. He then stepped on the back of Ruutu’s leg with his skate, and was ejected.” 

The NHL suspended Simon for 30 games, a league record. He will lose almost $300,000 in salary during that time.

Things are still more civilized than the 1950s-era brawls between the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens. But the NHL should dismiss the Hanson Brothers approach entirely and adopt the cleaner play that characterizes hockey in Europe.

December 19, 2007 at 9:08 pm Leave a comment


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