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2011 Bruins Preview: Forwards

With the Boston Bruins’ season opener on Oct. 6 fast approaching, Sports of Boston concludes its 2011 preview with the forwards. Let’s look line-by-line at who might be scoring for the Bruins. First Line: Lucic, Krejci, Horton The Bruins’ first line is unlikely to change after a fantastic postseason. Center David Krejci led all NHL […]

Heart of A Champion: Tim Thomas Dominates Playoffs to Win Stanley Cup

The road to glory isn’t always paved in gold, and for Bruins’ goaltender Tim Thomas it most certainly was not. Thomas, a native of Flint, Michigan, grew up in a blue-collar family who understood that opportunity often shows up disguised as hard work. Selling their wedding rings just so their son could attend goalie camp, […]

Outliers: The Impact of the Bruins Stanley Cup Victory

I hate to be that guy. The columnist that tries to put everything into “context.” The Bruins didn’t just win Lord Stanley’s Cup Wednesday night, there has to be a larger issue here, right? Man, I think sometimes contextualizing the moment is as hackneyed as a joke from a Mike & Molly preview, about Charlie […]

Blown Tires: 3 1st-Period Goals Chase Luongo from Game 6 as Bruins Force Game 7

Lord Stanley’s Cup came to Boston, and all the Vancouver Canucks needed to do to win it Monday night at the Garden was play the same punishing offense and fantastic goal-tending that had won them Game 5 last Friday. Only problem: no one told Roberto Luongo. Luongo gave up three easy goals within the first […]

GQ’s Jonah Keri Thinks Whole World Should Root Against Bruins

Jonah Keri says that no one outside of Boston wants the Bruins to win the Stanley Cup. His reasons include the snobbishness of Boston sports fans, regional rivalries with teams such as the Flyers and Rangers, and international solidarity between Vancouver and other Canadian cities. Keri says that essentially the entire city has long since […]

Raffi Torres Goal with 18.5 Left in Third Gives Canucks Stanley Cup Game One Victory

It was a classic goalie battle Wednesday night as the Stanley Cup finals began at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. No Canuck could get past Tim Thomas, but neither could any Bruin get past Robert Luongo. Both were impenetrable walls, denying any and every shot. Sticks, skates, helmets, gloves, whatever it took to block the puck. […]

Two-Goal Second Period Gives Thomas, Bruins 3-2 Lead In Eastern Conference Finals

The Tampa Bay Lightning held the Boston Bruins to just eight shots in the second period of Monday’s Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals at the TD Garden. The Bruins only needed two. Goals by Nathan Horton and Brad Marchand in the second period gave the Bruins the lead, and Tim Thomas stopped 33 […]

Bruins Blow Early Lead to Fall to Lightning: Series Tied at 2

The Eastern Conference Finals will come back to Boston at a dead heat on Monday, as the Bruins managed to blow a 1st period 3-0 lead, allowing Tampa Bay to score five unanswered goals in the following two periods for a final score of 5-3. Although the Bruins come away from their road trip with […]

Bruins-Flyers: Why History Won’t Repeat Itself

The Celtics look old: they just can’t hang with Miami Heat’s run-and-gun offense. The Red Sox are looking better, but they still won’t be playing meaningful baseball for two months. The New England Patriots are still four months away from their season not happening. No matter what the courts rule regarding the lockout, you still […]

Bruins Fall to Habs 2-1 to Force Game 7 in Beantown

The Canadiens had their jet fueled and ready to go as they left the Bell Centre Tuesday, one of the few times they are grateful to be heading to Boston. With a 2-1 win in front of their roaring home crowd, the Habs forced a Game 7 at the TD Garden for Wednesday night. These […]

LeBron James Inks Deal For Liverpool With Fenway Sports Group

Earlier this week it was reported that NBA mega (douche) star LeBron James has joined forces with John Henry and his massive sports ownership/marketing firm, Fenway Sports Group (FSG), of which Tom Werner is also a principle owner. Its well known LeBron is a huge Yankees fan and it’s also possible he could play a […]

Chara Escapes Further Discipline from NHL; No Fine, No Suspension

In somewhat of a surprise move by the NHL today, the league has decided not to suspend or fine Bruins captain Zdeno Chara for the nasty hit on Montreal’s Max Pacioretty in last night’s 4-1 Canadiens win up at the Bell Centre. For the few of you who haven’t seen or heard about last night’s […]

NHL Hockey: To Fight or Not to Fight

As the Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, Pittsburgh Penguins, and New York Islanders have all shown, fighting is alive and well in the NHL. Now, no one will argue that fighting in hockey is in any way new; current rules regarding punishment for “fisticuffs” date back to the 1920s. But it does seem like these last […]

Daniel Paille Suspended Four Games By NHL For Hit

Bruins forward Daniel Paille knew this was coming. One day after his blind-side, jaw-smacking hit on Stars forward Raymond Sawada, Paille was suspended for four games by the NHL on Friday. “I felt that it was a clean hit. It’s too bad, I know that most of the guys in the room would disagree with […]

Video: 2011 NHL All-Star Game, Condensed Version

Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas earned his third straight All-Star Game win, stopping 11 of 15 shots in the third period to earn the 11-10 win for Team Lidstrom. Zdeno Chara, who was playing for Team Staal, finished with two assists. “Going into the third, I knew I had to let in one to get the […]