Boston Sports Teams In A Lull

The Hub Of Sports Has Hit A Rough Patch

With New England Patriots season over, the Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins were left with the task off shouldering the load of Bill Belichick’s bunch failures.

But, ever since the NFL season came to an end for Patriot fans, the B’s and C’s have hit a snag and are reeling as of late.  With both teams in a funk, what do Boston sports fans have to look forward too?

Mediocrity?  

I mean, it’s only 41 days until Spring Training starts.

Not so fast folks.  Kevin Garnett returned to the Garden parquet on Friday night after missing 10 games with a hyperextened right knee and scored 13 points to propel the Celtics to a 98-95 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers to snap a three-game losing streak.  

There is a beacon of light at the end of the tunnel for Boston fans even if that light doesn’t reflect the Boston Bruins at the moment.  The Bruins are now losers of five straight and hold the ninth-place spot in the Eastern Conference.  Things are falling fast for the lifeless Bruins who are playing with the urgency of a pre-season practice rather than a January playoff implication game as the Black and Gold may have hit rock bottom today with their 5-1 loss to the bottom-dwelling Carolina Hurricanes.  

So, with the bleak play of the Bruins, at least the news of Garnett’s return can bring some life back to the Hub.  Maybe Beantown fans can have something to look forward too other than Casey Kelly updates.  

Or American Idol.

Even with snow still on the ground and temperatures south of 32 degrees, the NBA season is about to start heating up and so too should the play of the Boston Celtics. And even with the discouraging play of the Bruins, don’t throw the towel in yet.  The Bruins still have over 30 games left on the schedule and that’s plenty of time for them to turn their season around.  

So keep your clickers tuned to NESN and FSNE, you sure don’t want to miss anything good.  

Bruins Look To Satan For Offense Help

BOSTON, Mass. — The Bruins made the signing of
veteran winger Miroslav
Satan
official Sunday and he was on the ice skating at the team’s practice
at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, Mass.

Satan

Satan

“I think this is a team which will have a chance to go deep in the playoffs
and I think the way the team is built, I think it could use a player like me,”
Satan said.

Satan’s friendship with Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara also played a part.-Full Story

Winter Classic was “Classic”

The Boston Bruins beat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 before a packed Fenway
Park on Friday in the outdoor contest that has caught the imagination of the
public and sponsors.

More than 300,000 fans entered a lottery for the 39,000 tickets on offer
while television ratings have skyrocketed.

“If there is any indication to the traction this is getting from sponsors and
advertisers — business partner investment has increased at about 66 percent a
year so the message is taking hold,” Bettman told reporters.

“The business community has realized and recognized that this is a great way
to reach customers, to reach sports fans, to reach our fans.”-Full Story

What Boston Sports Fan Should Be Thankful For These Holidays…

Lots To Be Thankful For As A Boston Sports Fan

Tis’ the season to be jolly, or at least amiable for people around the hub.

Boston sports fans may be turned off by the overall play from the Patriots, injuries to Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, a lack of consistency from the Bruins and of course, a lack of a big bat in the Red Sox off-season shopping.

But don’t be down, it could be worse and Boston sports fans have many things to be happy for or about, especially during the Holiday season.  Here is a list of five things Boston sports fans should be thankful for…

1) The Coaches: Oh what would we do without our managers and coaches?  From Bill Belichick and Terry Francona, to Doc Rivers and Claude Julien, Beantown is lucky enough to have some of the creme of the crop when it comes to head coaches.  Sure, many come with their own faults but for the most part these four figure heads bring a sense of professionalism and integrity (cough Belichick) to the city of Boston and their fans.  

2) Tom Brady: We New Englander’s love TB.  Sure, many others see him as a pretty boy who whines to the referees but we see him as the handsome gentlemen who is one of the best quarterbacks of all-time and dates Giselle.  What we would do to spend one day in Brady’s shoes.  We are thankful for the presence of No. 12 because he brought three super bowls to the Patriots organization and his underdog story has touched us all in some way or another.  

3) Championships This Decade: The total tally is six in the past eight years and has turned Beantown from the city of losers into the city of champions.  Once accustomed to losing seasons and bottom-dwelling franchises, Boston is home to six total championships this decade with three going to the Patriots, two to the Red Sox, and one to the Celtics.  The Bruins have been playoff-bound for a majority of the decade and are on the heels of a Championship.  What a difference a decade can make.

4) Superstar Players: Early on it was Pedro Martinez, Manny Ramirez, Joe Thorton, and Paul Pierce and now its turned to John Lackey, Kevin Garnett, and Zdeno Chara.  With David Ortiz, Curt Schilling, Antoine Walker, and Randy Moss in between, the organizations in Boston have brought the superstars to our beloved city.  Now considered one of the biggest stages and places in sports, its no wonder that big-name players are inking their names in Boston’s checkbook.  It certainly beats the days of Jiri Welch, Jose Offerman, Anson Carter, and Andy Katzenmoyer.

5) World-Class Owners:  Eh, may be stretching myself on this one but there is no denying the good the owners have been doing since taking over in the hub.  Bob Kraft has transformed the Patriots organization and is now reaping the benefits (deserving so).  Although John Henry and Larry Lucchino may take a lot of fire from fans, they have brought two championships in three years to a team that went 86 years without one.  That alone, deserves some recognition.  Then there’s Wyc Grousbeck and Jeremy Jacobs have done some great work with the Celtics and Bruins, keeping both teams competitive and resourceful in the past few years.    

So, there you have it.  Five things that Boston sports fans should be thankful for this holiday season.  It’s still a great time to be a Boston sports fan, even if the last time we’ve won anything was with the Boston Celtics in 2008.  Here’s to many more championships and seasons coming to the scene in 2010.  

Winter Classic Buzz Starting To Heat Up

Hockey Set To Come To Fenway

The game is set, the ice is cold, and the rink is built.  Its almost time for hockey at Fenway Park.

With two weeks left before the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers square off in the third annual Winter Classic, attention to the outdoor event is growing.  Even with the Boston Red Sox hogging the headlines for the past week along the Charles River, the Bruins still find themselves as the number one topic of discussion on the streets of Yawkey Way and inside the walls of Fenway.

With the Green Monster lurking in the background, the ice and rink has been placed across the infield and outfield of Fenway, opening up opportunities for former Bruins and current Red Sox alike– to take a test skate on the ice surface.

Bruin legends Bobby Orr, Cam Neely, and Ray Borque laced up the skates to test out the “First Skate at Fenway” alongside Red Sox captain, Jason Varitek, on Friday.  

The Bruins (16-10-6) look to snap a two-game losing streak with a game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday in a matchup of two Orignal Six teams, as the Black and Gold may be looking for a little good will and luck from the old-timers skate at Fenway.  The B’s have seven more games until the highly anticipated Winter Classic.

(AP Photo) (AP Photo) 

Breaking News: Bruins Sign Savard To Extension

TSN Reports That Savard Signs 7-Year Contract

The Boston Bruins, surging on the ice as of late, added some more good news to their team on and off the ice with a seven-year contract extension with center Marc Savard.

Recently returning from a broken foot that sidelined for a good portion of the first part of the season, has four goals and six assists this season in 11 games but the center’s leadership and tremendous 2008-09 season proved to be enough for Peter Chiarelli and company to lock up their premier forward for seven more years.

Although it hasn’t been confirmed yet, the details of the deal, according to TSN and Mark Kalman, are believed to be $4.2 million per year as the two-time All-Star was set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

Lucic Goes Down, Again

Boston Forward Sidelined Again With Injury

The Milan Lucic fight club will be out of action for a month as the Boston Bruins forward suffered a high-ankle sprain Wednesday against the Minnesota Wild.  

Lucic missed a month earlier this season with a broken finger and returned for four games before sidelining himself once again with an injury.  Since his return, the Bruins were 4-0-0 as the 21-year-old scored two goals as his play sparked the Bruins physically and offensively.  

The B’s lost 2-1 to the New Jersey Devils on Friday in a shootout as the Black and Gold added Vladmir Sobotka to the lineup in place of the injured Lucic.  The Bruins (12-8-5) have no time to sulk as the Ottawa Senators come to the Garden on Saturday to take on the B’s.

Bruins Lock Up Goalie Of The Future

Rask Agrees To Extension With B’s

The Boston Bruins may already have net-minder Tim Thomas locked up for four-years but that won’t stop Peter Chiarelli and the B’s from making sure their goalie of the future isn’t going anywhere as well.

The B’s signed backup goaltender Tuukka Rask to a two-year extension keeping the 22-year-old in Boston until the 2011-12 season.  The rookie has played in four games this year with a 2-1-1 record and an average of 2.41 goals per game. 

Bruins Lay An Egg In New York

Rangers Shut Out B’s At Madison Square Garden

The Boston Bruins continued its pattern of winning a game then losing a game on Sunday as the B’s lost 1-0 to the New York Rangers, a day after defeating the Edmonton Oilers.

The lone goal of the contest came in the second period as Marian Gaborik snuck the puck past Tim Thomas to deliver the game’s only goal and the Rangers their ninth win of the season. Boston (6-6-1) managed only 29 shots on Henrik Lundqvist and couldn’t capitalize in the third period when the B’s had four straight minutes of power-play time.    

The Bruins are set to head to Detriot to face the Red Wings on Tuesday, marking the middle game of a tough three-game stretch for the Black and Gold.  The B’s will then face the Montreal Canadiens at the Garden on Thursday.  

(AP Photo) (AP Photo)

Bruins Hit Hard With Injury Bug

B’s Lose Another Key Player Due To Injury

First it was Milan Lucic.  Now its Marc Savard.  The Boston Bruins have lost their leading goal scorer to injury reserve as the Boston forward has a broken left foot.

It will take about four to six weeks for Savard to heal and be back with the B’s.  Savard played in all 82 games for the Black and Gold last season and lead the team with seven points in seven games.  

The Bruins recalled forward Trent Whitfield from Providence to take Savard’s spot on the roster.

Bruins Acquire Some Much Needed Help

B’s Send Chuck Kobasew To Minnesota

There is no secret that the Boston Bruins have yet to live up to their lofty 2009 expectations. So in their first effort to shake things up, the Bruins sent right winger Chuck Kobasew to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Craig Weller and Alexander Fallstrom.

The B’s also obtained the rights to the Wild’s second-round pick in the 2011 NHL draft.  The Bruins recalled three players from Providence in accordance with the move.  

It’s about time the Bruins turn things around as it won’t get any easier for the Black and Gold with Milan Lucic out for an extended period of time. 

Bad News Bears For Bruins

Bruins Loss Lucic To Injury

The Boston Bruins will be without winger Milan Lucic for about four to six weeks after Lucic had surgery to repair an injured right index finger.

The 21-year-old Lucic suffered an injury to his index finger on Friday in Dallas and will be forced to miss at least 10 games as the aggressive winger who had gotten off to a slow start in 2009, much like the rest of his Bruins teammates, was placed on long-term injured reserve on Sunday.