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Zdeno Chara, Bruins making Penguins of the Red Wings

DJ Bean  |  04/23/2014 - 3:45pm EST

DETROIT -- Jarome Iginla has now seen both sides of it. The Bruins are in lockdown mode and it's working. This isn't the 2013 Pittsburgh Penguins, a team that had the best offense in the NHL during the regular season. It's the 2013-14 Red Wings, a team that had the 20th-best offensive output in the regular season and had just one 20-goal scorer as some of its best players missed long stretches due to injury. Still, results are results, and right now they're the same that they were last year for the B's: Three games in, two goals allowed to the opponent. Detroit has one win where Pittsburgh had none, but the Red Wings are suffering a similar offensive fate. In figuring out why the Red Wings can't score, you can start with the fact that Zdeno ...

Absence makes the lineup grow weaker: Red Sox feeling loss of Jacoby Ellsbury, ...

Alex Speier  |  04/23/2014 - 8:09am EST

There was Jacoby Ellsbury, performing in familiar roles and familiar fashion. Yes, he was wearing a different uniform, but what he did in New York's 9-3 victory over the Red Sox was entirely recognizable. The 30-year-old opened his career as a visitor to Fenway Park by slamming an 0-2 pitch from former teammate Jon Lester high off the wall in center, with the umpiring crew awarding him third base on fan interference. In the bottom of the same inning, he got a tremendous jump on a liner toward the gap in left-center off the bat of leadoff hitter Grady Sizemore and made a gorgeous sliding catch. It was the type of offense and defense that the Red Sox have struggled to find thus far in center field and atop the batting order this season, a ...

Bruins taking what Red Wings give them

DJ Bean  |  04/22/2014 - 11:59pm EST

DETROIT -- The Red Wings learned the hard way Tuesday night that you can't give teams even one period in the playoffs. In particular, you shouldn't give a team that doesn't let you score a period. Game 3 saw the Bruins blank the Red Wings, 3-0, at Joe Louis Arena and take a 2-1 series lead. Detroit was better in the second and third periods, but a wretched first period meant a wretched result. "They just got home ice back. We had three home games. We just gave away one," Mike Babcock said after the game. "We've got to get back in it, but to me, I don't think there's anything wrong with losing when you've maximized your group and did everything you could. That's what's most disappointing for me. We've been a way better team than ...

Waiting for Buchholz: Making sense of a pitcher's diminished stuff

Alex Speier  |  04/22/2014 - 7:34am EST

There is no way around it: Clay Buchholz doesn't look like himself on the mound. No one in the Red Sox organization can hide from that fact -- not the manager, not the pitching coach, not the pitcher himself. After the Red Sox suffered a 7-6 loss in which Buchholz put the team in too deep a hole -- a six-run yield in just 2 1/3 innings, when his fastball velocity often sat around 89-90 mph -- he acknowledged the frustrations of a pitcher whose season has begun without the velocity and stuff to which he's accustomed. "Whenever you just feel loose and throw a baseball, last year it was coming out 92-93 every time I threw a fastball. This year it's 89, 92, 91, whatever it is," Buchholz said after his defeat. "It's different and it's ...

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04/18/2014 - 8:40am

"What next level is there?" -- Jon Lester to WEEI.com, 2013 spring training Jon Lester has officially answered his own question. It might be time we change how we view the Red Sox starter. When Lester made the comments -- exuding befuddlement as to where his career could possibly go after an already healthy run of consistency -- he was coming ... more »

04/23/2014 - 8:09am

There was Jacoby Ellsbury, performing in familiar roles and familiar fashion. Yes, he was wearing a different uniform, but what he did in New York's 9-3 victory over the Red Sox was entirely recognizable. The 30-year-old opened his career as a visitor to Fenway Park by slamming an 0-2 pitch from former teammate Jon Lester high off the wall in center, ... more »

03/27/2014 - 7:37pm

While it’s not officially a free agent signing, Thursday’s announcement that Vince Wilfork and the Patriots have agreed to a new deal brings an eventful two-plus weeks to a close for the franchise, and wraps an impressive free-agent period for New England that saw the Patriots address some serious deficiencies. The departure of cornerback ... more »

04/23/2014 - 3:45pm

DETROIT -- Jarome Iginla has now seen both sides of it. The Bruins are in lockdown mode and it's working. This isn't the 2013 Pittsburgh Penguins, a team that had the best offense in the NHL during the regular season. It's the 2013-14 Red Wings, a team that had the 20th-best offensive output in the regular season and had just one 20-goal scorer as some ... more »

04/21/2014 - 6:55am

Let's get this out of the way: No one cares that I'm running the 118th Boston Marathon today. Well, I guess that's not exactly true. My family does, I suppose. A couple of friends, maybe. But you get the point. And that's of course how it should be -- I've done nothing to deserve a second of attention on this day. If you're reading this I'm sure you've ... more »

04/09/2014 - 10:21pm

Now the season can really begin, at least in the mind of David Ortiz. All it took was one of his patented late-inning go-ahead home runs Wednesday to wake the echos of his countless clutch moments in Red Sox history. His mammoth shot to the grandstand in right turned a 2-1 hole into a 4-2 win over the Rangers at Fenway and gave the team some momentum ... more »

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