The ups and downs of the Bruins season may have actually helped them get ready for playoff hockey, according to coach Claude Julien. Julien, who spoke to the media on Sunday after practice at TD Garden, said that everything that has happened this year might actually benefit his team in this tough first-round matchup with Buffalo.
"It's certainly helped," Julien said of the adversity this season. "The fact that we went through a lot of that stuff certainly builds character and resiliency. There's not doubt it's helped us get through the tough times and it's made us a better hockey club."
The Bruins know all too well what the injury bug can do to a team — see Marc Savard — and the bug might actually be hitting their opponent at the right time. Buffalo left winger Thomas Vanek's status is still not known for Game 3, but Julien said he isn't going to worry about the other team's players....
The Red Sox and Rays are now scheduled to start their Sunday matinee at 2:05 p.m. A steady rain at Fenway Park prompted the 30-minute delay. Sox starter Jon Lester had to interrupt his warmup session in the bullpen for a few minutes, but is now once again throwing.
With a day game following the night game, the Red Sox will have Victor Martinez serve as the designated hitter on Sunday, with David Ortiz getting the day off. Jason Varitek will be behind the plate to catch Sox starter Jon Lester.
Jeremy Hermida will remain in left field with Jacoby Ellsbury still sidelined.
Here is the rest of the Red Sox lineup against Matt Garza:
SP -- Lester
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Referee Joe DeRosa, who ejected Celtics forward Kevin Garnett with 40 seconds remaining in the Celts' 85-76 win over the Heat Saturday night at the TD Garden, issued the following statement regarding the disciplinary action: "He was ejected for throwing an elbow that made contact with Quentin Richardson. He had already had one technical foul for taunting with Quentin Richardson before that. Then as the altercation went on he threw an elbow that did make contact with Richardson, which was his second technical foul and he was ejected."
Asked if Garnett connected with Richardson when he threw the elbow, DeRosa said through a pool reporter, "Yes, that's what the video replay that we saw looked like, that he clearly made contact with Richardson. But even if he had not he still would have been ejected for a second technical foul for throwing an elbow."
Speaking after his team dropped an 85-76 decision to the Celtics, Miami guard Quentin Richardson spoke of his dislike for both Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. It was the skirmish that Richardson got into with Garnett, with Pierce on the floor with an apparent injury, that led to Garnett being ejected from the game with 40 seconds remaining.
"I don't like them," Richardson said, "and they know it."
As for the incident, Richardson wasn't sold on the severity of Pierce's injury, which was identified as a shoulder issue by the Celtics forward after the first-round Eastern Conference playoff game.
"He's on the ground crying and I don't know what's going on," the Heat guard said. "Two actresses over there, that's what they are." When asked he was surprised the confrontation escalated, Richardson responded, "I'm not surprised at people's actions when I know...
We check in for our weekly update from Bill Belichick and get his take on the Pats win over the Texans on the road, the benching of Stevan Ridley, and Antonio Smith's thinly veiled Spygate comments after the Texans lost.
Patriots’ defensive end, Rob Ninkovich, joins Mut and Merloni on a Patriots Monday after the team’s victory in Houston. Rob addresses the postgame comments of Texans’ defensive lineman Antonio Smith and the defense struggling against the run.
Tom Brady joined the show fresh off the teams 9th win of the season in Houston. He dismissed Antonio Smith's spying allegations and told the guys he has already moved on.
Eagle checks in to give Grande and Max a perspective on the Brooklyn Nets after they acquired Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett via trade earlier this summer. He breaks down what he thinks the future holds for the Nets after completing this blockbuster deal.
Sean Grande and Cedric Maxwell take some time and look back at the history between the Celtics and the Lakers, specifically the legendary rivalry between Magic and Bird. Legendary broadcaster, Ian Eagle, checks in to give the Brooklyn perspective as KG and Paul Pierce settle into their new home. Sean and Max also reveal the behind the scenes details surrounding Max’s famous “I got the ball” moment.
In the first hour of this edition of the Celtics Summer Cooler, Grande and Max analyze the trade that sent Fab Melo out of Boston. Also in this hour, Max sets the story straight about his history with Larry Bird.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier talk with Jon Lester about contract negotiations, losing a teammate like Jacoby Ellsbury, the World Series run, and looking ahead to 2014.
Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are back witht he Hot Stove Show. They talk about Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the New York Yankees, the Red Sox signings of AJ Pierzynski and Edward Mujica, and wrap it up with Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester, who talks about the World Series run, losing a teammate like Ellsbury and looking towards 2014.
The Red Sox new catcher, A.J. Pierzynski, joined the show to discuss his reputation as the most hated man in baseball. He also said that he turned down multi-year deals to come and win in Boston.
Shawn Thornton joined the show and discussed the teams long layoff leading into their game tomorrow night in Montreal. He told the guys that he anticipates fighting being a part of hockey for years to come.
Lucic joins Danny Picard to talk some hockey after the team’s overtime win against the Carolina Hurricanes. Danny asks Lucic about David Krejci’s game winner yesterday and hockey outsiders that are trying to change the game.
Shawn Thornton joined the show fresh off his big night at MSG and talked about his recent goal scoring prowess. Shawn said that no matter who his line mates are he is always going to be a fourth liner.
Kirk Minihane answered any and all questions from the listeners and John and Gerry.
The New York Post's Joel Sherman joined the show with his thoughts on jacoby Ellsbury's signing with the Yankees. He said that if it were up to him he would have given the money to Robinson Cano over Ellsbury.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane. They discussed how Ron Burgundy has officially jumped the shark and played sound of him on Dan Patrick.
Jackie Mac joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Rajon Rondo, the Celtics, and the Jacoby Ellsbury deal with the Yankees.
Johnny Damon joins Mut and Merloni to clear the air about his free agent signing with the Yankees and discusses Ellsbury's signing.
Mut and Merloni react to former Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the Yankees.
We check in with ESPN's great play-by-play man Mike Tirico for a look around the NFL, and a preview of Pats/Browns.
We tackle four topics centered on the movers and shakers in MLB right now.
We start talking about Robbie Cano and the reported 10 year, 240 million dollar contract on the table from the Mariners, and a little debate about him vs Pedroia broke out.
Ryder talks with WEEI.com's Chris Price about the Patriots upcoming game with the Cleveland Browns, and Stevan Ridley's status on the team.
Alex joins the show and gives his thoughts on the Jacoby Ellsbury deal, and what prospects the Red Sox have to fill the hole left in the lineup, or trade pieces to get a player who can fill the void.
John talks to Rob and gets his thoughts on the Yankees signing Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox signing AJ Pierzynski, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia signing with Miami.
Mike Lupica of the Daily News joined the show to give the New York reaction to the Ellsbury signing. He said that the Yankees drastically overpaid.More from this show
Buster Olney joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Jacoby Ellsbury signing with the Yankees and the possibility of the Red Sox trading for Andre Ethier.More from this show