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05/28/2011 - 12:38am
Thomas: 'It's been a long time for Boston'

Tim Thomas has waited his whole career to get to this point and now the Bruins goalie will have the chance to play on hockey's biggest stage and play for the most famous trophy in all of North American sports. Thomas stopped all 24 shots Friday night, posting his second shutout of the playoffs and third career in the postseason, in Boston's 1-0 win that sends them to the Stanley Cup finals starting Wednesday in Vancouver. 

"This is a great moment," Thomas said. "There's no doubt about it. When's the last time Boston's been to the Stanley Cup finals? Twenty-one years. It's been a long time for Boston, it's been a long journey for me to get here. Now, you want to take advantage of this opportunity. There's more work to be done. Unfortunately, that's the way it is. You can't ever be too happy for too long until you're the last man standing.

"They had to earn. We pressured them, offensively. The only reason it was a 1-0 game...

05/27/2011 - 10:42pm
Electrifying: B's win Game 7, Cup berth

Nathan Horton scored with 7:33 left in the third period to snap a scoreless tie and send the Bruins to a 1-0 win over the Lightning in an electrifying Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. The win sends the Bruins to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in 21 years and gives them a date with Vancouver Canucks starting next Wednesday in British Columbia. Tim Thomas stopped 24 shots for the Bruins, who are now four wins from their first Stanley Cup title since 1972.

The first period featured several scoring chances for the Bruins, including one by Milan Lucic on a breakaway with 4:51 left. But Dwayne Roloson stopped it and 14 other first period shots. Roloson had been 7-0 in playoff elimination games entering Friday's Game 7. 

Horton missed the last seven minutes of the first after colliding with Blair Jones in the neutral zone. Horton returned to start the second. Then, the Lightning lost star forward Steven Stamkos when Johnny Boychuk'...

05/27/2011 - 9:48pm
Wakefield, Sox keep rolling in Motown

After they put up 14 runs in back-to-back games on Wednesday and Thursday, the Red Sox had a more modest output on Friday. Even so, the lineup's eruption for five runs in the third inning proved more than adequate to power the Sox to a 6-3 win, the club's fourth straight.

Jacoby Ellsbury (solo shot) and Carl Crawford (two-run blast) both clubbed homers in the inning, their fourth and sixth four-baggers (respectively) of the 2011 season. That run support proved more than adequate for Tim Wakefield and the Red Sox pitching staff.

Wakefield (2-1, 4.14 ERA) allowed just two runs in seven innings, permitting five hits and two walks while striking out six, en route to his second victory of the year and the 195th of his career. He struck out two batters.

Daniel Bard followed by retiring the Tigers on just six pitches in the eighth inning. Jonathan Papelbon gave up a run in the ninth, but after allowing a single to Victor Martinez and run-...

05/27/2011 - 8:35pm
Jenks on rehab: 'My arm is at 100 percent'

Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks threw 14 pitches in a scoreless one-inning rehab appearance with Triple-A Pawtucket, allowing a single while striking out a batter on a curveball. According to reports, his fastball touched 94 mph in his first game since May 1.

Though he'd been sidelined due to a slight biceps strain, Jenks had been struggling with his mechanics (and results) prior to his DL stint. He had a 1-2 record, 9.35 ERA and .333 opponents' batting average when he was placed on the disabled list.

That being the case, Jenks was able to take satisfaction both in his health as well as his ability to find his delivery during his brief rehab appearance.

"Out there today, I was able to make the adjustments quick," Jenks told the Providence Journal. "Even though I haven't been off the mound against hitters in a while, I was still able to make the...

05/27/2011 - 8:00pm
Bergenheim out for Game 7
By: DJ Bean

Lightning forward Sean Bergenheim is out Tampa's lineup for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals vs. the Bruins. Bergenheim missed Game 6 with an undisclosed lower body injury suffered in Game 5 of the series. Coach Guy Boucher said Friday mornign that it was "doubtful" Bergenheim would play in Game 7, though he did participate in team's warmup prior to the game.

Prior to suffering his injury, Bergenheim's nine goals led all postseason players. David Krejci and Martin St. Louis are tied for the lead with 10. 

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