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05/07/2011 - 12:38am
Laviolette: 'We didn't get into the series'

In sweeping the team that spent most of the season atop the Eastern Conference, the Bruins thoroughly frustrated the Flyers from the opening faceoff through all four games, ending with Friday night's 5-1 win in Game 4 at TD Garden. 

“Look at tonight’s game, it’s 1-1 halfway through the third," Philadelphia head coach Peter Laviolette said. "The chances are relatively close. I would’ve liked to have generated more, offensively. I think in all the losses, we needed to generate more, we needed to spend more in the offensive zone. Defensively, even tonight, we turned some pucks over in the neutral zone trying to get through their trap and trying to get a sustained forecheck that could generate some offense and we weren’t able to do that, and in the losses, that seems to be one of the key things that factors in.

“The other thing for me, looking back on the series, you have an opportunity in Game 1. You...

05/06/2011 - 10:43pm
Real Avengers: B's sweep Flyers

Johnny Boychuk's laser slap shot from the right point with 17:18 left in the third period snapped a 1-1 tie as the Bruins beat the Flyers, 5-1, in Game 4 Friday night at TD Garden, completing a four-game sweep of the Eastern Conference semifinal series and avenging last year's playoff collapse to Philadelphia. Milan Lucic scored his first two playoff goals while Tim Thomas stopped 22-of-23 shots for the Bruins, who advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 1992, when they were swept by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. 

The Flyers came out with much more energy in Game 4 and kept it a fairly even game for the first 12 minutes. But the Bruins captured the lead on their second power play goal in as many periods when Milan Lucic finished off a nice tic-tac-toe play and beat Sergei Bobrovsky in front at 12:02. After going scoreless in their first 30 power play chances of the playoffs, the Lucic goal gave...

05/06/2011 - 9:49pm
Twins crush sloppy Red Sox

A Twins team that came into Friday night averaging the fewest runs per game of any club in the majors erupted for nine runs against the Red Sox and starter Tim Wakefield in a decisive 9-2 victory.

The Twins cuffed Wakefield for eight runs (six earned) on a night when the Sox defense did few favors to the knuckleballer. Wakefield allowed nine hits, but was also victimized when a potentially playable grounder skipper over the glove of Adrian Gonzalez for a two-out, two-run single in the second. Jed Lowrie would later commit a pair of errors, one of which played a part in the second Twins run.

The Sox offense, meanwhile, mustered little offense against Twins starter Scott Baker. Baker crusied through eight innings, allowing just two runs on seven hits. The Sox did, however, enjoy the first home run to the opposite field by Adrian Gonzalez at Fenway Park.

The loss was the third straight by the Sox, who are now alone in last place in the AL East...

05/06/2011 - 7:59pm
Francona ejected, makes contact with ump

Red Sox manager Terry Francona was thrown out of Friday's Red Sox-Twins game in the top of the second inning for coming out of the dugout after Tim Wakefield was called for a balk. With runners on first and third and two outs, Wakefield had appeared to secure an inning-ending pickoff when stepping towards third and then throwing to first to catch Denard Span.

However, the play was ruled a "step balk" -- in which Wakefield never stepped towards third before throwing to first -- resulting in Span being awarded second and Ben Revere scoring. Francona jogged out of the dugout and was immediately thrown out of the game by home plate ump Angel Hernandez. (Arguing a balk results in an immediate ejection.) Francona then became more heated while yelling at Hernandez following his second ejection of the year.

While Francona attempted to follow Hernandez on the field, crew chief Joe West (umpiring at third) intervened in an effort to separate the...

05/06/2011 - 6:21pm
No ruling on stay this week from court

Albert Breer of the NFL Network is reporting that as of Friday at 6 p.m., the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis had closed for the week, which means there will be no ruling regarding the stay in the case of the NFL owners and players this week.

It was initially believed that there would be some sort of decision forthcoming this week regarding whether or not the lockout would stay in place until the hearing between the two sides, which is scheduled for the same court on June 3. But no word from the court means that the doors throughout the league will stay locked to the players, at least through the weekend.

The lockout, which has been on again and off again for approximately eight weeks, is the first work stoppage in the NFL since 1987.

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