Former Bruins coach Mike Keenan joined the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to talk about the Eastern Conference finals, which resume Monday night at TD Garden with the tiebreaking Game 5.
Keenan, who coached the Bruins in the 2000-01 season, one of eight NHL teams he helmed, said the B's have to be hurting after blowing a big lead in Saturday's Game 4 loss to the Lightning.
"How many times do you have a 3-0 lead in a series? And Boston knows this from Philadelphia [last year], it was 3-0, I hope it doesn't end up the same result. But you have a chance to take the other team out. Then you have to look at yourself and say, 'What happened?' "
Lightning backup goalie Mike Smith came off the bench and did not allow a goal Saturday, but Keenan said he would go back to Dwyane Roloson for Game 5. "He's a calming influence for this group," Keenan said of Roloson. "He's got good leadership skills."
Bulls center Joakim Noah apologized after apparently using a gay slur toward a fan in the first quarter of the Bulls' 96-85 loss to the Heat in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday night in Miami. Noah had just picked up his second foul and shouted at the fan after sitting on the bench. "I apologize," Noah said. "The fan said something to me that I thought was disrespectful, and I got caught up in the moment, and I said some things that I shouldn't have said. I was frustrated and I don't mean no disrespect to anybody. I just got caught up." Noah said he expected to be fined by the league, which docked Kobe Bryant $100,000 for similar behavior last month.
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After becoming the oldest Red Sox pitcher in history to record a win, 44-year-old knuckleballer Tim Wakefield said he felt in a rhythm from the start Sunday night against the Cubs. Wakefield threw just 75 pitches, allowing four hits and one run over 6 2/3 innings in a 5-1 Red Sox win before a national TV audience.
"I felt great," said Wakefield, who was given an extra day of rest after taking the place of Daisuke Matsuzaka in the Red Sox rotation. "The extra day obviously helps. I felt pretty good and I was throwing a lot of strikes tonight."
Wakefield was in cruise control for most of the night, thanks in large part to the high percentage of strikes he was throwing. Through four innings, he had thrown just 35 pitches, 27 for strikes. Through five innings, he had allowed only an Alfonso Soriano single to open the third.
"I take a lot of pride in that because you're asked to do a job and when you do...
Kevin Youkilis, the man who has been hit more than any other batter in Red Sox history, indicated he believes the Cubs might have been given an extra chance to equal the score on Sunday night from Saturday's beanball exchange that left Marlon Byrd with several fractures below his left eye.
On Sunday night — with the Red Sox up, 5-1, in the eighth inning — Kerry Wood came inside on Jed Lowrie. He just missed hitting him. He didn't miss with the second pitch, drilling Lowrie on the back of the leg. Home plate umpire Ed Hickox warned both teams and no one was ejected.
"I understand the whole thing," Youkilis said. "You throw it once and you miss, and you throw it again. I don't know why. I guess they felt like they needed to get another one in because we hit them twice. It's the game of baseball.
"No, I didn't see that coming, but the other day they're upset, they didn't like the warning when I...
Adrian Gonzalez went 4-for-4 and Tim Wakefield allowed just four hits and one run over 6 2/3 innings as the Red Sox beat the Cubs, 5-1, Sunday night at Fenway Park. Gonzalez raised his average 14 points to .342 with the performance while Jarrod Saltalamacchia belted his second homer in three games and his third of the season.
While 1918 nostaglia was the theme all weekend long at Fenway Park, Wakefield did his part by turning back the clock and throwing a masterpiece. Wakefield threw just 50 pitches in his first five innings, allowing only an Alfonso Soriano single to center. In winning his first game of 2011, the 44-year-old knuckleballer struck out three and didn't walk a batter, lowering his ERA from 5.40 to 4.50. Wakefield was pulled by Terry Francona after allowing a two-out, RBI double to Jeff Baker in the seventh, his 75th and final pitch of the night. Daniel Bard came on to fan Soriano as the game's potential tying run with a 98 mph...
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Dale, Michael and Jerry check in with Chandler Jones after the Pats moved to 10-0. Plus a special brief appearance by Damion Easley.
A quick game recap of Celtics 121-97 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.
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The stove is hot. Mut, Bradford and Tomase are talking about the reports of David Ortiz’ retirement announcement, as well as their thoughts on the trade the Red Sox made for closer Craig Kimbrel
DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss the Bruins 4-3 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night at Air Canada Center.
DJ Bean and Ken Laird are live at TD Garden after the Bruins 2-0 win over Toronto on Saturday night. The guys discuss the first two-game home winning streak of the season and what it means.
Kirk needs his some baked ziti.
The top stories of the day.
We remember Tiger's Thanksgiving many years ago.
LB came in the studio in between segments, and got Christian in a funny mood. His abilities to pronounced foreign names was put to the test. For the most part, he failed.
Before Monday night's game against the Patriots, Rex Ryan invited Ray Lewis to give the Bills a pregame "pump-up" speech.
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