In delivering one of the most dominating goaltending performances in postseason history and leading the Bruins to their first Stanley Cup in 39 years, Tim Thomas was awarded the Conn Smythe trophy as the most outstanding player of 2011 playoffs.
He earned the honor with staggering and historic numbers. He established new all-time records by making 798 saves on 849 saves in 25 games, both new standards. Thomas appropriately ended his epic season with his fourth shutout of the playoffs.
Thomas made several spectacular saves in the third period, including a pair on Jannik Hansen, finishing with a 37-save performance in the first Game 7 of a Stanley Cup finals series in Bruins history.
Patrice Bergeron scored just over 14 minutes into the game and added spectacular shorthander in the second while Tim Thomas turned away all 37 shots as the Bruins blanked the Canucks, 4-0, in Game 7 at Rogers Arena to capture their first Stanley Cup since 1972. In winning the sixth Stanley Cup in franchise history, they become the first team ever to win three Game 7s in one playoff season. Brad Marchand also scored twice for the Bruins, including an empty-netter to seal the game with 2:44 remaining.
After withstanding an early charge by the Canucks that featured point-blank saves by Thomas on Henrik Sedin and Chris Higgins, the Bruins began to turn the momentum. Then, Marchand came out of the left corner with the puck and found Bergeron between the circles. Bergeron swung once and got just enough of the puck to fire it to the right of Roberto Luongo and give Boston the lead. It was one of only five shots Luongo faced in the opening 20 minutes....
Josh Beckett was absolutely masterful Wednesday night in Tampa, tossing a complete-game one-hitter to lead the Red Sox to a 3-0 win over the Rays. Beckett (6-2), who threw just 97 pitches, struck out six on the way to the win, the first one-hitter of his career. He got all the run support he would need when Kevin Youkilis crushed a three-run homer in the seventh off Tampa starter Jeremy Hellickson (7-5). Dustin Pedroia added a pair of hits for the Red Sox, who snapped a four-game losing streak to the Rays with the victory. For more Red Sox news, check out weei.com/redsox.
After two days of talks in Maryland, the NFL and the players issued the following joint statement regarding the state of the labor negotiations.
"Discussions between NFL owners and players under the auspices of Chief Magistrate Judge Arthur Boylan took place again this week and will continue. At the request of Judge Boylan, both sides have agreed to maintain the confidentiality of the substance of the talks."
In attendance on the league side this week was Patriots owner Robert Kraft, as well as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. In addition, owners Jerry Richardson, Clark Hunt, Dean Spanos and John Mara also were present. Representing the players were NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith and NFLPA president Kevin Mawae, as well as Domonique Foxworth, Tony Richardson, Jeff Saturday and Brian Waters.
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Making his weekly appearance on The Big Show, Red Sox manager Terry Francona insinuated that something could be worked out with Andrew Miller shortly, that the pitcher might not have to utilize his opt-out (which he is eligible for as of today), and that the the lefty potentially could remain in the Red Sox organization. Various reports suggest Miller will be promoted to the Red Sox, with some stating he will make a start early next week.
"Andrew is in our plans, that's for sure. I think Theo [Epstein] spent some time with him yesterday. They also talked again today. The best way to say it is this kid is in our plans and we really like him," Francona said. "I think in the near future things will kind of become a little more clear as to what we want to do. I can't go past that now."
Chris Price and Mike Petraglia discuss the top priorities for the Patriots as the off-season begins. Who do they need to pursue in free agency, who do they need to keep, and what areas of the roster do they need to address?
Picard and Price give their predictions for SB50 later today.
Danny and Price react to the HOF class that was announced last night. They get into the names and legacies, especially a questionable one in Tony Dungy.
Boston Celtics stud Evan Turner joins the WEEI Celtics Podcast to reflect on the Celtics hot streak going into the All-Star break. Turner discussed how much he values being in a great situation in Boston and tries to get inside the life of Brad Stevens. First, Sam Packard and Jared Weiss chopped it up with Kyle Draper, covering the Celtics thrilling classic against Paul Pierce and the Los Angeles Clippers and broke down potential trade scenarios ahead of the deadline.
Trailing a big win by the Celtics over the Clippers, Paul Flannery of SB Nation calls in to talk everything Celtics.
Danny had just hit the air as it looked like the Celtics would drop a close game to the Cleveland Cavaliers, ride along as Danny goes on the emotional roller coaster of the final 7.5 seconds of the game
Jared Carrabis joins Mut Mutnansky to discuss concerns surrounding the Red Sox heading into Spring Training.
Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes joins Rob Bradford to discuss why he's now a relief pitcher, how important it is that he throws harder than most, lessons he learned from last season, and why his love for two very different restaurants in Cracker Barrel and Twin Peaks
This week the guys are joined by Ian Browne of MLB.com, they talk about Clay Buchholz and the impending opening of spring training
Ken Laird and DJ Bean discuss Boston's 6-2 in Winnipeg on Thursday night, an answer night after losing 9-2 at home to LA on Tuesday
Ken Laird & DJ Bean discuss the LA Kings 9-2 win at TD Garden on Tuesday as former Bruin Milan Lucic was one of 9 different players to score during a 57-shot night for the Kings
DJ, Pete and Ken continue their discussion about the direction of the Bruins and how some of their moves are ambiguous and tough to figure out their thinking. Are they going for it all or rebuilding. Again, DJ appropriately calls it a "soft rebuild." They talk about acquiring Beleskey as well as Brett Connolly's recent play. Also, the boys talked with Arpon Basu about the spiraling Montreal Canadiens.
Kirk responded to complaints from OMF regarding our promotion of the podcast.
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The guys discussed the greatest Celtics of all time.
After trying to discredit the appearance Pierre McGuire on OMF, the guys take a look at the incredible slate of guests the morning produces.
Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports, joined the show today (as he does every Thursday at 1:15) to discuss the embarrassing 9-2 loss to the LA Kings, and then, what they can do from here.
Kirk Minihane took some shots at Glenn, Lou and Christian this morning. Here is their response.
We're talking Celtics after a solid win over the Clippers. Al Horford and Dwight Howard rumors are out there, and that makes for good sports radio discussions.
A Bruins discussion becomes a discussion of their current talent, and whether or not there is even the possibility of being a better team based on the way they are currently constituted.
We discuss a story about how close the NFL might have come to replacing Roger the Dodger amidst one of it's many scandals.
Jared Carrabis joins Mut Mutnansky to discuss concerns surrounding the Red Sox heading into Spring Training
The Red Sox celebrated Truck Day today, so Mut starts off the show talking about things to look for in Spring Training.