Playing without their ill captain, the Bruins were dealt a devastating blow in their Stanley Cup playoff hopes as they dropped Game 2 to the Canadiens, 3-1, Saturday night at TD Garden. Zdeno Chara skated for pregame warmups but couldn't overcome the effects of dehydration that hosptialized him 24 hours earlier.
Just 43 seconds into the game - and only minutes after the Bruins found out Chara was unavailable - Mike Cammalleri put a shot past Tim Thomas for a 1-0 lead. A disasterous start got even worse less than two minutes later when Mathieu Darche scored six seconds after Dennis Seidenberg was whistled for interference. Thomas gave up a loose rebound that Johnny Boychuk was unable to clear away and Darche found an open net on Thomas' right side.
The Bruins finally showed life in the second. Less than three minutes after Thomas made a crucial save on Tomas Plenkanec, Patrice Bergergon redirected a perfect centering pass from Brad Marchand...
In a surprise development, Zdeno Chara will not play in Game 2 of the Eastern Confence quarterfinals Saturday after being hospitalized with dehydration a night earlier. Shane Hnidy is in the lineup in his place.
Bruins coach Claude Julien had said Saturday morning that he expects captain Zdeno Chara to be in the lineup for Game 2.
"Until our medical staff tells us he can't go, he's in tonight," Julien said.
Chara led all Bruins skaters with 25:06 of ice time on Thursday, totalling five shots on goal in the team's 2-0 loss to the Canadiens.
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The Red Sox claimed their third win of the season, Saturday, beating the Blue Jays, 4-1, at Fenway Park. Leading the way for the Sox was starting pitcher Josh Beckett, who allowed just one run on three hits over seven innings. Beckett finished his 101-pitch outing striking out nine and walking two, lowering his ERA to 1.80.
Offensively, Jed Lowrie got things going for the Red Sox by not only scoring the game's first run after leading off with a single, but then launching his first home run of the season in the second inning. The two-run blast gave the Sox a three-run lead after Toronto had closed the hosts' lead to a run in the top of the second.
Lowrie, who was inserted in the lineup's leadoff spot by Red Sox manager Terry Francona, finished the day going 3-for-5 to raise his batting average to .500. The only other Red Sox player to notch a multiple-hit day was Mike Cameron, who came away with a pair of hits while subbing in for J.D. Drew in right...
Speaking prior to the Red Sox' Saturday afternoon game with the Blue Jays, Carl Crawford talked about the slump he has endured to start the season.
"It’s just bad all-around right now," said Crawford, who was not in the Red Sox starting lineup for the first time this season. "It’s tough because the team’s not winning and not hitting well, so you have to take all that and be strong enough to try to stay focused and do the things you do well. It’s tough right now, but I’m still doing the little things I need to do to get better."
Batting .137 with seven hits on the season, Crawford relayed his disappointment regarding the slow start
"You look up there and you see that one-something average, you try to get it all in one at-bat," said Crawford. "I’ve got to learn to take it one at-bat at a time, take it one pitch at a time, and go from there."
There will be no suspense leading up to Game 1 on the availability of Shaquille O'Neal. The Celtics announced that the center would not play in Game 1 of their playoff series against the Knicks on Sunday. "We tried to get him out there to practice today to simulate the game as much as we could and he’s not ready," team president Danny Ainge said. "We don’t know when he’ll be ready."
Team doctor Brian McKeon said that Shaq's injury, which is related to the Achiiles and calf strain, just takes time to recover and that O'Neal hasn't had enough yet. "This guy has been working his tail off. He’s been working so, so hard," McKeon said. "Today we did like a mock trail, pregame workout and he failed. It’s just too sore. We’ll get back to work tomorrow."
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