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05/23/2011 - 10:49pm
Closing in: B's win, one win from Cup finals

Brad Marchand scored the go-ahead goal with 4:04 left in the second period and Tim Thomas was outstanding in goal as the Bruins beat the Lightning, 3-1, in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals Monday night at TD Garden. Thomas made a sensational, game-saving stick save on Steve Downie with 10:40 remaining as part of a 33-save night for the Bruins, who lead the series, 3-2, and can advance to the Stanley Cup finals with a win Wednesday night in Game 6 in Tampa. 

With a chance to take a 3-2 series lead, the Bruins came out flat on home ice and allowed a goal 69 seconds in by Game 4 hero and Boston nemesis Simon Gagne. The B's were badly outplayed in the opening period, as the Lightning had a 14-4 advantage in shots. Thomas had to make several clutch saves to keep Boston in the game. 

The Bruins finally broke through on Mike Smith just under five minutes into the second when Nathan Horton came out of the penalty box after serving an...

05/23/2011 - 8:31pm
Daisuke to be seen by Yocum for elbow

According to a source familiar with the situation, Daisuke Matsuzaka is scheduled to receive a second opinion on his right elbow from Dr. Lewis Yocum later in the month. The pitcher is currently in Japan, though not to see a surgeon, according to the source. (A report on SI.com suggested that Matsuzaka had asked to see a Japanese surgeon.)

The SI.com report suggested that Matsuzaka could require surgery on what was described by the team as a sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament and a strained common flexor mass. However, the source suggested that nothing has occurred since that initial diagnosis that would have changed the likelihood of surgery.

Matsuzaka said last week after being seen by...

05/23/2011 - 7:35pm
Smith to start Game 5 for Bolts
By: DJ Bean

After the Lightning kept tight-lipped on who would start Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals, Mike Smith -- not Dwayne Roloson -- was first onto the ice Monday night as Tampa players went out for warmups. 

Roloson entered the series leading all postseason goaltenders in goals against average and save percentage but was pulled in both Games 2 and 4 after the Bruins mounted large leads. Smith has stopped all 29 shots he has seen vs. the Bruins in relief. Smith went 1-2-0 against the B's in the regular season, including allowing five goals in the Bruins' 8-1 pounding of the Bolts on Dec. 2.

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05/23/2011 - 5:29pm
Mankins: I've already spoken with Solder

NORTON — Patriots offensive lineman Logan Mankins said he's already spoken with first-round pick Nate Solder in an attempt to try and make the rookie feel at ease.

Speaking before Joe Andruzzi's Charity Golf Tournament at TPC Boston on Monday afternoon, Mankins said he's all for helping out a teammate, especially one who is caught up in the throes of the lockout and hasn't had a chance to get into the system yet.

"Yeah, I have spoken to Nate. He seems like a great guy. I gave him a little advice. Tried to help him out the best you can in the situation that we're in right now," Mankins said of Solder, a left tackle who was selected in the first round of last month's draft by New England. "I'm more than willing to help any young guy who needs anything. Look — he's in a tough situation right now. He doesn't know what's going on. he has no coaches to talk to. He's just trying to make it in this league, and if...

05/23/2011 - 4:39pm
Report: Tommy John surgery for Daisuke?

According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, Daisuke Matsuzaka has asked for a second opinion from a Japanese surgeon after getting the original evaluation from Boston doctors that he he had a tear in his elbow ligament and would need rest and rehab for at least a month. There is, Heyman writes, a possibility that Matsuzaka may need Tommy John surgery to fix the elbow ligament, although the pitcher will see a doctor of his choosing first to determine if rehab is a viable option.

At the time of the injury, both Matsuzaka and a team source indicated that the pitcher was not expected to require surgery. He is due to be re-examined by team doctors next week, when he is two weeks removed from his initial exam.

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