The ups and downs of the Bruins season may have actually helped them get ready for playoff hockey, according to coach Claude Julien. Julien, who spoke to the media on Sunday after practice at TD Garden, said that everything that has happened this year might actually benefit his team in this tough first-round matchup with Buffalo.
"It's certainly helped," Julien said of the adversity this season. "The fact that we went through a lot of that stuff certainly builds character and resiliency. There's not doubt it's helped us get through the tough times and it's made us a better hockey club."
The Bruins know all too well what the injury bug can do to a team — see Marc Savard — and the bug might actually be hitting their opponent at the right time. Buffalo left winger Thomas Vanek's status is still not known for Game 3, but Julien said he isn't going to worry about the other team's players....
The Red Sox and Rays are now scheduled to start their Sunday matinee at 2:05 p.m. A steady rain at Fenway Park prompted the 30-minute delay. Sox starter Jon Lester had to interrupt his warmup session in the bullpen for a few minutes, but is now once again throwing.
With a day game following the night game, the Red Sox will have Victor Martinez serve as the designated hitter on Sunday, with David Ortiz getting the day off. Jason Varitek will be behind the plate to catch Sox starter Jon Lester.
Jeremy Hermida will remain in left field with Jacoby Ellsbury still sidelined.
Here is the rest of the Red Sox lineup against Matt Garza:
SP -- Lester
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Referee Joe DeRosa, who ejected Celtics forward Kevin Garnett with 40 seconds remaining in the Celts' 85-76 win over the Heat Saturday night at the TD Garden, issued the following statement regarding the disciplinary action: "He was ejected for throwing an elbow that made contact with Quentin Richardson. He had already had one technical foul for taunting with Quentin Richardson before that. Then as the altercation went on he threw an elbow that did make contact with Richardson, which was his second technical foul and he was ejected."
Asked if Garnett connected with Richardson when he threw the elbow, DeRosa said through a pool reporter, "Yes, that's what the video replay that we saw looked like, that he clearly made contact with Richardson. But even if he had not he still would have been ejected for a second technical foul for throwing an elbow."
Speaking after his team dropped an 85-76 decision to the Celtics, Miami guard Quentin Richardson spoke of his dislike for both Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. It was the skirmish that Richardson got into with Garnett, with Pierce on the floor with an apparent injury, that led to Garnett being ejected from the game with 40 seconds remaining.
"I don't like them," Richardson said, "and they know it."
As for the incident, Richardson wasn't sold on the severity of Pierce's injury, which was identified as a shoulder issue by the Celtics forward after the first-round Eastern Conference playoff game.
"He's on the ground crying and I don't know what's going on," the Heat guard said. "Two actresses over there, that's what they are." When asked he was surprised the confrontation escalated, Richardson responded, "I'm not surprised at people's actions when I know...
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Buster Olney of ESPN joined MFB to talk about all the free agent news surrounding the Red Sox over the past 24 hours
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Andy Brickley joined the show and touched on last night's convincing win over a good team, Matt Bartkowski needing a wake up call, and the NHL review process.
BC football sideline reporter Scott Mutryn with the worst impersonation of all time.
Ben Cherington joined us to discuss the Sox off-season moves.
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Andy Merritt of the New England Hockey Journal joined WEEI.com’s Scott McLaughlin to talk about the play of Vermont and Providence, as well as other happenings around Hockey East. Merrimack coach Mark Dennehy also joined the show to talk about his team’s good start, his freshman class and how he uses possession stats.
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