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05/24/2011 - 12:07am
Boucher: Bolts 'need miracles' vs. Thomas
By: DJ Bean

Lightning coach Guy Boucher defended the play of his top forwards after the team's 3-1 loss to the B's in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals, noting that the likes of Steven Stamkos, Simon Gagne and Vincent Lecavalier are playing well, but that B's goaltender Tim Thomas remains their issue. Thomas made 33 saves on the night, including a lead-saving stick-save on Steve Downie with B's leading 2-1. 

"Against this goaltender, you need more," Boucher said. "He's making miracles. We need to come up with miracles."

Boucher said that finding a way to beat Thomas, who shut out the Bolts in Game 3 but has allowed four goals in three games this series, is atop the to-do list for a team that is now one loss away from elimination, saying Tampa is "still trying to figure out the Thomas enigma."

For more on the Eastern Conference finals, visit weei.com/bruins.


05/23/2011 - 11:42pm
Pedroia expects to be OK after 'stinger'

Both Red Sox manager Terry Francona and Dustin Pedroia told reporters in Cleveland Monday night that they expect the second baseman to be OK after he experienced numbness through his left leg after twisting his left ankle rounding second base on an Adrian Gonzalez single in the eighth inning of the Red Sox' 3-2 loss to the Indians.

After laying on the ground for a few seconds, Pedroia was attended to by both Francona and trainer Greg Barajas before being escorted off the field. The Sox' No. 2 hitter said that the feeling returned to his left left approximately five minutes after the injury, with the Indians' medical staff examining him once inside the visitors clubhouse.

Francona told reporters Pedroia was likely to get a day off Tuesday even before suffering the injury, and will certainly be out of the starting lineup in the series' second game.

"I’m a little beat up, I have to manage some things but I’ll be back in there...

05/23/2011 - 11:03pm
Double trouble: Red Sox lose, Pedroia hurt

The Red Sox squandered a chance to claim first-place in the American League East, succumbing to a big night from Asdrubal Cabrera in what turned out to be a 3-2 Indians win over the Sox Monday night at Progressive Field.

Cabrera's biggest hit came in the eighth inning against Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard, plating Michael Brantley with a run-scoring double for the eventual game-winning run. Brantley had tied the game with his own RBI double, scoring pinch-runner Adam Everett. It had been Cabrera who got the Indians' scoring going in the first place, with the shortstop launching his 10th homer of the season in the fourth to tie the game at 1-1.

The Red Sox mounted a threat in the ninth against Indians' closer Chris Perez with back-to-back, one-out singles from J.D. Drew and Jed Lowrie. But a 4-6-3 double play grounder off the bat of Carl Crawford -- who had homered earlier in the fifth to give the Sox a 2-1 lead -- ended the game.

The loss...

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...

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