The Bruins held fan appreciation day at the Garden Saturday and made sure they delivered a win to the home crowd, beating the Senators, 3-1.
Daniel Paille, Nathan Horton and Rich Peverley provided the goals for the B's, though it was the goaltender who ultimately end up being the biggest story.
Claude Julien said following the game that Tuukka Rask would start Sunday, meaning the book is closed on Tim Thomas' regular season and that he has set the NHL record for save percentage in a single season. By finishing the game with a .9381 mark, he surpassed Dominik Hasek's .9366 save percentage in 1998-99. The stat first began being recorded in the 1982-83 season.
Marlborough native Bobby Butler scored the Senators' only goal, beating Thomas at 18:27 of the first period.
With the win Saturday, the B's are still alive to potentially take the second seed in the Eastern Conference, though they will need a...
Before Friday's home-opening win, before the Red Sox had yet to win a game in 2011, manager Terry Francona confirmed Saturday morning that he called the meeting to reassure his players that management still believed in them. Francona also acknowledged that GM Theo Epstein wanted a few moments with the players, an address that reliever Daniel Bard called "awesome."
"It just seemed like it made common sense," Francona said before the second game with the Yankees. "I don't think you ever have a meeting for that day. It can't be like football, every Sunday, we play too many games. From my point, I just wanted to reassure guys it's 'we' and Theo spoke and I thought he spoke was more eloquently than I ever could, and I thought he spoke from the heart, which is probably more important."
Asked if he calls many of these meetings with this players, Francona said Friday's get-together was unusual.
Jed Lowrie gets his second start of the season at shortstop and Jacoby Ellsbury was put in the No. 9 hole of the batting order for the Red Sox in Saturday's matinee against the Yankees at Fenway Park.
"I wanted [Scutaro] to play [Sunday] and some of the way [Ivan] Nova throws," Francona said of batting Lowrie against the Yankees starter Saturday. "I just think it's a good day to [play Lowrie] and I want [Scutaro] to play [Sunday] against [C.C.] Sabathia."
Carl Crawford was slotted as the leadoff batter for the second straight game, followed by Dustin Pedroia, Adrian Gonzalez, Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz, J.D. Drew, Lowrie, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ellsbury.
"I think he's going to be confident in any spot," Francona said of Crawford. "And that's the whole idea. We don't want guys to change. We just want them to go play their game. I think when you ask guys to mold their game to a specific spot...
Terry Francona heard the news of Manny Ramirez's sudden retirement after Friday's game but declined detailed comment or reaction to the slugger's exit from the Tampa Bay Rays and Major League Baseball.
"I thought about it [Friday] night a little bit and I really don't have a comment," the Red Sox manager said before Saturday's game with the Yankees. "He's not our player. I don't know anything about it. I saw a blurb and I guess I really don't have a comment.
"It's probably something that's a little larger than baseball," Francona said, adding that he believes today's MLB PED testing is much improved. "Way better. Again, when things sort of looked like they getting out of hand in the mid-90s, I thinked the general public would be shocked in a good way how hard these guys work. I do get to see that. The younger players coming up, the testing is pretty stringent, and I think that's good."
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One night after being shutdown offensively by the Bulls, the Celtics recovered their offensive game in a 104-88 win over the Wizards. The Celtics shot 51 percent and all five starters were in double figures led by Paul Pierce with 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Rajon Rondo added 20 points and 14 assists. Kevin Garnett also had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
The kept building leads only to let the Wizards right back in the game. Part of the issue was a depleted bench that was already thin with the decision to sit Jermaine O'Neal for one game. That problem became worse after Delonte West was ejected by referee Josh Tiven in the first half. Rondo played 42 minutes, while Pierce checked in with 41.
The win allowed the Celtics to remain in a tie with the Heat for second place in the Eastern Conference heading into their showdown Sunday afternoon in Miami. The Heat kept pace with a win over the Bobcats. With three games...
Tom Brady joined the show to discuss the win over the Steelers and Roger Goodell's handling of domestic violence cases.
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Ordway and Smerlas break down the Patriots victory on the road in PIttsburgh. In this hour they talk about the Pats success running the ball, and try to figure out what exactly is going wrong with kicker Stephen Gostkowski
We preview the 2016-2017 Celtics with Danny Ainge on opening night.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Chris and Rob talk with former MLB Infielder and current ESPN analyst Alex Cora. Alex talks about some of the moves he saw in the Red Sox-Indians ALDS, and talks about the core group of young players the Red Sox have
We wrap up the Sox season with our final weekly visit with Sox manager John Farrell, on the heels of the news that he will be back as Sox skipper for the 2017 season.
Red Sox Hall of Famer Joe Castiglione wraps up the 2016 Boston Red Sox season
Ken Laird chats with WEEI Bruins writer Ty Anderson about the B's loss to the Rangers on Wednesday night and what issues the team is fighting after a 3-4 start to the season
Ken Laird and new WEEI.com Bruins writer Ty Anderson discuss the state of the 2016 Bruins after a 3-3 start to the season.
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Gerry and Kirk call out Chris Mortensen for claiming his family got death threats over his deflategate reporting.
Gerry and Kirk argue over Tom Brady's need to play this preseason.
Trenni, Gerry and Kirk talked about Joe Maddon's odd comments defending Aroldis Chapman and Headlines with Minihane.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian marvel at "Ramblin' Roger's" ability to not answer any questions during interviews. This time it was with Gary Myers on "Chalk Talk," where Gary's pointed and important questions are largely ignored by Goodell's rambling, ridiculous "Answers."
Glenn, Lou, and Christian discuss Rex Ryan's career, and why he is considered to be a "Good Coach." They also react to Mike Lombardi, Shannon Sharpe, and Skip Bayless' thoughts on the matter.
Glenn, Lou, and Christian talk about the Bills DB's Stephon Gilmore and Nickell Robey-Coleman saying that they'll retaliate if the Patriots run through their pre-game warm-ups. They also delve into the actual game.
We preview the 2016-2017 Celtics with Danny Ainge on opening night.
Dale, Michael and Jerry talk Bruins after a 5-0 shutout at the hands of the Minnesota Wild.
Forget the Cubs, everybody get behind Tito as the Tribe takes game one. Dale, Holley and Thornton discuss the win.
Kirk Minihane has taken Dave O'Brien to task during the entire baseball season. Kirk has critiqued O'Brien for a number of things over the season, his chemistry with Jerry Remy, his soliloguy at the start of the season, and of course accusing him of dying his hair. O'Brien defends some of his tactics of how he calls games and is adamant that he does not dye his hair.
Kirk Minihane, avid runner, talks to Charlie Engle about the passion of running, how running became an addiction that replaced drug related addictions, and Charlie's time in jail. Kirk and Charlie have had similar paths through life and they discuss how a passion for running changed their lives.
Kirk was scheduled to interview Jeff Pearlman but the connection sucked and we called a late audible and interrupted the K&C Post Show podcast. Kirk takes over the K&C podcast and turns into Enough About Me and an epic bitchfest ensues.
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