Monday, March 29, 2010

Sports Chowdah Update for March 25-29- Atlanta Catching up to Beantown After Lackluster Performances; Frozen Four Matchups Set

NHL: After posting a 5-0 shutout against the Calgary Flames with Tim Thomas between the pipes on Saturday, the Bruins got a whiff of 7th place (meaning they wouldn't have to play the Washington Capitals in the 1st round) before falling to the division-leading Buffalo Sabres on Monday night by a final of 3-2.

Although David Krejci got Boston on the board in the first, Buffalo countered with goals from Tyler Myers and Paul Gaustad in that same period. Tim Kennedy would go on to score for Buffalo in the 2nd period and Ryan Miller stopped 40 shots on the night; including Marco Sturm's 1st period penalty shot and Mark Recchi's attempt from point-blank as time expired. Tim Thomas stopped 11 of 14 shots faced and was pulled for Tukka Rask after allowing the 3rd goal. Rask stopped all 19 shots he faced.

The loss knocks the Bruins back to the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern conference, as Philadelphia won in their Sunday game against the NJ Devils. Atlanta is now only two points behind Boston and the B's have lost 2 out of their last 3 games. The Bruins will travel to Newark, NJ to take on the Devils Tuesday night.

NBA: The Celtics didn't fare much better on Sunday's nationally televised game against San Antonio on ESPN. The Tony Parker-less Spurs simply thumped the Celtics 94-73 thanks in no small part to Manu Ginobli's 28 points. Richard Jefferson added 16 points on top of 11 rebounds in his night's work for San Antonio.

Paul Pierce had 18 points and was 10-11 from the free-throw line, but other than that, the C's offensive output was largely forgettable on Sunday night. The loss puts them in a virtual tie with the Atlanta Hawks for 3rd place in the Eastern conference (both 10 and 1/2 games behind Eastern conference-leading Cleveland). The Celtics will take on Oklahoma City on Wednesday night at the Garden.

MLB: Josh Beckett threw for 6 innings, giving up 3 runs (1 unearned), six hits and a walk to Tampa Bay while striking out eight in his last outing of the spring, a 9-3 loss to the Rays on Monday afternoon. The Red Sox will take on the Rays again at Tampa's spring training facility in Port Charlotte on Tuesday afternoon (reportedly this will be nationally televised on ESPN).

NCAA Frozen Four: For the third time in the last 4 seasons, Boston College has advanced to the NCAA's Frozen Four Men's hockey tournament by defeating Alaska-Fairbanks 3-1 on Saturday and outlasting Yale 9-7 on Sunday. This sets up a showdown with Miami of Ohio after their 3-2 win over Michigan on Sunday. The winner of the Miami (OH)/BC game will take on the winner of the North Dakota/Rochester Institute of Technology game at Detroit's Ford Field on April 10, 2010.

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