Friday, March 9, 2012

Quickie Sports Chowdah Update- Bruins Get 1st Set of Back-to-Back Wins Since All Star Break; C's Light Up Trailblazers

BOSTON BRUINS- David Krejci scored for the 5th time in the last 5 games and Greg Campbell broke a 19-game scoreless streak in the Bruins come-from-behind win against Buffalo on Thrusday night.

Although the Sabres would get on the board early with a Jason Pominville tally with less than 5 minutes remaining in the 1st, the Bruins would score 3 unanswered goals with Campbell tying the contest up at 1-1 in the second before Johnny Boychuck got the go-ahead goal in the 3rd and Krejci provided some insurance with his tally.

There was no Ryan Miller in net for the Sabres on Thursday- instead, backup Jhonas Enroth got the start between the pipes for Buffalo. Tim Thomas faced 20 shots and stopped all but one. Both teams went 0 for 1 on the power play.

Interestingly, Buffalo headed into Thursday night's contest tied with Washington for 9th place in the Eastern conference at 70 points. Winnipeg was in the 8th and final playoff spot with 72 points, but after Buffalo's 3-1 loss to Boston, Washington's 3-2 OT win over Tampa Bay and Winnipeg losing on the road 3-2 to Vancouver, the Caps and Jets are now tied for the 8th place in the Eastern Conference.

This is worth pointing out because the Caps are Boston's next opponent- the two teams will get together for a Saturday Matinee at the Garden at 1:00 PM ET on the NHL Network before Boston kicks off a 3-game road trip the very next day with another daytime affair- this time against Pittsburgh at the Consaul Energy Center. That game gets underway at 12:30 ET on Sunday on NBC.

Washington will be without the services of defenseman Mike Green, who the League suspended for three games after a hit to the head of Tampa Bay's Brett Connolly in the second period of Thursday night's game against the Lightning. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby could be returning to the ice as early as Sunday's game against Boston after suffering concussion-like symptoms earlier this year.

BOSTON CELTICS- Just two nights after getting routed in Philly, the Celtics rebounded big time against the visiting Portland Trailblazers thanks to 22 points each from Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. Kevin Garnett chipped in with 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 10 points on the evening.

The Celtics led 65-30 at the half and led by as many as 43 points early in the 2nd half before pulling their starters- at which point the Blazers went on a 20-3 run and made the final score appear a little closer than it really was.

Boston wins by the final of 104-86 on Friday night. This is their last home game before embarking on an arduous, 8-game road trip starting out on the West Coast that kicks off with a 3:30 PM start against the Lakers at the Staples Center on Sunday afternoon. The Sunday game will be televised on ABC.

NCAA HOCKEY- Top ranked Boston College edged the UMass Minutement in Game 1 of the Hockey East quarterfinals on Friday night. Junior Pat Mullane and (senior) Captain Tommy Cross scored less than 40 seconds apart late in the second period to give the Eagles a quick 2-0 lead. UMass broke the shutout and got within a goal less than 7 minutes into the 3rd thanks to a goal from senior Daniel Hobbs after redirecting a slapshot from fellow senior Michael Marcou to beat junior Eagles netminder Parker Milner. However, Milner would allow no more goals and BC would hang on to win by a 2-1 final.

Milner stopped 26 of the 27 shots he faced Friday night while UMass freshamn Kevin Boyle recorded 16 saves in the Minutemen's losing effort.

The teams resume tournament play Saturday night at the Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, MA. Puck drops at 7:00 PM ET.

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