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The Bruins averaged a 8.3 local rating on VERSUS, the Red Sox a 6.3 local rating on NESN and the Celtics a 4.1 local rating on ESPN.
In terms of households, the Bruin game delivered 200,000 households, the Red Sox game 153,000 households and the Celtic game 99,000 households.
In terms of total viewers, the Bruins easily beat both of the other local teams averaging 328,000 viewers (Red Sox had 223,000 and Celtics had 142,000 viewers).
The statue of Bobby Orr is outside the TD Garden.
Bobby says thanks and the 2nd video is a close-up of the statue.
from Tony Massarotti of the Boston Globe,
The Bruins might not win the Cup this season, but that’s not the point. The Cup is a realistic goal now. And it will remain a realistic goal for the foreseeable future.
In the midst of all this, let us pause and note that the Bruins have rebuilt themselves from the ground up, partly as the work of Mike O’Connell, partly as the work of Peter Chiarelli, partly as the work of Claude Julien and others. The players also should not be overlooked. The luster has been restored to the spoked “B’’ that serves as the team’s logo — it will not be fully restored until there is a Cup to celebrate — and the Bruins are where they are because of shrewd drafting and decision-making.
Let’s look at the big picture here. In the last four or five years, O’Connell and Chiarelli have drafted and/or signed everyone from David Krejci, Milan Lucic, and Marc Savard to Tuukka Rask, Patrice Bergeron, and Zdeno Chara. Phil Kessel was drafted and flipped to the Maple Leafs for three draft picks, one of whom will be Tyler Seguin or Taylor Hall. The Bruins are young and talented, a combination that will serve them well for years in the salary cap world of professional sports.
from Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe,
...But the only story that matters is this: This series isn’t over.
Predictably, the word character was thrown around the Flyers’ locker room. Mercifully, no one was heard uttering the words desperate and hockey in the same sentence. In fact, I never heard the word desperate at all. The Flyers may have been trailing the series, three games to none, but they were not defeated in any sense because they truly believed the series could just as easily have been 3-0 the other way. That may not have been entirely true, but that’s the way they felt.
“We don’t want to sit here and complain,’’ said goaltender Brian Boucher. “But I don’t think we got that many breaks to this point. We’re happy to get this win and get off the schneid.’’
Simon Gagne returned from an injury and scored the OT goal.
Game 5 is Monday night in Boston.
added 10:50pm, Video of the game winner.
from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
If Peter Laviolette is right, if desperation is more powerful than momentum in the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Flyers should be locks to win Game 4 on Friday night at the Wachovia Center.
They couldn’t be any more desperate.
Facing the disgrace of a series sweep on their home ice, it would be surprising if the Flyers didn’t find a way to win at least one game. The sweep-avoiding win seems like a fairly common phenomenon. Nevertheless, according to WhoWins.com, which tracks such things, teams leading three games to none in a series complete the sweep about 65 percent of the time.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Tuukka Rask didn’t even make it onto the rookie of the year ballot (Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard, Colorado’s Matt Duchene and Buffalo’s Tyler Myers are this year’s finalists), but the Bruins netminder has his eye on another piece of hardware, the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.
more and other observations from last night…
from Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe,
The Flyers tried a few motivational tricks to engage their crowd. They jazzed up Lauren Hart’s pregame “God Bless America’’ by interspersing clips from a long-ago Kate Smith performance. They introduced injured tough guy Ian Laperriere (who nearly lost an eye this season) on the big screen during the second period. Nothing helped.
It was a clinic in crowd control. The Bruins took the heart out of the patrons with those two quick first-period goals. From that point on, every errant Flyer pass, every giveaway, and every blown scoring chance was met with that combination of groan, moan, and disgust that only truly pained home crowds can make.
There were scattered boos as early as the first period and there were Serious boos in the third. The big exodus began with 3:20 left, which means several thousand people never saw Patrice Bergeron pick off a pass and deliver the empty-netter with 1:52 remaining.
All this made those six or eight brave Bruins fans seated in the upper reaches extraordinarily happy, no doubt. As any good sports fan knows, there is no better feeling on earth than being present when your team wins a big one on the road.
via James Murphy of NESN,
Reports coming out of Philadelphia claimed that Krejci had a broken wrist and was done for the season. Obviously, that’s hard news to take, but this Bruins team just seems to chew it up and spit it out.
Bruins with only 19 shots compared to 35 for the Flyers, win 4-1 to go up 3-0 in the series.
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