An overall below average week for Boston sports team was highlighted by the huge win for the New England Patriots against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. The Colts came back a bit in the fourth quarter after being down 31-14 only to lose 31-28. Despite a great game in Foxboro, the rest of Boston looked less than spectacular.
The Boston Bruins
The Bruins got back on track this week with three wins in four games. On Monday the New Jersey Devils came into the T.D. Garden only to be shut out by Tim Thomas and the rest of the B’s 3-0. After a day off the Bruins traveled out to New York to face off with the Rangers and got another W for goaltender Tim Thomas with a 3-2 win. Thursday night was the highlight of the week for the B’s with the Florida Panthers in town. The Panthers, who are last in the Southeast division, were shutout 4-0 on Thursday. The win saw Bruins’ left wing, Milan Lucic, get the hat-trick with two out of his three goals coming within 15 seconds of each other in the third period. Bruins’ goaltender, Tuukka Rask, got his first win of the season as well. He started over Thomas due to the back-to-back games on Wednesday and Thursday.
Saturday was the rough night for the B’s. Facing off against the L.A. Kings the Bruins found themselves in an early 3-0 hole and began their comeback starting in the second period. Patrice Bergeron was able to tie the game up at 3 with a power play goal in the final six minutes of regulation. However, after a five minute overtime the game went into a shootout, an area the Bruins are not too comfortable with. Two of the league’s best goalies faced off in this game, but L.A. Kings goalie, Jonathan Quick, got the better of Tim Thomas in the shootout thanks to the score by Michael Handzus in the sixth round. The Kings moved to 3-0 in shootouts while Boston fell to 0-2. David Kreji also returned to action on Saturday night for Boston and played well after being out for two weeks with a concussion.
The Bruins head out on the road for three games next week against Tampa Bay Monday, Florida on Wednesday, back home to host Carolina on Friday, and then back on the road to Atlanta on Sunday.
The Boston Celtics
The Celtics had an overall rough week that started off well and ended in disappointment. After a blow-out 114-83 win at home against the John Wallless Washington Wizards, the Celtics lost to a Kevin Durantless Oklahoma City Thunder 89-84 and the Toronto Raptors 102-101.
The game against the Wizards on Wednesday night was fun to watch as everything seemed to be clicking for Boston. The Celtics were able to sit down their starting five for the fourth quarter with the first appearance of “Gino Time” at the Garden. Shaquille O’Neal found it very amusing to watch.
Shaq must not have found it fun to watch the Celtics lose their next two games this week especially when the teams were considered to be inferior to Boston. Injuries also played a role in the disappointment of the Celtics this week, who lost Rajon Rondo against the Thunder on Friday night . Rondo suffered an injury to his hamstrings and sat out against the Raptors on Sunday afternoon, and could possibly miss the game against Atlanta on Monday.
The Celtics need to get back on track and possibly stop underestimating their opponents, which they may very well have done on Friday and Sunday. The Thunder were without Kevin Durant and Jeff Green and the Raptors are at the bottom of the barrel in the NBA so Boston may have just thought they could coast through games. Not likely to happen again this week after both teams stuck in to them. Atlanta will be a challenge to start next week after the Celtics were winless against the younger and more athletic Hawks last season. The rest of the week will feature match-ups with a trip to see the Nets on Wednesday and a visit from the Raptors on Friday.
The New England Patriots
The Patriots were the big story going into the week and coming out of the week. They have been looking more and more like a Super Bowl contender week after week with the exception of the loss in Cleveland. After gaining an early lead against Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts, the Patriots had to survive a late game scare put up by Indy. However, James Sanders was able to seal the win against the Colts with a clutch interception with a little over 30 seconds left in the game.
Tom Brady was nearly perfect in this game by hitting 19 out of his 25 targets for 186 yards and two touchdown passes to Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez. He was able to outperform Manning in this continuous rivalry over the years. The “Law Firm” aka BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead both had rushing touchdowns. Green-Ellis continued to thrive in his role as the starting running back with Fred Taylor still injured.
The Patriots defense had their work cut out for them in this one and were able to hold onto the late push by Manning and the Colts, but still showed that they have plenty of room for improvement. It was great to see Manning throw three interceptions to Brandon Meriweather, Devin McCourty, and the game sealing pick by James Sanders. This defense, which continues to grow together, should have a good chance to show some of their increasing talent against the lowly Lions on Thanksgiving this Thursday.
Boston College- The Eagles had another good week against Virginia with a 17-13 win. B.C. is now 6-5 overall on the season and 4-4 in the ACC which is good for fourth place in the Atlantic Division. With the win, the Eagles became bowl eligible. They will finish off their season next week against the Orange in Syracuse.
Harvard- The Crimson finished off their season this weekend with another win against their rival Yale with a 28-21 win. The win was the fourth straight for Harvard against their rival and gives them a 7-3 overall record and 5-2 in the Ivy League.
UMass- Over in the CAA, the Minutemen finished off their season with a loss to the Rhode Island Rams 37-34. It was a disappointing finish to the season for UMass after such a strong start that saw them almost beat Michigan in the early goings of the season. With the loss UMass is not playoff eligible and will have to plenty of time to get ready for next season.
About the Author
Written by Geoff Poster
I am a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication. I currently work for WODS Radio and Mix 104.1 Radio in Boston, MA as both a board operator and member of the promotions department. I am interested in pursuing a career in sports media. I currently have a Boston sports podcast entitled The Last Name Show, and I also write for the website SportsofBoston.com