Joe McDonald

  • Red Sox and Bruins beat reporter
  • Covered Boston teams since 1992
  • Joined ESPNBoston.com in 2010

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  • This Bruins team may top them all

    This Bruins team has more going for it than any other in franchise history.

    Iginla has one prize on wish list

    The NHL's first star of March, Jarome Iginla is eyeing a much bigger prize.

    B's blank Hawks, focus on end game

    Should the NHL-leading Bruins aim to get healthy or gun for home-ice advantage?

    Bruins-Canadiens? Bring it on

    The latest Bruins-Canadiens matchup just whet the appetite for more.

    Smith gets back in scoring column

    Reilly Smith feels some relief after snapping his scoring drought.

    Jarome Iginla looks like a keeper

    The B's should re-sign Jarome Iginla, who brings first-line scoring and stability.

    Flashback to Cam Neely's 50 in 44

    Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Cam Neely's 50 goals in 44 games milestone.

    Bruins not worried about keeping up

    Peter Chiarelli and the Bruins aren't worried about keeping up with the Habs.

    Bruins can win without making deal

    Even without a deadline deal, the Bruins make a run for the Stanley Cup.

    Sox clubhouse a comfort zone

    John Farrell has created a place where players can thrive by being themselves.

    Coaches behind Red Sox's success

    Brian Butterfield and Arnie Beyeler are behind the Sox's stellar defense.

    Clay Buchholz focused on health

    Clay Buchholz is pacing himself for a full season of good health.

    Bogaerts should bring SS stability

    Xander Bogaerts is poised to be Dustin Pedroia's first steady DP partner.

    Will Middlebrooks eyes redemption

    Will Middlebrooks is primed to bounce back after a sophomore slump.

    New Sox journey begins Thursday

    The Red Sox are back at square one, but have a reliable road map to follow.

    Do the B's have enough depth on D?

    With the NHL on hiatus, 'baggers wonder if the B's have enough depth on D.

    B's flying high into Olympic hiatus

    The B's are rolling at the Olympic break, and hopes are high moving forward.

    Johnny Boychuk on the spot

    Johnny Boychuk will be asked to fill a bigger role on the Bruins' defense.

    Johnson providing quality backup

    Chad Johnson is providing quality backup behind Tuukka Rask.

    Bruins focused on task at hand

    Tim Thomas has come and gone, but the Bruins remain on top of their game.

    Tim Thomas makes belated return

    Finally set to play in Boston, Tim Thomas looks back at his time with the Bruins.

    West Coast kid here to stay

    Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller is the latest up-and-comer to turn heads.

    Bruins working hard before break

    After a bit of a lull, the Bruins seem to have found their groove again.

    Bruins pleased with effort vs. Hawks

    The Bruins were pleased with their effort in a shootout loss to the Blackhawks.

    Tuukka Rask, Bruins scuffling along

    Tuukka Rask and the B's are scuffling, but there's no reason to panic.

    Bruins' special teams anything but

    The Bruins' specialty units are at the center of the team's struggles.

    Do Bruins need help on defense?

    Do the Bruins need more help on defense without Dennis Seidenberg?

    Torey Krug flashing huge upside

    Torey Krug is rediscovering his scoring touch and overcoming growing pains.

    B's focused on finish, not midpoint

    The B's earn top-notch midpoint marks but remain focused on how they finish.

    Bruins will dig deep on blue line

    The Bruins can get by without Dennis Seidenberg, but it won't be easy.

    Rask up to task as B's blank Sens

    Tuukka Rask helped the B's overcome a slow start for his 20th career shutout.

    Will injuries catch up to Bruins?

    As the B's depth continues to be tested, 'baggers see issues on the horizon.

    Zdeno Chara delivers message

    Zdeno Chara pulled the Bruins together, then led them to victory.

    Bruins weather stormy road trip

    During a week of adversity -- some of it self-inflicted -- the Bruins held together.

    Thornton loses cool, crosses line

    In attacking Brooks Orpik, Shawn Thornton broke a code he takes pride in.

    Milan Lucic rediscovers beast mode

    Milan Lucic is flashing his vintage form, mixing scoring with physical force.

    Tuukka Rask working asset for Bruins

    Tuukka Rask's heavy workload hasn't taken a toll on his effectiveness.

    Tuukka Rask saves Bruins' bacon

    Even when his teammates aren't their best, Tuukka Rask saves the Bruins.

    Dougie Hamilton appreciates lesson

    At 20, Dougie Hamilton has learned a lot about the importance of maturity.

    Bruins' second line starts to click

    With the Bruins' second line starting to click, the team has been at its best.

    Secret of Claude's staying power

    As other NHL coaches come and go, the B's have a good thing going.

    Bruins, Leafs set to get reacquainted

    The B's and Leafs meet for the first time since Boston's Game 7 stunner.

    Former Bruins get last laugh

    With Tyler Seguin's return over, the Bruins need to focus on winning games.

    Changes inevitable for Red Sox

    Ben Cherington knows change is inevitable, but won't alter his approach.

    Red Sox say goodbye to 2013 season

    The Sox said goodbye to 2013 season at Saturday's World Series parade.

    'You've got to grind to shine'

    A team-first mentality can breed success on the field. Just ask Jonny Gomes.

    Red Sox get two tries to trump an ace

    The Sox get two tries to trump an ace, Scherzer in Game 6 or Verlander in 7.

    Bruins still working things out

    Jarome Iginla and the Bruins offense are still working out some kinks.

    Sox, Bruins on same page

    This year's Red Sox team reminds us of the Bruins -- and it's not just the beards.

    Sharing trade secrets

    While building legacies, Claude Julien and Bill Belichick have built a friendship.

    Initial signs positive for Bruins

    Newcomer Jarome Iginla fit right in as the B's beat Tampa Bay in the opener.

    The mask of Z

    Turns out, Zdeno Chara is indeed human, but don't tell anyone.

    Who's No. 2 behind Tuukka Rask?

    Will Chad Johnson or Niklas Svedberg back up Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask?

    Marchand to a slightly different beat

    Brad Marchand has matured, but he won't change his game or stop chirping.

    Winging it onto Bruins' third line?

    Will Carl Soderberg and Reilly Smith join Chris Kelly on the B's third line?

    Spoked B fits Loui Eriksson to a T

    Bruins newcomer Loui Eriksson is shaping up to be a good fit in Boston.

    In 10th season, Bergy hungry as ever

    Patrice Bergeron begins his 10th season in Boston as determined as ever.

    Future still bright for B's Hamilton

    Dougie Hamilton seems destined to stick in Boston and avoid Tyler Seguin's fate.

    What to watch for at Bruins camp

    The Bruins will have a few new wrinkles as they prepare to open camp.

    Jon Lester aces out Max Scherzer

    In shutting down the Tigers, Jon Lester showed he can beat the best.

    Koji Uehara ends search for closer

    Koji Uehara ends all discussion about who should be the Red Sox's closer.

    Red Sox set to enjoy Sept., seriously

    The Red Sox look set for a September they'll actually want to remember.

    Chiarelli locked in on Bruins' future

    With a new contract, Peter Chiarelli is locked in on the B's bright future.

    Shane Victorino proving his worth

    Shane Victorino is giving the Red Sox everything they could have wanted.

    Kalish poised for another comeback

    After more surgery, Ryan Kalish is ready to resume his career.

    Top Sox prospect is in a good place

    When Boston calls, you can bet that young Xander Bogaerts will be ready.

    Bruins (almost) ready to move

    At a charity golf event, three B's players talked up the new season.

    Peavy comes 'as advertised' in debut

    Jake Peavy came "as advertised" in his Red Sox debut Saturday.

    How quickly things have changed

    A year ago, the Sox were a sinking ship; now, they're sailing toward the playoffs.

    Will Middlebrooks fights frustration

    Will Middlebrooks' season hasn't gone well, but he's ready to make good.

    Bruins GM: Rask earned it

    Tuukka Rask's character and work ethic may be as impressive as his talent.

    Bruins finally get their guy in Iginla

    Trade snafu aside, the respect between Jarome Iginla and the B's never waned.

    Bruins' core is here to stay

    With a winning blueprint in place, these Bruins aren't going anywhere.

    Tuukka stands tall despite Cup loss

    The B's lost the Stanley Cup, but Tuukka Rask's incredible run isn't diminished.

    Bruins' costly losses piling up

    Down 3-2 in the Cup finals, the B's might have to rally without Patrice Bergeron.

    Bruins won't waver from game plan

    Despite a slip-up in Game 4, the Bruins will stick with their game plan.

    Rask suffers sins of Bruins' bad D

    Tuukka Rask gave up six goals to lose Game 4, but he got not help from his D.

    Can Tuukka Rask scratch 7-year itch?

    Will Tuukka Rask celebrate seven years with the B's by winning the Cup title?

    Bruins' top blueliners stick together

    Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg always have each other's back.

    Third line's a charm for Bruins

    The B's third line worked wonders when Julien put Seguin with Paille and Kelly.

    Bergy invested in Bruins' success

    The only hardware Selke runner-up Bergeron covets is the Stanley Cup.

    B's hoping Nathan Horton heals up

    The Bruins are hoping Nathan Horton heals up enough to aid their title push.

    Bruins let Hawks off hook in Game 1

    The Bruins were in perfect position but let the Hawks off the hook in Game 1.

    Cup goalies have won respect

    Cup finals goalies Tuukka Rask and Corey Crawford are hard to beat.

    Bruins solid from top to bottom

    Back in the Cup finals, the Bruins have proved to be among the NHL's elite.

    Bruins have to do homework

    Claude Julien and the Bruins will get a crash course in the Blackhawks.

    Adam McQuaid has finishing touch

    After an offseason health scare, Adam McQuaid finished off the Penguins.

    B's want more than a taste of victory

    Exhausted after a 2OT Game 3 victory, the B's can't relax vs. the Pens.

    Tuukka Rask bails out B's in Game 3

    Tuukka Rask bailed out the B's in Game 3, frustrating the Pens with 53 saves.

    Bruins seemingly can do no wrong

    Since rallying against the Leafs, the Bruins have been virtually unstoppable.

    Bruins keeping things in check

    Despite their lead over the Penguins, the Bruins won't get ahead of themselves.

    Nathan Horton's thermometer rising

    Nathan Horton has elevated his game to top form alongside David Krejci.

    Bruins' standbys stand tall again

    Tuukka Rask and David Krejci have been at their best this postseason.

    Tuukka Rask's sole task? Winning

    Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask needs no motivation beyond the thrill of victory.

    Task gets taller for Bruins rookies

    Rookies Torey Krug and Matt Bartkowski face a serious test in the Penguins.

    Jaromir Jagr, Pens go way back

    Although he's not scoring, Jaromir Jagr is finding other ways to help the Bruins.

    Penguins a true test of Bruins' depth

    The Penguins will be a true test of the Bruins depth in the conference finals.

    Bruins-Penguins has some juice

    Bruins-Penguins has plenty of storylines, notably the Iginla trade that wasn't.

    Torey Krug's crazy story continues

    Torey Krug punctuated his meteoric playoff rise with another pivotal goal.

    Bruins done in by their mistakes

    The confidence of Tuukka Rask and the Bruins shouldn't be shaken.

    Johnny Boychuk finding his spots

    Johnny Boychuk has emerged as a major contributor to the Bruins' cause.

    Fourth line has first-rate showing

    The fourth line is bringing new energy and offense to the Bruins.

    Tuukka Rask follows winning course

    Tuukka Rask is following a winning course set by Tim Thomas in 2011.

    Defensemen are difference-makers

    Defensemen are providing the B's with a much-needed offensive spark.

    Bruins happy to work overtime

    The Bruins have thrived in the pressure of overtime during the postseason.

    Young blueliners don't look green

    The Bruins' trio of rookie blueliners didn't look green at all in Game 1.

    Patrice Bergeron, a true Bruin

    The only legacy Patrice Bergeron cares about? A winning tradition in Boston.

    B's know what they have to do

    The B's Game 7 comeback strategy should be a blueprint moving forward.

    Bruins pull off epic turnaround

    Just when the Bruins looked like they were history, they made history instead.

    Bruins have lost wiggle room

    The inconsistent Bruins have painted themselves into a corner vs. the Leafs.

    Leafs blow by Bruins in Game 5

    The Bruins couldn't match the Leafs' intensity, so they'll try again in Toronto.

    David Krejci on top of his game

    With a hat trick and overtime winner, David Krejci has the B's sitting pretty.

    Tuukka Rask has quiet confidence

    Tuukka Rask showed he's playoff-ready with his best performance yet.

    Playoff hockey returns to Toronto

    After a nine-year playoff hiatus, Toronto will be rocking for B's-Leafs Game 3.

    Bruins have no answers

    The Bruins inexplicably didn't seem to give their all in dropping Game 2.

    Bruins turn on energy

    The Bruins' energy line helped the team flip the switch for the playoffs.

    Rask confident headed into playoffs

    Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask is confident heading into the playoffs.

    Bruins GM not satisfied with finish

    Peter Chiarelli knows the Bruins need to be better in the postseason.

    Bruins welcome fresh start

    The Bruins welcome the chance for a fresh start against the Maple Leafs.

    Dougie Hamilton enjoying rookie ride

    Dougie Hamilton hopes to carry his early success into the playoffs.

    Bruins recapture edge vs. Lightning

    The B's are hoping they've rediscovered their successful brand of hockey.

    Bruins still have work to do

    With the playoffs fast approaching, the Bruins still have things to fine-tune.

    Allen Webster offers look at future

    Allen Webster offered the Sox a glimpse of the future with a solid debut.

    B's stall after strong start vs. Pens

    Feeding off the Garden's energy, the B's started strong but faded vs. the Pens.

    An anthem he'll never forget

    Rene Rancourt was humbled and proud to share his microphone with Boston.

    Boston wins despite Bruins' loss

    Despite the B's loss to the Sabres, the city of Boston came out on top.

    B's look better, still not good enough

    The Bruins are looking better offensively but still have a ways to go overall.

    Claude Julien stresses time is short

    Claude Julien is stressing to the B's they need to improve before the playoffs.

    Bruins new and old primed for Habs

    Boston's newcomers and vets alike are braced for another Montreal battle.

    Jaromir Jagr gets foot in door

    It didn't take long for Jaromir Jagr to get his foot in the door with Bruins fans.

    Peter Chiarelli fills Bruins' needs

    General manager Peter Chiarelli put the Bruins in position to succeed.

    B's big day becomes troubling night

    Concern for Bergy's health dampened excitement over the Jagr trade and win.

    Bruins will rely on backup backstop

    Anton Khudobin's strong play should give Tuukka Rask the chance to rest.

    Bruins, Canadiens familiar foes

    The Bruins and Canadiens look a lot alike entering their showdown.

    Guts may not mean glory for Bruins

    Peter Chiarelli would be wise to add some reinforcements to the Bruins.

    Bruins losing their way in third

    The Bruins' third-period failures have been a disturbing turn.

    Horton's G. Howe hat trick lifts B's

    Nathan Horton's Gordie Howe hat trick sparked the Bruins past the Caps.

    Bruins' top trio trying to tune up

    The B's top line of Lucic, Krejci, Horton needs to tune up and score more.

    Claude Julien all about team

    B's coach Claude Julien is all about the team, even on his own milestone night.

    Midseason questions: Best in East?

    With the B's at the midseason point, we look at questions for the second half.

    Bruins should be Cup contenders

    Brad Marchand's production is just one reason the B's are Cup contenders.

    B's 2nd line produces 1st-rate results

    The B's 2nd line of Bergy-Seguin-Marchand is producing first-rate results.

    Leafs challenging Bruins in Northeast

    The Bruins face a much-improved Leafs team on Thursday night.

    Zdeno Chara has Bruins' backing

    Zdeno Chara draws no ire from his team for drawing retaliation penalties.

    B's-Habs rivalry hotter than ever

    With the top spot in the East at stake, the B's and Habs renew their rivalry.

    Homecoming B's eke out another W

    The Bruins sneaked past Ottawa, but they're motivated to play better.

    Dennis Seidenberg has long reach

    Dennis Seidenberg has been a constant force along the Bruins' blue line.

    Cornerstone at the hot corner?

    Will Middlebrooks loves the passion in Boston and hopes he never leaves.

    Still testing the limits?

    Red Sox pitcher Alfredo Aceves gets a refresher on what's expected of him.

    Camp Farrell kicks off

    The Sox started fresh under John Farrell with their first full-squad workout.

    John Lackey ready to rise again

    John Lackey is fit, motivated and ready to rise again for the Red Sox.

    Red Sox begin chemistry experiment

    Will the Red Sox's improved clubhouse culture translate to on-field success?

    Red Sox staff gets fresh start

    After an ugly 2012, Jon Lester and the Red Sox rotation will get a fresh start.

    B's send Tim Thomas on his way

    Tim Thomas was a bit of an enigma, but also one of the B's best goalies ever.

    Bruins, Canadiens meet again

    The Bruins and Canadiens meet again with both teams riding high.

    Tyler Seguin changing on the fly

    With a slow start, Tyler Seguin wonders if playing in Switzerland was a bad idea.

    B's play to win games, not fights

    The B's team toughness is constant, even when Shawn Thornton gets KO'd.

    Dougie Hamilton doing it all for B's

    Who needs experience? Dougie "Fresh" Hamilton is doing it all for the Bruins.

    Bruins ready to take center stage

    After the Patriots' abrupt exit, the Bruins are ready to take center stage.

    It was worth the wait

    Bruins don't disappoint hockey-hungry fans in lockout-delayed opener.

    Bruins ready for season to start

    The Bruins are eager for the season to get underway Saturday.

    Bruins make first impression

    The Bruins gave their fans some action and their coach valuable information.

    Shawn Thornton settles in

    Shawn Thornton has settled in as one of the Bruins' elder statesmen.

    Shortened season will be intense

    Peter Chiarelli and Claude Julien look forward to upcoming season.

    Big Z has big expectations

    Zdeno Chara expects his Bruins teammates to "be in shape and ready."

    Bright outlook on Bruins' blue line

    With the key players returning, things look bright on the Bruins' blue line.

    Tuukka Rask ready to be the man

    Tuukka Rask embraces the challenge of being Boston's No. 1 goaltender.

    Andrew Ference backs union's stance

    The Bruins' Andrew Ference is proud that his union stood strong.

    Bruins eager to get back to work

    With a talented and familiar roster, the Bruins should hit the ice running.

    Dustin Pedroia likes what he sees

    Dustin Pedroia endorses adding Stephen Drew, but still believes in Jose Iglesias.

    Frank talk with Terry Francona

    Terry Francona talks Boston past, Cleveland future, new book & more.

    Here's Jonny!

    Say hello to Jonny Gomes, who wants 'to bring back the fire to the Nation.'

    Be patient, Red Sox fans

    Splashy moves are going down, but be patient. The Sox will strike eventually.

    Kalish hopes Sox look within

    Red Sox outfielder Ryan Kalish knows he has something to prove.

    Cherington's groundwork in progress

    That's a wrap for the GM meetings, but Ben Cherington's work has only begun.

    Ben Cherington has busy start

    Ben Cherington worked a number of angles as the GM meetings opened.

    John Farrell: Pitching a priority

    John Farrell says the Red Sox's pitching staff has the stuff to turn things around.

    Red Sox back in comfort zone

    Dustin Pedroia and the Red Sox players are happy to have John Farrell back.

    DeMarlo Hale perfect fit for Red Sox

    DeMarlo Hale would be the perfect choice as manager of the Red Sox.

    Lockout can't stop Chris Bourque

    Chris Bourque is playing for Providence in hopes of actualizing his NHL dream.

    Will Red Sox players have say?

    How much of a say will Red Sox players have in the hiring of a new manager?

    David Ortiz: 'It's going to be better'

    David Ortiz is confident the Sox will bounce back and wants to be part of it.

    Red Sox recall better times

    Unlike the 2012 team, the 2004 Red Sox came together on and off the field.

    Felix Doubront shows his stuff

    Felix Doubront showed how dominant he can be in shutting down the Orioles.

    Lester: Beckett wasn't the problem

    Jon Lester admits he was relieved for his friend Josh Beckett after the big trade.

    Looking up doesn't suit Red Sox

    Usually contenders, the last-place Red Sox are forced to settle in as spoilers.

    Red Sox must sprint to the finish

    A strong finish would restore some hope as the Sox approach a key offseason.

    Red Sox got help from below

    The PawSox found success on the field and in helping the parent club in Boston.

    Red Sox just getting started?

    Ben Cherington is just getting started in reconstructing the Red Sox.

    Pedey searching for winning formula

    Dustin Pedroia is searching for the winning formula and wants to deliver.

    Even Clay Buchholz at a loss

    Not even Clay Buchholz could set the slumping Red Sox straight.

    Red Sox just can't figure it out

    As losses pile up for the Red Sox, so do questions of how it all went so wrong.

    Johnny Pesky connected generations

    Johnny Pesky seamlessly connected generations of Red Sox fans and players.

    Broken record: Beckett buries Sox

    The Sox suffered as Josh Beckett's broken record played out again.

    Red Sox frustrations boil over

    Fired-up Dustin Pedroia couldn't contain his frustration against the Rangers.

    Ben Cherington pushing Sox to peak

    In Sisyphean fashion, Ben Cherington keeps pushing the Sox toward peak form.

    Morales' gem a temporary reprieve

    Franklin Morales gives Bobby V and the Red Sox a temporary reprieve.

    Red Sox keep hitting new lows

    With the Sox seemingly hitting a new low, Bobby Valentine keeps his chin up.

    Jon Lester slowly figuring it out

    Jon Lester is figuring things out, although wins haven't followed yet.

    Red Sox rotation still unsettled

    Aaron Cook's shaky outing did little to straighten out the Sox rotation.

    Dustin Pedroia pulls team together

    Trade deadlines come and go, but Dustin Pedroia keeps the Sox together.

    Despite standings, it's still a rivalry

    The Sox-Yankees series has a decidedly different tone, but expect a bitter battle.

    Jon Lester: No quick fixes

    With no quick fixes, Jon Lester is working hard to figure things out.

    Red Sox win comes just in time

    Clay Buchholz's consistency on the mound is helping the Red Sox stay afloat.

    Red Sox trying to hold together

    The Red Sox are trying to keep it together as their doldrums continue.

    Red Sox approaching fever pitch

    If Boston's starting rotation doesn't shape up soon, changes must be made.

    Clay Buchholz looks like Sox ace

    With another strong outing, Clay Buchholz is looking like Boston's ace.

    Cody Ross helps fill void

    Cody Ross and Adrian Gonzalez helped the Sox get by without David Ortiz.

    Jon Lester still out of sync

    Jon Lester was still out of sync, losing to the White Sox with another subpar outing.

    Kevin Youkilis feels love at Fenway

    Kevin Youkilis felt the love at Fenway in his return to Boston.

    Youk knew days were numbered

    Kevin Youkilis' departure came a season too soon as the Sox try to fill the voids.

    Miller's tale instructional for Bard

    Andrew Miller knows exactly what Daniel Bard is going through.

    Lack-Lester pitching doesn't cut it

    The Sox need presumed aces Lester and Beckett to be much better.

    Daniel Bard: Something clicked

    After a month in the minors, Daniel Bard thinks he has got things figured out.

    Hamilton hoping for spot in Boston

    Top prospect Dougie Hamilton looks ready to make an impact in Boston.

    Red Sox rounding into form

    The Red Sox could finally be on their way after a successful homestand.

    It's Will Middlebrooks' job now

    The future is now with Will Middlebrooks at third base for the Red Sox.

    A Will and a way out for Youk

    Youk has actually helped heir apparent Middlebrooks but just wants to play.

    Sox upstarts band together

    Sox upstarts Middlebrooks, Nava and Kalish powered a sweep of the Marlins.

    Grand master Papi keeps producing

    Big Papi keeps popping, and his slam sparked a Sox explosion vs. the Marlins.

    Red Sox answer chemistry quiz

    Amid clubhouse questions, the Red Sox insist they're in sync, not sinking.

    B's mark bittersweet Cup anniversary

    It's the Kings' Cup reign now, but June 15 will always be special for Bergy's Bruins.

    Nats' sweep leaves Sox grumbling

    Bobby V grumbled about the umps after the Sox got swept by the Nats.

    Buchholz shows flashes of '07

    Clay Buchholz was strong, confident and in command Thursday night.

    Getting inside Tim Thomas' decision

    If Tim Thomas is taking a season off purely for family reasons, good for him.

    Red Sox catch up to Justin Verlander

    Daniel Nava pushed the Red Sox over .500 by catching Justin Verlander.

    Bobby V winning them over?

    With a string of wins and Big Papi behind him, Bobby V seems on a brighter path.

    A-Gon, Sox are getting it, together

    Despite dropping a tight series to the Rays, the Sox are getting it together.

    Salty could get used to this hero stuff

    After reliving Carlton Fisk's moment, Salty has a walk-off of his own.

    Red Sox, Rays fan flames again

    The Red Sox and Rays fanned the flames of their rivalry yet again.

    Red-hot Sox streaking into Philly

    The Red Sox are on a roll as they enter interleague play in Philly.

    Adrian Gonzalez voices frustration

    After blasting the umps, Adrian Gonzalez promised a blast of another kind.

    Lester is onboard; is Beckett?

    With Sox starters on a roll, Josh Beckett's outing Tuesday should be interesting.

    Red Sox snapping out of it

    The Red Sox finally seem to be coming together after receiving a needed jolt.

    Doubront is just what Sox need

    The Sox get another solid outing from a suddenly crucial part of their rotation.

    No moving plans for Thomas

    Peter Chiarelli made it seem like goalie Tim Thomas isn't going anywhere.

    The Cup runneth dry in Boston

    The Bruins won't repeat in 2012. ... But next year already looks promising.

    Tim Thomas settles in for Game 7

    Calm and focused, Bruins goalie Tim Thomas knows what it will take to win.

    Seguin's OT strike forces Game 7

    Tyler Seguin and the Bruins popped the Caps in OT to force Game 7 in Boston.

    Been there, done that

    Facing playoff elimination, the Bruins hope experience carries them through.

    Bruins can't solve Braden Holtby

    The B's couldn't solve Braden Holtby as the Caps evened the series at 2-2.

    Seidenberg excels in playoffs

    Dennis Seidenberg seems to raise his level of play in the playoffs.

    Bruins finally playing with edge

    It took three games, but the Bruins finally played their game in the playoffs.

    Calling on Brad Marchand, good brat

    To beat the Caps, the Bruins need Brad Marchand to be a good brat.

    Bruins getting pushed around

    The Bruins aren't showing the nastiness that made them Cup champions.

    Josh Beckett aces first Fenway test

    Josh Beckett aced his first Fenway test, with a boost from Kelly Shoppach.

    B's-Caps shaping up as goalie duel

    Bruins-Caps looks like a goalies' duel after 1-0 Game 1.

    Tim Thomas remains focused

    Tim Thomas remains as focused as he's ever been on stopping the puck.

    Z still coming up big

    At 35 and going strong, Zdeno Chara continues to exceed expectations.

    B's poised to make another Cup run

    Finishing the regular season strong, the Bruins are poised for another Cup run.

    Marty Turco enjoyed time in Boston

    Marty Turco wasn't in Boston long, but he had a positive impact on the Bruins.

    Claude Julien likes Bruins' mindset

    Claude Julien must balance rest and preparation as the playoffs approach.

    Tim Thomas keeps on ticking

    Despite a heavy workload, Tim Thomas remains focused as the playoffs loom.

    Brian Rolston's Boston renaissance

    Brian Rolston can burnish his B's legacy beyond the Ray Bourque trade.

    Bruins look ready for revival

    The Bruins are showing a jump in their step as the postseason approaches.

    Bruins teetering on edge

    If the Bruins don't regain form, they could tumble out of the playoff picture.

    Marty Turco arrives just in time

    Marty Turco says it won't take him long to be ready to help the Bruins.

    Red Sox have new leader of pack

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia should be a worthy successor to Jason Varitek.

    Jacoby Ellsbury finds comfort zone

    Can Jacoby Ellsbury match his MVP-quality performance of last season?

    A serious David Ortiz speaks his mind

    David Ortiz was the only player to speak at the Sox's first team meeting.

    Full speed ahead for Bard

    Daniel Bard works on smooth transition from setup man to starter.

    Mike Aviles gets suprising shot

    Mike Aviles is confident he can get the job done as Red Sox shortstop.

    Jon Lester determined to change course

    Jon Lester has said all the right things. Now he needs to back up his words.

    Peter Chiarelli proceeds with caution

    Peter Chiarelli would like to make a move without messing up the B's chemistry.

    Tito's spring has a different ring

    For the first time in more than 30 years, Terry Francona has new springtime plans.

    Working overtime: Bruins effort pays

    The B's can rest easy after edging the Preds ... until the Rangers come to town.

    Ring, ring ... Hello? Cup champs?

    The Bruins need a wakeup call, but they keep hitting the snooze button.

    B's hoping for a happier Super Sunday

    The Bruins are hoping for a happier Super Bowl Sunday in Washington.

    Tim Thomas happy to be home

    After a week of controversy, Tim Thomas got a warm Garden welcome, and a win.

    Bruins recharged for defense of Cup

    The Bruins bring last season's lessons as their Cup defense gets serious.

    Bruins poised for encore performance

    After a solid first half, the Bruins are well-positioned for an encore.

    Bruins could use a break

    After eventful trip to Washington, the Bruins could use a little time off.

    Tim Thomas put himself above team

    Tim Thomas put himself above the team in skipping out on the White House.

    Andrew Ference stuck in awkward spot

    Andrew Ference advocates clean play, but faces a ban after a dangerous hit.

    Bruins-Rangers turf war set to explode

    East supremacy is on the line in the B's-Rangers turf war on the Garden ice.

    Bruins and Habs, where are you?

    The B's and Habs met again, but the edgy, exciting hockey never showed up.

    Bruins won't run away from style

    The Bruins won't apologize for their aggressive style -- nor should they.

    Canucks get 2 points, but fans win

    The B's-Canucks Stanley Cup rematch delivered it all, except a Boston win.

    Canucks best beware the Bruins

    The Bruins are riding high entering Saturday's Cup rematch with Vancouver.

    Tim Bogar, please step up

    Sox bench coach Tim Bogar is furthering his baseball education under Bobby V.

    Bruins continue red-hot play

    Are red-hot Bruins better than last season's Cup champions?

    Adrian Gonzalez has positive outlook

    Adrian Gonzalez is happy with the offseason for the Sox and his shoulder.

    Bruins continue to find a way

    No matter what obstacles they face, the Bruins find a way to win.

    Red Sox moves unspectacular but solid

    Ben Cherington made some solid moves in what looks like a low-cost offseason.

    Shoppach comes full circle

    Kelly Shoppach, drafted by the Sox in '01, is thrilled to be back as a veteran.

    Bruins' Brad Marchand cleans up

    Whenever the bad Brad Marchand shows through, the good one is close behind.

    Zdeno Chara leaves big void for Bruins

    Zdeno Chara's absence would leave a very big void on the Bruins' blue line.

    Red Sox catchers praise Varitek

    Saltalamacchia and Lavarnway are thankful for time with Jason Varitek.

    At last, Sox have reason to celebrate

    Putting collapse behind, the Sox are eager to embrace Fenway's centennial.

    Winter is coming ...

    The Sox hot stove will be burning at the winter meetings.

    Bobby Valentine a wake-up call

    Red Sox players uneasy about Bobby Valentine have no right to complain.

    Claude Julien's players have his back

    The mutual respect between Claude Julien and his players breeds success.

    Chris Kelly proving to be key contributor

    Bruins forward Chris Kelly is proving to be a key contributor on offense.

    Ellsbury deserved better

    Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury's career year should have won him the MVP.

    Staring down the bull's-eye

    The Bruins' physical style grinds out wins, but it doesn't make friends.

    Milan Lucic not backing down

    Milan Lucic won't let his collision with Ryan Miller impact his relentless style.

    Young B's guns getting it done

    Brad Marchand, Tyler Seguin lead the way as Bruins bash Oilers to reach .500.

    B's top line finally finding its groove

    After a rough start to the season, the Bruins' top line is finding its groove.

    Bruins finally pull it all together

    The Bruins finally pulled everything together. Now can they do it again?

    Bruins need to worry about themselves

    The struggling Bruins just need to worry about getting themselves right.

    First has become last

    The Bruins lose their focus again and fall to the Habs -- and find themselves in last.

    Bruins aren't cashing in their chances

    The Bruins really haven't been as bad as their record indicates.

    Door open for John Farrell to Boston?

    The door for John Farrell's return to manage the Red Sox seems to be open.

    Homecoming king

    Sharks' Joe Thornton enjoys a sweet homecoming in Boston vs. Bruins.

    Bruins get back to team hockey

    With several players stepping up, the B's found their rhythm against the Leafs.

    Tyler Seguin up to speed for Bruins

    Tyler Seguin looks right at home filling in on the Bruins' top line.

    Tuukka Rask gets back in swing

    Tuukka Rask looked sharp in his season debut, but his teammates were no help.

    Bruins enjoy spot among Boston's best

    The Bruins have enjoyed joining the other pro teams in Boston as champions.

    Bruins pick up where they left off

    Aggressive play, clutch goaltending put the Bruins back on track Saturday.

    Bruins are jolted back to reality

    The B's opening-night loss to the Flyers is a signal that the party's over.

    Bruins like what they see

    With talent, chemistry and little turnover, the Cup champs are thinking repeat.

    Bruins' party almost over

    The Bruins got their rings, the banner's next, then it's back to business.

    Thomas ready to build on last season

    Can Tim Thomas repeat his 2010-11 success? Don't bet against it.

    Shock, sadness from Tito's players

    Terry Francona's departure brings stunned sadness from some players.

    Papelbon at a loss for words

    Jonathan Papelbon says this Red Sox collapse won't define his career.

    Ryan Lavarnway rides to rescue

    Understudy Ryan Lavarnway steps into leading role at and behind the plate.

    Josh Beckett aced out again

    When the Sox have needed them, Josh Beckett and Jon Lester haven't delivered.

    Josh Beckett can't stop bleeding

    Not even Josh Beckett could give the Sox the shutdown start they dearly needed.

    Red Sox running out of cliches

    The Sox insist they're not pressing, but their recent free fall says otherwise .

    Beckett, Bard follow the script

    Beckett and Bard take giant steps forward in crucial win over Rays.

    Beckett better be his nasty self

    It's up to ace Josh Beckett to carry this Red Sox team to the playoffs.

    Daniel Bard says he'll figure it out

    Daniel Bard says he'll figure out his problems. For the Sox's sake, he'd better.

    Dustin Pedroia snaps Red Sox out of it

    Dustin Pedroia's offensive outburst snaps the sluggish Red Sox to attention.

    4-for-4 game is timely for Josh Reddick

    With J.D. Drew preparing for a return, Josh Reddick proves his worth.

    Daniel Bard, Jon Lester get worn down

    Daniel Bard, Alfredo Aceves and Jon Lester got worn down by the Yankees.

    Beckett rises to the occasion -- again

    Sox ace Josh Beckett dominated the Yankees for the fourth time this season.

    Kevin Youkilis, J.D. Drew will help

    The Red Sox need their lineup at full strength to keep up with the Yankees.

    Still plenty on the line for Sox-Yankees

    Don't tell the Red Sox there's nothing on the line when they play the Yankees.

    Tito on Theo: I hope he doesn't leave

    Recent speculation about Cubs GM job has Sox singing Epstein's praises.

    With hot combo, Sox can't go wrong

    Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford present problems for opposing teams.

    Red Sox ready to round into form

    With Jacoby Ellsbury back and David Ortiz on the way, the Sox bats should wake up.

    Mike Napoli makes Red Sox pay

    The Rangers' Mike Napoli showed the Red Sox what they missed out on.

    A giant step closer to Fenway

    Boston's likely 3B of the future is called up to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    PawSox pulling for Lavarnway

    Ryan Lavarnway has earned his shot in the bigs, say his PawSox teammates and coach.

    Carl Crawford just can't get going

    Carl Crawford needs to make his work in the batting cage pay off at the plate.

    Youk: There's life beyond Boston

    Kevin Youkilis reflects on his ups and downs in Boston.

    Red Sox must find way without Clay

    Without Clay Buchholz, the Sox will rely on Lackey, Bedard and the bullpen.

    Beckett would like this one back

    The Red Sox couldn't recover from the fourth inning -- although they came close.

    David Ortiz continues to make mark

    David Ortiz is enjoying his surroundings in the red-hot Red Sox lineup.

    Dustin Pedroia builds on success

    No matter what the order, the Red Sox lineup continues to clean up.

    Clay Buchholz best addition for Red Sox

    Theo Epstein doesn't have to look far for the addition that would help most.

    Is Dustin Pedroia on road to Hall?

    Is Dustin Pedroia putting together a career that is worthy of Cooperstown?

    Starting to get that feeling about Sox

    After a thrilling 16-inning win, we're starting to get that feeling about the Sox.

    Despite loss, reason for optimism

    While young pitchers have battled, injured Red Sox starters are circling.

    So far so good for 2011 Red Sox

    Despite some setbacks, the 2011 Sox have lived up to all that preseason hype.

    Lackey responds for Red Sox

    John Lackey responded Saturday with one of his best outings of the season.

    Red Sox players praise Derek Jeter

    The Red Sox had plenty of praise for Derek Jeter following his 3,000th hit.

    Sox dominate but O's get last word

    The melee involving David Ortiz incites the Orioles but surprises his teammates.

    Red Sox in explode mode

    With a 10-4 win over the O's, the Sox powered their way back to first place.

    Wakefield, Ellsbury bounce back

    Tim Wakefield and Jacoby Ellsbury have put last season's struggles behind them.

    Teammates stand behind John Lackey

    John Lackey's inconsistency continues, but his teammates are sticking by him.

    Terry Francona to do some juggling

    Interleague play gives Terry Francona some decisions he'd rather not make.

    John Lackey gets sloppy in Fenway slop

    It was a dismal day all around for John Lackey and the Sox against the Padres.

    Bruins could keep things rolling

    The Bruins should be back almost completely intact, which suits them fine.

    Claude Julien has won over team, fans

    Claude Julien has won over fans, but his players were always behind him.

    Suddenly, Peter Chiarelli's a genius

    Peter Chiarelli points to some key transactions on the road to the Cup.

    No, Bruins fans, you're not dreaming

    It's time to bask in the glow of the Stanley Cup for Bruins fans.

    Tim Thomas bucks convention

    Tim Thomas' unorthodox style and path to the NHL resulted in the Stanley Cup.

    Bruins will lay it all on the line

    Can the play of Tim Thomas overcome Vancouver's home-ice advantage?

    Can Bruins break through in Vancouver?

    In order to finally claim the Cup, the Bruins need to find their way on the road.

    Bruins have it all on the line

    The Bruins have plenty to motivate them, with elimination at the top of the list.

    A call for Krejci, Bergeron to step up

    With their clutch scorer Horton out, the Bruins will need others to step up.

    Bruins need home run to continue

    The Cup is coming to Boston on Monday, but the Bruins don't want to see it.

    Bruins have found new identity

    The Bruins have found a new identity, and their fans are eating it up.

    Bruins need to keep energy high

    The B's need to keep the energy up in Game 4 if they want to hoist the Cup.

    Shawn Thornton lays it out for Bruins

    It didn't take long for Shawn Thornton to make his presence felt in his return.

    Bruins fans won't let team down

    Cup-starved Bruins fans finally have their chance to have a say in the finals.

    Recchi proving he still belongs

    Bruins forward Mark Recchi answers his critics with an historic Game 2 goal.

    Seidenberg's impact quiet but deadly

    B's defenseman Dennis Seidenberg thrives on outworking the opposition.

    Bruins know they can bounce back

    The Bruins hope their experience at bouncing back will serve them well.

    Goalies steal the show

    Tim Thomas and Roberto Luongo set the bar high with their Game 1 performances.

    Bruins' top defensemen a potent pair

    Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg have become a potent blue-line pair.

    Playoffs a mix of emotions for Chiarelli

    The road to the finals has been a wave of emotions for Peter Chiarelli.

    Timing was everything on game winner

    A moment of perfection was just what the Bruins needed in Game 7.

    Bruins need Thomas' best in Game 7

    The Bruins need Tim Thomas to be at his best in Game 7 on Friday.

    Bruins paint themselves in a corner

    Despite letting the Lightning off the hook, the Bruins are staying optimistic.

    Bruins will show finishing touch

    The Bruins have shown they can win the big game, and will do so in Game 6.

    Zdeno Chara earning his captain's 'C'

    Zdeno Chara is earning his captain's 'C' with the best hockey of his Boston career.

    Bruins must stem Bolts' momentum

    After the ugly loss in Game 4, the Bruins need a quick about-face.

    Bruins' loss changes face of series

    The Bruins' Game 4 loss makes this semifinal series anyone's for the taking.

    B's are giddy, but don't tell anyone

    Just two wins away from the Stanley Cup finals, the B's work on staying focused.

    Bergeron, Thomas show way

    Patrice Bergeron and Tim Thomas are setting a winning tone for the Bruins.

    B's prepare to shuffle lineup

    The Bruins make room for both Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron.

    Crazy game had more ups than downs

    Led by rookie Tyler Seguin, the Bruins showed encouraging signs of life.

    Tyler Seguin ready to power up

    Tyler Seguin may get the chance to bring life to the Bruins' power play.

    Bruins feel Patrice Bergeron's absence

    As much as the Bruins need Patrice Bergeron, they won't rush him back.

    Lackluster Bruins can't match Lightning

    The Bruins couldn't overcome their issues in a Game 1 loss to the Lightning.

    Bruins resume quest for Cup ... finally

    All eyes are on the Bruins as they resume their quest for the Cup.

    Thomas makes career of beating odds

    Tim Thomas has built his career on beating all odds against him.

    Nate Thompson comes full circle

    Tampa Bay's Nate Thompson will be coming full circle in facing the Bruins.

    Bruins, Lightning eager to get at it

    The Bruins and Lightning are trying to stay sharp during their long layoff.

    Bruins-Lightning should go down to wire

    The Lightning seem to present some wrinkles and challenges for the Bruins.

    Year of the Collapse is finally over

    A year after their 2010 collapse, the Bruins are happy to finally move on.

    Bruins give fans what they've waited for

    The Bruins rewarded fans with a series sweep and now have eyes on the Cup.

    Bruins' team effort is paying off

    The Bruins are getting full-team contributions at just the right time.

    Bruins focus on here and now

    The Bruins seem to have learned from last season's epic collapse.

    Thomas and defense stole this one

    David Krejci scored in OT but Tim Thomas' 52 saves decided Game 2.

    Bruins know they're not on Easy Street

    The Bruins know their series against the Flyers won't be as easy as Game 1.

    Bruins breathe easy backed by Thomas

    Tim Thomas' solid goaltending is giving the Bruins confidence against the Flyers.

    Bruins' health is the difference this time

    Thanks to health and depth, the Bruins are a new team against Flyers this year.

    Bruins know Philly's the real prize

    The Bruins are rewarded with a chance to redeem themselves against the Flyers.

    Bruins stretched to their limit

    Forced into another Game 7, the Bruins can't worry about their track record.

    Did they learn their lesson?

    With a 3-2 lead, the Bruins vow to draw from lessons learned last spring.

    Tomas Kaberle still finding his way

    After a long playoff drought, the Bruins' Tomas Kaberle says he's still settling in.

    Bruins bask in win but keep focus

    The Bruins are enjoying their Game 5 win, but won't forget to focus on the task.

    Don't tell Habs: Bergeron's a weapon

    Don't tell the Canadiens, but Patrice Bergeron is the one they should beware.

    Resilient Bruins keep their composure

    After falling behind, the Bruins kept their composure and got even with the Habs.

    Four keys to Bruins winning Game 4

    Four keys the Bruins need to tie up the playoff series against the Habs.

    Bruins soak in the magic of Lake Placid

    Perhaps "Miracle on Ice" magic will rub off on the B's as they rest at Lake Placid.

    Desperate Bruins turn tables on Habs

    The wounded Bruins came out with plenty of fight in taking it to Montreal.

    Bruins now face deficit, character test

    Facing a 2-0 series deficit at Montreal will show what the Bruins are made of.

    Bruins look to beat Habs at own game

    Bruins hope to turn the series around on the Habs when they hit the road.

    Bruins to fans: It's only one game

    Down 0-1 to Montreal in the playoffs, the B's say they're confident of a comeback.

    Winning Game 2 is imperative for Bruins

    If the Bruins want to advance in the playoffs, they must win Game 2.

    Put on repeat: Bruins will beat Habs

    The Bruins have what it takes to beat the Canadiens in the playoffs.

    Tim Thomas pushes doubters aside

    A steady Tim Thomas is the Bruins' best hope for a long postseason run.

    Daisuke Matsuzaka doesn't have it again

    Daisuke Matsuzaka is testing the patience of Terry Francona and the Red Sox.

    Josh Beckett puts stop to negative talk

    With the Red Sox needing vintage Josh Beckett, the right-hander delivered.

    Sox rotation not living up to potential

    The Red Sox rotation continues to struggle through the start of the season.

    Red Sox react to Manny's retirement

    Sox players share their thoughts on the retirement of Manny Ramirez.

    Iglesias poised for breakout season

    Family, career are falling into place for young PawSox shortstop Jose Iglesias.

    Claude Julien tries to keep Bruins loose

    With the playoffs on the horizon, Claude Julien lets the Bruins catch their breath.

    Bruins win division ... and move on

    After clinching Northeast Division, the Bruins keep focus on the Stanley Cup.

    Brad Marchand walks emotion line

    Now's the time for Brad Marchand and the Bruins to keep emotions in check.

    The tale of two goaltenders

    Johnny Bower and Tim Thomas take similar paths through different eras.

    Retirement party for Mark Recchi?

    As milestones pile up, the Bruins' Mark Recchi has a bigger prize on his mind.

    In Tito they trust

    Red Sox manager Terry Francona wins games by winning over his players.

    Bruins could see Rangers in playoffs

    The Bruins and Rangers met Saturday in what could be a playoff preview.

    Leadership, big wins give Bruins a boost

    The Bruins are in a good position thanks to leadership and some big wins.

    Bruins ready for crucial battle vs. Habs

    On Thursday, the Bruins look to turn around their struggles against the Habs.

    For Bruins, little things brought big win

    The Bruins did the little things they needed for a big win over the Devils.

    Bruins have opportunity at home

    The struggling Bruins must tend to some Garden work on their homestand.

    On Seguin, Chara and more

    Answering questions on Tyler Seguin, the Bruins offense and more.

    On Chara, the PP, Thomas and more

    Bruins Mailbag: On Zdeno Chara, the power play, Tim Thomas and more.

    Chara won't change, but arenas could

    Zdeno Chara will keep playing hard, but his hit sparks talk of change.

    Westmoreland hungrier than ever

    Baseball drives Ryan Westmoreland's recovery from brain surgery.

    Bruins ready for another wild one

    With the Habs seeking revenge on home ice, the Bruins need to play smart.

    Human factor shows for Red Sox, Yanks

    When Red Sox coach's family needed support, Yankees set rivalry aside.

    Ortiz: Sox had Yankees-like offseason

    Though happy in Boston, David Ortiz admits he's curious about playing in NY.

    A game of Red Sox musical chairs

    What if Red Sox outfield roles were switched up to cater to Fenway Park?

    Marco Scutaro not sold short in Boston

    Marco Scutaro has won his manager's respect and the starting job at short.

    Carl Crawford eases in with Red Sox

    The Red Sox and Carl Crawford are excited to be on the same side now.

    Josh Beckett's confidence stays high

    Josh Beckett says as long as he's healthy, good things will follow.

    Pedroia, Youkilis back in action

    The Red Sox are looking like normal as injured players returned to action.

    For Red Sox, mentoring is a must

    Red Sox prospects benefit from player mentoring at training camp.

    David Ortiz lined up for success

    No matter his lineup spot, David Ortiz is working toward a better start.

    Red Sox, umpires come together

    The Red Sox are putting aside last season's differences with the umpires.

    'Pen moves should give Red Sox relief

    Moves to bolster the bullpen shouldn't get lost in the Red Sox's glitzy offseason.

    Jason Varitek back as strong as ever

    Jason Varitek is not only back, he's hoping to play for years to come.

    On trade deadline and more

    Questions continue to come about possible additions for the Bruins.

    Time for Tim Thomas to take over

    With another Tuukka Rask loss, it's time for Tim Thomas to take over.

    Brad Marchand doing it all for Bruins

    No matter what role he's been in, the Bruins' Brad Marchand has done well.

    Bruins ready for big challenge

    The Bruins are ready for a big challenge; they'll get it from the Red Wings.

    Bruins show grit, toughness yet again

    Wednesday was another exciting game for the Bruins, and another win.

    Bruins, Canadiens set to go at it again

    With both teams playoff contenders, Bruins-Canadiens brings extra heat.

    Marc Savard has Bruins' backing

    The Bruins have nothing but support for fallen teammate Marc Savard.

    Goalies share history with Bruins

    Tim Thomas, Andrew Raycroft and Tuukka Rask share plenty of history.

    Daniel Paille dishes out dangerous hit

    The Bruins are sensitive to concussions, making Daniel Paille's hit even worse.

    Milan Lucic finds success with linemate

    Milan Lucic's 20th goal of the season got a helper from -- who else? David Krejci.

    Welcome to Red Sox 101

    Sox rookies take a course that prepares them for their day in the Fenway sun.

    B's remind Boston that all's not lost

    With the Pats' season over, it's time to root for the B's to bring home the Cup.

    Marc Savard takes another scary hit

    Bruin Marc Savard says he's OK after another scary hit from the Penguins.

    Steven Kampfer exceeds expectations

    Steven Kampfer isn't a seasoned pro yet, but he sure is playing like one.

    Storylines to watch in second half

    The play of Marc Savard is just one storyline to watch in the second half.

    Patrice Bergeron has look of captain

    Patrice Bergeron had his first hat trick; the captain's "C" should be close behind.

    Goalie tandem should boost Bruins

    Having both Tim Thomas and Tuukka Rask now on-point will help the Bruins.

    Tuukka Rask handed another tough loss

    Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask suffered another loss that he didn't deserve.

    Jordan Caron finding game in minors

    Bruins prospect Jordan Caron is back on the upswing after being sent down.

    Healing is a family affair for Johnsons

    In an inspiring tale, daughter of Red Sox coach thriving after losing leg in accident.

    Bruins spring back to life

    A little fight and a lot of passion put the Bruins back in the winner's circle.

    Claude Julien looks to shake up B's

    Claude Julien hopes to light a fire under the B's by turning up the heat at practice.

    Rested Bruins face challenges ahead

    The well-rested Bruins will see where they stand after a challenging week.

    Where do new pieces fit for Francona?

    Fitting Crawford, Gonzalez into the Red Sox lineup a good problem to have.

    The buzz is all Boston

    Theo Epstein's big moves have sent a buzz through the baseball world.

    Theo Epstein in hot pursuit of relievers

    Theo Epstein has his work cut out for him in trying to rebuild the Red Sox bullpen.

    Everybody loves Adrian

    Positive reactions abound regarding the Adrian Gonzalez-Red Sox trade.

    Marc Savard makes emotional return

    Marc Savard's battle to recover was hard, but his return was just right.

    Tim Thomas is really feeling it

    Tim Thomas gave the B's just what they needed Wednesday -- another shutout.

    Facing their Philly demons

    A win against the Flyers on Wednesday would do wonders for the struggling B's.

    Marc Savard inches closer to return

    Marc Savard doesn't have a timetable for his return, but he knows it's close.

    Penalty kill hurts Bruins

    The Bruins' penatly kill struggled Friday against the Hurricanes.

    David Krejci has no ill effects in return

    David Krejci returned to game action Saturday and showed no ill effects.

    Milan Lucic's success carries over

    The approach used to turn around Milan Lucic's game could help Tyler Seguin.

    Bruins make their point

    They fell in a shootout, but the Bruins made their point against the Blues.

    B's prospect Kampfer impresses

    Bruins prospect Steven Kampfer continues to make a strong impression.

    Tim Thomas continues hot streak

    Tim Thomas continues to roll for the Bruins, and he's thanking his teammates.

    Bruins, Leafs have a lot in common

    The Stanley Cup-starved Bruins and Maple Leafs have a lot in common.

    Julien: Boston's my kind of town

    Claude Julien looks forward to joining his Boston coaching brethren as a champion.

    Bruins' Tim Thomas back in the zone

    Tim Thomas proved he's back to his true form in the Bruins' home-opening win.

    B's youngsters have struck quickly

    Jordan Caron and other young Bruins are making strong first impressions.

    Cam Neely striving for Cup in Boston

    What does Cam Neely want more than anything? A Stanley Cup in Boston.

    Bruins rested up after European stint

    The Bruins are rested and ready to continue the regular season stateside.

    Bruins spreading hockey fever

    Despite last season's brutal playoff loss, the Bruins are winning over Boston.

    For David Krejci, best is yet to come

    After injury-shortened season, B's David Krejci focuses on staying positive.

    Why Francona is this team's MVP

    Amid season-long adversity, Tito's steady hand kept Sox ship from sinking.

    Theo Epstein has a lot on his plate

    Theo Epstein gets an early start on what will be a busy and intriguing offseason.

    Tim Wakefield preps for likely final year

    As his role on the Red Sox changes, Tim Wakefield preps for likely his last year.

    Glimmer of hope goes out for Red Sox

    The last glimmer of hope for the Red Sox was doused Sunday by the Yankees.

    Jon Lester should be in Cy Young talk

    With stats like his, Jon Lester should be in the Cy Young discussion.

    Mike Lowell a class act from start to end

    Mike Lowell has been a class act since the start of his MLB career.

    Concussion cases hard to figure

    Concussion cases seem to have only one thing in common: They're all different.

    Jon Lester continues to improve

    Jon Lester's steadying presence has been a bright spot for the Red Sox.

    Terry Francona has no end in sight

    Terry Francona has had an interesting career, and it's not over yet.

    Bruins motivated to avenge loss

    The Bruins are using their 2010 playoff loss as motivation for a better season.

    Talent abounds among Bruins rookies

    There was no shortage of young talent for the Bruins against the Islanders rookies.

    It's showtime for Red Sox prospects

    It's September showtime for Red Sox prospects Anderson, Kalish and Reddick.

    Tim Wakefield inches closer to mark

    Ageless Tim Wakefield set one Red Sox record, but is eyeing a bigger one.

    Red Sox bullpen closes book on season

    Jonathan Papelbon helped close the book on the season with an ugly blown save.

    Writing on the wall for punchless Sox

    Writing is on the wall for punchless Sox, who scored 2 runs in 18 innings.

    Manny Ramirez: 'My fault' for Boston exit

    Manny Ramirez admits he was at fault in his past behavior with the Red Sox.

    Victor Martinez gives Boston his all

    Two things matter to Victor Martinez on the baseball field: playing and winning.

    Red Sox let a close one slip away

    Clay Buchholz and the Red Sox let another one slip away Saturday.

    Strong start needed from Clay Buchholz

    Clay Buchholz has done well this season. Now he needs to stop the Rays.

    For Sox pitchers, it's show time

    Boston's strong pitching rotation was built for crucial weekends like this one.

    Red Sox go on without Johnny Damon

    The Red Sox would have liked to add Johnny Damon, but they'll carry on.

    Jed Lowrie shows his true potential

    Jed Lowrie's walk-off home run Saturday showed the Red Sox his true potential.

    No white flag for depleted Red Sox

    It's been a difficult season for the Red Sox, but they're not giving in.

    Dustin Pedroia a sight for sore eyes

    Return of Dustin Pedroia will provide a spark when the Sox need it most.

    Daisuke Matsuzaka remains confident

    Despite Sunday's loss, Dice-K remains confident in the Red Sox rotation.

    Sox get win without Jacoby Ellsbury

    The Red Sox do just fine without Jacoby Ellsbury. Is the oft-injured CF soft?

    Jacoby Ellsbury suffers another setback

    Ellsbury reinjured? Martinez sore? It's never-ending for the Red Sox.

    Red Sox bullpen pitches in when needed

    Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon followed Jon Lester's lead vs. Yankees.

    No excuses, just frustration

    Josh Beckett took the blame for another poor showing against the Yankees.

    Beckett is up for Sunday's challenge

    Big game? No big deal for Josh Beckett, who is next up against the Yankees.

    Kalish makes trip home extra special

    Ryan Kalish makes his trip home to New York special with a home run.

    Mike Lowell puts bitterness behind

    His return to the Red Sox lineup is bittersweet for Mike Lowell.

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia gets new start

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia's new opportunity could impact others in Sox system.

    Red Sox save Papelbon this time

    Jonathan Papelbon's blown save costs Clay Buchholz, but not the Red Sox.

    No worries for Red Sox at deadline

    Theo will make the best move for the Sox, even if it's no move at all.

    Red Sox have survivors' attitude

    Despite injuries and new roles, the Red Sox have maintained a positive attitude.

    Okajima blows lead, annoys mates

    Hideki Okajima didn't win over fans -- or his teammates -- after Sunday's implosion.

    Red Sox waste Lester's best

    Jon Lester's best is a wasted effort as the Red Sox bats fall silent again.

    Beckett gives Sox just what they needed

    Besides a win over the Mariners, Josh Beckett gives the Sox a burst of hope.

    Win eases pain of blown lead

    John Lackey's dominance eases the pain of 13-inning battle with the Mariners.

    Waiting game over for Beckett and Sox

    Red Sox ace Josh Beckett is eager to get back to where he left off in May.

    Red Sox need deadline spark

    Theo Epstein needs to make some deadline moves to salvage the season.

    Bowden has one get away

    Michael Bowden was thrown into the fire Tuesday -- and got burned by one pitch.

    Pedroia feels at home again

    Although he can't play, Dustin Pedroia again feels right at home in Oakland.

    Ortiz, Guerrero continue similar paths

    On similar career paths, David Ortiz and Vlad Guerrero reunite in Red Sox loss.

    Buchholz puts bumpy road behind

    Clay Buchholz's past struggles make his All-Star selection sweeter.

    Ready for recharging

    The All-Star break couldn't come at a better time for the injury-plagued Sox.

    Sox stay focused on themselves

    What Cliff Lee trade? Boston's ace Jon Lester makes his own noise.

    Mailbag: Latest on Ellsbury and more

    Not surprisingly, the Red Sox's mailbag had a lot of questions on injuries.

    Red Sox feeling starry eyed

    All-Star selections brought joy to the clubhouse of the banged-up Red Sox.

    Lester remains perfect vs. Orioles

    Jon Lester made a pretty good case for a spot on the All-Star team.

    Delcarmen's woes might spur trade talk

    Manny Delcarmen's struggles could push the Red Sox to look for bullpen help.

    Epstein keeping a healthy outlook

    Despite numerous injuries, Theo Epstein maintains a healthy outlook on Sox.

    Seguin, Horton ready to get to work

    Tyler Seguin and Nathan Horton are both eager to earn their Bruins roster spots.

    Seguin's road map to success

    In transitioning to the NHL, Tyler Seguin can follow the lead of John Tavares.

    Seguin hopes to make immediate impact

    No. 2 pick Tyler Seguin is eager to make an impact with the Bruins.

    These two are the real deal

    Unlike in the past, the top two NHL draft picks should have an immediate impact.

    Scorer Horton a good fit for Bruins

    Nathan Horton says he's eager to boost the Bruins' offense.

    Hall or Seguin? To Bruins it's a toss-up

    Hall or Seguin? It's a toss-up, but Bruins GM has done his pre-draft homework.

    Youth movement in Sox clubhouse

    Terry Francona knows the benefits of player-son bonding at the ballpark.

    Red Sox players discuss Manny's return

    David Ortiz fondly remembers Manny Ramirez's time with the Red Sox.

    Lefty Doubront 'a fun kid to watch'

    There's a lot to like about Felix Doubront, who'll make his big league debut Friday.

    Motivated Pedroia heating up

    Dustin Pedroia is starting to find his stride again after struggling in May.

    The lessons of June

    Amid early-season setbacks and changes, the Red Sox are finding new ways to win.

    Humbling time for Moyer, Nelson

    Before Jamie Moyer got kicked around, Joe Nelson was kicked to the curb.

    Lackey a workhorse, as advertised

    John Lackey has been a workhorse for the Red Sox, as advertised.

    Fireballer Bard a fast learner

    Daniel Bard again showed he can handle any situation in bailing out the Sox.

    Francona familiar with firing line

    With O's manager Dave Trembley fired, Terry Francona reflects on tough times.

    Matsuzaka tames his wild side

    After a speedy recovery, the mystery of Daisuke Matsuzaka deepens.

    Beltre, Martinez find their groove

    Adrian Beltre and Victor Martinez find their groove while Pedroia struggles.

    Month to remember for Ortiz, Lester

    David Ortiz, Jon Lester end the month of May on a roll for Red Sox.

    Pedroia preserves Red Sox shutout

    In the midst of a slump, Dustin Pedroia's dedication still shows through.

    Matsuzaka back to drawing board

    Daisuke Matsuzaka's follow-up to his near no-hitter was a lesson in frustration.

    Wakefield pitches gem against Philly

    The Red Sox are getting better pitching, the latest a Tim Wakefield gem.

    Does Matsuzaka have it figured out?

    After coming so close, Daisuke Matsuzaka shows signs he's come far.

    Another off night for Lackey

    The Phillies expose John Lackey's ongoing problems with consistency, command.

    Interleague play starts on down note

    Manager Terry Francona and the Red Sox aren't fans of interleague play.

    Bruins find comfort in the future

    Bruins coach Claude Julien finds comfort in looking ahead to next season.

    Taking stock of banged-up Bruins

    Taking stock of the banged-up Bruins as the offseason begins.

    Where do Bruins go from here?

    Re-signing Recchi, Boychuk, Thornton should be Bruins' priorities.

    Boston familiar with athletic heartache

    The Nightmare on Causeway Street will be tough for Bruins fans to shake.

    Bruins' collapse cuts to heart

    The Bruins' utter collapse cuts to the heart of franchise, fans and city.

    Hockey ready to bloom in Boston

    Boston is eager for Bruins-Canadiens, but it needs one more win in Game 7.

    Bruins keep positive outlook

    On the verge of an epic collapse, the Bruins are holding together.

    Are the Bruins being outsmarted?

    While Philly's coach makes adjustments, Claude Julien stays the course.

    Bruins blow a golden opportunity

    Bruins lack urgency in disappointing Game 5 loss to Philadelphia Flyers.

    Bruins' Rask positioned for success

    Tuukka Rask seems poised to keep the Bruins' playoff run going.

    A tough return for Stuart

    Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart's first game back wasn't what he had hoped.

    Bruins figured it out just in time

    All season the Bruins searched for an identity; a month ago, they found it.

    Tested Bruins answer adversity again

    Despite a short bench, the Bruins were long on effort in Philadelphia in Game 3.

    Bruins need to tune out tough talk

    As the Flyers turn up the gamesmanship, the Bruins need to stay focused.

    Bruins put 2-0 series lead behind them

    After two hard-fought games, the Bruins know they're fortunate to be in control.

    Savard saved himself -- and Bruins

    Marc Savard's much-anticipated return is well worth the wait for the Bruins.

    Bruins-Flyers scouting report

    All signs point to a hard-hitting series between Bruins and Flyers.

    Bruins feeling good for a change

    The Bruins are as healthy as they've been all season -- and feel good about it.

    Bruins say Flyers are dangerous

    Even with home ice, the Bruins know the Flyers will be a tough out.

    Injuries not holding blueliners back

    Johnny Boychuk is among the young Bruins players who have stepped up.

    Bruins clicked when it mattered most

    After a season of adversity, the Bruins came together when it mattered most.

    Rask comes up huge

    Rookie Tuukka Rask stands tall against one of the world's best goaltenders.

    Julien hopes to spark Sturm

    Struggling Marco Sturm may get a spark with a move to the Bruins' top line.

    Julien: Chara ruling 'common sense'

    Claude Julien says he wasn't surprised Zdeno Chara didn't draw a suspension.

    Bruins told no suspension for Chara

    Bruins told that Chara won't be suspended for his role in scrum.

    Bergeron won't look past Sabres

    Patrice Bergeron knows from experience that a 3-1 lead doesn't mean much.

    All-out effort lifts Bruins in double OT

    Tuukka Rask's first playoff OT experience is draining -- and rewarding.

    Brand new season for Bruins

    The playoffs are giving the Bruins a chance to make things right.

    Sobotka leads the charge

    Vladimir Sobotka comes through for his teammates with and without the puck.

    Bruins' Recchi knows how to win

    Mark Recchi's winning experience is rubbing off on his Bruins teammates.

    Mistakes bring out Bruins' best

    Against Buffalo in Game 2 of playoffs, mistakes bring out the best in Bruins.

    B's need to build on Game 1 positives

    The Bruins need to build on the positive things they did in their Game 1 loss.

    Julien: No complaints on officiating

    Non-calls, penalties, clashes all part of playoff hockey, Claude Julien says.

    Can Rask keep his cool?

    Rookie goalie Tuukka Rask will have his cool demeanor put to the test.

    Rask, Miller hold key to Bruins-Sabres

    Discussion of Bruins-Sabres centers on goalies Tuukka Rask and Ryan Miller.

    Thomas shows he's not done yet

    With his future in doubt, Tim Thomas showed he's still a quality goaltender.

    Playoff payoff is extra sweet

    Not much has gone right for the Bruins this year, but finally something does.

    B's count on team defense

    Going mostly with four defensemen, the Bruins will need flexibility from offense.

    Lackey excels despite 'personal' issues

    John Lackey, who almost didn't pitch, looked great in his Red Sox debut.

    Lackey has chance to prove his worth

    John Lackey is ready for his baptism in the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry.

    April hasn't been kind to Lester

    Jon Lester's early season problems continued Tuesday against New York.

    Westmoreland keeping positive outlook

    Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland recovering well from brain surgery.

    Red Sox's newcomers make an impact

    Several of the Red Sox's newest players played a key role in Sunday's win.

    Recchi disappointed with team's effort

    Mark Recchi takes his Bruins teammates to task after frustrating loss to Florida.

    Seidenberg settles in, for now

    Dennis Seidenberg's a good fit, but can the Bruins afford to keep him?

    The man in the middle

    Ortiz needs to produce for Red Sox's offense to thrive; is he up for it?

    Trying times for Thomas

    Bruins goalie Tim Thomas vents frustration after being pulled again.

    Bruins try to keep energy high

    The Bruins need a 60-minute effort every game from here on out.

    Savard says there was intent to injure

    Bruins' Marc Savard says his injury 'didn't need to happen.'

    Tuukka's time has come

    Young goaltender Tuukka Rask has used his rookie season to make a statement.

    Bruins' special teams anything but

    The man-advantage hasn't worked out that way of late for the Bruins.

    Bergeron concerned about Savard

    Patrice Bergeron is all too familiar with teammate Marc Savard's slow recovery.

    Stuart emerging as a Bruins leader

    The B's quick reaction in defending Mark Stuart on Sunday is a good sign -- finally.

    Thomas: I don't know where I'm at

    Tim Thomas waits, wonders as Tuukka Rask gets most of the time in Bruins' net.

    Thornton's punches don't spark Bruins

    Payback had an empty feeling for the Bruins following loss to Pittsburgh.

    Bruins need win as well as payback

    Fans expect the Bruins to pay back Matt Cooke for his hit on Marc Savard.

    Hometown thinking of Westmoreland

    Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland is in the thoughts of his R.I. hometown.

    McGwire: I've been in Papi's shoes

    Mark McGwire says Big Papi's mental toughness will be tested this year.

    Sox and Bay put business behind

    Embraced by former teammates, Jason Bay says Sox offense will be fine.

    Jose Iglesias: Back to the future

    Flashy flashback: Jose Iglesias gives Red Sox fans visions of Hanley Ramirez.

    Things feel perfect for Lackey

    New Sox pitcher John Lackey says the transition's been easier than expected.

    Adrian Beltre likes it hot

    Adrian Beltre takes on all comers -- and grounders -- at third base.

    Boof Bonser glad to be back on mound

    Boof Bonser is thrilled to be able to pitch again after missing last season.

    Pressure off, Anderson looks to rebound

    Sox prospect Lars Anderson starts fresh after last season's bump in the road.

    Smooth start for Jose Iglesias

    Red Sox prospect Jose Iglesias is fitting in on and off the field.

    Jacoby Ellsbury comfortable with move

    Jacoby Ellsbury says his move to left field could pay dividends.

    Tall expectations at short

    Scutaro and Pedroia already look like a solid middle-infield force for the Red Sox.

    Tough love kept Delcarmen on track

    A nudge from Ron Johnson helped Manny Delcarmen put his wild days behind.

    Kevin Youkilis settles in at first

    Kevin Youkilis thinks playing first base every day will help his game.

    J.D. Drew considers life after baseball

    J.D. Drew says he may retire after next season but that he's happy in Boston.

    Kelly enjoying big-league camp

    Casey Kelly is enjoying his first big-league camp with the Red Sox.