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Bedard’s Daily Briefing 03.01.19: Bruins score huge win over NHL’s best, Celtics try again tonight

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Good afternoon!

A few random thoughts while I wonder about this double shot of winter coming this weekend...

  • No qualifiers: last night's 4-1 thrashing of the Lightning by the Bruins was extremely impressive.
  • Normally the Wet Blanket of Reason over here would snuff out the optimism by pointing out that, a) Tampa was playing its third game in four nights, including a back-to-back; and, b) the Lightning weren't playing with starting goalie Andri Vasilevskiy, but I'm not going to do that.
  • Why? Because the Bruins so thoroughly dominated the game. I mean, they owned the entire ice and barely let the Tampa offense breathe. That's impressive no matter how it happens.
  • Now, is this a precursor for the postseason? I wouldn't go that far. The teams will be on equal rest and the starting goalies will play every game, but I'd say it's an indicator that the Bruins could be more competitive than last year's 4-1 series loss — at the least.
  • Hey, Fishbowls for everybody!
  • Interesting chat that Sean McAdam had with Max Scherzer.
  • Bill Belichick is still teaching Sean McVay lessons.
  • Celtics will try again to get their first win since the All-Star Break against the Wizards. This group has turned into a nightly reality show.
  • Look for the Patriots to do some tweaking with the offense for next season.

Time to hit the links...

PATRIOTS

Grading the 2018 Patriots: Offense – Line soared but passing, rushing efficiency dropped
BSJ Daily Live Q&A: Bedard on Patriots/NFL, 2 p.m.
First and 10: Heading into the weekend with a few things to keep an eye on
Sean McVay on what happened against the Patriots in Super Bowl LIII: ‘You’ve got to tip your hat’

RED SOX

McAdam: Max Scherzer offers ‘walk year’ advice for Chris Sale and Rick Porcello
Red Sox Notebook: Mookie Betts reacts to Bryce Harper’s record-setting contract

CELTICS

The Celtics never tried to sign Enes Kanter after all

BRUINS

The fishbowl line made its return for Boston, and Noel Acciari reaped the rewards
BSJ Game Report: Bruins 4, Lightning 1 – B’s cap nearly perfect February with dominant win over Lightning
Final: Bruins 4, Lightning 1 – Bruins best Bolts in complete effort
A tall task: 4 lessons learned from Bruins’ recent meetings against Lightning
Live Q&A: Conor Ryan on Bruins/NHL – Friday at 2 p.m.

REVOLUTION

Sweeney: Veteran Revs offensive options acknowledge, embrace increased competition for spots
Friedel to Zo and Bertrand: Revs will bring in second DP

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ON TAP

TODAY

1 p.m.: MLB — Red Sox at Twins, MLBN, WEEI (McAdam)
2 p.m.: BSJ Live Q&A — Bedard on Patriots/NFL
2 p.m.: BSJ Live Q&A — Conor Ryan on Bruins/NHL
2 p.m.: 
Golf — PGA: Honda Classic (Golf)
7 p.m.: MCHK — UMass Lowell at UNH (NESN)
7 p.m.: 
MCBK — Penn at Harvard (ESPNU)
7 p.m.: MCBK — URI at Dayton (ESPN2)
8 p.m.: NBA — Wizards at Celtics, NBCSB (Robb)

SATURDAY

1 p.m.: MLB — Orioles at Redsox, NESN (McAdam)
3 p.m.: PGA — Honda Classic (Golf)
4:30 p.m.: MLS — Revolution at FC Dallas (NBCSN)
5 p.m.: BSJ Live Q&A — B-Robb on Celtics/NBA
7 p.m.: NHL — Devils at Bruins, NESN (Ryan)
7 p.m.
: MCHK — Maine at UMass (NESN Plus)

SUNDAY

1 p.m.: MLB — Twins at Red Sox, NESN/WEEI (McAdam)
2 p.m.
: MCBK — Cincinnati at UConn (ESPN)
3 p.m.: PGA — Honda Classic (Golf)
6 p.m.: MCBK — BC at Georgia Tech (ESPNU)

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PARTING THOUGHT(S)

https://twitter.com/ConorRyan_93/status/1101313670703968256

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