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Bedard’s Weekend Briefing 04.12.19: Bruins stumble out of gate, Sox come back, UMass to title game

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Good morning!

A few random thoughts while I wonder if the Bruins thought the playoffs started on Saturday...

  • Didn't look like the boys weren't really ready to go — except for the usual Bergeron line — for this one. After a good first 15, the Bruins were largely taken to the woodshed by a Leafs team that was much more physical and faster all over the ice.
  • A ton of miscues along both blue lines for the Bruins.
  • Probably an unpopular opinion: Zdeno Chara looked old and slow, and could be a problem in this series. Remember when he faded last year in this series? Last night it looked like it started earlier.
  • Unpopular opinion 2: Tuukka Rask was fine. I'm not sure an all-time goalie stops any of those three goals. Don't talk about Tuukka.
  • Another person who will need to step up in Game 2: Bruce Cassidy. He was also soundly beaten by his blue counterpart as Mike Babcock threw a few curveballs that nipped the strike zone.
  • The Acciari line was not good.
  • No, I'm not worried. All series start in Game 2. Even the Lightning lost. Meh. Bruins beat the bag out of Tampa in Game 1 last year and we know what that got them.
  • The Red Sox might finally have a signature win ... will that jumpstart them to start winning some series.
  • Where on earth would the Red Sox be without Mitch Moreland? Hint: 0-13 or 1-12.
  • Congrats to UMass on advancing to the NCAA men's hockey championship. After a ridiculous first period (two game misconducts) and a 3-1 UMass lead, the Minutemen were a little tight down the stretch ... but they landed the plane.

Time to hit the links

PATRIOTS

Meet the guy who helped talk Tom Brady out of a career in baseball
First and 10: Another bunch of pass catchers take pre-draft visits with Patriots

RED SOX

McAdam: Red Sox can only hope comeback win is the start of turnaround
BSJ Game Report: Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 6 – Moreland helps lead the Sox back twice in walkoff win
Final: Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 6 — Devers caps comeback with walk-off single in 9th
Completed Q&A: Sean McAdam on Red Sox/MLB 04.10.19

CELTICS

What’s a reasonable return timetable for Marcus Smart? Checking in with Dr. Flynn
Winning Plays Podcast: Life without Marcus Smart
Breaking down the Celtics 2019 draft pick scenarios
Celtics-Pacers first round schedule: Boston hosts Game 1 on Sunday afternoon
Completed Q&A: B-Robb on Celtics/NBA (4.11.19)

BRUINS

A couple of fumbles at blue line leads to devastating domino effect for Bruins in Game 1 loss
Ryan: How the Maple Leafs finally managed to get the better of the vaunted Bergeron Line
BSJ Playoffs Report, Game 1: Maple Leafs 4, Bruins 1 – Marner does in sloppy Bruins
Video: Tuukka Rask on Game 1 loss – ‘Odd-man rushes … You’ve got to try to eliminate those’
Video: Patrice Bergeron – ‘It’s obviously not good enough and now it’s moving forward to Game 2’
Video: Bruce Cassidy – ‘Our puck management issues cost us in a lot of different areas of the game’
Final: Maple Leafs 4, Bruins 1 – Toronto capitalizes against sluggish B’s defense, takes Game 1
Bruins-Leafs preview: 5 reasons why the Bruins will beat the Leafs, 3 reasons why Toronto will win & more

REVOLUTION

Andy Carroll to the Revolution as second DP signing?

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ON TAP

Today

3 p.m.: PGA — The Masters (ESPN)
7:10 p.m.: MLB — Blue Jays at Red Sox, NESN Plus (McAdam)

Other NHL Playoffs

7 p.m.: Columbus at Tampa Bay (CNBC)
7:30 p.m.: Pittsburgh at NY Islanders (NBCSN)
9:30 p.m.: St. Louis at Winnipeg (CNBC)
10:30 p.m.: Vegas at San Jose (NBCSN)

Saturday

1 p.m.: BSJ Live Q&A — Bedard on Patriots/NFL
1:05 p.m.: MLB — Blue Jays at Red Sox, NESN (McAdam)
3 p.m.: PGA — The Masters (CBS)
7:30 p.m.: MLS — Atlanta at Revolution, NBCSB (Sweeney)
8 p.m.: Frozen Four — UMass vs. Minnesota-Duluth
8 p.m.: NHL — Leafs at Lightning, NBC (Ryan)

Other NHL Playoffs

3 p.m. Carolina at Washington NBC
6 p.m. Dallas at Nashville CNBC
10:30 p.m. Colorado at Calgary NBCSN

NBA Playoffs

2:30 p.m. Brooklyn at Philadelphia ESPN
5 p.m. Orlando at Toronto ESPN
8 p.m. LA Clippers at Golden State ABC
10:30 p.m. San Antonio at Denver ESPN

Sunday

1 p.m.: NBA — Pacers at Celtics, TNT (Robb)
1:05 p.m.: MLB — Blue Jays at Red Sox, NESN (McAdam)
2 p.m.: PGA — The Masters (CBS)

Other NHL Playoffs

Noon NY Islanders at Pittsburgh NBC
7 p.m. Tampa Bay at Columbus NBCSN
7:30 p.m. Winnipeg at St. Louis CNBC
10 p.m. San Jose at Vegas NBCSN

Other NBA Playoffs

3:30 p.m. Oklahoma City at Portland ABC
7 p.m. Detroit at Milwaukee TNT
9:30 p.m. Utah at Houston TNT

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PARTING THOUGHT(S)

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