I have a love-hate relationship with nights like last night—it's complete sensory overload for sports fans. The Red Sox, Bruins and Celtics all graced the airwaves and if you live in the northeast, your thumb got a real workout on the remote control. I didn't have a choice since I happened to be sitting in a bar with the Bruins on one tiny TV and the Celts on the other. I basically relied on my phone for score updates since I was too far away to see the scores! Not the best night to go out.
The Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 10-1 giving Clay Buchholz his major league-leading 6th win of the season. He tossed seven innings of two-hit, shutout ball and struck out eight—his ERA now at a scant 1.01. The Sox offense exploded for 15 hits, five of those homeruns and two of those off the bat of Mike Napoli. Daniel Nava, Mike Carp and Stephen Drew (what?) hit the other three.
The Bruins also faced a team from Toronto as they took on the Maple Leafs in the first game of the playoffs at the Garden and taught them one important lesson—Don't Poke the Bear! After an early goal by the Leafs, the B's buttoned it up and Tuukka Rask stopped the next 19 shots on goal to preserve the 4-1 win. Wade Redden, Nathan Horton, David Krejci and Johnny Boychuk scored for the Bruins giving them a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.
I'll admit, I'm a big pink hat when it comes to the Celtics in the post season. They dropped the first three games to the Knicks to dig themselves a hole no other NBA team has been able to get out of. And last night, the Knicks made a key mistake—they all brought black clothing for game 5. The plan: win the game to eliminate the Celts and wear all black to mimic a funeral. Poor taste considering recent events in Boston, but they also completely jinxed themselves. HA! The boys in green won the game 92-86 and has NY shaking in their high tops.
Phew, what a night!