Column: Wicked weekend that was
Published: Sunday, October 6, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 7, 2013 12:10
If you’re waking up this Monday morning and you’re a Boston sports fan, what a weekend it was.
Two of Boston’s most beloved teams were in action in Beantown, generating an electric atmosphere in the city. It all started on Thursday when the Bruins opened the 2013-2014 season in front of the home crowd at TD Garden. The Bruins are coming off a successful yet heartbreaking season, after Boston was defeated in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.
It still boggles my mind the Blackhawks scored those two goals in 18 seconds.
Thoughts of the Bruins collapse in the Stanley Cup Final were soon forgotten when Chris Kelly scored the first goal of the season for Boston on a penalty shot eight minutes into the game. Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron would tack on two more goals to send the Causeway crowd into the night with a satisfying 3-1 victory.
Friday brought rain to Boston, but it was not enough to delay the opening game of the American League Division Series between the Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays. The last time the Red Sox won a playoff game was on Oct. 18, 2008 when Boston defeated the Rays in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series.
Red Sox fans would not have to wait much longer for the taste of postseason victory.
Tampa took a two-run lead into the bottom of the fourth, but the bats came alive for Boston as the Red Sox plated five runs in the fourth and three runs in the fifth.
Wil Myers dropping a routine fly ball in the fourth inning also didn’t hurt.
Boston went on to take the first game of the series 12-2, setting up a pivotal Game 2 at Fenway Saturday evening as the Detroit Red Wings came to town to face the Bruins in an “Original 6” showdown.
On Saturday I had the privilege of spending the day in Boston with a special someone. It was the first time I had been back in the city since the Boston Marathon bombing. I got chills when I saw the street sign for Boylston Street.
After taking a tour of the Sam Adams brewery, (a fantastic way to kill an hour or two in Boston) we made our way to The Garden.
There’s something special about the Causeway Street crowd. In a sea of black and gold jerseys, a few brave Detroit Red Wings fans donned the famous winged wheel sweater.
Along the streets that connect to Causeway are some of Boston’s finest sports bars. No trip to a Bruins game is complete without dinner and a brew at one of these establishments.
Try the Bobby Orr sandwich at The Fours, you’ll thank me later.
For the first time since the 1973-1974 season the Bruins and Red Wings met as divisional opponents. Detroit moved from the Western Conference to the East during the NHL’s rendition of conference realignment this past summer.
If you follow the Bruins you are well aware of the issues the team has had on the power play for the past few years. Quite frankly I wish you could decline the penalty and just skate five-on-five, but that’s not the case.
On Saturday the Bruins power play not only showed life, but also it produced results. Two of the Bruins’ four goals came on the power play. The first came off the stick of Torey Krug. Krug assisted on the second power play goal as well when Bruins’ captain Zdeno Chara lit the lamp for the first time of the season.
Boston cruised to an easy 4-1 victory over Detroit after the Bruins peppered Red Wings’ goalie Jimmy Howard with 37 shots. Across the sheet, Tuukka Rask made 25 saves in the victory.
While the Bruins took care of business on the North End, in the Back Bay it was the Red Sox who emerged victorious after David Ortiz belted two solo home runs in a 7-4 win over Tampa.
With the exception of the Patriots stumble against Cincinnati this was a weekend that Boston sports fans live for. Red Sox fans are looking to bury the Rays on Monday and advance to the ALCS, while the Bruins look to remain undefeated when they welcome the Avalanche to “the hub.”’
It’s a wicked great time to be a Boston sports fan. Let the good times roll.
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