Chara, Bergeron, Kelly at Bruins skate


Chara, Bergeron, Kelly at Bruins skate

BOSTON -- There were a few new faces for the Bruins at Wednesdays informal skate as Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron and Chris Kelly were all at Agganis Arena this morning. All three had played previously in Europe over the last four months with Bergeron wrapping up around Jan. 1 at the end of the Spengler Cup and Chara flying into Boston on Tuesday to join his teammates for a week of workouts.

Kelly was back from his stint in Switzerland weeks ago, and drove from Ottawa to his residence in Boston within the last couple of days. All expressed happiness at getting back on the ice and being reunited for a 2013 NHL season thats expected to get moving with training camp this weekend.

Its good to see the guys and Im very excited to get started, said Bergeron. Im happy to be back and be able to step on the ice at the Garden pretty soon. Im excited.

In all 11 Bruins players were on the ice as the player roster begins to fill out with the familiar faces. Bergeron, Chara and Kelly were joined by Tyler Seguin who returned after a quick trip to Toronto Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference, Gregory Campbell, Shawn Thornton, Tuukka Rask, Adam McQuaid, Brad Marchand and Milan Lucic as well as NHL veteran Jay Pandolfo. The Bruins teammates were passing around Seguin's EHC Biel jersey to wear and cracking jokes throughout the skate at BU. Kelly lamented he wasn't able to don the special Biel helmet with the flames shooting out of the side that notates the team's leading scorer -- a piece of equipment Seguin wore early and often in Switzerland.

Johnny Boychuk skated on Tuesday at BU, but was missing from the Black and Gold contingent on Wednesday.  

For the second straight day the high-tempo practice organized by former NHL forward Mike Grier was full of high-energy skating drills and battle drills around the net. This time, however, the practice ended with a group of penalty shots from the Bruins players on Rask and former Northeastern goaltender Adam Geragosian, who has been helping Bruins players at practice. Its expected that the Bruins players could move their informal skates over to the team practice facility at Ristuccia Arena as soon as Thursday morning.

Gronkowski after surgery: 'Dance floor tomorrow night... here I come'


Gronkowski after surgery: 'Dance floor tomorrow night... here I come'

After undergoing back surgery earlier in the day on Friday, Rob Gronkowski is back on his feet and cracking jokes.

The injured Patriots tight end posted a video of himself on his feet with the assistance of a walker captioned "Rehab day 1! "Can't nobody hold me down... Oo no I got to keep on movin"

In the video, Gronk takes a few steps and says, “Dance floor tomorrow night. . . here I come.”

Watch the video below [NSFW language from Gronk's dad]

Rehab day 1! "Can't nobody hold me down... Oo no I got to keep on movin"

A video posted by Rob Gronkowski (@gronk) on

Al Horford's strong play propels Celtics to 97-92 win over Kings

Al Horford's strong play propels Celtics to 97-92 win over Kings

BOSTON – You knew Boston’s dominance over the Sacramento Kings at the TD Garden was going to come to an end someday. 

Well that day won’t come around for at least another season as the Celtics’ forgotten man just a couple nights ago, Al Horford, came up with big plays at both ends of the floor that helped propel Boston to a 97-92 win. 

With Boston ahead 95-92 with less than 10 seconds to play, the Kings had one chance to tie the game with a 3-pointer. 

They got the ball to their best player DeMarcus Cousins who tried to draw a foul against his defender, Al Horford. 

Cousins’ attempt to sell there being contact behind the 3-point line was not being bought by the officials. 

After his missed shot, Sacramento’s Garrett Temple fouled Horford with 4.8 seconds to play. 

Horford, who finished with a season-high 26 points, went to the line and made both of the free throws to seal the victory. 

The Celtics (11-8) have now won five of their last seven games overall as they hit the road where they’ve won four in a row away from the TD Garden.

Meanwhile the Kings (7-12) have now lost nine straight at the TD Garden.

Sacramento had swung the game’s momentum in their favor at the end of the third and early in the fourth, but the Celtics refused to go down without a fight. 

A shot by Horford tied the game at 76. And on the ensuing Kings possession, Horford came up with a blocked shot that ultimately led to lay-up for Jonas Jerebko to put Boston up 78-76.

Cousins suffered a cut above his right eye in the fourth quarter and finished with 28 points, nine rebounds and three assists. 

After a Sacramento time-out following Jerebko’s basket, the Celtics came up with another turnover – their 15thforced turnover of the night – that led to a lay-up by Kelly Olynyk.

On the ensuing Olynyk basket, Cousins took a blow to the head on the play that forced him to leave with 7:08to play. 

With no Cousins on the floor, the Celtics tightened up their perimeter defense and made a point of attacking the Sacramento interior immediately.

Isaiah Thomas, who finished with 20 points, converted a three-point play at the 6:33 mark - 35 seconds after Cousins left the game.

The close finish was in stark contrast to how the game begin. 

In Boston’s 121-114 loss to Detroit on Wednesday, Horford only took five shots from the field. 

After the game, head coach Brad Stevens said that should have never happened. 

Jae Crowder called it “unacceptable.”

Well it didn’t take Horford long to get five shot attempts – about five minutes actually. 

And the four-time all-star hit most of them as he helped the Celtics lead by as many as 13 points in the first quarter before the Kings closed out the quarter with a 10-0 run to tie the game at 29. 

Horford led four double figure scorers for Boston which included Thomas, Jae Crowder (16 points) and Avery Bradley (15 points).