Game Three preview: Bruins vs. Canadiens


Game Three preview: Bruins vs. Canadiens

Bruins (0-2) vs. Canadiens (2-0)Canadiens lead series 2-0Starting goaliesTim Thomas may very well win another Vezina Trophy in June, but hes being outplayed by Montreals Carey Price. Prices 0.50 goals against average and .985 save percentage lead the league in the playoffs so far, while Thomas lackluster effort in Game 2 prompted some fans and media to call for Tuukka Rask in Game 3. Thats not going to happen according to Joe Haggerty, but Thomas will have to play better than he has so far in order for the Bruins to make this a series again.Previous gamesThe Bruins have trailed from wire-to-wire for just about the entire series, as the Canadiens have jumped ahead with early goals in Games 1 and 2. It may be even harder for them to keep Montreal off of the board early in this one, as the Canadiens will be energized from one of the most raucous buildings in the NHL. The first period of tonights Game 3 will be key.Head-to-headBoston had an outstanding road record this season at 24-12-5, but that success didnt carry over into the Bell Centre, as the Bruins have lost their last four games there (including three this season). The rivals have met in the first round 18 times before, with Montreal winning 14 of them.Whos hot?Brian Gionta, Mike Cammalleri and Scott Gomez each have two points in the series for Montreal, but the difference so far has been Price. It would be difficult to label anyone on Boston as hot, as Patrice Bergeron has the teams only goal through the first two games.StorylinesZdeno Chara will likely be back in the lineup for Boston after missing Game 2 with what the team called severe dehydration. His presence and leadership are desperately needed after the Bruins struggled without him, as they try to avoid falling into a 3-0 hole. The last thing the Bruins want to have to address on Tuesday is trying to come from behind from a margin that big, for obvious reasons.

Celtics sign former Laker second-rounder Ryan Kelly

Celtics sign former Laker second-rounder Ryan Kelly

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics made one more roster move on Friday, but not the one many were anticipating.

Instead of trimming the training camp roster down to 15 players, the Celtics expanded it by signing Ryan Kelly.

The 6-foot-11 forward appeared in six games for the Atlanta Hawks during the preseason, averaging 4.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.

A former second round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2013, Kelly has appeared in 147 games with career averages of 6.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.

Boston already has a stacked roster at the power forward/center position, which is why they decided to waive second round pick and former Providence College star Ben Bentil earlier on Friday.

The addition of Kelly, on the surface at least, doesn't make a lot of sense.

But the Celtics are trying to build a team for the present while keeping an eye on the future.

When the Celtics waived Bentil, they did so with the knowledge that he was unlikely to sign with their Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws.

But with Kelly, the veteran big man will likely wind up with the Red Claws which will allow the Celtics to get a closer look at him without impacting their roster status which is currently at 16, one above the league-maximum.

The final roster spot will come down to James Young and R.J. Hunter. The Celtics have until 5 p.m. Monday to make a decision, a decision that team officials have repeatedly said in recent days will come down to the wire.