Ray Allen, you sly dog


Ray Allen, you sly dog

By Adam Hart

"All week all they been hearing about how more athletic, how much speed and we all (inaudible, but could be 'bad enough' or 'better than'em'). Man, we the one that look like the older team out there. They beating us up and down the floor, jumping higher than us. Let's go."

Those were LeBron James' words -- played on TNT's game broadcast -- as the East attempted a comeback in the ever-important NBA All-Star Game. The regal comeback failed. Big surprise.

Also a sarcastic big surprise? This perceived slight executed by Ray Allen after the game.

Reporter lady: "What did LeBron say in the huddle in the fourth quarter to start that surge?"

Ray Allen: "He said something? You heard him say something?"

Reporter lady: "That's what they said on TV."

Ray Allen: Gigantic smile "Oh, I didn't hear him say anything. I must've not been been in the huddle at that time."

To be fair, Allen's might be the partially-blocked bald head in this photo of said huddle speech. To be unfair, what veteran would've listened to Bron Bron, anyway? To be fair, again, maybe Ray's protecting LeBron from the "his motivational speech failed to deliver a win" criticisms. But, to be unfair again, nobody likes LeBron.

Watch for yourself and decide. Or else.

And remember: this wouldn't have happened had that lady just paid attention to TNT's broadcast, which played the very speech about which she asked.

Friday, Dec. 2: Toews vs. Matthews

Friday, Dec. 2: Toews vs. Matthews

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading, while everybody in New England is in mourning over the latest Gronk booboo. 

*A pretty neat sharpshooting video with Jonathan Toews and that young whippersnapper Auston Matthews squaring off against each other. 

*Craig Custance looks a little deeper into the situation with the Florida Panthers and how things are stabilizing after the rough firing of Gerard Gallant last week. 

*Now. let’s get to the real important stuff: the San Jose Sharks website has put together their Movember rankings for the player’s mustaches. 

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bruce Garrioch says that the plans for an outdoor game in Ottawa are again back on the NHL’s agenda. 

*Erik Erlendsson has put together a “Lightning Insider” website where you can find all the latest news about the Tampa Bay franchise. Check it out. 

*As guys such as Anton Khudobin prove when they’re thrust into the starting spot, backup goalies matter in today’s NHL. 

*For something completely different: a mash-up of Kylo Ren and “Girls” from the mad mind of Adam Driver is exactly just that. 


Chara ‘feels better’ as he closes in on return, but won’t play in Buffalo

Chara ‘feels better’ as he closes in on return, but won’t play in Buffalo

BRIGHTON, Mass. – Zdeno Chara said he is “feeling better” after going through a full practice with the Bruins, but the captain won’t be making the one game road trip to Buffalo for Saturday afternoon’s matinee game vs. the Sabres. 

Chara was going through line rushes and battle drills with the rest of his teammates while practicing for the second day in a row, but made it clear that his lower body injury hasn’t been cleared for game action yet. 

“It’s day-to-day. It feels better…yeah. But it’s still day-to-day,” said a rather laconic Chara when it came to questions about his injury. “It would feel much better [to play] than it feels [not playing].”

Claude Julien said his 39-year-old defenseman has moved into true “day-to-day” status as he nears a return after missing what will be his sixth game in a row on Saturday afternoon, but that he isn’t quite ready to go just yet.

“[Chara] and [Noel] Acciari won’t be on the trip,” said Julien. “I think [Chara] is getting pretty close. When you see him at practice things are going pretty well for him. I think that the term day-to-day is fitting for him right now. A lot of times when we say day-to-day we don’t know whether it’s going to be two days, three days or even a week. But in his case I would say that day-to-day is really day-to-day now with him.” 

One thing the Bruins can be heartened by is that they’ve managed to survive without Chara: the B’s have gone 2-2-1 and allowed just nine goals in the five games since their No. 1 defenseman went down. They have been able to continue collecting points in sometimes ugly, workmanlike fashion. 

That gives the Bruins the luxury of not rushing their D-man along before he’s ready and gives some of their other defensemen added confidence that they can effectively do the job with or without their 6-foot-9 stopper.