Rivers: 'Our defense was the difference"


Rivers: 'Our defense was the difference"

It was an all-around effort from Doc Rivers' team Saturday afternoon, with the Celtics notching a big win over the Toronto Raptors. But it was the defense that stood out to Rivers, who praised the 'D' in his postgame comments.

"I though our defense was the difference," said Rivers. "I thought the first quarter our defense was fantastic throughout."

"I think overall when you hold a team to 89 points, they shoot 43, no matter what you do offensively, it's your defense that won the game for you."

Sheary, Crosby lead Penguins past Bruins, 5-1


Sheary, Crosby lead Penguins past Bruins, 5-1

PITTSBURGH - Conor Sheary scored two goals, Sidney Crosby added his league-leading 28th and the Pittsburgh Penguins won their fourth straight game, 5-1 over the Boston Bruins.

Pittsburgh led 2-1 through two periods before breaking out in the third with three goals in a span of 2 minutes, 57 seconds.

Sheary scored his 17th and has nine goals in nine games. Bryan Rust added his 12th and Patric Hornqvist his 11th for the Penguins, who won a season-high seventh straight at home. Pittsburgh the NHL's best home team, is 13-0-1 in its last 14 home games.

Evgeni Malkin had two assists for a season-best seven-game point streak. Crosby added two assists for a three-point game. Matt Murray made 44 saves to win his fourth straight game.

David Krejci scored his 11th for the Bruins, who have lost four straight and five of their last six.