It would be safe to say that Tyler Seguin has found his groove while playing in Switzerland.
The 20-year-old Bruins prodigy has seven goals, three assists and is a plus-4 in his last four games for EHC Biel, and has 15 points overall in 11 games in the Swiss-A League. Seguin will be joined on Biel by Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane this weekend in Switzerland, and theyll form a potent 1-2 punch for the Swiss hockey team. But they wont be playing together that long: Seguin will be returning home to BostonToronto to visit his home and adopted cities during the first week of November as Biel gets a two-week break in their schedule.
Seguin also indicated to CSNNE.com the plan right now is to head right back to Switzerland by Nov. 15 for a game the next day.
Im just coming back for a week or so because we have no games from Nov. 4-15, said Seguin.
That could all be subject to change, of course, if the NHL and NHLPA get together for an agreement in the next few weeks
The Bs forward said things are going okay in Switzerland and that the fast-paced quality of European hockey is keeping him in ideal game condition should the NHL have a sudden start to the season.
The hockey part is good, said Seguin. The league has great speed and there more talented players than you might expect.
Of course being away from friends and family and removed from the comforts of home provide their own challenges for all of the players in Europe like Seguin, and the Bruins forward is like all of his NHL brethren hoping for a quick return to North American once the lockout is over.
WALTHAM -- You won’t find the Boston Celtics blaming anyone but themselves for Saturday’s 127-123 overtime loss to Portland.
But they certainly didn’t get any breaks down the stretch from the referees, who made a huge officiating mistake in the final seconds of regulation.
Following a Celtics miss in the game’s closing seconds, Blazers guard Damian Lillard wound up with the ball but was stripped almost immediately by Marcus Smart, who put the steal back in for a lay-up that would have given Boston a one-point lead with 10.8 seconds to play.
The ruling on the floor at the time was a foul against Smart. But officials later determined as part of their report on the final two minutes of the game, that the foul against Smart was an incorrect call.
“It just pisses you off, doesn’t it?” Crowder said. “It just pisses you off. I don’t like it.”
Crowder, like a number of players I have spoken to about this particular subject, is not a fan of the league releasing the information.
And his reasoning, like his NBA brethren, is simple.
There’s no recourse relative to that particular game if the officials in fact got a call wrong.
So for their purposes, the transparency that the league is seeking, while just, doesn’t do them a damn bit of good when it comes to what matters most to them. Which is wins and losses.
“It’s over now. It’s too late to confirm it now,” said Smart who told media following the loss that the steal was clean. “The game is over with. It is what it is; on to the next game now.”
Smart added that having the league confirm the call was wrong is frustrating.
“They come back and tell you they miss the call, but it’s over now,” Smart said. “We’re on to the next game. It’s like they shouldn’t even said it. But I understand it; they’re trying to take responsibility and show they made a bad call. We appreciate it but at that time as a player it’s frustrating. That possibly could have won us the game.”
But as Smart, coach Brad Stevens and other players asked about it mentioned, Boston made so many mistakes against the Blazers and played so uncharacteristically for long stretches that it would be unfair and just not right to pin the game’s outcome on one bad call late in the game.
“It happens,” said Stevens who added that he’s never read a two-minute report other than what he has seen published by the media. “There were plenty of things we could have done better.”
That blown call didn’t cost the Boston Celtics the game.
Their play did.
The Celtics turned the ball over 21 times that led to 34 points, both season highs.
They couldn’t contain C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard, two of the league’s most explosive guards who combined for 63 points on 20-for-42 shooting.
Boston allowed Myers Leonard to score a season-high 17 points.
Certainly the bad call against Smart was a factor.
But it would not have been an issue if the Celtics had done a better job of controlling the things they could have controlled, like defending shooters better, making smarter decisions when it came to passing the ball and maybe most significant, play with a higher, more consistent level of aggression around the rim.
WALTHAM -- The team flight to Washington for tomorrow night's game against the Wizards will be a little lighter than the Celtics would like.
Boston continues to be cautious with Avery Bradley and his right Achilles strain injury. Coach Brad Stevens confirmed that the 6-foot-2 guard won't travel and will sit out for the seventh time in the last eight games.
Stevens added he didn't anticipate Bradley returning to the court anytime this week, which means he's likely not to return until next week's game against Detroit on Jan. 30.
Bradley won’t be the only Celtic not making the trip for health-related reasons. Gerald Green and Demetrius Jackson are both not traveling due to sickness.
However, the Celtics did get a bit of good news on the health front. Jonas Jerebko and Tyler Zeller, both having missed games with sickness, will take the trip to D.C. with the rest of their teammates.