Bruins brace for Panthers; Seguin back in


Bruins brace for Panthers; Seguin back in

The show goes on for the Bruins as they went through the motions in a Thursday morning skate prior to a matchup against a Florida Panthers team that has played excellent hockey this season.

The Panthers actually stand right behind the Bs in the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Conference with 34 points this season, and will be a stern wakeup call to a sleepy Black and Gold bunch coming off a two-game road trip.

It was a tough loss in Winnipeg. Everybody in here has gotten used to winning. None of us like losing. Its a good team, and its a good challenge tonight coming off a loss because these guys have been rolling pretty good, said Shawn Thornton. Theyre a similar team to us. I know both of those coaches Kevin Dineen and Craig Ramsay really well, so its not going to be an easy game.

Tim Thomas is expected to get the start for the Bruins as he goes for his 11th straight victory and the lineup should be what it was prior to the loss to Winnipeg. Tyler Seguin will be back in after his one-game benching and everything else should stay exactly the same.

The projected lines:




Ortiz: Yankees fans' booing 'wakes up the monster in me'

Ortiz: Yankees fans' booing 'wakes up the monster in me'

In his 1-on-1 interview with CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam, David Ortiz thanks Yankees fans, ahead of his final series at Yankee Stadium, for the motivation they’ve given him throughout his Red Sox career. 

He expressed a similar sentiment in this post on The Players' Tribune website.


Stevens’ first practice observation: ‘We’re going to be able to fly around’

Stevens’ first practice observation: ‘We’re going to be able to fly around’

WALTHAM, Mass. –  Before the Celtics fully stretched prior to their first practice of the season, coach Brad Stevens had his players go 5-on-5 in a not-live breakdown while going at about 30 percent full speed or similar to what they would do in a walk-through.

“If that was 30 percent, we’re going to be able to fly around,” said Stevens. “I think it was just a misjudging of what 30 percent is. They were flying early on in practice. We have to be able to fully rotate, we have to guard different positions, you gotta be able to read the game instinctively and obviously there’s an athletic component that allows you to do so effectively.”

Regardless, the Celtics are a team that will rely more on their athleticism in past seasons in order to be effective and live up to the lofty expectations so many have for them this season.

“We have a real good team, real athletic at a lot of spots,” Celtics forward Amir Johnson told “We definitely got a couple more high-flyers in the building this year.”

He’s speaking about Gerald Green, a former Slam Dunk champion, and Jaylen Brown, who is considered one of the more athletic players among this year’s rookie class.

And that athleticism was indeed on display in the early moments of the team’s first practice of the season.

But what makes the Celtics a team that could potentially be a major player in the East, is that the increased athleticism is now married to a team whose skill level is underrated.

Talent and athleticism is certainly a bonus for any team.

But the Celtics know the road to being among the game’s elite is long and winding, a journey that they are just beginning to embark on right now.

And while there are plenty of directions that Stevens can put a greater focus on in these early days, it doesn’t appear the Celtics' leader will go that route.

“We’ve got a lot being installed,” Stevens said. “We’ll keep the emphasis on being a blue-collar team and playing together.”