SUNRISE, FL. The Bruins have made a habit of winning some games perhaps they havent deserved over the last few weeks.
They allowed some breakaways and missed some offensive chances, but a David Krejci five-hole bid in the shootout was the difference-maker in a 3-2 win over Florida at BankAtlantic Center.
The Bruins took an early lead in the first period on an energetic Benoit Pouliot shift in the Florida zone that ended with the gangly forward disrupting the play, and helping set up a Patrice Bergeron blast from the high slot.
The Panthers answered in the second period with a Jay Garrison blast from the left point that bounced off Dennis Seidenberg before ricocheting directly into the open net. The Bruins marched back with a power play goal from Bergeron again. This time it was Tyler Seguin wheeling the puck through the PP formation before he found Bergeron in the low slot for the easy goal.
But the Bruins immediately fell asleep on the continued power play. Shawn Matthias got behind Andrew Ference and the Boston defense after hopping out of the penalty box and beat Tuukka Rask with a five-hole bid to tie things up. Rask was tested with several uncharacteristic breakaways throughout the game, and turned away a Michal Repik bid in the final minute of the third period when he managed to sneak behind Dennis Seidenberg and Zdeno Chara. Repik missed the shot, however, and the Bruins managed to push the Panthers into the extra session.
The Bruins allowed four breakaway chances to Florida on the evening, and its pretty clear they still have some tightening up to do on the defensive end.
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WALTHAM, Mass. – NBA players are creatures of habit so you can understand why Al Horford was just a little bit out of his element on his first practice with the Boston Celtics.
After nine seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, Horford hit the free agent market this summer and signed a four-year, $113 million with the Celtics.
Horford acknowledged that his first practice with the Celtics “was a little different” but added, “It’s definitely a weird feeling, but it feels right to be here.”
Players, coaches, national pundits, the list is seemingly endless when it comes to folks who believe Horford is an ideal fit with the Boston Celtics.
“He can do score in the paint, shoot 3s, defend, pass, he can do it all out there,” Amir Johnson told CSNNE.com. “He’s going to fit in well with us.”
But like any rookie or newcomer to a team, Horford admitted he had some moments when he was a step or two late getting to where he needed to be on the floor.
“We’re running through a lot of plays, a lot of concepts being thrown out,” Horford said. “It’s a matter of getting comfortable with all the sets.”
As much as he will work to figure things out, Horford is wise enough to know he’ll need the help of his new teammates, too.
“I’m going to lean on a lot of the guys,” Horford said. “I’ll definitely ask a lot of questions. Avery (Bradley) already has gotten in my ear, anything I need he’s there for me. I just want to get acclimated as fast as I can.”
Horford also said that head coach Brad Stevens has been extremely helpful in assisting him in speeding up his learning curve.
“Coach (Stevens) is very sharp, very . . . he explains things well,” Horford said. “He explains things well. He wants practice to move along. The pace of practice, definitely a faster pace.”
But you won’t find Horford complaining.
Horford is clearly excited about starting this new chapter in his basketball career.
“For me it’s more of a relief, finally being here in Boston, house, being settled,” Horford said. “Now we can just focus on the season.”