Haggerty: 15 thoughts from Bruins-Flames


Haggerty: 15 thoughts from Bruins-Flames

Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins stomping out the Flames to a 3-0 score after the first 20 minutes of action at TD Garden.

1) Anybody fearing the Bruins might overlook the Devils or the Flames before the Canucks get to town this weekend need not have worried. They are focusing on crushing each and every opponent, and simply dont have a lot of weakness that can be exploited. When the opponent becomes a beleaguered Calgary Flames team at the end of the long seven-game road trip through the East, its like they dont even have a chance.

2) A great sequence for Bostons third goal. Last night against the Devils the Bruins had a power play where Rich Peverley walked in from the right point and never spotted a wide open David Krejci before flinging a shot wide of the net. Krejci definitely made it known to Peverley that he was wide open, and tonight he found him on the same exact play and Krejci finished with a flourish for Bostons third goal. A great example of teammates communicating the right way to get the result they were looking for.

3) David Krejci with 10 points (4 goals and 6 assists) in the last seven game point streak for the talented center, and it appears that the playmaking pivot is once again playing at full strength. Krejci is also 4-for-4 in the face-off circle over the first 20 minutes and dominating.

4) When things are going your way theyre really going your way: Milan Lucic zips a hard pass that instead rockets off Olli Jokinens skate and skips into the net from 40-feet away to give Boston another goal. Four goals in his last six games for Lucic.

5) Amazing that the BergeronSeguinPouliot scored just 1:14 into the game. No Marchand. No problem. The Bruins machine just keeps on rolling along.

Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins stomping out the Flames to a 7-0 score after the first 40 minutes of action at TD Garden.

1) The Bruins have outscored their opposition by an aggregate 43-11 total in the last nine games, and are thoroughly humbling the opposition night after night. Its been pretty incredible to watch and there doesnt seem to be any end in sight.

2) You have to really hope that Jarome Iginla doesnt get his 500th career goal in a blowout game like this. A classy future Hall of Famer deserves better than that given the sad effort Calgary put out tonight.

3) A three point night for Nathan Horton, who now has as many goals in two nights as he had during all 12 games in the month of December. Looks like No. 18 is finally catching fire this season at exactly the right time.

4) You have to wonder what the Vancouver Canucks are thinking running into this buzzsaw on Saturday afternoon. They look like theyre walking right into another one of those patented Stanley Cup dope slaps at TD Garden, and itll be a huge gut check test for them as a hockey team.

5) Nine points in the last seven games for Tyler Seguin, who is quietly heating up and looking much more like the player he was in the seasons first six weeks flying around with Patrice Bergeron. Five shots on net, two points and a plus-2 for the kid tonight.

Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins stomping out the Flames to a 9-0 final score after 60 minutes of action at TD Garden.

1)Three assists for Benoit Pouliot is a career-high matching his game against his former team in Minnesota last season, and shows him capably stepping in for Brad Marchand in a time of need.

2)First time since 1998 that the Bruins have put up nine goals in a game, and it shows no signs of slowing down.

3)Daniel Paille with a shorthanded breakaway that really put the exclamation point on the victory.

4)A minus-7 for Calgary defenseman Chris Butler. That is not something you see every day in the NHL. Wowzers.

5)The crowd chanting We want 10 throughout the entire final period of hockey. This Garden crowd of Bs fans has gotten pretty used to greatness, havent they?

With Thomas drawing attention, Stevens turns to Rozier in big moment

With Thomas drawing attention, Stevens turns to Rozier in big moment

BOSTON – Prior to Saturday’s game, Terry Rozier talked to CSNNE.com about the importance of staying ready always, because “you never know when your name or number is going to be called.”

Like when trailing by three points in the fourth quarter with less than 10 seconds to play?

Yes, Rozier was on the floor in that scenario and the second-year guard delivered when his team needed it.


But Rozier’s fourth quarter heroics which forced overtime against Portland, did not provide that much-needed jolt that Boston needed as the Blazers managed to fend off the Celtics in overtime, 127-123.

For Rozier’s part, he had 15 points on 6-for-13 shooting.

The 15 points scored for Rozier was the most for him since he tallied 16 in a 30-point Celtics win at Orlando on Dec. 7.

But more than the points, the decision by head coach Brad Stevens to draw up a play for him in that moment, a time when most of what Boston does revolves around the shooting of Isaiah Thomas who has been among the top-3 scorers in the fourth quarter most of this season, was surprising to many.

And at that point in the game, Thomas already had 13 fourth-quarter points.

Stevens confirmed after the game that the last shot in the fourth was indeed for Rozier, but Thomas’ presence on the floor was important to its execution.

“He (Thomas) also draws a lot of attention,” Stevens said. “So I think you just weigh kind of … what kind of shot you’re going to get, depending on who it is.”

Rozier had initially screened for Thomas, and Thomas came back and screened for him.

“I was open as soon as I caught … and I let it fly,” Rozier said. “Coach drew up a play for me and it felt good to see the ball go in.”

Being on the floor at that time, win or lose, was a victory of sorts for Rozier.

He has seen first-hand how quickly the tide can change in the NBA for a young player.

After a strong summer league showing and a solid training camp, Rozier had earned himself a firm spot in the team’s regular rotation.

But a series of not-so-great games coupled with Gerald Green’s breakout night on Christmas Day, led to his playing time since then becoming more sporadic.

Rozier, in an interview with CSNNE.com, acknowledged it hasn’t been easy going from playing regular minutes to not being sure how much court time, if any, he would receive.

But he says the veterans on the team have been good about keeping his spirits up, and one in particular – Avery Bradley – has been especially helpful.

Like Rozier, Bradley’s first couple of years saw his playing time go from non-existent to inconsistent. But Bradley stayed the course and listened to the team’s veterans who continued to tell him that his hard work would pay off sooner or later.

Those same words of wisdom Bradley received in his early days, he passes on to Rozier.

“It’s big,” Rozier told CSNNE.com. “He (Bradley) tells me things like that. I felt I was ready for this (inconsistent minutes) after all that he told me. It’s big to have a guy like him that has been through it all with a championship team, been around this organization for a while; have him talk to you is big. It’s always good. That’s why I stay positive, and be ready.”

Which is part of the reason why Stevens didn’t hesitate to call up a play for the second-year guard despite him being a 33.3 percent shooter from 3-point range this season – that ranks eighth on this team, mind you.

“He’s a really good shooter,” Stevens said of Rozier. “I think with more opportunity that will show itself true, but he made some big ones in the fourth quarter. We went to him a few different times out of time-outs, and felt good about him making that one.”

And to know that Stevens will turn to him not just to spell Thomas or one of the team’s other guards, but to actually make a game-altering play in the final seconds … that’s major.

“It helps tremendously,” said Rozier who added that his confidence is through “the roof. It makes me want to do everything. You know defense, all of that. It’s great, especially to have a guy like Brad trust you."

Stars, studs and duds: Lillard steps up in second half, overtime

Stars, studs and duds: Lillard steps up in second half, overtime

BOSTON – Saturday was yet another night when the opposing team – this time it was the Portland Trail Blazers – that up the Boston Celtics with an avalanche of points that ended in a 127-123 overtime loss.

And yet through the rubble of all those lay-ups and put-back baskets and mid-range jumpers, Stevens saw something he has not seen in a while – hope that better days defensively were coming sooner rather than later.


“As crazy as it sounds with them scoring (127) … I actually thought we were a lot closer to defending the way we want to defend," said Stevens. "I thought we were really locked into those guards, and I thought we tried to make it as tough as possible. Those guys are really good players, obviously, but I thought, I thought we did a lot of good things in that regard.”

For the most part, Boston and Portland played a relatively even game that wasn’t decided until the final minute of overtime.

“They just made more plays down the stretch,” said Boston’s Al Horford.

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Saturday’s game.



C.J. McCollum

He tends to get second billing to Damian Lillard, but he was a first rate problem for the Celtics. He led the Blazers with 35 points on 11-for-21 shooting.

Damian Lillard

After a foul-troubled first half, Lillard stepped up like the All-Star he is in the second half to finish with 28 points and seven assists which included seven of Portland’s 14 points in overtime.

Isaiah Thomas

It was another dynamic scoring night for Thomas, finishing with a game-high 41 points which included 21 in the fourth quarter and overtime.


Terry Rozier

Making the most of his chance to play due to injuries and illnesses, Rozier came up with a number of big shots all night. He finished with 15 points which included a 3-pointer with 8.4 seconds in the fourth that forced overtime.

Mason Plumlee

In addition to doing a solid job protecting the rim, Plumlee also tallied a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds while dishing out a game-high eight assists.

Meyers Leonard

Easily the big X-factor of the game, Leonard had 17 points off the bench on 6-for-7 shooting.



Celtics Turnovers

This is the one area where the Celtics have been really good all season. Saturday? Not so much. Boston turned the ball over a season-high 21 times which accounted for 34 points for the Blazers.