Haggerty: Ten thoughts from Bruins-Lightning

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Haggerty: Ten thoughts from Bruins-Lightning

TAMPA BAY Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins trailing the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 4-0 train-wreck after the first 20 minutes of play at the Tampa Times Forum. Ouch.

1)Three goals allowed by Marty Turco on six shots and he was all done. He looked shaky from the start when he lost his stick during the first opening flurry and was beaten by a puck deflected off Tom Pyatts skate in front of the net. He didnt cover up on the second goal when he had the chance and that turned into a Nate Thompson goal into an open net. Two very goofy, bad goals allowed right off the bat. Not what the Bruins were looking for and that makes it very difficult to rest Tim Thomas like they want to. He has now played in 10 straight games. First goal shouldnt have been overturned in my humble opinion as Pyatt appeared to move his skate toward the net to guide the puck in. But that had nothing to do with the collapse that followed.

2)The Bruins havent lost three in a row since back in October during their initial hangover phase, but it looks like thats going to happen again tonight. With the Ottawa Senators again idle the Bruins are losing another game in hand and could wake up tomorrow only two points ahead of the Ottawa Senators with just one game in hand. Stuff just got real for the Bs.

3)Worst start the Bruins have had this season and the fourth time in the last six games theyve fallen down by at least two goals in the first period. Totally inexcusable for a team that doesnt seem to feel any urgency right now, or seem to be taking the final month of the season very seriously.

4)The third goal was a power play goal, but a complete blown play by the Bs penalty kill allowing Ryan Shannon to get behind Zdeno Chara, David Krejci and Dennis Seidenberg to beat Marty Turco once more. The Bruins just arent moving at the same speed as the teams that theyre playing against and its more evidence this is a team without much bounce and energy.

5)Shawn Thornton at least doing his job and pounding Mike Commodore toward the end of the first period. The Bruins havent shown enough life in instances like that lately, and No. 22 is one of the only players thats consistently bringing it on a nightly basis.

TAMPA BAY Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins trailing the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 5-0 train-wreck after the first 40 minutes of play at the Tampa Times Forum. Ouch.

1)The Bruins outshot the Lightning 15-3 in the second period, but couldnt crack the scoreboard. So theyve got that going for them.

2)After giving up another weak goal to Steven Stamkos, Marty Turco was tossed back into the game in place of Tim Thomas. That basically wipes out the desired effect to give Thomas his needed rest, but at least they decided to leave Turco out for the remainder of a now-meaningless game.

3) Milan Lucic taking the puck hard to the net, playing with some pride and intensity and seemingly one of the few guys dressed in Black and Gold taking things seriously.

4)The Bruins will drop to 1-10-1 in the last 12 games that Trent Whitfield has played in including the playoffs if they cant come back in the third period. So its as good as done.

5) Ill bet Patrice Bergeron is glad he swallowed a whole bowl full of anti-inflammatories to come back for this one. This team isnt the same Bruins team that won last season due to fatigue, injuries and satisfaction from last years accomplishments. Its a debilitating cocktail.

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Celtics struggling with three-pointers

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Halftime stars, studs and duds: Celtics struggling with three-pointers

You knew the 3-point shots were going to be flying all game long when the Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets tipped off Monday night. 
 
Now whether they would go in, that’s another matter entirely. 
 
Boston’s struggles with knocking down the long ball played a pivotal role in them going into the half trailing the Houston Rockets, 58-48.
 
Houston, the NBA’s leader in three-pointers made (14.0) and taken (37.0), were 8-for-21 in the first half on 3s while the Celtics were a not-so-impressive 5-for-18.
 
Despite the shooting struggles, Boston managed to lead 37-36 after a driving lay-up by Jaylen Brown. 
 
But the Rockets had too much firepower and when they weren’t knocking down shots, they were getting to the free throw line where there 18-for-20 compared to Boston which was just 1-for-2.
Here are the first half Stars, Studs and Duds from Monday’s game. 

 

STARS
 
James Harden

The MVP candidate was bringing it all areas, scoring 21 points to go with seven assists. But he was far from perfect, evident by his six turnovers. 
 
Isaiah Thomas

He led the Celtics with 11 points, but looks to be growing frustrated with the lack of calls going the Celtics’ way. Near the end of the second quarter, Thomas was grimacing while holding his right groin. But it didn’t appear to be too big a deal as he hit a 3-pointer just moments later. But it’s worth keeping an eye on in the second half. 
 

STUDS
 
Jaylen Brown

He gave Boston a surprisingly strong lift off the Celtics bench. At the half, he had seven points which included a lay-up that put Boston ahead 37-36.

Trevor Ariza

He doesn’t get a ton of attention, but Ariza’s play has been one of the keys to Houston’s success this season. At the half he had 10 points and six rebounds.

 

DUDS
 
Jonas Jerebko

He got the start tonight, but looks nothing like the high-energy, impact player he has been of late while coming off the bench. He was scoreless in the first half while missing all three of his shot attempts. 

New photo surfaces of noticeably thinner Pablo Sandoval

New photo surfaces of noticeably thinner Pablo Sandoval

When it comes to Pablo Sandoval and his weight, a picture is worth a thousand words.

During spring training it wasn’t a good thing. Sandoval made headlines when a number of photos revealed significant weight gain for the Red Sox third baseman.

But the last two images have been more positive for Sandoval.

In October, a noticeably thinner Sandoval was photographed at an FC Barcelona game.

On Monday, Dan Roche of WBZ tweeted a more recent picture of the new-look Sandoval.

Sandoval, 30, is entering the third season of a five-year, $95 million contract. In his lone full season in Boston, 2015, Sandoval hit .245/.292/.366 with 10 homers and 47 RBI.