Julien: 'It's nice to get some of those controversial calls'


Julien: 'It's nice to get some of those controversial calls'

ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Bruins have been on the receiving end of questionable calls this season, and - at times - it's been difficult for them to remain quiet about it.

But the Black and Gold were the unquestioned beneficiaries of a judgment call by the refs in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center, and they were glowing about it afterward.

"It's nice to get some of those controversial calls going your way," said Bruins coach Claude Julien. "It was the right call."It appeared the Ducks had tied things up at 2-2 midway through the third period when Matt Beleskey snapped a shot past Marty Turco with Andrew Cogliano screening the 36-year-old netminder. But Turco immediately and demonstratively waved his arms at the refs, and the goal was overturned by the War Room in Toronto after Cogliano was found to be interfering with the B's goaltender in the crease.

"He's right in the middle of the crease impeding our goaltender from seeing that shot," said Julien. Within the goaltender interference rules it becomes a judgment call by game officials as to whether a player is inhibiting the goaltender's ability to square up and play the puck in the crease. Cogliano had fully entered the crease well before the shot, and didn't make any efforts to move himself once he was lodged in front of Turco's eyesight.

"They didn't have to tell me anything," said Turco. "It's the right call. Certainly there wasn't any contact, but they've also got to allow me to do my job."
While the Bruins were satisfied that NHL justice had prevailed, Bruce Boudreau flipped out on the Anaheim bench while coming to realization that the game had likely just been lost. "It doesn't matter what they say about it. . . those are the rules," said Julien."Then we scored that goal and got a little bit of a cushion."

Brian Rolston beat Jonas Hiller for a one-timer and made it 3-1.

But the game-winning play was undoubtedly the no-goal on Beleskey when the Ducks were swarming in the third.

Red Wings' Vanek, Nielsen score in 6-5 SO win over Bruins

Red Wings' Vanek, Nielsen score in 6-5 SO win over Bruins

DETROIT - Thomas Vanek and Frans Nielsen scored in a shootout, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a comeback 6-5 win over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night.

The Red Wings rallied from 3-0 and 4-1 deficits in the first period, and with 3:04 remaining in regulation, Gustav Nyquist scored to pull them into a tie.

In the shootout, Tuukka Rask and Petr Mrazek stopped the first shots they faced before Vanek scored for the Red Wings and Brad Marchand countered with a goal for the Bruins. Nielsen, who like Vanek joined the team last summer as a free agent, scored on the team's third attempt and Vatrano missed the net with a chance to extend the 1-on-1 duels.

The Bruins were dominant early before blowing a chance to keep Detroit at a distance in the Atlantic Division standings.

Stars, studs and duds: Celtics 'pummeled on the glass' by Knicks

Stars, studs and duds: Celtics 'pummeled on the glass' by Knicks

BOSTON – It seems to not matter whether teams go big or small against the Boston Celtics, rebounding remains a problem.

The Knicks proved that on Wednesday in handing the Boston Celtics a 117-106 loss which snapped Boston’s season-best seven game winning streak at home.

In the past, conversations regarding Boston’s rebounding problems centered around them playing against teams that just had more size and muscle in the frontcourt.

That was not the case against the Knicks (19-24) who out-rebounded Boston 57-33 despite playing smaller lineups than most of the Celtics’ past opponents.

“They were small tonight, so it’s not like that should’ve been a big excuse from a size standpoint,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. “Not that you should ever get out-rebounded by 24. But we weren’t much different; in fact we were bigger for most of the game and we still got … we just got pummeled on the glass.”

When it comes to rebounding with a small lineup, often it’s just a matter of who wants the ball more.

And the Celtics (26-16) had to acknowledge on Wednesday that most of Wednesday night, it was the Knicks.

“They played harder than us, they out-rebounded us, they played more physical than us,” said Boston’s Isaiah Thomas. “You’re not going to beat anybody the way they manhandled us.”

Celtics forward Jae Crowder echoed similar sentiments.

“They wanted it more than we did,” Crowder said.

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



Derrick Rose

It was very much a hot tub time machine kind of night for Rose, who looked very much like the dominant player who won the league’s MVP award in 2011. Rose led the Knicks with a team-high 30 points, 12 of which came in the fourth quarter.

Isaiah Thomas

While Thomas had yet another strong showing in the fourth quarter, this was one of those nights when he needed more help than usual. That said, he still led all scorers with 39 points, eight of which came in the fourth quarter.



Willy Hernangomez

No player better personified the struggles Boston had on the boards all game, than Hernangomez. He came off the Knicks bench to score 17 points and grab a game-high 11 rebounds – four on the offensive glass.

Jae Crowder

There were a lot of things to like about Crowder’s play on Wednesday, especially his defense on Carmelo Anthony (13 points, 5-for-14 shooting). But Crowder also delivered on the offensive end, scoring 21 points on 7-for-13 shooting with five rebounds and an assist.

Mindaugas Kuzminskas

Another unsung hero for New York on Wednesday, he had 17 points on 6-for-12 shooting with six rebounds and two assists.

Jaylen Brown

It was a rough night for most of the Celtics, but Brown did provide a bit of lift when he was in the game. He finished with 12 points on 3-for-6 shooting to go with four rebounds and a blocked shot.



Al Horford

This was one of those games that Horford would be wise to forget as soon as he can. He scored a season-low five points and shot just  2-for-14 which was the worst shooting game of his career.