BOSTON -- The injuries are mounting for the Bruins at the wrong time of the season.
With the team already missing Nathan Horton and Rich Peverley, they embark on a two-game road trip through New York and Toronto without Andrew Ference (lower body injury) and Tuukka Rask (left leg) as part of the traveling party.
Daniel Paille was also banged up in the third period on a collision with Steve Staios midway through the third period, and would seem to be a question mark as the Bruins tapped both Michael Hutchinson and Lane MacDermid as emergency call-ups from the Providence Bruins.
Paille seemed to be favoring his arm as he retreated for the Bs dressing room and he didnt return to the ice.
Both P-Bruins players will make the trip to New York and Toronto, and MacDermid is a fourth-line winger that would naturally fill in for Paille if he cant play. The injuries continue to eat away at a team thats desperately looking for something to break it out of 23 games of .500 hockey dating back to Jan. 12.
Many Bruins players like Dennis Seidenberg were dizzy just thinking about the sheer number of injuries that have hit the Bruins over the last six weeks, and at least a few more players that wont be available for an important stretch of the regular season.
I dont know how many guys went down, I think Tuukka Rask and Daniel Paille. I have no idea what they have, but no matter what its always tough to lose guys that are very important to the line up.
But right now we just have to get put together and win the next time.
The Bruins are hoping they can come together, but its becoming more difficult now that every single forward line has been altered from the combinations that took the ice on opening night way back in October. The chemistry and familiarity is gone as players like Jordan Caron, Brian Rolston, Lane MacDermid and Greg Zanon hold down important roles for the Black and Gold at the most important time of the year.
WALTHAM -- Go up and down the Boston Celtics roster and you won’t have any trouble finding players who will be cheering on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI.
But there are some Celtics who understandably have mixed feelings about the game.
Among them is Jae Crowder, who grew up in Villa Rica, Ga. which is about 32 miles outside of Atlanta.
“I’ve been cheering for the Falcons all my life,” Crowder said. “I’m here in Boston; I’ve been a Patriots fan.”
And within that fandom, Crowder has developed a friendship with New England players, among them being Patriots running back LaGarrette Blount.
Not soon after the Patriots punched their ticket to the Super Bowl, Crowder got a text message from Blount.
“He knows,” Crowder said of Blount. “Yeah, he knows I’m in between.”
Isaiah Thomas, whose hometown Seattle Seahawks were beaten by the Falcons, said Crowder didn’t become a Falcons fan until they made the playoffs.
“Bandwagon? But I just took his money though,” quipped Crowder, referring to the Falcons beating the Seahawks in an earlier round of the playoffs. “We did them Seahawks real dirty; bandwagon.”
He’s not the only Celtics player with ties to Atlanta.
Boston rookie Jaylen Brown grew up just a few minutes outside of Atlanta in Marietta, Ga.
Thomas said Brown is a Pittsburgh Steelers fan.
“I don’t know how that is,” Thomas said. “Don’t let him tell you he’s an Atlanta Falcons fan. Jae just started reppin’ them when they made the playoffs. They can do what they want; they might as well root for the Patriots.”
For Thomas, cheering for the Patriots is more than just supporting his fellow professional athletes. As he tries to continue growing as a player and a leader for the Celtics, the Patriots and the way they do things in many ways has been a blueprint of sorts for Thomas.
“They’re the team you want to be,” Thomas said. “Every year they give themselves a chance. From top to bottom, they’re 100 percent professional. They think championship every year. That’s how you should be. We want to model that. Hopefully the can go out and win it, and we can try to piggy-pack on what they did.”
Another Celtic with Atlanta ties is Al Horford, who made it clear which team had his support.
“Going to school in Florida, being in the south for so many years, college football is kind of my thing,” said Horford, who revealed that he never attended a Falcons during his nine seasons with the Atlanta Hawks. “I would watch them on TV and stuff like that. I know it’s exciting for them. It’s a big deal to be in the Super Bowl. But I’m here in New England now so I’ll be cheering for the Patriots.”
With Tom Brady spending this week and next preparing for the Super Bowl, Andy Dalton has been named his replacement in the Pro Bowl.
This will mark Dalton’s third Pro Bowl appearance. He finished fourth in the AFC in passing yards (4,206) and tied for 10th with 18 passing touchdowns. Brady threw 10 more touchdowns in four fewer games.
Though he’s often skipped the actual games, this was the 12th season in which Brady was named to the AFC’s Pro Bowl roster. He’s been named to the Pro Bowl in each of the last eight seasons.