Talking Points: Bruins 4, Devils 3

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Talking Points: Bruins 4, Devils 3

CSNNE's Joe Haggerty takes a look at the highlights -- and the lowlights -- of the Bruins' 4-3 victory over the Devils Thursday night.

GOLD STAR

Who else but David Krejci? He potted the first goal of the game, he rifled home the game-tying score in the third period and then he managed to lift a puck over Martin Brodeur for the OT game-winner at the end of a long shift. David Krejci now has 16 goals on the season and has three during one game in the month of March after only netting two during the entire month of February. It certainly appears as if the playoff version of Krejci has entered the building and he can make a difference for the Black and Gold.

BLACK EYE

Joe Corvo turned a puck over in the neutral zone that led to New Jerseys first goal and then he was nowhere near the net for the Devils second goal after getting pulled from his pairing with Dennis Seidenberg. Claude Julien talked about the soft goals that the Bruins allowed in the second period postgame, and he spoke with his coaching by benching Corvo for the first 6 minutes of the final period. He was forced to go back to the struggling defenseman when Andrew Ference suffered a lower body injury, but it appears Corvo could be headed for a healthy scratch sooner rather than later.

TURNING POINT

The Bruins could have packed it in after the second period when they were stormed by a desperate New Jersey bunch, and found themselves trailing yet again going into the final 20 minutes. But the Bs talked about renewing the good effort that had put them on top in the first period, and they managed to break through for David Krejcis second goal tie it up. They only had six shots in the third period, but the one Krejci shot was the only score that counted.

HONORABLE MENTION

Zdeno Chara played a heavy 26 plus minutes as defensemen were either struggling or injured in the final period, and assisted on two of Bostons four goals including the overtime game-winner. It was Chara crashing the net with his 6-foot-9 frame who drew plenty of defensive attention, and it was the defenseman who blocked five shots and doled out a pair of hits during an active evening. While Chara and the Bruins struggled in the middle of February, both seem ready to break out with only 20 games left in the season.

BY THE NUMBERS

4-0 the Bruins record against the New Jersey Devils this year with a season sweep for the first time theyve swept the Devils since the 1985-86 NHL season.

QUOTE TO NOTE

Were at our best when were moving our feet and playing that high-tempo kind of game. I think thats what got us started, especially with that first shift and that first goal. I was driving the net and Segs Seguin used his speed down the wall. It was good to have that and we definitely got to keep that up. Milan Lucic talking about the speed of Tyler Seguins skating affecting their line in a very positive way.

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Celtics-Sixers preview: Road has been kind to C's lately

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BOSTON – For most teams in the NBA, road games are a necessary evil. 
 
Not for the Celtics. At least, not lately.
 
The Green Team hits the road for its next three games, and that has been a good thing – a real good thing – lately. 
 
Boston (11-8) has won its last four road games, the kind of success that breeds a heightened level of confidence heading into this current trip which begins tonight at Philadelphia. 
 
And it only helps that they hit the road coming off a 97-92 win over Sacramento on Friday. 
 
“We have to carry that momentum with us,” said Boston’s Jae Crowder. “You know how...anytime in this league, the momentum, you have to stay with it. We’ve been having success away from home. It was big for us to get this win (over the Kings) to start the road trip off.”
 
A big part of Friday’s victory was the play of Al Horford who finished with 26 points, eight rebounds, and six blocked shots. The points and rebounds for Horford were both season-highs.
 
Horford’s breakout performance came on the heels of a 121-114 loss to Detroit, a game in which Boston’s $113 million man (Horford) only took five shots.
 
“Coach [Brad Stevens] didn’t say anything about going to him just specifically,” said Boston’s Isaiah Thomas. “We just found him and made the right play and when he got it he was very aggressive.” 
 
Part of Horford’s success was that he was in more of an attacking mentality. But he also benefited from a Kings defense that didn’t double-team him nearly as much as the Pistons did. 
 
“I got a lot of early looks in the game and like I said [following the Pistons loss] I think the Pistons did a good job defending and doubling and forcing me to pass the ball. [Friday night] I had more opportunities to be aggressive.”
 
Facing a Sixers team that ranks among the NBA’s worst in several defensive categories, Horford and the rest of his Celtics teammates should have ample opportunities to make plays offensively. 
 
And in doing so, they will be able to add on to what has been an already impressive stretch of play this season away from home.
 
“I think it will be good,” Horford said. “[Tonight] it’s a Philly team that plays hard and we just want to keep building on [Friday night’s win over Sacramento] and just try to be better.”