Ten thoughts: Bruins-Senators

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Ten thoughts: Bruins-Senators

KANATA, ON - Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins leading the Senators by a 2-1 after the first 20 minutes of play at Scotiabank Place.

1) After missing a few scattered morning skates and practices over the last couple of days Shawn Thornton is scratched with the flu-like symptoms that have been nagging at him. It's hard to believe the flu would cause Thornton to miss such an important divisional game, so one has to wonder if it's more than that. As previously stated at this address, Thornton took some heavy shots during a fight with Minnesota's Matt Kassian last weekend. Thornton has had the flu ever since that game.

2) Erik Karlsson is one damned good offensive defenseman, but he's also a liability in his own end. He showed the offensive prowess on his goal and the defensive weakness when he couldn't clear the puck on Patrice Bergeron's goal.

3) One has to wonder how this Craig Anderson freak hand is going to affect Ottawa's playoff surge. Alex Auld is what he is, but he looked reasonably sharp in the first period.

4) Best chances and Boston's two goals came from the BergeronMarchandSeguin line on a Chara rebound collected in front by No. 37. Bergeron's goal was huge as a response to Ottawa's early score.

5) Joe Corvo played in Ottawa. No reflection on his play tonight, do you know Corvo's nickname in Ottawa? "Uh-Oh" Corvo. Yeah, that's pretty good.

SECOND PERIOD

KANATA, ON - Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Ottawa Senators by a 3-1 score after 40 minutes at Scotiabank Place.

1) The Bruins were looking for an offensive spark from rookie Carter Camper and that's exactly what they got in the second period. Camper pounced all over a rebound of an Adam McQuaid shot for a big insurance goal.

2) Potentially costly penalty for Milan Lucic needlessly bumping Sergei Gonchar on an icing. No reason for that up two goals.

3) Craig Anderson's absence already hurting the Sens between the pipes. Camper goal shouldn't have happened.

4) Impressive B's effort in second night of back-to-back games where Buffalo took them to the shootout. They're simply out-skating Ottawa right now.

5) Another solid effort for Tim Thomas vs Ottawa. He simply owns them.

At the half: Sixers applying pressure early and often against the Celtics

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At the half: Sixers applying pressure early and often against the Celtics

The Celtics are getting more than they bargained for against the Philadelphia 76ers who are once again, record-wise, among the worst teams in the NBA.

They didn’t look like it in the first half which ended with the Celtics trailing the Sixers 53-45.

Boston came into the game having won its last four road games. And they did so by playing solid defense, something that has been noticeably absent in the first half.

Philadelphia came into the game as one of the NBA’s better 3-point shooting teams and has lived up to the lofty ranking.

In the first half Philadelphia made nine of its 18 three-point attempts while the Celtics are way, way, way at the other end of the 3-point shooting spectrum while missing eight of their 11 3s with Isaiah Thomas making a pair with the lone other made 3-pointer coming from Marcus Smart.

The defense struggled, the offense never had any kind of flow and not surprisingly, the Celtics found themselves playing from behind most of the first half.

Here are the first half stars from Saturday’s game.

STARS

Sergio Rodriguez: His playmaking was solid as usual, but it was Rodriguez getting it going with his jumper that really produced surprisingly strong results for the Sixers. He had 11 points, four assists and a steal in the first half.

Isaiah Thomas: Playing his game which is shooting and attacking the rim, Thomas was Boston’s lone double-digit scorer in the first half with 15 points which is tops among all players.

STUDS

Dario Saric: It was a solid first half as Saric contributed both on the boards and the scoreboard. He had 10 points in the first half along with five rebounds.

Gerald Henderson: Henderson had one of those high efficiency-type games with 11 points on 4-for-5 shooting.

DUDS

Celtics 3-point shooting: It was a miserable first half for a team that has been among the NBA’s leaders in 3-pointers made and taken this season. At the half, Boston has shot 2-for-10 on 3's.

Celtics defense: Boston has shown little to no signs of providing the kind of push-back they’ll need in order to leave Philly with a win. In addition to allowing Philadelphia to shoot 47.4 percent from the field, Boston also allowed the Sixers to knock down nine 3's.

Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

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Red Sox outfield "Win, Dance, Repeat" celebration finds its way on MLB the Show 17

Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.

Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.

In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game: