Ray Allen understands 'enormity' of B's win


Ray Allen understands 'enormity' of B's win

By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com Celtics Insider
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DORCHESTER The jubilation is in full effect among the Boston Bruins and their oh-so-faithful fans after Wednesday night's series-clinching 4-0 win at Vancouver that brought Lord Stanley's Cup back to the Hub for the first time since 1972.

Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen can relate to what the Bruins are feeling right now.

Allen joined the Celtics via trade in 2008, and was an instrumental part of the C's bringing the franchise's 17th NBA title - more than any other NBA club, mind you - just a few short months later.

The 6-foot-5 guard, who recently picked up the 10 million option for next season to remain with the C's, reflected on what it means to be a champion in Boston.

"These moments, especially playing in the city of Boston, these moments are so much bigger than us as individuals," said Allen, who was in Dorchester to present the Sarah Greenwood School with State-of-the-Art Computer Lab on Thursday.

Allen did not play close attention to the Bruins' run, but was well aware that they were on the verge of becoming the latest Boston pro sports team to win a title.

With the Bruins winning the Stanley Cup, all four pro teams in Boston - the Celtics, Red Sox and the New England Patriots - have won championships since 2005 which is an unmatched span by any city with four professional sports teams.

For Allen, he's used to being part of a team competing for a title.

And while that's clearly his preference, watching another Boston team contend for a championship?

That's not too bad, either.

"Watching the Bruins win, seeing it from the other side, you just understand . . . being a fan in this city, you understand the enormity of the situation," Allen said.

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Thursday, Feb. 23: Eaves and Chewbacca? Now that's hair-raising

Thursday, Feb. 23: Eaves and Chewbacca? Now that's hair-raising

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while amazed, and alarmed, at any politician that would ever duck a town hall-style meeting with their constituents.

*Patrick Eaves had a close encounter of the hairy kind with the mighty Chewbacca during a recent visit to Disney. Let’s just say Eaves, Brent Burns and Chewie could all be from the same family tree.

*Good, long read on junior hockey scoring star Alex Debrincat, who Bruins fans will remember that Boston passed over to draft Trent Frederic at the end of the first round last summer. He’s scoring at the kind of levels that say he might be something special at the next level. Just saying.

*Wayne Gretzky jumps on the Florida Panthers telecast to chat about Jaromir Jagr, and jokes about what he’ll do if Jagr ever gets close to his NHL all-time scoring title.

*Pierre Lebrun has a list of NHL defensemen that are in demand ahead of the trade deadline, and it’s a fairly underwhelming list aside from Kevin Shattenkirk.

*If you’re looking for some good Blackhawks talk then you should check out the Blackhawks Talk podcast over at CSN Chicago.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bob McKenzie dropped into the NBCSN studios again this past week to chat about the NHL tweaking the bye weeks moving forward after watching them play out this season.

*People getting concerned about turning budding personal NHL rivalries into another “Ovechkin vs. Crosby” is perhaps the dumbest NHL hot take I’ve ever heard. The Ovechkin/Crosby rivalry was perfectly good and anything to draw attention to the NHL and its players is also good. This is the kind of thing said by somebody that I’m sure gets more super-excited by a bar graph showing a player’s effectiveness rather than watching what they’re actually doing on the ice.

*For something completely different: A really interesting look from a random date that Carrie Fisher took to the 1978 Oscars while palling around with the young, new stars of Hollywood.



What we learned in Bruins' 5-3 loss to Ducks: Back to earth for Cassidy's crew


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