The Bruins needed to reach down for that little extra something to emerge from their midseason funk, and they found it on Super Bowl Sunday.
With a handful of hours to go until their Patriots brethren got ready for their biggest game of the season, the Bruins had their own big effort with a solid, grinding, no-frills 4-1 victory over the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center.
The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for the Bruins and ended a long-ish line of lesser efforts from the Black and Gold.
The Bruins showed early in the game they meant business against the Caps, and Tim Thomas was operating at full efficiency after he was booed by the Washington crowd during pregame introductions. Thomas helped start the full momentum shift after shutting down an Alex Semin breakaway attempt with a right pad save after dropping into a full butterfly. Minutes later Rich Peverley and Milan Lucic teamed together for the Bs power forwards 19th goal of the season after a nifty backhanded pass from Peverley, and the Bruins were off and running.
The Bs jumped all over Washington later on in the period and Brad Marchand potted his 19th goal of the year to push the lead to 2-0 after Patrice Bergeron created the play from behind the Caps net. Thats the way things stayed until Tyler Seguin added his 20th goal of the season midway through the final period when the BergeronMarchandSeguin line took advantage of some sloppy puck-handling in the Washington defensive zone.
In between all those goals was a 35-save effort by Thomas and some serious defensive zone work by Zdeno Chara, who managed to contain an inspired effort from Alex Ovechkin. Joel Ward added a goal late in the third period to put Washington on the board, but it was far too late for the Caps. A Rich Peverley empty-netter iced it for the Bs.
Appearing on The Vertical Podcast with Chris Mannix, Brad Stevens said that Isaiah Thomas’ hip will be evaluated by the Celtics in September before the team decides how to proceed.
The C’s were unsure of whether Thomas would require surgery on his right hip, which ended his postseason early. He has gone the offseason without surgery, so the C’s will look at it next month.
“He has another follow-up and another scan in the early part of September when he arrives back here out east, and from there we will know an exact timeline," Stevens said. "Obviously, it’s been a lot of appropriate rest, a lot of rehab. There have been some good strides here certainly in the last month or few weeks, but we’re not going to know that until after that early September timeframe.
Added Stevens: “We want what’s best for Isaiah. We want to make sure that when he is ready to roll, which hopefully is sooner rather than later, that he is ready to roll at his highest level and for the longest possible time, obviously, right? So that’s a lot more important to me than anything else.”
Stevens said that the uncertainty of not knowing whether Thomas would need surgery was challenging, but that his priority was the player.
“I don’t know if it was unnerving because you can only control what you can control, but it’s a big deal for me because it’s a big deal to him,” he said. “Ultimately, obviously you want to go into every season 110 percent healthy and we’ll find out where we stand with everybody, but more so you want what’s best for him.”
Anthony Scaramucci isn't afraid to say stuff. This time, it involves the Patriots.
The outspoken former White House communications director follows over 180,000 Twitter accounts. One of them is @rslashpatriots, who asked about Robert Kraft's Super Bowl rings via direct message.
Putin famously stole Kraft's Super Bowl XXXIX ring while Kraft was visiting Russia in 2005. According to Kraft, he took out the ring to show it to Putin, but Putin put it in his pocket and left without giving it back.
Now that Trump has Kraft's ring, Kraft theoretically only has three of a possible five Super Bowl rings now. Guessing he could get new ones made.