GLENDALE, AZ. Most would have expected some rust and sluggishness to the Bs game after the holiday break, and there was a little bit of both against the Phoenix Coyotes.
But the Bruins managed to pull out the two points with an overtime blast from Dennis Seidenberg with Chris Kelly screening the Phoenix goaltender in front of the net, and another game-winning play involving Benoit Pouliot on the pass to Seidenberg. They beat the Coyotes, 2-1.
The Bruins actually jumped on the board quickly and perhaps that led to some of the laxity in their game. Brad Marchand carried the puck into the offensive before handing it over to Nathan Horton, and the puck eventually managed to find David Krejci spinning and shooting at the net from the high slot.
The Krejci shot beat Jason LaBarbera to the blocker side just 47 seconds into the game, and gave Boston an early lead. Phoenix managed to tie things up in the final six minutes of the first when Ray Whitney played the give-and-go game before cutting through the heart of the Bs defense before beating Tuukka Rask with a five-hole shot.
Whitneys beautiful goal snapped Rasks scoreless streak at a shade over 170 minutes, and tied things up as it would remain throughout the second period. It was Rask that really took things over in the second period with a pair of big stops on Whitney and Phoenix defenseman Dave Schlemko when it was still a nip-and-tuck tied game. The Whitney stop was perhaps the games best with Rask kicking out his left pad to stuff the Coyotes scorer attempting to stuff a puck inside the post.
Otherwise it was a defensive battle with LaBarbera making his own flashy save in the third when Tyler Seguin set up Brad Marchand for a searing wrist shot from the slot that ended in the back of the goaltenders glove.
The assumption was that some NHL jerseys and logos were going to get tweaked when Adidas takes over for Reebok as the manufacturer of the game sweaters and it looks like the Black and Gold of the Bruins will be getting some alterations.
According to a report on Sportslogos.net, the Bruins are one of 13 NHL teams, including the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, that will have some changes made to the jerseys they wear.
There’s no indication as to how sweeping the changes will be and it’s doubtful something as heinous as the 1990’s Pooh Bear jerseys will be entered into the B’s mix. The last major changes for the Bruins came when Reebok first took over in 2007-08 and some slight alterations were made to the B’s logo, but the Bruins have also switched around their third alternate jerseys several times over the past decade.
The personal favorite at this address is the gold Winter Classic jerseys the Bruins donned on Jan. 1, 2010 against the Philadelphia Flyers at Fenway Park. Something like that could be a pretty interesting look as a home alternate jersey for special occasions at TD Garden, but the expectation at this address is the Bruins will keep it simple with something in black that’s not too distant from their 2016 Winter Classic jerseys that have become their alternate third jerseys.
The speculation on the blog was that the Bruins sweater alterations will be something along the lines of a “font change for the names or numbers” on the jerseys, and that’s something that wouldn’t qualify as a significant deviation from the classically popular Bruins game sweaters. In other words, the Bruins and Adidas shouldn’t be messing with something that isn’t broken with the Black and Gold, or with their fan base that still wears old school Andy Moog and Ray Bourque Bruins sweaters to home games on a regular basis.
BOSTON -- Like most NBA executives, Danny Ainge loves to get as much intel on players before picking them as he can.
And with the No. 1 overall pick, Ainge knows he has to do all he can to absolutely get this one right.
That’s why any thoughts he had of drafting Lonzo Ball are likely out the window after the talented UCLA guard refused to work out for the Celtics.
“We tried to get him in for a workout and he politely said no,” Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, said on 98.5 the Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich show.
Lonzo Ball’s desire (or his dad Lavar Ball’s desire; hard to say who in the Ball camp wants him in L.A. the most) to play for the Los Angeles Lakers is one of the worst-kept secrets leading up to next month’s NBA draft.
And with the Lakers holding the No. 2 pick in the draft, turning down the Celtics only increases the likelihood of Boston passing on him and instead drafting University of Washington star Markelle Fultz.
“It’s not ideal,” Ainge said of Ball's decision to decline working out for Boston. “Listen, we’ve drafted guys that wouldn’t come in for workouts before. It’s not the end of the world. We’ve watched them play a ton. We have a lot of information on them. Sometimes players don’t want to come in, not because they don’t like you, they see our roster. They think they would prefer to go to another team.”
The Celtics, like most teams, have been mum publicly as to who they would take in the draft. But all indications at this point in the process are pointing towards them selecting Fultz with the top overall selection.
And the fact that Ball, the projected number two pick even before the draft lottery order was established, refuses to work out for Boston will only increase the likelihood that Fultz will be a Celtic and Ball and his camp will get their wish which has always been to don a Los Angeles Lakers jersey.