Bruins top Capitals in comeback fashion, 4-3

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Bruins top Capitals in comeback fashion, 4-3

WASHINGTON, DC The Bruins had to bring their hard hats with them to the nations capital if they were hoping for a good result.

Thats exactly what they got as they battled their way from behind, saw the third and fourth lines step up in a big way, and provide the final blow courtesy of their captain in a 4-3 victory at the Verizon Center in Game 3.

The victory gives the Bruins a 2-1 edge in the series and gives them back home ice advantage after suffering a home loss to the Caps last weekend.

Down 2-1 after Rich Peverley and Alex Ovechkin traded goals to start the second period, Daniel Paille and Brian Rolston stood tall in front of the net to collect rebounds for the tying and go-ahead goals in the final two periods.

That go-ahead goal was the first lead the Bruins have had all series, but it wouldn't last too long. With six minutes to go in the game, the Capitals' Brooks Laich got behind an entire unsuspecting Bruins line along the boards and deked Thomas, tying things up at four.

With that, it looked as if Game 3 would also go into overtime, but Zdeno Chara had other ideas. Skating 4-on-4 with under two minutes remaining, Chara blasted a shot from the right point that found its way into the back of the net.

That was your game, as the B's held off a last-minute Capitals push.

The Bruins tied things up at two when Paille backhanded the rebound of a Greg Zanon shot past a diving Braden Holtby. Rolston fired away from the slot after Caps rookie netminder Braden Holtby couldnt control a Chris Kelly shot. Combine that with Holbys shaky glove hand on Peverleys score to open the second period, and perhaps the fairy tale story is ending for the 22-year-old rookie puck-stopper.

The goal by Rolston arrived after Tim Thomas saved Bostons bacon with a point blank stop on Jay Beagle in the middle of the second period a point when another Washington goal could have been a killer.

Otherwise it was another tight game between the Bruins and Capitals with both teams playing it relatively close to the vest, and Thomas finishing four saves (29 to 25) better than his young counterpart out on the frozen sheet.

Perhaps the biggest difference for both teams: big name Washington players like Ovechkin and Alex Semin have arrived in the series for the Capitals, and many of the Bruins best forwards are still missing in action.

Brian Scalabrine thinks Celtics, Pacers, Cavaliers could swing deal sending Kevin love to Boston, Paul George to Cleveland

Brian Scalabrine thinks Celtics, Pacers, Cavaliers could swing deal sending Kevin love to Boston, Paul George to Cleveland

Though the Celtics spent Thursday discussing a trade with the Pacers for Paul George, Brian Scalabrine still has designs on the C’s getting Kevin Love. 

Scalabrine says he could imagine the Celtics landing Love from the Cavaliers in a three-way deal that would sent George to the Cleveland. He noted that Love won’t be as difficult to acquire as he was when Cleveland traded for him in 2014, though he said he wasn’t sure if Boston would have to include recently drafted third overall pick Jayson Tatum. 

With that said, Scalabrine intimated that the sides have the assets that a deal between the teams would make sense. 

“I’m saying, we’d all look at the deal and be like, ‘Yeah. All right,'” Scalabrine said.

A four-time All-Star, Love will turn 29 in September.
 

Celtics engaged in talks with Pacers for Paul George

Celtics engaged in talks with Pacers for Paul George

BOSTON – Jayson Tatum was all smiles after hearing his named called by NBA commissioner Adam Silver as the number 3 pick by Boston in Thursday night’s NBA draft.

And as he made his way towards the commissioner and put on the customary Celtics hat, a bright future surely awaited him.

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But is it going to be in Boston?

CSNNE.com confirmed an earlier report by Yahoo Sports! the Vertical that the Celtics were indeed engaged in trade talks with the Indiana Pacers for Paul George.

Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is no stranger to taking chances that most GMs would not consider or take a pass on.

Trading for George, who informed the Pacers that he would not re-sign a long-term deal with them and would instead prefer to play for the Los Angeles Lakers when he hits free agency in the summer of 2018, is a huge risk.

While the particulars of the possible trade are still being discussed, Boston will likely have to include the number three pick – Jayson Tatum – in a deal for George.

Ainge appears willing to gamble that a season in Boston will be enough to convince George to re-sign a long-term deal in the summer of 2018 which would be a win-win in terms of bolstering their chances to compete with Cleveland for Eastern Conference supremacy, and keep him away from the Lakers.