Camper tallies first NHL goal in win over Sens

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Camper tallies first NHL goal in win over Sens

KANATA, ON Carter Camper might have never guessed that his first career NHL goal would be a garbage man special, cleaning up a loose puck right in front of the net. But the 23-year-old didnt seem to care.

Camper's goal came in his third game with the Bruins and ended up being pretty important in Bostons 5-3 win over the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place. It was the stuff of boyhood dreams for a youngster that hasnt quite awoken from his NHL dream just yet.

I definitely have dreamed about that from the time I was a little kid skating in the backyard or all by myself just dreaming of maybe someday scoring my first NHL goal, said Camper. Josh Hennessy made a great play on the fore-check getting the puck loose. I saw McQuaid shoot it from the point and saw the puck loose, and I was able to just shoot it in.

I saw the puck go in and I saw everybody celebrating. It didnt really hit me until I got back to the bench, but it was pretty cool. Whether it's one shift, five shifts or ten shifts I just want to go out there and make a difference.

Camper only skated 10 shifts and 5:57 of ice time, but he maximized his chances by waiting for Ottawa backup goaltender Alex Auld to fumble around Adam McQuaids point shot.

Once the puck had managed to elude Aulds glove hand it was up to Camper to attack the net. Instant offense is exactly what the Bruins had in mind when they called the undrafted free agent out if Miami (OH), but tight, must-win hockey games arent all that conducive to learning.

Even so, Camper is getting a piece or two per game to add to his pro experience and NHL body of work, and all of that amounted to some production on Saturday night. Claude Julien has enjoyed seeing Campers progress over a handful of games, and the novelty never wears off seeing an excited youngster tasting success at the NHL level for the first time.

Those kinds of rookie moments can bring energy and enthusiasm to a veteran hockey club full of players with their eyes on the Stanley Cup prize.

I was really happy for him. Every time we put him on I had to be careful because the Ottawa coaches were putting their top line out there, said Julien. I didnt have an opportunity to play them too, too much. So that line didnt see as much ice as I would have liked to, but they scored a big goal.

It was nice to see all three working hard, and I thought Carter did a great job of standing his ground around the net, finding that puck and finding a way to score.

It wasnt the one-time sniper shot that Carter might have dreamed it would be, but it goes down as an official NHL goal in the books for a player that hopes to stick around for a while.

Irving takes over in third quarter, Cavs beat Celtics in Game 4, 112-99

Irving takes over in third quarter, Cavs beat Celtics in Game 4, 112-99

CLEVELAND – They had them right where they wanted them.

LeBron James was in foul trouble.

Kyrie Irving had not yet heated up, and the lead hovered above double figures but seemed oh-so-close to creeping upwards of 20 points if the Celtics did a better job of making open shots in the first half.

Those missed shots, combined with a Kyrie Irving takeover in the third quarter, would prove to be part of the narrative for Game 4 – missed opportunities - as the Cavs rallied for a 112-99 Game 4 win.

Cleveland now leads the best-of-seven series 3-1, with a chance to eliminate the Celtics in Boston on Thursday and advance to the NBA Finals where a well-rested Golden State team will be awaiting them.

Irving led all scorers with a playoff career-high 42 points, 21 of which came in the third quarter. Meanwhile, Boston’s Avery Bradley had 19 points while Jae Crowder (18 points), Al Horford (16), and Kelly Olynyk (15) also finished with double figures scoring.

"He put the team on his back," said Tristan Thompson, regarding Irving's play. "He still has another gear."

Boston spent all of the fourth quarter playing from behind, failing to get that necessary made shot or defensive turnover or stop that they needed to slow down Cleveland’s growing momentum.

And with Irving making a slew of clutch baskets that put Cleveland in control, it was James’ turn to put the game away.

He did just that, finishing with 34 points which included 15 in the fourth quarter.

But for a good chunk of Tuesday’s Game 4 matchup, it looked as though the Celtics were coming back to Boston for Game 5 with the series tied up.

It was an odd game for sure, with nothing being any stranger than LeBron James being whistled for not one, not two, not three, but four personal fouls … in the first half.

The fourth came when he was whistled for an offensive foul against Terry Rozier with 6:46 to play and Boston ahead by 10 points.

With James on the bench, Cleveland managed to play Boston to a standstill as the half ended with the Celtics still leading by 10 points (57-47).

Cleveland slowly crept back in the game in the third, and eventually went ahead 73-72 following a pair of free throws by James with 3:15 to play in the quarter.

The Cavs were able to lead by as many as five points in the third quarter which ended with Cleveland ahead 87-80 as Irving scored the last 14 points for Cleveland which included a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that would be the final points scored in the quarter.

Cleveland’s strong finish to the third was a striking contrast to how the game began.

Boston got off to its best start in this series after a 3-pointer by Jae Crowder put the Celtics ahead 18-11.

The Celtics went ahead 22-13 after a pair of free throws by Jonas Jerebko and would eventually lead by as many as 16 points.

Meanwhile, James – the man Crowder was defending most of the time early on – had six points in the first quarter on 3-for-7 shooting.

Bogaerts has three hits, three RBIs as Red Sox beat Rangers, 11-6

Bogaerts has three hits, three RBIs as Red Sox beat Rangers, 11-6

BOSTON - Xander Bogaerts had three hits and three RBIs, Dustin Pedroia had a two-run double during a four-run seventh inning and the Boston Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 11-6 on Tuesday night.

Rick Porcello (3-5) won for just the second time at home despite allowing 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner struck out four and allowed five runs, four earned.

Joey Gallo got his 14th homer for Texas, and Shin-Soo Choo went 2 for 5 with two RBIs.

Texas entered having won 11 of 12. The 11 runs allowed marked a season high.

Andrew Cashner (1-4) pitched five innings, allowing five runs, six hits and four walks. He also threw a pair of wild pitches, one of them allowing Bogaerts to score from third and put Boston up 2-1 after three.