First-year Celtics share Boston driving experiences

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First-year Celtics share Boston driving experiences

Driving in Boston can be challenging for newcomers to the area. Between one-way streets, ongoing road work, and unpredictable traffic jams, there is a learning curve when navigating around Beantown.   
First-year Celtics shared their driving experiences getting to the TD Garden, including the effects of extreme congestion prior to last Friday's home opener and early November snow on Wednesday.    
Darko Milicic  
"(Last Friday) it took me two hours to get here from where I come from. There was traffic. I don't know where these people are going. New York is ten times bigger than Boston. It's worse here and this city is ten times smaller than New York. I don't understand where these people are coming from. It's wasted time. I hate traffic. I left an hour-and-a-half early and I thought I'd be here in a half (hour). It sure wasn't enough because it took me two hours."

Courtney Lee  
"It snowed. I've seen it but I haven't driven in it in a while. It was crazy. Snowing already? ... Orlando and Houston (two of Lee's former NBA cities) don't compare to Boston. The only place that compares to navigating through Boston is New Jersey. It's kind of similar, especially with the New York side of it right there -- the traffic, one-way streets, the Mass Pike. I've gotten lost a couple times. It's a good thing Benz makes a great navigation system. It helps me out a lot."   

Fab Melo  
"Me and (former Celtics training camp invitee) Jamar (Smith) were trying to find our way to the Garden the first time we came. We could see the Garden by every angle, but we couldn't find the right exit. We didn't come. We had a duckboat tour and we couldn't find the way. We had a GPS. It didn't work, we didn't make it. Now I know my way to the Garden (laughs). It's good."   

Jared Sullinger  
"No, I haven't got lost. When you have an iPhone and you have all these good apps, it's only right that it helps you out. (Turns to lockermate Jeff Green, who got lost several times his first season in Boston, and smirks. "I didn't have an iPhone," Green retorted.) There's no similarities to driving in Ohio (Sullinger's home state). In Ohio, people can drive. In Boston, there's a lot of traffic so I feel like they can't drive but I've got to understand there's a lot of traffic so that naturally happens. It's really a slower pace here, due to traffic. I leave at 4 o'clock, 4:15 so I don't have to run into a 5 o'clock jam."   

Jason Collins  
"Last Friday, the traffic was so bad. I live maybe three miles from the Garden. It took me over 45 minutes to get here. I tried to take Storrow (Drive) because the navigation says it's the shortest way. At one point I really thought it would have been quicker to walk."

Kris Joseph  
"I've began to wonder who's worse, New York City drivers or these drivers. They don't let you know when you're trying to switch lanes or anything. They just do it. I'm cool getting places because I stay with the GPS. I don't care if it's the long way or the short way. It's going to get me there. To be honest, I've done more driving in the United States than I have in Canada, period (Joseph grew up in Montreal before attending Syracuse University). There's a lot of public transportation there. But a daily commute is cool because I stay ten minutes away from the practice facility so it's not too, too far. Here, you've just got to leave early to beat that traffic, so it's cool. I've been doing alright."  

Video: Chara hits practice goalie in groin

Video: Chara hits practice goalie in groin

BRIGHTON, Mass -- Life as an emergency practice goalie can be pretty rough.

Take, for instance, Mass State Trooper Keith Segee, who has suited up a couple of times for the Boston Bruins this season during times of need, and did exactly that during Wednesday’s optional practice for the Black and Gold.

Segee got caught with a Zdeno Chara cranked slap shot right in the family jewels, and then had to walk…er, crawl it off like any normal human being would after getting bombed by a guy that can shoot it 108-mph.

“He’s got the hardest shot of anybody I’ve ever seen,” said Segee, with a smile. “I had to take two or three laps around the rink after that one and skate it off.”

Give Chara credit for moving right over to Segee and giving him a tap on the backside for skating it off, and risking life, limb and perhaps a lot more to stop a few pucks for the Black and Gold.

Segee played at Revere High and Salem State College before joining the Mass State Police, and got the emergency gig through Bruins goalie coach Bob Essensa when Boston needed a practice goalie at the end of last week in Tuukka Rask’s absence.

Let’s hope Segee is okay at this point, or the Bruins captain could be looking at a few more moving violations in his future. 

Wednesday, March 29: Oilers back in the playoffs

Wednesday, March 29: Oilers back in the playoffs

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while gearing up for the last couple of weeks.

*The Edmonton Oilers will return to the Stanley Cup playoffs this season as it looks like Canada will be well-represented once again after last year’s absence.

*Let’s meet the man behind the push to bring the NHL to China, and introduce the game to billions of people.

*Eric Staal is enjoying his second act with the Minnesota Wild, and even better he’s totally flourishing there as well.

*Let’s hear it for the US Women’s team that stuck to their guns and got an unprecedented deal with USA Hockey that will allow them to focus on winning for the next four years.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has Steve Stamkos “really close” to a return for the Tampa Bay Lightning, in a concerning development for the Boston Bruins’ playoff hopes.

*Apparently things are getting a little heightened with the Los Angeles Kings as some of their prominent players skipped a media session in Calgary.

*For something completely different: Let’s hear it for the best news of the day, the Cash Cab is coming back.