Haggerty: 15 thoughts from Bruins-Flames

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Haggerty: 15 thoughts from Bruins-Flames

Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins stomping out the Flames to a 3-0 score after the first 20 minutes of action at TD Garden.

1) Anybody fearing the Bruins might overlook the Devils or the Flames before the Canucks get to town this weekend need not have worried. They are focusing on crushing each and every opponent, and simply dont have a lot of weakness that can be exploited. When the opponent becomes a beleaguered Calgary Flames team at the end of the long seven-game road trip through the East, its like they dont even have a chance.

2) A great sequence for Bostons third goal. Last night against the Devils the Bruins had a power play where Rich Peverley walked in from the right point and never spotted a wide open David Krejci before flinging a shot wide of the net. Krejci definitely made it known to Peverley that he was wide open, and tonight he found him on the same exact play and Krejci finished with a flourish for Bostons third goal. A great example of teammates communicating the right way to get the result they were looking for.

3) David Krejci with 10 points (4 goals and 6 assists) in the last seven game point streak for the talented center, and it appears that the playmaking pivot is once again playing at full strength. Krejci is also 4-for-4 in the face-off circle over the first 20 minutes and dominating.

4) When things are going your way theyre really going your way: Milan Lucic zips a hard pass that instead rockets off Olli Jokinens skate and skips into the net from 40-feet away to give Boston another goal. Four goals in his last six games for Lucic.

5) Amazing that the BergeronSeguinPouliot scored just 1:14 into the game. No Marchand. No problem. The Bruins machine just keeps on rolling along.

Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins stomping out the Flames to a 7-0 score after the first 40 minutes of action at TD Garden.

1) The Bruins have outscored their opposition by an aggregate 43-11 total in the last nine games, and are thoroughly humbling the opposition night after night. Its been pretty incredible to watch and there doesnt seem to be any end in sight.

2) You have to really hope that Jarome Iginla doesnt get his 500th career goal in a blowout game like this. A classy future Hall of Famer deserves better than that given the sad effort Calgary put out tonight.

3) A three point night for Nathan Horton, who now has as many goals in two nights as he had during all 12 games in the month of December. Looks like No. 18 is finally catching fire this season at exactly the right time.

4) You have to wonder what the Vancouver Canucks are thinking running into this buzzsaw on Saturday afternoon. They look like theyre walking right into another one of those patented Stanley Cup dope slaps at TD Garden, and itll be a huge gut check test for them as a hockey team.

5) Nine points in the last seven games for Tyler Seguin, who is quietly heating up and looking much more like the player he was in the seasons first six weeks flying around with Patrice Bergeron. Five shots on net, two points and a plus-2 for the kid tonight.

Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins stomping out the Flames to a 9-0 final score after 60 minutes of action at TD Garden.

1)Three assists for Benoit Pouliot is a career-high matching his game against his former team in Minnesota last season, and shows him capably stepping in for Brad Marchand in a time of need.

2)First time since 1998 that the Bruins have put up nine goals in a game, and it shows no signs of slowing down.

3)Daniel Paille with a shorthanded breakaway that really put the exclamation point on the victory.

4)A minus-7 for Calgary defenseman Chris Butler. That is not something you see every day in the NHL. Wowzers.

5)The crowd chanting We want 10 throughout the entire final period of hockey. This Garden crowd of Bs fans has gotten pretty used to greatness, havent they?

Isaiah Thomas continues to claim Celtics' franchise records

Isaiah Thomas continues to claim Celtics' franchise records

BOSTON – This continues to be a historic season for Isaiah Thomas as more records fell in Wednesday’s 103-100 loss to Milwaukee, and the company he’s keeping becomes even more exclusive. 

Thomas had a game-high 32 points on Wednesday which included five made 3’s on nine attempts. That gave him 223 for the season which is a new franchise single-season record for made 3-pointers. The previous record was 222 set by Antoine Walker during the 2001-2002 season.

And his 32 points scored gives him 2,012 this season. 

Only six players in franchise history (Paul Pierce was the last to do it during the 2005-2006 season) have scored 2,000 or more points in a single season. 

Oh, there’s more. 

With Wednesday being the 66th time this season he has had 20 or more points, Thomas has now tied Pierce (2005-2006) and Larry Bird (1985-1986; 1987-1988) for sixth on the Celtics’ single-season franchise list. 

“I didn’t even know that,” a visibly disappointed Thomas said following Wednesday’s loss. “It doesn’t feel that good right now. But when I look back on it, probably in the offseason, I’ll appreciate it a little more. But I’m just staying in the moment and try and play as best I can to lead this team to as many wins as possible.”

Other season milestones Thomas is in the mix for include the following:

  • The 5-foot-9 guard is one of three players this season to have 50 or more games of 25-plus points, joined by Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook (57) and Houston’s James Harden (54).
  • Thomas has made at least one 3-pointer in a franchise-record 50 straight games (Dec. 3 – March 29). That’s also the longest current streak in the NBA. 
  • With 66 games of 20 or more points this season, Thomas is second in the NBA to Westbrook (67).

Marcus Smart at center of yet another controversial call

Marcus Smart at center of yet another controversial call

BOSTON – One of the more bizarre plays in Boston’s 103-100 loss to Milwaukee came in the second quarter, requiring some explanation from the officials afterwards. 

With 3:55 to play in the second quarter, the officials had originally called a foul on Marcus Smart which he verbally protested that eventually led to him being whistled for a technical foul. 

After the officials reviewed the play, they changed the call to a personal foul against Khris Middleton but no change to the called technical foul against Smart who objected to a call that, upon review, they agreed was the wrong call to make. 

Official Sean Corbin, through pool reporter Ken Powtak of the Associated Press, acknowledged that the original call was a loose ball foul against Smart. 

“The (officiating) crew got together, we met prior to video and we decided that we needed to look at video because both players were on the floor bleeding so we went to the video for a hostile act,” Corbin told Powtak. “In the review we noticed that Khris Middleton initially made contact to Marcus Smart’s face. That’s how the original contact to the play occurred.”

Fortunately for the Celtics, Middleton missed his technical free throw while Smart split a pair of free throws which cut Milwaukee’s lead to 49-40.

Still, that’s no consolation for Smart who was whistled for a technical foul on a play that the official acknowledged was the wrong call to make. 

In the fourth quarter, Smart was at the center of yet another controversial call that was also reviewed by the officials. The verdict wasn't nearly as good for Smart who was whistled for a flagrant foul after getting his feet tangled up with Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo who was called for a non-shooting foul in the play with 4:46 to play. 

Antetokounmpo made one of two free throws and on the Bucks' ensuing possession, he was called for traveling.

Smart was unavailable to talk after the game in part because the aforementioned incident left an abrasion to his mouth and, because of the technical foul, a little lighter in the wallet as well.