Morning Skate: Wednesday, Nov. 14

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Morning Skate: Wednesday, Nov. 14

Sidney Crosby is not excited about the NHLs unwillingness to maintain player contract rights in the most competitive league in the world.

I wrote the other day that Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr shouldnt go to the Hockey Hall of Fame ceremonies. Here was the flip side argument from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Ian Mendes.

The NHL goalies might have a rough time when the regular season finally begins, and here are a few reasons why. One bright light for Bruins fans: Both Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin havent had problems finding work and should be in midseason form.

Elliotte Friedman weighs in with his always-worthy 30 thoughts for the week, including the leagues decision to hold the line on contracts.

Brett Hull tells the Sporting News that its time for the NHL to get things done and start the season.

Good piece by Alan Siegel for Boston Magazine where he gets the inside story on the iconic photo of Derek Sanderson smoking a cigarette while clasping his hands in prayer.

CSN Bay Area Sharks Insider Kevin Kurz wonders if theres any advantage for the Sharks in a shortened NHL season.

Lenny Clarke goes ballistic on Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr before saying that the women of Boston missing their hockey players. Okay then.

For something completely different: Amanda Rykoff is sick of the stereotype that women are only into sports for the players good looks, and blogs fiercely about it.

Celtics fire a shot heard 'round the world

Celtics fire a shot heard 'round the world

CLEVELAND -- The Celtics' shocking 111-108, Game 3 victory over the Cavs on Sunday has clearly changed the narrative of the Eastern Conference finals.  (Those sweep references? Delete, delete, delete.)

CELTICS 111, CAVS 108

But the Celtic players aren't changing their narrative:

Us against the world.

“Everybody in this locker room on this team has been told we couldn’t do something or had somebody that really didn’t believe in us,” said Marcus Smart, who stepped in for the injured Isaiah Thomas and finished with a playoff career-high 27 points. “We just kind of put that together all in one, and we just . . . told each other no matter what happens we’ve got to be the hardest-playing team. We just have to go out there and play.”

And play they did.

"We decided were going to go out and play hard, swinging." said Avery Bradley, who hit the game-winning 3-pointer with less than a second left. "We never counted ourselves out."

"We have guys who have chips on their shoulders," said coach Brad Stevens. "We knew that Friday (their 130-86 Game 2 loss at TD Garden) was a disaster. But [that game] wasn't worth [four losses]. It was worth one. So we got back together."

As good as they feel about themselves right now, the Celtics are well aware that Game 4 will likely see a more aggressive showing by LeBron James and a Cavaliers team that will be much more locked into their its assignments than it was in Game 3.

That’s okay. Boston knew finding success in Cleveland wasn’t going to be easy . . . or pretty.

“It hasn’t been pretty, but I don’t think this is a team is a pretty team,” Celtics wing Jaylen Brown told CSNNE.com. “We just kind of get it done.”

And that mindset should serve them well in what should be another tough and rugged matchup in Game 4 on Tuesday.

“We’re happy and excited, but we didn’t come to just win one game,” Brown said. “We came to win two.”