CSNNE's Joe Haggerty takes a look at the highlights -- and the lowlights -- of the Bruins' 4-3 victory over the Devils Thursday night.
Who else but David Krejci? He potted the first goal of the game, he rifled home the game-tying score in the third period and then he managed to lift a puck over Martin Brodeur for the OT game-winner at the end of a long shift. David Krejci now has 16 goals on the season and has three during one game in the month of March after only netting two during the entire month of February. It certainly appears as if the playoff version of Krejci has entered the building and he can make a difference for the Black and Gold.
Joe Corvo turned a puck over in the neutral zone that led to New Jerseys first goal and then he was nowhere near the net for the Devils second goal after getting pulled from his pairing with Dennis Seidenberg. Claude Julien talked about the soft goals that the Bruins allowed in the second period postgame, and he spoke with his coaching by benching Corvo for the first 6 minutes of the final period. He was forced to go back to the struggling defenseman when Andrew Ference suffered a lower body injury, but it appears Corvo could be headed for a healthy scratch sooner rather than later.
The Bruins could have packed it in after the second period when they were stormed by a desperate New Jersey bunch, and found themselves trailing yet again going into the final 20 minutes. But the Bs talked about renewing the good effort that had put them on top in the first period, and they managed to break through for David Krejcis second goal tie it up. They only had six shots in the third period, but the one Krejci shot was the only score that counted.
Zdeno Chara played a heavy 26 plus minutes as defensemen were either struggling or injured in the final period, and assisted on two of Bostons four goals including the overtime game-winner. It was Chara crashing the net with his 6-foot-9 frame who drew plenty of defensive attention, and it was the defenseman who blocked five shots and doled out a pair of hits during an active evening. While Chara and the Bruins struggled in the middle of February, both seem ready to break out with only 20 games left in the season.
BY THE NUMBERS
4-0 the Bruins record against the New Jersey Devils this year with a season sweep for the first time theyve swept the Devils since the 1985-86 NHL season.
QUOTE TO NOTE
Were at our best when were moving our feet and playing that high-tempo kind of game. I think thats what got us started, especially with that first shift and that first goal. I was driving the net and Segs Seguin used his speed down the wall. It was good to have that and we definitely got to keep that up. Milan Lucic talking about the speed of Tyler Seguins skating affecting their line in a very positive way.
BOSTON – The last 2 1/2 games for the Celtics have come without Isaiah Thomas (right hip) and it has certainly been a factor in Boston trailing Cleveland 3-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals heading into tonight’s must-win for the Celtics to keep their season alive.
There have been rumors that if the series with Cleveland were closer, maybe that would lead to a return to the floor for Thomas.
“No. No way. He’s done [this season],” Danny Ainge, Celtics president of basketball operations, said on 98.5 the Sports Hub’s "Toucher & Rich" show this morning.
Ainge said there’s still swelling in the hip, and it probably won’t go down enough for doctors to make a determination whether surgery is needed for another couple weeks.
Thomas was in New York City earlier this week visiting a hip specialist. He's expected to consult with at least two more before making a decision as to what's the best course of treatment.
“Everybody agrees if there’s anything that needs to be done to it surgically, it helps...if the inflammation goes down,” Ainge said. “The recovery [time] would be quicker.”
The injury initially occurred on March 15 against Minnesota.
Ainge said he didn’t become too concerned about it until after Thomas re-aggravated it in Game 6 of the second-round series against Washington and was questionable to play in Game 7.
“I was worried going into the Cleveland series that he was nowhere near himself in Game 1 or 2,” Ainge said. “And Game 2 in the second quarter it was clear he was in a lot of pain. No way we could go out and allow him to play the second half.”
Boston was blown out 130-86 in Game 2. In the first half, Thomas had two points and six assists, while missing all six of his shots from the field.
Ainge said there was “a lot” of irritation and inflammation around the affected joint in Thomas' right hip.
“It had gotten worse from the MRIs he had before,” said Ainge, who added that it would have been “irresponsible to allow him to play anymore.”
Red Sox manager John Farrell, who was diagnosed with and successfully treated for lymphoma in 2015, today announced a new ticket program, “Farrell’s Fighters,” that invites patients being treated for the disease and their family to a game each month throughout the season.
“It was a challenging battle going through the treatment a few years ago, and beyond the support of family and friends, one of the things that helped me get through it was the escape I found in the game of baseball,” Farrell said in a team statement. “I hope this program can provide a positive, momentary break for the patients and their families from the daily rigors of treatment, and for baseball to be a tonic for them, as it was for me.”
In addition to VIP seats at the game, the program will include a meeting with the Red Sox manager, a tour of the ballpark, the chance to watch batting practice, and lunch or dinner in the EMC Club restaurant.
“Farrell’s Fighters” will launch with patients from Massachusetts General Hospital, where Farrell was treated in 2015, but will expand to include other area hospitals. The first patient to take part in the program is Nate Bouley, 42, of Sudbury, Mass., who was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2015, and is in remission for the third time. Bouley, his wife, and two children will attend the Red Sox-Mariners game Sunday.