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Connelly 10 – Bruins Win, KC Jones and Spacely’s Sprockets

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Connelly 10 – Bruins Win, KC Jones and Spacely’s Sprockets

  1. Bruins Back in the Tournament:

* Nothing better than playoff hockey

* Marchand finally gets a playoff goal (two game suspension might have helped his legs)

* Doesn’t seem fair that Bruins can add Charlie McAvoy for the playoffs (24:11 time played)

* Don’t like that the Bruins are letting Borowiecki run around – went after Colin Miller’s knee and then after Backes who completely turtled (Backes useless)

* Has to be the worst defensive corps in Bruins playoff history – old Chara, McQuaid, Miller, Miller, Liles

* Bruins are trying to win a playoff round with some guys named: Vatrano, Stafford, Spooner, Schaller, Nash, Moore, Kurlay, Belesky

* Krecji better have an x-ray with a broken bone somewhere if he sat – old school Bruins must be shaking their head – somewhere Harry Sinden is saying “Damn Europeans”

 

  1. Celtics win the East

* Hats off to Brad Stevens – quite an accomplishment with that roster– should earn him Coach of the Year

* I hate their three point shooting system

* Horford – in 20 of the 68 games he took less than 10 shots (record 11-9) – Amazing what $30mm gets you

* Isaiah averaged 29.83 minutes last six games – hope that helps

* Cleveland under .500 on the road (20-21) should donate money to Boys Club

* Celtics won the East without a player averaging over 7 rebounds a game – has to be a record (see #8 below)

 

  1. Steven Wright should sue John Farrell:

* Before Pinch running Wright: 13-5 / 3.00 ERA / 123 K to 51 BB (2.41)

* Since Farrell thought he was Claudell Washington: 0-2 / 10.50 ERA / 7 K to 11 BB (0.63)

 

  1. Did the top four paid players from Boston teams make All Stars (only 3 of 12):

Celtics – Horford $30mm – No / Amir Johnson $12mm – No / Bradley $8.3mm – No / Zeller – 8mm – No

Red Sox – Price $30mm – No / Hanley $22.5mm – No / Porcello $20mm – No / Sandoval $18mm – No

Bruins – Krejci $7.2mm – No / Rask $7mm – Yes / Chara $6.9m – No / Bergeron $6.7mm – No

Patriots – Brady $13.7mm – Yes / Solder $10.6mm – No / Hightower $7.7mm – Yes / Sheard 6.9mm – No

5. Bogus sports movie list on MSN – Top Ten

  1. Hoop Dreams
  2. Raging Bull
  3. Hustler
  4. When We Were Kings
  5. Million Dollar Baby
  6. The Wrestler
  7. Searching for Bobby Fischer
  8. MoneyBall
  9. The Fighter
  10. Laggan – Once Upon a Time in India

* Ranked too low Rocky 11 / Hoosiers 25 / Bad News Bears 34 / Rudy 36 / Slapshot 38 / Miracle 40 / Friday Night Lights 44 / Caddyshack 45 / Rookie 56 / Sandlot 58

  1. Fun Fact – In 1953 a rodeo at the Boston Garden drew over 100,000 fans in five days
  2. Amazing Stat – Big Baby Davis averaged more a game than KC Jones – what? 7.57 to 7.41
  3. Old School – Celtics who averaged 7 rebounds or more a game in championship years:

2008 – Kevin Garnett 9.2

1986 – Bird 9.8 / Parish 9.5 / McHale 8.1 / Walton 6.8 (round up)

1984 – Parish 10.6 / Bird 10.5 / McHale 9.0

1981 – Bird 10.9 / Parish 9.5

1976 – Cowens 11.7 / Silas 8.1

1974 – Cowens 15.7 / Silas 11.2

1969 – Russell 19.3 / Howell 8.8 / Havlicek 7.0 / Sanders 7.0

1968 – Russell 18.6 / Howell 9.8

1966 – Russell 22.8 / Sanders 7.1

1965 – Russell 24.1 / Sanders 8.3

1964 – Russell 24.7 / Sanders 8.3

1963 – Russell 23.6 / Heinsohn 7.5 / Sanders 7.2

1962 – Russell 23.6 / Heinsohn 9.5 / Sanders 9.5

1961 – Russell 23.9 / Heinsohn 9.9 / Conley 7.3

1960 – Russell 24.0 / Heinsohn 10.6 / Conley 8.3

1959 – Russell 23 / Heinsohn 9.7

1957 – Russell 19.6 / Loscutoff 10.4 / Heinsohn 9.8

 

  1. Just a Little Bit Outside – In honor of Passover and Easter:

Players Boston should have Passed Over – Larry Anderson, Danny Cater, Kenny “got to find my car” Anderson, Rick Pitino (not a player but gotta add), Adalius Thomas, Sidney Wicks and Curtis Rowe, Eric Montross, Mark Blount, Chris Canty, Mike Torrez, Hart Lee Dykes, Brian Shaw

Players Reborn in Boston – Isaiah Thomas, David Ortiz, Luis Tiant, Randy Moss, Corey Dillon, Cam Neely, Wes Welker, Mike Easler, Charlie Scott, Derek Lowe, Tim Wakefield

  1. Randomocity

* Article in the Globe recently – Tom Brady’s family tree included a professional baseball player who lived in South Boston, a soldier who was the first POW of World War II and a fireman who fought the 1906 San Francisco Fire

* Who was a meaner boss – Mr. Slate or Spacely (from Spacely’s Sprockets?

* I’m a traditionalists but at some point the NHL will have to look at 4 on 4 hockey – really exciting (and sprinkle in 3 on 3)

* The bombing of the Dortmund soccer bus by terrorists is a sign of the future – we are going to have a major sports tragedy to a team or stadium within 24 months – sorry

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Boston Bruins Going Down Quick, Spooner and McQuaid Hurt

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The Boston Bruins season hasn’t exactly gone according to plan so far. As of the writing of this post the team is 2-3 on their season. Not exactly a deep hole, but the way they have gotten to it is mildly concerning.

Injuries have plagued the team thus far with players like Patrice Bergeron, David Backes, and Torey Krug missing time to start the season. But on Sunday the injuries continued to pile up with forward Ryan Spooner and defensemen Adam McQuaid going down against the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

Spooner went down in the second period having suffered a lower-body injury after just 6:42 ice time. In five games he has one assist as the primary third line center. If Spooner is down for an extended period of time it looks like Austin Czarnik will get the first crack in his place. This year is crucial to Spooner’s career with it likely being his last real shot at proving himself to Boston.

Spooner’s injury was not realized on TV and was only noticed after the second period was concluded. McQuaid, on the other hand, was visibly in pain and had to be helped off the ice. McQuaid went down in the third period after going to block a Colin Miller slap shot that hit him in the inner knee.

The Boston Bruins have until Thursday to get ready for their next game which will be against the Vancouver Canucks at home in TD Garden.

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Boston Bruins Defeat The Arizona Coyotes End Losing Streak

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Boston Bruins Veterans Respond to Bruce Cassidy‘s Call Out And Step Up

Boston came into this game looking to end a two-game losing streak. Once again Patrice Bergeron was absent from the roster. This was a must-win game.

The game started off really bad. The team looked terrible. Passes were not connecting the breakouts were atrocious. first period summary in one word. Awful. Luckily the B’s were able to salvage a goal off David Pastrnak‘s hip.

Then is the second it was like a completely different team. Not sure what Bruce said in that locker room but it sure worked. Boston came out in full scoring just 1:39 into the second with a power play goal from Jake Debrusk. Zdeno Chara followed up Debrusk just a few minutes later with a goal of his own to give the Bruins a two-goal lead. This was Chara’s third point of the night. The goal also put him on a list of legends. The list is Bruins Players who have scored at the age of 40. The other being Johnny “the chief” Bucyk, Mark Recchi, and Jaromir Jagr.

After that, the teams continued to trade chances as both goalies came up big. Brad Marchand then found himself on a breakaway and put the team up three with the B’s fourth goal of the game. The Black and Gold were able to hold the Coyotes and head into the third with a nice three-goal cushion.

The third was relatively quiet for most of it. Arizona had some pressure early on but Anton Khidobin made some key saves. Chances were traded by both teams the Arizona went on the power play late in the third and got a goal back from Oliver Eckman-Larsson.

23 seconds later Tim Schaller answered with another B’s goal to keep a three-goal lead. Boston then goes on the power play and put the nail in the coffin with a goal from Anders Bjork. This is Bjork’s first career goal.

Up Next:

The Bruins will head to Vegas to take on the Vegas Golden Knights for the first time. The game is at 7 pm and will be broadcast on NESN and 98.5 the Sports Hub.

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Boston Bruins Season Just Started No Need To Jump Ship

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The Fans Need To Relax

Boston Bruins fans have already started to jump ship after just three games. It is only three games and it the start of the season. We knew this could happen. Can the Bruins find their game?

Off To A Tough Start

The main problem is the B’s have been missing star center and “captain” Patrice Bergeron to a lower-body injury. Bergeron has been the centerpiece of the team for a long time now. The only problem with that is he is getting old. His age and injury history is starting to put more pressure on other guys like Ryan Spooner, David Krejci who also has a history of injuries as well as being up there in age and the rookies. This has shown in the past two games against Colorado, especially defensively.

This a very young Bruins team, the average would be on of the lowest in the league if it was not for old guys like Zdeno Chara and David Backes. Which means mistakes are going to happen. Now, these mistakes have to lead to two loses but that does not mean that this is a bad team. We need to remember that this is Bruce Cassidy first full year as Head coach. He and the players need to build confidence in each other as well as the players with the other players. Hockey is a game of chemistry and the Bruins are clearly lacking some.

What also has not helped them is the missing David Backes who would have served as the number one center in place of Bergy. With him out the B’s are really lacking that veteran leadership on the ice and in the locker room. This has made Cassidy make a bunch of line switches which messes with the chemistry.

This lack of chemistry is what has led to the defensive breakdowns and the missed passes and goals. Now is not the time to jump ship tough as it is still early and the team is developing that chemistry. Bergeron is rumored ready to go for Saturday so if that happens it should bring a spark to the lineup.

When To Panic

The time to panic would be late November early December and the ten is under .500. Then Panic and jump ship. When the defense continues to be sub-par. These past two games the defense has just not been there leaving Tuukka Rask out to dry. There has been to many second opportunities for the opposing team.

The offense is not doing any better. The forwards seem to lack sharpness in their play. The passes are often not on target and not crisp. Hopefully the Black and Gold can get their act together sooner rather than later. This is starting to become a very interesting season.

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