Bruins fan helps save man's life at practice


Bruins fan helps save man's life at practice

WILMINGTON, MA Real life collided with the joy of sports on Thursday morning at Bruins training camp as a fan in the Ristuccia Arena stands was removed by emergency medical personnel on a stretcher after collapsing prior to the start of practice.
An off-duty EMT with the Concord Police Department and the Littleton Fire Department, Terry Gardner, was sitting nearby with a few friends about to take in the practice, but he immediately sprung into action along with an off-duty Wilmington police officer right behind him. Bruins trainers Don DelNegro and Derek Repucci also reported to the scene along with several Wilmington police and Fire Department officials and assisted in the individuals emergency treatment for an apparent heart attack.   
I was here with a couple of buddies just watching practice. I heard somebody yell somebody call 911 and I went up and saw a man that was having some labored, erratic breathing. I pulled him down to the floor and I was joined by an off-duty officer, said Gardner. He appeared pulse-less, so at that time I started chest compressions and he started ventilation while yelling for a defibrillator. At that point we delivered one shock, continued CPR and he became more responsive.
He appeared to be responding to stimuli on his way out, he had a pulse and appeared he was breathing. Those were all good signs that he was in better condition than when we found him. It was definitely a little weird having the Bruins watching me give somebody medical attention than me watching them do their thing at practice.
Gardner indicated the individual was going through some kind of cardiac episode that first appeared to be a possible seizure, and CPR was administered as the full arena crowd watched in shock silence. The practice immediately stopped as Bruins players took a knee to solemnly watch the scene as police officer, firefighters and medical personnel began to work on the fallen individual before transporting him to a local hospital via ambulance.  
The last thing they needed was to hear pucks banging on the glass," said Bruins coach Claude Julien. "Out of respect, we just let them do their job.
The EMTs called for the defibrillator stored at Ristuccia Arena, and Gardner indicated they were able to stabilize the individual before carrying down through the stands and wheeling him to the ambulance. Having a defibrillator at a venue like Ristuccia can often be the difference between life or death when heart issues are involved.
The quicker you can do CPR the better in a situation like that... seconds absolutely count, said Gardner. For the situation he had, it happened in a pretty good place. They had the defibrillator on scene, which probably made a world of difference for him. If this happened at home, it might not have been such a good outcome.
There was no word on the mans condition as of Thursday afternoon, but the Bruins players had plenty of appreciation for the quick-acting Bruins fans and first responders that literally saved the mans life.
We were skating around and noticed some people standing up and a big crowd surrounding somebody up there. You dont want to get all sentimental about stuff like this, but it really does put everything else in perspective about how fragile life is, said Bs center Gregory Campbell, who was so interested in police-work that he went for ride-alongs with the Boston Police during the lockout. It takes heroic people to do what they do. It takes a certain type of person to be able to act under pressure like that. Its not pressure that we deal with on a daily basis; its life or death. Thats the most important kind of pressure to operate under.
I have a huge appreciation for how brave and courageous the first responders are; even Donnie DelNegro for going up there and lending a hand. When terrible things like that happen, its important that people come together and help find a solution.
There was no word on the mans condition as of Thursday afternoon after he was rushed away from Ristuccia via ambulance.

Redskins' 20-10 victory adds to woes for Giants (2-9)


Redskins' 20-10 victory adds to woes for Giants (2-9)

LANDOVER, Md. - Kirk Cousins threw two touchdown passes to compensate for a pick-6, and the Washington Redskins beat the New York Giants 20-10 on Thursday night on a drab field in a drab game between two injury-depleted teams that did not look ready for prime time. Click here to read more. 


Mapping out the Celtics' next super long win streak

Mapping out the Celtics' next super long win streak

That Celtics win streak was dope. Let’s map out an even longer one that probably won’t happen. 

Nobody’s actually expecting them to keep the pace they’ve established with their recently concluded run. Still, with 63 games remaining, there’s still time for the Celtics to have up to three win streaks of even longer than 16 games. So, because it’s the holidays and the holidays are all about positivity (fun move you’ve probably picked up from movies: You can say “the holidays are all about _____” and just put in whatever you want and it will work), let’s map out the next win streak. 


A big part of the Celtics’ 16-gamer (and get ready to say “duh”) is that they were better than a lot of the teams they beat. But they also beat one team that was without question better than them and beat a few teams that could certainly beat them on any given night. 

Here’s a rough breakdown of the 16 games: 

- Even if they didn’t go as smoothly as anticipated, nine games were against what could be classified as easy prey based on their rosters and how those teams were playing: The 76ers, the Knicks, the Kings, the Hawks twice, the Lakers, the Hornets, the Nets and the Mavericks. 

- Let’s say that the Heat (whom they played and beat during the streak before Miami snapped the streak Wednesday) and Magic weren’t perceived pushovers, but rather unremarkable opponents. 

- Four games were against what one could call worthy opponents for the Celtics: the Bucks, the Spurs (though they were missing Kawhi Leonard), the Thunder and the Raptors. 

- Nobody was ever pretending the Celtics were actually better than the Warriors. 

So that breaks the 16 games into one game against an unequivocally superior opponent, four against worthy opponents, two against unremarkable teams, and nine joke books. 

Of course, there are several variables that can be thrown into that, such as the fact that the C’s beat one of the aforementioned good teams (Toronto) without Kyrie Irving and nearly lost to two of those trash teams (Charlotte and Dallas). You can’t predict injuries just like you shouldn’t predict win streaks, but let’s take all the information we have and try to find the next one:


Friday vs. Magic (trash; probable win)

Saturday at Pacers (unremarkable; potential loss)

A back-to-back after a holiday with the second game on the road against a team that’s been way better than expected? I don’t like the sound of it. 

Nov. 27 vs. Pistons (worthy opponent; potential loss)

Are they overrated? Maybe, but Pistons currently hold the second spot in the Eastern Conference. Whether it’s the Pacers or the Pistons, I think this short stretch prevents a speed bump. The streak might have to wait. 


Nov. 30 against Sixers (upgraded to unremarkable based on recent play; still win)

Remember: The last streak started against the Sixers. Hopefully, Kyrie pays that fans’ way to Boston for a halftime reunion. 

Dec. 2 vs. Suns (trash; win)

Dec. 4 vs. Bucks (worthy opponent; win)

Celtics aren’t losing to those sons of guns twice at home. 

Dec. 6 vs. Dallas (trash; win)

Can you get revenge on a team for almost beating you? Yes. The Celtics will. 

Dec. 8 at Spurs (worthy opponent; win)

Until I see Kawhi on the court, this one is a win. 

Dec. 10 at Detroit (worthy opponent; win)

The Pistons play the Spurs, Bucks and Warriors the three previous games. They’ll be all tuckered out. 

Dec. 11 through Dec. 23 (mix of unremarkable and trash opponents; seven wins)

Dec. 25 vs. Wizards (worthy opponent; win)

Terry Rozier becomes a household name with a Christmas performance for the ages. 

Dec. 27 at Charlotte (trash; win) 

Dec. 28 vs. Houston (worthy opponent; win) 

Dec. 31 vs. Brooklyn (trash; loss)

The Celtics are 0-1 the days prior to holidays this season. The streak ends at 18. 


We'll assess it then, but for now, let's say undefeated (including playoffs).