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Bruins react to Alzner's 'cry baby' routine

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Bruins react to Alzner's 'cry baby' routine

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Still basking in the afterglow of a solid Game 3 victory on the road in Washington, the Bruins had themselves a good laugh at the "cry baby" routine of Karl Alzner in the third period of Monday night's game.

Milan Lucic had been cross-checked in the back by Dennis Wideman as a puck was frozen by Braden Holtby, and the B's power forward was held back by Matt Hendricks and Alzner as he went after his former B's teammate. It took two Caps players and a referee to peel Lucic out of the pile, but that's when Alzner started the "cry baby" routine.

He put his gloves up to his eyes like he was wiping tears away from them as an incensed Lucic was escorted to the penalty box. Less than a minute later, Zdeno Chara pounded in the game-winning goal and the Bruins tasted sweet victory.

All the Bruins agreed that an enraged Lucic was one of the keys to victory last night. Most wondered exactly what Alzner was trying to say.

"I still don't even know what he was doing there to be honest with you . . . sorry," said Andrew Ference.

One thing was a dead-red certainty, however. Lucic is no cry baby and teammate Chris Kelly took it one step further.

"I don't think he's ever cried. I don't think Lucic cried as a baby," he said, smiling. "I think he came out angry. I think he came out with an attitude."

Alzner may find out exactly what kind of attitude when the Bruins and Capitals suit up for Game 4 at the Verizon Center on Thursday night.

Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Hopes that the Celtics would have Gordon Hayward back in the lineup later this year were dashed last night by Hayward's agent, Mark Bartelstein.

Hayward underwent surgery Wednesday night for a fractured and dislocated left tibia, and Celtics coach Brad Stevens had said earlier in the day that Hayward's prognosis would be better known after doctors saw the extent of the damage. When the operation was over, Bartelstein told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski not to expect Hayward to play again this season.

But there is good news:

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“We’re expecting this to be a full recovery,” Stevens had said earlier. “No timeline on it, but a full recovery.”

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their thoughts on Kyrie Irving’s struggles, not having Gordon Hayward, and the Celtics losing for the 2nd time in as many nights.

6:31 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins BST to discuss the message delivered by Hayward to the fans before the game, what was going on with Kyrie’s shot, and why they failed in stopping The Greek Freak.

10:33 - Albert Breer joins BST to preview the Falcons/Patriots Sunday night game and if Atlanta is in the middle of a Super Bowl hangover.

15:40 - In a new game called On The Clock, each person gets 40 seconds to rant on their selected subject including if Red Sox fans can root for the Yankees if the playoffs and how painful the Bruins season will be. 

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE