WILMINGTON, Mass. The Bruins got their work on this morning at Ristuccia Arena between home-and-home games against the Maple Leafs, and worked diligently on their neutral zone coverage after some defensive slippage in a run-and-gun victory over the Maple Leafs.
It may be nitpicking for Julien, but it may also be the first signs that the Bruins are getting a little complacent after rocking November with a 12-0-1 record and shooting up the Northeast Division standings. Those are the kind of things that can portend a losing stretch if theyre not properly addressed in practice, and the Bs coach went about doing so.
I saw some slipping in our defensive systems and coverage more against Toronto in that last game than I saw through the entire run that were on, said Julien. So today was about addressing and correcting those things before it becomes a bigger issue in the next few games."The challenge is to keep us at the height of where we need to be at on a regular basis. It's becoming tougher and tougher. We're finding ways to win, but the coaching staff has found areas we need to work on where part of our game is slipping a little bit. We need to make sure we fix those kinds of things if we want to make ourselves better if we want to win hockey games."
Jordan Caron and Steve Kampfer were both missing from practice on Friday after getting sent down to the Providence Bruins to take in a little game action, but Julien indicated that both players would be back in time for the two-game road trip through Pittsburgh and Winnipeg next week.
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BOSTON – As expected, the NBA has fined Celtics guard Kyrie Irving $25,000 for using “inappropriate language” toward a fan at the Friday night game in Philadelphia.
The incident occurred at halftime as Irving and his teammates were heading to the locker room, trailing by four. Boston went on to win 102-92 for their first victory of the season.
A fan yelled, “Hey, where’s LeBron?” to which Irving replied with a lewd suggestion to the yeller.
The Celtics practiced on Saturday with Irving addressing the incident.
When asked if he had any regrets about the incident, Irving replied, “Hell no. Man enough to record it on video, that’s on him. I’m glad he got his ad name out there, and his five seconds of fame and it’s gone viral. That’s social media platform we live on.
Irving added, “I take full responsibility for what I said. You move on.”
When asked about the incident on Saturday, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he had not seen the video but was aware of it.
“People make mistakes; hopefully learn from them and move on,” Stevens said. “There’s a right and wrong. And if you’re in the wrong you have to own up to it and that’s that.”
It was the second such fine levied by the league in as many days.
New Orleans center DeMarcus Cousins was fined $25,000 for "inappropriate language" toward a fan when the Pelicans lost 103-91 at Memphis on Wednesday.
Patriots long snapper Joe Cardona is also an officer in the Navy. He was instrumental in having the team donate 200 tickets to military members for tonight's game against the Atlanta Falcons at Gillette Stadium.
As ESPN's Mike Reiss pointed out, Cardona and teammate Matthew Slater were behind the plan to provide the tickets. The military personnel will also be on the field before the game.
"It's a number that far exceeded expectations," Cardona told Reiss. "It was a collaborative effort. I was talking to Matt Slater, we were thinking of ways to reach out, especially to our local military community, and show how much we value them. My point of view was, 'Let's give these men and women the experience of coming to a big game.' Let's get them a personal feel, them being our personal guests, guests of the team."
The 200 tickets were provided by Patriots players and coaches, who each receive two tickets to a home game and the opportunity to purchase others
“My point of view was, 'Let's give these men and women the experience of coming to a big game,'“ Cardona said in Reiss' story. “Let's get them a personal feel, them being our personal guests, guests of the team.”