Haggerty: Ten thoughts from Bruins-Maple Leafs


Haggerty: Ten thoughts from Bruins-Maple Leafs

Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins leading the Toronto Maple Leafs by a whopping 4-0 score after the first 20 minutes at TD Garden.

1) The Bruins needed to jump all over the Maple Leafs early to discourage their flickering playoff hopes, and thats exactly what they did while jumping all over Toronto with four goals. Instead of relaxing when they were already up a couple of goals quickly they kept pouring it on and lit up the scoreboard with two more goals. It included Chris Kelly opening things up and the Bruins are 15-0-0 this season when the third line center scores a goal.

2) The Bruins are back on the scoreboard and theyre also back on the fight card. Gregory Campbell scrapped with Luke Schenn after a scrum in front of the Boston net, and Milan Lucic followed with another one-sided beatdown of Mike Komisarek that was punctuated with a series of upper-cut rights that snapped the Toronto defensemans head back. Komisarek deserves some credit for going after Lucic, but hes never going to get the upper hand on No. 17 in a fight.

3) Funny that Shawn Thornton gets his two-year deal announced to cheers on the jumbotron, and then Chris Kelly and Gregory Campbell a pair of pending unrestricted free agents that want deals just like Thornton scored the first two goals of the game. Looks like theyre making a statement about wanting to get taken care of as well, but Peter Chiarelli said it wont happen until after the year is over.

4) Bruins are 9-1-0 when Benoit Pouliot scores a goal. The Kelly and Pouliot stats continue to underscore just how important that secondary scoring is to the Bruins success this season.

5) The Leafs are just pitiful. Outscored 32-10 by the Bruins and about to go 0-6-0 against the Bruins this season. That is just domination for the Black and Gold.

Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Toronto Maple Leafs by a whopping 7-0 score after the first 40 minutes at TD Garden.

1) Four points (1 goal and three assists) for Brian Rolston, who is suddenly finding the fountain of youth at 39 years old. It actually makes plenty of logical sense that Rolston is finding his game now as he was basically rotting away with the New York Islanders due to injuries, inconsistent playing time and a flat-lined environment. Now back with the Bruins Rolston has seven points in his last three games while gelling with Benoit Pouliot and Chris Kelly.

2) Joe Corvo has watched the Bruins play two of their best games in weeks with him as a healthy scratch up in the press box. Hes going to need an injury to get back into the mix with the playoffs fast approaching. Its been clear how much better the Bruins are around the net in their own zone without Corvo to worry about.

3) Will Marty Turco get into this game in the third period? It could happen. Thomas has only faced seven shots in the first two periods, but is Claude Julien going to take the Bs goaltender out of a shutout performance?

4) Greg Zanon with a shot, a hit, two blocked shots and a plus-1, and hes been playing better since being given a chance back in the Boston lineup at Corvos expense. Much better and more comfortable around the net, and his physicality is starting to shine through a little bit. It was Zanon throwing a shove at a rushing Leafs player that started the CampbellSchenn fireworks in the first period.

5) James Reimer and Jonas Gustavsson just arent good enough as an NHL goaltending tandem for the Maple Leafs. Losing track of players with the puck behind the net, botching loose pucks around the trapezoid area and just flat getting beaten on glove-side shots. Toronto needs to upgrade in the offseason in that department.

Bill Russell, Kobe Bryant post messages to Gordon Hayward


Bill Russell, Kobe Bryant post messages to Gordon Hayward

A couple of NBA legends - one old school and one more modern-day - were among the luminaries wishing Gordon Hayward well after his gruesome ankle injury in the Celtics' season opener in Cleveland on Tuesday night.

Celtics legend Bill Russell tweeted his best wishes to Hayward on Twitter and future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant posted a message to him on Instagram.

Be sad. Be mad. Be frustrated. Scream. Cry. Sulk. When you wake up you will think it was just a nightmare only to realize it’s all too real. You will be angry and wish for the day back, the game back THAT play back. But reality gives nothing back and nor should you. Time to move on and focus on doing everything in your power to prepare for surgery, ask all the questions to be sure you understand fully the procedure so that you may visualize it in your subconscious while being operated on and better the chance of it’s success. Then focus on the recovery process day by day by day. It’s a long journey but if you focus on the mini milestones along the way you will find beauty in the struggle of doing simple things that prior to this injury were taken for granted. This will also mean that when you return you will have a new perspective. You will be so appreciative of being able to stand, walk, run that you will train harder than you ever have. You see the belief within you grow with each mini milestone and you will come back a better player for it. Best of luck to you on this journey my brother #mambamentality always.

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Hayward went down about five minutes into his first regular-season game with the C's and is awaiting surgery for an ankle dislocation and fracture at New England Baptist Hospital.

New Celtics teammate Kyrie Irving and the player Irving was traded for, Isaiah Thomas, also posted Wednesday in the aftermath of the injury. 

WE ALL got you brother, No matter what. @gdhayward 3/23 πŸ”ΊπŸ‘β˜˜οΈ

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