Important week of games ahead for Celtics


Important week of games ahead for Celtics

With just five games left, the Celtics are neck and neck . . . and neck . . . with the Hawks and Magic for the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Seriously, they're all 36-25, although the Celtics hold the tiebreaker over both teams.

But it gets better.

After Tuesday's game against the Knicks, the Celtics will play not only the Magic (Wednesday at home), but the Hawks (Friday in Atlanta) too.

Needless to say, those games are pretty darn big for a Celtics team trying to lock up home-court advantage through the first round of the postseason, with that first series most likely being against the Magic or Hawks.

A. Sherrod Blakely will preview those games in full later this week, but it just goes to show that if home-court really is important to the Celtics -- and it should be -- they won't have the luxury of benching guys just for the sake of it down the stretch.

The Celtics are 21-9 at home this year, and just 15-16 on the road.

The Magic are 20-12 at home and 16-13 on the road, while the Hawks are 19-9 at home and 17-16 on the road.

Bruins blow three-goal lead, lose to Sabres in OT, 5-4


Bruins blow three-goal lead, lose to Sabres in OT, 5-4

BOSTON – The Bruins had things set up for a solid win against an Atlantic Division doormat on Saturday night, but then they went and blew a three-goal second period lead and a two-goal third period lead en route to a deflating loss. 

Ryan O’Reilly scored during a wild scramble around the Boston net in the 3-on-3 overtime and the Bruins dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to Buffalo at TD Garden. So now the Bruins have lost to two of last year’s worst teams in the league, Colorado and Buffalo, and an expansion team within the first seven games of the season. 

The Bruins were all over the Sabres in the first period squeezing off 13 shots on net, and getting goals from David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand to get things going. The Pastrnak score was a clean-up job at the front of the net after Tim Schaller had crashed the net with the puck, and Marchand scored a goal just two seconds into a PP possession after Marco Scandella coughed a puck up right in front of the Buffalo net. 

Marchand struck again on the first shift of the second period when he snapped home a backhanded drop pass from Anders Bjork, and then Jason Pominville and Pastrnak traded scores to give the Bruins a comfortable three-goal lead. Chelmsford’s own Jack Eichel scored on the rebound of a Scandella shot to make it a two-goal game going into the final period of play, and Benoit Pouliot potted his first goal with the Sabres to make it really close down the stretch. 

Anton Khudobin and the Bruins tried to hold strong in the closing minutes of the third, but couldn’t overcome a shaky interference call on Brandon Carlo that ultimately led to a game-tying Evander Kane score after the PP had expired.