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Pandolfo invited to Bruins camp

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Pandolfo invited to Bruins camp

Jay Pandolfo has won a pair of Stanley Cups and carved out nice little niche for himself over a distinguished 14-year NHL career. The 38-year-old Burlington native also hopes the music plays a little longer and includes a little Black and Gold number after scoring an invite to training camp with the Boston Bruins.

The former Boston University confirmed to CSNNE.com that he'll be a member of the Boston Bruins NHL camp beginning on Sunday.

Pandolfo skated through the lockout at Boston University, Boston College and Harvard University along with assorted Bruins players and local pros, and clearly did so with the idea of keeping the NHL dream alive one more season. The longtime New Jersey Devil is coming off a career-worst season with the New York Islanders where he managed only three points and a minus-14 in 62 games on Long Island.

But Pandolfo continued to skate with the Bruins skaters as they began to return from Europe and made the trip to Ristuccia Arena for captains practices in each of the last two days. Prior to Friday mornings skate, Pandolfo was outfitted in Boston Bruins gear and that probably should have been the first hint that something was cooking.

Pandolfo actually came close to getting invited to Bruins training camp last season while he was searching for a job, but Boston instead brought Chris Clark in for a tryout before making him one of the final camp cuts last October. 

The bottom-six forward and penalty killing specialist indicated to CSNNE.com hell retire if he doesnt hook on with an NHL team out of training camp. There wont be any more seasons in Europe or sharpening up his skills in the AHL.

Either he catches on with the Bs as a depth forward potentially needed in a 48-game grind where Boston will be playing every other day, he shows enough to get another NHL team interested or he begins a well-deserved walk away from his playing days.

It wont be difficult to imagine Pandolfo stepping into the world of coaching hockey when his playing days are officially over, but dont blame him if hes looking to put that off for at least one more year.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Could Gordon Hayward return this season?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Could Gordon Hayward return this season?

0:41 - Kyle Draper, Brain Scalabrine, Tommy Heinsohn, and Mike Gorman break down the Celtics loss to the Cavs and Gordon Hayward’s injury.

4:22 - Tom Curran, Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their reactions to the gruesome injury to Gordon Hayward and how it impacted the game.

9:39 - Dr. Chris Chihlas joins BST to give his medical opinion on Gordon Hayward and if he thinks there is a chance Hayward could return this season. 

13:40 - Chris Mannix and A. Sherrod Blakely discuss what the feeling was like in the arena when Hayward went down but how there is actually a 'cautious optimism' surrounding the injury.

Jayson Tatum flashes potential with double-double debut

Jayson Tatum flashes potential with double-double debut

CLEVELAND – Jayson Tatum has seen plenty of games featuring Cleveland’s LeBron James.

And in the Boston Celtics’ preparation for Tuesday night’s matchup, the 19-year-old rookie had seen plenty of James on film.

But facing him, up close and personal, was something entirely different.

“He’s way bigger than I thought,” Tatum said. “He’s way better than I imagined. That’s the reason why he is who he is.”

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James’ play was among the key factors in Cleveland handing Boston a 102-99 loss on Tuesday night.

But Tatum showed he too has some big-time potential by finishing with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds which included some nifty drives to the basket as well as showing the ability to hold his own on the glass in terms of rebounding the basketball.

The last Celtics rookie to post a double-double on opening night?

That was Larry Bird back in 1980, helping the Celtics to a 114-106 win over the Houston Rockets.

What’s even crazier?

Bird had 14 points and 10 rebounds in that Rockets game, too.

Tatum’s solid performance didn’t seem in the making in the first half when Tatum had missed all five of his shot attempts while tallying just two points.

But as the Celtics mounted their comeback, Tatum’s play was a key to the team’s improved play.

“Just being more relaxed” was how Tatum described his improved play in the second half.

Tatum added, “first half, I think I was nervous and anxious. And then the game slowed down for me. That helped out a lot.”

And the Celtics will need even more from Tatum going forward after Gordon Hayward’s left ankle injury that will keep him sidelined indefinitely.

There was plenty of room for him to improve upon following Tuesday’s game.

But for the most part, head coach Brad Stevens liked what he saw from the rookie.

“Jayson was pretty good,” Stevens said. “He did a pretty good job for a first game. That’s pretty hard to do, to be thrown into this environment, first game and play that well.”

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