WASHINGTON, D.C. Tyler Seguins team-leading 19th goal of the season was a thing of beauty . . . with the assist was even prettier.
With the team down 2-1 in the second period, Seguin snapped his stick behind the net while battling to retain the puck during an offensive cycle. He sped toward the bench and executed a flawless hand-off of a replacement stick with Bruins assistant equipment manager Matt Falconer, then immediately jumped back into the play.
Steve Kampfer had hopped up into a pressure position on Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson with Seguin temporarily out of the picture, and the young defenseman got enough of a piece of Carlsons clear to alter the pucks pathway.
Instead of heading out of the zone, the puck slid right onto Seguins stick as he entered the zone with speed. He attacked the cage while holding the puck with speed, and backhanded a scoring bid over Tomas Vokouns short-side shoulder while charging the front of the net.
Falconer said hes had other stick-tossing moments that led to goals, but never one that took place that fast.
I guess thats my first one, eh? said Falconer. I was going to look for another one of Seguins sticks just in case that one broke after handing it to him, so I didnt actually see the goal. I just heard people yelling and then looked up and Seguin down on the ice after he scored. Everyone else saw it though because my phone has been blowing up with texts from all over the place.
The Falconer-to-Seguin score wasnt enough to help the Bs pull out the game, but at least its given one of the hard-working equipment guys a slice of the limelight for once.
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.
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PHILADELPHIA - Chris Long is donating the rest of his year's salary to increase educational equality.
The Philadelphia Eagles' defensive end already gave up his first six game checks to provide two scholarships for students in Charlottesville, Virginia. Now, he's using the next 10 to launch the Pledge 10 for Tomorrow campaign.
"My wife and I have been passionate about education being a gateway for upward mobility and equality," Long told The Associated Press. "I think we can all agree that equity in education can help affect change that we all want to see in this country."
Long signed a two-year, $4.5 million contract with the Eagles, including a $500,000 signing bonus and $1.5 million guaranteed. His base salary in 2017 is $1 million.
The charitable initiative encourages people to make donations to improve equal education opportunities. Long began his career in St. Louis in 2008 and played for the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots last season. Long's foundation has selected four organizations whose missions focus on making education easily accessible to underserved youth while also providing students the support they need to develop strong social and emotional character.
The four organizations are based in the three communities in which Long has played during his NFL career. The city that raises the most money during the season will receive an additional $50,000 donation.
"There's a lot of opportunities to help out and they're wonderful organizations," Long said. "We have such a great platform as football players and hopefully fans get behind it."
Long grew up in Charlottesville and starred in high school at St. Anne's-Belfield before going to the University of Virginia. He was moved to start the scholarship program following the violent protests in Charlottesville in August.
"Our hometown is a wonderful place and I feel like people got the wrong idea about what the residents of Charlottesville are all about," he said.