Bruins, Celtics Invade and Conquer Canada

Both the Bruins and the Celtics were North of the border last night, and both came away with victories.

The Bruins got a terrific performance from Tuukka Rask, who withstood an early pelleting from the Montreal Canadiens and the Bruins got third period goals from Tyler Seguin and David Krejci for a 2-1 win over their rivals. The Bruins improved to 7-1-1 on the season.

Meanwhile, the Celtics came back from 10 points down in the fourth quarter to post a 99-95 win in Toronto over the Raptors. The win was the fifth in a row for the Celtics.

There are a number of noteworthy columns and articles from today, so lets get right to them.

Rask’s performance in Montreal goes beyond the numbers – Joe Haggerty looks at the performance of the Bruins netminder last night, and why it was even more impressive than a first glance might suggest.

Bruins switch things up in win over Canadiens – Steve Conroy notes that moving Seguin to the line with Krejci paid off for the Bruins.

Pierce: I don’t want to be part of a rebuilding situation – Steve Bulpett has the Celtics captain saying that he would rather be traded or retire rather than have the Celtics torn down around him and rebuilt. Pierce feels confident they can remain viable contenders this year.

Celtics are not better without Rajon Rondo – Kirk Minihane looks at why, despite the five game winning streak, the Celtics are not better without their point guard. He then appears to fire a broadside at the morning hosts of the station he is employed by.

If Rondo looked like John Stockton or Mark Price and acted the way he does, would the word “punk” be used so liberally?

“Punk” is a favorite term used by John Dennis to describe Rondo.

Kobe Bryant dishes on Celtics – I’m always a little uncomfortable hearing or reading Jackie MacMullan talk about Kobe Bryant. There’s a little too much admiration there. He does offer some interesting thoughts on the Celtics, Rajon Rondo and Bill Belichick.

Lakers still stir emotions among Celtics’ faithful – Lenny Megliola notes that no matter the records, Lakers/Celtics always causes some buzz.

Can Jon Lester bounce back? History offers some hints – Alex Speier examines history to determine whether Jon Lester can be the pitcher he once was.

Ben Cherington aims for a do-over – Scott Lauber has the Red Sox GM looking to bounce back from a tough rookie season.

If you haven’t caught Greg Bedard’s season-ending review of the Patriots, it’s worth a look. The first part was posted yesterday, the second part today, with the third to follow:

Why the Patriots actually improved in 2012 – Part I

Grading the Patriots, one by one, for the 2012 season – Part II

  • DrakeW

    What if Rondo looked like a member of Bad Brains or Fishbone?

  • http://www.bostonsportsmediawatch.com/ bsmfan

    Only repeating since I don’t see these published and some of us love the share #’s:

    – Celtics on CSNNE last night did a 3.0
    – Bruins on NBCSN did a 7.0

    (All came via Felger from F+M.)

    Wow.

  • dan

    The Celtics DESTROYED the Lakers.
    Balanced scoring AGAIN.
    Six players in double figures…AGAIN.
    Please guys tell me again how they’re worse without Rondo.

    At some point you have to do what you want some in the media to do and admit when you are WRONG.
    The evidence that they’re worse without Rondo does not appear to be going in favor of the “Celts are in trouble without Rondo” camp.

    • alex

      When they make it out of the first round of the playoffs without Rondo I will be more than happy to admit I was wrong. As they are presently constituted I don’t think they can beat any of the top 6 teams in the East in a 7 game series. Opposing defenses will key in on our ballhandlers and force us into a slowed down half court offense where Lee or Bradley will just be getting us into a play with about 10 seconds left on the shot clock. And if that happens you’re gonna see a lot of those 18 foot Paul Pierce step back jumpers with a hand in his face that go in at about a 30% clip…..HOWEVER I will admit that tonight was probably their best (and probably most enjoyable) game of the season and it did happen without Rondo, so there you go…

    • Brianwaterslocker

      People like you have always hated Rondo since he murdered those two guys at the Superbowl in Atlanta.
      And he had the audacity to wear a WHITE suit.
      You probably think he wasn’t the actual killer . That he handed his buddies the knives so he could pad his assist numbers.
      Once a hater, always a hater.