The Bruins (per themselves) have inked their captain, Zdeno Chara, to a one year extension that will run through the 2019-2020 season. Chara, 42, will delay his retirement in exchange for one more year. The deal will pay him 2 million in base salary, which is a great deal for the Bruins, but has the chance to earn up to 3.75 million with performance-based incentives.
The state of Boston/New England sports has arguably never been better than it is right now. With two teams coming off championship seasons and expectations for the Bruins and Celtics to go on deep playoff runs, it's clear that all four major Boston sports teams are thriving. It says a lot about the state of the teams in the city that the region’s worst team is either a hockey team with one of the four best records in the NHL or a basketball team with stars like Kyrie Irving and prospects like Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. In a sports market as fanatical as this, greatness is demanded.
Boston defeated the New Jersey Devils in game 2 of their road trip by a final score of 5-1 Thursday night. Tuukka Rask looked sharp again, the defense held up well minus one incident that caused the Devils only goal, and the offense was humming. David Pastrnak scored, Patrice Bergeron scored twice, and Danton Heinen and David Backes also scored. The Bruins picked up their 98th and 99th points tonight, and will look to add onto that total during the remainder of their road trip.
Torey Krug might not be the best defenseman. He is prone to neutral zone turnovers, lacks size or the "grit" required to be tough. He does not fight often. He sometimes shows bad puck management. But to claim that he is hindering the Bruins is ridiculous.
In his postgame interview with ESPN, Joel Embiid called himself "the most unstoppable player in the league." On a night where he got to the free throw line 21 times (matching a career high) and made 20 of those attempts en route to a 37 and 22 night against his most hated rivals, it's hard to blame him for being so confident. However, as the Sixers are prone to do (see: last year's confetti fiasco), Joel may be getting a bit ahead of himself. Philadelphia's win tonight seemed to take everything Embiid had in him as he repeatedly looked gassed down the stretch of his 41 minutes played. On top of that, the Celtics were missing Hayward with a concussion, lost Baynes halfway through the 2nd to an ankle injury and lost Smart one minute into the third due to his boneheaded shove of Joel Embiid. Not to make excuses, but all of those things considered, the Sixers escaping with a 3 point win at home in a game in which they trailed by as many as 15 and for almost the entire game shouldn't make them that optimistic. Then again, as Embiid said earlier this season, "they (The Celtics) always kick our ass" so kudos to them for avoiding the season sweep tonight.
On a night centering around the return of David Pastrnak, it was the play of the supporting cast that helped propel the Boston Bruins to a 5-0 victory over the New York Islanders, snapping a four-game losing skid on the road in the convincing fashion at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The Bruins dominated for all three periods, controlling a 39-13 advantage in shots throughout the game.
Sean Kuraly notched a pair of goals to pick up his first multi-goal performance of his career while Tuukka Rask stopped 13 shots to record his fourth shutout of the year between the pipes for the Bruins.
Amidst links to his hometown Philadelphia Phillies, Angels superstar center fielder, Mike Trout, has inked a 12 year, 430-MILLION-dollar extension to remain with the team, per Jeff Passan of ESPN. Now that the deal is agreed upon and the dust has settled, what does this mean for the superstar that currently patrols right field for the Red Sox?
Mike Trout just agreed to sign a 12-year/$430 million extension with the Angels before he was due to be a free agent after 2020. There are no opt outs and some are reporting that the deal is not completely done, so there may be more incentives, money, etc. I actually misread the initial post and thought it said Trout was going to Philadelphia. That or going to the Yankees would've made sense, both big baseball markets where Trout could have made himself much more marketable. Playing in a place where baseball actually matters, being on TV more, playing in the postseason for once, all of that would have provided Trout with significantly more opportunities to show the world just how amazing e is at baseball.
It was an emotional start to the night as Isaiah Thomas returned to Boston for the first time since getting traded to Cleveland a year and a half ago. The tribute video was shown and the Boston crowd went crazy as IT looked on.
Alright.. here we go. I am live blogging the Celtics-Nuggets game. You're very welcome.