BOSTON – The Boston Bruins have gone more than a month since dropping back-to-back games and they have not lost in regulation in that same span. The Bruins hope to keep both streaks intact when they host the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night in the second matchup in five days between the teams — with a third tussle looming at the Bell Centre on Saturday.
Boston followed up Saturday’s 4-3 shootout win in Montreal with a 3-2 overtime loss to visiting Dallas on Monday afternoon, extending its point streak to 13 games (9-0-4) since its last regulation loss on Dec. 14. “It’s not easy to get a point in this league,” Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron said. “So you take the points. And the character we’ve shown, that’s a positive.” The Canadiens have earned points in four in a row (2-0-2) after wrapping up a five-game homestand with a 5-4 overtime loss to the New York Islanders 5-4, but they are in 14th place in the Eastern Conference. “It’s disappointing we didn’t get the two points, but we got six points out of the last eight and if we keep going like that we’ll be back in the race,” said coach Claude Julien, who returns to Boston for the first time since he was fired by the Bruins last February.
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ABOUT THE CANADIENS (18-20-6): Max Pacioretty has been mired in a season-long goal-scoring slump, managing one tally in a 22-game span. However, Montreal’s captain has come alive in 2018 with goals in four consecutive games to boost his season total to 12. “I don’t feel I’m doing anything different,” Pacioretty said of his current tear. “I got a couple of bounces and that’s the way it goes some times. I feel I’ve been playing some good hockey for some time now and now I’ve got to keep going like this.”
ABOUT THE BRUINS (24-10-8): Rookie Jake DeBrusk had a goal and an assist and converted in the shootout against Montreal on Saturday, but he was among three players to miss Tuesday’s practice. DeBrusk and defenseman Kevan Miller were “under the weather” but are expected to play Wednesday, coach Bruce Cassidy said, while Noel Acciari is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. “I suspect that he would play tomorrow, but we’ll have a better idea on (Wednesday) morning,” Cassidy said of Acciari.
1. Montreal has scored a power-play goal in a season-high three straight games.
2. Bruins G Tuukka Rask is 12-0-2 during a career-long 14-game point streak.
3. Pacioretty has 15 goals and 28 points in 36 games versus Boston.
BOSTON – Anthony Davis torched the Celtics for 45 points and 16 rebounds as the New Orleans Pelicans snapped the Boston Celtics’ seven-game winning streak with a 116-113 overtime victory Tuesday night at TD Garden in Boston. Davis’ monster night followed up his 48-point, 17-rebound performance in New York on Sunday. The four-time All-Star has scored at least 36 in three consecutive games.
Jrue Holiday had 23 points, DeMarcus Cousins added 19 points and 15 rebounds, and Ian Clark scored 15 to help the Pelicans win for the fifth time in seven games since the calendar turned.
Kyrie Irving paced the Eastern Conference-leading Celtics with 27 points. Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown each chipped in 16 and Al Horford totaled 14 points, nine rebounds and six assists for Boston.
The Celtics set a franchise record with 50 3-point attempts, making 19.
Back-to-back jumpers from Holiday put New Orleans up 116-113 with 53 seconds left in overtime. After Cousins missed a turnaround jumper with 15.6 ticks left, Irving’s desperation 3-point attempt with 5.6 seconds left missed, and the Pelicans held on for the win.
Cousins’ 3-pointer as time expired in regulation was off target, forcing overtime with the game tied at 104.
Davis poured in 25 first-half points to help New Orleans stake a 58-48 halftime lead, and the Pelicans were up 87-80 after three.
His 45 points were the most scored against the Celtics this season.
Davis, who has long been involved in various trade rumors, downplayed talk of him being dealt to the Celtics before the game.
When asked about last month’s ESPN report quoting him saying he inquired with New Orleans’ front office about Boston trying to trade for him, Davis told reporters, “I haven’t had that conversation with my front office.”
Shortly after tip-off, the Celtics announced the passing of Hall of Fame point guard and NBA Finals MVP Jo Jo White, who died Tuesday at age 71 after a battle with cancer. White’s No. 10 is retired by the team.
New Orleans wraps up a three-game road trip Wednesday in Atlanta. Boston continues its three-game homestand Thursday against Philadelphia.
NEW YORK – (Staff Report from Official News Release) – Verizon and the National Basketball Association announced a multi-year partnership that will deliver video streaming offerings of NBA content – from live out-of-market games via NBA League Pass to highlights, fantasy basketball, original programming and more – on Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Fantasy and Verizon’s other media brands.
As part of the partnership, beginning with NBA All-Star 2018 this February, the NBA and Verizon will unveil a series collaborations leveraging Verizon’s leading 5G network and technology designed to deliver premium NBA content and other fan experiences. In addition, the NBA and Verizon will work together on enhanced global Yahoo Fantasy experiences, including a new, simplified Official NBA Fantasy format, flexible entry for fans to start their fantasy season at any time, and customized fantasy highlight packages.
Partnership highlights include:
“Verizon is uniquely positioned to partner with the NBA in a first of-its-kind technology and content partnership that will serve the NBA’s dynamic fan base with more live action, fantasy and lifestyle content in addition to experiential opportunities in the U.S. and globally through Yahoo Fantasy,” said Brian Angiolet, SVP, Global Chief Media and Content Officer at Verizon. “With the addition of live NBA games, highlights, classic footage, originals and more to our mobile sports offering, Yahoo Sports and Verizon’s family of media brands are becoming the first-screen for fans of live sports, and a superior alternative for partners and advertisers.”
“We are absolutely thrilled to extend and grow our unique relationship with Verizon and its various media platforms,” said Bill Koenig, NBA President, Global Content and Media Distribution. “This expanded partnership allows us to tap into Verizon’s expansive reach and new technologies to engage our fans through a variety of innovative experiences.”
NBA content will be available to fans on any wireless carrier later this season via Oath’s Yahoo Sports.
BOSTON – (Staff Report from Official News Release) -The Boston Red Sox announced two back-to-back days of college baseball at Fenway Park scheduled for Friday, April 20, at 6 p.m. when Army will take on Navy, followed by Boston College’s seventh annual ALS Awareness game scheduled against Florida State on Saturday, April 21, at 3 p.m.
Boston College Baseball at Fenway Park
Ticket proceeds from both matchups will be donated to charity. Proceeds from the Army-Navy game will benefit the Home Base Program, a partnership between Massachusetts General Hospital and the Red Sox Foundation that helps veterans suffering from PTSD and other “invisible wounds of war.”
Boston College’s annual ALS game played in honor of former captain Pete Frates, who was diagnosed with ALS in March 2012, will benefit the Pete Frates Home Health Initiative – a pilot program of the ALS Association and its Massachusetts Chapter that provides in-home caregiving assistance for individuals living with ALS in Massachusetts who cannot otherwise pay for services.
Since Frates’ diagnosis with ALS, the Eagles have held an annual ALS Awareness Game at Eddie Pellagrini Diamond at Commander Shea Field. This will be the second year the charity game will be held at Fenway Park. Army’s April 20 matchup is the first time the Black Knights will host a baseball game at Fenway Park.
Ticket information for both games will be announced at a later date.
BOSTON – Tyler Seguin beat his old team Monday with a wrister at 2 minutes, 59 seconds of overtime, giving the visiting Dallas Stars a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Seguin’s 22nd goal of the season was set up by John Klingberg and Jamie Benn. For Klingberg, it was his 35th assist, tops among all defenseman. It was Benn’s second helper of the game.
With the win, the Stars begin a four-game road trip through the Eastern Conference with a two-point day.
The Bruins forced overtime with Ryan Spooner’s fifth goal off a point blast at 11:21 of the third period. Kari Lehtonen made the initial save on Spooner’s shot, but the puck appeared to bounce off a Stars defender and trickled just past the goal line.
Lehtonen was solid most of the game, though, coming up with 30 saves to earn the win. Anton Khudobin was saddled with the defeat for Boston after stopping 29 of 32 shots.
The game started with a heavy tilt in Dallas’ favor. The Stars pumped 12 of the day’s first 13 shots on goal, but Khudobin stopped them all. The Bruins followed with the next 13 shots, bridging the first period’s end and second period’s beginning, but Lehtohen stood tall.
On their second shot in roughly 12 minutes, however, the Stars broke the scoring seal. Stephen Johns took a pass from Remi Elie and roofed a snapper from the left circle for his fifth goal at 3:49 of the second period.
Alexander Radulov made it 2-0 Dallas at 8:15 with his 17th goal, collecting the rebound of Benn’s shot directly off a faceoff win from Patrick Bergeron. Radulov deked to his backhand and slid the puck by a lunging Khudobin.
Boston got back into the game at 16:28 of the second with a classic point blast from captain Zdeno Chara. Taking a D-to-D pass from rookie Charlie McAvoy, Chara boomed a slapper past Lehtonen for his fourth goal.
Despite the setback, the Bruins remained in third in the Eastern Conference with 56 points. The Stars jumped into a three-way tie for sixth in the Western Conference with 53 points, joining Minnesota and Los Angeles.
–Field Level Media
Celtics Return to Action after London
BOSTON – The red-hot Boston Celtics look to stretch their second-longest winning streak of the season to eight games when they host the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday. Boston has held five teams under 100 points during the latest streak, which follows a 16-gamer early in the campaign.
The Celtics, who have won five of their last six meetings with New Orleans, are well-rested after having last played Thursday in London when they rallied for a 114-103 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. Second-year swingman Jaylen Brown tallied 21 points for his ninth 20-point outing of the campaign while raising his average to 14.2 per game. The Pelicans have won three of their past four games with power forward Anthony Davis scoring a season-high 48 points to go with 17 rebounds in Sunday’s 123-118 overtime victory over the New York Knicks. “We just kept fighting,” Davis told reporters of his team’s resolve in rallying from a 19-point, third-quarter deficit. “We just wanted to get stops and get some easy buckets. We never have a mentality of, ‘oh, we’re losing.’ It’s always, ‘we’re not winning right now.'”
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ABOUT THE PELICANS (22-20): Davis and center DeMarcus Cousins are doing yeoman duty as a tandem and occasionally another teammate steps up with his big performance. Cousins, who was a one-man act in Sacramento before being traded to New Orleans near last season’s trading deadline, downplayed the situation after Davis attempted 30 shots (making 17) in the win over New York. “It’s a team game, it’s not about (Davis) having a big game or me having a big game,” Cousins told reporters. “We go in, play our roles and do what we have to do. There’s been nights where E’Twaun Moore has had a big game, (or) Jrue Holiday. It can be anybody’s night. It’s a team effort.”
ABOUT THE CELTICS (34-10): Rookie forward Jayson Tatum had tests performed due to left knee soreness but says he expects to play against New Orleans. “It feels a lot better,” Tatum told reporters on Monday. “I just tweaked it in the game in London, and (during) the long plane ride it got a little stiff. We had a few days off … so (the Celtics) just told me to rest the other day at practice.” Tatum scored 16 points in 24 minutes against the 76ers and has scored in double digits in 11 of the past 13 games.
1. Davis averaged 30.5 points and 15.5 rebounds as the teams split last season’s two meetings.
2. Cousins recorded a career-best seven steals against the Knicks while Davis and Holiday had four apiece as New Orleans totaled a season-best 17.
3. Boston C Al Horford (knee, calf) is ailing but expected to play against the Pelicans.
NEW YORK – Butler forward Kelan Martin and Xavier forward Naji Marshall have garnered men’s basketball weekly honors. Martin has been named BIG EAST Player of the Week after averaging 23.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in a pair of games that included a 37-point effort in a win against Marquette. Marshall has been tabbed BIG EAST Freshman of the Week after averaging 11.5 points in a 1-1 week for the Musketeers.
Kelan Martin (30)
BIG EAST Player of the Week
Kelan Martin, Butler, F, Sr. – Martin poured in a career-high 37 points to lead Butler to a 94-83 win against Marquette on Friday. He needed just 17 shots from the floor, making 12, and connected on all nine of his free throw attempts. His 37 points were the most by a Butler player since 1998. Earlier in the week, Martin posted his fifth double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds in an 85-74 loss at Creighton. In BIG EAST play, Martin ranks first in the league in scoring with a 25.0 average.
BIG EAST Freshman of the Week
Naji Marshall, Xavier, F, Fr. – Marshall averaged 11.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in a 1-1 week for Xavier. He helped the Musketeers to a 92-70 win over Creighton with 10 points. He shot 50 percent from the field for the two games. Marshall entered the week averaging 7.3 points per game.
BIG EAST Honor Roll
Marcus Foster, Creighton, G, Sr.
Averaged 19.5 points and 5.0 assists in a 1-1 week. Had a game-high 23 points and a season-high eight assists in an 85-74 win over Butler.
Sam Hauser, Marquette, F, So.
Averaged 22.0 points and 7.0 rebounds while shooting 57.1 percent from the field in a 1-1 week. Made 10-of-18 from 3-point range. Tied a career scoring high with 30 points in a 94-83 loss at Butler.
Alpha Diallo, Providence, G, So.
Posted 16 points and had a game-high nine rebounds in a win at DePaul (71-64). Scored 14 points in the final 17 minutes to help the Friars rally from 12 points down.
Angel Delgado, Seton Hall, C, Sr.
Recorded two double-doubles in a 1-1 week. Averaged 11.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.5 blocked shots. Has had a double-double in 17 straight BIG EAST games.
Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova, G, So.
Averaged 18.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in a 2-0 week. Matched a career high with 25 points in a 78-71 win at St. John’s.
HONOLULU – (Wire Service Report by Field Level Media) – Patton Kizzire tapped in for par on the tournament-record sixth playoff hole on Sunday to win the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu over James Hahn.
It was the longest playoff in Sony Open history and the longest on the PGA Tour since John Huh beat Robert Allenby at the Mayakoba Classic in 2012. Kizzire and Hahn played the 18th hole four times and the 17th hole twice. Kizzire won with a par on the par-3 17th hole when Hahn’s par putt lipped out on the right side.
“It wasn’t necessarily pretty, but it was nice to come out on top,” said Kizzire. “It was kind of a marathon playoff… but I’ll take it any way I can get it.”
Kizzire, who picked up his first PGA Tour victory at the Mayakoba Classic during the fall wrap-around schedule, is the first two-time winner on the Tour during the 2017-18 season. He also leads the FedExCup standings.
“I still get pretty fired up,” Kizzire said about attempting to close out his second career victory. “There’s some nerves there, but I’ve learned to cope with them. That’s what the experience gives me. It was fun today.”
Kizzire and Hahn both had multiple opportunities to win the event during the first five playoff holes, but neither was able to capitalize on lengthy winning putts. Kizzire, 31, also had a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win in regulation, but the putt slid well right of the cup. He hit only five fairways in regulation during the final round.
Tom Hoge, who held the 54-hole lead for the first time in his career, missed makeable putts on each of the final three holes to finish one shot out of the playoff at 16-under. He shot an even-par 70 in the final round that included a double-bogey on the 16th hole.
“Ultimately it was a swing on eight and a swing on 16,” said the 28-year-old Hoge. “I was kind of in between yardages on both of them. I was trying to play kind of a low draw to get to the back pins there.
“I hit two good shots there on 17 and 18 to give myself a chance to hit good putts, but I just couldn’t find the bottom. That’s just how it goes.”
Thirty-six hole leader Brian Harman finished another shot back after carding an even-par 70 on Sunday. He made the turn Sunday in even par after a double-bogey on the sixth hole and an eagle on the ninth. Harman birdied the 12th hole, but then played himself out of contention with bogeys on two of his next four holes.
Defending champion Justin Thomas finished in a tie for 14th place at 12-under after closing with a disappointing 2-under 68 on Sunday. His final round included three birdies and a lone bogey.
“I played well this week,” said Thomas, who had temporary caddie Jim “Bones” Mackay on his bag with his full-time caddie recovering from a foot injury. “I’m pretty disappointed with where I’m going to end up finishing. I played way better than this … I feel like I should have not only won the golf tournament, but at least had a chance coming down the back nine.
“There’s nothing to be too upset with about my game. For the first two events back, and where I felt coming here, I’m in a great spot for the rest of the year. I just need to tighten things up a little bit.”
Jordan Spieth, the top-ranked player in the field at No. 2 in the world, shot his second consecutive 4-under round of 66 on Sunday and finished in a tie for 18th at 11-under.