Bruins captain Zdeno Chara (33)
Bruins captain Zdeno Chara (33)
The Utah Jazz are in seventh place in the Western Conference and are winners of 11 of their last 13 after pulling away from the Golden State Warriors on Sunday. The Jazz will try to continue picking off injury-plagued teams in second place of their respective conferences when they host the Boston Celtics on Wednesday.
Utah will play five of its final eight games at home starting on Wednesday and is trying to move up in the standings while entering play on Tuesday 1 1/2 games behind the fourth-place Oklahoma City Thunder. The matchup with Boston lost some of its luster when Gordon Hayward, who left the Jazz to sign a max deal with the Celtics in free agency last summer, went down for the season with an ankle injury in the opening game, but Utah is having no trouble winning without its former franchise player. Hayward isn’t the only major injury suffered by a key player for Boston, which is without All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving for the rest of the regular season after he underwent knee surgery late last week. The Celtics are trying to keep their sights on first place in the East despite losing Irving and are winners of their last four games to keep the first-place Toronto Raptors within shouting distance.
TV: 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, NBCS Boston, AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain (Utah)
ABOUT THE CELTICS (51-23): Utah’s Donovan Mitchell is thought to be the main contender to Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons in the Rookie of the Year race, but Boston’s Jayson Tatum is enjoying a special rookie season as well. Tatum scored a team-high 23 points on 10-of-18 shooting in Monday’s 102-94 win at Phoenix and is averaging 18.8 points on 56.9 percent shooting over the last five contests. Celtics point guard Terry Rozier is taking advantage of Irving’s absence and is averaging 17.2 points in March, including a 33-point outburst in a win at Sacramento on Sunday.
ABOUT THE JAZZ (42-32): Mitchell scored at least 21 points in each of the last six games and is getting support on the inside from center Rudy Gobert. The 25-year-old Frenchman collected 17 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks in Sunday’s win at Golden State and is averaging 15.6 points on 63.9 percent shooting and 11.7 rebounds over the last 27 games — a stretch during which Utah is 23-4. That stretch began a few games after Gobert returned from a sprained PCL and bruised tibia suffered at Boston on Dec. 15.
1. Jazz SF Jae Crowder scored in double figures in five of the last seven games.
2. Celtics PF Marcus Morris (ankle) left Monday’s game and is day-to-day.
3. Utah earned a 107-95 win at Boston on Dec. 15 to snap a three-game losing streak in the series.
When: 8:00 PM ET, Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Where: Bell MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Special to Digital Sports Desk by Field Level Media
Patrik Laine scored the decisive goal in the shootout and Brandon Tanev had a hat trick as the streaking Winnipeg Jets beat the Boston Bruins 5-4 Tuesday night in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Laine scored in the fourth round of the shootout when he tucked a puck under Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin. Danton Heinen’s attempt on the other end to keep the game alive clanged off the post.
It marked the 11th overtime loss for the Boston Bruins this year. Only the lowly Montreal Canadiens and Buffalo Sabres have more (12).
Tanev and Joe Morrow provided the goal scoring in regulation, and Connor Hellebuyck made 28 saves for Winnipeg, which won its fourth straight game in overtime and its sixth in a row overall.
David Pastrnak, Torey Krug, Heinen and Ryan Donato all scored for the Bruins. Khudobin finished with 28 saves as Boston capped its four-game road trip at 2-0-2 and fell to 4-2-3 in March.
Winnipeg kept within five points of Central Division-leading Nashville after the Predators’ shootout win over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Boston pulled within one point of the Atlantic Division-leading Tampa Bay Lightning.
Tanev put a rebound past Khudobin to open the scoring with 14:27 left in the first period. Donato beat Hellebuyck with a backhander after a turnover to knot the score with 53 seconds left in the period.
Tanev restored Winnipeg’s lead on a wrist shot 16 seconds into the second period before Morrow made it a two-goal game when he scored with 13:35 remaining in the middle frame.
Heinen gave the Bruins life with a power-play goal 1:45 into the third.
After Pastrnak’s power-play strike at 3:36 of the third completed Boston’s comeback to tie it at 3, Tanev put Winnipeg back on top with a short-handed goal with 15:31 remaining.
Krug added another power-play goal on a slap shot from the left circle to again knot the score with 11:54 to go. Both teams went scoreless in the back half of the third period and overtime, forcing the shootout.
Boston’s Matt Grzelcyk left the game at the end of the second period after being hit from behind.
Boston returns home to face the Tampa Lightning on Thursday night in a battle for top seeding in the conference. Winnipeg begins a four-game road trip Thursday against the Chicago Blackhawks.
–Field Level Media
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