Boston, MA - The Boston Bruins and the Boston Celtics had wildly different evenings last night. For Boston's beloved hockey team, they won what was probably the most important game they have had so far this season to bring them just two points behind the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Atlantic Division. For the Celtics, however, they dropped a game to an Orlando Magic team that has been on the downswing as of late in what was a very winnable game that turned into a large prompting of a lot of fundamental questions about the state of the Celtics.
Beginning with the Bruins, fans had a lot to be happy about. For one, it seems safe to say that all of the woes surrounding Tuukka Rask's play earlier in the season are completely gone. While Jaroslav Halak remains another solid option in goal and he is invaluable to Boston, Rask has truly elevated his skills as of late. Against the Leafs, Rask did allow Toronto to score two goals, the scoring coming exclusively in the second period, but he managed to save thirty shots on goal and was one of the key factors for Boston's victory.
The scoring was kicked off by David Krejci in the first period before being supported by Sean Kuraly, who also had two assists, and David Pastrnak, his twenty-sxith on the season, which was good for a 3-2 victory for the Bruins. The win was a crucial one over a team that has had Boston's number all season and allowed for Boston to improve their record to 26-15-4 as they are now just two points behind Toronto in the standings.
As for the Celtics, many questions are now surrounding them after they fell to the Magic by a score of 105-103. Coming off a 115-99 loss to the Miami Heat, this should have been an easy rebound game for Boston, but instead, their lone bright spot was Kyrie Irving's twenty-five points in the Disney area game. Now, Brad Stevens is being forced to answer for Boston's disappointing roller coaster season and Irving has even stated that the young core of the Celtics needs to shape up or else they will have no hope of ever competing for a title.
It's a tale of two teams in Boston, but it's always important to focus on the silver linings like the dominance of Pastrnak and the All-Star caliber play of Irving.