Boston, MA– It is always a good night in Boston sports when the Celtics and the Bruins play at the same time. As the teams share the TD Garden, when these scheduling conflicts happen, one team always ends up on the road. So while the Celtics faced off against the Sacramento Kings at home, the Bruins traveled to Winnipeg to square off against the Jets. Things definitely went better for the Celtics last night.
The Bruins were humming for the majority of 2019, but they've hit a bit of a stumbling block as they have now lost their third straight game. Their 19 point undefeated streak came to an end with a 4-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Bruins were then thumped by the Columbus Blue Jackets, 7-4. Against the Jets, the Bruins again lost in regulation by a score of 4-3. Winnipeg's offensive onslaught was too much for Tuukka Rask to handle, and a lot of the Bruins' scoring came too late as the Jets had a stranglehold on the momentum for most of the game. Boston's three goals came from Charlie McAvoy, Joakim Nordstrom, and Charlie Coyle.
It's not ideal, but it only makes sense that the Bruins would come back down to earth with the post-season upcoming. They're next in action against the Blue Jackets tomorrow night.
As for the Celtics, evidence continues to mount that their kumbaya California plane ride could be the season's turning point as the team went 3-1 in their California road trip, with the only loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. (Boston has a vested interest in the draft pick they receive if the Clippers make the playoffs, though, so there's always a silver lining.)
Last night's game at home against the Kings saw more chemistry than the Celtics have shown all season as they came from behind to win 126-120. Kyrie Irving led the way with a triple double of 31 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds as Gordon Hayward continued to contribute off the bench with 10 points and Jaylen Brown elevated his game in the fourth quarter to drop 22 points total.
The Celtics say they feel like a cohesive unit, and for the first time, they're showing it on the scoreboard. Let's keep it up, Boston. The post-season is right around the corner.
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