Busy Night For Boston Fans
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BOSTON (CBS) – For all the snowed-in Boston sports fans, at least you will have plenty to watch Tuesday night.
Both the Bruins and Celtics are in action, and fans will not have to choose which game to watch. The Bruins are in North Carolina to take on the Hurricanes at 7 p.m. while the Celtics and Kings do not tip-off until 10 p.m.
The Bruins already had three players in Raleigh this weekend for the NHL’s All-Star festivities. Zdeno Chara defended his “Hardest Shot” crown Saturday night with a record 105.9 mph slapper, while Tim Thomas won his record third straight All-Star game Sunday afternoon.
Thomas was the first goalie off the ice at this morning’s skate and will go for his third win against the Hurricanes this season. Thomas shutout Carolina 7-0 on January 17th at the Garden and then made a season-high 43 saves in a 3-2 win the following night in Raleigh.
The B’s have won seven of their last 10 games, and sit atop the Northeast Division. Patrice Bergeron was named the NHL’s “First Star” for January after leading the NHL with 17 points (eight goals and nine assists). He leads the Bruins this season with 40 points in 50 games.
Shortly after the Bruins game concludes, the Celtics will be getting ready to finish up their four-game West coast road trip against the Sacramento Kings.
The C’s are coming off their biggest win of the season, a 109-96 victory over the Lakers on Sunday afternoon. The Celtics shot 60-percent from the field against L.A. while dishing out 34 assists on 44 field goals. The win was the Celtics 36th of the season, tops in the Eastern Conference.
The Kings on the other hand are just 12-33, second worst in the Western Conference.
Paul Pierce led the way for the Celtics on Sunday, scoring 32 points on 11-for-18 shooting. Ray Allen played spectacular defense on Kobe Bryant and still managed to score 21 points on the offensive end. He shot three for seven from beyond the arc, leaving him just 13 three pointers away from breaking Reggie Miller’s NBA Record.
When Ray hits shots from downtown it means good things for Boston. The Celtics are 19-1 this season in games Allen hits three or more three pointers.