Tampa Bay Lightning v New York Islanders

The Bruins acquired right wing Brett Connolly from the Tampa Bay Lightning early Monday morning for two second round picks. The two picks will be the Bruins natural selections in the 2015 and 216 drafts. Connolly, 22, was drafted sixth overall in the 2010 draft, just four selections after the Bruins picked Tyler Seguin.

Connolly, who is 6’2” 181 pounds, will add size to the right wing position. He has 12 goals and three assists in 50 games this season. In his NHL career, he has 18 goals and 14 assists in 134 games. He also scored 31 goals in the 2012-2013 AHL season which led the league. Connolly is a restricted free agent after this season, which gives the team the opportunity to keep him around beyond the 2015 campaign.

The Bruins could still possibly make more moves ahead of the deadline. They will play their next game at home Thursday against Calgary.

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1. Celtics:

* They are exciting BUT you can’t lose a 26-point lead to the top team in the league – horrendous game by Brad Stevens. His team lacked composure, shot selection (step back, defended three pointers – team shot 8 for 31 from three point land), no ball movement

* They have become must watch TV – pushing the ball and working hard on defense

* 65 Three pointers in the game – Amazing how the NBA has become a jump shooting league – I think they should get rid of the three point line

* Isaiah Thomas might be one of the five most electrifying player in Celtics history

* Isaiah Thomas might be the best end-of-the-quarter weapon since Larry Bird

* Steph Curry is not only the best shooter in the league but also the best dribbler

2. NFL stats:

* The Patriots, Giants and Charges combined for 1,295 rushing attempts this year – ZERO fumbles lost Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Celtics on Exciting Run but Lose 26-Point Lead »

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1. Local Stars the year after missing a season (or the majority of a season)

* Ted Williams – 1946 – 38 HR / 123 RBI / .342

* Ted Williams – 1954 – 29 HR / 89 RBI / .345

* Larry Bird………1989 – 24.3 points / 9.5 rebounds / 7.5 assists

* Cam Neely……..1993           – 50 goals (49 games)

* Tom Brady……..2009 – 28 TD to 13 Int / 4,398 yards

2. Celtics stuff:

* Celtics are now on pace for 33 wins

* Celtics have Clippers pick, who are 5-7 over their last 12

* Hello Dallas – Welcome to Rondo world

* Isaiah Thomas the best sub six foot player on the Celtics since Tiny Archibald Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Comebacks, Championships and Doobie Brothers »

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New Species of Wasp Named For Tuukka Rask

February 25, 2015 at 10:15pm in Bruins, Now!

The Bruins aren’t doing so well this season relative to their standards, but they have a bright moment now and then. And recently, Tuukka Rask got a new distinction to add to his impressive resume; a newly discovered species of wasp from East Africa was named for Boston’s star goalie.

Thaumatodryinus tuukkaraski was discovered in Kenya by a team of researchers sponsored by Rask’s home country of Finland. The team includes one scientist who has lived in Africa for over 25 years, but was from Newton before that.
Continue reading New Species of Wasp Named For Tuukka Rask »

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1. How about an update on local players destined for the Hall of Fame:

* Tom Brady

* David Ortiz

* Zdeno Chara

* Darrelle Revis

* Rob Gronkowski

2. Draft position of the top ten scorers in the NHL:

1. Ovechkin… 1st

2. Nash…………1st

3. Stamkos……1st

4. Tarasenko…16th Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Five Months to Patriots Camp »

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These cute little guys (or girls, kinda hard to tell) made their way into the White Sox' spring training facility. (Twitter.com/ESPNChiSox)

Usually, when an animal makes its way onto the field when baseball is underway, it’s pretty humorous, especially when the antics provide a lengthy delay. The latest invasion, however, provides much more danger than fun. Apparently, the Chicago White Sox’ spring training facility in Glendale, Arizona has taken on scorpion house guests, though how many isn’t clear. Everyone is being advised to check their gear before putting it on, just in case. Not that you’d have to remind anyone, I’m sure.
Continue reading Scorpions Invade Spring Training Facility of White Sox »

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1. Bruins:

* Have lost 8 of last 12

* Why do they keep playing Rask? on one day’s rest or less 7-7 (he has an EIGHT year contract for $7mm a year with a no trade)

* Enjoying the Five Star Hotels – Lucic in 27 away games – 3 goals

* Bruins are 4-0 when Marchand scores two goals

2. Two teams going in different directions:

* Patriots 11 of 70 players over the age of 28 or 15% / average salary of $2,590,846 Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Global Warming Coming Sunday »

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