It took just 14 seconds for the Bruins to double up their lead against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.
Boston had just killed off a Jake DeBrusk tripping penalty in a 0-0 game at Prudential Center before getting on the board in the first period.
David Krejci backhanded a pass to Brad Marchand who fed the puck to Matt Grzelcyk. He then wristed the puck top corner by Mackenzie Blackwood for his first goal of the season and the 1-0 lead.
Grizzy kicks it off.@Matt_Grzelcyk5 | #NHLBruins pic.twitter.com/k0PW4DCbwj
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) November 20, 2019
But the Bruins weren’t done yet.
Just 14 seconds later, Marchand fed the puck to David Pastrnak at the faceoff dot. Pastrnak then hammered it home to make it 2-0.
There's no shortage of goals being scored by David Pastrnak (@pastrnak96). pic.twitter.com/B1mXbFDJp3
— NHL (@NHL) November 20, 2019
The tally extended the first-line winger’s league lead to 18.
After such a strong start, it’s been a tough few weeks for the Boston Bruins.
The Bruins have dropped five of the their last six contests, including three in a shootout. Boston looks to get back on track at Prudential Center on Tuesday night as they take on the New Jersey Devils.
New Jersey enters Tuesday night’s contest winners of three of their last four games, including an overtime 4-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. For more on the Devils, check out the video above from “Bruins Face-Off Live,” presented by EchoStor Technologies.
The Patriots have won six Super Bowl titles since Tom Brady and Bill Belichick arrived in New England in 2000. They’ve also kept things interesting, dominating headlines and spawning strong foundations of both supporters and detractors.
But have they unseated the Dallas Cowboys as “America’s Team” over the past two decades?
Tom Brady downplayed the notion Monday on WEEI’s “The Greg Hill Show,” and Colin Cowherd followed in the Patriots quarterback’s footsteps Tuesday on FS1.
“Dallas is overwhelmingly the No. 1 brand in American sports — it’s not close,” Cowherd declared.
Listen to Cowherd’s evidence in the video below.
"Dallas is overwhelmingly the No.1 brand in American sports — it's not close… The star on the Cowboy logo is a symbol of American football. The Patriot logo is a symbol in Boston." — @ColinCowherd pic.twitter.com/vShj9GfEb6
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) November 19, 2019
… The star on the Cowboy logo is a symbol of American football,” Cowherd added. “The Patriot logo is a symbol in Boston. And I’m a Patriot homer. I’m a Brady homer. But that (Patriots) brand is Brady, that brand is (Bill) Belichick. It’s not the logo, it’s not the brand.”
Cowherd pointed to the Cowboys, Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers as being the only three real brands in the NFL.
Whatever the case, both the Patriots and Cowboys will try to prove they’re the better football team Sunday when New England hosts Dallas at Gillette Stadium.
The Boston Bruin have been one of the best teams in the NHL this season, but have struggled mightily in shootouts.
After losing to the Washington Capitals on Saturday night, the Bruins’ record when the game has reached shootout fell to 0-4 with an abysmal 12.5 percentage (2-16).
For more on the squad’s misfortunes so far this season in shootouts, check out the “180 Moment of the Week” clip above from “Bruins Pre-Game Shootout,” presented by Awaken180 Weightloss.
Hours before placing one Division II product on injured reserve, the New England Patriots worked out another one.
Defensive back Tre Sullivan, who played his college ball at tiny Shepherd University in West Virginia, visited Gillette Stadium for a free agent workout Tuesday, according to multiple reports.
Sullivan spent the 2017 and 2018 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, appearing in 12 games in 2018 with one start. During those appearances, he played 220 snaps on defense and another 206 on special teams, registering 17 tackles.
The Eagles released Sullivan ahead of final cuts this past summer, and he has yet to sign with a new team. The DC Defenders selected him in the inaugural XFL draft.
Sullivan, 24, has practice squad eligibility, and the Patriots have three open spots on theirs after losing offensive tackle Dan Skipper and defensive lineman Ufomba Kamalu to other teams and placing safety Obi Melifonwu on practice squad IR.
New England also announced two changes to its 53-man roster Tuesday, moving wide receiver/punt returner Gunner Olszewski to IR and activating left tackle Isaiah Wynn.
The 9-1 Patriots will host the 6-4 Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
There already are two Major League Baseball teams in Florida that struggle with attendance. So much so, in fact, the Tampa Bay Rays reportedly were allowed to “explore becoming a two-team city” with Montreal.
And with both the Rays and Miami Marlins donning unflattering attendance numbers over the years, despite the Rays winning 90-plus games their last two seasons, it certainly wouldn’t make sense to add another team to the Sunshine State, right?
Reportedly not in Pat Williams’ eyes.
The Orlando Magic co-founder reportedly is “pursuing bringing Major League Baseball to Orlando,” the Orlando Sentinel reported Tuesday, citing a source.
The Marlins and Rays ranked 29th and 30th in attendance for the 2019 season, respectively. So it’s hard to imagine a third team in Florida would do any better in putting fans in seats.
Is Jackie Bradley Jr. poised for a resurgence?
MLB.com’s Will Leitch on Sunday named the Boston Red Sox center fielder as the team’s “bounce-back candidate” for the 2020 season. Bradley struggled in 2019, hitting just .225 with 21 home runs and 62 RBIs, but Leitch relies on gambler’s fallacy to conclude better times at the plate are just over the horizon for 29-year-old.
“Yes, people say this every year about Bradley: Here comes the breakout,” Leitch wrote. “But seriously, the breakout is coming. The question is whether it will be for Boston or not.”
Bradley’s contract will expire after next season, and his name has been the subject of numerous trade rumors in recent years.
While he seems at peace with uncertainty over his future, Leitch is determined to be among those who’ll emerge as prophets when Bradley finally enjoys that breakout season.
It’s been one year and 11 days since Carmelo Anthony has played in an NBA game.
But that’s about to change.
Anthony will make his season debut Tuesday night with the Trail Blazers when Portland squares off against the Pelicans in New Orleans. In fact, he’ll be in the starting lineup, according to ESPN’s Marc J. Spears.
Anthony is expected to play around 20 minutes, a source tells Spears.
Carmelo Anthony is starting https://t.co/BdAvIxV6bQ
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) November 19, 2019
Blazers head coach Terry Stotts expects Anthony will remain in Portland’s starting five as a power forward beyond his debut, per Spears.
Terry Stotts expects Melo to remain in the starting lineup at power forward past tonight. https://t.co/BdAvIxDvki
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) November 19, 2019
This will be the first time Anthony has played in an NBA game since Nov. 8, 2018 during his brief stint with the Rockets. Houston traded Anthony to the Bulls on Jan. 22, 2019, but Chicago waived him on Feb. 1.
This deal with the Blazer marks a new beginning for Anthony. His contract currently is non-guaranteed, but will become fully guaranteed should he not be waived by 5 p.m. on Jan. 7, 2020.
And his interest in the Blazers apparently is nothing new.
“I’ve always kept my eye on Portland,” Anthony said on his YouTube channel Monday night, as transcribed by ESPN. “It just didn’t work out other times, but now it seems like it’s a perfect opportunity.”
Anthony says he’s maintained solid relationships with Damien Lillard and CJ McCollum over the last few years. Now, he feels he can be of help to the 5-9 Blazers. To do that, he needs to put his past behind him, which he’s prepared to do.
“What happened before is the past. I can’t dwell on that,” Anthony said. “I learned from that. This happened at a point and time in my life where I do have a lot of clarity and understanding of different situations and just life, and my approach is totally different.”
Tip-off from Smoothie King Center is slated for 8 p.m. ET.
The Boston Celtics are enjoying the West Coast.
The C’s are 2-1 to start their five game road trip and are tied at the top of the NBA standings with the Los Angeles Lakers. In this week’s episode of NESN Hoops Now, presented by PolarFleece, Michaela Vernava takes a deep dive into the Green Team’s success including Jayson Tatum’s hot streak and Kemba Walker pacing the squad.
Check out the full episode in the video above.
Marcus Smart has been very solid for the Celtics during their 11-2 start, but Boston had a bit of a scare Monday when the guard left their eventual 99-85 win over the Phoenix Suns with a sprained right ankle.
Smart claimed after the game his ankle was fine, but less than 24 hours later we’ve received another positive update.
Smart was moving well on his right ankle just one day after the injury, according to Marc D’Amico of Celtics.com. The team flew to Los Angeles on Tuesday and will have a Wednesday-morning shootaround prior to their matchup with the Clippers at Staples Center. We’ll likely receive more info on the guard’s ailment then.
Marcus Smart is moving around pretty well today. Not sure what that means for the rest of the road trip, but he looks pretty good walking around one day after spraining that right ankle.
— Marc D'Amico (@Marc_DAmico) November 19, 2019
Smart is averaging 11.8 points, 4.9 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 13 games so far this season.
The Celtics and Clippers tip off Wednesday night at 10 p.m. ET.