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BSJ Daily Briefing 12.29.17: Oh, what a night (even though Boston split)

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Good morning!

A few random thoughts while I try to keep my Tauntaun from freezing before I reach the first marker ...

  • Man, was that some fun last night or what? It's like the Bruins and Celtics knew we were all locked inside by a fire and tried to keep us entertained.
  • First, the Bruins came out smoking against their nemesis from Washington with a quick 2-0 lead. And all seemed glorious, but you knew Ovi and the Caps were going to wake up at some point. They always do against the Bruins.
  • Then the Celtics started their game at home against the Rockets and quickly fall behind 12-0(!).
  • Caps came back to tie it 2-2.
  • The Celtics fall behind by 26. Brad Stevens got a technical. Cats and dogs, living together ... mass hysteria.
  • Oh man, this isn't going well.
  • David Backes scored his second to give the Bruins the lead.
  • Bruce Cassidy makes a terrible challenge and it gives the Caps a power play.
  • Celtics are chipping away.
  • Doby ends up in his net as the Caps tie it and force overtime.
  • Celtics are within single digits.
  • I just have to say, that I absolutely love 3-on-3 overtime. It's must-see TV. Love the playmaking and the strategy.
  • Oops, just noticed that Torey Krug hasn't been on the ice since he turned it over (again) with a man advantage. Overtime is Krug's thing. This is awkward.
  • Going to a shootout in D.C.
  • James Harden hits a 3 to quiet the crowd.
  • Both the Bruins and Caps miss on their first two chances, but here comes Ovi and, of course, he scores.
  • It's all good, though. Bruce Cassidy is surely going to have Charlie McAvoy take the third shot. Big Time Charlie is totally going to one-up Ovi and love very minute of it, and the Bruins still have Patrice Bergeron left...
  • Who comes over the boards for the Bruins? RILEY NASH. Is Claude Julien secretly coaching the Bruins tonight in a Cassidy mask?
  • Look, I get it. Nash has been hot and he's good in shootouts. But nobody loves a big stage more than Charlie. This was over-coaching. Uh, hello?

  • And Nash, predictably, misses the net. Thanks for coming.
  • It was good for the Bruins to get a point, but that was a game they should have won. They just can't beat the Caps.
  • Marcus Smart, less than 24 hours after B-Robb wrote this about him, goads Harden into not one, but two offensive fouls in the final 7.3 seconds to help the Celtics to an amazing comeback victory against Houston.
  • As a person who led the Dual County League in charges drawn from 1990-92, Smart's actions made me feel warm inside.
  • I'm one of the biggest Krug guys around, but Claud, err, Cassidy was totally right to bench Krug. Enough's enough.
  • So, yeah, a great night of Boston sports viewing even if it wasn't another sweep. Let's do it again soon...

And away we go...

CATCHING UP

Celtics

BSJ Game Report: Celtics 99, Rockets 98 — The evolution of a comeback for the ages
Video: Kyrie Irving on comeback win vs. Rockets
Video: Al Horford on the game-winner vs. Rockets
Video: Marcus Smart on drawing charges
Live Coverage: Celtics 99, Rockets 98
The Maine Red Claws traded for Anthony Bennett … what does that mean exactly?
Podcast: B-Robb on Johnston and Flynn talking Tatum and Smart

Bruins

McDonald: Bruce Cassidy made right decision to bench Torey Krug
BSJ Game Report: Capitals 4, Bruins 3 (SO) — Krug benched
Live Coverage: Capitals 4, Bruins 3 (SO)
Completed Q&A: JoeyMac on the Bruins/NHL.

Patriots

Bedard’s Breakdown: Bills game latest example of why Tom Brady needs his weapons back
Scouting Report: Jets have overachieved slightly this year, but still face tall order against Patriots
How much can Patriots players earn during the postseason?
Video: Matthew Slater talks about challenge of playing in cold weather
Get your questions in! Live Q&A: Bedard on Patriots, NFL and BSJ, 4 p.m.

Red Sox

Hot Stove Lunch: Big contracts often mean big trouble; Yanks may not be done; and more

ON TAP

9 a.m.: Belichick press conference (Bedard)
1:40 p.m.: 
Patriots availability (Bedard)
3 p.m.: World Juniors Hockey — USA vs. Canada at New Era Field (NHL Network)
4 p.m.: Live Q&A with Greg Bedard on the Patriots/NHL/BSJ.

PARTING THOUGHT

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