3 takeaways from the Bruins’ 6-2 loss against the Rangers

The Boston Bruins had a scenic win over the Philadelphia Flyers last weekend in Lake Tahoe. That’s been their lone bright spot over the last five games. Friday’s 6-2 setback against the New York Rangers marked Boston’s fourth loss in that aforementioned span. Over an 80 minute span going back to the second period of Thursday’s loss, Bruce Cassidy’s squad scored just once — on Patrice Bergeron’s tip-in early in the second period — while relinquishing a whopping 11 goals against. The Bruins attempted to muck things up at times with Brad Marchand and Trent Fredric engaging in notable post-whistle altercations against Ryan Lindgren and Jack Johnson, respectively, in the middle stanza. Aside from that rare instance of competitiveness, they hardly showcased

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5 takeaways as Kemba Walker’s big night lifted the Celtics over the Pacers

The Boston Celtics carved out a little breathing room on Friday, snapping a three-game losing streak with a 118-112 victory over the Indiana Pacers. Five takeaways from a sigh of relief for Boston. Kemba Walker changed the tone in the first quarter. The Celtics scuffled early and appeared to be on their way to yet another catastrophic loss as the Pacers almost instantly surged to a double-digit lead. Then, with the Celtics trailing 18-4, Kemba Walker took over. Walker poured in 10 points and dished out two assists in the first quarter alone en route to a big night (32 points on 10-for-19 shooting, six assists, three rebounds). Boston’s 14-point deficit evaporated, and the Celtics reclaimed a 32-31 lead after

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Celtics snap losing streak with 118-112 win over Pacers

BOSTON (AP) — Kemba Walker made two late free throws and scored a season-high 32 points to help the Boston Celtics snap a three-game losing streak with a 118-112 win over the Indiana Pacers on Friday night. Daniel Theis added 17 points and Jaylen Brown finished with 15. Indiana led by as many as 14 points in the first half, but never led in the final 24 minutes in losing for the third time in four games. Domantas Sabonis led the Pacers with 24 points and nine assists. Justin Holiday added 19 points and five rebounds. A 12-4 run by the Celtics, capped by a driving layup by Walker, gave Boston a 110-101 cushion in the fourth quarter. Advertisement Indiana

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Bruins lose second straight, fall 6-2 to Rangers

NEW YORK (AP) — Ryan Strome had a goal and two assists and Chris Kreider had a goal and an assist in New York’s three-goal second period, leading the Rangers to a 6-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Friday night. Julian Gauthier, Colin Blackwell, Pavel Buchnevich and Jonny Brodzinski also scored to help the Rangers get their third win in four games. Adam Fox and Ryan Lindgren each had two assists, and Alexandar Georgiev stopped 31 shots to improve to 2-0-2 in his last four starts. With fans back at Madison Square Garden for the first time this season, the Rangers beat Bruins for the first time in three meetings. Boston was 5-0-1 in the previous six games with

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Isaiah Thomas says he’s moving like he did prior to hip injury following Team USA outing

As Isaiah Thomas attempts to make his return to the NBA, some things are falling into place for him. The former Celtics star played in his first organized games in over a year last weekend, playing for Team USA in the AmeriCup qualifying games. Thomas put up a decent showing, scoring a team-high 28 points over the two games, and led Team USA to wins over The Bahamas and Mexico. What may be more important for Thomas’s comeback though is his health. From March 2017 through his last NBA game in February 2020, Thomas dealt with a right hip injury that saw him go from playing like an MVP candidate to someone who had to sign a minimum contract to

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Why Tristan Thompson has been waiting for fans to return to TD Garden

The return of fans to TD Garden finally has a date, and Celtics center Tristan Thompson can’t wait for it. On Thursday, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced fans can return to sports venues in Boston at 12 percent capacity starting on March 22. The Celtics’ first home game after that date isn’t until a week later on March 29, when they’ll host the Pelicans. Thompson wasn’t subtle in his reaction to Thursday’s news. “Three words: About [expletive] time,” Thompson told reporters Friday. When March 29 rolls around, it’ll mark Thompson’s first game in front of Celtics fans at home. The veteran center signed a two-year deal with Boston over the offseason. Thompson has some familiarity with the Boston crowd as

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Jayson Tatum will replace injured Kevin Durant as an All-Star starter

Celtics forward Jayson Tatum will replace injured Nets forward Kevin Durant as a starter in the March 7 All-Star Game, the league announced Friday. Durant will miss the game because of a hamstring injury. Tatum finished fourth in the voting for three Eastern Conference frontcourt starters, behind Durant, Giannis Antetekounmpo and Joel Embiid. He was previously selected as a reserve by the Eastern Conference’s coaches. Get Boston.com’s browser alerts: Enable breaking news notifications straight to your internet browser. Turn on notifications Great, you’re signed up!

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Owners of company involved in N.H. crash that killed 7 motorcyclists charged

The owners of the truck involved in a crash in New Hampshire in June 2019 that killed seven motorcyclists are facing charges of falsifying company driving logs, federal prosecutors announced Friday. Dunyadar Gasanov, also known as Damien Gasanov, 36, was indicted on charges of falsification of records, conspiracy to falsify records and making a false statement to a federal official investigating the crash, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney’s office in Boston. Dartanayan Gasanov, 35, was indicted on a charge of falsification of records. Dartanayan Gasanov was released after an initial appearance in Springfield federal court Friday with conditions, including that he not leave Massachusetts and not seek employment as a commercial driver. Dartanayan Gasanov’s federal public defender

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WNBA approves sale of the Atlanta Dream following pressure on Kelly Loeffler

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Atlanta Dream guard Renee Montgomery made history on Friday as part of a three-member investor group that was approved to purchase the team. The ownership change follows pressure on former Sen. Kelly Loeffler, a Republican who angered WNBA players with her opposition to the league’s racial justice initiatives, to sell her share of the Dream. Real estate investor Larry Gottesdiener was approved as majority owner of the team. The investor group also includes Montgomery and Suzanne Abair, president of Northland Investment Corp. in Massachusetts, the firm Gottesdiener founded. Montgomery becomes the first former player to become both an owner and executive of a WNBA franchise. She said she would play an active role with Abair in

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Lowell School Committee member resigns after using anti-Semitic slur on TV

A Lowell School Committee member said Friday he was resigning his post effective immediately, and apologized for using an anti-Semitic slur on live cable television Wednesday. Robert Hoey Jr., 66, a retired correctional officer, announced his resignation in a Facebook video, clad in an Army sweatshirt while standing between two slabs of rock, since, he said, he’s caught between “a rock and a hard place.” “As of today, I’m resigning from the Lowell School Committee,” Hoey said, one day after telling the Globe he wouldn’t step down despite calls from local officials for him to resign. “Ooh, does that hurt. Because I love to advocate for teachers, students, families.”

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