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04/15/2011 - 2:04am
Krejci on Subban: 'I don't like him'
By: DJ Bean

Bruins center David Krejci expressed frustration with both the officiating and Canadiens' defenseman P.K. Subban following the Bruins' 2-0 loss in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. Krejci was sent off in the first period for hooking Subban, while he felt the refs missed a similar call in which he went down in the second period.

“I barely touched him,” Krejci said of his hooking call on Subban. “Then we had a power play in the second period, and they did the same thing to me. I almost killed myself by the boards there behind the net, and the ref didn’t see it, I guess. I know people make mistakes, but come on, the puck’s there, so there’s two referees. If he calls that penalty on me, he’s got to call [the other one] too. Obviously it sucks, but I can’t bring it back.”

As for Subban, who has proven on multiple occasions that he’ll do whatever he can to draw a penalty,...

04/14/2011 - 9:36pm
False start: Price blanks B's in Game 1

Brian Gionta scored his first of two goals less than three minutes into the game and Carey Price stopped all 31 shots for his third career playoff shutout as the Canadiens captured the opening game of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, 2-0, Thursday night at TD Garden. Price - shelled for five goals in 44 minutes in Boston's 7-0 win March 24 - has recorded all three of his playoff shutouts against the Bruins. 

The Canadiens wasted little time getting the jump as Scott Gomez found Gionta on the left side of Tim Thomas just 2:44 into the series. Thomas made 18 saves on the night. Gomez also set up Gionta's second tally that sealed the game with 3:18 left in the third. 

After the teams evenly split 16 shots in the first period, the Bruins dominated the second, outshooting the Canadiens, 18-6. Boston's top line of David Krejci, Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic was frustrated throughout the game, as they generated just one shot through...

04/14/2011 - 5:20pm
Ainge on Big Show: 'I love our team'

In a wide-ranging interview on The Big Show, Celtics president Danny Ainge touched on a number of topics including the status of Shaquille O'Neal, the play of Rajon Rondo and whether he still would have done the Kendrick Perkins deal today.

Ainge expressed confidence in his team as they head into a first round playoff series with the Knicks, saying he is much more hopeful about their chances than he was at this time last year. "I love our team and I like it better than I did last year, without question," Ainge said. "I think last year the questions were much more signifcant. Paul [Pierce] was not 100 percent healthy. We had serious concerns about [Kevin Garnett] going into the playoffs. I had much more concerns last year. This year, I like our bench better. We feel like we have a really strong bench and that will help us as well." 

Ainge said he just wasn't sure whether Shaq will be ready for Game 1, but noted that's why...

04/14/2011 - 4:30pm
Pierce on M&M: Perkins debate an excuse

Speaking on the Mut and Merloni Show with Mike Mutnansky and Lou Merloni, Celtics forward Paul Pierce talked about how important the extra days of rest the C's are getting before taking on the Knicks in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series, along with his analysis of what the Kendrick Perkins trade might mean to the Celts throughout the playoffs.

Pierce explained that partly because of the added time prior to Sunday's showdown at TD Garden, he feels better than ever heading into the postseason.

"People don't understand, you go through an 82-game grind, just little nicks and bruises that you get throughout the course of a season, when you get a couple of days rest it can do wonders for the body," he explained. "I'm feeling pretty good at this point, a lot better than at this point last year. I'm ready to go.

"I flipped...

04/14/2011 - 3:51pm
Shaq practices, status still uncertain

The Celtics went through a light walkthrough on Thursday and Shaquille O'Neal was on the floor with the rest of his teammates. The plan is for the team to have heavier workouts on Friday and Saturday in preperation for Game 1 of their first round playoff series against the Knicks. How Shaq responds to the practices will determine if he is able to play in the opener.

His status hasn't changed over the last few days. The Celtics are optimistic that he can play, but coach Doc Rivers said, "I can't guarantee that."

The news is a little more positive on guard Delonte West. Rivers said that he expects West to play in Game 1 and that his guard was walking easier after reinjuring his ankle against the Wizards on Monday. Neither player talked to the media before practice.

For more Celtics news, visit the team page at weei.com/celtics.


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