It’s “hump day,” which means this week is almost over, but please… don’t cry! Let’s jumpstart the morning with some news and headlines from the city of champions…Boston!
* Sidney Crosby netted two goals, while goaltender Brent Johnson recorded 26 saves, as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Boston Bruins on Tuesday, 5-3. The loss marks the end of a two-game winning streak, which saw Boston defeat the New York Islanders and New York Rangers.
* The Bruins have two more games remaining on their regular season slate, and they’ll return to the ice on Thursday when they travel to Ottawa to face the Senators.
* Prior to Tuesday’s face-off, Tyler Seguin received the Seventh Player Award for his performance on the ice this season. Seguin leads the Bruins with 65 points in 78 games, which is an enormous improvement from last year. In 2010-11, Seguin recorded 22 points in 74 games.
* The Boston Celtics will return to the hardwood on Wednesday when they host the San Antonio Spurs at 7:30pm. The Green and White have won 15 of their last 20 contests, and will look to earn their sixth consecutive win, too.
* According to sources – Ray Allen received a cortisone shot recently, and is hopeful that he’ll be able to return to the lineup soon. Allen hasn’t played for roughly two weeks since he sustained a sore right ankle injury.
* Finally, Bruins head coach Claude Julien remains optimistic about Johnny Boychuk, who sustained a leg injury during the third period against the Penguins. Boychuk told reporters he felt “good,” but wasn’t sure if he’d be able to attend practice on Wednesday.