Casey DeSmith Makes Stellar Save On Colby Cave In Penguins’ Win Vs. Bruins

The Boston Bruins appeared to have all the momentum during the third period Friday night at PPG Paints Arena.
Boston entered the frame trailing the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1, but the Bruins tied the game with goals from Chris Wagner and David Krejci.
After tying the game, the B’s went on the offensive again and had a golden opportunity to take the lead. David Backes skated into the offensive zone and blasted a shot at Penguins netminder Casey DeSmith. The goalie made the stop but gave up a juicy rebound attempt that Colby Cave had an opportunity to put home, but DeSmith was able to slide over and make a tremendous save to keep the game tied at three.

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The Penguins responded to DeSmith’s stop by scoring two unanswered goals to take home a 5-3 win.
To see the save, check out the TD Bank Save of the Game above.

Kevin Knox, Allonzo Trier, Knicks Duo Is ‘Going To Be Good’ Says Team Captain

Allonzo Trier and Kevin Knox are both living their best lives as Knicks rookies.

Kevin Knox finding his groove. Finishes the half with 17 points on 7-10 FG and 3-4 from 3 point range.
— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) December 15, 2018

Trier, an undrafted rookie out of the University of Arizona, this summer, signed a two year, $7 million deal with the orange and blue.
Trier signed a two-way contract with both the New York Knicks and the Knicks’ NBA G League G-League affiliate, Westchester Knicks.
“‘Zo has been constant force for us,” Knicks co-captain, Lance Thomas told me.
“You know, playing with a chip on his shoulder ever since he had an opportunity.”
That he did!
In his NBA debut against the Atlanta Hawks, Trier posted15 points on 5 of 9 shooting and hauled in 4 rebounds and 2 blocks, off the bench in the Knicks’ 126–107 win.

He took it to another level in  November, against the New Orleans Pelicans when he posted a career-high 25 points in the Knicks 113-109 win over the Pels.
Kevin Knox has become a scoring machine for the Knicks.
At halftime of Friday night’s gave against the Charlotte Hornets, Knox had 17 points on 7/10 shooting.

HALFTIME on #NBA League Pass: #NewYorkForever 53#Hornets30 72
Kevin Knox: 17 PTS (7/10 FG)Kemba Walker: 13 PTS, 4 ASTNicolas Batum: 12 PTS, 3 REB
— NBA (@NBA) December 15, 2018

“If they keep that up, those boys are going to be good,” said Lance Thomas.

Bruins Wrap: Boston’s Comeback Falls Short In 5-3 Loss To Penguins

The Boston Bruins didn’t come out on top Friday, but it certainly wasn’t due to a lack of guts.
After facing two separate two-goal deficits to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Bruins rallied to tie the score just over the midway point of the third period. Boston’s win streak would be halted at four, however, as Pittsburgh stayed the course and secured a 5-3 win.
The B’s received two goals from unlikely sources, but Casey DeSmith’s career-high 48 saves guided the Pens to a hard-fought win.
With the loss, the Bruins fall to 17-11-4, while the Penguins improve to 14-11-6.
Here’s how it all went down:
The Bruins didn’t play overly poorly in the opening frame, but they left a bit to be desired.
Boston’s woes started fairly early on when Brandon Carlo was tabbed for a holding penalty just over two minutes into the game. Luckily for the visitors, they kept the Penguins off the scoreboard while on the man advantage.
Pittsburgh ultimately drew first blood, though, as Matt Cullen slipped a slick backhanded pass to Derek Grant, who gave his team a 1-0 lead with 2:12 remaining in the first.

Set up game is REAL good.
— NHL (@NHL) December 15, 2018

It very easily could have been the Bruins to crack the scoreboard first, but a stellar glove save by DeSmith left Brad Marchand shaking his head.

— NHL (@NHL) December 15, 2018

It didn’t take the Penguins very long to double their lead.
Less than two minutes into the second period, Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin executed a perfect give-and-go, capped off by the former Bruin netting his 13th goal of the season.

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Fun fact: Phil Kessel now has a seven-game point streak against the Bruins (5G-4A).
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) December 15, 2018

But Boston had an answer shortly thereafter. With just over eight minutes remaining in the second, Chris Wagner’s attempted wraparound kicked out to Brandon Carlo, who blasted a one-timer past Smith for his first goal in 116 games.
The Bruins appeared to be on the verge of tying things up on the power play following a Jake Guentzel tripping penalty with just over two minutes remaining in the frame. But after applying some pressure in Pittsburgh’s zone, Charlie McAvoy’s failed attempt to dump the puck resulted in a two-on-one with Riley Sheahan and Zach Aston-Reese against Torey Krug. The Northeastern product zipped a wrister past Halak to swell the Penguins’ lead back to two.

Zach Aston-Reese gave everyone (well, at least Penguins fans) a reason to smile in the final minute of the 2nd period.
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) December 15, 2018

Right when it seemed like the Penguins were going to run away with it, the Bruins made things interesting.
Just over seven minutes into the final frame, an unguarded Wagner received a tape-to-tape pass from McAvoy in the slot, and the first-year Bruin did the rest by firing a quick slap shot past DeSmith’s glove side.
The score was brought to a deadlock in a blink of an eye, as David Krejci knotted things up less than a minute after Wagner’s tally. After Pastrnak rung the post with a backhanded shot, Boston’s top-line center cleaned things up with his fifth goal of the season.
Unfortunately for the Bruins, the Penguins didn’t succumb to their rally. Less than three minutes after Krejci evened the score, Kris Letang’s wrist shot from the point caught Guentzel’s stick en route to the back of Boston’s net.

Well, that escalated quickly.
Pens points (thus far) →Aston-Reese 1G-1AGrant 1GKessel 1GGuentzel 1GCullen 1AWilson 1AMalkin 1ASheahan 1ADumoulin 1ALetang 1ACrosby 1A
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) December 15, 2018

Boston made a valiant effort down the stretch, but DeSmith stood tall to after Krejci’s goal. Aston-Reese delivered the dagger via an empty-net goal with six seconds remaining.
The Bruins return home Sunday night for a date with the Buffalo Sabres. Puck drop from TD Garden is set for 5 p.m. ET.

Judge Reed O’Connor: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Judge Reed O’Connor is a federal judge based in Texas who struck down the Affordable Care Act on Friday, writing a 55-page opinion that deemed the law’s individual mandate to be unconstitutional and arguing that that entailed the rest of the law’s invalidity, as well.
For the time being, people are still able to enroll in ACA during open enrollment, as an appeals process is already in place.
Immediately following the ruling, Donald Trump took to Twitter to celebrate the ruling. He tweeted, “As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster! Now Congress must pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions. Mitch and Nancy, get it done!”
O’Connor was an appointee of George W. Bush and has handed out a series of controversial opinions in his career. Here’s what you need to know:

1. O’Connor Ruled That the Affordable Care Act Was Unconstitutional Because of a 2012 Supreme Court Ruling

Here is a copy of District Judge Reed O'Connor's ruling striking down the Affordable Care Act
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) December 15, 2018

Per The Washington Post, O’Connor wrote a 55-page opinion arguing that the Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional largely because of a decision handed down by the Supreme Court in 2012. Specifically, because of Chief Justice John Roberts’ majority opinion which read in part, “[Congress] does have the power to impose a tax on those without health insurance.”
Following this logic, Connor wrote that the individual mandate of the ACA “can no longer be fairly read as an exercise of Congress’ tax power.”
In his ruling, O’Connor acknowledged that the issue of health care is “a politically charged affair – inflaming emotions and testing civility… [but courts] are not tasked with, nor are they suited to, policymaking.”

2. O’Connor Was Born in Houston, Texas & Was Nominated by George W. Bush to the District Court
The Federalist Society
O’Connor is a native Texan, and was nominated to the district court by George W. Bush. According to The Washington Post, this isn’t the first time O’Connor has issued a ruling on the ACA; in 2016, he issued a nationwide injunction on an Obama policy that forbade health-care providers from discriminating against individuals based upon their gender identity.
Additionally, in 2015, O’Connor issued a ruling that blocking the extension of medical leave benefits to gay couples.
3. O’Connor Blocked Several Obama-Era Policies Aimed at Increasing the Rights of the Transgender Community

The one thing everyone should know about this Obamacare lawsuit ruling: this is NOT the final word.
Obamacare still exists. Open enrollment goes through tomorrow. If you are uninsured and considering enrolling in coverage, you absolutely still should.
— Sarah Kliff (@sarahkliff) December 15, 2018

On August 22, 2016, O’Connor blocked an Obama-era policy from going into effect, one which advised school districts that transgender students should be able to access bathrooms based upon their gender identity, not just their sex. Via NPR, O’Connor wrote that the Obama administration’s use of Title IX in this instance was inaccurate, and that the law was “not ambiguous.”
In his opinion, O’Connor ordered all parties must “maintain the status quo.” He wrote in part, “[It] cannot be disputed that the plain meaning of the term sex as used … following passage of Title IX meant the biological and anatomical differences between male and female students as determined at their birth.”
Then, on December 31, 2016, O’Connor blocked another transgender policy, this time one aimed at protecting transgender individuals from discrimination within health care. According to The Houston Chronicle, O’Connor argued that the policy violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and that the nation’s laws preventing discrimination by sex were being unduly stretched to include discrimination based on gender.

4. O’Connor Struck Down the Indian Child Welfare Act in Another Controversial Ruling in October

The ENTIRE #ACA is unconstitutional because the mandate, called "essential" to the law is no longer in place, concludes U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor. #NoMandateNoACA
— Twila Brase (@twilabrase) December 15, 2018

On October 5, O’Connor wrote a 46-page opinion declaring the Indian Child Welfare Act to be a “race-based statute.” The act was initially enacted in 1978, and was meant to remedy the epidemic of Native children being separated from their families by private adoption agencies and state child welfare.
He wrote in part, “The ICWA’s racial classification applies to potential Indian children, including those who will never be members of their ancestral tribe, those who will ultimately be placed with non-tribal family members, and those who will be adopted by members of other tribes. Because two of the three preferences have no connection to a child’s tribal membership, this blanket classification of Indian children is not narrowly tailored to a compelling governmental interest and thus fails to survive strict scrutiny review.”

5. O’Connor Is a Frequent Contributor to The Federalist Society

Wow, but not surprisingly, ObamaCare was just ruled UNCONSTITUTIONAL by a highly respected judge in Texas. Great news for America!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15, 2018

The Federalist Society is an organization comprised of conservatives and libertarians who are “dedicated to reforming the current legal order,” according to the About Page. The mission statement reads in part,
We are committed to the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. The Society seeks to promote awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities.
O’Connor is listed as a contributor to the society.

Celtics Wrap: Boston Crushes Hawks 129-108, Pushes Win Streak To Eight

The Boston Celtics are firing on all cylinders.
Boston extended its winning streak to eight games Friday by hammering the lowly Atlanta Hawks 129-108 at TD Garden.
The C’s scored 42 points in the first quarter, but let the Hawks back into the game, holding just an 11-point lead at the break. But Boston scored 41 more points in the third quarter to put Atlanta out of its misery. The Hawks were careless with the ball all night and the Celtics took advantage, scoring 42 points off turnovers. Boston also knocked down 19 3-pointers in the demolition of the Hawks.
Kyrie Irving led the C’s with 24 points, while Jayson Tatum (22), Marcus Morris (20), Gordon Hayward (19) and Daniel Theis (18) also scored in double figures.
With the win, the Celtics improve to 18-10, while the Hawks fell to 6-22.
Here’s how it all went down:
PG: Kyrie Irving
SG: Marcus Smart
SF: Jayson Tatum
PF: Marcus Morris
C: Aron Baynes
Boston took it to the Hawks early, starting the game on a 13-3 run over the first 3:05 of the game, capped by an Irving 3-pointer that forced Atlanta to call timeout.
The timeout didn’t help the Hawks, as Boston continued to pour it on, extending its lead to 23-5 midway through the quarter.
Irving was cooking early.

Kyrie's a magician.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 15, 2018

Atlanta cut the lead to 10 with a quick 8-0 run, but the C’s finished the opening stanza on a 19-6 burst to take a 42-19 lead into the second quarter.
Boston shot 72.7 percent (!!!) in the first quarter, led by 12 from Irving and nine from Morris. Kevin Huerter paced the Hawks with six.
Despite being thoroughly outplayed in the first quarter, Atlanta didn’t quit.
The Hawks opened the second stanza on a 23-5 run to cut the C’s lead to five with 5:13 remaining in the frame. Atlanta’s flurry included a 19-0 spurt.

Ball never touched the floor. 19-0 run.
— FOX Sports: Hawks (@HawksOnFSSE) December 15, 2018

Boston finally started to right the ship, going on a 9-4 run to push the lead back to 10 with under four to play. Hayward scored seven of the C’s 10 points during the spell.

Now that's how you move the ball.

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— Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 15, 2018

Boston maintained its lead for the remainder of the period, taking a 67-56 lead into the break.
Irving was the high man with 16 in the half, while Hayward added 14 and Morris scored 12. Huerter led the Hawks with 12.
Boston put its poor second quarter behind it quickly, as the Celtics opened the third on a quick 10-0 run.
First, Tatum drilled a midrange J, then Irving knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers before Morris capped the run with a layup off a smooth dish from Smart.

Smart makes it happen on defense, and Irving knocks down the shot at the other end.
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 15, 2018

The Celtics continued to assert their will throughout the third quarter, with rookie center Robert Williams III recording highlights on both ends of the floor.

Irving Williams
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 15, 2018

Is there a shot that RWIII can't block?
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 15, 2018

The Celtics finished the third quarter leading 108-82. Tatum scored 15 points in the frame, while Irving and Morris added eight points apiece in the stanza.
Irving led all scorers with 24 points after three. Huerter continued to be the Hawks’ best offensive option, as the rookie had 19 through three.
The Hawks were unable to make a dent in Boston’s lead early in the frame, causing both teams to go to their bench for most of the frame.

Robert Wiliams lll doing what he does best…(@AAANe_MAnews) #AAANortheast
— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) December 15, 2018

The Celtics will take the floor next Saturday when they visit the Detroit Pistons. Tip-off from Little Caesars Arena is set for 7 p.m. ET.

Check Out Top Five Defensive Plays From Red Sox’s 2018 Season

The Boston Red Sox bats made a whole lot of noise in the 2018 Major League Baseball campaign, but let’s not forget about the gloves.
The Red Sox were among the best fielding teams last season, as they committed the seventh-fewest errors in the league. Boston’s defense only seemed to improve once the postseason rolled around, a leading factor in the club securing its fourth World Series title in the past 15 years.
The Sox on Friday released their top five defensive plays from the 2018 season, and you probably don’t need a spoiler alert to figure out which web gem owns the No. 1 spot.

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This is the kind of defense that wins World Series.
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) December 14, 2018

Boston was recognized for its fielding prowess at the conclusion of the season, as Ian Kinsler, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts all were honored with Gold Gloves. The Red Sox’s three 2018 Gold Glove Awards were tied for the most for one team.

Derek Grant, Penguins Take Advantage Of Bruins’ Defensive Miscues

The Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins were locked in a scoreless tie toward the end of the first period Friday at PPG Paints Arena, but some defensive miscues by the B’s helped the Pens break the deadlock.
After David Pastrnak failed to clear the puck out of the defensive zone, both Charlie McAvoy and John Moore got caught beneath the goaline trying to poke the saucer away from Matt Cullen. With two defenders occupied, Cullen slipped the puck to Derek Grant who was able to stick one past Jaroslav Halak to give Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead.

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To see the breakdown of the play, check out the Berkshire Bank Exciting Rewind video above.

Why Colin Cowherd Doesn’t View Patriots-Steelers As A Rivalry

Some might consider Sunday afternoon the next chapter to the New England Patriots-Pittsburgh Steelers rivalry.
Colin Cowherd isn’t one of those people.
While there’s no doubt the Patriots and Steelers have been two of the AFC’s best teams over the past decade-plus, Colin Cowherd believes a simple look at the head-to-head record tells you everything you need to know about the dynamic between the two teams.

"This isn't a rivalry. Tom Brady is 11-2 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. They're extras in Tom Brady's movie called, 'My Trip to Another Super Bowl.'" — @ColinCowherd

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— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) December 14, 2018

Not only has Brady lost just two games against the Steelers in his career, the Patriots went on to reach the Super Bowl after each of those defeats in Pittsburgh. It’s tough to give the Steelers any benefit of the doubt either, as they’ve been the more talented team in a fair share of their matchups against the Patriots dating back to 2001.
New England will look to make it six straight wins over Pittsburgh when the two meet in Week 15 at Heinz Field.

15 Best Healthy Gifts This Christmas (2018)

Do you know someone who’s gung-ho about getting in shape for the new year? Consider giving a gift that will make their new lifestyle easier and more enjoyable. Maybe you know someone who’s really into fitness? Lots of great gifts for gym lovers! Here are some of the best healthy gifts for Christmas this year. Get excited about being healthy!

Do Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen Talk About Retirement? Patriots QB Opens Up

Tom Brady, obviously, is on the back end of his NFL career, but it appears his significant other isn’t pushing him into hanging up his cleats.
A few days after Gisele Bundchen was asked by Ellen DeGeneres about Brady’s eventual retirement, the New England Patriots quarterback provided some clarity about his wife’s stance on the matter during an interview with Jim Gray on Westwood One radio.
“She doesn’t talk to me about it at all,” Brady said. “She’s so supportive. She wants me to be happy and do something I love to do. I think any wife wants you to be happy and healthy. And, you know, football is a physical sport. She’s been watching me do it for a long time and she knows how much I love it.”

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While Bundchen and the rest of Brady’s family might not talk about retirement with him, the five-time Super Bowl champion can understand why his loved ones would be wary about him continuing to play.
“I chose this sport that it’s a physical, violent sport,” Brady said. “You see plays that change people’s lives and careers. One play changed Joe Theismann’s career. Look at the devastating injuries this season. It’s hard for family members who love you and care about you to encourage you to get back out there, deal with physical pain and they know that pain is inflicted. But I think for me, it’s been something that’s such a part of my life and I love the sport. I’m out on the practice field today and I’m just sitting there thinking, ‘there’s no place I’d rather be.’ When you love something as much as I do and football has been that thing in my life that I’ve loved, I want to do it until I can’t do it anymore, can’t do it at a championship level. And that’s what my goal has been. She knows that, my family knows that and they’re all supportive of those things as well.”
Not only has Brady’s passion for the game not wavered, his skill level hasn’t shown much decline other, making it nearly impossible to pinpoint when TB12 might ride off into the sunset.