Now that the 2018 NBA All-Star Game teams have been selected by captains Stephen Curry and LeBron James, Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni has been named coach of “Team Stephen.”
“Played with great players,” said Marchand, who also had two assists to help Boston win its fourth straight. “It makes it a lot easier.”
David Pastrnak had three assists for the Bruins, who led 2-0 after 52 seconds and never trailed but needed overtime after Martin Frk made it 5-5 midway through the third period. Anton Khudobin made 30 saves for Boston.
Anthony Mantha had two goals and two assists for Detroit, which has lost four straight, seven of nine and 17 of 26 since it last topped .500 on Jan. 5.
Jared Coreau was beaten by the first two shots he faced and stopped just 12 of 16 shots before he was replaced 3:27 into the second period. Jimmy Howard faced 19 shots and saved 17 of them.
The Bruins led 2-0, 4-2 and 5-3 before Mantha scored his second goal in a four-minute span to make it a one-goal game with a little more than four minutes left in the second. It stayed that way until Frk was left alone in the slot, falling to his knees as he swatted the pass from Tyler Bertuzzi into the net with 10:14 remaining in regulation.
“So, what does that mean for the balance of this season, which to date has not gone as we had planned and hoped?” Wallace wrote in an email sent to season-ticket holders. “Simply put, we are committed to playing hard and playing the right way night in and night out, while developing our young talent …”
Wallace added the Grizzlies – 17-31 on the season after losing at home to the Clippers on Friday night – “will remain aggressive in evaluating opportunities to improve our team, whether that’s through player development, the NBA draft, free agency or trades.”
For Conley, the focus shifts to next season.
“Ultimately, the best outcome is to take care of surgery now, get Conley back on his feet and conditioning in early offseason and in shape to be a full go by September training camp,” the Commercial-Appeal’s Michael Wallace wrote on Twitter. “That was best-case scenario, considering how the season’s going at this point.”
Even more impressive is the Blue Jackets managed to come through without No. 1 goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who was ill and didn’t play. Backup Joonas Korpisalo didn’t learn until Tuesday morning that he was starting but was strong in net with 37 saves for his first win since January.