GLENDALE, AZ. Most would have expected some rust and sluggishness to the Bs game after the holiday break, and there was a little bit of both against the Phoenix Coyotes.
But the Bruins managed to pull out the two points with an overtime blast from Dennis Seidenberg with Chris Kelly screening the Phoenix goaltender in front of the net, and another game-winning play involving Benoit Pouliot on the pass to Seidenberg. They beat the Coyotes, 2-1.
The Bruins actually jumped on the board quickly and perhaps that led to some of the laxity in their game. Brad Marchand carried the puck into the offensive before handing it over to Nathan Horton, and the puck eventually managed to find David Krejci spinning and shooting at the net from the high slot.
The Krejci shot beat Jason LaBarbera to the blocker side just 47 seconds into the game, and gave Boston an early lead. Phoenix managed to tie things up in the final six minutes of the first when Ray Whitney played the give-and-go game before cutting through the heart of the Bs defense before beating Tuukka Rask with a five-hole shot.
Whitneys beautiful goal snapped Rasks scoreless streak at a shade over 170 minutes, and tied things up as it would remain throughout the second period. It was Rask that really took things over in the second period with a pair of big stops on Whitney and Phoenix defenseman Dave Schlemko when it was still a nip-and-tuck tied game. The Whitney stop was perhaps the games best with Rask kicking out his left pad to stuff the Coyotes scorer attempting to stuff a puck inside the post.
Otherwise it was a defensive battle with LaBarbera making his own flashy save in the third when Tyler Seguin set up Brad Marchand for a searing wrist shot from the slot that ended in the back of the goaltenders glove.
BOSTON - Ryan Hanigan (neck), who was with the team today, will play nine innings for Pawtucket Saturday and Sunday and will be evaluated after that. It's possible he could be activated for the start of the Texas series Monday.
* Blake Swihart (ankle) is walking around without a boot.
"He's improving,'' reported John Farrell. "He got on the treadmill here today and the last couple of days, [he's done] more walking. He's more free. I can't say that he's beginning to job or any kind of running progression; I think that's still too early. But the fact that he's able to tolerate more ground-based activity is encouraging. There's still no timetable for him to initiate any baseball acvtivities, other than throwing -- which he's doing right now."
* Joe Kelly (groin) threw a 20-pitch bullpen Thursday and is scheduled to throw another on Saturday.
"There's steps being made,'' said Farrell. "There's probably going to be a need for at least two additional bullpens before we get him back in a ballgame.''
On Instagram and on Twitter, Evan Turner thanks the Boston fans after he leaves the Celtics for a four-year, $70 million free agent deal with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Hanley Ramirez is out of the Red Sox starting lineup as they open a three-game weekend series at Fenway Park tonight against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Ramirez is day-to-day after he hurt his right side on a swing and miss on Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Rays and left that game in the eighth inning.
Travis Wright moves to first place in place of Ramirez and Marco Hernandez will play third. Brock Holt returns from the disabled list and will play left field.
Steven Wright (8-5, 2.18 ERA) looks to bounce back from a loss in Texas in his last start. Jhoulys Chacin (3-6, 5.64) starts for the Angels.
Kole Calhoun RF
Mike Trout CF
Albert Pujols DH
Jefry Marte 3B
Daniel Nava LF
C.J. Cron 1B
Johnny Giovotella 2B
Carlos Perez C
Andrelton Simmons SS
Jhoulys Chacin RHP
Mookie Betts CF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Brock Holt LF
Travis Shaw 1B
Christian Vazquez C
Marco Hernandez 3B
Steven Wright RHP