Game Three preview: Bruins vs. Canadiens

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Game Three preview: Bruins vs. Canadiens

Bruins (0-2) vs. Canadiens (2-0)Canadiens lead series 2-0Starting goaliesTim Thomas may very well win another Vezina Trophy in June, but hes being outplayed by Montreals Carey Price. Prices 0.50 goals against average and .985 save percentage lead the league in the playoffs so far, while Thomas lackluster effort in Game 2 prompted some fans and media to call for Tuukka Rask in Game 3. Thats not going to happen according to Joe Haggerty, but Thomas will have to play better than he has so far in order for the Bruins to make this a series again.Previous gamesThe Bruins have trailed from wire-to-wire for just about the entire series, as the Canadiens have jumped ahead with early goals in Games 1 and 2. It may be even harder for them to keep Montreal off of the board early in this one, as the Canadiens will be energized from one of the most raucous buildings in the NHL. The first period of tonights Game 3 will be key.Head-to-headBoston had an outstanding road record this season at 24-12-5, but that success didnt carry over into the Bell Centre, as the Bruins have lost their last four games there (including three this season). The rivals have met in the first round 18 times before, with Montreal winning 14 of them.Whos hot?Brian Gionta, Mike Cammalleri and Scott Gomez each have two points in the series for Montreal, but the difference so far has been Price. It would be difficult to label anyone on Boston as hot, as Patrice Bergeron has the teams only goal through the first two games.StorylinesZdeno Chara will likely be back in the lineup for Boston after missing Game 2 with what the team called severe dehydration. His presence and leadership are desperately needed after the Bruins struggled without him, as they try to avoid falling into a 3-0 hole. The last thing the Bruins want to have to address on Tuesday is trying to come from behind from a margin that big, for obvious reasons.

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

Quotes, notes and stars: Pedroia was focused on winning, not streak

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 8-3 win over the Royals:

QUOTES

“I hadn’t really thought about it. Trying to win games. It’s late in the year . . . I don’t really have time to sit back and pat myself on the back for anything. We’re trying to win as a team.” - Dustin Pedroia on the importance of the 11-for-11 stretch in his career.

“It’s fun. It’s why you go to work in December, January, February. It’s all the work you put in up to this point. It feels good to go out there and get the results you expect to get, especially against a team like [the Royals] who is hot as they are right now.” - David Price on pitching meaningful games with a playoff-like atmosphere.

“Yeah, yeah we [knew about the streak] . . .  It was an awesome roll and it was fun to see . . . Every time I went up to hit, I let Salvador Perez know.” - Xander Bogaerts on Dustin Pedroia’s 11-for-11 streak.

“I think we’ve been able to handle velocity very well. We’ve got good bat-speed in out lineup, and we’re able to handle that.” - John Farrell on the offense thriving against good pitching.

 

NOTES

* David Ortiz played in his 1,000th game at Fenway Park, becoming the fifth player to do so.

* Ortiz also became the first player ever to play 2,000 games as the designated hitter.

* Mookie Betts scored his 100th run of the season off his 29th home run of the year, joining Fred Lynn, Johnny Pesky and Ted Williams as the only players to reach 100 runs before turning 24.

* The Red Sox hit back-to-back home runs for the fourth time this season with Betts and Hanley Ramirez going yard in the fifth.

* With his 2-for-4 day at the plate, Jackie Bradley Jr. improved to 34-for-94 (.362) batting ninth.

 

STARS

1) Dustin Pedroia

Pedroia finished 4-for-5, extending his streak to 11 hits in 11 at-bats, finishing one shy of tying the MLB record.

2) David Price

Price logged his fourth straight quality start with his six-inning, two-run start. He also dropped his ERA below 4.00 for the first time since his Opening Day start with Boston.

3) Salvador Perez

Perez finished 2-for-3 with two home runs. Saturday marked only the second multi-home run game of his career.