Report: It won't be Bruins-Canadiens in Jan. 19 opener


Report: It won't be Bruins-Canadiens in Jan. 19 opener

It appeared a slam dunk that the Boston Bruins would travel to Montreal to take on the hated Habs with that game already in the books for the expected Jan. 19 opening date for the NHL season.

It would appear the Bruins might still open things on the road as they would have at the Bell Centre, but the Habs will instead host the Toronto Maple Leafs to open the 2013 season, according to an RDS report. Theres been no confirmation of this, but it would be safe to assume CBC might have been an influence in getting things changed. After all, what would be better for Hockey Night in Canadas opening broadcast of the season than the Habs and Maple Leafs tangling in an Original Six showdown for a national Canadian TV audience.

The New York Rangers were originally scheduled to face a Western Conference team in the original, pre-lockout 2012-13 schedule.

So perhaps the NHL schedule-makers will instead create another Original Six showdown at Madison Square Garden between the Black and Gold and the Blueshirts. It would be a legitimate grudge match between the teams that many envisioned in the Eastern Conference Finals as last years regular season unfolded, but of course only the Rangers got to before falling to the New Jersey Devils.

There should also be no surprise if the NHL arranges for the Bruins and Sabres to tangle in the season-opening extravaganza on Jan. 19 given their bad blood over the last two seasons. Perhaps there's even an outside chance the B's host that game in Boston against Buffalo.

But theres currently no confirmation of which team the Bruins will open up the season with, or if theres a chance they may instead host that opener at TD Garden. The NHL schedule is expected to be announced at the end of this week once the NHL Board of Governors and the NHLPA membership have approved the CBA memorandum of understanding that will be in place for the rest of this shortened season.

At that point individual game tickets will be on sale and season ticket holders will get a full update on their situation as well. Dribs and drabs are leaking out about that first day of games, however, and at least the Bruins know one likely opponent that they wont be playing.

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-2 win over the Angels


Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-2 win over the Angels

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 6-2 win over the Angels:


* “He just had very good command the entire night. Stayed ahead in the count [and] pitched to all quadrants of the strike zone. He used his four-seamer in on some powerful right-handed hitters in their lineup.” John Farrell on Rick Porcello’s performance.

* “We needed a win bad and swung the bats well and played good defense. That’s a big win for us.” Rick Porcello said after his win in an interview with NESN.

* “24 hours ago we were probably in a much different place mentally after a ball game like tonight.” Farrell on the win.

“That was probably the first time I sat on off-speed pitches this whole year. I took a chance, took a gamble.” Jackie Bradley Jr. said on his home run.


* Rick Porcello completed his first game in a Red Sox uniform in the 6-2 win. The CG was the fifth of his career and his first since he threw three in 2014. The righty has 14 wins, one win shy of tying his career high.

* Xander Bogaerts had his first multi extra-base hit performance of the season since June 11. He’s only done that twice this season. He extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

* David Ortiz logged his 85th RBI of the season in the win and Mookie Betts his 67th. Heading into Friday night’s game, the two were one of five pairs of teammates ranking in the top 20 in RBI. The list includes Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson, Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story, Adam Duvall and Jay Bruce and Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant.

* Dustin Pedroia has now reached base safely in 32 straight games.


1) Rick Porcello

Porcello had his first complete game in a Red Sox uniform, stopping Boston’s losing skid at four games.

2) Xander Bogaerts

Bogaerts finished with a double and a home run -- the only Boston hitter with multiple hits. He also led the Red Sox with three RBI and scoring twice in the win.

3) Dustin Pedroia

In addition to walking in his first two at-bats, Pedroia had a base hit -- and another walk -- scoring twice on the night.

First impressions of the Red Sox' 6-2 win over the Angels


First impressions of the Red Sox' 6-2 win over the Angels

First impressions of the Red Sox 6-2 win over Los Angeles:

Rick Porcello is not fazed by his fellow staff members’ struggles.

Although his teammates continue to deal with frustrations on almost a nightly basis, Porcello got the job done and put Boston in a position to win once again.

The second-inning double by Daniel Nava should have been a single, had Jackie Bradley Jr. not misplayed a funny hop. If that hit is a single, the next ground ball is a double -- and the following grounder ends the inning.

One of the most impressive components of his outing was dealing with Cole Kalhoun, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols to finish his outing after already facing them three times on the night.

Xander Bogaerts had his first multi-hit game in a week.

Which in the grand scheme of things isn’t a long time -- but that can feel like a long time given the shortstop’s output this year.

It was also his first multi extra-base hit performance since June 11.

Oddly enough, those are his only two games of that kind this season.

In addition to the win, Porcello did the bullpen a favor.

Not necessarily because the relievers needed rest, but with Ziegler’s last two rough nights, they could use a break.

Although Joe Kelly and Clay Buchholz got warm late, it was more so to keep them fresh for the coming games since they haven’t thrown much.

Additionally, he gave an example for the Red Sox starting rotation that they are in fact capable of going the distance.

Tim Lincecum is barely a shell of what he used to be.

That first inning was hard to watch. The former Cy Young Award-winner threw eight straight balls, and somehow managed to work past. Even his final throw to first base in he opening frame looked like it was going off the mark.

Just hard to watch in general, which made it all the more shocking that the Red Sox couldn’t score against him.

Good for them that he never adjusted, and they took advantage of it in the ensuing innings.