Bergeron (leg) game-time decision

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Bergeron (leg) game-time decision

SUNRISE, FL Patrice Bergeron took part in the optional morning skate at BankAtlantic and hes being listed as a game time decision by his coach.

The banged up center full expects to play against the Panthers, however, despite taking a Matti Niskanen slapper off the left knee on Sunday afternoon and a Johnny Boychuk steamed blast off the back of his left leg Tuesday night.

It was one of those things. You cant really control it. I couldnt get out of the way. You hope its not going to hit you, but Johnny has a pretty good shot, said Bergeron, who topped 17 minutes of ice time and won 20-out-of-27 face-offs in the one-sided loss to the Lightning. Im hopeful that it will stay the way it is for the rest of the day. We need to find answers, gain some ground and build up some points. Theres not much time left in the regular season and we need to get on a roll.

Its pretty much the same thing today. Hoping Ill be in the lineup and I felt okay. Youd like to be 100 percent, but its part of the game and Ill be in there hopefully.

Bergeron took Monday off the ice as a maintenance day to tend to his aches and pains, and is expected to center a reunited line between Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin.

After the offensively combustible line of Seguin, David Krejci and Milan Lucic were on the ice for the first three goals allowed against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the first period Tuesday night, Claude Julien is looking to reach back to defensive basics by setting No. 37 as the defensive anchor.

Bergeron admitted he was feeling a pretty healthy amount of pain in playing through injury, but he said his willingness to play through discomfort wasnt worth any special acknowledgement at this time of year.

Im not the only one thats got to play through pain. Im no different than anybody else. Its part of the game and it shouldnt be an excuse, said Bergeron. Its just pain tolerance, I guess, and you go from there.

While the Bruins werent going to fully commit to Bergerons place in the lineup given the pain factor in his left leg, the expectation is there that the center will make pregame warm-ups and play in a pivotal game against the Panthers amid a three-game losing streak.

First impressions from the Red Sox' 5-4 win over the Angels

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First impressions from the Red Sox' 5-4 win over the Angels

First Impressions from the Boston Red Sox' 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels

* John Farrell faced a tough call with Steven Wright in the sixth.

Wright doesn't fare well in wet weather, as the Red Sox learned earlier this season when he tried to pitch in a steady rain against Houston. With a downpour, Wright wasn't able to grip his signature knuckler, and the results showed.

In the fifth and into the sixth, the rain was picking up. By the start of the sixth, the rain intensified, and Wright began to struggle. He allowed a leadoff double to Albert Pujols, hit Jefry Marte and walked Daniel Nava to load the bases.

Farrell had Matt Barnes warming, but the manager was clearly trying to get his starter through the sixth and limit the bullpen workload, having gone to the pen in the third inning Monday and the seventh inning Wednesday.

The move backfired when C.J. Cron hit a grand slam. Wright has been terrific this season, but his inability to pitch when there's any rain at all creates a unique challenge for his manager.

* Brock Holt made his presence felt right away.

Holt missed more than a month with a concussion, and admitted before Friday's game that he still wasn't 100 percent recovered.

But that hardly seemed the case Friday night. In the field, Holt fielded a line drive in the corer by C.J. Cron and fired a strike to second, cutting down Cron attempting to stretch a single into a double.

At the plate, meanwhile, Holt clubbed two doubles to left.

Holt used that same inside-out swing both times to take pitches the other way, expertly using the Wall and Fenway to his advantage.

For the past week, the Red Sox were shuffling a few outfielders, none of whom had had much experience -- or success -- at the big league level. Even if he's not 100 percent and can't be counted on every day yet, Holt could provide a nice jolt to the bottom third of the order.

* Ortiz continues to pile up records.

His solo homer in the fifth - a line shot that curled past the right field foul pole, into the box seats -- was No. 522 of his career. That enabled Ortiz to move past three Hall of Famers: Willie McCovey, Frank Thomas and Ted Williams -- with one swing.

Ortiz had been tied with the trio in 19th place for most career homers.

The homer also marked his 2,000th hit with the Red Sox. He became the seventh player to amass 2,000 hits in a Red Sox uniform. The others: Williams,  Carl Yastrzemski, Jim Rice, Dwight Evans, Bobby Doerr and Wade Boggs.

Sean McAdam can be followed on Twitter: @Sean_McAdam

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Danny Ainge wears pair of Kevin Durant's Nike shoes to son's engagement party

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Danny Ainge wears pair of Kevin Durant's Nike shoes to son's engagement party

Danny Ainge had Kevin Durant on his mind -- and on his feet -- while attending his son's engagement party this week.

Ainge's son, Cooper Ainge, tweeted a series of images showing that his father was wearing a pair of Kevin Durant's Nike KD 8 shoes:

We can only assume Ainge will walk into Saturday's meeting with Durant wearing a pair of these.