Bruins douse Flames in 9-0 win

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Bruins douse Flames in 9-0 win

The Bruins might need to find a higher hockey league to play in.

They upped their record to 23-3-1 since Nov. 1 with a 9-0 drubbing of the Calgary Flames on home ice to cap off two wins in two days that featured the Bs scoring 15 unanswered goals.
Its often looked like theyre playing a video game with the settings permanently placed at rookie level with little to no resistance from their opponents.

In fact the Bruins have outscored their opponents 45-11 in the last nine games, and continue to make a statement to the rest of the league theyre the best that the NHL has to offer. Patrice Bergeron and Nathan Horton both enjoyed two-goal evenings, Benoit Pouliot matched a career-high with points while filling in for Brad Marchand and even Daniel Paille getting into the act with a shorthanded breakaway in the third period to cap things off. Twelve Bruins skaters ended up on the scoresheet for the well-rounded Bruins, and Joe Corvo had a team-best plus-4 in the blowout win.

The Flames mercifully pulled goalie Leland Irving from the game in the second period, but it didnt stop the Bruins from attacking in the third period thats been their domain all season long.

Tuukka Rask made 22 fairly easy saves en route to winning his fifth straight game and his third shutout on the young season, and the Bruins never stopped pouring it on against a whipped bunch of Calgary skaters.

Price asks Red Sox fans for support: 'We will get through this'

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Price asks Red Sox fans for support: 'We will get through this'

If you're upset with the way the Red Sox have played recently, well, David Price understands.

But things, he vows, will get better. And he adds that it's only when you've been in the deepest valley that you can appreciate the highest mountain.

Or something like that . . .

Rodriguez shipped back to PawSox as Sox seek rotation answers

Rodriguez shipped back to PawSox as Sox seek rotation answers

After Eduardo Rodriguez's horrific performance Monday night against the Rays -- 11 hits and 9 earned runs allowed in 2 2/3 innings, leading to a 13-7 Red Sox loss to a team that entered the game riding an 11-game losing streak -- the Sox succumbed to the obvious and shipped him back to Pawtucket.  

And they got no argument from Sean McAdam.

"I think this is the right move," CSN's Red Sox Insider told Dalen Cuff on Monday night's SportsNet Central. "Because, clearly, the step forward that [Rodriguez] took, however small, last week was more than wiped out and (he) regressed this evening the way he pitched. And things have to be worked out, both in terms of execution and his approach . . . "

In six starts this season covering 29 1/3 innings -- less than five innings a start -- Rodriguez has been, in a word, awful. His 1-3 record is bad enough, but couple that with an 8.59 ERA, an opponents' batting average of .315, a WHIP of 1.74 and nine home runs allowed (a rate that projects out to about 45 homers allowed in a 150-inning season), and you can see why a change had to be made.

“The bottom line is, [Rodriguez] is capable of more," said manager John Farrell.

But now comes the next question: Who replaces him? And that, noted McAdam, has no easy answer.

"What it means for the rotation going forward is completely uncertain," McAdam told Cuff. "In fact, (Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski) told us that there was no corresponding move. Of course, because this turn doesn't come up in the rotation for another five days with the off-day Thursday, it's not anything they need to address (immediately). And in all likelihood, they'll probably get somebody to pitch out of the bullpen here until that turn comes up."

So the Sox get five days to ponder a problem that seems, in many ways unsolvable.

"[There] aren't a lot of good candidates internally," McAdam noted, "and it's unlikely there's going to be any sort of trade . . . in the next four days to fill that spot