Bruins top Panthers in shootout, 3-2

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Bruins top Panthers in shootout, 3-2

SUNRISE, FL. The Bruins have made a habit of winning some games perhaps they havent deserved over the last few weeks.

They allowed some breakaways and missed some offensive chances, but a David Krejci five-hole bid in the shootout was the difference-maker in a 3-2 win over Florida at BankAtlantic Center.

The Bruins took an early lead in the first period on an energetic Benoit Pouliot shift in the Florida zone that ended with the gangly forward disrupting the play, and helping set up a Patrice Bergeron blast from the high slot.

The Panthers answered in the second period with a Jay Garrison blast from the left point that bounced off Dennis Seidenberg before ricocheting directly into the open net. The Bruins marched back with a power play goal from Bergeron again. This time it was Tyler Seguin wheeling the puck through the PP formation before he found Bergeron in the low slot for the easy goal.

But the Bruins immediately fell asleep on the continued power play. Shawn Matthias got behind Andrew Ference and the Boston defense after hopping out of the penalty box and beat Tuukka Rask with a five-hole bid to tie things up. Rask was tested with several uncharacteristic breakaways throughout the game, and turned away a Michal Repik bid in the final minute of the third period when he managed to sneak behind Dennis Seidenberg and Zdeno Chara. Repik missed the shot, however, and the Bruins managed to push the Panthers into the extra session.

The Bruins allowed four breakaway chances to Florida on the evening, and its pretty clear they still have some tightening up to do on the defensive end.

First impressions: Pomeranz is better, but Red Sox fall to Tigers

First impressions: Pomeranz is better, but Red Sox fall to Tigers

First impressions from the Red Sox' 4-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers:

 

1) The same problem remains for Joe Kelly

As a starter, no one doubted Kelly's fastball, and the velocity with which he threw it. But the problem was, Kelly's fastball was often quite straight, and most major league hitters can hit a fastball without movement, no matter how hard it's thrown.

In his first appearance as a reliever for the Red Sox, the same problem reared its head.

Kelly started off Justin Upton with a 99 mph fastball. After an 89 mph slider, Kelly next threw a 101 mph fastball.

But Upton drove it on a line to the triangle for a triple, and two batters later, trotted home on a soft flare to center by James McCann.

Velocity is one thing and can produce some swings-and-misses. But ultimately, Kelly is going to need more than straight gas to get hitters out.

 

2) Drew Pomeranz was miles better in his second start

Pomeranz failed to get an out in the fourth inning of his Red Sox debut and was charged with five runs.

So when Pomeranz -- who allowed just one hit through the first three innings Monday night -- allowed a leadoff single to Miguel Cabrera to start the fourth, there was uneasy sense of deja vu at Fenway.

But Pomeranz quickly erased Cabrera on a double play and through five innings had allowed just three hits and a walk.

He got into some trouble in the sixth when he allowed a one-out, two-run homer to Jose Iglesias, erasing what had been a 1-0 Red Sox lead.

But Pomeranz was far sharper than his first outing, threw his curveball for more strikes and kept the Tigers mostly off-balance. His line (6 IP; 4 H; 2 ER; 2 BB; 7 K) will be more than good enough on most nights.

Just not Monday night.

 

3) They may lead MLB in runs scored, but there are still nights when the Red Sox offense can frustrate

It happened last Friday when they loaded the bases with no out against the Twins - and failed to score in a 2-1 loss.

It was more of the same Monday night when the Sox loaded the bases in the ninth -- and managed just one run.

The problems weren't limited to the ninth, of course. The Sox put the leadoff man on in both the seventh and eighth innings -- and didn't score.

For the game, the Sox left 11 men on and were just 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position.