Camper tallies first NHL goal in win over Sens

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Camper tallies first NHL goal in win over Sens

KANATA, ON Carter Camper might have never guessed that his first career NHL goal would be a garbage man special, cleaning up a loose puck right in front of the net. But the 23-year-old didnt seem to care.

Camper's goal came in his third game with the Bruins and ended up being pretty important in Bostons 5-3 win over the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place. It was the stuff of boyhood dreams for a youngster that hasnt quite awoken from his NHL dream just yet.

I definitely have dreamed about that from the time I was a little kid skating in the backyard or all by myself just dreaming of maybe someday scoring my first NHL goal, said Camper. Josh Hennessy made a great play on the fore-check getting the puck loose. I saw McQuaid shoot it from the point and saw the puck loose, and I was able to just shoot it in.

I saw the puck go in and I saw everybody celebrating. It didnt really hit me until I got back to the bench, but it was pretty cool. Whether it's one shift, five shifts or ten shifts I just want to go out there and make a difference.

Camper only skated 10 shifts and 5:57 of ice time, but he maximized his chances by waiting for Ottawa backup goaltender Alex Auld to fumble around Adam McQuaids point shot.

Once the puck had managed to elude Aulds glove hand it was up to Camper to attack the net. Instant offense is exactly what the Bruins had in mind when they called the undrafted free agent out if Miami (OH), but tight, must-win hockey games arent all that conducive to learning.

Even so, Camper is getting a piece or two per game to add to his pro experience and NHL body of work, and all of that amounted to some production on Saturday night. Claude Julien has enjoyed seeing Campers progress over a handful of games, and the novelty never wears off seeing an excited youngster tasting success at the NHL level for the first time.

Those kinds of rookie moments can bring energy and enthusiasm to a veteran hockey club full of players with their eyes on the Stanley Cup prize.

I was really happy for him. Every time we put him on I had to be careful because the Ottawa coaches were putting their top line out there, said Julien. I didnt have an opportunity to play them too, too much. So that line didnt see as much ice as I would have liked to, but they scored a big goal.

It was nice to see all three working hard, and I thought Carter did a great job of standing his ground around the net, finding that puck and finding a way to score.

It wasnt the one-time sniper shot that Carter might have dreamed it would be, but it goes down as an official NHL goal in the books for a player that hopes to stick around for a while.

Anniversary of Andy Marte trade a reminder that not all prospects hit

Anniversary of Andy Marte trade a reminder that not all prospects hit

In a week that has seen the Red Sox trade arguably the best prospect in baseball, Thursday can serve as a reminder that not all prospects -- even the great ones -- end up hitting. 

Eleven years ago today, the Red Sox traded Edgar Renteria to the Braves, and in eating some of the veteran shortstop’s contract got Atlanta to give them third baseman Andy Marte. 

Andy freaking Marte. Those stupid, stupid Braves.

If you were a baseball fan at the time, you were flummoxed at the notion that the Braves, who were a factory for developing good, young players, would trade the No. 9 prospect in all of baseball from 2005, according to Baseball America. At 22 years old, he was coming off seasons that saw him hit 23 homers in Double-A and 20 in Triple-A. 

“There’s nothing not to like about Andy Marte. He’s and outstanding defender with a chance to be an impact player offensively,” an opposing Double-A manager said of him, per Baseball America. 

Some of the other guys in the top 10 that year? Joe Mauer, Felix Hernandez and Scott Kazmir. Sitting one spot behind Marte on the list? Hanley Ramirez. 

And when the Red Sox got Marte, he immediately shot up to No. 1 on the Baseball America’s list of Boston’s prospects. Look at the rest of this list. Hell, there’s a combined 10 All-Star nods between Nos. 2 and 3 alone, and that’s not to mention the American League MVP sitting at No. 5. 

So what did Marte do for the Red Sox? Well, he got them Coco Crisp. After Theo Epstein returned from his hiatus, he shipped Marte, the recently acquired Guillermo Mota (dude got traded three times in six months), Kelly Shoppach, a player to be named later and cash for Crisp, Josh Bard and David Riske. 

Crisp didn’t exactly rip it up in Boston, but Epstein’s (and then-Braves general manager John Schuerholz’) foresight to trade Marte proved wise. Marte spent six seasons in Cleveland, seemingly given every chance to break out, but never played more than 81 games. He was designated for assignment in 2009 and cleared waivers, allowing him to stay with the organization as a Triple A player. The next season was his final one in Cleveland, and he left a six-season stint in with the organization having averaged just 50 games, three homers and 16 RBI at the Major League level. 

Marte would bounce around a bit in the Pittsburgh and Angels organizations, but he didn’t make it back up to the bigs until 2014 on a July 31 callup with the Diamondbacks. He’s now playing in Korea. 

Great prospects often become great players, and the Red Sox’ roster is proof of that. Strikeout concerns aside, there’s not much to suggest Yoan Moncada won’t be an absolute stud. Fans looking for silver lining to losing a top-tier prospect (other than the fact that you could Chris Sale for the guy), can look back 11 years and hope for the best. A lot of people were wrong about Andy Marte.

Rowe: Hamstring injury 'frustrating' after solidifying spot in secondary

Rowe: Hamstring injury 'frustrating' after solidifying spot in secondary

FOXBORO -- The timing of Eric Rowe's hamstring injury was less than ideal.

It seemed as though the Patriots had finally figured out their best combination in the secondary in recent weeks with Malcolm Butler at left corner, Rowe at right corner and Logan Ryan in the slot. Then Rowe's hamstring gave out late in the third quarter of Sunday's win over the Rams. 

"I was finally getting into a groove," Rowe said Wednesday. "It does set me back, just me not being out there practicing to keep it going. It is a little frustrating, but that’s part of the NFL. Just another thing I have to take on."

Rowe was spotted in the locker room after the win with ice wrapped around his left hamstring. Even after a chance to watch film of the game, he said he's still unsure as to how he got hurt.

"I’ve played in cold games in college," he said. "I was nice and stretched. I obviously stretch my hamstrings a lot because I do a lot of running. Just one play, a regular play, and I was just running and it came on me. I still can’t figure it out. It is frustrating."

Rowe was inactive following the team's Week 9 bye, but since then he's been close to an every-down player. He did not miss a snap against the 49ers and he played all but one play against the Jets. Against the Rams, he played 33 snaps before his injury. 

Rookie corner Cyrus Jones filled in for the fourth quarter. The Patriots also could use corner Justin Coleman -- who has been active for the last three games -- to help in the defensive backfield should Rowe miss any time. Undrafted rookie corner Jonathan Jones is also an option, though he has been used primarily as a special-teamer this season.

"I’m just trying to take it day by day and get better," he said before Wednesday's practice. "Obviously, hamstrings are nothing to play with. I’m not going to try to rush myself out there and make it worse."

Rowe was present at the start of Wednesday's workout, but he was not spotted during cornerback drills toward the end of the media availability portion of practice. The first injury report of the week will be released later in the day on Thursday.