Five from the second


Five from the second

RALEIGH, N.C. Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins and Hurricanes locked in a 1-1 tie at the end of the first 40 minutes at the RBC Center.

1) Hurricanes outhitting the Bruins 14-7 through two periods. Never a good sign for the end result as far as the Bruins are concerned.

2) Two shots on net, six wins in nine draws and plenty of give-and-go passing for Patrice Bergeron to go along with his hard work rebound goal scored in the second period. Hes putting together a pretty good example of what he brings to the table every single night.

3) Thirteen saves for Tim Thomas, who looks locked in aside from the Patrick Dwyer goal surrendered following Bostons score. Thomas is partially absolved for the one goal surrendered as it appeared Dwyer got a high top on Brandon Sutters rocket before it shot past Thomas.

4) A great night for Cam Ward, who made a handful of great saves on the Bruins including a point blank stop on Shawn Thornton on a backhanded shovel attempt. Ward has 22 saves in all and hes had a fair number of scoring chances tossed against him by the Bruins.

5) Four blocked shots and three takeaways for Jiri Tlusty, who has been a fore-checking demon for the Hurricanes tonight.

First impressions: Owens improves, Scott scuffles


First impressions: Owens improves, Scott scuffles

NEW YORK -- First impression from Red Sox' 5-1 loss to the Yankees:

* Henry Owens looked improved over earlier starts.

The lefty took the place of Drew Pomeranz Thursday night and pitched into the fifth inning, allowing two runs on four hits.

Talent evaluators believe that Owens has the stuff necessary to be a back-end starter in the big leagues if -- and that's a big qualifier -- he can command his pitches.

Alas, that's often been an issue for Owens, who averaged 3.4 walks per nine innings last season in Boston and, in four starts earlier this season, a bloated 9.3 walks per nine innings.

On Thursday night, Owens showed far better control, issuing just two walks. Further, he managed to pitch ahead in the count, giving him an advantage against the New York lineup. And mixing his changeup and fastball, he fanned six.

* Robby Scott had a bad night at a bad time.

Scott's in the mix to make the Red Sox post-season roster as a lefty specialist, competing against the likes of Fernando Abad.

He had been effective in most of his previous outings, with no runs allowed in six appearances with five strikeouts and a walk.

But brought in to face Brian McCann with runners on first and second and one out in the sixth, he yielded a single to center.

After getting Aaron Hicks on a flyout, he walked rookie Tyler Austin to force in a run, then heaved a wild pitch that scored another run before retiring Brett Gardner on a flyout.

Keeping in mind that Scott wouldn't be asked to face that many righthanders were he to make the post-season roster, Thursday's outing wasn't helpful in making his case.

* Yoan Moncada is gone for now.

The Red Sox announced that the rookie third baseman had traveled to Fort Myers to prepare for his upcoming assignment in the Arizona Fall League next month.

Expectations were high for Moncada when he joined the Red Sox on Labor Day weekend in Oakland and when he collected multiple hits in each of his first two starts, it appeared as though he would get most of the playing time at third for the remainder of the season.

But not long after, Moncada began chasing breaking balls out of the strike zone and looking very much overmatched at the plate. HE struck out in nine consecutive at-bats.

That doesn't mean that Moncada won't someday -- likely in the not-too-distant future -- be a very good major league player. But it is a reminder of how big a jump it is to go from Double A.

And, it served to point out how remarkable Andrew Benintendi has been in making that same jump.