Five from the third

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Five from the third

RALEIGH, N.C. Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins falling to the Hurricanes by a 4-2 score at the end of the first 60 minutes at the RBC Center.

1) Bruins just not bringing their A game tonight in Carolina. Its as simple as that.

2) Sixteen goals for Milan Lucic at the midpoint of the season. For a guy that people wrote off last years 30-goal season because of five empty-netters it appears hes proving himself as a legit 30-goal scorer in the league.

3) What did I tell you about the hits stat? Bruins were never in this game physically against the Hurricanes.

4) Two long point shots allowed by Tim Thomas in the third period is very unlike the Bs goaltender. Had two strong periods, but couldnt follow it up in the final 20 minutes where Boston is usually a good closer.

5) Not often you see the Bruins lose a third period, but they did tonight.

Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner

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Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner

BOSTON -- “I didn’t feel that love after I made a pitching change in the sixth inning,” Terry Francona said after a 45-second standing ovation from Boston fans upon receiving the MLB Manager of the Year award from the BBWAA Thursday.

It’s without question the love for Francona runs deep in the city. Why wouldn’t it? He was the leader in breaking the 86-year old curse, and wound up winning another World Series title for Boston three years later.

Actually, he was more of a co-leader, working alongside the same person who won the MLB Executive of the Year honors from the BBWAA for 2016.

Theo Epstein -- who received an ovation 17 seconds shorter than Francona, but who’s counting -- reminisced about the Red Sox ownership group that took a chance on a young kid who wasn’t necessarily the ideal candidate to take over as GM of a team, but now that’s helped him build the Chicago Cubs into a winning franchise and establish a great working environment.

This October marks 13 years since the ’04 championship, 10 years since ’07 and six years since the pair left Boston. Without question they’ve left their mark on the city and forever changed Red Sox baseball.

And while the fans showed their undying gratitude for Francona with an ovation almost as long as his acceptance speech, the Indians manager recognized the favor the current Red Sox brass has done for him.

“I’d like to thank Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox for getting Chris Sale the hell out of the Central Division,” Francona said.