Haggerty: 15 thoughts from the Bruins-Devils

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Haggerty: 15 thoughts from the Bruins-Devils

NEWARK Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins leading the Devils by a 2-1 score after the first 20 minutes of hockey at the Prudential Center.

1) So much for Nathan Hortons December struggles. After netting only three goals in 12 games over the last month, Horton gets a power play goal on the doorstep off a nice feed from David Krejci to get his new month off and running. As some other offensive players cool off, the Bs could really use a nice offensive streak from Horton over the next few weeks.

2) Gritty work by Gregory Campbell in front of the net as he won the one-on-one battle with Mark Fayne in front of the net as an Andrew Ference shot glanced off the skate before landing in the net. Ference gets the assist and the Bruins are 11-0-0 this season when the defenseman registers a point tops on the team in the undefeated category.

3) The Bruins have won 16 out of 18 face-offs in the first period including a perfect 8-for-8 for David Krejci. Thats complete and utter domination for the Czech centerman and its also a far cry from the Dallas game when he had a rough night on draws.

4) Fifteen saves for Tim Thomas in the first period as he looked on point as the Devils threw barrage after barrage at him early in the game. He was at his best turning New Jersey back on their power play until an over-aggressive Brad Marchand play turned into a clean look and power play goal for David Clarkson. Can you believe he leads the Devils in goals?

5) A pair of delay of game penalties for pucks getting thrown over the boards. Is there a more ridiculous penalty more frequently called than this, and should it even be called when a team is on the penalty kill?

NEWARK Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Devils by a 3-1 score after the first 40 minutes of hockey at the Prudential Center.

1) Rich Peverley still looking a little rusty after a couple of games back in the lineup. He walked right in from the right point all alone and missed David Krejci on the backdoor as he opted to fling a puck at the net that missed wide. It looks like the instincts and the quick reactions still are a little off for him, but thats to be expected after missing a handful of games.

2) Three giveaways each for Adam Henrique and Ilya Kovalchuk, who are also getting destroyed in the face-off circle by David Krejci and the Bruins. Theyre treating the puck like its made of plutonium purchased from Libyan terrorist. What movie?

3) A ten-minute misconduct for chirping with the refs for Benoit Pouliot in the second period. Pouliot has done some very good things for the Bruins this season, but he is very much a wild card as a player for them. Youre never quite sure what hes going to do out there.

4) A perfect example why Patrice Bergeron is a worthy candidate of the Selke Trophy award this season. He blocks the Adam Larsson shot at one end, turns it into a breakaway and then beats Martin Brodeur on the ensuing breakaway while waiting him out in front of the net. He should just send that tape to the hockey voters as proof of his candidacy.

5) Three shots on net in 12:54 for Brad Marchand, who doesnt have any points but has been pretty active including the over-aggressive play that led to New Jerseys only goal.

NEWARK Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins taking down the Devils by a 6-1 score after 60 minutes of hockey at the Prudential Center.

1) A pair of goals from the Bs fourth line. When that happens it means Boston is doing some damage as they were on Wednesday night.

2) The Bruins continue their third period domination this season. Its become their victory signature to impose their will and really discourage teams in the final 20 minutes of their hockey games.

3) Two assists for Milan Lucic in a quietly great evening for No. 17.

4) When Patrice BergeronBrad MarchandTyler Seguin are attacking with speed and tenacity there are few forward combos that can hang with them and that was the case tonight with New Jersey.

5) David Krejci won 13-of-17 face-offs in the wins and has a six-game point streak going on for the Bruins after a quiet start to the evening.

Quotes, notes and stars: Betts belts three home runs

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Quotes, notes and stars: Betts belts three home runs

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 6-2 win over the Orioles.

 

QUOTES

"If he has a boy, he ought to make him Mookie after tonight's outing.'' - John Farrell on Jackie Bradley Jr., who left the team for a paternity leave after Mookie Betts slugged three homers.

"I know each day that I've got it. I wake up, I know I have it. I come to the field, I know I have it.'' - Xander Bogaerts on his ongoing hitting streak.

"He's probably one of the few guys, every time I see him hit, I think he's going to hit a homer. He's just that presence that he has in the batter's box.'' - Bogaerts on Betts.

"This is probably my best night; first time I've ever done that.'' - Betts, when asked where the game ranks individually for him in his career.

"I wanted to locate the heater good, not force it too much, don't try to throw hard - just try to throw strikes.'' - Eduardo Rodriguez on his season debut.

 

NOTES:

* Xander Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to 24 games, second-longest in baseball this season.

* Bogaerts has hit safely in 36-of-38 games at a .399 clip with 33 runs scored and 23 driven in.

* Eduardo Rodriguez two runs or fewer in each of his three career starts at Camden Yards.

* The Sox had back-to-back homers (Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia) for the first time this season.

* Mookie Betts had a three-homer game for the first time in his career.

* Betts became the first Red Sox player to homer three times in the same game since Will Middlebrooks did so on April 7, 2013.

* The last time the Sox began a game with back-to-back homers was July 27, 2011 when Jacoby Ellsbury and Pedroia did so.

* The Red Sox scored multiple runs in the first inning for the 20th time in 51 games.

* David Ortiz extended his own hit streak to eight games.

 

STARS:

1) Mookie Betts

Betts belted three homers -- one to left, one to center and one to right -- for the first time in his career and also contributed a brilliant diving catch in right in the seventh inning.

2) Eduardo Rodriguez

Rodriguez made his season debut and allowed two runs on six hits through six innings and didn't issue a single walk while fanning three.

3) Chris Young

Getting a rare start in center, Young made a spectacular catch to likely rob Manny Machado of a two-run homer, while drawing a walk and adding a single and a run scored.