Haggerty: 15 thoughts from Bruins-Panthers

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Haggerty: 15 thoughts from Bruins-Panthers

Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Florida Panthers locked in a scoreless tie after the first 20 minutes at TD Garden.

1)Good period from Jose Theodore making 12 stops to keep the Bruins off the board, and he made good stops on Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand on a shot-and-rebound flurry. But Theodore was also the beneficiary of three posts hit by Patrice Bergeron, Dennis Seidenberg and Nathan Horton.

2)Daniel Paille took a big hit from Krys Barch in the Florida tough guys first shift with the Panthers after coming over from the Dallas Stars, and never returned to the ice after looking wobbly upon getting up. Shawn Thornton followed up with a fight standing up for Paille after hed been run into the boards, but Barch had to have given Florida what they were looking for with that first shift. (Update: Paille will not return tonight)

3)Peter Chiarelli addressed the Dougie Hamilton contract prior to the game and indicated that he could threaten for a spot in Boston next season an interesting development considering Bostons defensemen situation.

4)Nathan Horton with a game-high three shots on net and two hits in a game against the Florida Panthers team that traded him to Boston two summers ago. Looks like Horton came fully motivated against his old hockey club.

5) Good job by the Panthers clogging up the lanes and area directly in front of the Florida net. If it looks familiar it should. Its the defense crafted by former Bs assistant coach Craig Ramsay that hes now brought to Florida with him this season. Ramsay and head coach Kevin Dineen are a big reason for the Florida turnaround.

Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins and Florida Panthers locked in a scoreless tie after the first 40 minutes at TD Garden.

1)Johnny Boychuk with another big hit on Mike Santorelli at mid-ice and then drops the gloves with Jack Skille to defend his perfectly clean, thunderous hit. Love watching Boychuk fight in those situations. You can tell it takes getting hit with a punch or two before he really gets angry and starts throwing but he pounded Skille once he got going.

2)A team-high five shots on net for Rich Peverley in 12:17 of ice time, and its appeared the third line has enjoyed some of the best shifts in the scoreless contest.

3)An excellent game for Kris Versteeg, who has been robbed several times by Tim Thomas down close to the net. Not surprising that Versteeg is blossoming in Florida as that always seemed like a good setting for a player with his makeup. Toronto was never going to be a good fit.

4)Two shots on net in 11:21 of ice time for Tyler Seguin tonight. A couple of decent shots, but I havent seen the burst and compete level that he was displaying in the first two months of the season.

5)Four posts hit tonight by the Bruins. It looks like these games with the Florida Panthers could be exercises in defensive execution this season, and that means stretches of boredom for the fans and media.

Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins falling to the Florida Panthers by a 2-0 score after 60 minutes at TD Garden.

1)One goal in the last 120 minutes of game action for the Bruins. Give credit to Ondrej Pavelec and Jose Theodore, but it looks like the free-flowing goals of November have stopped for the time being.

2)Jose Theodore stone-walling the Bruins? Where have we seen this before? Hmmm. A great effort with 38 stops for the Florida netminder.

3)Joe Corvo on ice for each of the last three even-strength goals surrendered by the Bruins. Looks like hes leaking some oil in the defensive end.

4)Zdeno Chara had a strange play where he was bunched with Adam McQuaid in by the right blue line, and his vacancy allowed a pick to slide out of the offensive zone. But Chara redeemed himself with a shift where he ripped three shots on net and set Tyler Seguin up for a golden scoring chance. Seguin missed the net with his quick wrist shot, however.

5) Yeoman work by Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron taking turns double-shifting in the absence of Daniel Paille early in the first period.

Quotes, notes and stars: Ramirez knows error 'can't happen'

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Quotes, notes and stars: Ramirez knows error 'can't happen'

Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels ofAnaheim

Quotes:

"I tried to get two (outs) before I got one. That can't happen." - Hanley Ramirez on his throwing error which cost the Red Sox the game.

"Executing pitches - that's the name of the game." - David Price on improvement he showed from his last start.

"Fourth time through the order, middle of the lineup. . . Price had done his job. In a one-run game, we felt it was best to start a clean inning with a reliever." - John Farrell after lifting David Price after eight innings and 108 pitches.

Notes:

* Reliever Brad Ziegler was charged with the loss for the second straight game.

* Each of the last seven Red Sox losses has been by one or two runs.

* Dustin Pedroia has reached base in 31 consecutive games.

* The Red Sox four-game losing streak is their longest of the season.

* The Sox are now 9-23 in their last 32 meetings with the Angels.

* David Price did not allow a run for the second time this season.

Stars:

1) David Price

After a stretch of shaky outings, Price did his job with eight scoreless innings, getting 14 outs on groundouts while walking just one.

2) Jered Weaver

At times, the radar gun made Weaver's pitches look like softball offerings. But mixing junk, he held the Sox to a single run over 5 1/3 innings

3) Mookie Betts

He had just one hit - single in the eighth - but his sacrifice fly in the third produced the only run of the night.

First impressions: Ziegler can't finish Price's strong start

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First impressions: Ziegler can't finish Price's strong start

First impressions from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

1) David Price pitched in the truest sense

Price wasn't necessarily overpowering with only six strikeouts in eight innings, but he succeeded in keeping the ball down in the zone, resulting in a ton of groundouts.

In eight innings, the Angels produced just two flouts to the outfield, both of them routine.

Otherwise, Price deftly mixed his changeup, slider and two-seamer to produce ground balls. His location was more precise and he induced weak contact in at-bat after at-bat.

 

2) The danger of a closer like Brad Ziegler was on display

The throwing error by Hanley Ramirez resulted in two runs scoring but Ziegler allowed three base hits to set the stage.

Ziegler doesn't get a lot of swing-and-miss with his sinker; what he gets is a lot of balls put in play. When things are going well, that results in groundouts; when they're not, it means baserunners and strange things happening.

As inconsistent as Craig Kimbrel has been in some non-save situations, he at least has the ability to record strikeouts and keep balls out of play.  That's not the case with Zieger, as the Red Sox learned the hard way in Anaheim Thursday night.

3) The Red Sox wisely took advantage of Jered Weaver on the bases

Weaver's high leg kick and reliance on off-speed pitches make for a slow delivery time to the plate. Dustin Pedroia would have easily stole second in the first but made the mistake of going into his slide too far ahead of the bag, and though initially ruled safe, was deemed out after a replay challenge.

In the sixth, Xander Bogaerts, was more successful in his stolen base. Neither steal led to a run, but the Sox did put some additional pressure on Weaver