Haggerty: 15 thoughts from Bruins-Senators


Haggerty: 15 thoughts from Bruins-Senators

Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins trailing the Senators by a 1-0 score after the first 20 minutes at TD Garden.

1) Sloppy, disjointed, uninspired first 20 minutes for the Bruins coming off an 11-day, six-game road trip. Its not surprising given how grinding that road swing was for the Black and Gold complete with a couple of news parts when they got back to Boston, but Bruins need to dig deeper against a team like Ottawa thats tailing them in the division.

2)Joe Corvo shied away from contact a couple of different times on battles for the puck and didnt want to finish a check on Kyle Turris in the first period. Thats a pretty far sight from manning up. Perhaps he got a preemptive strike phone call from the league, but thats still pretty weak sauce.

3)A bad call or two against the Bruins in the opening period, but they also didnt do much to deserve any good breaks. The tripping call on Brian Rolston was shaky, but Ottawa executed a beautiful power play freeing up Erik Karlsson from the high point while Daniel Alfredsson was screening in front of the net.

4) Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron accounted for four of the Bs seven shots in the first period. Its time for the rest of the team to snap out of their daze and get involved in the game. Way too many passengersonlookers in the first period.

5) Brian Rolston with pretty good jump and aggression in the first period getting back into the Bs lineup. He earned the tripping minor penalty, but he also blocked a pair of shots and got more involved in the play than some of the younger players theyd attempted to insert into the lineup.

Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins trailing the Senators by a 1-0 score after the first 40 minutes at TD Garden.

1) Tim Thomas has been outstanding through two periods and is keeping the Bruins in the game with 30 saves after the first 40 minutes. His leaping recovery to stuff an Erik Condra shot at the doorstep was vintage Thomas in both venturing out of the net and then finding a way to recover for the save. Bruins should be down three or four goals with the tired way theyve played this game.

2)Kyle Turris getting a lot of the Bruins attention in the second period. Shawn Thornton skated behind the Ottawa Senators forward and whispered a little something to the elbow-thrower after he crashed into Tim Thomas and the Boston net, and Milan Lucic trucked him after already earning a delayed call for a slash on Erik Karlsson. The one guy that hasnt gone after him is Joe Corvo.

3)Erik Condra missed what might be the most wide open net of the season midway through the period and thats looming large with Ottawa only leading by a single goal. Tim Thomas was way out of the crease and a puck bounced right to Condra as he worked his way to the open net-mouth, but Condra went wide left with the entire crease to shoot at.

4)Almost 15 minutes for Brian Rolston and Mike Mottau tonight and theres been little influence from either player on the game. Its to be expected given that everything is new to them, but facts are facts.

5)Two shots on net for the Chris KellyDavid KrejciMilan Lucic line and they need to get a little more involved in the final 20 minutes to at least squirrel one point away from the game.

Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins falling to the Senators by a 1-0 score after 60 minutes of frustrating hockey at TD Garden.

1)Bruins finally show a little urgency with 13 shots in the final period, but one has to wonder where this was in the first 40 minutes? Still not enough traffic and not enough rebound retrieval in front of the net.

2)Looks like it really was just the flu with Shawn Thornton last week. Hes been skating with good energy and aggressiveness tonight and seems like one of the few Bs skaters with his wheels. A couple of good scoring chances in the second and third period for Thornton, but he couldnt hit the net with his shots.

3)Good effort by Robin Lehner in the third period with a couple of gloves saves once the Bruins finally got their offensive untracked. A Benoit Pouliot tip of an Andrew Ference point shot was a tough save, and he made a glove stop on a tipped David Krejci bid during a Boston power play.

4)Six shots on net for Kyle Turris, who was active and wasnt playing very frightened throughout the 60 minutes at TD Garden.

5) Bs still without consecutive wins since Jan. 12-13. The mediocrity and .500 hockey continues for the Black and Gold.

Brady legal team adds former Solicitor General Olson


Brady legal team adds former Solicitor General Olson

Tom Brady’s legal team has added another heavy hitter with Supreme Court experience and has filed a motion for more time to mull another appeal.

Former US Solicitor General Ted Olson, who has argued more than 60 cases before the Supreme Court, has been added as counsel in the wake of the Patriots quarterback’s Deflategate suspension being reinstated. 

Sports Illustrated legal analyst and University of New Hampshire law professor Michael McCann calls the move the "clearest sign yet they will exhaust their appeals rather than give up."

In addition to filing a notice Friday that added Olson, the NFLPA, on behalf of Brady, requested an extension of the window to appeal the Second Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision that reinstated the four-game suspension imposed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The window is normally 14 days and this motion requests and additional two-week extension. 

From the court filing:

”The Court's opinion will affect the rights of every player in the NFL. Accordingly, the NFLPA and its members would benefit from additional time to analyze the implications of the decision for labor-management relations between the NFL and the NFLPA."

Olson, 75, was assistant attorney general from 1981-84 and Solicitor General under President George W. Bush from 2001-04. He has won 75 percent of his Supreme Court cases, which include two Bush v. Gore cases.

Friday's lineups: Red Sox vs. Yankees


Friday's lineups: Red Sox vs. Yankees

BOSTON -- Henry Owens will be on the mound tonight, making his second start of the season, as the Red Sox play the Yankees for the first time in 2016.

The lineups:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Carlos Beltran RF
Mark Texeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez DH
Brian McCann C
Starlin Castro 2B
Chase Headley 3B
Didi Gregorius SS
Masahiro Tanaka P

Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Travis Shaw 3B
Brock Holt LF
Ryan Hanigan C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Henry Owens P

After up-and-down rookie season, Hunter looks to get stronger


After up-and-down rookie season, Hunter looks to get stronger

WALTHAM, Mass. – R.J. Hunter no longer has to worry about summer days spent with his nose inside a textbook (or tablet) while taking summer school classes.
But make no mistake about it.
The Celtics rookie knows he has a lot to learn in what will be an important offseason in his growth as an NBA player.
There were many things to like about Hunter, who was selected by Boston with the 28th overall pick in last June’s NBA Draft.
But like most rookies, Hunter’s play was an up and down affair throughout the season.
He appeared in 36 regular-season games, averaging 2.7 points and 1.0 rebounds in 8.8 minutes per game. In the playoffs, he appeared in five games and averaged 1.0 points, 1.2 rebounds in 8.2 minutes.
He had flashes of big-time talent like the 12-point performance against the Atlanta Hawks in November. But those type of games were few and far between as that would serve as his only double-digit scoring game of the season.
“It was up and down, but a lot more ups than downs,” Hunter said following his exit interview on Friday. “I was further along than I thought I would be. It’s kind of cool to see what I have to work on for the summer and not have summer school or any other summer obligation. I think it’ll be a fun summer.”
The big thing for Hunter this summer is to, well, get bigger.
He came into the NBA amid concerns that his lithe frame would not withstand the physical rigors of the NBA.
And while there’s no question Hunter had his problems at times defensively due to not being stronger, he seemed to know where he needed to be and what to do most of the time when he was no the floor.
That’s why for him to solidify himself as a viable option for the Celtics next season, it’s important that he put in the time to improve his overall strength.
Hunter said he will be doing that throughout the summer with half of his time spent here in Waltham.
“That takes time and a lot of dedication,” Hunter said. “But I’m definitely up for it.”
In addition to strengthening his body, he’ll also look to improve his understanding and knowledge of the game through studying video.
Among those he will study is Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver, a player Hunter said he has been watching video of all season.
“You look at how hard Kyle Korver cuts all game long,” Hunter said. “It’s things like that. It’s about getting conditioning, getting stronger and doing a lot of preparation before the shot.”
Hunter said this will be the first time he has watched video in the summer months.
“That should put me two or three steps ahead to when the season starts,” he said.
Which would then put Hunter in strong contention to see his role next season expanded, especially when you consider his strength – shooting the ball – is arguably the biggest weakness on this Celtics’ roster.