Haggerty: Five thoughts from Bruins-Ducks

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Haggerty: Five thoughts from Bruins-Ducks

ANAHEIM, CA Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Anaheim Ducks locked in a scoreless tie after the first 20 minutes at the Honda Center.

1) Six saves for Marty Turco in a solid first period that saw him bounce back nicely from the disastrous start he had against the Tampa Bay Lightning last week. He looked well within the fact pace of the game and made a nice snapping glove save on Bobby Ryan at the end of the first period. Thats going to give the Bruins some confidence that he can make another couple starts for Boston over the last handful of games.

2) The Bruins have won 14 out of 18 face-offs in the first period led by Patrice Bergeron winning 6-of-8 and Gregory Campbell, David Krejci and Rich Peverley going undefeated in seven draws during the first period.

3) So why did Daniel Paille get scratched with Rich Peverley returning to the lineup? Quite simply all of the other candidates were playing far too well to hit the bench: Jordan Caron has been playing physical hockey with strength along the boards, and the third line of Rolston, Pouliot and Kelly has been Bostons best line for weeks now.

4) Bobby Ryan decked Patrice Bergeron near the end of the first period in front of the Anaheim bench, and really went at No. 37 aggressively. Will be interesting to see the Bruins answer here in the second period.

5) Rich Peverley looked good skating with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand in the first period. He had a nice attempt from the slot after Bergeron stole the puck from Cam Fowler, but Jonas Hiller snapped it up with a quick glove. Hiller has looked good today.

Fridays' Patriots-Ravens practice report: Richards returns to the field

Fridays' Patriots-Ravens practice report: Richards returns to the field

Friday's practice participation/injury report for Monday night's Patriots-Ravens game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
WR Danny Amendola (ankle)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
TE Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder)
DB Jordan Richards (knee)
LB Elandon Roberts (hamstring)
DB Eric Rowe (hamstring)
WR/SpT Matthew Slater (foot)

BALTIMORE RAVENS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
TE Crockett Gilmore (thigh)
LB Terrell Suggs (not injury related)
RB Lorenzo Taliaferro (thigh)
C Jeremy Zuttah (not injury related)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
G Alex Lewis (ankle)

FULL PARTICIPATION
G Marshal Yanda (shoulder)

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball.