Haggerty: Five thoughts from Bruins-Lightning


Haggerty: Five thoughts from Bruins-Lightning

Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Lighting locked in a 1-1 tie after 20 minutes at the TD Garden.

1)This just in: Steven Stamkos is a filthy offensive player. One turnover near the offensive blue line was quickly fed in the other direction and Tim Thomas had no shot to stop Stamkos wrister from the right face-off dot. Hes got a chance to be only the second guy to 60 goals since the late-1990s with goal No. 54 tonight. Thats just nasty.

2)Shawn Thornton and the Bs fourth line look like theyre determined to make themselves difference-makers this season. A couple of hard, intense, energy-changing shifts and Thornton gets the well-deserved goal on a rebound after Zdeno Chara creates the shot with a deft move to the net through traffic. He looked more like Bobby Orr than Zdeno Chara with that trip to the net. Looks like hes enjoying the celebration for his 1,000th career NHL game.

3)The Bruins defense did hold the Lightning to only five shots on net. Once again theyre doing a good job of squeezing off the other teams offensive opportunities and discouraging anything around the net. Even their goal came on a shot from the outside, but Stamkos is dangerous even from there.

4)Bruins have won 14-out-of-20 face-offs and are once again wiping the floor with the other teams group of centers. Patrice Bergeron leading the way with seven wins in nine draws through the first period.

5)Bruins looked a little sluggish starting the game tonight, but that can be expected when going through a pregame ceremony like the one the Bruins had for Zdeno Chara commemorating his 1,000th NHL game. Loved the gift certificate for a three-day stay anywhere in the world for Chara and his family. Probably the only way Big Zee was footing the bill for a family vacation. Word out of the Bs room is that hes a notoriously thrifty guy.

Rookie Dak Prescott solid again, Cowboys beat Bears, 31-17


Rookie Dak Prescott solid again, Cowboys beat Bears, 31-17

ARLINGTON, Texas - Maybe the Cowboys will be OK without quarterback Tony Romo this time. The future of the Dallas running game with Ezekiel Elliott looks pretty good, too.

Dak Prescott led scoring drives on all four Dallas possessions in the first half before throwing his first career touchdown pass in fellow rookie Elliott's first 100-yard game, and the Cowboys beat the Chicago Bears 31-17 on Sunday night to snap an eight-game home losing streak.

With his second straight win, Prescott doubled the number of victories the Cowboys (2-1) had in 14 games without the injured Romo over three seasons before the fourth-round pick showed up.

Prescott's first TD pass was a 17-yarder to Dez Bryant for a 31-10 lead in the fourth quarter, and he's up to 99 throws without an interception to start his career. Philadelphia's Carson Wentz has 102, and those are the two highest career-opening totals for a rookie in NFL history.

"Dak's handled every opportunity he's had right from the start really, really well," coach Jason Garrett said. "No different tonight."

Brian Hoyer had trouble moving the Chicago offense early with Jay Cutler sidelined by a sprained right thumb as the Bears fell behind 24-3 at halftime and dropped to 0-3 for the second time in two seasons under coach John Fox.

Making his 27th career start for his fourth different team, Hoyer was 30 of 49 for 317 yards - a good portion of that with the game out of each late in the fourth quarter - and threw for two scores to Zach Miller.

"We haven't played a complete game," Fox said. "This week was the reverse of what we've had. We played very poorly in the first half."

Elliott finished with 140 yards on 30 carries, including a 14-yard run when he hurdled safety Chris Prosinski. The Cowboys kept giving him the ball while trying to work the clock with a two-touchdown lead in the fourth quarter a week after he was benched because of two fumbles in a win over Washington.

"Made a lot of good runs tonight, a lot tough runs, a lot of NFL runs," Garrett said. "He's physically tough. He's mentally tough."

It didn't even bother Prescott that Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith missed just the second game of his six-year career after his back tightened up during the week.

Prescott was 19 of 24 for 248 yards in Dallas' first home win since last year's opener, which was a week before the first of two broken left collarbones that kept Romo out of 12 games last season.

Romo is expected to miss about another month after breaking a bone in his back in the preseason.

Prescott had one of three rushing touchdowns for the Cowboys, who have seven this season after getting eight all of last year, when they finished 4-12.

Because the Bears fell behind again, they couldn't do much with the running game. They had just 15 carries for 73 yards and lost leading rusher Jeremy Langford to an ankle injury in the second half.