Haggerty: Five thoughts from Bruins-Sharks

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Haggerty: Five thoughts from Bruins-Sharks

SAN JOSE, CA Here are ten thoughts from the game with the Bruins trailing the San Jose Sharks by a 1-0 score after the first 40 minutes of action at HP Pavilion.

FIRST PERIOD

1) The Bruins looked a little better as the first period rolled along, but they appeared to be a team trying to get their skating legs after a quick trip out to the West Coast. They were getting outshot 8-3 at one point in the period and the Sharks controlled time of possession in Bostons zone throughout the opening 20 minutes. The Bruins started bringing a little more energy as the period moved along, but they need to be better.

2) The Bruins made a couple of mistakes in their own zone early in the game and they were lucky to get out of the first period down 1-0. Dennis Seidenberg kicked a puck right to the front of the net, but Michael Handzus couldnt pounce on it quickly enough to do any damage, but Milan Lucic threw a bad pass out by the blue line that eventually turned into Joe Pavelskis score in the period.

3) The Bruins players are trying to get the nastiness and intensity going: Shawn Thornton tangled with Jason Demers after the Sharks forward didnt like a Gregory Campbell hit and Adam McQuaid nearly dropped the gloves with Dominic Moore in front of the two benches. Looks like the Sharks dont actually want to fight tonight, however.

4) Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci have each gone undefeated in three face-offs apiece in the first period while the rest of the Bs centermen have went 1-for-5 in the opening 20 minutes. Thats a nice number, but the Bruins need to start getting more puck possession time.

5) Tim Thomas was solid in the first period once again. Gave up the goal on a second-effort rebound stuff when his defense couldnt clear the puck out of the area around the net.

SECOND PERIOD

1) Nine shots through two periods for the Bruins. It looks like the Sharks are doing to the Bs what Boston did to Toronto in the defensive zone on Monday night. Only a couple of good chances for the Bs through two periods. Milan Lucic hit a crossbar off a David Krejci pass in the final few minutes of the second period.

2) Milan Lucic has three giveaways in the first periods and hasnt been too sharp with his passing tonight. Then he hit a crossbar late in the second period. Hes brought a physical element, but too many mistakes tonight.

3) Its pretty clear the Bruins were trying to initiate something with the Sharks to get themselves going, but San Jose doesnt want to drop the gloves. That can sometimes make it difficult for the Bruins to truly engage emotionally.

4) Tim Thomas continuing his strong play. He made a nice stop on a Brian Boyle point shot from the high slot area with Dominic Moore hanging around the front of the net, and then a leaping stop on an odd-man rush with Logan Couture feeding it to Martin Havlat on a 2-on-1. Nineteen saves on 20 shots for Thomas in another confidence-building game.

5) No shots on net for David Krejci, Chris Kelly, Patrice Bergeron, Benoit Pouliot or Jordan Caron. Time for the Bruins forward group to get involved in the game.

Wright-Phillips scores 16th goal, Red Bulls beat Revs 1-0

Wright-Phillips scores 16th goal, Red Bulls beat Revs 1-0

HARRISON, N.J. - Bradley Wright-Phillips scored his 16th goal of the season in the 55th minute and the New York Red Bulls beat the New England Revolution 1-0 on Sunday.

Revs goalkeeper Brad Knighton saved Alex Muyl's shot and Wright-Phillips put back the deflection with a half-volley into the right corner. Wright-Phillips has 61 goals in 100 career MLS games.

The Red Bulls (11-9-7) extended their undefeated streak to nine games and moved into a third-place tie in the East with the Philadelphia Union. The Revolution (6-12-9) are winless in their last six.

Has Brissett removed Patriots' need for veteran quarterback help?

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Has Brissett removed Patriots' need for veteran quarterback help?

FOXBORO – Talked to Jacoby Brissett on Sunday. His session with the media was as efficient and frills-free as his Friday night performance against the Carolina Panthers.

Brissett, the third-rounder From NC State, keeps improving. From 7-for-13 for 63 yards in the first game of the preseason to 9-for-13 for 87 yards Week 2 to a 9-for-9, 85-yard, one touchdown performance against Carolina.

He’s completed all manner of passes – inside, outside, checkdowns, tight windows – and looked preternaturally comfortable doing so.

Maybe I have a little recency bias working, but I don’t recall a drafted quarterback looking as poised and in command in his rookie preseason as Brissett has so far. Jimmy Garoppolo may have had more impressive game-by-game numbers, but Brissett oozes composure that that I don’t think Garoppolo matched.

Encircled by a media horde Sunday, Brissett was pleasant and perfunctory when asked about his performance.

“Definitely it was progress,” he said, adding that he’s, "still learning. I’m sure I’ll be learning until I leave here."

 Even though he was 9-for-9, Brissett said that watching film he could see “things you messed up on and could have done better.”

Asked for an example, Brissett talk about speed. At the line of scrimmage, going through progressions and delivering the ball, Brissett said all of it can improve.

The interesting question the Patriots face now is whether they are prepared to allow Brissett to be the lone backup to the still relatively green Garoppolo. Or does the team need an experienced backup to call on if Jimmy melts down?

Thursday night could be a telling evening for that. With Garoppolo unlikely to play a ton so the team can make sure he’s good to go for the opener, it comes down to who benefits more from reps against the Giants, Tom Brady or Brissett?

It shouldn’t be close. Brissett needs the reps.

Meanwhile, we made mention of Brissett’s relationship with Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells after he was drafted and I figured revisiting that on Sunday wouldn’t hurt.

Brissett said he’s circled up with Parcells “here and there” but smiled knowingly and said, “He’s not the head coach here so you kinda need to listen to what your coach here is saying.”

Sunday's Red Sox-Royals lineups: Holt in for Pedroia at second base

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Sunday's Red Sox-Royals lineups: Holt in for Pedroia at second base

The Boston Red Sox close out their three-game series against the Kansas City Royals without second baseman Dustin Pedroia. 

Brock Holt will be at second base for Pedroia who will miss the game, reportedly attending to a family matter.

Eduardo Rodriguez (2-5, 5.11 ERA) will be on the mound for the Sox, facing off against Yordano Ventura (9-9, 4.27 ERA).

The lineups:

ROYALS
Paulo Orlando CF
Cheslor Cuthbert 3B
Lorenzo Cain RF
Eric Hosmer 1B
Kendrys Morales DH
Salvador Perez C
Alex Gordon LF
Alcides Escobar SS
Raul Mondesi 2B
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Yordano Ventura RHP

RED SOX
Brock Holt 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Travis Shaw 3B
Chris Young LF
Sandy Leon C
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
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Eduardo Rodriguez LHP