NEW YORK Lane MacDermid was drafted by the Bruins as an overage player because he was fearless when challenging other players physically, and seemingly unfazed by the big moments in junior hockey.
MacDermid showed flashes of those some attributes during Bruins training camp over the last two years, and did it again in his NHL debut Sunday afternoon when he scrapped with noted tough guy Mike Rupp on his first shift of the day.
The MacDermid scrap was one of three hockey fights on the day for a Bruins team looking to fight their big, bad team identity against the first place New York Rangers, but it ended up falling just short in a 4-3 loss to the Blueshirts at Madison Square Garden.
MacDermid has been averaging 20 fights per season at the AHL level over the past three years and knew it was go time when Rupp started jostling with him at the face-off circle.
I said that I would fight if the opportunity was there and I got challenged, said MacDermid. Sometimes its in the back of my head whether I should or I shouldnt fight. I kind of got it out of the way and then just thought about playing after that.
Coach Claude Julien was impressed with the subtleties of MacDermids game: he had a good feel for getting on and off the ice for line changes, played good two-way shifts when he was out there and acquired himself with a lot of left-handed jabs when fellow Windsor Spitfires alum Rupp came looking for a fight.
I was hoping he was going to just play. I didnt think Rupp would go after a young guy, but he started whacking him and slashing him, said Julien. The kid stood up for himself. He did a great job and he handled himself well. For his first game he did some good things out there.
He wasnt hesitant. He was making some good decisions and good line changes: things that are very important in this league. He handled himself well for his very first game.
MacDermid finished with 5:26 of ice time on eight shifts in his NHL debut and didnt crack the scoresheet with anything else. But for a player the Bruins hope could someday become a Shawn Thornton-type player when hes fully developed, that was as good a start as any that he could have hoped for filling in for the injured Daniel Paille on the Bs Merlot Line.
With their first selection on Day 3 of the NFL Draft, the Patriots add another weapon for Tom Brady, selecting Georgia wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell, in the fourth round, No. 112 overall.
Mitchell, 5-11, 198, began his college career as a cornerback before moving to wide receiver.
David Ortiz's exploits with the Red Sox over the years can easily be described as "Ruthian."
That description became more fitting and Big Papi's legend grew Friday night when Ortiz made like the Babe by promising and delivering a home run to young fan named Maverick.
Ortiz connected with a two-run shot over the Green Monster in the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie and give the Red Sox a 4-2 victory over the rival Yankees.
Here's the video Ortiz and former Red Sox teammate Kevin Millar, now with the MLB Network, made for Maverick before the game.
And here's Maverick's response, via Millar:
Patriots owner Robert Kraft said the organization "will continue to have Tom's back" in reference to Tom Brady's four-game Deflategate suspension being reinstated.
Here's an excerpt of what Kraft, speaking Friday night at the Patriots draft party in a video on the team website, Patriots.com, told fans:
“Number one, there is no finer ambassador for the game of football, and the New England Patriots, than Tom Brady. We always have had and will continue to have Tom’s back, especially when he’s being treated unfairly and he knows that.”
"All the decisions that this organization and I personally have made throughout this ordeal have been focused on putting Tom in the best possible position for success.
“Number two, I have been in constant communication with Tom over the past 16 months and we’ve had numerous conversations this past week. We are both on the same page and he knows exactly where my allegiances, and the total team’s [allegiances] are, relative to the extremely unfair discipline that he has been subjected to.
“I share in our fans’ anger and frustration with the penalties the league has levied, and the entire process and how it was conducted. But please trust that I am always trying to do what I believe is best for this franchise, and pledge that I will always continue to do that.”
After the Second Circuit Court of Appeals decision reinstated Brady's four-game suspension imposed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, it appears Brady is preparing to continue his legal fight against the penalty.
Former Patriots players appear to have Brady's back, as well.