No suspension for Evgeni Malkin

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No suspension for Evgeni Malkin

TAMPA Evgeni Malkin wont be receiving any further scrutiny from the NHL after his boarding hit on Johnny Boychuk in the third period of Bostons Sunday afternoon loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

There will be no hearing and no supplemental discipline from Brendan Shanahan and the Department of Player Safety for Malkin, and there wasnt much expectation from the Bruins that it would amount to anything. Boychuk exited to the dressing room briefly following the hit to have his nose checked out after his face was plastered into the boards, but he finished up the third period.

So there was no injury.

It also appeared that Boychuk might have slightly turned away from Malkin just before contact was made on the hit, and Malkin has no prior history of borderline hits with the league. Above and beyond that theres also the perceived superstar treatment from the league: it oft-times takes something far above and beyond the pale from one of the leagues top players to merit a fine, hearing or suspension.

Bruins coach Claude Julien casually referenced that following Sunday afternoons loss while also acknowledging the difficulty of Shanahans job parsing through each and every controversial hit at the league offices.

Theyre the ones that make those decisions. We dont like those hits. My job is tough enough as it is, said Julien. I dont want to do his because Shanahans job is tough as well. Well let him do his job and Ill do mine. Well move on. Youve just got to look at it that way.

For different reasons they make their assessments and decide. We as coaches have to do our jobs and work with the guys we have. Worrying about a Malkin suspension is wasting a lot of time because it doesnt change anything on our team.

The best news for the Bruins: Boychuk took a pretty healthy face-plant into the boards and walked away from it just a couple of weeks after suffering a mild concussion stemming from a Chris Neil steam-roller hit.

Patriots address OL depth with Joe Thuney

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Patriots address OL depth with Joe Thuney

The selection of Joe Thuney with the 78th overall pick means the Patriots hit a need position at offensive tackle.

Thuney played tackle on right and left side and, while he’s small relative to the Patriots mountainous starting tackles (6-5, 295 pounds), he will likely have a redshirt year to get used to the pro game. That’s what happened with left tackle Nate Solder when he was drafted in 2011 and Matt Light was still manning left tackle.

With Vollmer getting closer to the end, Thuney could conceivably play on the edge but he also has the versatility to play all five offensive line spots. The Patriots don’t need him at all five. They are two deep at center with Bryan Stork and David Andrews, seem set at guard with Tre Jackson, Josh Kline and Shaq Mason.

The depth behind Solder and Vollmer is where the concern is. Marcus Cannon hasn’t developed any consistency and Cameron Fleming is entering his third season but remains nothing to get excited about. L’Adrian Waddle was an in-season pickup the Patriots re-signed but he’s in the same boat as the other two. Keavon Martin and Chris Barker are end of the roster guys.

Thuney’s got a huge brain. He earned his degree in three years and is working on another in international studies with a minor in Spanish. While he’s seen as an aggressive, lunch pail guy with good feet but a little bit of body stiffness and no natural position, he’s got a lot of the traits the Patriots adore in terms of smarts, aggressiveness, versatility and coachability.

Quotes, notes, and stars: "No sign" of Ortiz slowing down

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Quotes, notes, and stars: "No sign" of Ortiz slowing down

Quotes, notes, and stars from the Red Sox' 4-2 win over the Yankees.

QUOTES:

* "He gathered himself and got a little rhythm as the night went along.'' - John Farrell on Henry Owens.

* "That's a rarity for Betances to leave his breaking ball up like he did. Once David saw it up, he attacked.'' - Farrell on David Ortiz's game-winning homer.

* "There's no sign of him slowing down. Tonight is a prime example of it. Key moment, big hit when we need it. There's a long resume there and it's continuing to build.'' - Farrell on Ortiz's ability to deliver in the clutch.

* "There were some mechanical adjustments that I made. I came out a little erratic, trying to do too much, maybe focusing too much. But as game went on, I kind of got into a rhythm.'' - Owens on his start.

* "I saw him throw a lot of breaking pitches to Mookie. The one they hit stayed up a little longer than usual. He's the kind of pitcher that, if you go up there looking for everything he's got, you're done.'' - Ortiz on his game-winning homer off Dellin Betances.

NOTES:

* Over his career, David Ortiz has hit 29 go-ahead homers from the eighth inning on.

* Ortiz has eight homers in his last 24 games against the Yankees.

* The win was the first this season for the Red Sox in a game in which they were tied or trailing after seven innings.

* The Red Sox have won five of their last six and seven of their last 10.

* The Yankees have been limited to three runs or fewer in their last six games.

* In 21 games, the Yankees have faced 10 lefty starters; in 22 games, the Red Sox have faced two.

* Masahiro Tanaka has issued just one walk in his last three starts.

STARS:

1) David Ortiz

With one swing of the bat, Ortiz untied a 2-2 game in the bottom of the eighth with a game-winning two-run homer.

2) Jackie Bradley Jr.

Bradley's penchant for delivering a big hit continued as he rapped a two-run double to left in the seventh to erase a 2-0 Yankee lead.

3) Masahiro Tanaka

He shut the Red Sox for six innings before allowing three hits and two runs in the seventh.

2016 NFL Draft: Patriots select QB Jacoby Brissett

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2016 NFL Draft: Patriots select QB Jacoby Brissett

The New England Patriots selected N.C. State quarterback Jacoby Brissett with the No. 91 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

It sure looks like the Patriots are looking to get support at quarterback incase Tom Brady is suspended.