Pouliot comes up big again for Bruins


Pouliot comes up big again for Bruins

Who would have ever thought that Benoit Pouliot would be showing the way for the rest of the Bruins in the playoffs?

After setting up the game-winning overtime goal in Game 1 against the Washington Capitals, Pouliot did the scoring this time around on his own. The third line right winger cashed in on a backhander off a puck that ricocheted off a skate in front of the net, and tied up a game at 1-1 that was sent into double-overtime.

There it was ultimately decided by Nicklas Backstroms game-winner that evened the series at one apiece, but that was through no fault of Pouliot. Earlier in the game he had toe-dragged a puck right around Mike Green that resulted in a holding penalty, but his first career playoff goal in the third period turned out to be his only shot of the night.

I think the first game went pretty well for our line and today was the same thing, but weve just got to score a little more, said Pouliot. Braden Holtby tried to poke check the loose puck at the same time. I took a whack at it and it ended up in the net. So sometimes just put the puck or whack at it you never know whats going to happen and it ended up pretty good.

Despite all of that Pouliot was one of the most active Bs forwards, and set the example the rest of his fellow forwards should have been following by crashing the net and pouncing on a loose puck. Too often rookie goaltender Braden Holtby was leaving loose rebounds around the net, but the Bruins simply couldnt get to them.

Ben has been playing probably his best hockey since hes been here. They like his grittiness, and hopefully that can be contagious with some of our other guys right now. Thats what we need from everybody, said Claude Julien. Hes working hard and hes going to the net. Great pass last game for the winning goal, and great effort to jump on that loose puck to tie the game and force it into overtime. We need more of that from a lot of other players.

The Bs third line now has combined for two goals in Bostons first two playoff games this year, and Pouliot is taking a driving force role in their first round of the postseason after a year of regular season ups and downs.

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.