WINNIPEG The Bruins are going according to the plan expected when Tuukka Rask got the final home start backstopping the Bruins to a 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs last weekend. The Bs youngster is getting the call between the pipes against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre and will look to improve on 4-3-1 record and 2.09 goals against average and .924 save percentage that are creeping up the ranks.
Ondrej Pavelec is in goal for the Jets countering Rask, and fared pretty well against the Bruins in the two teams first matchup in Boston several weeks ago. No expected chances in a Bs lineup thats gone nuclear with a 14-0-1 record over their last 15 games, but could be headed for a letdown after Monday nights emotional win in Pittsburgh.
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BOSTON -- “I didn’t feel that love after I made a pitching change in the sixth inning,” Terry Francona said after a 45-second standing ovation from Boston fans upon receiving the MLB Manager of the Year award from the BBWAA Thursday.
It’s without question the love for Francona runs deep in the city. Why wouldn’t it? He was the leader in breaking the 86-year old curse, and wound up winning another World Series title for Boston three years later.
Actually, he was more of a co-leader, working alongside the same person who won the MLB Executive of the Year honors from the BBWAA for 2016.
Theo Epstein -- who received an ovation 17 seconds shorter than Francona, but who’s counting -- reminisced about the Red Sox ownership group that took a chance on a young kid who wasn’t necessarily the ideal candidate to take over as GM of a team, but now that’s helped him build the Chicago Cubs into a winning franchise and establish a great working environment.
This October marks 13 years since the ’04 championship, 10 years since ’07 and six years since the pair left Boston. Without question they’ve left their mark on the city and forever changed Red Sox baseball.
And while the fans showed their undying gratitude for Francona with an ovation almost as long as his acceptance speech, the Indians manager recognized the favor the current Red Sox brass has done for him.
“I’d like to thank Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox for getting Chris Sale the hell out of the Central Division,” Francona said.