Rolston, Mottau glad to get first game out of way

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Rolston, Mottau glad to get first game out of way

BOSTON -- Brian Rolston and Mike Mottau are happy that this one's over with.

Two of the three newest Bruins played on Tuesday night at the TD Garden against the Ottawa Senators, after arriving Tuesday morning.

Rolston played 8:21 while centering a line with Benoit Pouliot and Jordan Caron, while Mottau played 10:49 on a defensive unit with Adam McQuaid.

The Bruins lost 1-0. Neither were on the ice for the lone goal of the game. So they got that going for them.

But even if they were, Tuesday night was nothing more than a feeling out process for two players trying to adjust to a new system with new teammates.

"It's good to get that one behind me, for sure," said Rolston after the loss. "You have a little nerves, especially coming in. But I think Mottau and I both got that one behind us and we'll move on and be better next game."

"It was a great feeling pulling the jersey on, going out there for warm-ups," said Mottau. "Playing in the first one, it's good to get the first one out of the way."

Bruins coach Claude Julien is more anxious to work with the two players at practice on Wednesday, while acknowledging that it's awfully tough to judge their game in this type of situation, after being traded at the deadline on Monday afternoon.

"They showed up this morning, and I certainly didn't expect miracles out of those guys," said Julien after the loss. "Again, it's always hard to judge those guys, because the guys around them didn't do very well. Rolston and Mottau didn't look bad, but they probably looked even better if we would have been better around them."

Both Rolston and Mottau said they feel good, physically. Now, it's just trying to get the system down, which Rolston admitted, shouldn't be a problem, especially if he stays at center.

"I played center tonight, which I haven't played in a while, so that's another little bit of an adjustment that I have to make," said Rolston. "But I've played long enough where I've played center a lot of years. And it will just take me a game or two to feel a little more sharp there."

Tuesday marked Mottau's first game as a Bruin. Rolston can't say the same. And his return to Boston brought out plenty of emotions as he received an ovation from the crowd at the TD Garden.

"It was great. I'm very happy to be here," said Rolston after the game. "Obviously I got a warm reception from the crowd, which means a lot to me. It was a lot of fun. And like I said, I had my legs under me a little bit. I hadn't skated in a couple days. So it will be good to get another practice in, and start feeling a little more comfortable.

"Your emotions, you're thinking about all those things all day, pretty much. And it almost kind of exhausts you at times. But like I said, this day, I'm glad it's behind us. Now we can move on and be a little bit more comfortable on the ice."

Highlights: Revs earn 2-1 win over Sounders

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Highlights: Revs earn 2-1 win over Sounders

Highlights from Gillette Stadium as the New England Revolution went down early but came back to get the 2-1 victory over Seattle.

Warriors force Game 7 with 108-101 win over Thunder

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Warriors force Game 7 with 108-101 win over Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Klay Thompson made a playoff-record 11 3-pointers and scored 41 points, and the defending champion Golden State Warriors forced a seventh game in the Western Conference finals with a 108-101 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night.

Stephen Curry bounced back from a slow start to finish with 29 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

The Warriors, who set the league's regular-season record with 73 wins, will host Game 7 on Monday. The winner will play Cleveland in the NBA Finals.

Oklahoma City dominated Games 3 and 4 at home, but the Warriors made 21 of 44 3-pointers on Saturday, while Oklahoma City was 3 of 23.

Kevin Durant scored 29 points and Russell Westbrook added 28 for the Thunder. But Durant made just 10 of 31 shots and Westbrook was 10 of 27.

Trying to become the 10th team to overcome a 3-1 deficit, the Warriors trailed much of the game and trailed by eight going to the fourth quarter.

Thompson kept them in it with four 3-pointers in just over seven minutes to start the period. Curry then hit two 3s, the second of which tied the game at 99 with 2:47 to play.

Thompson's 3 with 1:35 to play put the Warriors up 104-101.

The Thunder, who blew a number of fourth-quarter leads during the regular season, fell apart in the final minutes after Golden State had finally gone ahead for good.

Westbrook lost control of the ball, and after Thompson missed a 3, Westbrook turned the ball over again. Curry's layup with 14.3 seconds to play put the Warriors up by five, the Thunder turned it over again, and the Warriors were in the clear.

The Thunder led 23-20 after one quarter, then seized momentum early in the second. Steven Adams' powerful one-handed dunk on Draymond Green drew a roar from the crowd and gave Oklahoma City a 37-28 lead. Green, who had hit Adams in the groin area twice during the series, was a constant target for the vocal Thunder fans.

Thompson opened the second half with back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Warriors a 54-53 edge, but the Thunder closed the quarter strong and led 83-75 heading into the fourth.

McAdam: Red Sox relievers didn’t do the job vs. Toronto

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McAdam: Red Sox relievers didn’t do the job vs. Toronto

Sean McAdam joins SNC to discuss the Red Sox bullpen giving up a 4-run lead in the late innings of their loss to the Blue Jays.

Watch the video above.