Seguin youngest to lead B's in scoring

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Seguin youngest to lead B's in scoring

BOSTON -- If the Bruins are going to successfully defend their Stanley Cup, they're going to need goals from Tyler Seguin.

That may seem like an obvious statement. Because it is.

Nathan Horton (concussion) and Michael Ryder (no longer on the Bruins) aren't going to be on the ice when the playoffs begin. They combined for 16 goals last postseason, including five game-winning goals.

Somebody will need to carry that load. And that somebody will need to be Seguin.

The 20-year-old winger became the youngest player in Bruins history to lead the team in scoring on Saturday, after scoring a pair of goals and finishing his second regular season with 29 goals and 38 assists in 81 games.

That's quite a jump from his rookie season, which he finished with 11 goals and 11 assists in 74 games.

The Bruins will also need him to make that jump in the postseason, and improve upon his three goals and four assists from last year's playoff run.

"I think experienced helped me a lot least year, playing a couple of Game 7's, and the Stanley Cup Final Game 7. Thats going to go a long way," said Seguin. "So, lets hope the experience with all the little things, the details of the game, the defensive zone, and Im going to do well."

But what also will help Seguin is the pair of goals he scored on Saturday, in the regular-season finale. Sure, if Seguin didn't score, and if the Bruins had lost, it wouldn't have been the end of the world.

But a win, and especially a win while seeing Seguin tickle the twine, can only be a positive, for a team that will be looking to replace the big-game offensive production in the playoffs that's lost in Horton and Ryder.

"It's nice obviously," said Seguin after Saturday's win. "It's better than not scoring. So, I guess I'll walk away today with a smile."

The entire Bruins team walked away from the regular season with a smile as well. Seguin's offense will be one of the biggest keys in maintaining that smile for weeks to come. And he'll do it alongside Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.

"Look at my lineys," said Seguin. "Theyre easy to play with, and I think if you look at my goals tonight, they set most of them up. I'm very fortunate to play with them and capitalize."

Bergeron assisted both of Seguin's goals on Saturday. The first coming on a perfect pass through the slot, only to find Seguin skating hard to the right post for the tap-in.

The second coming on a behind-the-back pass to the left circle, where Seguin blasted a one-timer upstairs while on the power play.

Seguin looked like a kid who played like the team's scoring leader in just his second year. And now, enters his second postseason as the Bruins' youngest scoring leader.

"Yeah, its pretty amazing," said Seguin. "Its definitely an honor. I did not know that. My linemates make the game a lot easier for me. Marshy and Bergy, with how much chemistry they had already from last year, going all the way with the same line to the Stanley Cup championship, they had a lot of chemistry. It was nice to step on that line, and hopefully were going to get better."

At the very least, they'll have to play like they did on Saturday. And Seguin will need to carry that offense into the playoffs.

Gronkowski takes exception to Cowboys’ ‘Do Your Job’ sign

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Gronkowski takes exception to Cowboys’ ‘Do Your Job’ sign

The Dallas Cowboys have a “Do Your Job” sign posted in their locker room and “Gronk Nation” isn’t happy about it.

Here’s an excerpt from “Gronk Nation” - the website of Rob Gronkowski and his family - about “America’s Team” co-opting the slogan of the 2014 Patriots' Super Bowl run: 

While we all know that the Pats thrashed the Cowboys 30-6 last October and Dallas hasn’t been to the Super Bowl since the 1995 season, so they need all the motivation they can get – but can’t America’s Team come up with their own slogan instead of stealing ours?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First impressions of Red Sox’ 2-1 loss to Rays

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First impressions of Red Sox’ 2-1 loss to Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- First Impressions from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field:

 

* When the guy who was 0-for-34 produces the go-ahead RBI, it's probably not your day.

The Red Sox and Rays were tied 1-1 in the seventh when Steven Souza Jr. singled to lead off the inning. That brought Mikie Mahtook, hitless in his last 34 at-bats to the plate.

Naturally, Mahtook roped a line-drive double to left field, scoring Souza all the way from first base. It was that kind of day for the Red Sox, who were 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position and stranded five baserunners.

For a team that still leads the majors in runs scored, the Red Sox have shown an uncanny ability to go cold at the plate.

On Thursday afternoon, that happened again, while the most unlikely hero for Tampa Bay came through in an improbable spot.

 

* The Red Sox' struggles with the bases loaded is almost comical.

It happened again.

In the sixth inning, the Red Sox loaded the bases with no out. Mookie Betts then hit a sacrifice fly to left, scoring one run. Hanley Ramirez then walked, re-loading the bases, this time with one out.

But Jackie Bradley Jr. then swung at the first pitch and hit into an inning-ending, rally-killing 4-6-3 double play.

In two plate appearances with the bases loaded, the Sox failed to get a hit.

The Sox are hitting .216 with the bases loaded (24-for-111), ranking them 14th in the American League. Only Seattle and Detroit have had more bases-loaded opportunities, and yet the Red Sox rank in the second half in runs scored in such situations.

 

* Drew Pomeranz is showing no signs of innings fatigue

True, Pomeranz failed to provide a shutdown inning in the sixth after the Red Sox had gotten him a run in the top of the inning.

Still, Pomeranz pitched into the seventh and allowed just two runs while striking out a season-high 11 batters.

In his past five starts, he's compiled a 2.37 ERA, and both the power to his fastball and the sharpness to his curve offer no evidence that he's hit any sort of wall despite already establishing a career high at the major league level with five weeks remaining in the season.