Thomas first off, same lineup vs. Habs


Thomas first off, same lineup vs. Habs

MONTREAL Every Bruins player was accounted for on the ice, and it appears the Bs will go with the same lineup as they did against the New York Islanders. Tim Thomas was the first goaltender off the ice at the Bell Centre and should get the start while riding an eight-game winning streak.

We had to make sure we got ourselves back into a position where we were competing with the top teams, said Claude Julien. We needed this winning streak to get us there, and now its a matter of staying in that position. Thats going to get harder.

Thomas had 23 saves against the Isles while racking up his 28th career shutout with the Bs, and is now holds third place all-time within the Boston franchise for shutouts behind Tiny Thompson (74) and Frank Brimsek (35).

The lineup projects as follows:




Red Sox secure playoff with 6-4 win over Rays


Red Sox secure playoff with 6-4 win over Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Dustin Pedroia hit his fourth career grand slam to help Rick Porcello get his major league-leading 22nd win, and the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-4 Saturday night for their 10th consecutive win.

The win secures them a spot in the postseason

Pedroia stopped an 0-for-17 skid with a single in the sixth and gave Boston a 6-3 lead with a seventh-inning drive off Danny Farquhar.

Porcello (22-4) gave up three runs, eight hits and struck out nine over 6 1/3 innings. He just missed getting his 12th consecutive start of seven or more innings and three runs or fewer, which would have moved him past Cy Young (1904) and Pedro Martinez (2000) for the longest stretch during the same season in franchise history.

Craig Kimbrel, the fifth Boston reliever, reached 30 saves for the sixth straight season despite allowing Logan Forsythe's solo homer in the ninth.

Brad Miller hit a two-run double in a three-run second that put Tampa Bay up 3-1 and gave him 80 RBIs.

Tampa Bay threatened in the second but failed to score due to two nice defensive plays. Pedroia made a throw from just in front of the outfield grass at second base on Mikie Mahtook's grounder to get Corey Dickerson at the plate. Third baseman Brock Holt made a solid play along the line on Alexei Ramirez's grounder and threw him out at first to end the inning.