Thomas, Price in net; Caron back in the lineup

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Thomas, Price in net; Caron back in the lineup

BOSTON -- Tim Thomas and Carey Price led the Bruins and Canadiens out onto the ice for pregame warm-ups respectively, and will get the starts in between the pipes for the Original Six blood rivals.

Thomas is still climbing toward .500 in his career against the Canadiens with a 12-15-4 record with a 2.88 goals against average and a .912 save percentage in 33 career games against the Habs. They arent bad numbers, but theyre among the worst splits for Thomas against any team in the NHL.

Of course many of those Habs teams were much better than the downtrodden bunch that are mired in what Mike Cammalleri called a losers mentality yesterday before couching the remarks at todays morning skate. The Montreal media took that to mean the Habs scorer wanted out of the situation with a trade, but he clarified his comments following their practice.

I made comments that I thought were pretty PC comments, said Mike Cammalleri. It was about the competitive mentality and the winners mentality or the lack thereof. Then all of the sudden it was breaking news. We just need to be better and thats all it was.

I love Montreal. I love playing in Montreal. I really enjoy it. My family enjoys it and they always have. I just want to play better and want to play more. Its a competitive thing of wanting to help this team.

It also appears Jordan Caron may be back in the lineup -- with Zach Hamill as the healthy scratch -- as he was taking the regular pregame line rushes with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley.

It should be an interesting game for a Montreal team that needs to make some kind of a statement in a season thats quickly sinking into the St. Lawrence River. Here are the expected line combos for the Bruins:

Pouliot-Bergeron-Seguin
Lucic-Krejci-Horton
Caron-Kelly-Peverley
Paille-Campbell-Thornton

Chara-Boychuk
Seidenberg-Corvo
Ference-McQuaid

Thomas Rask

Quotes, notes and stars: Buchholz in 'attack mode'

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Quotes, notes and stars: Buchholz in 'attack mode'

CHICAGO -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox' 5-2 win over the White Sox:

 

QUOTES

"I think the most encouraging thing was after a couple of hard-hit balls early on, he was still in attack mode.'' - John Farrell on Clay Buchholz.

"The biggest thing centers around his fastball. First inning, he might have been up a little bit. But after that, he was down in the zone and the curveball was a good compliment to that.'' - Farrell.

"Man, I tell you what -- he does it in such big moments.'' - Farrell on David Ortiz.

"If you could paint a picture, I think tonight would be just about what everybody would want to do.'' - Buchholz on his outing.

"I think everybody would be lying if they said they didn't see your numbers; you see them every day. (Being) 0-3 with a six-something (ERA) is obviously not where you want to be.'' - Buchholz.

"Hopefully, this is the start of something good coming out of him.'' - Ortiz on Buchholz.

"You feel like the luckiest man on planet earth - finally hitting the ball where no one's at!'' - Ortiz on beating the shift with a single through the shortstop hole in the seventh

 

NOTES

* When the Red Sox homer, they're 11-6.

* Clay Buchholz's win was his first since last July 10.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

* Mookie Betts has scored at least one run in 10 of his last 14 games.

* David Ortiz is now one homer from tying Carl Yastrzemski for second-most homers in franchise history at 452.

* Ortiz tied Gary Sheffield for 25th place all-time in homers with 509.

 

STARS

1) Clay Buchholz

After five straight poor outings, Buchholz turned in a gem, giving up two runs in the first, then nothing else for the next six innings.

2) David Ortiz

As he so often does, Ortiz delivered when the Red Sox needed him most, clocking a two-run homer in the fifth to turn a one-run deficit into a two-run lead.

3) Jose Abreu

The White Sox slugger belted a two-run homer in the first to give him five RBI in the two games in this series.