Boychuk: Little fuzzy, but fine

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Boychuk: Little fuzzy, but fine

KANATA, ON Johnny Boychuk was dressing with the rest of his teammates following their 5-3 win over the Ottawa Senators just like any other day.

Boychuk didnt seem any worse for the wear after absorbing a car crash hit from Chris Neil in the third period, but he never returned to the playoff-style contest at Scotiabank Place following the big hit. Both Boychuk and Neil were pretty shaken up after the violent collision that cleanly caught the Bs defenseman with his head down.

Boychuks brother, David, went to Twitter and said Johnny would be okay: Just spoke with Johnny. He said is ok. Little fuzzy but will be fine.

Claude Julien said that the Bs trainers were taking the necessary precautions with him after the hit, and that can only a trip to the dreaded quiet room. The Senator team doctors were dispatched to the Bruins room to take a look at Boychuk during the third period, but there was no mention of the dreaded C word for concussion.

The Bs coach was instead optimistic that their rugged big-hitting defenseman would be okay after the flight home with the rest of his Bs teammates.

He's coming back on the planeand we're just hoping it's going to be a minor bump and he'll be back with us soon, said Julien. "Our trainers have to go according to protocol. That's what they did. They had to keep him and we'll check him tomorrow.He seems to already be feeling better, so maybe that's a good sign."

The Neil hit on Boychuk was nearly a turning point in the third period with Zdeno Chara going after the Senators miscreant to stand up for his defensive partner, and Ottawa potting a pair of Daniel Alfredsson goals to get back within a single goal. The Sens were clearly taking advantage of a Bs defenseman unit that only had four working members by the final 10 minutes of the game.

Boychuk finished with a plus-1 in 16:06 of ice time before Neil lowered the boom on him ending his night.

Price on his return to Red Sox: ’There’s not a better feeling’

Price on his return to Red Sox: ’There’s not a better feeling’


BOSTON — Red Sox left-hander David Price is set to make his season debut in a holiday matinee Monday on the road in Chicago against the White Sox. 

Price, 31, starting the second season of a $217 million, seven-year contract, has been recovering from a strained pitching elbow since spring training.

“Excited, just to be back here,” he said Thursday. “There’s not a better feeling. You can’t replicate it anywhere else.”

Price allowed nine runs — six earned — and 12 hits in 5 2/3 innings in a pair of less-than-impressive injury rehabilitation starts at Triple-A Pawtucket. He struck out eight and walked two.

“A lot of pitches, in a short amount of time. I think that is more of a test to being healthy as opposed to going out there and throwing five or six [innings] in 90 pitches,” he said. “To do what I did in both of my rehab outings, I don’t think you can do that if you’re not healthy.”

The Red Sox (24-21) have won four in a row heading into their weekend series against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park.

“He’s eager to get back to us and physically he feels great,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “His return to us will give us a definite boost but that’s not to de-emphasize he needs to go out and perform.”

Farrell hopes Price’s return has a trickle-down impact.

“It’s not based solely on the name on the back of his jersey,” Farrell said. “Hopefully it allows us to even out some of the performances within the rotation.”

© 2017 by The Associated Press.

Belichick makes surprise address at NCAA lacrosse banquet

Belichick makes surprise address at NCAA lacrosse banquet

It's been well-established that Bill Belichick has a strong affinity for the sport of lacrosse. That the NCAA Division I men's and women's lacrosse Final Fours are taking place at Gillette Stadium this weekend means that the Patriots head coach has an opportunity to be around the highest level of college competition the sport has to offer. 

And he's taking full advantage. 

Not only did he meet with and speak to the Boston College women's team on Thursday, he's also met with the Ohio State men's team, and he took a few minutes to speak to all eight finalists at the Division I lacrosse banquet on Thursday night before the weekend of play got underway.

"I know that for us, fortunately, we've been to a lot of these games, and we've come out on the good side on some and not on the good side on others," Belichick said. "But just the experience, the competition of playing at this level and playing against this type of competition for what's at stake this weekend, it's just an awesome experience for you and your families."

Belichick explained that he had seen all eight teams play at one point or another this year, and he sounded like a fan of them all as he closed his remarks.

"It's really exciting to watch," he said. "You guys play with a lot of class, a lot of heart, a lot of toughness, and that's what I admire. Hopefully, we can play like that this coming year."