Brian Rolston and the fountain of youth

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Brian Rolston and the fountain of youth

Brian Rolston has found some kind of fountain of youth.

Perhaps its because he was able to conserve energy while resting and rehabbing from injuries during stretches where he wasnt playing for the New York Islanders, or maybe its simply a veteran player that can taste the playoffs coming straight ahead.

But Rolston has looked far from a 39-year-old hockey player over the last few weeks while acting as a two-way catalyst for a Bs third line thats been carrying the Bruins offense during their winning stretch of games.

Rolston has 11 points (3 goals and 8 assists) in his last six games, and some of his teammates think hes just found the fountain of youth. Or as Rolston joked he has a forged birth certificate, though anybody thats seen him over the last 20 years know exactly how long hes been excelling in the NHL.

Hes playing like hes 29 years old, said Kelly. He brings a lot to the table. Not only with the goals going in and points coming, but he plays the game on a consistent basis regardless of points or no points. He shows up to play every game and he plays in all three zones. Guys like him know what it takes to play a long time and have success in this league.

Rolston, Kelly and fellow linemate Benoit Pouliot have all stepped up their games together with the playoffs right around the corner, and thats no coincidence. Rolston has won a Stanley Cup before and he knows that this run with the Bruins might be his best, last chance to win one again.

I wanted to play as hard as I could and get back to the way that I can produce, said Rolston. I feel great right now. I sat out a little bit with the Islanders and it took me a little while to get into my game shape. But I feel great right now.

Its working well with our line and we want to continue doing that. Its been a lot of fun to be a part of this team. With winning comes confidence and beating a couple of hungry teams in California certainly bring you some confidence. But youve got to be ready every night.

More than the points that is probably what Rolston brings to the table most prominently: the even-keeled professional approach to the highs and lows that the Bruins will most assuredly be bracing for in the next few weeks with the playoffs on the horizon. Rolston isnt Mark Recchi, but it never hurts to have a couple more veteran hands with the Stanley Cup gauntlet approaching.

Tyronn Lue says Celtics harder to defend than Warriors: 'They're running all kinds of s---'

Tyronn Lue says Celtics harder to defend than Warriors: 'They're running all kinds of s---'

The Golden State Warriors are the least of Tyronn Lue's worries, Cleveland Cavaliers coach explained Tuesday.

Even though Lue and the Cavs are up 3-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals, he is apparently overwhelmed with the Boston Celtics to the point where he isn't even thinking about Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and the 67-win Warriors.

"We're just focused on Boston," Lue said of the Warriors following the Cavs' Game 4 win, via ESPN.com. "The stuff they're running, it's harder to defend than Golden State's [offense] for me, as far as the actions and all the running around and all the guys who are making all the plays, so it's a totally different thing."

No, seriously.

"Like, they hit the post, Golden State runs splits and all that stuff, but these guys are running all kinds of s---," Lue said of Boston coach Brad Stevens' schemes. "I'll be like, 'F---.' They're running all kinds of s---, man. And Brad's got them moving and cutting and playing with pace, and everybody is a threat. It's tough, you know, it's tough."

Without Isaiah Thomas, the Celtics finished Game 4 with four players who had 15 points or more. They also had six players who scored double digits in Boston's Game 3 win. Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart, Kelly Olynyk, Jae Crowder and Al Horford have made heavy offensive contributions. And they not just scoring. The Celtics are working hard off the ball by setting screens and cutting to the hoop to pressure the Cavaliers defense.

The Celtics may not have the Warriors' star power -- but Stevens and Boston are still managing to leave Lue in a state of clear befuddlement after a win.

LeBron James praised Stevens more directly when discussing how the Celtics "run different things" after losing Thomas to injury.

"So they had to kind of reshape, and that’s the beauty of having Brad Stevens as your coach," James told reporters. "You’re able to reshape what you do offensively and still be in a good rhythm. It’s been challenging for us to kind of — plays out of time-out, kind of been killing us on ATOs and keeping us off balance, but in the second half we kind of got a little bit of rhythm, and think we’ll be better in Game 5."

David Price dodges media after 2nd rough rehab start

David Price dodges media after 2nd rough rehab start

If only David Price could pitch as well as he dodges the media.

The Red Sox lefty bailed on a typical post-start media session with reporters in Pawtucket on Wednesday, after his second minor league rehab outing in Triple-A was another dud.

As Price comes back from a nondescript elbow injury, difficulty retiring minor league hitters doesn't combine well with difficulty facing questions. He sat in the mid-90s in his second rehab start with Pawtucket, but allowed six runs, three earned, in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.

The PawSox were at home at McCoy Stadium against Triple-A Louisville, a Reds affiliate, and Price heard some heckling. Postgame, he wanted to hear nothing, apparently.

Per CSNNE’s Bill Messina, who was on site in Pawtucket, the media was waiting outside the clubhouse for Price, as is standard. 

PawSox media relations told the media to go to the weight room, where Price would meet them. As media headed that way, PR alerted reporters that Price was leaving and did not want to talk. Media saw a car leaving, but there was no interview.

On the mound, Price’s velocity is there, but the command is not. The Red Sox would be unwise to bring back Price before really two more minor league starts — one to show he can do well, another to show he can repeat it.

Price’s ERA in two starts for Pawtucket is 9.53. He’s gone 5 2/3 innings and allowed six earned runs, while striking out eight and walking two overall.