Bruins ground Jets in shootout, 2-1

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Bruins ground Jets in shootout, 2-1

BOSTON -- The Bruins killed off two crucial penalties -- one at the end of regulation, and another at the end of overtime -- on Monday afternoon, which led to a 2-1 shootout win over the Winnipeg Jets at the TD Garden.

In the shootout, Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron scored for the Bruins, and Tuukka Rask saved the last two shots he faced after allowing former Bruin Blake Wheeler to score on the Jets' first attempt.

The Jets took an early 1-0 lead two minutes into the game, when Chris Thorburn knocked home a rebound from the lower-right circle. Rask made the initial save on a Paul Postma shot from the right point that was re-directed by Jim Slater. But Thorburn wasted no time firing the rebound on net, beating Rask low glove side.

Brad Marchand tied the game at 1-1, with 5:48 left in the first period, on a play started when Seguin created a turnover at Winnipeg's blue line. Seguin skated the puck quickly down the right side, and sent a perfect pass out front to Marchand, who was going hard to the net.

It remained tied until the shootout, when the Bruins sealed up their second win to open the season.

GOLD STAR: Tuukka Rask wasnt challenged all that much inSaturday nights win over the Rangers, but he deserved full credit afterstopping 26 shots in Bostons 2-1 shootout win over the Jets on Mondayafternoon. Rask helped the Bruins kill off two penalties inthe waning minutes of the third period and overtime, and his glove save on aKyle Wellwood breakaway ended up being a game-changing play for the Black andGold. The Bruins goaltender was probably the No. 1 player that needed to getout to a good start for the Bs and hes done exactly that while picking upwins in both games. Also credit the Bruins coaching staff for deciding to comeright back with Rask in the Monday matinee against Winnipeg to get their goaltender on a roll atthe start of the season. That was the right call. BLACK EYE: Olli Jokinen is known for more disappearing actsthan David Copperfield for all you fans of 1980s magician pseudo-celebrities and was at it again with Winnipegon Monday afternoon. The center managed one shot on net and two giveaways in20:25 of ice time and lost 10 of 15 face-offs while putting together anotheruninspired performance thats caused him to bounce from NHL city to city overthe last few years. Unfortunately the Jets will learn what the Flames andFlorida Panthers already knew before them: Olli simply doesnt have a lot ofheart and will become invisible when things get physical like they did at TDGarden.

HONORABLE MENTION: Tyler Seguin had four shots on net second only to Patrice Bergerons five shots among the Bruins players and setup the teams only goal when he intercepted a pass inside the blue line andcharged from the right wing. Seguinfed Marchand at the front of the net and the Bs Honey Badger redirected thepuck past Ondrej Pavelec. The 20-year-old was knocked around a bit during thegame as a Winnipegtarget and absorbed a hard shot from Mark Stuart up near the head area in thethird period that knocked his helmet off. But Seguin kept on playing and dazzled Pavelecwith a glove-side wrist shot in the shootout that helped earn the Bruins twopoints.

TURNING POINT: It looked dire for the Bruins when JohnnyBoychuk took a high-sticking penalty at the end of the third period and ZdenoChara was charged with a phantom holding penalty on Blake Wheeler in overtime.But the Bruins killed off both penalties always a particularly toughchallenge when Chara is in the box and pushed things to the shootout wheretheyve become a legitimate force singe Seguinjoined the team two years ago. Claude Julien said after the game that thepenalty kill was the difference between winning and losing on Mondayafternoon, and he was absolutely correct.

BY THE NUMBERS: 10 That's the number of registered hits for MilanLucic, who was a physical bulldozer throughout the 60 plus minutes of intensehockey. The games intensity visibly rose at the end of the second period whenLucic crunched Winnipegcaptain Andrew Ladd near the penalty boxes in the neutral zone. Lucic now has ateam-high 17 hits through the first two games of the season.

QUOTE TO NOTE: I dont think nobody enjoys them. I meanitsall right. Emotion-wise, you win, its great greatest thing ever and then youlose, you feel like you lost the Stanley Cup Finals. Its a roller coaster withthe emotions, but its great for the fans. I like to watch them on TV, too. TuukkaRask with an appreciation for NHL shootouts, especially when hes on thewinning end.

Celtics-Cavaliers preview: Game 5 is about respect for Boston

Celtics-Cavaliers preview: Game 5 is about respect for Boston

BOSTON – From the outset of this season, the Boston Celtics were swimming upstream when it came to getting respect. 

No matter how many wins they racked up, no matter how many upsets they managed to pull off, they were never going to do enough to satisfy the court of public opinion which wanted one thing and one thing only from the NBA: A third installment of Golden State against Cleveland in the NBA Finals. 

The Warriors did their part by running through the West with 12 wins in as many playoff games. 

Meanwhile, the Celtics will try to not just stave off elimination tonight, but continue to delay what so many believe is an inevitable Golden State-Cleveland Final.

Boston’s Al Horford understands that while the league this season has seen lots of individual success as well as teams that have overachieved, the thirst for Golden State versus Cleveland remains stronger than ever. 

“We understand that’s what everyone has been talking about since the beginning of the season,” Horford said. “For us it’s just to focus … and play the Celtic way. And just come out here and fight and we’ll take it from there.”

The Celtics did that in Game 3 with Avery Bradley delivering one of the more memorable shots in the Brad Stevens era, a game-winning three-pointer that hit the rim four times before falling with 0.1 seconds to play as Boston squeaked out a 111-108 win.

Boston did a lot of good things in Game 4 and seemingly went into the half sensing that maybe just maybe they would even up the series at two games heading back to Boston for tonight’s Game 5 matchup. 

But Kyrie Irving picked up the slack for a foul-plagued LeBron James, lifting the Cavaliers to a 112-99 win which puts them now just a win away from advancing to the NBA Finals. 

Not only have folks both in the media as well as fans who have rooted for this series to be over, even merchandise sellers like Dick Sporting Goods have anticipated this series as already being over.

“It is what it is,” said Boston’s Jae Crowder. “It’s been like that all year; a lot of guys counting us out. At the same time, we’re trying to put ourselves in position to win each and every game.”

While that has been the goal, it certainly hasn’t worked out that way in this series. 

Despite Games 1 and 2 being at the TD Garden, the Celtics lost both games by a total of 57 points. 

And while they won Game 3 and had the Cavaliers on the ropes in Game 4 before losing, they know their chance to play NBA Finals spoiler is just about up. 

“We know that’s the Finals that everybody wants to talk about, what everybody is looking forward to,” said Boston’s Marcus Smart. “We understand it. But we work just as hard as these guys. We just have to keep going out there and working. We’re not going to give it to them, and stuff like that. We just have to make it tough on them.”

Red Sox' seven-run rally in seventh keys 9-4 win over Rangers

Red Sox' seven-run rally in seventh keys 9-4 win over Rangers

BOSTON -- Chris Sale was perfectly happy to sit back and watch the Red Sox hitters do the work this time.

Sale cruised into the fifth inning, then was rewarded in the seventh when the Boston batters erupted for seven runs on their way to a 9-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.

Sale (5-2) struck out six, falling short in his attempt to become the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to strike out at least 10 batters in nine straight games in one season.

But he didn't seem to mind.

"It was fun," said the left-hander, who received more runs of support in the seventh inning alone than while he was in any other game this season. "You get run after run, hit after hit. When we score like that, it's fun."

Dustin Pedroia waved home the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch, then singled in two more as the Red Sox turned a 3-1 deficit into a five-run lead and earned their third straight victory. Sam Travis had two singles for the Red Sox in his major league debut.

"I was a little nervous in the first inning," he said. "I'd be lying to you guys if I said I wasn't."

Mike Napoli homered for Texas, which has lost three of four to follow a 10-game winning streak.

FOR SALE

Sale, who also struck out 10 or more batters in eight straight games in 2015 with the White Sox, remains tied for the season record with Pedro Martinez. (Martinez had 10 straight in a span from 1999-2000.)

After scoring four runs in support of Sale in his first six starts, the Red Sox have scored 27 while he was in the game in his last five. He took a no-hitter into the fifth, but finished with three earned runs, six hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings.

"Guys pulled through for me when I was probably pretty mediocre," he said.

NO RELIEF

Sam Dyson (1-5) faced seven batters in relief of Martin Perez and gave up four hits, three walks - two intentional - and a wild pitch without retiring a batter.

"Martin threw the ball really well and I came in with two guys on and couldn't get an out," Dyson said. "Sometimes they hit them where they are, and sometimes they hit them where they aren't."

Asked if he felt any different, he said: "Everything's the same.

"If I get my (expletive) handed to me, it's not like anything's wrong," he said. "Any more amazing questions from you all?"

SEVEN IN THE SEVENTH

It was 3-1 until the seventh, when Andrew Benintendi and Travis singled with one out to chase Perez. Mitch Moreland singled to make it 3-2, pinch-hitter Josh Rutledge singled to tie it and, after Mookie Betts was intentionally walked to load the bases, Moreland scored on a wild pitch to give Boston the lead.

Pedroia singled in two more runs, Xander Bogaerts doubled and Hanley Ramirez was intentionally walked to load the bases. Dyson was pulled after walking Chris Young to force in another run.

Austin Bibens-Dirkx got Benintendi to pop up foul of first base, but Napoli let it fall safely - his second such error in the game. Benintendi followed with a sacrifice fly that made it 8-3 before Travis was called out on strikes to end the inning.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: 2B Rougned Odor was shaken up when he dived for Betts' grounder up the middle in the third inning. He was slow getting up. After being looked at by the trainer, he remained in the game.

Red Sox: LHP David Price made his second rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket, allowing six runs - three earned - seven hits and a walk. He struck out four in 3 2/3 innings, throwing 89 pitches, 61 for strikes, and left without addressing reporters. 3B Pablo Sandoval also played in the game, going 2 for 4 with two runs.

"He felt fine physically," said Red Sox manager John Farrell, who added he would talk to Price on Thursday morning to determine how to proceed. "We had a scout there who liked what he saw."

UP NEXT:

Rangers: Will send RHP Nick Martinez (1-2) to the mound in the finale of the three-game series.

Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz (3-3) looks to snap a personal two-game losing streak.