Bruins-Jets: Five thoughts from the third

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Bruins-Jets: Five thoughts from the third

Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Jets locked in a 1-1 tie after the first 20 minutes of a Monday afternoon matinee at TD Garden.

1) A much better game for Tyler Seguin this afternoon after he was just okay against the Rangers on opening night. Two shots on net to lead the Bruins in the first period and he used aggressive speed to intercept a puck near the Winnipeg blue line on a clear attempt and turned it into offense. Seguin bombed down the right wing to draw the Winnipeg defense toward him, and then found Brad Marchand open in front of the net for the deflection past Ondrej Pavelec. Very good jump from Marchand, Seguin and Patrice Bergeron this afternoon as theyve been Bostons best line early.

2) A much more determined opponent in Winnipeg than the New York Rangers proved to be Saturday night. The Chris Thorburn goal for Winnipeg was pure effort as the forward chased after a long rebound and fired a rebound past Tuukka Rask. The Jets are bringing their physicality and effort today, even if their leaky defense is giving the Bruins some pretty tasty offensive chances.

3) Strong period for Tuukka Rask as he was tested much more by the Winnipeg attackers today. His glove save on a partial Kyle Wellwood breakaway was better than any of the 20 stops he made against the Rangers, and should be a nice little confidence booster for the Finnish goalie as he builds things up early in the season. Ten saves for Rask in the first period.

4) Bryan Little, Andrew Ladd and Blake Wheeler are minus-3 through four periods of hockey on the NHL season. Looks like Winnipeg might want to revisit that combination of players, especially if Dustin Byfuglien and his roving style of defense is combined with them.

5) So far, so good for Dougie Hamilton with 7:33 of ice time skating in a pairing with Zdeno Chara. Hes had a couple of hiccups that Chara has quickly covered for, but he also helped sustain possession in the offensive zone when he used good aggressiveness to pinch into a play. David Krejci alertly covered his position and should encourage the 19-year-old to continue to exploring how far he can push things offensively.

FIVE THOUGHTS FOR THE SECOND PERIOD: SCORE TIED, 1-1

1) A very good afternoon for Ondrej Pavelec, who has been the difference for Winnipeg through two periods in this one. Hes stoned Nathan Horton twice on point blank shots and was able to smother a Tyler Seguin ripped slap shot from the slot in the first 40 minutes among his 17 saves. Nice bounce back effort from the home opener for the Jets, and they needed it given the way their defense has performed in front of Pavelec.

2) The Bruins are all around the net, but are having finishing problems that weve seen in the past. Brad Marchand caught the post on a backhand with Pavelec sprawled out on the ice, and Aaron Johnson ripped one off the left post that Shawn Thornton couldn't finish. Bruins are all around it, but are getting too many offensive chances to not capitalize on something if it continues in the third.

3) Seven hits for Milan Lucic in 11:21 of ice time through two periods and one monstrous hit on Winnipeg captain Andrew Ladd in the neutral zone toward the end of the period. Looch continues to play with the snarl that makes him one of the best when hes on his game. The LucicKrejciHorton line has been excellent in the first two games.

4) Nathan Horton tied with Patrice Bergeron for team lead with three shots on net, and has been doing all the right things out on the ice. Dont be shocked if he gets rewarded for that in the third period after Pavelec stoned him a few times in the first 40 minutes. Hockey seems to have a way of rewarding those that truly deserve it.

5) The Bruins have killed off the first six penalties against them for the 2013 season. Looks like that unit is in midseason form while the Bs PP is 20 seconds away from starting out the year 0-for-8. The more things change, the more they . . . well you know how the saying goes.

FIVE THOUGHTS FOR THE THIRD PERIOD: SCORE TIED, 1-1

1) Bruins are now 0-for-9 on the power play this season and couldnt cash in on a PP in the third period when they really needed it. Rich Peverley hit a post, and Ondrej Pavelec was able to make the stop on one-timers from Chris Bourque and Tyler Seguin. Same old story, same old song and dance.

2) Things got much more physical in the third period. Zdeno Chara dropped Blake Wheeler to the ice with a neutral zone hit, Evander Kane crushed Brad Marchand on the side boards before talking smack to him after the whistle and Mark Stuart leveled Tyler Seguin with a hit that knocked his helmet off after taking a shot at the net. Things definitely dialed up a notch. Things seemed to kick up after Lucic slammed Andrew Ladd toward the end of the second period.

3) Five posts hit by the Bruins this afternoon. Ondrej Pavelec has been good, but its tough to win when a team is catching that kind of pipe.

4) Three hits and three shots on net in over 22 minutes of ice time for Dougie Hamilton while paired with Zdeno Chara. He still isnt creating much offensively as he finds his range, but hes looked very steady in all other areas for a 19-year-old kid. He could be a very big addition for the Bruins this year if he can give them a steady 20 plus minutes of ice time each night with few mistakes and a little production.

5) PK getting it done for the Bruins when Johnny Boychuk picks up a high-sticking penalty at the end of the third period.

Tom Brady on Donald Trump: 'I certainly disagree with what he said'

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Tom Brady on Donald Trump: 'I certainly disagree with what he said'

After beating the Texans on Sunday, 36-33, Tom Brady didn't want to delve too deeply into what went into his locking arms with teammates during the national anthem. 

"I just think," Brady said, "there's just a great love for my teammates."

He didn't want to get into Donald Trump's comments about players kneeling for the anthem, but he was willing to go there during Monday's Kirk and Callahan Show on WEEI.

"Yeah, I certainly disagree with what he said," Brady explained. "I thought it was just divisive. Like I said, I just want to support my teammates. I am never one to say, ‘Oh, that is wrong. That is right.’ I do believe in what I believe in. I believe in bringing people together and respect and love and trust. Those are the values that my parents instilled in me. That is how I try and live every day.

"I have been blessed to be in locker rooms with guys all over the United States over the course of my career. Some of my great friends are from Florida, Virginia, New York, Montana, Colorado, Texas. The one thing about football is it brings so many guys together -- guys you would never have the opportunity to be around. Whether it was in college, and all the way into the pros. We’re all different, we’re all unique. That is what makes us all special."

Brady was one of several players locking arms on the Patriots sideline for the anthem. More than a dozen others, including Devin McCourty, took a knee. Just before and immediately after the anthem, fans booed the demonstration.

"I think everyone has the right to do whatever they want to do," Brady said of the response. "If you don’t agree, that is fine. You can voice your disagreement, I think that is great. It’s part of our democracy. As long as it is done in a peaceful, respectful way, that is what our country has been all about."

Curran: In the end, everyone stood because of the game

Curran: In the end, everyone stood because of the game

FOXBORO – The boos and demands to “Stand up!” rained down just as the Star Spangled Banner began. The players on the Patriots sideline who knelt – the ones boos and invective was directed at – stayed down. Others stood, locking arms with teammates while others stood with their hands over their hearts.

By game’s end, everyone was on their feet. Players. Coaches. Fans. Together.

Unless they left early because of traffic and a late Patriots deficit. Or because they couldn’t bear the thought of watching an NFL game on a beautiful September Sunday because the entertainers didn’t do what they wanted them to do before the performance began.

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The whole thing’s complicated. I understand why people take offense at those who don’t stand for the anthem.

I understand why others want to deliver a symbolic message about their American experience.

I completely understand why, two days after President Trump thought it appropriate to use the phrase “son of a bitch” to refer to someone making a silent, reflective statement, many NFL players felt challenged, backed into a corner and somewhat dehumanized. The message delivered was, in essence, “Shut up and dance.”

Personally, I prefer to stick to sports. I don’t think I’m equipped to talk politics because I don’t know policy, legislation, constituencies and special interests – all the things that I define as politics – well enough to drone on at anybody.

As for sociology – which is what this is about rather than politics – I have my experiences and others have theirs. I’m trying to mow my own lawn over here. You do you. I’ll do me. As long as you don’t encroach on me doing me while you do you, I’m fine. When I’m not completely self-absorbed, a respectful exchange of ideas can make me see things in a different light.

It didn’t surprise me some people at Gillette Stadium had a visceral and vocal reaction to players kneeling. The pot was brought to a boil all weekend, the lid was just lifted and it bubbled over.

But the irony of how the afternoon played out – that Brandin Cooks, a player booing fans were screaming at to stand three hours earlier brought them to their feet with his toe-tapping last-minute touchdown – was perfectly symbolic.

Ultimately, everyone was there for the football – the players, coaches, media and fans – and in the end it was the football that brought the unified response that stood in contrast to the divided reactions in the stands and on the field before the game.

“That’s what sports is,” said Patriots safety Devin McCourty. “That’s what sports does. That’s what makes them great. They bring out what we have in common.

“I don’t think people look at us as human,” McCourty said. “I don’t think they ever have. We’re just the entertainment. They don’t understand that there’s a human behind it. People want to shake your hand or have their picture taken with you but they don’t want to know you. That’s reality.”

Maybe. Or maybe people feel their voices aren’t heard. They don’t have a column they can write or a TV or radio show to spout off on. They don’t have the chance to demonstrate their individual feelings at their cubicle before the workday starts.

All they know is they spent $500 or more to get to and into with a belly full of steak tips and beer and they don’t need to feel like being reminded about somebody else’s societal oppression on their day off, thank you very much.

It’s not so much about who does what during the Star Spangled Banner as much as it is that a lot of people don’t appreciate the intrusion. That, and they’re tired of hearing how bad everyone else has it when it’s really no damn picnic for most people these days.

Believe me, there’s not unanimity of opinion in the Patriots locker room any more than there is in your office, home, dorm or neighborhood. Players of different races, backgrounds, economic circumstances and ways of expressing themselves are thrown in a pot together and told to work for a common goal and rely on each other.

The mish-mash of ways in which players responded during the anthem on the Patriots sideline, the reticence of some players to dip a toe in the conversation, McCourty’s opening statement at the podium and then his declining to take questions and Bill Belichick’s comment that he would “deal with that later” all seemed to indicate that the team itself is still working through how it expresses itself as a whole.

It’s complicated for them too.

But in the end, it was the football that bound them together. It was the game that left them jumping on each other and the fans standing and screaming and nobody thinking at all about who did what when the song played before the game.

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