Felger and Mazz: Neely on Lucic hit, Miller comments

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Felger and Mazz: Neely on Lucic hit, Miller comments

Ryan Miller is one of the best goalies in the NHL, and has been for quite some time. But his job is done between the pipes. When he -- or any goalie -- leaves the crease, he's no longer in his safety zone.

He found that out the hard way on Saturday night when Milan Lucic slammed into him after he skated out to poke away a puck.

On Monday, after it was determined that Lucic would not be suspended for the hit, Bruins president Cam Neely was asked about it and what he thought of the rule that goalies shouldn't be hit.

"I have no problem -- listen, inside the crease, inside the paint, it makes it hard for someone to drive to the net," Neely told Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti Monday on 98.5 The Sports Hub's 'Felger & Mazz' Show, which is simulcast on Comcast SportsNet. "As you know, if you drive it hard to the net you clip the goalie you're going to get a penalty. I understand that.

"From a certain point, how much can the goalie come out and how much can they play the puck?" Neely said. "Eventually the goalie could I guess come out to the blue line and make plays because nobody's going to touch them."

Neely's history as a player is well-documented, and he was definitely a physical player. It makes sense that his point of view favors the aggressor. And he may have a good point. If the goalie is going to act like a skater, he should be treated like one.

Regardless, Miller was livid at Lucic, and hung around after the game to call Lucic a "piece of expletive" and said he was gutless.

"I feel it's a man that's very frustrated with what happened," Neely said about the comments. "You speak after the game like that you have your emotions running high. So obviously he was pretty emotional after that game."

But isn't that emotion something that usually stays on the ice? You'd think that his teammates would have settled the matter later in the game, but when it came to standing up for their goalie, the Buffalo Sabres were nowhere to be found.

"Maybe he was frustrated with everything that happened from the hit and after that," Neely said, referencing the lack of toughness on the part of the Sabres.

Price struggles in third inning, but otherwise shines in first start

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Price struggles in third inning, but otherwise shines in first start

CHICAGO -- Everything was going smoothly until the No. 9 hitter.

Protecting a 1-0 lead in the third inning Monday in his first start of 2017, David Price walked two straight batters with none on and one out in the third inning. Ninth-place hitter Adam Engel walked, as did leadoff man Tim Anderson -- who had drawn just four walks in 181 plate appearances entering the game.

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Price, whose command was in question coming off just two rehab starts for Triple-A Pawtucket, immediately paid for the consecutive free passes.

Melky Cabrera jumped on Price's first pitch, a middle-in fastball, for a three-run homer and a 3-1 lead.

The Sox got Price two runs back in the top of the fourth inning, giving him something of a fresh slate with a tie game at 3-3. He took advantage of the second chance, striking out two of the three batters he faced in the bottom of the inning and keeping the game tied, and was rewarded when Mookie Betts homered to lead off the fifth and put the Red Sox back on top, 4-3.

He immediately put himself back in hot water by hitting the first two batters in the bottom of the fifth. But two groundballs to the left side -- the second of which, hit by Cabrera, was turned into an inning-ending double play -- got Price and the Sox out of the inning with their lead intact.

Back from an elbow injury, Price was impressive out of the gate in his first major league game since last year's playoffs. He struck out Anderson to begin his season and needed just 14 pitches in a 1-2-3 first inning.

The lefty touched 96 mph on the final pitch of the first inning, which produced an easy groundout to shortstop from first baseman Jose Abreu.

Price was staked to a 1-0 lead before he threw a pitch.

Betts' leadoff double against Chicago's David Holmberg gave way to a run thanks to some great Betts base running. He took third base on Dustin Pedroia's ground out and then scored on a foul pop up that Abreu, the first baseman, snagged in foul territory with a basket catch — a rare sacrifice fly to the first baseman.

Home runs were a big problem for Price last year. So too was the third inning, when he had a 6.03 ERA.

Pedroia lifted in second inning after hurting wrist in collision

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Pedroia lifted in second inning after hurting wrist in collision

CHICAGO -- Injury scares are finding Dustin Pedroia in all the wrong places.

The Red Sox second baseman was pulled in the second inning Monday afternoon against the White Sox because of a left wrist sprain, an injury he seemed to suffer on a collision running to first base in the top of the first inning.

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He and White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu converged on the bag at the same time on a grounder to Abreu, and Pedroia tumbled over Abreu

Pedroia had season-ending surgery on the wrist in September 2014, addressing a tendon issue. Pedroia had surgery on his left knee this year, and missed time after Manny Machado's slide caught him in that leg in April.

Pedroia during the last homestand was pulled as a precaution because of concern for that leg.

Josh Rutledge took over for Pedroia at second base.