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Haggerty: 15 thoughts from Bruins-Flames


Haggerty: 15 thoughts from Bruins-Flames

Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins stomping out the Flames to a 3-0 score after the first 20 minutes of action at TD Garden.

1) Anybody fearing the Bruins might overlook the Devils or the Flames before the Canucks get to town this weekend need not have worried. They are focusing on crushing each and every opponent, and simply dont have a lot of weakness that can be exploited. When the opponent becomes a beleaguered Calgary Flames team at the end of the long seven-game road trip through the East, its like they dont even have a chance.

2) A great sequence for Bostons third goal. Last night against the Devils the Bruins had a power play where Rich Peverley walked in from the right point and never spotted a wide open David Krejci before flinging a shot wide of the net. Krejci definitely made it known to Peverley that he was wide open, and tonight he found him on the same exact play and Krejci finished with a flourish for Bostons third goal. A great example of teammates communicating the right way to get the result they were looking for.

3) David Krejci with 10 points (4 goals and 6 assists) in the last seven game point streak for the talented center, and it appears that the playmaking pivot is once again playing at full strength. Krejci is also 4-for-4 in the face-off circle over the first 20 minutes and dominating.

4) When things are going your way theyre really going your way: Milan Lucic zips a hard pass that instead rockets off Olli Jokinens skate and skips into the net from 40-feet away to give Boston another goal. Four goals in his last six games for Lucic.

5) Amazing that the BergeronSeguinPouliot scored just 1:14 into the game. No Marchand. No problem. The Bruins machine just keeps on rolling along.

Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins stomping out the Flames to a 7-0 score after the first 40 minutes of action at TD Garden.

1) The Bruins have outscored their opposition by an aggregate 43-11 total in the last nine games, and are thoroughly humbling the opposition night after night. Its been pretty incredible to watch and there doesnt seem to be any end in sight.

2) You have to really hope that Jarome Iginla doesnt get his 500th career goal in a blowout game like this. A classy future Hall of Famer deserves better than that given the sad effort Calgary put out tonight.

3) A three point night for Nathan Horton, who now has as many goals in two nights as he had during all 12 games in the month of December. Looks like No. 18 is finally catching fire this season at exactly the right time.

4) You have to wonder what the Vancouver Canucks are thinking running into this buzzsaw on Saturday afternoon. They look like theyre walking right into another one of those patented Stanley Cup dope slaps at TD Garden, and itll be a huge gut check test for them as a hockey team.

5) Nine points in the last seven games for Tyler Seguin, who is quietly heating up and looking much more like the player he was in the seasons first six weeks flying around with Patrice Bergeron. Five shots on net, two points and a plus-2 for the kid tonight.

Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins stomping out the Flames to a 9-0 final score after 60 minutes of action at TD Garden.

1)Three assists for Benoit Pouliot is a career-high matching his game against his former team in Minnesota last season, and shows him capably stepping in for Brad Marchand in a time of need.

2)First time since 1998 that the Bruins have put up nine goals in a game, and it shows no signs of slowing down.

3)Daniel Paille with a shorthanded breakaway that really put the exclamation point on the victory.

4)A minus-7 for Calgary defenseman Chris Butler. That is not something you see every day in the NHL. Wowzers.

5)The crowd chanting We want 10 throughout the entire final period of hockey. This Garden crowd of Bs fans has gotten pretty used to greatness, havent they?

Chris Sale strikes out 11 in 4-0 win over Mariners


Chris Sale strikes out 11 in 4-0 win over Mariners

SEATTLE - Chris Sale pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, top prospect Rafael Devers became the youngest Boston player to hit a home run in more than 50 years, and the Red Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 4-0 on Wednesday to salvage the final game of the series.

Barely 12 hours after the clubs wrapped up a five-hour, 13-inning marathon, the Red Sox got exactly what they needed from their ace to avoid being swept. The left-hander was masterful, striking out 11, the 14th time this season he had at least 10 strikeouts in a game. He allowed doubles to Jean Segura and Guillermo Heredia, and a broken-bat single to Ben Gamel, but none of the three to reach base via hit ever advanced.

Sale (13-4) has struck out at least nine batters in each of his 12 road starts this season, the longest streak dating to 1913.