ANAHEIM, CA Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Anaheim Ducks locked in a scoreless tie after the first 20 minutes at the Honda Center.
1) Six saves for Marty Turco in a solid first period that saw him bounce back nicely from the disastrous start he had against the Tampa Bay Lightning last week. He looked well within the fact pace of the game and made a nice snapping glove save on Bobby Ryan at the end of the first period. Thats going to give the Bruins some confidence that he can make another couple starts for Boston over the last handful of games.
2) The Bruins have won 14 out of 18 face-offs in the first period led by Patrice Bergeron winning 6-of-8 and Gregory Campbell, David Krejci and Rich Peverley going undefeated in seven draws during the first period.
3) So why did Daniel Paille get scratched with Rich Peverley returning to the lineup? Quite simply all of the other candidates were playing far too well to hit the bench: Jordan Caron has been playing physical hockey with strength along the boards, and the third line of Rolston, Pouliot and Kelly has been Bostons best line for weeks now.
4) Bobby Ryan decked Patrice Bergeron near the end of the first period in front of the Anaheim bench, and really went at No. 37 aggressively. Will be interesting to see the Bruins answer here in the second period.
5) Rich Peverley looked good skating with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand in the first period. He had a nice attempt from the slot after Bergeron stole the puck from Cam Fowler, but Jonas Hiller snapped it up with a quick glove. Hiller has looked good today.
Big Papi's "spring training" involves a beach chair -- not a baseball bat.
The former Boston Red Sox slugger made it clear on Instagram that he has no interest in returning to Jet Blue Park to begin training for the 2017 MLB season.
He announced in Nov. 2015 he would be retiring after the 2016 season, and he appears completely content with that decision despite speculation of his return to MLB. Ortiz posted a video on Sunday of himself in a beach chair reclined and relaxed.
"What's up [Instagram]. Oh, so good be retired. At the beach with the familia, the ladies. Big Papi in the bulding. This is my spring training. How 'bout dat? Enjoy. See you when I see you. Peace," he said, and then chuckled.
Ortiz's video came a few days after Hanley Ramirez said that if Ortiz made a return to baseball, he would be doing it, in part, for Ramirez, because they miss each other.
WBZ's Dan Roche then tweeted out Ramirez's comment on Thursday, and Big Papi waited no time to respond. Within 16 minutes, Ortiz had responded to reiterate he would not be returning to the Sox.
Most NBA teams would benefit from adding Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler. But few NBA have the assets to acquire him. The most legitimate suitor in the NBA resides in Boston.
"The potential of a Boston-Chicago deal for Jimmy Butler -- I think it will loom over the entire week," Yahoo! NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski said Saturday. "These teams have engaged on the potential of this trade. They have not gotten far down the road on it. There still needs to be alignment within the Bulls organization -- from ownership to management -- that they want to make the decision to enter a full rebuild.
He added: "But the poential of this deal really illustrates the State Farm right combo, because these are two teams that have exactly what the other wants. Boston has been hoarding assets for years for a couple of season, trying to get in the position to get a star player."
Wojnarowski suggested the first building block for the Butler trade would start with either the 2017 or 2018 Brooklyn Nets' first-round pick, which the Celtics acquired in 2013 in the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce trade.
"And Jimmy Butler in Boston, paired with Isaiah Thomas and this Celtics team -- it would put this Celtics team in a position to seriously challenge Cleveland [Cavaliers] in the east, not only in the short term, but also in the long term."
Butler's contract extends to 2020, and then Wojnarowski explained Boston could then sign the guard to another long-term deal. In the meantime, he could help Boston surpass a vulnerable-looking Cavaliers team.