WILMINGTON, Mass Patrice Bergeron will be suiting up for the Bruins in Game 7 despite being banged up in the parlance of playoff hockey, but wouldnt say whether hell be taking any more or less than the one face-off he won on Sunday afternoon.
The former was revealed by Claude Julien following Tuesdays practice at Ristuccia Arena and the latter was revealed by No. 37 himself on his weekly radio spot with Gresh and Zo on 98.5 the Sports Hub.
Rich Peverley continued to center Bergerons line in practice, and it appears hell be taking the bulk of the pivot duty while playing with one of the best face-off men in the NHL when hes healthy. Jordan Caron skated in the right wing spot that should be held for Bergeron on Wednesday night, and that leaves the CaronShawn Thornton decision for the coach prior to their most important playoff game yet this spring.
The Bs coach was asked if he had any reservations or worries about his two-way center playing in the decisive game on Wednesday night against the Washington Capitals, and his answer was unwavering.
None at all, said Julien.
When the Bruins coach was pressed further on it later in his press conference, he appeared slightly agitated and forcefully stressed Bergeron would be playing in Game 7 against the Capitals without any ifs, ands or buts about his injury condition. After playing nearly 19 minutes of ice time and assisting on one of Bostons goals in their 4-3 overtime win, it seemed a foregone conclusion.
Now its a certainty.
Hes playing. He played last game and hes going to play the next game, said Julien, matter-of-factly. Hes playing next game. Hes not game-to-game. I dont know how much clearer I can get.
So there doesnt seem to be any doubt now after an education from the Bruins coach on Bergerons status.
BOSTON - Hanley Ramirez and Sandy Leon hit two-run homers and the Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-4 on Friday to cap a night in which David Ortiz's number became the latest retired at Fenway Park.
It was the 250th career home run for Ramirez, a good friend of Ortiz who was also born in the Dominican Republic. Leon finished with three hits and four RBIs.
The homers helped provide a nice cushion for Rick Porcello (4-9), who gave up four runs and struck out eight in 6 1/3 innings to earn the victory. It was the 13th straight start Porcello has gone at least six innings.
Alex Meyer (3-4) allowed five runs and five hits in 3 1/3 innings.
Los Angeles scored three runs in the seventh, but cooled off after Porcello left.
Boston got out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, scoring on an RBI double by Xander Bogaerts and then getting two more runs off wild pitches by Meyer.
Ramirez gave Porcello a 5-1 lead in the fourth with his two-run shot to right field.
This could serve as a needed confidence boost for Porcello, who had been 0-4 with a 7.92 ERA in his previous five starts, allowing 47 hits and 27 earned runs.
He had command of his pitches early, holding the Angels scoreless until the fourth, when a catching error by Leon at home allowed Albert Pujols to cross the plate.
TORONTO - Drew Moor scored early and Sebastian Giovinco struck late and Toronto FC overcame a tight schedule turnaround to beat the New England Revolution 2-0 on Friday night.
Toronto was coming off a 1-1 tie Wednesday night in Montreal in the first leg of the Canadian Championship final. The Revs had been off since a 2-1 home loss to Chicago on Saturday.
Moor's 11th-minute goal looked to be enough, with Toronto goalkeeper Alex Bono preserving the win with a save on Teal Bunbury's header in the 88th minute. But Giovinco added an insurance goal deep into stoppage time, bringing down a high ball before beating a defender and banging a left-footed shot home for his 50th goal in MLS regular-season and playoff action.
MLS leading Toronto (10-2-5) has won seven straight at home. New England (5-7-5) is 0-6-3 on the road.