Julien: Pacioretty hit like Cooke's on Savard

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Julien: Pacioretty hit like Cooke's on Savard

WILMINGTON, Mass. The Bruins certainly werent shedding any tears about Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty getting served a three-game suspension for his head shot hit on Penguins defenseman Kris Letang, but they werent gloating about it either.

Many refused to link Pacioretty hitting Letangs head (and breaking the nose) with the hit Montreals winger took from Zdeno Chara last season. But Bruins coach Claude Julien saw similarities with a different hit involving the Boston team two years ago. He said viewing the hit brought back memories of Matt Cooke throwing a chicken wing elbow at Marc Savards head in Pittsburgh.

It resembled a little bit the hit that Marc Savard took from Matt Cooke a few years ago. It was almost identical, said Julien. It was the leagues decision to make and it certainly doesnt have any links to what happened last year (with Chara). They were two totally different things.

He was on the receiving end of one and on the giving end of another. The league chose to make the rule on that, and thats where it ends.

It didnt look like Paciorettys elbow really came up to Letangs face in the most recent head shot, but he was clearly targeting the Pittsburgh defensemans head as the principal point of contact. New NHL sheriff Brendan Shanahan has come swiftly and unmercifully on players crossing the line in terms of head shots.

Julien understands why Shanahan has come down hard on offending players, and feels like a message is being sent.

The NHL as a group decided to take that stance against head shots and take it a step further, said Julien. To me if you want to send a message across you have to be really harsh and strong on those messages early on. Youre trying to educate players to have a little more restraint and composure when those hits are concerned.

Once players start getting educated and things get better and better, youre going to see less suspensions going on. Thats the only way, in my mind, to do it.

Sale hurls five shutout innings, Sandoval has two hits as Sox romp, 7-2

Sale hurls five shutout innings, Sandoval has two hits as Sox romp, 7-2

Chris Sale threw five shutout innings and Pablo Sandoval continued his torrid spring with two more hits as the Red Sox routed the Twins, 7-2, Sunday at the Twins' Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.

Red Sox-Twins box score

Sale allowed six hits, with one walk and six strikeouts, in his 91-pitch outing. Manager John Farrell had told reporters before the game that Sale was scheduled to throw between 95 and 100 pitches. He has 26 strikeouts and 2 walks in 21 spring-training innings.

Sandoval lifted his exhibition average to .370 with a 2-for-3 performance, which included a double.

The Red Sox also got home runs from Christian Vazquez, Andrew Benintendi and Steve Selsky as they rallied from a 1-0 deficit with three runs in the seventh inning and four in the eighth.

Bradley returns to Celtics' lineup for Sunday's game vs. Heat

Bradley returns to Celtics' lineup for Sunday's game vs. Heat

BOSTON -- Avery Bradley, whose flu-like symptoms landed him in the hospital and forced him to miss Friday’s game against Phoenix, tells CSNNE.com that he will play tonight.
 
“I didn’t get [out of the hospital] until [Saturday] evening,” Bradley told CSNNE.com. “My stomach still hurts a little bit, but I’m all right. I’ll be good.”
 
The importance of Bradley to this team cannot be overstated.
 
His ability to make a major impact both as a scorer and an elite defender separates him from not only his teammates but from most guards in the NBA.
 
However, his health has been a season-long issue in some form or another, which can be seen in the fact that he has missed 24 games via injury or illness -- more than any other player on the Celtics roster.
 
When he has played, Bradley has delivered on several fronts.
 
He’s averaging 16.9 points per game while averaging 6.2 rebounds per game - both career highs -- which rank second and third, respectively, on the Celtics roster this season.