Morning Skate: Monday, Dec. 3

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Morning Skate: Monday, Dec. 3

Victor Stalberg went an unorthodox route to the NHL by going from Europe to the University of Vermont to play college hockey, but its one that might be a pathway for many others coming from countries like Finland and Sweden.

New York Rangers owner James Dolan is locked out of the NHL playersowners meeting on Tuesday. Thats a shame because it feels like he is one of the owners that truly wants to get hockey back on the ice as soon as possible.

Nice piece at NESN about former BruinsSt. Johns Prep legend Bobby Carpenters daughter, Alex, taking on a starring role for the BC womens hockey team.

A good piece in the Ottawa Citizen about Senators season ticket holders beginning to get disillusioned with the NHL lockout, and finally walking away from their love affair with the league.

Michael Russo gets everybody up to date on all the happenings of the Minnesota Wild, just in case you were wondering.

Great job by Greg Wyshynski pinch-hitting for Puck Daddys What We Learned with a beauty of a Boston Bruins update. Game. Set. Match, Wysh.

Scott Burnside and Pierre Lebrun discuss the happenings of the week in the NHL CBA negotiations, and where we go from here.

For something completely different: a review of last nights half-season cliffhanger from The Walking Dead as they take a hiatus until February or so. Man, stuff got real in Woodbury.

Ramirez, Leon homer, Red Sox beat Angels 9-4 on Papi's night

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Ramirez, Leon homer, Red Sox beat Angels 9-4 on Papi's night

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.

Drew Moor, Sebastian Giovinco score, Toronto FC beats Revolution, 2-0

Drew Moor, Sebastian Giovinco score, Toronto FC beats Revolution, 2-0

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.