Ten thoughts: Bruins-Senators

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Ten thoughts: Bruins-Senators

KANATA, ON - Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins leading the Senators by a 2-1 after the first 20 minutes of play at Scotiabank Place.

1) After missing a few scattered morning skates and practices over the last couple of days Shawn Thornton is scratched with the flu-like symptoms that have been nagging at him. It's hard to believe the flu would cause Thornton to miss such an important divisional game, so one has to wonder if it's more than that. As previously stated at this address, Thornton took some heavy shots during a fight with Minnesota's Matt Kassian last weekend. Thornton has had the flu ever since that game.

2) Erik Karlsson is one damned good offensive defenseman, but he's also a liability in his own end. He showed the offensive prowess on his goal and the defensive weakness when he couldn't clear the puck on Patrice Bergeron's goal.

3) One has to wonder how this Craig Anderson freak hand is going to affect Ottawa's playoff surge. Alex Auld is what he is, but he looked reasonably sharp in the first period.

4) Best chances and Boston's two goals came from the BergeronMarchandSeguin line on a Chara rebound collected in front by No. 37. Bergeron's goal was huge as a response to Ottawa's early score.

5) Joe Corvo played in Ottawa. No reflection on his play tonight, do you know Corvo's nickname in Ottawa? "Uh-Oh" Corvo. Yeah, that's pretty good.

SECOND PERIOD

KANATA, ON - Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Ottawa Senators by a 3-1 score after 40 minutes at Scotiabank Place.

1) The Bruins were looking for an offensive spark from rookie Carter Camper and that's exactly what they got in the second period. Camper pounced all over a rebound of an Adam McQuaid shot for a big insurance goal.

2) Potentially costly penalty for Milan Lucic needlessly bumping Sergei Gonchar on an icing. No reason for that up two goals.

3) Craig Anderson's absence already hurting the Sens between the pipes. Camper goal shouldn't have happened.

4) Impressive B's effort in second night of back-to-back games where Buffalo took them to the shootout. They're simply out-skating Ottawa right now.

5) Another solid effort for Tim Thomas vs Ottawa. He simply owns them.

Pedroia doesn't have MRI, still listed as day-to-day with ankle/knee soreness

Pedroia doesn't have MRI, still listed as day-to-day with ankle/knee soreness

Three weeks into the season, health has dominated the conversation with the Red Sox. And it’s much more than just the flu.

A scheduled off-day Monday brought something resembling an update for three players worth roughly $63 million in salary.

Dustin Pedroia, Orioles peacemaker, was examined at Massachusetts General Hospital and remains day-to-day because of left ankle and left knee soreness. He did not undergo an MRI, with his condition apparently good enough that the team felt it was unnecessary -- even though the message delivered on Sunday by manager John Farrell was that the Sox wanted to rule everything out.

Pedroia hasn’t played since he was spiked by Manny Machado on Friday in Baltimore.

Pablo Sandoval, at some point Monday, was slated to have an MRI after spraining his right knee Sunday. A further evaluation is to come Tuesday, so his status remains unclear.

David Price, meanwhile, threw a 45-pitch bullpen at Fenway Park on his long journey back from a left elbow strain. There were simulated inning breaks and, naturally, what’s next is still to be seen. Facing hitters shouldn’t be too far away, Farrell has suggested.

Bills decline to match Patriots offer to RB Mike Gillislee

Bills decline to match Patriots offer to RB Mike Gillislee

The Patriots have themselves another "big back" option for 2017. 

The Bills announced that they have opted not to match the restricted free agent offer sheet that New England made to Mike Gillislee last week. That means the 5-foot-11, 219-pounder is now a member of the Patriots. Buffalo had until 4 p.m. on Monday to match.

Gillislee was reportedly extended an offer sheet by the Patriots that is worth $6.4 million and $4 million in the first year. The Bills had the cap space to match the offer, but with LeSean McCoy already atop their depth chart, the price tag may have been too rich for them to choose to hold onto the 26-year-old.

Because Gillislee was given the original-round tender by the Bills, the Patriots will send Buffalo a fifth-round pick as compensation. That gives Bill Belichick and Nick Caserio six picks in this weekend's draft: two thirds, a fourth, a fifth, a sixth and a seventh.

Gillislee joins Rex Burkhead, Dion Lewis, James White, Brandon Bolden and DJ Foster on the running back depth chart in New England.