TAMPA — Bruins coach Claude Julien said Tuesday he appreciates Patriots coach Bill Belcihick attending his team's home playoff games in the series with the Lightning and showing his support by rallying the fans on the video board high above the ice.
"I think what he's done is reached out to us by doing what he's done," Julien said on the off day before Game 6 Wednesday night at St. Pete Times Forum. "I think coaches understand -- and I would be the same way -- I would never dare call him or any of those guys when they're in the playoffs. But I'd certainly be there to show my support, which I did the Patriots when it was time and I've done it for the Red Sox.
"I've been there a few times. And I'm a big fan of those Boston teams, the Celtics included. And I think it's about showing support. You don't need to necessarily talk unless somebody really needs to talk to you. And I think if I reached out to him myself, he'd...
TAMPA -- On Tuesday, Bruins coach Claude Julien used the same word -- "fine" -- to describe defenseman Johnny Boychuk, who left Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals a little over halfway through the third period after hit from Tampa Bay forward Steve Downie.
"Nothing has changed," Julien said. "He's fine."
Boychuk himself said that he will play in Wednesday's Game 6 and that despite feeling a bit woozy following the hit that earned Downie a boarding penalty, he knew that he was OK.
"I was a little foggy, but then after I got off the ice, I felt totally fine," Boychuk said Tuesday. "Even when I was on the ice, they just wanted to make sure I was OK before I even tried to skate. I didn't really want to fall."
Downie was not disciplined by the league for the hit, and Boychuk took a respectable approach when asked his feelings on it.
"I saw the hit," he said...
According to reports out of Cleveland, Red Sox starter John Lackey threw 40 pitches (all fastballs) in his first bullpen session since receiving a cortisone shot and landing on the DL for a strained right elbow on May 16. The right-hander, according to the reports, is hoping to make a rehab start on May 31 and then return to the Red Sox rotation on June 5.
Lackey is 2-5 with an 8.01 ERA in seven starts this year. His last start came on May 11, when he allowed nine runs in 6 2/3 innings against the Blue Jays.
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Red Sox left-hander Hideki Okajima, who was designated for assignment on Friday in order to clear a spot on the 40-man and major league rosters for newly acquired left-hander Franklin Morales, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket. Okajima had the right to elect free agency (and forgo the remainder of his $1.75 million salary for 2011) given his service time, but instead accepted the assignment and will remain in the only organization for whom he's played since coming to Major League Baseball.
Okajima was 1-0 with a 4.32 ERA for the Sox in the majors this year. He pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings in Pawtucket to open the year.
Though he admitted disappointment when the Sox designated him last week, the 35-year-old said that he did not regret his decision to re-sign with the Sox.
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Red Sox manager Terry Francona, in his weekly interview on The Big Show, said that second baseman Dustin Pedroia is fine after having been removed from Tuesday's game over concern about his left foot -- the same appendage that he fractured last season, and that still has a screw in it. Pedroia is not in the lineup on Tuesday -- Drew Sutton will start at second for the Sox -- but going forward, the Sox expect that the three-time All-Star is fine.
"He’s OK. He popped his head in about an hour ago, kind of gave me a thumb’s up," said Francona. "I think he gave us all a scare last night, including himself. He went around the bag, kind of slipped – it was wet – kind of turned that ankle. He’s got that screw in there. It gave him a little zinger, kind of a bolt of lightning up that leg. Obviously, we needed to get him out of there because of that.
"Their doctors came over to have a look at him right away...
Christian and Chris talk about overrated Pats players this season and in the past and then get into the QB issue on the team. They talk about all three guys, what they bring to the table and if they can keep their head above water without the best QB in the league for 4 weeks. Then...Karlos Williams was released by the Bills - should the Pats consider adding the overweight second year running back? Christian also brings up Dante Scarnecchia and gets Price's opinion on if this one man can truly improve a shaky offensive line.
Christian Arcand is in for Tanguay for NFL Sunday with Chris Price. The guys talk about the victory over the Bears, Jimmy G's progress and their expectations for the Pats defense this season. Arcand thinks that there are more holes on the D than some fans realize.
We check in with Bill Belichick after the first Preseason game for our weekly "Patriots Monday" discussion.
Sam Packard is joined by Celtics 2nd Round draft pick Abdel Nader to discuss his path to the the NBA and how he plans to improve his game. Sam then talks to Player Development Coach Nick Friedman from Elite Skills Training, the pre-Draft camp Nader attended. Friedman also gives his opinion on the Celtics performance at summer league and the development of Jaylen Brown.
Isaiah Thomas talks to Glenn and Lou about why he loves Boston, the NBA Money Bump, oh, and some Durant guy
Danny Ainge joins Glenn and Christian to explain the Celtics draft process; and he also discusses the trade rumors that permeated the night.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts after the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1
David Price pitched a gem and Andrew Benintendi makes one of the top highlight catches of the year as the Sox take the first game of four against the Rays, 6-2. Christian Arcand recaps the game and takes all of your Sox calls.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who made a highlight reel catch nearly going over the wall in left field robbing Steven Souza Jr of a home run
Joey Mac joins Ken Laird on his Saturday show to discuss the David Backes addition and Loui Eriksson departure in NHL free agency
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Minihane, Callahan and Mutnansky dive further into the Brady - Belichick dynamic as Tom's four-game suspension gets closer.
Gerry, Kirk, and Mut take NY Giants coach Ben McAdoo and SI writer Peter King to task for not addressing the Josh Brown domestic violence story.
Kirk and Callahan with Mut discuss the Tom Brady and Bill Belichick pressers from Tuesday and whether they reveal signs of a rift between the coach and QB.
NESN has hired a new anchor who has a history dating pro players. With the trend of that happening in Boston the last few years, does NESN need to keep an eye on Kacie McDonnell?
Now that center Bryan Stork has been cut, should we be concerned with the Patriots O-Line? Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about the Patriots O-Line and how Jimmy G will handle it in the first 4 weeks.
Sam Kennedy of the Red Sox calls in to talk to the guys about the proposed renovations at Fenway Park and if Jonathan Papelbon will ever sign.
We check in with the red hot rook of the Red Sox live from Tampa and talk to him about his first experiences in the big leagues.
We check in with John Farrell from Tampa for our weekly feature as the red hot Red Sox look to keep it going for two more wins at the Trop.
In honor of the announcement that the Sox will be among the team's at Tim Tebow's workout next week, we look at four pro athletes who tried their hand in a second sport and it didn't work out too well for them.
Kirk Minihane sits down with former producer Chris Curtis? Or is it current producer Chris Curtis? Either way, Kirk and Chris talk about what happened in their previous tenure together, where it went wrong, and why Curtis is now back with the show.
Kirk Minihane and Gary Tanguay sit down together on Enough About Me for the first time. These two divisive figures talk about Gary's career and his late evolution into a controversial broadcaster. Nobody is spared from Kirk and Gary's wrath on this episode and it will surely make some people at the two sports radio stations very uncomfortable.
Kirk Minihane sits down with Mut to answer questions from the fans. Kirk and Mut get into the issues with Dino, the other hosts at the station, Kirk's issues with drugs in the past, and the love fest between Kirk and Mut.
Jerry is joined by Red Sox legend Bill Lee to talk about his new biopic "Spaceman," Lee's unique philosophy, political beliefs, drug use and what makes him a cultural icon decades after he retired from baseball.
Christian Fauria and Dr. Gill talk about the process and steps football players have to take when rehabbing injuries during the off season. Focusing on Dion Lewis, Nate Solder, and Sebastian Vollmer
Week two of the Preseason is underway so Jim Hackett and Pete Davidson of the “Fantasy Football Hour” to offer some mid-August updates and opinion. In today’s show Jim and Pete offer analysis from the Thursday Night Patriots game and discuss LeGarrette Blount and the Patriots Running Attack in depth. Jim and Pete key on some recent news surrounding lots of players including Seattle’s and Chicago’s backfield, then get into the incredibly deep Wide Receiver position. Make sure to tune in for more on Sunday morning at 8:00am for “The Fantasy Football Hour.” Enjoy!
Tom Brady returned to practice after his unexplained days off to shed some light into his mysterious scissors injury that prevented him from playing last Thursday's preseason game.More from this show
Gerry, Mut, and Kirk discuss the Benintendi catch from Monday and what's looking like an incredible outfield for years to come; also the guys discuss the probation sentence given to an East Longmeadow youth charged with sexual assault.More from this show
Kirk & Callahan with Mut react to the latest Roger Goodell NFL wheel of justice rulingMore from this show
Minihane, Callahan and Mutnansky dive further into the Brady - Belichick dynamic as Tom's four-game suspension gets closer.More from this show
Kirk, Gerry and Mut start off the Tuesday show back in studio discussing the strange absences of Tom Brady throughout training camp, as well as all the sponsors that have bailed on swimmer Ryan Lochte.More from this show