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BSJ Daily Briefing 11.30.17: Tuukka proves his worth – for now

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Good morning!

A few random thoughts while I try to figure out Tuukka Rask's Movember mustache is the worst this year, or the worst ever. #Dec1mustcomesooner

  • Pretty good game at The Garden last night, with the Bruins hanging on for a 3-2 victory. JoeyMac has all the details in his column, and Game Report.
  • Obviously, the big news is that Tuukka Rask broke his four-game winless streak and beat the best team in the league. That will make all the Hockey Gurus who look down their noses at us simpletons (yes, Joe's included) very happy. It's certainly possible that the huge save at the end of the second period will propel Rask into being the No. 1 goalie he's paid to be, but I don't think we've heard the last of #RideTheDobby
  • Did anybody else notice that Rask was very focused and involved all game? There are games and stretches where he definitely is not as focused, and that's long been my problem with him. He plays when he wants to, makes excuses for his poor play because of what's in front of him even before he takes the ice, or ducks some situations entirely. Last night, Rask looked for a guy playing for his job. Good. He should play that way every night.
  • Is there ever an expiration date on when you can mention that a guy won a Vezina Trophy? Because Rask won his five years ago, and this will be the eighth season where he doesn't win one. It's like the Vezina is a Masters Green Jacket. Once you win one, apparently you're always a Vezina winner in perpetuity.
  • Brad Marchand finally comes back into the lineup and ruins a power play by getting sent to the box early in the first, and picks up his second penalty five minutes into the second period. Welcome back, Marchy.
  • Charlie McAvoy is good at hockey.
  • Zdeno Chara is sometimes very hard to watch.
  • Reilly Nash was awesome in that game.
  • David Backes isn't human, he's a hockey player.
  • Celtics-76ers should be a very good game tonight, and a little gutcheck for Gang Green, who have two losses in their last four games.
  • Everybody's all riled up about the Red Sox possibly getting Jose Abreu ... Sean McAdam discussed that possibility a week ago.
  • Love this Tweet about Sean's story detailing how Dice-K will be used to help recruit Shohei Ohtani.

And away we go...



McDonald: Win or lose, it was the right decision to start Tuukka Rask
BSJ Game Report: Bruins 3, Lightning 2 — Rask’s timely performance leads to victory
Video: Torey Krug on his goal, Tuukka Rask’s performance
Video — Tuukka Rask: ‘We wanted to bounce back today and we did’
Live Coverage: Bruins 3, Lightning 2 — Big win as Rask ends his slide
Bruins should kick the tires on defenseman Ian Cole
Bruins Notes: Tuukka Rask starts; Brad Marchand, David Backes return

Red Sox

Red Sox turn to Daisuke Matsuzaka to help them land Shohei Ohtani
Hot Stove Lunch: Still waiting for first Red Sox shoe to drop; CC willing to wait his turn and more


Bedard’s Breakdown: Elandon Roberts evolves into Jamie Collins role
Tracking Patriots contract incentives after Week 12
Patscap Mailbag: Questions on Mitchell, Hightower and forecasting some contracts for ’18 and beyond
Tom Brady, Chris Hogan among official DNPs for Patriots Wednesday
Video: Nate Solder talks about Tom Brady’s leadership style
Tom Brady not spotted at start of practice; Cam Fleming could get call at RT vs. Bills


Q&A with B-Robb
Podcast: Who is in better shape for long haul — Celtics or Sixers?
Guerschon Yabusele is facing off against Joakim Noah in G-League action on Wednesday


11 a.m.: Bruins practice, Warrior Ice Arena (McDonald)
5 p.m.: Live Q&A — Joe McDonald on Bruins/NHL.
3:15 p.m.: 
Patriots locker room (Price)
7:30 p.m.: Philadelphia 76ers at Celtics, NBCSB/NBA TV (Robb)


Charlie Snipe-Avoy

Live Q&As

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Tuesdays: Christopher Price - Patriots/NFL.
Wednesdays: Brian Robb - Celtics/NBA.
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Fridays: Greg Bedard, Noon - Patriots/NFL/BSJ.


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