Friday, March 1, 2013

Split 'P' Sports Chowdah Update- Bruins Vault Past Sens in OT; Napoli Makes Spring Training Debut for Red Sox

AP Photo/David Goldman

RED SOX- Mike Napoli went 1-2 with an RBI single and a run scored his spring training debut for the Red Sox on Friday night. Starting with the first pitch, Napoli deftly fielded a bunt from Pittsburgh's Darren Ford and raced him to the bag for the first out.

Dustin Pedroia led Red Sox batters by going 2-2 with 2 RBI against a split Pittsburgh Pirates squad in Ft Myers and Jon Lester threw three shutout innings in Boston's 5-2 win. The win gives the Red Sox a 4-4 record in Grapefruit League action. For Saturday's action, the Red Sox won't even be leaving Ft Myers as they'll trek about six miles across town to take on the Minnesota Twins at Hammond Stadium at 1:05 PM ET. Saturday also marks Clay Buchholz's Spring Training debut- he'll be starting against Minnesota prospect Kyle Gibson who will also be making his Grapefruit league debut.

BOSTON BRUINS- The Bruins took another step towards reclaiming first place in the Northeast division with an OT win against the Ottawa Sentaors on Thursday night. Nathan Horton got the Bruins on the board early with a tally in the 2nd period, but Ottawa's Jim O'Brien managed to tie the game up at 1-1 thanks to a power play goal late in the second.

With no deciding goal in the 3rd period, the game headed to OT with both Boston and Ottawa getting a point each. After the bruins had successfully killing a penalty that carried over into OT, this happened-

After a lengthy video review, Bergeron's OT goal was upheld and the Bruins were 2-1 winners, vaulting them past the Senators and within one point of Montreal in the standings. Tukka Rask stopped 30 of 31 shots faced while Ottawa's Robin Lehner turned aside 44 of 46 shots faced in the losing effort.

The Bruins will have a busy weekend coming up with a daytime tilt against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Garden at 1:00 ET and then Boston will host Montreal on Sunday night at 7:30 ET. Saturday's game will be televised on NESN while Sunday's contest will be aired on the NBC Sports Network.

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