McAdam: Looking for a solid, not spectacular, 2013 for Lackey


McAdam: Looking for a solid, not spectacular, 2013 for Lackey

OK, be reasonable. What are you expecting from John Lackey this season?

Are you hoping to be a guy who looks like who's worth 82 million dollars? Probably not. In all likelihood, in your hope of hopes, you're just thinking Lackey might be able to stay reasonably healthy and, if you're lucky, he'll stop wondering aloud in the clubhouse why his life sucks.

With expectations that low, we could be in for a pleasant surprise. Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam says that we could at least expect a return to form to the 2010 season Lackey put together -- 14 wins and about a 4.40 ERA.

Not great. Not close to worth 82 million. But you'll take it, won't you?

See what else McAdam had to say about the Red Sox pitching staff, specifically reliever Andrew Bard.

Bruins blow three-goal lead, lose to Sabres in OT, 5-4


Bruins blow three-goal lead, lose to Sabres in OT, 5-4

BOSTON – The Bruins had things set up for a solid win against an Atlantic Division doormat on Saturday night, but then they went and blew a three-goal second period lead and a two-goal third period lead en route to a deflating loss. 

Ryan O’Reilly scored during a wild scramble around the Boston net in the 3-on-3 overtime and the Bruins dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to Buffalo at TD Garden. So now the Bruins have lost to two of last year’s worst teams in the league, Colorado and Buffalo, and an expansion team within the first seven games of the season. 

The Bruins were all over the Sabres in the first period squeezing off 13 shots on net, and getting goals from David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand to get things going. The Pastrnak score was a clean-up job at the front of the net after Tim Schaller had crashed the net with the puck, and Marchand scored a goal just two seconds into a PP possession after Marco Scandella coughed a puck up right in front of the Buffalo net. 

Marchand struck again on the first shift of the second period when he snapped home a backhanded drop pass from Anders Bjork, and then Jason Pominville and Pastrnak traded scores to give the Bruins a comfortable three-goal lead. Chelmsford’s own Jack Eichel scored on the rebound of a Scandella shot to make it a two-goal game going into the final period of play, and Benoit Pouliot potted his first goal with the Sabres to make it really close down the stretch. 

Anton Khudobin and the Bruins tried to hold strong in the closing minutes of the third, but couldn’t overcome a shaky interference call on Brandon Carlo that ultimately led to a game-tying Evander Kane score after the PP had expired.