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Did You Expect Anything Different?

from Joe Haggerty of NBCSports Boston,

It’s been a bad couple of weeks for the Boston Bruins — and more importantly, it’s been even worse for their employees.

First, the Bruins were lambasted by the Massachusetts Attorney General for being the last team in the NHL to account for any kind of financial assistance for their TD Garden and Bruins employees once the regular season was put on pause by the coronavirus.

Now, Delaware North — the parent company for both TD Garden and the Bruins — is among the first NHL teams to announce sweeping layoffs and cuts to arena and hockey club employees on their payroll.

Delaware North announced that as of April 1, 2020, 68 of their full-time salaried associates will be placed on temporary leave, receiving one week of paid leave and eight weeks of full benefits.

Additionally, as of April 1, 82 of their full-time salaried associates will receive an indefinite salary reduction, while contracted employees obviously were not impacted.

It’s perhaps easier to say this when it’s not your own money, but there is no defending that kind of move with so many Americans headed for financial peril due to the global coronavirus pandemic.


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There Is An ‘If’ When It Comes To The Boston Bruins Paying Part-Time Staff

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Video- Penalty Or Not On Zdeno Chara?

via the YouTube page of Sportsnet,

Not once but twice this week, Zdeno Chara launched an opponents' stick into the stratosphere. SN's Justin Bourne breaks down Chara's latest shenanigans and explains the reason why he may have avoided a penalty.


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The Tampa Bay Lightning Fight Back

from Diana C. Nearhos of the Tampa Bay Times,

This game had it all. Line brawls, coaches thrown out, shorthanded goals, power-play goals, overstuffed penalty boxes, scrums and wrestling matches. The Bruins and Lightning delivered on entertainment Saturday night.

The Lightning avenged Tuesday’s loss to the Bruins, beating them 5-3 at TD Garden to finish the season series having won three of four against the league’s top team. But the win won’t be the lasting memory of this game. Even the two shorthanded goals scored by the Lightning’s Anthony Cirelli and Mikhail Sergachev on a single penalty becomes a footnote after physicality took over the game.

“I think we’re starting to get a little bad blood here now,” said Pat Maroon, who played a seven-game Stanley Cup Final series against Boston last year. “I think we’re starting to stir the pot a little bit, which is fun going into meaningful games down the stretch.”




Game highlights are below. and some of the srums from last night are here.

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Video- Scrums Everywhere Bruins/Lightning

Boys being boys.



added 9:26pm, Then at the end of period two...

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Video- Brad Marchand Being Brad Marchand

from Eric Francis of Sportsnet,

The gesture? Predictable.

The timing? Ridiculous.

If you think David Rittich’s stick flip provided unnecessary ammunition for the Edmonton Oilers last month, consider what Brad Marchand did to fire up the Flames Tuesday night.

Midway through a tight contest that saw the Flames leading 1-0, Marchand converted a shorthanded breakaway to send the crowd at TD Garden into a frenzy.

Instead of proceeding to the Bruins’ bench, the Bruins veteran immediately skated towards Mikael Backlund to deliver a stare down and a few choice words.

It was akin to a post-homer bat flip, showing up the opposition when they’re at their most vulnerable and frustrated.

A crowd of unhappy Flames gathered, including Milan Lucic and Backlund, who shared their displeasure with today’s version of the Little Ball of Hate.


Watch the Marchand goal and aftermath below.  Calgary won the game 5-2.

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Good Pittsburgh, Good Marchand

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

- Based on the buzz headed into the weekend, bodies should be flying like a Cirque de Soleil casting call Sunday and Monday as the NHL trade deadline closes down for yet another year. All sales final, Monday, 3 p.m. ET, and absolutely no refunds.

Despite the flurry of moves throughout the week prior to Friday night — including Boston’s acquisition of Ondrej Kase — the winner to date is Jim Rutherford, the Pittsburgh GM, who closed his big deal early (Feb. 10), finally landing Jason Zucker from the Wild.

Zucker arrived as a sort of a latter-day Chris Kunitz for the Penguins, a guy who can play up and down the forward lines and deliver points wherever he’s slotted. Zucker in his first five games with the flightless birds: three goals and an assist. Impact made....

- With the emergence of David Pastrnak as the Bruins’ No. 1 shooting option, Brad Marchand’s goal scoring has plateaued in recent years

Mind you, the L’il Ball o’Hate averaged 36.5 goals the previous four seasons, so he’s had a penthouse view from that plateau. He could finish with 30-plus again this season, though he’ll have to shake from his recent protracted slumber.

Meanwhile, Marchand is on pace to outdistance his prior season’s assist mark for the fourth straight year.

After posting 24 helpers in 2015-16, he went on to finish with career-best assist totals of 46, 51, and 64, with last season’s motherlode contributing to his first 100-point campaign.

This season, Marchand is tracking to upward of 70 assists — a level we haven’t seen attained here since Marc Savard collected 74 upon his arrival for the 2006-07 season....

more on each of the above plus other hockey topics...

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Andrej Kase Appears Headed To Boston


added 1:03pm, Boston release is below.

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Morning Line- Patrice Bergeron

“We’ve done it many times and guys have liked it. Yeah, the schedule is crunched. But there’s a lot of players who aren’t there and they get a break. I’d vote for it, for sure. I still think it would be the right thing to do. A lot of people watch the Olympics. A lot of people have told me, ‘I wasn’t watching hockey before the Sochi Games, and I watched and it was amazing hockey.’ The same if they watched Vancouver. I think it is good for the game, that it grows the game and it helps.”

-Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins on participating in the Olympics. via Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe who has more and other hockey topics too.

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Video- Did The Refs Make The Right Call? Gallagher/Chara

First there was no call, then the officials huddled and assessed penalties.  Gallagher 2 for roughing, Chara 2 for a cross-check.

added 11:51am, Chara was just fined, see below.


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