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Establishing A Long Time Relationship Between The NHL And China

from Murray Greig of the China Daily,

Tickets for the inaugural NHL China Games went on sale via en.Damai.cn on the weekend, with seats for the preseason clashes between the Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings scaled from 220 - 2080 yuan ($32.50 to $307) for Sept 21 at Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, and from 160 - 1880 yuan ($23.60 to $278) for Sept 23 at Wukesong Arena in Beijing....

In announcing the games during his visit to Beijing in March, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the league had struck a long-term deal to work closely with the sponsors and government bureaus to develop grassroots programs and support Chinese hockey development at all levels.

One of the first initiatives is to provide schools with training and instructional content to implement hockey programs that promote physical education, sportsmanship, teamwork and fitness.

"I knew when we came to China, based on all the reports I was getting, that there was a great deal of interest in hockey," Bettman said during his media conference.

"Still, the high level of that interest has surprised me, and it's particularly exciting because this is a great opportunity to grow the game.

"This is a long-term commitment to develop our sport here. We're barely in the embryonic stages, but the opportunity and the possibilities are limitless."

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Scouting Bobby Orr

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

GANANOQUE, Ontario — The little kid with the brush-cut blond hair and the endearing smile strolled through the door of the restaurant here on King Street. His hockey team had just lost to the local Gan boys, a season-ending defeat in the provincial playoffs. But everyone, especially the scouts from Boston, was gushing about the 13-year-old sprite from way up north in Parry Sound.

A few years later, the same kid would be the talk of all the NHL, bringing fans across North America to their feet on nearly every shift. No one had ever seen the likes of Bobby Orr. And on this night, March 31, 1961, the hometown players from this picture-postcard hamlet along Thousand Islands rose and applauded as Orr, all 112 pounds of him, entered the Boston Cafe.

The Gan boys knew something. They had no idea exactly what would unfold in the years ahead, but it was obvious the kid with magic in his stick would be skating off to places far beyond small-town Canada.

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Video- ‘The Flying Goal’ 47 Years Ago

The great Dan Kelly with the call.

 

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Are You One Of The Four People Who Watches Olympic Hockey?

Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs met with the media yesterday to wrap up the season.

And also had this to say regarding the 2018 Olympics...

via Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The senior Jacobs, when asked about NHL participation in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea, said, “I don’t think it’s going to happen.”...

“When you stop and think about it,” said Jacobs, “should we take those weeks out of our season, turn it off, continue to depend on these players to perform for us when they get back, if they get back, if they come back in good condition?”

Jacobs remains a proponent of the Olympics adding hockey to the Summer Games menu, an idea dating back even to before the NHL first released its players for the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan.

“They won’t embrace it,” said Jacobs, referring to the International Olympic Committee. “So it is what it is.”

Jacobs also noted the time difference between North America and Korea, conjecturing that games would air on TV here at 2 or 3 a.m.

“I think the four people that watch it don’t justify it,” he added.

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Bruce Cassidy Named Head Coach Of The Boston Bruins, Interim Tag Is Removed

BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, April 26, that Bruce Cassidy has been named the 28th head coach of the Boston Bruins.

Cassidy served as Interim Head Coach for the Bruins' final 33 regular and postseason games, compiling a 18-8-1 regular season record and propelling the team to a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since the 2013-14 season. Since Cassidy assumed head coaching responsibilities on February 9, the Bruins ranked first in the NHL in goals per game (3.37), first in the NHL in fewest shots allowed (741), tied for second in the NHL in wins (18), tied for second in the NHL in power play percentage (27.8%), tied for third in the NHL in goals allowed per game (2.30), tied for fifth in the NHL in faceoff percentage (53.6%) and tied for sixth in the NHL in takeaways (229).

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Video- Clarke MacArthur Series Winning OT Goal

A power play goal for MacArthur.

The Senators advance to face the New York Rangers.

 

 

added 8:26pm, Game highlights are below...

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There Will Be A Game 6 Between The Ottawa Senators And Boston Bruins

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Instead of sending the Boston Bruins into an early spring, the Ottawa Senators will be packing up for another trip to Beantown.

After failing to book a ticket Round 2 of the National Hockey League playoffs, the Senators were left with more work to do after they squandered a 2-0 second-period lead and lost 3-2 to the Bruins in double overtime in front of 19,209 at Canadian Tire Centre on Friday night. That cut Ottawa’s lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal to 3-2.

Sean Kuraly scored his second goal of the game at 10:19 of the second OT to give the Bruins the win and the Senators don’t have a lot of time to recover with Game 6 set for Sunday at 3 p.m. at Boston's TD Garden.

"Right now, it definitely stings. They're emotional games. We expected a hard fought, long, grinding gruelling series and that's what we've got. I don't know how to explain it any better than they're pushing, we're pushing and it goes to double overtime, anything can happen. It's disappointing but we have to move on," said defenceman Dion Phaneuf. "The same way we moved on from the two wins in overtime.

"We expected a battle and we've got one."

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Game highlights are below...

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The Difference-Maker Is Erik Karlsson

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Locked and loaded now for vacation, the Bruins Friday night will try to shake their insidious playoff funk when they return to Ottawa for Game 5. They are down, 3-1, to the Senators, and have yet to recover from a third-period collapse on the road Saturday, when they blew a 3-1 lead and what might have been an iron-clad 2-0 grip on the best-of-seven series.

Much has happened since then, none of it good for the “we’re-looking-for-a-deep-run-in-the-playoffs” Black and Gold.

The Senators have been faster, smarter on both sides of the puck, vastly more consistent, more resilient and, despite their wonkish and methodical 1-3-1 ways in the neutral zone, eminently more entertaining to watch. It is no mistake or writ of numbskulled officiating that they are about to advance to Round 2 of the Stanley Cup grinder, while the Bruins are pointed to the offseason badlands of talk radio persecution.

It helps the Senators, of course, that they have arguably (if anyone cares to argue) the most exciting, game-changing player in the NHL in defenseman Erik Karlsson, who has been brilliant in key moments, and not for his play alone.

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The Boston Bruins Are Now On The Brink Of Elimination

from Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald,

The Bruins are down to their final loss and, if they can’t figure out a way to make a big play at the right time, we will have seen them in Boston for the last time this season.

After having a goal called back in the second period on an offside challenge, the B’s gave up the go-ahead goal early in the third to Bobby Ryan and lost to the Ottawa Senators, 1-0, at the Garden, their third straight loss in the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. The Senators, up 3-1 in the series, have a chance to end it on home ice tomorrow night in Game 5.

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A Good Day And Bad Night In Boston

from Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe,

It was shaping up as a perfect Marathon Monday.

Postcard weather. A seamless 26-mile Boston Strong race with the usual thousands of feel-good/inspirational stories. A third straight win for the Red Sox at Fenway. And finally . . . the Bruins brought the NHL playoffs back to the Garden and recovered from a 3-0 second-period deficit against the Ottawa Senators.

But they could not finish. The Bruins battled back to a 3-3 tie, and gave us some great hockey, only to lose in the sixth minute of overtime on a power-play goal by Bobby Ryan after a cheesy roughing penalty on Bruins forward Riley Nash. Garden fans peppered the ice with water bottles to show their disgust with the zebras. Ottawa leads the series, two games to one.

It had been more than 1,000 days since the last Stanley Cup tournament game at the Garden and this is not the way we visualized the Bruins’ return to the playoffs. All three games in this series have been decided by one goal, two in overtime, but it feels like the Senators have the Bruins’ number. Going back to last season, Ottawa has beaten Boston eight times in nine games. At this moment, it’s hard to remember that the Bruins had a 1-0 series lead and a 3-1 lead in the third period of Game 2 before they folded in the final minutes.

When it was suggested by a reporter that the call must have been “demoralizing,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said, “I agree with you, 100 percent.

“Very demoralizing. Demoralizing and disappointing. But they called it. Once they called it, it’s our job to kill it.’’

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Watch the penalty call in OT in the highlight package below...

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