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John Davidson Resigns From His Position With The Columbus Blue Jackets

via the Columbus Blue Jackets,

STATEMENT FROM BLUE JACKETS PRESIDENT MIKE PRIEST

"The New York Rangers recently sought permission from our organization to speak with John Davidson about serving as their team president. That permission was granted and today John has resigned his position as the president of hockey operations and alternate governor with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

"Personally, I want to thank J.D. for his friendship and the many contributions that he and his wife, Diana, have made to the Blue Jackets and throughout our community. He helped us forge a winning culture based on preparation, hard work, accountability and honesty. He set the tone and hired talented people that put in place a plan to build the Blue Jackets through the draft and player development with the end goal being a team that could compete and have success at the highest-level on a yearly basis.

"The winning culture that now is entrenched in all of us will continue under the direction of Jarmo Kekalainen, who will now serve as an alternate governor in addition to general manager, and the leaders within our hockey operations department. We remain committed to improving on the successes we've had in recent seasons with the goal of bringing a Stanley Cup championship to Columbus."

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The Columbus Blue Jackets Will Have A Different Look Next Season

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

Wholesale changes are on the horizon. Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson is expected to return home to New York to succeed Glen Sather as Rangers president. Assistant coach Brad Shaw is expected to interview for the head coaching vacancy in Ottawa. (Assistant GM Bill Zito interviewed for the Edmonton Oilers’ GM job that went to Ken Holland. He will likely be a GM soon.)

Oh, yeah. Panarin, Bobrovsky,  and  are all likely to hit the market on July 1 in free agency.

“It’s disappointing,” Kekalainen said. “I think everybody in the room, including coaches and management, believe that we had a team that we think could win the Cup. When you fall short, it’s disappointing.”

On one hand, this was the best season in Blue Jackets history. They won the franchise’s first-ever playoff series in spectacular fashion, sweeping the Presidents’ Trophy winner in an upset that flipped the playoffs on its head with a series that will be talked about for years.

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Video- Charlie McAvoy Hit Tonight

You make the call. 

Call on the ice, 2 for illegal check to the head.

 

 

added 9:18pm, Pretty similar hit by Drew Doughty in the playoffs last year.  Watch below and FYI, no penalty on Doughty for the hit.  But was suspended one game.

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The Boston Bruins Are Ready For Tonight’s Game 6

from Rich Thompson of the Boston Herald,

The Bruins took a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals with Saturday night’s thrilling 4-3 victory at the Garden. The Bruins had a 2-0 lead in the third but let Columbus tie the game 3-3 on a slot shot by defenseman Dean Kukan at 13:58. The Bruins rallied to win on David Pastrnak’s second goal of the game with 1:28 to play.

“On time starts,” Cassidy said. “I think we have been a good first-period team and extend the lead when you can, and we did that last night.

“I know it sounds simple, but that is your formula as the game goes on, that’s what it has to be. “

With a win in Game 6, the Bruins would advance to the Eastern Conference finals and host the Carolina Hurricanes. A Columbus victory would force a Game 7 in Boston on Wednesday night.

“We follow (Cassidy’s) lead and he knows it’s going to be a tough task,” Bruins center Charlie Coyle said. “They are a good team, they play well at home, and their crowd gets into it.

“We have to make sure we play a simple game early on. If we sit back a little bit and they make their push, they will make you pay with their chances. We saw some of that (Saturday), and it’s up to us.”

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Video- A Wild One In Boston Tonight

Six goals sored in the 3rd period, including the game winner by Pastrnak with 1:28 left.

Bruins win 4-3 and lead the series 3-2.

 

 

Below, watch John Tortorella post-game.

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Video- HNIC Feature On Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen

via Sportsnet,

Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen explains how his team overcame the inherent distractions of impending free agency for some star players, going all in at the NHL trade deadline.

 

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Keeping The Goalies Fresh

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnetr,

... This is the new normal in the NHL.

Where once Martin Brodeur and Miikka Kiprusoff were celebrated for routinely playing 70-plus games per season, teams are now putting their top puck-stoppers on a pitch count. Six of the eight teams still standing in Round 2 didn’t even have a goaltender appear in 50 regular-season games.

Bobrovsky is one of the exceptions, but his 62 games were still a slight decrease from the previous two seasons. He played 355 fewer minutes overall this year and saw 237 fewer shots and has had the wear and tear between games reduced even further since Kinkaid’s arrival on Feb. 25.

The Russian got four games off entirely during the final month of the season while Kinkaid backed up Joonas Korpisalo and isn’t taking the ice at all on off days during the ongoing series with Boston.

“It’s such a unique position, the amount of pressure that’s on the goalie,” said Tortorella. “We’re letting Bob run on his schedule. How he feels most comfortable getting prepared for the next game.”

Given that Bobrovsky and Boston counterpart Tuukka Rask have been the stars of a series that sits at 2-2 heading into Saturday’s Game 5 at TD Garden, the approach makes a lot of sense.

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Back ‘Net’ Presence

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The puck stayed live, and in a flash, Artemi Panarin ripped home a short-range one-timer to cut the Boston lead to 2-1. Nationwide Arena was all abuzz.

“I saw the puck go off,” said Jake DeBrusk, one of Boston’s five skaters in the trip to bizzaro world. “It was in my line of vision. I saw it, lost it . . . and I automatically assumed that it hit the mesh. I personally did not see it hit. But the way it reacted was iffy. I didn’t know if it was a hand pass . . . then all of a sudden it’s a backdoor [pass] to Panarin and I’m like, ‘What just happened?’”

The play, not reviewable by the on-ice officiating crew per the rule book, was allowed to stand. The two refs (Chris Rooney, Gord Dwyer) and two linesmen (Michel Cormier, Brian Murphy) simply didn’t see it. They are among the best eight eyes in the league’s call-’em-as-they-see-’em brigade, and they couldn’t call it because they couldn’t see it.

Note to NHL: time to fix the rulebook. If offsides and goalie interference are reviewable, surely a puck into the net fits into the spirit of wanting to get things right.

“Should have been blown dead,” said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. “Hit the net. You hope the four officials on the ice would see it, they didn’t . . . got to play through it.”

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If you missed the questionable goal last night, watch it below.

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Video- Boston Bruins Win, Series Tied 2-2 Against The Columbus Blue Jackets

Bruins regain home ice advantage...

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

The playoff slogan adopted by the Bruins earlier this week was very similar to the “It’s Time” the Blue Jackets had already plastered all over t-shirts, hats, towels, signs and Nationwide Arena.

Theirs was “It’s only a matter of time.”

“He’s definitely going to crack at some point,” Bruins defenceman Brandon Carlo had said about Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky after Game 3.  “I have a lot of faith we’ll put pucks past him here pretty soon.”

Coach Bruce Cassidy clearly had no issues with the blueliner’s boldness.

“Carlo said it yesterday … however he described it … I just think we’re going to score because we have good players that will score eventually,” he stated Thursday morning. “Will it be tonight? I hope so. I hope it’s right away and the guys start feeling good about themselves.”...

Just 3:33 into the first period of Game 4 in this Eastern Conference semifinal — and only moments after he was rocked by a tremendous open ice hit from Adam Clendening — David Pastrnak beat Bobrovsky with a one-timer from the left wing circle. Only 3:45 later, Patrice Bergeron scored on a power play with a snapper from beside the right wing circle.

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Highlights of the 4-1 Boston win can be viewed below.

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Video- John Tortorella’s Entrance

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