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Well that was crazy. The Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks went to overtime yet again, for the third time in four games, but this time around, they went to OT tied 5-5, and a wild and crazy game yielded a wild and crazy finish as Brent Seabrook's shot flittered through three Bruins and Jonathan Toews, who'd been shoved into Tuukka Rask's crease by Zdeno Chara. Hawks win 6-5.
The series heads back to Chicago tied 2-2, and we've got a whole new ballgame, folks.
Here's the gamer:
Don Cherry discussed the physical nature of the Bruins-Blackhawks series, gap control, exchanging hockey knowledge with one Scotty Bowman, "Loosick's" net-front presence, the scourge of European-born players in the CHL and the Grand Rapids Griffins' Calder Cup win over the course of Wednesday's Coach's Corner:
The CBC's opening musical montage for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final did not disappoint:
Yesterday evening, TSN's Insider Trading segment revealed scoops about Kris Letang's future, the goaltending rumor mill, the Flyers' buy-outs, Rangers contract issues, Valtteri Filppula's contract demands and other juicy tidbits.
This evening's Insider Trading segement, which included James Duthie, Pierre LeBrun, Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie, discussed the following topics:
- McKenzie says that either Joe Sakic's being honest about the Avalanche not wanting to bring partially Denver-raised Seth Jones to Denver, and as such, they're trying to cushion the blow that is bringing Nathan McKinnon or Jonathan Drouin to Denver...Or he's posturing in an attempt to convince the Florida Panthers or Tampa Bay Lightning to swap picks. McKenzie doesn't believe that the teams will bite;
From ESPN Boston's Joe McDonald:
When the puck drops on Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night at TD Garden, it will mark the 200th career playoff game for Bruins forward Jaromir Jagr.
The 41-year-old future Hall of Famer has played for six teams -- Pittsburgh, Washington, Philadelphia, Dallas and Boston -- during his NHL career and with the exception of the Stars (only played half of this season with Dallas), each of those teams have reached the postseason. Plus, he won a pair of Stanley Cups with the Penguins.
“That’s pretty impressive,” said Bruins assistant captain Chris Kelly. “It shows, not only his regular-season numbers, it shows that he’s played consistently in the postseason -- a lot in the postseason. I don’t know where that ranks all-time but I’m sure it’s pretty high.”
Jagr will become the 19th player in NHL history to reach 200 career playoff games. Chris Chelios is the all-time leader with 266 with Montreal, Chicago and Detroit.
Updated 4x, "No doffing your helmets before fighting" rule news at 9:21 PM: Mathieu Schneider discussed the NHLPA's take on the general managers' meetings and probable rule changes this afternoon. Schneider also weighed in on the GM's desire to "tackle" diving while speaking with ESPN's Scott Burnside...
"I wouldn't say it's a big issue. Listen, hockey players have always prided themselves on being some of the toughest guys, and when you see some of the plays it makes you shake your head a little, but at the same time [league vice president Colin Campbell] will tell you a story of a player he thought dove and ended up having a broken neck.
"Guys lose edges. Guys step on sticks. There are so many that are gray, even though there are the calls that everybody and their mother knows it's a dive, there are a lot of them that are gray. What happens is if you discipline one player, another player says, 'Well, I did the same thing.' It's very difficult. There is nothing that is black and white on it. It's not like a high stick," he said.
And the GM's and NHL executives weighed in with their takes on hybrid icing and visors while speaking with NHL.com's Dan Rosen, who notes that the rule changes will become official when the Board of Governors votes on them during their meetings on June 27th:
The Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins will battle for an even series and a stranglehold on the Stanley Cup Final, respectively, at 8 PM EDT tonight (on the CBC and NBC). Weigh in here with your observations and other thoughts abou the day's events.
Update: Hossa will play for Chicago tonight.
From a CBC press release:
CBC'S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA WANTS YOU TO WRITE THE NEXT GREAT CANADIAN HOCKEY SONG
Jun 19, 2013
CBC's HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA and CBCMusic.ca are putting the call out to Canadian songwriters with the launch of Song Quest.
CBC's HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA is looking for an arena-sized song that will excite hockey fans from coast to coast and get the nation's heart pounding. Alongside CBCMusic.ca, the call is out to Canadian songwriters to come up with the next great Canadian hockey song for this year's edition of SONG QUEST.
From the Canadian Press:
A person familiar with discussions confirms Danny Briere is set to become a free agent after the Philadelphia Flyers informed the veteran forward they intend to buy out the final two years of his contract.
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Wednesday because the Flyers have not announced their decision. ESPN.com first reported Briere's pending buyout Tuesday evening.
The Flyers still owe Briere $5 million as part of the eight-year, $52 million contract he signed in free agency on July 1, 2007. He's a 15-year NHL veteran, who had six goals and 10 assists in 34 games last season.
A seven-time 25-goal scorer, Briere's production has tailed off as a result of various injuries, including a concussion.
The move will shave $6.5 million off the Flyers' salary cap.
Updated 6x at 3:52 PM: Good news from the general managers' meetings per Yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika and the CBC's Elliotte Friedman:
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