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We Have Playoff Hockey This Saturday

NEW YORK (May 10, 2021) – The National Hockey League today announced the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round series between the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals will begin on Saturday, May 15 at 7:15 p.m. ET in Washington. Game 1 of the best-of-seven series between the MassMutual East Division rivals will be broadcast on NBC in the United States and on Sportsnet, CBC and TVA Sports in Canada. The complete 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round schedule will be announced in the coming days.

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Video- A “Cheap Shot”

Leo Komarov.


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A Boston Sweater Needs To Go To The Rafters

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Exposing one injustice at a time.

One and only one of the Original Six has not retired No. 1, and that team is the Bruins, who apparently are laboring under the misapprehension that Mr. Zero, Frank Brimsek, wore 0 on his uniform.

The snub makes no sense. Brimsek, a Hall of Famer, was the preeminent goaltender of his time — winning the Stanley Cup twice in 1939 and 1941, named to the first- or-second All-Star team in each of his first eight seasons of his career, and winning the Calder Trophy and two Vezina Trophies while finishing in the top five of Hart Trophy voting three times.

It does not line up. The Bruins aren’t one of those franchises to ignore anything that happened in the NHL’s formative, pre-World War II days. They have retired the No. 2 for Eddie Shore (1926-40), No. 3 for Lionel Hitchman (1925-34) and No. 5 for Dit Clapper (1927-47).

Brimsek, born in Eveleth, Minn., was the first American goaltender to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. He was among the inaugural class of players inducted into the U.S. HHOF. So what gives?

continued plus more topics like coaching changes in Philadelphia and New Jersey?

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Videos- Tom Wilson Hit

Yes, Tom Wilson has a reputation, but this was the correct call.  No penalty on Wislon.

As you can imagine, social media wants the scalp of Wilson.


Much longer version is below.

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Taylor Hall Lands In Boston

I've been waiting for the official release but it's now time for a few hours of slep.

via TSN,

The Buffalo Sabres have dealt the well-travelled winger and forward Curtis Lazar to the Boston Bruins in exchange for forward Anders Bjork and a second-round draft pick, according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger.

SN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun notes that the Sabres retained 50 per cent of Hall's salary to make the deal happen.

added 8:03am, Boston release is below.

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Impressive Numbers

from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe,

From the wizards in the NHL’s stats department, we find that entering Thursday, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand had factored on the same goal 329 times in the regular season:. That’s 135 Bergeron goals with a Marchand assist, 127 Marchand goals with a Bergeron assist, and 67 goals assisted by both Bergeron and Marchand.

Thus, Marchand factored on 329 of Bergeron’s 902 career points (36.5 percent), and Bergeron factored on 329 of Marchand’s 691 career points (47.6 percent).

By number of times factoring on the same goal, they rank third among active player duos:

487 — Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom (Capitals)

399 — Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry (Ducks, no longer teammates)

329 — Bergeron and Marchand

321 — Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin (Penguins)

291 — Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown (Kings)

They also rank second in Bruins history:

406 — Phil Esposito and Ken Hodge

more plus other hockey topics...

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Zdeno Chara Could Have Helped The Bruins This Season

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The Bruins need help in a few places, true of most of their playoff-bound brethren, and left-side defense is among their glaring soft spots.

Which is to say, gee, a guy like Zdeno Chara would be a good fit over there right about now, ya know?

Big Z’s not coming back, folks, so erase that from your Monday trade deadline wish list. Right now, as far as the first-place Capitals are concerned, he’s the most valuable Washington monument in town.

The Trencin Tower of Power will be on the job against the Bruins Thursday night, 99 days since abruptly bidding Boston adieu as a free agent, and paired most of the night with Nick Jensen as the Capitals’ top penalty-killing tandem....

Remember, it came down to role, profile, and above all, need, general manager Don Sweeney, et al, convinced that newbies Jeremy Lauzon and Jakub Zboril needed Chara’s ice time to find footing in their NHL careers. All of that, they felt, was a more pressing need than finding Chara bona fide minutes and keeping him happy in a meaningful insurance/coaching role in what portended to be — and has since proven — a demanding, compressed 56-game season.

To their credit, Lauzon and Zboril have been OK, about on par with where Chara stood upon landing on the Islanders’ blue line as a 20-year-old, back when size alone was a work permit in the NHL.

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Don Cherry On Bobby Schmautz

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

Then, as noon approached, the long-distance call from someone else who was having a rough time.

It was Don Cherry, but the news from him wasn’t bad.

He had just read Cracks of Don in the Toronto Sun.

He tracked down my number because he had to let me how much he appreciated the column on former Boston Bruins winger Bobby Schmautz, who passed away Sunday on his 76th birthday.

Cherry was emotional.

Schmautz was his “favourite,” and three or four times during our chat he had to stop and compose himself.

“I just wanted to thank you so much for writing such a good story,” said Grapes. “I read your thing every time. It’s really good. It really brings back memories. And boy, when I read that one, I got all choked up.”

Now if you think my decision to use that quote isself-serving, I can’t argue.

I’ve always been a big Cherry fan, and if he’s going to praise my work, damn right I’m going to make it an in-column ad.

But ego aside, I liked listening to his stories about “Schmautzie” even more.

I’ve got room to tell you a few.


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Video- Mackenzie Blackwood Saved His Best Save For The Last One

40 saves on the night.


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Videos- You Make The Call, Tom Wilson Hit On Brandon Carlo

update 11:42am on 3/6/21,



Carlo won't return and no penalty on the hit.



Then later in the game...

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