Seguin’s “missed breakfast because alarm was on Boston time” excuse has some holes

20 Comments

Interesting piece here from CBS Boston’s Matt Kalman on the ramifications of Tyler Seguin missing a Bruins team breakfast. Specifically, the reason Seguin gave for missing the breakfast:

That he offered a lame excuse about setting his clock on Boston time (he would’ve been early had that been the case), wasn’t the best start on the road to accountability. However, as we all know, he has plenty of time, starting now, to show not only that he’s learned his lesson, but maybe to teach the lesson to others.

He can take the initiative to be early or exactly on time, and maybe even rally many of his teammates to do the same, going forward.

Seguin operates primarily in Boston (Eastern Standard Time) but missed the team breakfast in Winnipeg (Central). For those without a world clock handy, allow me to explain: Setting your alarm for, say, 6:30 a.m. “Boston time” means it would go off at 5:30 a.m. “Winnipeg time” — ergo, you’d be an hour early for whatever it is you had to wake up for.

BUS-TED!

In addition to the Seguin thing, Kalman had some other choice nuggets about Boston’s breakfast ritual:

Head coach Claude Julien put on the breakfasts, which one former Bruins player said typically takes place early on game day and lasts during a brief window of around an hour, in order to take stock of his players’ frame of reference (i.e. are they hung over?)

I can just see Julien grilling the waiters to see who ordered what. “Which guy got the plain toast and ginger ale? Was it Marchand?”

It takes discipline to not only get down to breakfast, but do so in your formal travel clothes.

I  knew a guy that used to counter this by sleeping in the clothes he planned on wearing to breakfast, giving himself the six extra minutes of sleep that would’ve otherwise been wasted getting changed. The only problems were that 1) he’d sleep terribly and 2) his clothes would be more wrinkled than a Shar Pei. Wasn’t the smartest guy I ever met.

Veterans might make it down to breakfast just before the time window closes. On rare occasions, they might even pass on breakfast for a reason they have to provide.

Shawn Thornton: “I’m not going to breakfast tomorrow.”

Claude Julien: “What’s your reason?”

Thornton: “My reason is I don’t want to.”

/uncomfortable pause

Julien: “See you at the rink.”

[Update: CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty weighs in. “So Tyler Seguin didn’t set his alarm clock for the proper time on Tuesday morning. Or so he says. But if you have a shred of common sense, you realize that if his alarm clock was set to Eastern Standard Time, it would have made him an hour early rather than an hour late.”]

Rangers punch playoff ticket to wrap up night of clinched spots

Getty
Leave a comment

The New York Rangers weren’t ecstatic that Chris Tierney‘s 4-4 goal sent their game to overtime against the San Jose Sharks, but either way, getting beyond regulation punched their ticket to the playoffs on Tuesday night.

For the seventh season in a row, the Rangers are in the NHL’s postseason. They fell to the Sharks 5-4 in overtime, so they haven’t locked down the first wild-card spot in the East … yet. It seems like a matter of time, however.

The Rangers have now made the playoffs in 11 of their last 12 tries, a far cry from the barren stretch where the Rangers failed to make the playoffs from 1997-98 through 2003-04 (with the lockout season punctuating the end of that incompetent era).

New York has pivoted from the John Tortorella days to the Vigneault era, and this season has been especially interesting as they reacted to a 2016 first-round loss to the Penguins by instituting a more attacking style. The Metropolitan Division’s greatness has overshadowed, to some extent, how dramatic the improvement has been.

This result seems like a tidy way to discuss Tuesday’s other events.

The drama ends up being low for the Rangers going forward, and while there might be a shortage of life-or-death playoff struggles, the battles for seeding look to be fierce.

Oilers end NHL’s longest playoff drought; Sharks, Ducks also clinch

Getty
2 Comments

There’s something beautiful about the symmetry on Tuesday … unless you’re a Detroit Red Wings fans, maybe.

On the same night that the longest active NHL playoff streak ended at 25 for Detroit, the longest playoff drought concluded when the Edmonton Oilers clinched a postseason spot by beating the Los Angeles Kings 2-1.

The Oilers haven’t reached the playoffs since 2005-06, when Chris Pronger lifted them to Game 7 of the 2006 Stanley Cup Final.

In doing so, other dominoes fell. Both the Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks also punched their tickets to the postseason.

The Sharks, of course, hope to exceed last season’s surprising run to the 2016 Stanley Cup Final.

Meanwhile, the Anaheim Ducks continue their run of strong postseasons, even as their Cup win fades to the background ever so slightly. All three teams are currently vying for the Pacific Division title.

The Western Conference’s eight teams are dangerously close to being locked into place, as the Nashville Predators, Calgary Flames and St. Louis Blues are all close to looking down their spots as well.

Want the East perspective? Check out this summary of Tuesday’s events from the perspective of the other conference.

Craig Anderson took his blunder hard – probably too hard – in Sens loss

Leave a comment

Members of the Ottawa Senators were quick to come to Craig Anderson‘s blunder (see above) in Tuesday’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, and it’s easy to see why.

It’s not just about his personal struggles, either. When Anderson’s managed to play, he’s been flat-out phenomenal, generating a .927 save percentage that ranks near a Vezina-type level (if he managed to play more than 35 games).

Goaltending has been a huge reason why Ottawa has at least a shot of winning the Atlantic or at least grabbing a round of home-ice advantage, so unlike certain instances where teams shield a goalie’s failures, the defenses are absolutely justified.

Anderson, on the other hand, was very hard on himself.

You have to admire Anderson for taking the blame, even if in very much “hockey player” fashion, he’s not exactly demanding the same sort of credit for his great work this season.

It’s official: Red Wings’ playoff streak ends at 25 seasons

Getty
9 Comments

When we look back at the 2016-17 season for the Detroit Red Wings, it will be remembered for some said endings.

It began without Pavel Datsyuk. We knew that their last game at Joe Louis Arena this season would be their last ever. And now we know that Joe Louis Arena won’t be home to another playoff run.

After 25 straight seasons of making the playoffs – quite often managing deep runs – the Red Wings were officially eliminated on Tuesday night. In getting this far, they enjoyed one of the greatest runs of longevity in NHL history:

Tonight revolves largely around East teams winning and teams clinching bids – the Edmonton Oilers could very well end the league’s longest playoff drought this evening – but this story is more solemn.

EA Sports tweeted out a great infographic:

“Right now it’s hard to talk about it, because you’re a big reason why it’s not continuing,” Henrik Zetterberg said in an NHL.com report absolutely worth your time.

Mike “Doc” Emrick narrated a great look back at Joe Louis Arena here: