The Boston Bruins — along with TD Garden, the NHL, and the NHLPA — have pledged $250,000 to The One Fund, which has been created to help those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings.
“Our family has been touched by the heroic moments of so many individuals and the strength and resiliency of this community to stand together in solidarity in support of those who were injured and those who lost their lives in this unimaginable tragedy,” said Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs in a release. “On behalf of our entire family, we pledge our unwavering support to this community as the process of healing begins.”
The Bruins host the Sabres tonight (on NBCSN) in the city’s first major-league sports event since Monday’s explosions. (You can watch the game live online here.)
According to the club, B’s players and team staff have combined to donate 80 tickets to first responders, including Boston Police, Massachusetts State Police, Firefighters and emergency medical personnel.
Players from both teams will also wear ‘Boston Strong’ decals on their helmets during the game.
Finally, Bruins forward will Brad Marchand will be raffling off his own TD Garden suite for the team’s first home playoff game, with all proceeds benefiting the Richard family of Dorchester, whose 8-year-old son Martin was killed in the explosions.
“Our whole team saw the photos of Martin at our game from last Thursday and learned that he and his family are big fans of ours,” said Marchand. “This is just one small gesture which I hope can help the Richard family during this incredibly sad time for them. What they are going through is unimaginable and we will try to assist them in any way we can.”
Ducks come to terms with Lindholm, so what happens now?
And now we wait for the other shoe to drop, because according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Anaheim Ducks have come to terms with defenseman Hampus Lindholm on a six-year contract extension with a cap hit of $5.25 million.
It’s a win for the Ducks, who succeed in their quest to get Lindholm locked up with a lower cap hit than the Sabres got Rasmus Ristolainen ($5.4 million).
Pastrnak was whistled for a minor penalty on the play, which occurred in the second period of Boston’s 5-2 loss at MSG on Wednesday night. Girardi left the contest momentarily, but was able to return and finished with 16:15 TOI.
“I don’t really know it makes contact with my face at first, but it is what it is, I’m kind of vulnerable,” Girardi said of the hit, per the New York Post. “He’s going to try to make a hit. He just hit me in the front of the face, so it wasn’t like it was the side-of-the-head hit or something.
“As soon as I got up, I was fine.”
Pastrnak, who did appear to leave his feet to make the hit, doesn’t have any history with the DoPS, and has never been subjected to supplemental discipline from the department.
His hearing will take place on Friday.
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