About two years ago, lives were lost and plenty others were shaken by the Boston Marathon Bombings. Eventually, people tried to return to some form of normalcy, which added special meaning to some Boston Bruins games.
Watch the video below for some emotional memories of that time in April 2013, including reflections from former Buffalo Sabres Ryan Miller and Steve Ott (who played for the road team on one especially memorable evening).
Jackman’s center-ice goal deals blow to Jets wild card chase
St. Louis blew a three-goal lead Tuesday night, but Barret Jackman beat Ondrej Pavelec from center ice with just over a minute remaining leading the Blues to a 5-4 win.
“When I threw it in there, I thought [Pavelec] was kind of surveying the play and was just going to grab it and flip it to the side,” said Jackman per NHL.com’s Lou Korac. “It just kind of floated over the glove. [Pavelec] obviously didn’t get a good look at it.”
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The latest from the “Reckless Ryan Garbutt” files — during last night’s 5-2 loss to San Jose, Garbutt was benched by Stars head coach Lindy Ruff after taking an elbowing penalty in the second period with Dallas trailing by two.
“That can’t happen, it just can’t happen this time of the year, it can’t,” Ruff said, per the Dallas Morning-News. “He didn’t hurt himself, he hurt 19 teammates.”
The penalty in question:
After exiting the box, Garbutt played a grand total of nine seconds and didn’t touch the ice at all in the third period.
The 29-year-old may well be the NHL’s most reckless player. He’s been suspended twice this year — one for kneeing Tyalor Hall, once for slew-footing Dustin Byfuglien — and, all told, has been suspended 10 games over the last two seasons; he was also fined during last year’s playoffs for spearing Corey Perry in the groin.
Here, now, is a sampling of the PHT headlines Garbutt’s behavior has produced:
One has to wonder what the Stars will do with Garbutt moving forward. He’s on the books for one more year at $1.8 million, and has been a good producer — 17 goals and 35 points in 75 games last season, seven goals and 18 points through 50 games this year — but, at the same time, repeat warnings from both the league and Stars organization don’t appear to have altered his approach or playing style.
“When you’re out, you realize how big a part of your life this is, and you want to make sure you do things right,” Garbutt told The Dallas Morning News. “It’s mental preparation, and I’ve been working on that away from the rink. It’s keeping your emotions in check even when things aren’t going your way. I think I have been better at that. I want to be sure whatever I do helps the team.”
Steve Ott, who spent parts of seven seasons with the Stars, understands what Garbutt is going through.
The St. Louis Blues’ forward says Garbutt will learn from experience.
“It is hard for players who are walking the line. What’s keeping you in the league is that edge, so you don’t want to lose that edge,” said Ott. “But I think the more you play, the more you understand how to stay on the good side of that line. It takes some time.”
Ott, who has had his run-ins with the Department of Player Safety previously, hasn’t been suspended since 2009.
“Y’know, I don’t think it’s the penalties or suspensions or even the fines that really kill you. I think the hardest thing is walking back into the room and facing your teammates when you know you have been a detriment to your team,” he said. “The hardest part is the guilt factor of having to face your own teammates and tell them, ‘I’m sorry, I hurt the team with what I did.’”
Garbutt has six goals and 11 points to go along with 24 penalty minutes in 26 games this season.