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BHN Daily: Massachusetts Boys Getting It Done For Team USA Hockey

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The USA Hockey team at the IIHF World Championships in Riga, Latvia has a distinctly local Massachusetts flavor as Hingham boys Brian Boyle and Matty Beniers both scored goals for Team USA’s win over Latvia, and as NHL Network reporter Jon Paul Morosi points out they are the oldest and youngsters players on the roster for this year’s tournament.

There’s a very New England flavor to Team USA overall as Boyle and Beniers join eight overall players from Massachusetts on the 26-player roster, also including Ryan Donato, Colin Blackwell, Conor Garland, Kevin Rooney, Ryan Shea and the latest edition to the roster, Boston University goalie Drew Commesso. So, it’s absolutely worth a watch for New England hockey diehards to check out what some of our best local players are doing donning the Red, White and Blue after their respective NHL seasons came to a premature close at the end of the regular season.

Now on to the BHN Puck Links:

*Boy, I’ve got to say I like the cut of Rod Brind’Amour’s jib. The guy just seems like he truly gets it while guiding the Carolina Hurricanes.

*The Boston Bruins view it as “advantageous” that they enjoy a 6-day break between playoff series readying for tomorrow night’s opener vs. the New York Islanders. (Boston Hockey Now)

*While the Pittsburgh Penguins season has come to a close, it’s certainly difficult to overlook just what a big impact Jeff Carter made after arriving at the NHL trade deadline. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

*Down Goes Brown asks some of the tough questions, including whether or not the officiating is getting worse for the NHL during the Stanley Cup playoffs. (The Athletic)

*Steve Simmons says it was the “same old Leafs” as Toronto stumbled badly in a chance to sweep the leg on the Montreal Canadiens in Game 5. (Toronto Sun)

*Speaking of Brind’Amour, his adjustments helped the Hurricanes advance past the Nashville Predators on Thursday night. (News & Observer)

*The Bruins and New York Islanders haven’t met for a playoff series since 1983, so here’s some Old Time Hockey between the two teams back in the day.

*Speaking of the Leafs/Canadiens, boy must Carey Price scare the daylights of Toronto and his potential to steal the series at this point.

*For something completely different: How is it news that Bernie Sanders requests king size beds and 60-degree temperatures in his hotel rooms? I do the exact same thing. (New York Post)

Joe Haggerty has covered the Boston Bruins and the NHL for 18 years with NBC Sports Boston, WEEI.com, the Boston Metro and the Woburn Daily Times, and currently serves as lead Bruins reporter and columnist for Boston Hockey Now. Haggs always strives to capture the spirt of the thing any way that he can.

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