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BHN Puck Links: Boston Bruins Forced To Change NYI Hotels



Interesting tidbit from Boston Bruins winger Chris Wagner earlier this week while doing a quick phone hit with Scott Zolak and Marc Bertrand on 98.5 the Sports Hub. Apparently, the Boston Bruins had to change team hotels on Long Island in the middle of the second round series against the Islanders after repeated fire alarms were pulled while the Bruins were staying in New York while playing Games 3 and 4 against the Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum.

It’s a classic move that the New England Patriots’ opponents have cried about over the years when they’re staying in the Boston-area as well, so there’s a grudging level of respect for that kind of take-no-prisoners tactics allegedly employed by their rabid fans during the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The B’s fourth liner estimated fire alarms were pulled “probably six times” during their initial four day stay in New York, so that was a wrap for that particular hotel when they returned back for Game 6.

One would assume they were initially staying at the Long Island Marriott, a site they’ve stayed at in the past when playing the Islanders in Uniondale, that sits in the parking lot of the soon-to-be-vacated “Coli”, but there was no confirmation from Wagner as to which hotel they had issues with during their first playoff trip to New York.

Either way, the Islanders crazies are certainly living up to their reputation as the team braces for do-or-die Game 6 at the Coliseum on Wednesday night.

Now on to the BHN Puck Links:

*Is Sean Kuraly staying or going with the Boston Bruins as he approaches impending unrestricted free agency? We have your answers here. (Boston Hockey Now)

*Speaking of the New York Islanders, congratulations to Lou Lamoriello for winning the richly deserved Jim Gregory GM of the Year Award this season for the second consecutive year. Truly, he’s a saint among men. (NYI Hockey Now)

*Also, the Islanders have their backs up against the wall as they ready for a do-or-die Game 6 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. (Ottawa Sun)

*You wanted a 2021 mock NHL Draft? Well, Detroit Hockey Now has been kind enough to deliver exactly that. (Detroit Hockey Now)

*Here are five cap-strapped NHL teams that will be forced to make deals this summer in order to comply with the flat salary cap. A lot of these teams are Boston’s big competition in the Eastern Conference, which is good news for them I guess. (Bleacher Report)

*Who knew the Iron Sheik was such a Carey Price fan? He’s the real Bubba just like Hogan.

*Who are the Washington Capitals going to protect in the Seattle Kraken expansion draft? Here are some early projections. (Washington Hockey Now)

*Down Goes Brown has his All-Underperforming Team for the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs. I’m assuming the Maple Leafs figure prominently on this list. (The Athletic)

*For something completely different: Excellent discussion with a couple of FOHs (Friends of Haggs) Steve Buckley and Howard Bryant about Carl Nassib coming out in the NFL.

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