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Cincinnati Reds and MLB announce “Frank Robinson Field”

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Renovated ballfield in St. Bernard named after MLB legend

 

Today the Cincinnati Reds and Major League Baseball announced that a baseball field being renovated in St. Bernard will be renamed “Frank Robinson Field.”

“We are pleased to join the Reds in celebration of the 150th Anniversary in naming this field in honor of Frank Robinson,” said Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. “Frank was passionate about creating opportunities for the next generation to play baseball and softball. He helped complete the process for the Reds to open their beautiful Youth Academy, and this new field is the next step in elite-level development and education.”

Frank Robinson with Reds photo By Unknown - Baseball Digest, front cover, October 1961 issue. Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org

The announcement was made as part of a groundbreaking ceremony at the field, which is located at Ross Park. The renovation is one of two “Legacy Projects” to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Professional Baseball in 2019.

“Bestowing the honor of being a Reds 150th Anniversary Legacy Project to Ross Park signifies the importance we place on youth baseball,” said Reds CEO Bob Castellini. “We thank the Robinson Family for the privilege of naming it ‘Frank Robinson Field’ which further magnifies our shared commitment with the Commissioner and Major League Baseball to keep youth baseball and softball thriving.”

Robinson, who passed away in February at the age of 83, was one of the most legendary players in baseball history. The Hall of Famer spent the first 10 of his 21 Major League seasons in Cincinnati, winning National League Rookie of the Year honors in 1956 and the NL Most Valuable Player Award in 1961 while leading the Reds to the World Series. He was a seven-time All-Star with the Reds and ranks second in franchise history with 324 home runs and fourth in both runs (1,043) and RBIs (1,009).

Robinson was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982 and his number 20 has been retired by three different MLB teams – the Reds, Orioles and Indians.

Officials from the Reds, P&G, the Cincinnati Zoo, Pepper Construction, Kroger, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and multiple project partners participated in a shovel ceremony, prior to the St. Bernard-Elmwood Place vs. Roger Bacon baseball game.

The field project is part of the annual “Reds and P&G Community Makeover” and will include a completely renovated baseball field with new synthetic infield that will be the home to both St. Bernard-Elmwood Place and Roger Bacon High School teams. Other highlights will include a new plaza area, renovated concession stand, signage and “Palace of the Fans” façade.

Work on the project will begin soon and will culminate on August 1 when more than 400 volunteers from P&G and project partners and the community will join Reds Community Fund staff and board members for the day-long volunteer project.

P&G and the Reds Community Fund have partnered for the Community Makeover since 2010 with the Cincinnati Zoo joining the partnership in 2013 bringing a wealth of experience in horticulture, sustainable design and maintenance to the projects. Cincinnati Children’s became a part of the collaboration in 2013 and Kroger increased its participation in 2017 to become a title partner.

Pepper Construction joined the Makeover team in 2018 to offer their construction management expertise by coordinating both the volunteer and construction schedules.

Additional partners include MSA Design, Motz Group, Duke Energy, Cincinnati Toolbank and OneSource.

Read more: Cincinnati Reds

 

Ichiro Suzuki in new role with Seattle Mariners organization

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Ichiro Suzuki running bases 2007 photo Ichiro Suzuki running bases 2007 photo By Photo taken and authorized by Derral Chen, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Will work as instructor with Mariners and AAA Tacoma Rainiers

 

Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipotoannounced today that Ichiro Suzuki, who concluded his playing career on March 21 of this season, will work as an instructor for the team.

Ichiro begins his new role with the Mariners tonight in Seattle.

Ichiro will maintain his title of Special Assistant to the Chairman but will report to Dipoto. In his new role, he will work as an instructor with the Major League and AAA clubs, with a focus on outfield play, base-running and, in conjunction with the hitting coaches, batting.

He will work the majority of Mariners home games, with the vast majority of his time being spent with the players pre-game.

Ichiro retired following the game on March 21 in Japan. He left as the active Major League hits leader, ranking 21st all-time in MLB history with 3,089 career hits. After amassing 1,278 hits during a 9-year career (1992-2000) with the Orix Blue Wave of Japan’s Pacific League, Ichiro totaled 4,367 hits between MLB and Japan. On Aug. 7, 2016, he recorded his 3,000th career hit in the Major Leagues – a triple – becoming one of 31 players to reach that milestone. Ichiro is one of seven players to collect at least 3,000 hits and 500 stolen bases in the Major Leagues, joining Lou Brock, Ty Cobb, Eddie Collins, Rickey Henderson, Paul Molitor and Honus Wagner. On June 15, 2016 he recorded the 4,257th hit of his career combined between Japan and MLB, unofficially breaking a tie with Pete Rose for most career professional hits.

Ichiro began his Major League career with the Mariners, taking the American League by storm during his rookie campaign of 2001. After winning his first of two American League batting titles while also leading the league in hits and stolen bases in 2001, Ichiro was named the Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year while also earning a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger. He joined Boston’s Fred Lynn (1975) as the only players in either league to claim MVP and Rookie of the Year in the same season. The 2001 season marked Ichiro’s first of 10 consecutive seasons with at least 200 hits – a Major League record – including a single-season Major League record 262 hits in 2004.

From 2001-2010, Ichiro won 10 consecutive Gold Glove Awards and made 10 straight trips to the All-Star Game. He is one of six outfielders in Major League history to earn at least 10 Gold Gloves, joining Roberto Clemente (12), Willie Mays (12), Ken Griffey Jr. (10), Andruw Jones (10) and Al Kaline (10). Ichiro’s 10 All-Star Games appearances are tied with Ken Griffey Jr. for the most by a Mariner. In the 2007 All-Star Game in San Francisco, Ichiro was named Most Valuable Player after going 3-for-3 with the first inside-the-park home run in ASG history.

Among the Mariners all-time leaders in club history, Ichiro ranks 1st in hits (2,542), batting (.322), at-bats (7,907), triples (79) and stolen bases (438) while ranking 2nd in games (1,861) and runs (1,181), 3rd in doubles (295) and total bases (3,292), 4th in extra-base hits (473) and 5th in RBI (633) and walks (517).

Read more: Seattle Mariners

 

MLB suspends Houston Astros minor leaguer Matijevic

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The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Houston Astros Minor League third baseman J.J. Matijevic has received a 50-game suspension without pay after a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

J.J. Matijevic (courtesy Corpus Christi Hooks)

The suspension of Matijevic, who is currently on the roster of Double-A Corpus Christi of the Texas League, is effective immediately.

 

NHL Morning Skate for Monday, April 30, 2019: Stanley Cup Playoffs Edition

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The Blues take a 2-1 series lead after a frantic third period; Binnington earns his 30th win in 39th NHL start; Blue Jackets return to Nationwide Arena for first time since First Round sweep

 

 

 

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THREE HARD LAPS: QUICK HITS FROM MONDAY
* The Blues took a 2-1 series lead after surviving multiple Stars rallies in a third period that saw the clubs trade four goals in a 5:16 span.

 

Jordan Binnington earned his 30th career win in his 39th start (regular season and playoffs combined) to match Frederik Andersen for fewest starts needed to reach the 30-win mark.

 

* The Blue Jackets and Avalanche each put their respective home win streaks on the line when they host the Bruins and Sharks in their Game 3 matchups.
BLUES SURVIVE FRANTIC THIRD PERIOD, ESCAPE WITH GAME 3 WIN
The Blues entered the third period with a 2-1 lead in search of their fourth straight road victory of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, but had to survive a wild final frame that saw both teams trade four goals over a 5:16 span – including two game-tying goals by the Stars – before Patrick Maroon’s game-winning marker with 1:38 remaining in regulation propelled St. Louis to a 2-1 series lead.
* Maroon’s game-winning tally marked the fourth different lead for the Blues in Game 3. They are the second team this postseason to win a game in which they had four separate leads, joining the Islanders, who also did so against the Penguins in Game 1 of their First Round series. The Blues’ four separate leads matched their highest such total in a playoff win, last accomplished in Game 3 of the 1990 Division Finals.

* The Blues - who have won each of their first four road contests of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs (also Games 1,2 and 5 of R1 at WPG) - matched the franchise record for longest road win streak in a single postseason originally set in 1969. In fact, their four victories as visitors in 2019 trails only 2016 (6) for the most in a single playoff year in franchise history.
Jordan Binnington (28 saves) earned his 30th career win in his 39th start (regular season and playoffs combined). He matched the League record for fewest starts needed to reach 30 career NHL wins (39 GS).

Jaden Schwartz opened the scoring to boost his 2019 postseason totals to 6-2—8 and move into a tie with Mark Stone (6-6—12), Tomas Hertl(6-4—10) and Logan Couture (6-3—9) for the playoff lead in goals. Each of his six goals have come in the Blues’ last five contests. Only three players in Blues franchise history have tallied more in a span of five playoff games: Brett Hull (7 in 1990 and 1991), Joe Mullen (7 in 1982) and Brian Sutter (7 in 1982).

 

* When the Blues win Game 3 after splitting the first two games in a best-of-seven matchup, they own an all-time series record of 7-7. Overall, when a best-of-seven series is tied 1-1, the winner of Game 3 owns an all-time series record of 213-103 (67.4%) – including a 1-3 mark in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
PLAYOFF QUICK CLICKS

 

“Quest For The Stanley Cup” returns May 3

Start time for Stanley Cup Playoff game Saturday

Kevin Labanc coming into his own for Sharks in playoffs

Artemi Panarin risk paying off for Blue Jackets in playoffs

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott enjoys Texas-sized steak while cheering on Stars

 

SNEAK PEEK AT TUESDAY’S ACTION

A pair of deadlocked series switch locations on Tuesday when the Bruins visit the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena and the Avalanche host the Sharks at Pepsi Center. Columbus will host a postseason game past the opening round for the first time in franchise history, while Colorado will do so for the first time in 11 years.

* Columbus returns to Nationwide Arena for the first time since its historic sweep of Presidents’ Trophy-winning Tampa Bay. The Blue Jackets enter Tuesday’s contest with wins in seven of their last eight home games, with their only loss coming at the hands of the Bruins on April 2 (6-2 L).

* Boston and Columbus have required overtime in each of the first two games of the Second Round. Only six series in NHL history have began with at least three straight OT games: TOR-BOS in the 1933 Semifinals (Games 1-3), TOR-MTL in the 1951 Stanley Cup Final (Games 1-5), COL-MIN in the 2008 Conference Quarterfinals (Games 1-3), PHX-CHI in the 2012 Conference Quarterfinals (Games 1-5), TOR-WSH in the 2017 First Round (Games 1-3) and CBJ-WSH in the 2018 First Round (Games 1-3).

* Colorado won both home games in the First Round against Calgary and have won 11 of its last 13 at Pepsi Center overall, including eight consecutive victories, while outscoring opponents 32-15 over that span (including shootout-deciding goals). A pair of Avalanche skaters enter the contest on six-game point streaks: Mikko Rantanen (5-6—11) and Nathan MacKinnon (4-7—11). The last Colorado skater to record a playoff point streak longer than six games was Peter Forsberg in 2004 (4-6—10 in 7 GP).

 

* Sharks defenseman Brent Burns, who is tied for second in playoff scoring (4-7—11 in 9 GP), has collected 3-4—7 in the opening two games of the Second Round (1-3—4 in Game 1 and 2-1—3 in Game 2). Only two defensemen in Stanley Cup Playoffs history have recorded three or more points in three consecutive gamesDenis Potvin in 1981 (5-6—11 in 3 GP) and Paul Coffey in 1985 (3-7—10 in 3 GP).

 

 

 

Game 3 Preview: Boston Bruins at Columbus Blue Jackets

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Columbus Blue Jackets: Media Notes

THE LAST GAME: Apr. 27, 2019 – CBJ (3) at BOS (2) – 2OT CBJ Goal Scorers: PP – Panarin, Panarin, PP – Duchene BOS Goal Scorers: PP – Grzelcyk, Pastrnak Goalies: CBJ – Bobrovsky (29/31, 83:15) BOS – Rask (38/41, 83:42) CBJ PP: 2/4; PK: 3/4 | Shots: CBJ: 41 / BOS: 31 3 Stars: 1. Duchene, CBJ; 2. Bobrovsky, CBJ; 3. Rask, BOS Noteworthy: CBJ evened series at 1-1… CBJ played in their 2nd-straight overtime game (5-4 all-time in postseason, 4-2 on the road)… CBJ scored two 2nd period goals and has recorded a multi-goal period in all 6 playoff games… CBJ scored 2 PPGs for the 2nd time this postseason… Panarin (2-1-3), Atkinson (0-2-2) and Jones (0-2-2) all had multi-point games.

OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT (Reg. Season/Postseason) Murray (upper body); placed on Injured Reserve on 2/22; week-to-week (24/6 games) McQuaid (upper body) day-to-day (5/6 games) Nutivaara (upper body) day-to-day (0/4 games) TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST: 88/16

RECENT TRANSACTIONS Apr. 13 Signed Gavrikov to two-year entry level contract Apr. 15 Recalled Dalpe from Cleveland (AHL) Apr. 17 Assigned Dalpe to Cleveland (AHL)

UPCOMING PLAYOFF GAMES May 2 vs. BOS (Game 4) | May 4 at BOS (Game 5) | May 6 vs. BOS (Game 6)* | May 8 at BOS (Game 7)* * If necessary AGAINST THE BRUINS ALL-TIME REGULAR SEASON 2018-19 Series: 1-1-1 (0-0-1 at BOS) 2017-18 Series: 2-1-0 (1-1-0 at BOS) All-Time Series: 12-11-0-7 (5-5-0-4 at BOS) All-Time GF/GA: 80/101 All-Time SF/SA: 866/975 All-Time PP: 18-of-106 All-Time PK: 78-of-96

AGAINST THE BRUINS ALL-TIME POSTSEASON 2018-19 Series: 1-1 (0-0 vs. BOS) All-Time Series: 1-1 (0-0 vs. BOS) All-Time GF/GA: 5/5

CBJ/BOS CONNECTIONS CBJ: Kekalainen recorded 4-3-7 in 27 games over two seasons (1989-91)… Tortorella was born in Boston… Atkinson posted 68-56-124 in 117 games with Boston College (2008-11)… McQuaid recorded 13-53-66 and 652 PIM in 462 games (2009-18)… Nash had 22-36- 58 in 157 games (2016-18)… /// BOS: Kuraly is from Dublin, OH… Moore was drafted 21st overall in 2009 and posted 2-6-8 in 86 games from 2010-13. NOTED (Player Highlights vs. BOS)

Jenner scored his 1st career hat trick on 3/12/19 vs. BOS… Nutivaara made NHL debut on 10/13/16 vs. BOS and notched 1st multiassist/point game on 10/30/17 vs. BOS… Werenski recorded assist in NHL debut on 10/13/16 vs. BOS. CBJ are 8-5-4 in 17 games vs. BOS since 11/21/14 (reg. season & playoffs)… Winning team has scored 3+ goals in 19 of past 21 games of series… Most goals scored vs. BOS: 7 (3/12/19)… Most goals allowed vs. BOS: 8 (2/4/02).

HOW THE JACKETS WERE BUILT (Active: 29; Injured Reserve: 1) Drafted (15): Anderson, Atkinson, Bjorkstrand, Dubois, Gavrikov, Jenner, Korpisalo, Murray, Nutivaara, Peeke, Savard, Sedlak, Texier, Wennberg, Werenski Trade (10): Bobrovsky, Dubinsky, Duchene, Dzingel, Foligno, Harrington, Jones, Kinkaid, McQuaid, Panarin Free Agent (5): Clendening, Hannikainen, Kukan, Nash, Robinson

BLUE JACKETS NOTES WORKING OVERTIME The Blue Jackets and Bruins played in their second-straight overtime game on Saturday. Columbus improved to 5-4 all-time in overtimes in playoff history (4-2 on the road) and 2-1 in double overtime with the 3-2 victory (4-3 W on Apr. 19, 2014 at PIT and 3-2 L on Apr. 17, 2018 vs. WSH). The Jackets overcame multiple deficits to win a postseason game for the second time in franchise history (4-3 OTW on 4/12/18 at WSH).

SPECIAL (TEAMS) DELIVERY The club scored two power play goals in Saturday’s victory for the second time this postseason (2-for-4, Apr. 12 at TBL) and continues to lead the league in power play percentage (7-for-18; 38.9 pct.). The Jackets killed off three of Boston’s four power play chances in Game 2 to move to 12-for-14 on the penalty kill this postseason (85.7 pct.; 4th in league).

ROUND 2 BATTLE The Blue Jackets face the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the franchise’s third-consecutive playoff appearance and fifth all-time. It’s the first time the Jackets have appeared in the second round in the postseason in franchise history. Columbus is facing Boston for the first time in the postseason, who are making their third-straight playoff appearance and 10th in the last 12 seasons. After a split in the first two games, the series shifts to Nationwide Arena for Games Three (Tuesday) and Four (Thursday).

SUPER STREAKY Artemi Panarin factored in all three Blue Jackets’ goals on Saturday (2-1-3) for his first career multi-goal postseason game and second career three-point playoff game (1-2-3; Apr. 12, 2018 at WSH). He has set a franchise record with a six-game point streak in the postseason (4-5-9), surpassing Boone Jenner’s five-game point streak from Apr. 16-26, 2014 (3-2-5).

MUTLI(POINT) TALENTED In addition to Panarin’s three-point effort, Seth Jones (0-2-2) and Cam Atkinson (0-2-2) also recorded multiple assists in the Game 2 victory over Boston. Jones recorded two assists in back-to-back games and has collected multiple points in three-straight contests overall (1-5-6). Atkinson tallied the first multi-assist game of his postseason career (fourth career multi-point playoff game) and his second multi-point game of the 2019 postseason (Apr. 14 vs. TBL; 1-1-2).

BOBBING AND WEAVING Sergei Bobrovsky, who led the league during the regular season with a career-high nine shutouts and ranked second in wins (37), turned aside 29-of-31 shots in his first overtime win of the 2019 postseason in Game 2 on Saturday. The two-time Vezina Trophy winner is tied for the league lead in postseason wins (five), ranks second in GAA (2.01) and third in SV% (.930).

TOP JACKETS The Blue Jackets have been one of the best teams in the league over the past three seasons, ranking fourth in the league in wins since 2016-17 with 142 victories. They have or are facing all four of the other teams in the top five in the playoffs since that campaign, Tampa Bay (1st, 158), Washington (2nd, 153), Boston (3rd, 143) and Pittsburgh (5th-T, 141). Columbus is one of just seven teams to earn a playoff berth in each of the past three seasons.

CBJ THIS SEASON Columbus won seven of its final eight games to finish the regular season at 47-31-4 (98 pts.), where its 47 wins and 98 points were the second-most in franchise history (50-24-8, 108 pts. in 2016-17). The Jackets finished the season on a high note, winning their last five road games, the longest road win streak of the season. Their franchise-best 25 road wins were second-most in the NHL, behind only first-round opponent Tampa (30).

CANNONS A BLAZING The Jackets’ offense found their groove toward the end of the regular season, scoring four or more goals in six of their final eight games and outscoring opponents 34-14 in that span. CBJ scored four or more goals in 38 of their 82 games during the season (256 goals total, 3.12 avg.) setting a new franchise record for most goals in a single campaign (247 goals, 3.01 avg. in 2016-17).

CAREER YEARS Columbus had a few players record career years in 2018-19. Artemi Panarin set single-season franchise record in assists and points for the second-straight campaign with 28-59-87. Matt Duchene set a new single-season career high in goals (30, 2015-16) and tied his career high in points (70, 2013-14) with 31-39-70. Cam Atkinson set single-season career bests with 41-28-69 and tied Rick Nash’s single-season club record in goals (2003-04). Josh Anderson (27-20-47) and Ryan Dzingel (26-30-56) both set career highs in all three categories and Oliver Bjorkstrand set a career high in goals (23).

POSTSEASON MILESTONES •Duchene scored his 1st career playoff game winner/OT goal on 4/27 at BOS •Harrington recorded 1st career playoff assist/point in Game 3 on 4/14 vs. TBL •Texier recorded 1st career playoff assist/point in Game 3 on 4/14 vs. TBL and 1st career playoff goal/multi-goal game in Game 4 on 4/16 vs. TBL

2018-19 TEAM QUICK HITS (REG. SEASON/PLAYOFFS) •CBJ ranked 6th-T in the NHL in shots allowed a game (29.5) •CBJ’s lineup featured seven players who scored 20+ goals, tied for most in NHL (WSH/TOR) •CBJ went 23-11-1 following a loss this season •CBJ went 32-2-0 when leading after two periods this season •CBJ led league in penalty kill pct. (85.0, tied w/ TBL/ARI) and fewest PP goals allowed (30) •CBJ is 1st team in NHL history to sweep the Presidents’ Trophy winners (since 1985-86) in the 1st round of the playoffs and are the 4th team in NHL history to sweep the reg. season’s No. 1 in a best-of-7 series •12 different players scored a goal in 1st round vs. TBL

2018-19 PLAYER QUICK HITS (REG. SEASON/PLAYOFFS) •Anderson (214), Foligno (175) and Jenner (158) led CBJ in hits •Jones (133), Savard (123) and Murray (93) led CBJ in blocked shots •Foligno was named a finalist for the Masterton Memorial Trophy •Jones, who led CBJ defensemen in assists and points (9-37-46) was 4th in the NHL in TOI/game (25:49)

CBJ 2018-19 PLAYOFFS TEAM GAME HIGHS GOALS: 7 (4/16 vs. TBL)… GOALS AGAINST: 3 (3x, MR: 4/25 at BOS)… PPG: 2 (2x, MR: 4/27 at BOS)… PPGA: 1 (2x, MR: 4/27 at BOS)… SHOTS: 41 (4/27 at BOS)… SHOTS AGAINST: 37 (4/25 at BOS)… PIM: 21 (4/12 at TBL)… HITS: 49 (4/27 at BOS)… FOW: 36 (4/27 at BOS)… BKS: 22 (4/27 at BOS)

CBJ 2018-19 PLAYOFFS PLAYER GAME HIGHS GOALS: 2 – 2x, Panarin (MR: 4/27 at BOS)… ASSISTS: 3 – Duchene (4/12 at TBL)… POINTS: 4 – Duchene (4/12 at TBL)… HITS: 9 – Anderson (4/16 vs. TBL)… PLUS/MINUS RATING: +3 – 2x, MR: Duchene & Panarin (4/16 vs. TBL)… SOG: 7 – Jenner (4/27 at BOS)… TOI: 38:01 – Jones (4/27 at BOS)… SAVES: 34 – Bobrovsky (4/25 at BOS; 37 shots).

MONSTER REPORT The Cleveland Monsters advanced in the AHL Calder Cup playoffs after earning a 3-1 series victory over the Syracuse Crunch. The Monsters, who are looking for their second championship in franchise history (2016) have advanced to the North Division Finals against the Toronto Marlies.

CBJ Head Coach: John Tortorella

John Tortorella was named head coach of the Jackets on 10/21/15. He has compiled a 622-493-142 record in 1,257 games during his NHL coaching career with TBL, NYR, VAN and CBJ. His teams have qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs 10 times and he led TBL to the 2004 Stanley Cup and the NYR to the 2012 Eastern Conference Final. The Boston native won his 2nd Jack Adams Award as NHL’s Coach of the Year (1st in 2003-04 w/ TBL) after leading CBJ to the best season in club history in 2016-17 (51-24-8). He ranks 1st among U.S.-born coaches in all-time NHL wins and owns CBJ’s franchise record in wins and games coached (176-118-27 in 321 games). Internationally, Tortorella served as head coach for Team USA at the World Cup of Hockey 2016 and was an assistant coach with Team USA at the 2010 Olympic Games (silver). He also served as the squad’s head coach at the 2008 World Championships and was an assistant coach at the 2005 World Championships.

Boston Bruins: Media Notes

INJURIES – Playoff man-games lost: 23 – Kevan Miller – Lower body – John Moore – Upper body

2019 ROUND TWO SERIES vs COLUMBUS – The Bruins and Blue Jackets play game 3 of their Round Two series tonight in Boston with the series tied at one game apiece … They will play game 4 in Columbus on 5/2 (7:30 pm) & game 5 will be in Boston on 5/4 (7:15 pm) … If necessary, game 6 is in Columbus on 5/6 & game 7 in Boston on 5/8 (times TBD). – The Bruins have reached the 2nd round of the post-season for the 2nd straight season & 7th time in their last 9 playoff appearances (lost in round 1 in 2012 & 2017; did not qualify in 2015 & 2016). – The Bruins enter tonight’s game with a 20-20 all-time record in game 3s of best-of-7 series in which they are even at 1-1 … They are 24-16 all-time in best-of-7 series when they have been tied at 1-1.

Gm1, 4/25: Cmb 2 at Bos 3/OT … Noel Acciari scored a SHG to give Boston a 1-0 lead before Columbus scored twice in a 13-second span to take a 2-1 3rd period lead … Charlie Coyle became the 2nd player in team history to score both a GTG in the last 5 minutes of regulation (15:25) & the GWG in OT (5:15) … SOG: Bos 37, Cmb 22 … PP: Bos 0/4, Cmb 0/4

Gm2, 4/27: Cmb 3 at Bos 2/2OT … The Bruins twice held 1-goal leads on scores by Matt Grzelcyk (his 1st NHL playoff goal) & David Pastrnak, but Columbus’ Artemi Panarin twice evened the score before Matt Duchene scored at the 23:42 mark of OT to give the Blue Jackets the win … SOG: Bos 31, Cmb 41 … PP: Bos 1/4, Cmb 2/4

BOSTON vs COLUMBUS, LIFETIME SERIES – The Bruins & Blue Jackets are playing the 1st series in their playoff histories … They are currently 1-1 in games with each team scoring 5 goals in the series. – Fun Facts: Boston’s double OT game in game 2 of this series was their 1st multiple-OT playoff game since 4/21/2017 (2OT at OTT in gm 5 of Rd1).

2018-19 SEASON SERIES vs. COLUMBUS – The Bruins were 2-1-0 vs. Columbus this season with a 7-4 loss in Columbus on 3/12, a 2-1 OT win in Boston on 3/16 & a 6-2 win in Columbus on 4/2 … The Bruins outscored the Blue Jackets by a 12-10 edge. – Brad Marchand (4-3=7 totals) led the Bruins in scoring in the season series while Josh Anderson (1-4=5) led the Blue Jackets … Tuukka Rask (1-1-0, 4.76 GAA, .879 Sv% in 2 gp) & Jaroslav Halak (1-0-0, 1.27 GAA, .943 Sv% in 2 gp) shared the net for Boston, while Sergei Bobrovsky (1-1-0, 5.00 GAA, .852 Sv% in 2 gp) & Joonas Korpisalo (0-0-1, 2.75 GAA, .895 Sv% in 2 gp) split the goal for Columbus.

2018 ROUND ONE SERIES vs TORONTO – The Bruins defeated the Maple Leafs in a 7-game series, winning games 2 (4-1 4/13), 4 (6-4 4/17), 6 (4-2 4/21) & 7 (5-1 4/23) and dropping games 1 (4-1 4/11), 3 (3-2 4/15) & 5 (2-1 4/19). – Fun Facts: The Bruins won their 1st series in which they had trailed, 3-2, after game 5 since the 2011 Stanley Cup Final vs. Vancouver … They won the 15th game 7 in their history, the most of any NHL team … 3 Bruins played their 1st NHL playoff games in game 1 of the series (Brandon Carlo, Connor Clifton & Karson Kuhlman) while Steven Kampfer made his NHL playoff debut in game 3 … Kuhlman (assist in game 3) & Joakim Nordstrom (goal in game 4) both recorded their 1st NHL playoff points … Toronto’s Mitch Marner scored a penalty shot goal in game 1, the 6th playoff penalty shot faced by the Bruins in their history … Zdeno Chara played in his 13th game 7, which is tied with Patrick Roy & Scott Stevens for the most in NHL history.

2017-18 REGULAR SEASON RECAP – The Bruins finished the season in 2nd place in the Atlantic Division with a 49-24-9 overall record (29-9-3 home; 20-15-6 road) … That was their 2nd straight season with 100+ points, & the 23rd in their history, which is the most by any NHL team. – Their 25.9% power play ranked 3rd overall in the NHL while they were 16th with a 79.9% penalty kill. – The Bruins had a 19-game point streak at 15-0-4 from 1/29-3/9, which was the 2nd-longest such streak in team history … They had 12-game home win (2/5-3/27) & 14-game home unbeaten (12-0-2, 1/29-3/27) streaks as well … They also went 11-0-2 in the month of February, which was their 1st full month without a regulation loss since November, 2011. – David Pastrnak led the Bruins in goals (38), while Brad Marchand led the team in assists (564) and points (100) … Brad Marchand was the 1st Bruin to hit the 100-point plateau since 2003-04 (Joe Thornton) … Tuukka Rask had a 19-game point streak at 16-0-3 from 12/29-3/9, becoming just the 2nd goaltender in NHL history with 2 career point streaks of 17+ games (Pete Peeters).

OVERTIME STATS – The Bruins have played 135 OT games in their playoff history with a 58-74-3 overall record, 31-33-1 at home and 27-41-2 on the road … They are 4-3 lifetime in game 7s decided in OT. – They have gone to multiple OTs in 24 games and they are 9-9 in 2OT games, 3-2 in 3OT games and 0-1 in the 6OT 1933 semifinal vs. Toronto that was the longest such game in their history. – 7 current Bruins have career OT playoff goals: Bergeron (3); Backes & Krejci (2 each); Marchand, Kuraly, Johansson & Coyle (1 each). – Tuukka Rask has an 11-10 record in 21 career playoff OT games, while Jaroslav Halak is 2-3 in playoff OT contests.

PLAYOFF NUMBERS

3: Bruins who have played 100 NHL post-season games – Zdeno Chara (168), Patrice Bergeron (121) & David Krejci (117).

4: Bruins who have played their 1st NHL playoff games in this post-season – Brandon Carlo, Connor Clifton, Karson Kuhlman (game 1 in Rd1), & Steven Kampfer (game 3 in Rd1).

6: Toronto’s Mitch Marner became the 6th opponent to take a penalty shot in a Boston playoff game … Marner’s goal on 4/11 in game 1 of Round 1 was the 2nd playoff penalty shot goal allowed by Boston & 1st since Buffalo’s John Tucker scored on Andy Moog on 4/9/1988 … It was the 2nd career playoff penalty shot faced by Tuukka Rask & 1st since he stopped Philadelphia’s Ville Leino on 5/12/2010.

6: Players on Boston’s current playoff roster who have won a Stanley Cup championship … Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, David Krejci, Brad Marchand & Tuukka Rask (dressed as backup for all 7 games) were all on Boston’s 2011 Cup championship team … Joakim Nordstrom won a Cup with Chicago vs. Boston in 2013, but did not dress in the Final … Steven Kampfer was with Boston as an extra during their 2011 playoff run but did not play in that post-season.

6: Stanley Cups won by Boston (1929, 1939, 1941, 1970, 1972, 2011) … That is tied with Chicago for 4th among NHL teams, trailing only Montreal (24), Toronto (13) & Detroit (11).

7: Players on Boston’s current playoff roster who have played in a Stanley Cup Final – the 5 players above on Boston’s 2011 Cup winning team also played in the 2013 Final vs. Chicago; Torey Krug (2013 w/Boston) & John Moore (2014 w/NY Rangers).

8: NHL teams that the Bruins have yet to face in post-season play (ANA, ARI, CGY, MIN, NSH, SJ, VGK, WPG).

15: Bruins players who have scored at least 1 goal this post-season, leading all teams … CMB is 2nd with 13 scorers.

40: Career playoff wins by Tuukka Rask, which has moved him into 2nd place on the club’s all-time playoff wins list (Gerry Cheevers, 53).

42 years, 30 days: Zdeno Chara’s age on 4/17 in game 4 vs. Toronto when he scored the GWG … He became the 2nd-oldest defenseman to score an NHL playoff goal (Chris Chelios) & the oldest to score a game-winner.

72: Overall playoff appearances for the Bruins … The Bruins hold the NHL record for consecutive playoff appearances with 29 straight from 1968-1996.

432: Consecutive Bruins games (regular season and playoffs) currently sold out at TD Garden … Their last non-sellout game was on Dec. 2, 2009 when a Wednesday game vs. TB drew 16,553.

ALL-TIME TEAM PLAYOFF LEADERS (Entering tonight’s game): Games Played Goals Assists Points 3 – Don Marcotte – 132 6 – Ray Bourque – 36 3 – John Bucyk – 60 3 – Rick Middleton – 100 4 – Zdeno Chara – 123 7 – Ken R. Hodge – 34 4 – David Krejci – 59 John Bucyk – 100 5 – Patrice Bergeron – 121 Don Marcotte – 34 5 – Wayne Cashman – 57 4 – David Krejci – 93

6 – David Krejci – 117 David Krejci – 34 Patrice Bergeron – 57 5 – Bobby Orr – 92 Patrice Bergeron – 34 6 – Patrice Bergeron – 91

Bruins Head Coach: Bruce Cassidy

Playoffs: Has a 12-15 record in 27 playoff games behind the Boston bench and a 14-19 NHL record, as he went 2-4 as Capitals coach in the 2003 postseason … Regular Season: Has a 117-51-22 lifetime record in 190 games behind the Boston bench, a .674 win percentage … His 166 gms are the 2ndfastest 100 wins by a Boston coach (Tom Johnson, 138) … Coached his 300th NHL game 4/4 vs MIN, a 3-0 win … In his 2nd full season as Boston’s head coach as he was named on April 26, 2017 after finishing the 2016-17 season in an interim capacity … Has a 164-98-9-29 record in 300 NHL games coached (.610 win %age), having served as head coach in Washington from 2002-04 … Served as an assistant coach with Chicago in 2005-06 before joining Providence/AHL as an assistant coach for 3 seasons from 2008-11 and later being named as the head coach of the AHL Bruins in 2011 where he had a 207-128-45 record in 380 games …Moved on to Boston as an assistant coach at the start of the 2016-17 season.

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