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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Hockey

David Ortiz video to play before Bruins Game 7? Speculation builds

Speculation is building that David Ortiz will be a part of the pregame celebration to hype up the Boston Bruins and the crowd at TD Garden ahead of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday.

Boston reporter Adam Kaufman speculated earlier in the day that Ortiz might deliver a video message before the game.

WEEI reportedly also said Ortiz filmed a video that will play before the game.

The LA Times even published an article on Wednesday saying Ortiz would deliver a message before the game.

Ortiz is in Boston at Mass General Hospital recovering from a second surgery. He was shot in the back/lower abdomen while enjoying an evening at a bar in Santo Domingo on Sunday night in the Dominican Republic. He had his gallbladder removed and damage to his liver and intestines.

Ortiz is a beloved figure in Boston. Not only did he become a fan-favorite during his time on the Red Sox, but he also became a U.S. citizen and lives in Massachusetts. He fired up Fenway Park with a speech after the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 and has served as an inspirational figure for the city in the past.

Matt Grzelcyk expected to return for Bruins in Game 7

Matt Grzelcyk hit

The Boston Bruins have one game remaining in their season, and defenseman Matt Grzelcyk has been cleared to take part in it.

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy told reporters on Wednesday that doctors have cleared Grzelcyk to return for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final after a concussion kept him out the previous four games. Cassidy called Grzelcyk a game-time decision, but he expects him to play.

That is big news for Boston, as they have been banged up in the series — particularly on defense. Zdeno Chara is playing with a broken jaw, and Grzelcyk has been out since Game 2 after he was sent to the hospital with an illegal check from Oskar Sundqvist. He should help solidify things for the Bruins in their own zone.

‘Jeopardy James’ to present at NHL Awards show in Las Vegas

The James Holzhauer tour of fame will continue next week when the “Jeopardy!” star presents at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas.

Holzhauer, known as “Jeopardy James,” became famous after going on a 32-game winning streak on the famed quiz show. Though he is an Illinois native, he lives in Las Vegas as a professional gambler and was invited to present at the awards show.

The entire show will take place at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Wednesday, June 19, with Kenan Thompson serving as the host. Numerous celebrities will be presenting at the show, with Holzhauer included in the group.

Holzhauer’s run atop the quiz show ended last week with a defeat to Emma Boettcher in an episode that aired on June 3. Holzhauer, who made $2.45 million on the show, is a noted sports fan and is a fan of the Vegas Golden Knights. He even rang the siren before one of the team’s playoff games this year.

Blues GM ripped into Zamboni crew in Boston ahead of Game 7

Doug Armstrong Blues

Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final between the St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins should feature plenty of chippy play given the enormous stakes, and it appears tempers were already flaring the day before the puck dropped.

According to several reports, Blues GM Doug Armstrong laid into the ice crew at TD Garden in Boston on Monday afternoon. He apparently felt that the workers were not going to have the ice ready in time for his team’s practice, and he was livid about it.

Armstrong must have quickly been reminded that he was in Boston with one of the responses he got.

Fortunately, the Blues were able to get their skating in. The situation was resolved and Armstrong may have realized he overreacted a bit.

This isn’t the first time during the playoffs that we have seen that type of fiery attitude from Armstrong, as he also unloaded on the officiating crew after a Western Conference Final game. Apparently he’s a guy you don’t want to cross.

Watch: Wayne Gretzky gets ovation at Game 5 in Toronto

Ontario native Wayne Gretzky got the loudest ovation of all during Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Toronto on Monday night.

Gretzky was among the celebrities in attendance for the Finals game between the Raptors and Golden State Warriors as Toronto had a chance to close out the series and win their first ever title.

Late in the first quarter of the game, The Great One was shown on the jumbotron at Scotiabank Arena and received a loud ovation according to reports in attendance.

Gretzky is from Brantford, Ontario, which is a little over an hour south of Toronto. He never played for the Maple Leafs, but he was there for Canada’s biggest NBA game ever.

Here’s a list of some of the other famous people in attendance.

Gretzky is a Hall of Famer, 15-time All-Star, four-time Stanley Cup champion, career goals, assists and points leader, and regarded as the greatest hockey player ever.

Blues’ Craig Berube seems satisfied being in Game 7

St Louis Blues logo

Craig Berube does not appear to be exhibiting the best mentality entering Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Berube’s St. Louis Blues lost at home to the Boston Bruins 5-1 in Game 6 on Sunday night to send things to a deciding Game 7. After the game, Berube said he was confident in his team’s ability to play on the road, but he spoke like someone happy to be there.

“Listen, if you told me four months ago we were gonna be in the finals, Game 7, I think I’d take it,” Berube said.

As of January 3, the Blues were the worst team in the NHL, so to be in the Stanley Cup Final is an accomplishment. But it’s not one they should be satisfied or happy with at this point. They should feel like the job isn’t done yet. Berube saying he’ll “take it” does not appear to show a killer instinct.

Of course, whatever Berube’s been telling his team has worked to this point, so maybe I’m the idiot.

We’ll find out during Game 7 on Wednesday.

Look: Young Blues fan flips Bruins’ Joakim Nordstrom the bird

Blues fan middle finger

The start ’em young in St. Louis.

Fans throughout St. Louis have caught Blues fever and are unafraid to show it, even if that means by aggressive actions. Take for instance this young Blues fan, who flipped Joakim Nordstrom the bird during the first period of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday night:

And people say Boston sports fans are intense. That was a pretty brazen move from such a youngster.

Of course, it’s just revenge for what a Bruins fan was seen doing after Game 5 in Boston. It seems to be a hockey fan thing.