Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Penguins draw first blood on Bonino's late goal

No stranger to producing clutch goals, Nick Bonino scored the game-winner with 2:33 left in regulation as Pittsburgh edged San Jose, 3-2, in game one of the Stanley Cup finals. It was the fourth post-season goal for the former Terrier and Avon Old Farms standout, who also has 16 assists.  Bonino had a team-best six shots on goals and a team-best six shots blocked.

All three Penguins’ goals came off the sticks of former Hockey East players as Conor Sheary (UMass) and Bryan Rust (Notre Dame) had given Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead after one period.  
● NHL.com recap and video
ESPN-Pittsburgh recap and video (with best GWG call)
● CBS Sports recap

Earlier in the day, a prescient Hartford Courant column looked at Bonino’s “History of Big Plays in Big Moments.”

The transformation of the Penguins from struggling-but-talented to Cup finalist under Coach Mike Sullivan, who captained the 1989-90 Frozen Four Terriers, is explored by the New York Times’ Ben Shpigel

The 2016 NHL Draft Combine began in Buffalo Monday with 114 draft-eligible players participating. Among them are 30 NCAA-affiliated prospects, including BU freshman blueliner Charlie McAvoy and Terrier recruits Clayton Keller, Kieffer Bellows, Dante Fabbro and Chad Krys.
Keller, ranked #9 by NHL Central Scouting among North Americans, spoke with NHL.com’s MikeMorreale about his commitment to BU.
"I think right now Boston University is my top choice because I think just coach [David] Quinn is a really special guy," Keller told NHL.com at the opening day of the 2016 NHL Draft Combine at First Niagara Center on Monday. "I'm really close with him and I think that's going to be the best fit for me."

"[Eichel] came down to Ann Arbor [Mich.] when the Sabres were playing the Detroit Red Wings and he talked to us," Keller said. "I talked to him about BU, and he told me how much fun it was to play there and that I should go. He said Quinn is a great coach, and after hearing that, it made me a lot more comfortable, so I thanked him for that."
BU Strength & Conditioning coach Sean Skahan has authored “Total Hockey Training.” The step-by-step guide for year round programming is available on Amazon.

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