BOSTON -- An irrational hysteria blew through the area on Monday as a large group of Bruins fans believed Wednesdays Game 7 between the Bruins and Capitals was going to start at 1 p.m.
Tweets to this humble hockey writer claimed that a Google search turned up a website where the game was scheduled at 1 p.m. Several also mentioned hearing an afternoon start time on the radio. One imaginative tweeter even reasoned that the Bruins playoff game was starting in the afternoon because NESN was jam-packed with Liverpool soccer and a regularly scheduled Red Sox game.
There was absolutely zero chance of a weekday matinee for an NHL playoff game, given the NBC Network's involvement, and on Monday night the league finally announced a 7:30 p.m. start time for Wednesday's Game 7.
The decision as to when the start the game was delayed until it was known whether the Blackhawks and Coyotes would also play a Game 7 on Wednesday night. Had that series gone to seven games, the Bruins and Caps would have started slightly earlier, probably at 7 p.m., in order to show the Chicago-Phoenix game immediately afterward.
But Phoenix' series-clinching victory Monday night means Boston and Washington will be the only Game 7 played on Wednesday.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while marveling that US democracy still works even there are extreme factors that our founding fathers couldn’t possibly have imagined.
*Edmonton Oilers reclamation project Zack Kassian continues his journey from villain to hero in the eyes of the Oil Faithful.
*Old warrior Chris Neil is weighing NHL offers right now along with a number of other older veterans still waiting for the right situation to present itself for next season. Many of these veterans are probably going to have to report to training camps on tryout agreements and beat out younger players for jobs, and that may be exactly what happens with a grizzled, tough old bird like Neil. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bruins bring in a veteran or two on PTO agreements in camp, and that could be the ultimate fate for guys like Neil, Jarome Iginla, Shane Doan and even Thomas Vanek.
*The Vegas Golden Knights are still looking to inspire with a developing locker room message as their maiden voyage still awaits this season.
*PHT writer James O’Brien has longtime Habs defenseman Andrei Markov leaving for the KHL after he couldn’t come to an agreement to stay in Montreal with the Canadiens.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Ryan Kennedy has a prospects mailbag at this quiet point in the summer, and he’s very, very high on Chicago Blackhawks prospect Alex Debrincat.
*The Hockey News details why somebody needs to step up and sign the legendary Jaromir Jagr as one of the aforementioned veteran forwards still looking for a job.
*For something completely different: Solid Steve Lattimer reference in this Pro Football Talk story about performance enhancing drugs.
BOSTON — David Price is going to the disabled list rather than making his scheduled start Friday, a baseball source told CSNNE on Friday. Lefty Brian Johnson is expected to start in his place against the Royals.
Price's elbow is believed to have started to hurt him on the road trip the Red Sox finished on Wednesday, a baseball source said, but it's not 100 percent clear when this present health situation originated. ESPN's Buster Olney reported Price went for an MRI on his elbow Thursday.
The lefty missed two months to begin the season because of an elbow/forearm inury. The nature of that injury was never specificed by the team but was later referred to by Price as a torn elbow.
The timing is notable because of the controversy surrounding Price and his confrontation with Dennis Eckersley.
The Globe's Dan Shaughnessy first reported Price could land on the DL because of the elbow.