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.
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After eight playoff-less seasons with the Rams, Chris Long came to his father's hometown town -- the Patriots -- in 2016 with one goal: To win a championship. And he did, even though he wasn't an every-down player for the first time in his career.
Now his goal is to play regularly again. So he's headed to the city where his father played collegiately -- Philadelphia -- to try and make that happen.
Long, 32, the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Howie Long (a Charlestown native and Villanova product), signed a two-year contract with the Eagles Tuesday:
CSN Philly reports that Long isn't guaranteed a starting job on the Eagles' defensive line, but will be a valuable addition in any case:
The Eagles had a definite need -- and likely still do -- at defense end following the departure of Connor Barwin. . . . This signing doesn't mean Long will come in and start. The Eagles still have Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry under contract. But, at the very least, this is a depth signing to bring in a veteran locker room presence, like the one they lost when Barwin left.
Long had four sacks and 10 quarterback hits in 16 games for New England and was an integral part of a defense that allowed an NFL-low 250 points.