On the Pat Burns debacle: look before you tweet

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On the Pat Burns debacle: look before you tweet

By Mary Paoletti
CSNNE.com

Twitter: What are you doing to my sports news?
Timeliness is one of the cornerstones of journalism and your application has basically injected crystal meth into the eyeball of the information transfer process. And it's the speed and ease at which you can relay news to large quantities of people that's made reporters obsessed with The Scoop.

The best reporter no longer is the one who can hunt out stories on unexplored avenues, inform and entertain; it's now the person with the most dexterous thumbs, the one who can type and send a 140-character info-tase to the masses faster than the schmuck next to him.

And I'm cool with that. I use and like Twitter. What I don't like is when a person is more focused on doing a post-scoop fist pump than on checking the facts.

This week's sports Twe-bacle involves the death of NHL coach Pat Burns. Big news, right? His passing is certainly something that deserves attention and respect.

But let's do that when it actually happens.

Yes -- of any story to have spread virally, exponentially, across the millions of users on Twitter, it was the life-or-death one that got botched. Pat Burns is still alive. So that CTV-Ottawa report that spawned mourning and sympathy among the masses? All for naught. Hard to attach "just kidding" to what is literally the most definitive report you can file.

Especially when Burns isn't laughing.

"I come to Quebec to spend some time with my family and they say I'm dead. I'm not dead, far f------ from it. They've had me dead since June,'' he told TSN's Bob McKenzie.

I can't imagine what the fallout will be for Captain Lightning Thumbs at CTV-Ottawa. Ideally, Pat Burns will bring the hammer down by personally zipping the Tweeter up into Dan Carcillo's rancid, NHL hockey bag after a game. But such justice is rarely ever served.

So let's just get the facts straight from now on.

Mary Paoletti can be reached at mpaoletti@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Mary on Twitter at http:twitter.comMary_Paoletti

Bruins blast Kings 4-1, continue strong start for Cassidy

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Bruins blast Kings 4-1, continue strong start for Cassidy

LOS ANGELES - Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak scored their 26th goals of the season, and the Boston Bruins improved to 5-1-0 under interim coach Bruce Cassidy with a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.

Anton Khudobin made 27 saves in his second start since Christmas for the Bruins, who nursed an early lead to their first win in Los Angeles since March 24, 2012.

Pastrnak punctuated a strong all-around game with his seventh power-play goal of the season early in the second period. Dominic Moore ended his 26-game goal drought with an empty-net score, and David Krejci added another empty-netter with 7.2 seconds left.

Kevin Gravel scored his first NHL goal and Peter Budaj stopped 21 shots for the Kings, who have lost six of eight.

Paul George on trade talks: 'Thought I’d be in the loop a little more'

Paul George on trade talks: 'Thought I’d be in the loop a little more'

After a lot of speculation ahead of the trade deadline, Paul George is still a member of the Indiana Pacers.

Meeting with the media at Thursday's practice, George addressed the rumors, but sounded a bit frustrated about not being “in the loop” in regards to trade talks. 

“I was kind of on the ropes just like you guys were on what was about to happen,” George told reporters, per Clark Wade of the Indianapolis Star. “It’s kind of a dark moment, a lot of uncertainty. That was the frustrating part. You want me to be your guy here, thought I’d be in the loop a little more.”

The Celtics were one of the teams who were reportedly interested in George, but on the CSN Trade Deadline Special, Chris Mannix said the C's “weren’t really close” to landing the All-Star.

George, 26, will be a free agent after the 2017-18 season.