May 29, 2013

Opening Faceoff: Wednesday, May 29

By Benjamin Woodward

John Tortorella (Melrose, Mass.) has been fired after four-plus seasons as head coach of the Rangers. (Getty Images)

Today on NEHJ

Austin Prep star Nolan Vesey is turning his focus to the South Shore Kings, writes Bill Keefe.

Good Reads

Following his team’s 4-1 series defeat in round two against the Bruins, John Tortorella (Melrose, Mass.) is now the former head coach of the Rangers. He was relieved of his duties on Wednesday afternoon.’s Joe Haggerty has an excellent piece on the history between the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke.

The Boston Herald’s Steve Conroy has a feature on the re-emergence of Milan Lucic as a dominant force in the Bruins’ lineup.

Quick Hits

Mike Ayers, former goaltending coach at USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program (NTDP), has been named assistant hockey coach at Boston College.

The Los Angeles Kings eliminated the San Jose Sharks from the postseason last night in Game 7 by the score of 2-1. Los Angeles will meet the winner of tonight’s Game 7 between Chicago and Detroit in the Western Conference Final.

According to Mark Divver of the Providence Journal, the Bruins have recalled forwards Jordan Caron, Chris Bourque and Carter Camper to be the team’s “Black Aces” for the remainder of their playoff run.

History Lesson

Today marks the 28th birthday of Bruins’ top-line winger Nathan Horton. Since coming over from Florida after the 2009-10 season, No. 18 has scored 56 goals and 51 assists in a Boston uniform. – none bigger than his game-winning goal in Game 7 against Tampa Bay two years ago.

Entirely Off-Topic

According to this Yahoo! story, experts have finally figured out the most lucrative song ever. You may be surprised to find out which it is.  

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