Mass. College Hockey: Former BC Right-Wing Hayes Inks 3-Year Deal With Boston Bruins

By Matt Noonan 

Former Boston College men’s ice hockey right-wing Jimmy Hayes inked his name on a three-year contract with the Boston Bruins this afternoon, which was confirmed through a press release by the team.

Hayes was traded to Boston last Wednesday in a deal that sent Reilly Smith and Marc Savard’s contract to the Florida Panthers.

Former Boston College men's ice hockey right wing Jimmy Hayes inked his name on a three-year deal with the Boston Bruins. (Photo Credit: Sun-Sentinel.com)
Former Boston College men’s ice hockey right wing Jimmy Hayes inked his name on a three-year deal with the Boston Bruins. (Photo Credit: Sun-Sentinel.com)

A Dorchester native, Hayes was a second round pick by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2008. He was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010 and skated in part of three seasons – 43 games to be exact – before he was dealt to the Florida Panthers during the 2013-14 campaign. With the Panthers, Hayes appeared in 125 games and recorded 30 goals and 23 assists. His best season as a pro was this past year where he registered 19 goals and 16 assists (35 points) in 72 games.

Hayes spent three seasons with Boston College, tallying 42 goals and 39 assists for 81 points. His best season with the Eagles occurred during the 2010-11 season when he netted a career-best 21 goals, along with 12 assists. Boston College captured the Boston Beanpot and Hockey East regular season and tournament crowns before concluding their campaign in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

In 2010, Hayes and the Eagles defeated Wisconsin in the NCAA Championship game, 5-0, to claim the program’s fourth national championship.

Daily Noontime – December 21, 2011

Derrick Rose won't be leaving Chicago anytime soon, as he recently signed his name on a new contract! (Photo Credit: Fanbase.com)

Happy Wednesday y’all, and welcome into another tremendous Daily Noontime! Here’s some kick-butt news stories and headlines, enjoy! 

Headlines: 

* According to sources — the Chicago Bulls have inked Derrick Rose‘s name on a five-year, $94 million contract.

* Through 14 games this season, Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson has recorded just 930 yards, but is determined to earn 1,000 yards before the season concludes.

* Denver Broncos team president John Elway confirmed on Tuesday that his plan is to keep Tim Tebow as their quarterback for next season.

* Saturday’s game between the New York Giants and Jets will certainly be pivotal for both teams, especially if they’d like to make the playoffs.

* The Pittsburgh Penguins picked up an important win on Tuesday, as they defeated the scorching hot Chicago Blackhawks, 3-2. The loss marks the end of a five-game winning streak for the Hawks.

Games to Watch: 

* Montreal at Chicago (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern 

* Philadelphia at Dallas (NHL) – 7:30pm eastern 

* Detroit at Vancouver (NHL) – 10:00pm eastern 

Video of the Day: 

Now this is a unique way to score a goal in soccer, eh? 

NHL Playoffs: Two Down, Two to Go!

By Brian Willwerth 

Two Game 7’s down, two more to go.

The Philadelphia Flyers and Vancouver Canucks are moving on to the conference semifinals. Two more teams will do the same tonight.

In Philadelphia — The Flyers scored first, and never looked back. They beat the Buffalo Sabres, 5-2. After starting three different goalies in seven games, Philadelphia had no such trouble on this night. Brian Boucher made 25 saves. On the other side, it was Buffalo who had goaltending issues. Ryan Miller was yanked in the third period after the Flyers had built a 4-0 lead and essentially put the game out of reach. The Flyers don’t know who their next opponent will be; it depends on the outcomes of Wednesday’s games.

There was plenty of drama In Vancouver. The Canucks were on the brink of an epic collapse against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, having blown a 3-0 lead in the series. The decisive game went into overtime. But Alex Burrows stole the puck in the Chicago end, and slapped one past Corey Crawford to give the Canucks a 2-1 victory. Chicago was trying to become the fourth team in NHL history to win a series after dropping the first three games. The Canucks will face the Nashville Predators in the second round. The Preds eliminated the Anaheim Ducks for their first ever series win.

The winner-take-all action continues Wednesday evening. The Bruins host the Canadiens at TD Garden, while the Penguins host the Lightning at CONSOL Energy Center.

Daily Noontime – April 27, 2011

Vancouver is celebrating, as the Canucks defeated the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 on Tuesday!

Good Wednesday morning to everyone and welcome to yet another Daily Noontime! Here is today’s biggest news, headlines and more, along with our awesome video of the day!

Headlines: 

* The Chicago Blackhawks were close, incredibly close to upsetting the Vancouver and moving onto the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, but in overtime, the Canucks beat the Hawks, 2-1.

* Despite leading the Orlando Magic, 3-1, the Atlanta Hawks appeared incredibly flat on Tuesday, as the team from Disney World won and forced a Game 6.

* The series was tied, 2-2, but after Tuesday, the Los Angles Lakers earned their third win of the series, as they defeated the New Orleans Hornets, 106-90.

* According to sources, Indianapolis Colts quarter Peyton Manning apparently “tanks the NFL concussion test.”

* It seems that yet again, Jay Cutler is in the news again, but this time, he’s being honored for popping the question to his girlfriendKristin Cavallari.

* Believe it or not, MLB has already begun the All-Star voting process, which seems quite strange, right? The All-Star game is played in July, but apparently, professional baseball is already thinking about the summer.

Games to Watch: 

* Philadelphia at Miami (NBA Playoffs) – 7:00pm eastern

* Montreal at Boston (NHL Playoffs) – 7:00pm eastern

* Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh (NHL Playoffs) – 7:30pm eastern

* Memphis at San Antonio (NBA Playoffs) – 8:30pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

Lady Gaga fell once on stage at the Belle Center in Montreal, but one has to wonder, if the Bruins took a page out of her book on Tuesday against the Habs? 


NHL Playoffs: Nothing Like Game Seven

Game Seven's are usually the last resort, but in this case, six teams are playing for their Stanley Cup lives!

By Brian Willwerth

Game Seven.

They are two of the most magical words in sports. There is nothing like it: the winner moves on, the loser heads home for the summer. In the opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, there are three, juicy winner-take-all games to look forward to.

(7) Buffalo Sabres at (2) Philadelphia Flyers   (Tuesday 7:30 p.m.):

This has been one heck of a series.  Five of the six games have been decided by one goal. The last two have gone to overtime, with each team winning on the other’s home ice. Speaking of road warriors, the visiting team has won four times, with the Sabres taking two of three in Philadelphia. The bad blood between these two teams got turned up a notch in Game Six, when Philly’s captain Mike Richards shoved Buffalo’s Tim Connolly head first into the boards. Richards was called for a penalty, but Buffalo wanted more: a suspension for the decisive game.  The NHL said no.

Will there be revenge on Buffalo’s mind on Tuesday night?  Probably not – there is just too much at stake – but it does bear watching.  Richards will play.  Connolly will not.

(8) Chicago Blackhawks at (1) Vancouver Canucks   (10 p.m. Tuesday):

How much pressure is on the Presidents’ trophy winners for this one?  The Canucks looked to be well on their way to the conference semifinals a little more than a week ago. Then the defending Stanley Cup champions woke up and won three straight: two blowout victories followed by an overtime winner Sunday night in Game Six.

Roberto Luongo was benched in that last game, but entered in the third period after Cory Schneider suffered an injury and gave up the game-winning goal in OT.

Head coach Alain Vigneault says Luongo will get the nod in Game Seven.  The ‘Hawks are trying to become the fourth team in NHL history to come back from a 0-3 deficit to win a playoff series.

(5) Tampa Bay Lightning at (4) Pittsburgh Penguins  (Wednesday TBA):

Like the Canucks, the Penguins probably felt they had this series in the bag after winning Game Four in double-overtime in Tampa Bay. But the Lightning came back with an eight-goal outburst in Game Five, followed by a victory on home ice Monday night to even the series.

This quarterfinal matchup hasn’t gotten the attention that some of the other series have, but that does not diminish the fact that one of these teams will be all done come Wednesday night.

San Jose beats Los Angles:

Just before 1 a.m. on Tuesday, the L.A. Kings had a chance to send a fourth series to a seventh game.  But Joe Thornton (remember him?) made sure that wouldn’t happen. His overtime goal gave the Sharks a 4-3 win, and a 4-2 victory in the series.

Final Thought:

Three Game Sevens, two nights, plus, throw in Game Six (and possibly seven) between the Bruins and Canadiens, and you’ve got a hockey fan’s paradise.

Great NHL Playoff OT Finishes (4/24 -4/25)

It was an incredibly exciting weekend in the NHL, as three very intriguing first round series finished their games in overtime and while these endings may make your heart race a tad bit faster than usual, all in all, it is safe to say that this is indeed playoff hockey! 

Boston 2 – Montreal 1: After watching a complete goaltenders duel for nearly four periods, Nathan Horton found a way to beat Carey Price for the game winner in double overtime on Saturday. Boston and Montreal will play their sixth game of the series on Tuesday and one has to wonder, can the Bruins, who have won three games in a row, win one more at the Belle Centre on Tuesday? 

Philadelphia 5 – Buffalo 4: With the chance to officially end Philadelphia’s chances of advancing further in the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, Buffalo could not contain Ville Leino, who pushed the puck passed Ryan Miller to force one more game in Pennsylvania on Tuesday. The series currently is tied, 3-3, so the winner will advance, while the loser will head home for the summer. 

Chicago 4 – Vancouver 3: The Canucks led the series, 3-0, but the last three games were completely different. Chicago may have stolen the momentum away from Vancouver on Sunday, as Ben Smith scored in overtime to force a game seven on Tuesday in Canada. If the Blackhawks win this particular series, they’ll become the fourth NHL team to come back and win a series after trailing, 3-0. 



Daily Noontime – April 25, 2011

Can the Hawks complete another epic NHL comeback?

Good Monday morning to everyone and welcome to today’s Daily Noontime! Here is today’s big headlines and news, as well as an awesome video of the day too!

Headlines: 

* The Boston Red Sox indeed swept the Los Angles Angels, but on Sunday John Lackey pitched a gem.

* Could the Chicago Blackhawks be the fourth team to come back and win a best-of-seven series? Well, after an exciting overtime win on Sunday, it certainly seems that the defending Stanley Cup champions won’t go quietly.

* It was an exciting finish in Philadelphia on Sunday, as the Sixers defeated the Heat on Sunday. So, Philadelphia won’t be swept, but will they win Game 5?

* The Boston Celtics became the first NBA playoff team to sweep a series, as Kevin Garnett led his squad passed the New York Knicks on Sunday.

* NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is at least “expecting 25 players” to attend the 2011 NFL Draft.

* Don’t count out the New Orleans Hornets, as they beat the Los Angles Lakers on Sunday. Now the series stands, 2-2.

Games to Watch: 

* Chicago White Sox at New York Yankees (MLB) – 7:00pm eastern

* Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay (NHL Playoffs) – 7:00pm eastern 

* Los Angles Dodgers at Florida (MLB) – 7:10pm eastern

* Portland at Dallas (NBA Playoffs) – 8:30pm eastern

* Oklahoma City at Denver (NBA Playoffs) – 10:30pm eastern

Video of the Day: 

Where have the great “NBA playoff” commercials gone?