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 – March 16, 2012

Boston's four-game losing streak continued on Thursday, as they fell to the Florida Panthers, 6-2! (Photo Credit: SB Nation)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Friday to everyone, and welcome into yet another outstanding rendition of the Daily Noontime! Let’s kick-start the final work day with some news and headlines from the city we like to call, “The Hub.”

* The Boston Bruins losing streak extended to four games, as the Florida Panthers defeated the Black and Gold, 6-2. Joe Corvo brought the team to within one strike, as he netted his team’s first goal at 4:53 in the second frame, but the Panthers regrouped and went onto score four more goals. Tim Thomas deflected 23 shots, while Boston finished the contest 1-for-2 on the power play. The Bruins will return home on Saturday when they face-off against the Philadelphia Flyers at 1:00pm.

* Sources confirmed on Thursday that the Bruins have indeed inked another goaltender’s name to their roster, as Boston acquired Adam Morrison of the Vancouver Giants 

* The NBA Trade Deadline came and went on Thursday, and well, the Boston Celtics didn’t exactly make any moves. President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge confirmed on WEEI-93.7FM/850AM that the Green and White were not planning on trading Rajon Rondo despite receiving various calls about the highly touted point guard. Boston will return to the hardwood on Friday evening when they tip-off against Sacramento at 10:00pm.

* Finally, Harvard University’s men’s basketball team exited the March Madness tournament earlier than expected, as Vanderbilt University defeated the Crimson, 79-70.

Marchand, Rask Lead Boston Past Florida, 8-0


By Matt Noonan 

BOSTON, MA — Over the past few weeks, the Boston Bruins have been unstoppable.

The Black and Gold have only dropped two games in the month of December by a combined score of 4-1, but on Friday, Boston skated flawlessly in an 8-0 shellacking of the Florida Panthers.

“We played a good game,” said the smiling Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask. “Lots and lots of good things and lots and lots of goals, so it’s good for the fans I think.”

This was indeed a great game, as Brad Marchand tallied a career high five-points, (three goals and two assists), while Rask recorded his second shutout of the season, and 10th of his career.

Boston also received some help from Patrice Bergeron, who recorded a goal and two assists.

Gregory Campbell, Dennis Seidenberg and Benoit Pouliot also made an impact, as each player registered one goal in the team’s 23rd victory of the season.

 

“I think we were moving our feet well [on Friday], and being hard on the forecheck, and causing some turnovers,” said Bergeron, when asked about his team’s performance.

Bergeron continued by saying, “We talked about that last game, in the third period, [and] I thought that’s what gave us success, so we had to keep that going [for the rest of the season].”

The Bruins certainly made a statement in the opening period, as Boston recorded four goals in 14 minutes, which practically solidified the victory, and the evening.

“We’re playing well and we’re winning and it’s a little easier to get in the game when we play like this,” said Pouliot. “We are on a great run right now and we have a good break and hopefully we’ll keep going after [the holiday’s conclude].”

Boston will certainly want to keep this success going, especially since it seems that the Bruins have officially found their championship mojo.

“Well, the one thing I said to them was we’ve gone from 15th to first in less than two months – they deserve a lot of credit for that and they worked hard to accomplish that and I think it’s important that they enjoy the three days of the Christmas holiday they have,” said head coach Claude Julien.

Julien continued to elaborate on his team’s performance over the past few weeks when he stated, “And those three days will be beneficial to us hopefully not just in the long run, but in the short term. If we come back with the right approach and the right attitude, and head out on the road and play Phoenix, and take off where we left off, then that three days will look even better.”

The Bruins will certainly want to preserve their successful trend from the past few weeks when they travel to Arizona on Wednesday, (Dec. 27) to visit the Coyotes.

Boston Bruins vs. Florida Panthers – Third Period Recap

By Matt Noonan 

BOSTON, MA — Brad Marchand, (three goals, two assists) recorded a career best, as he scored the team’s final two goals of the game to secure an 8-0 victory for Boston.

This is the first time in Marchand’s career that he’s ended a game with five points, and certainly, he was one clearly one of the many reasons why Boston picked up two critical points in the standings, as well as their 23rd victory of the season.

Tuukka Rask earned his second shutout of the season, as he denied 30 shots between the pipes.

The last time Florida allowed seven goals or more in a regular season contest was against the Los Angles in ’07 when the Kings defeated the Panthers 7-0.

Boston Bruins vs. Florida Panthers – Second Period Recap

By Matt Noonan 

BOSTON, MA — After an eventful first period, Gregory Campbell extended the Bruins lead when he netted his third goal of the season at 3:50.

Campbell’s goal was assisted by Brad Marchand, (one goal, two assists), and Andrew Ference, who recorded his fourth consecutive assist.

Florida then attempted to respond with five consecutive shots, but Tuukka Rask, (18 saves) denied the Panthers offense before they watched Patrice Bergeron, (one goal, two assists) chip in his seventh goal of the season to give the Bruins a 6-0 advantage after two periods.