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A hockey career can take a player far... far from home, that is

There's always a little time for fun (David Pastrnak, Frank Vatrano)
There's always a little time for fun (David Pastrnak, Frank Vatrano)
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Meanwhile, in her Prague apartment, a woman is wearing a Pastrnak sweater and crossing her fingers for the home team at the IIHF Worlds.

  • Dear David Pastrnak 's Mom, we're enjoying him almost as much as you are. Apparently he began skating on secondhand girls' figure skates, and keeps his matters of the heart to himself. (Google translation)[iSport]To view the videos and see his uniforms and 1st NHL goal puck on display in his room, try here. (in Czech)[iSport]

  • Maybe a twofer? Joonas Kemppainen has signed with the KHL- maybe he can travel with Alex Khokhlachev , who seems determined to do the same.[WEEI]

  • Adam McQuaid 's report card for the season gives him a rare A for attendance, but merely a D+ overall.[CausewayCrowd]

  • Looking back to May 14th in Bruins history, the team may just wish to stay in bed on that anniversary going forward.[Hockeybuzz]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • The Eastern Conference Finals are the Penguins ' to lose, just ask Ryan Whitney and Mike Rupp . Hear how playoff teams rely on locker room guys, and about the time that former Bruin Mike Mottau lit a fi-yah undah his Devils teammates. Listen for the sirens in the background.[ThePlayersTribune]

  • Your call is as good as Whitney's and Rupp's as far as the Western Conference Finals are concerned- it may come down to penalties amassed. Oh, and sticktaps to the Massachusetts State Police.[PlayersTribune]

  • Fluto says it will be the Blues in six games, despite acknowledging the fine play of former Bruins Joe Thornton and Martin Jones .[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Kirk Luedeke explains that NO ONE "deserves" a cup, and has a few remarks about Don Sweeney and the Bruins at the NHL Draft.[ScoutingPost]

  • The WCF opening game went to the Blues, where fun must be always as Tomas Hertl scored the lone Sharks goal in a 2-1 game. Brian Elliot gave a strong performance.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Your long read from Sunday includes news of local boy Jimmy Vesey 's upcoming decision, a local coach who was important to the career of Ted Donato, and how former Friar Jay Leach's coaching career got a boost through connections to Geoff Ward.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Behind the curtain at the NHLPA, a former senior consultant claims that the players were not fully informed by the union about NHL revenue being allegedly misreported.[TSN]

  • Aww, $#!+ Remember that Dallas Zoo bet with the St. Louis Zoo? Guess who has had to make good on the butt end of the bet?[TheScore]