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Bruins owner Jacobs: Sports betting 'a real plus'

Bruins owner Jacobs: Sports betting 'a real plus'

BOSTON – There have been some varying reactions to the floodgates getting opened to sports gambling around the United States with this week’s Supreme Court ruling, and the hockey world has been no different.

Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs weighed in, saying that if properly regulated, it’s something that excites him as an owner and Chairman of the NHL's Board of Governors.

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“I think [the prospects of] sports betting is very much in the future of US sports. It’s been going on across the world. We’ve played at other jurisdictions. By that I mean we do business in Australia and we do it in England. We see it all the time, and it does bring a degree of interest that doesn’t exist here in this country,” said Jacobs. “The interaction with your customers and the team is greater with it. I mean, they’re just more interested in it. So, I think it will be a real plus to the sports field, but it has to be managed and controlled. I think that’s where the rub is going to be until we evolve a good relationship between the teams and the gaming interests. It will be a little rocky.”

All four major pro sports leagues, the NHL, NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball, along with the NCAA , had urged the nation’s high court to stand by a 1992 federal law barring sports betting in most states outside Nevada. But on Monday, the justices, in a 6-3 vote, decided to go the other direction in upholding the legality of a 2014 New Jersey law permitting sports betting at casinos and racetracks in the state.

That would allow sports betting across the United States as pro sports leagues are lobbying for federal laws to create uniform betting regulations rather than each of the 50 states going in different directions. Clearly, it’s going to result in more money being made for both the leagues and for the government taxing betting, so it’s not a surprise to hear a somewhat rosy outlook from one of the sports owners that will surely benefit from it once put in place.

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Talking Points from the Bruins' 5-4 loss to the Lightning

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Talking Points from the Bruins' 5-4 loss to the Lightning

GOLD STAR: A lot of times in the recent past it’s been other Tampa Bay Lightning players doing the damage for them against the Bruins, but on Monday night it was Steve Stamkos really getting it done throughout the game. It was Stamkos that scored on a pair of scorched one-timers in the first period and then had the breakaway in the third period that led to a Victor Hedman rebound goal that kick-started three unanswered goals for Tampa Bay. In all Stamkos finished with two goals, four points, a plus-3 rating, five shots on net, eight shot attempts, two hits and a blocked shot in 22:35 of action-packed ice time. Stamkos was a dominant force for the Lightning in the big game.

BLACK EYE: Charlie McAvoy on ice for all three goals in the third period as the Bruins cough up a two-goal lead entering the final 20 minutes, and instead lose a 5-4 game to the Tampa Bay Lightning. It all started with McAvoy making a poor decision on the Stamkos breakaway that allowed Victor Hedman to cruise in for the goal off the end boards, and it got worse from there. It sure looked like McAvoy and some of the other Bruins players were cheating a bit too much offensively, and not paying enough attention to the defensive details with a high-powered Tampa Bay team ready to pounce on them. McAvoy finished with a minus-2 and zero points in over 25 minutes of ice time in the loss to Tampa Bay.

TURNING POINT: As Bruce Cassidy pointed out, it was a sequence of events leading up to Tampa’s third goal that kick-started their comeback in the third period. Brandon Carlo missed wide with a shot while caught up ice and then Charlie McAvoy was caught in-between as the lone defender with Steve Stamkos and Victor Hedman breaking in for an odd-man rush. When it was all over the Lightning scored a pretty easy goal and had all of the momentum with the B’s flailing around while getting outshot 9-5 in the closing third period. When it was all over, they had blown a two-goal lead in the third and gave the Lightning all kinds of confidence it would be the same result again this season if the two teams meet again in the postseason.

HONORABLE MENTION: Four shots on net, eight shot attempts and two takeaways for Brad Marchand through two periods to go along with his two goals scored tonight. He’s brought his “A” game to a big game against the Tampa Bay Lightning and he was able to cancel out Steve Stamkos’ two first period goals with a couple of scored using his own goal-scoring prowess. It sure looks like No. 63 is also going to reach the 100 point mark (he’s currently sitting at 94 points) for the season for the first time in his career, and that would be quite an accomplishment for the Bruins agitator.  

BY THE NUMBERS: 2 – the number of losses to Tampa at Amalie Arena this season where the Bruins have fallen apart in the third period. That isn’t a great trend as both teams head toward their respective postseason pathways.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We had a chance to put the game away. We're off net with our chance. You've got to hustle back & our lone D back there made a poor decision. He's got to buy time for people to recover. That [Hedman goal] gave them life" –Bruce Cassidy, on the first goal allowed in the third period that kick-started Tampa’s three unanswered goals to take a 5-4 win over Boston.  

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Highlights from the Bruins' 5-4 loss to the Lightning

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Highlights from the Bruins' 5-4 loss to the Lightning

FINAL SCORE: Bruins 4, Lightning 5 

IN BRIEF: The Bruins held a two goal lead heading into the third, but couldn't hold off the Lightning and let up the game-winning goal with less than a minute left. 

BOX SCORE 

BRUINS RECORD: 46-21-9, 101 points, second in the Atlantic Division 

HIGHLIGHTS: 

CLIFTON LAYS OUT PALAT 

STAMKOS SCORES ON THE ONE-TIMER TO PUT TAMPA UP IN THE FIRST 

PASTRNAK DANLGES HIS WAY THROUGH THE D

MARCHAND TIES IT UP OFF THE ABSURD PASTRNAK DISH 

STAMKOS NOTCHES A SECOND GOAL TO PUT THE LIGHTNING BACK AHEAD

ERNE SENDS MOORE HEADFIRST INTO THE BOARDS

COYLE SCORES OFF THE TURNOVER TO TIE IT UP 

CARLO GIVES THE BRUINS THEIR FIRST LEAD OF THE NIGHT 

MARCHAND EXTENDS THE LEAD WITH HIS SECOND GOAL 

THE LIGHTNING TIE IT UP WITH SIX MINUTES LEFT 

TUUKKA WITH THE INCREDIBLE SAVE 

TAMPA TAKES THE LEAD WITH LESS THAN A MINUTE TO GO 

FROM JOE HAGGERTY: 

Adam Erne crushed John Moore from behind in the corner away from the boards in the first period, and Moore immediately skated off the ice gingerly after crashing into the boards. There was no penalty on a play where it looked like Erne hit him from behind. It sure looked like Moore was injured. The Lightning were once again attempting to physically dominate the Bruins, and decimate their D-corps depth, as they did last season during the playoffs. Moore never returned to the game with the upper body injured suffered during the contact, and the Bruins were forced to play with five defensemen for the bulk of the game. It’s a shame if Moore is seriously injured as the B’s were just starting to get healthy with Torey Krug, Matt Grzelcyk and Kevan Miller all expected to return this week.

Patrice Bergeron got the secondary helper on Brad Marchand’s power play goal in the first period, and that gives him a career-high 74 points on the season. It’s hats off to Bergeron doing all of that while missing time with injuries this season, and doing it in his mid-30’s as so many other players are really beginning to slow down at the NHL level. The greater frequency of injuries show that his game is beginning to decline ever so slightly with age, but you wouldn’t guess it by what he’s doing on the ice.

Four shots on net, eight shot attempts and two takeaways for Brad Marchand through two periods to go along with his two goals scored tonight. He’s brought his “A” game to a big game against the Tampa Bay Lightning and he was able to cancel out Steve Stamkos’ two first period goals with a couple of scored using his own goal-scoring prowess. It sure looks like No. 63 is also going to reach the 100 point mark (he’s currently sitting at 94 points) for the season for the first time in his career, and that would be quite an accomplishment for the Bruins agitator.  

Charlie McAvoy on ice for all three goals in the third period as the Bruins cough up a two-goal lead entering the final 20 minutes, and instead lose a 5-4 game to the Tampa Bay Lightning. It sure looked like McAvoy and some of the other Bruins players were cheating a bit too much offensively, and not paying enough attention to the defensive details with a high-powered Tampa Bay team ready to pounce on them. McAvoy finished with a minus-2 and zero points in over 25 minutes of ice time in the loss to Tampa Bay. 

UP NEXT: 
Wednesday vs. Rangers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN) 
Saturday vs. Panthers, 1:00 p.m. (NESN)

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