Rangers hire David Quinn away from BU as new head coach

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Rangers hire David Quinn away from BU as new head coach

In what is becoming a growing trend, a National Hockey League team has dipped into the collegiate ranks to find its next head coach. After a successful five-year stint as Jack Parker’s successor at Boston University, David Quinn has been named the 35th coach of the New York Rangers.

Quinn reportedly received a five-year contract to oversee a plan to reload the Blueshirts roster.

In that respect Quinn is perhaps the perfect choice for the Rangers -- a young, enthusiastic coach that excels in the teaching aspect of the game with young player. He posted a 105-67-21 record in his five seasons with the Terriers while developing young NHL talent like Jack Eichel, Charlie McAvoy and Clayton Keller. Quinn didn’t win a national title at Boston University but did finish as college hockey’s runner-up in his second season, losing to Providence College in the 2015 NCAA title game.

Leaving BU for New York had to be a difficult choice for the 51-year-old Cranston, R.I., native, given that the BU job probably could have been a lifetime gig (as it was for the legendary Parker before him). But there were certainly things about the Rangers job that Quinn couldn’t pass up, among them the prestige of coaching an Original Six team and also where familiar faces like Jeff Gorton and Chris Drury are part of the management team. Being able to compete head-to-head against his good friend Mike Sullivan, the coach of the Penguins, certainly didn’t hurt either.

Quinn expressed all of those mixed emotions in a statement released by BU when New York made his hiring official on Tuesday.

“I’m incredibly excited for this new challenge, but leaving a job like this is very hard to do,” he said. “BU is a special place that has given me so much, not only as a player and a student, but also as a coach. The lifelong friendships I’ve developed here over the years absolutely mean the world to me.

“I was so fortunate to work with the very best in athletic director Drew Marrochello and senior vice president Todd Klipp. BU hockey has always been bigger than the coach and they will bring in an outstanding one to continue the winning tradition here.”

Quinn is the latest in a new movement by NHL teams to pluck their coaches from the college ranks, which is producing so many quality players these days. The Flyers kicked it off in hiring Dave Hakstol away from the University of North Dakota a couple of years ago, and earlier this month the Dallas Stars hired Jim Montgomery away from the University of Denver after the Rangers initially showed interest.

It will be interesting to see where Boston University goes next. The Terriers have a wide swath of hockey-playing alumni to choose from, and people like Bruins assistant coaches Joe Sacco and Jay Pandolfo could also be candidates list if they wanted a college job.

Bruins vs. Hurricanes Highlights: Carolina ties series with 3-2 Game 2 win

Bruins vs. Hurricanes Highlights: Carolina ties series with 3-2 Game 2 win

FINAL SCORE: Carolina Hurricanes 3, Boston Bruins 2

IN BRIEF: The Hurricanes will not be swept by the Bruins for the second consecutive season. 

The 'Canes had lost five straight postseason games to the Bruins entering Thursday night, and they snapped that skid with a 3-2 victory in Game 2 of their first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.

The turning point came at 15:13 of the second period when Carolina scored on a Teuvo Teravainen power-play goal, and then the 'Canes scored 88 seconds later to take a 2-1 lead. The Bruins had plenty of chances to build on their 1-0 lead and failed to capitalze. The B's finally ended their power play drought with a pair of goals on the man advantage, but the Hurricanes were the better team at 5-on-5 with a plus-6 edge in scoring chances and a 2-0 goal differential. 

The Bruins also were without the league's leading goal scorer in David Pastrnak. The team announced before the game that he was "unfit to participate."


SERIES: Tied 1-1

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The Bruins were 0-for-13 on the power play in the Toronto bubble entering Game 2, and David Krejci ended the drought with a goal in the first period. Krejci's shot found its way past two Bruins screening Hurricanes goalie James Reimer before hitting the back of the net. 

The Hurricanes were the better team in the second period and their aggressiveness was rewarded late in the frame with a power play goal. Teuvo Teravainen beat Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask to tie the score 1-1. 

Carolina kept attacking and took its first lead just 88 seconds after Teravainen's goal. Andrei Svechnikov blasted a shot from the slot past Rask to give the 'Canes a 2-1 advantage.

The Bruins responded by scoring with 4.4 seconds remaining in the second period to tie the score at two goals apiece. Brad Marchand was able to pounce on a loose puck around the crease and beat the buzzer.

Dougie Hamilton put the Hurricanes back on top with an absolute rocket of a shot at 8:30 of the third period that beat Rask up high. This goal must have been extra sweet for Hamilton considering it came against his former team.

The Bruins and Hurricanes will play Game 3 of the series Saturday at noon ET on NBC.

David Pastrnak won't play for Bruins in Game 2 vs. Hurricanes

David Pastrnak won't play for Bruins in Game 2 vs. Hurricanes

The Boston Bruins will be without David Pastrnak for Game 2 of their first round Stanley Cup Playoff series versus the Carolina Hurricanes.

The B's announced shortly before puck drop Thursday night that the superstar right winger is "unfit to participate". No other information was provided.

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Pastrnak tallied a goal and an assist in Boston's 4-3 double-overtime victory over Carolina in Wednesday's Game 1. His 48 goals scored during the regular season tied Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin for the most in the NHL.

Anders Bjork will begin Game 2 in Pastrnak's spot at right wing on the top line next to Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. Karson Kuhlman will enter the lineup and take Bjork's place on the third line.