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Things you don't know about Bruce Boudreau

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Apr. 17, 2014 1:25 AM
At BarDown we assume you know a few things most of hockey's main characters. For example, Bruce Boudreau.... You know, Bruce Boudreau is the current coach for the Anahiem Ducks. You know, Bruce Boudreau used to coach the Capitals, obviously....you saw the infamous clips on HBO's 24/7.

BUT,

Did you know that Bruce Boudreau is one of the most prolific scorers in AHL history?

Did you know Bruce Boudreau made a cameo in the infamous hockey movie Slap Shot?

That's what we are here for, to teach and entertain!

First off, Bruce's AHL career. He is 15th on the list of all-time goal scorers in the league, with 316. He is 11th all time in assists with 483 AND 11th all time in points with 799. For his whole minor leagues career, Boudreau is 8th all time with 1,368 points, and 13th in both goals and assists with 548 and 820 respectively; Finally and perhaps most impressively, Bruce Boudreau is in the top 25 all-time scorers for professional hockey. One more thing, this is what he looked like back in his playing days.






Selfies are everywhere! NHL Playoffs no exception

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Apr. 17, 2014 1:36 AM
No matter where you turn, it seems that someone is taking a selfie these days. The NHL Playoffs are no exception.

Check out the guy in the blue shirt who decided the scrum happening on the ice between the Habs and Lightning was a perfect backdrop for his selfie.

GIF: Lightning fan on the glass uses scrum as an excuse to ta... on Twitpic

Other than the "selfie," the other photo trend is the "photobomb" which was also in fine form in Tampa tonight. Check out this gentleman who posed behind our colleagues from RDS.




Blood, Sweat and Beards

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Apr. 16, 2014 10:27 PM
Playoff time means awesome facial hair.

We look forward to which players are able to create the most impressive post-season face forests.

While we wait, enjoy this GIF entitled "Blood, Sweat and Beards."




Buccaneers' new uniforms are hard to miss

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Apr. 17, 2014 12:25 AM
When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers debuted their new uniforms in February, they promised a bolder look.

On Wednesday, Bucs players posed in the new digs on a football field for the first time and well, they're definitely "bolder."

The Buccaneers seem to be trying to play the role of trend-setters with these outfits. Will they catch on? We're not sure.

The numbers of the on the uniform have a look not seen before in the NFL, the helmets feature what appears the biggest logo we've ever seen squeezed on to the surface and the facemask is chrome, an NFL first. Finally, the jerseys throw symmetry out the window with "BUCS" written on the right arm and their pirate ship logo on the left.

What's not up for debate? The fact the logo will be impossible to miss on the field. Here are the pictures from today's photo shoot via the Buccaneers Instagram account.




FTW's eight awesome things about the Raptors

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Apr. 16, 2014 9:06 PM
The good folks over at For The Win have a really neat post on "8 awesome things about the Toronto Raptors." The post covers a lot of ground: The Raptors bringing back the purple jerseys, Amir Johnson's affection for Toronto, the return of The Raptor as well as some retro Raps pics like this:



Credit: USA Today Sports
We recommend you check the whole article out here.

But wanted to share our personal favourite reason they decided the Raps are awesome:

8. Morpheus believes the Matrix is all around the Raptors


PTI's NHL Playoff Preview

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Apr. 16, 2014 8:00 PM
The guys at Pardon the Interruption previewed the NHL Playoffs on Wednesday and took an in-depth look at the juiciest matchups, highlighted by the Red Wings/Bruins series.

The guys also discussed the Montreal Canadiens being the lone Canadian team in the playoffs. Watch it for yourself below.




Soccer ball under the shirt trick

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Apr. 16, 2014 7:19 PM
Under the category of "this happened," a player in a Swedish soccer league thought that trapping the soccer ball underneath his jersey was a good move. Why, who knows but it does make for an entertaining play.

It happened late in the final minutes of the game, as in which the player in question's team was running out the clock with a pretty big 5-0 lead over their competition.

Jan Gunnar Solli got a little carried away when accepting a pass from his teammate.

The result was a yellow card and some chirping from one of his opponents.


NBA fights recreated using NHL 14

By Aaron Bronsteter (@aarbron), BarDown Apr. 16, 2014 4:28 PM
The brilliant minds over at Sports Illustrated's Extra Mustard have recreated some of this season’s NBA scuffles using EA Sports’ NHL 14.

The video features Russell Westbrook vs. Patrick Beverley, Tyler Hansbrough vs. Metta World Peace, Carmelo Anthony vs. Kevin Garnett and a fictional fight between David Stern and Mark Cuban (reenacted as goalies, of course). You have to see it to believe it.


Mike Modano reveals what advice he actually gave Coach Bombay

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Apr. 16, 2014 3:34 PM
Dallas Stars legend Mike Modano took a shot at his former club's playoff opponents, the Anaheim Ducks, when he revealed what advice he actually gave to Gordon Bombay in 1992's The Mighty Ducks.



Our friends at RDS have a video reminder of the scene in question.