Jon Taffer on how to 'Bar Rescue' the NHL

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Jon Taffer on how to 'Bar Rescue' the NHL
Jon Taffer on how to 'Bar Rescue' the NHL

It's probably the notion that the creator of "Bar Rescue," now seen on the Paramount Network, is somewhere in the stands during a penalty kill bellowing "shut it down now!" like he would at a pub serving contaminated meat behind an insect-infested drink well. "I've been through what the Stanley Cup playoffs can be. Once you're in, you're never not in again," Taffer told me last week. To that end, he fits squarely into the menagerie for celebrities who populated their games during the postseason: Vegas residents, performers from the Strip and, of course, the guy who comes to your town's 50-year-old tavern, takes the proprietor's name off it and then rechristens it "The Ale and Social House" or some such.

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