Business

Bruins playoff run helping businesses recover from NHL lockout

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Local businesses that were cross-checked hard by an NHL lockout that slashed 34 games off the schedule are scoring now that the Boston Bruins have extended their season all the way to the Stanley Cup Final, with Games 3 and 4 of the championship series being played at TD Garden next week.

Salisbury apparel maker Old Time Sports, which draws 99 percent of its revenue from NHL-licensed merchandise, was forced to lay off two thirds of its workforce during the league’s work stoppage last fall and winter, and needed a loan to remain solvent.

Thanks to a deep playoff run by the Bruins, the company is almost back to a full, 50-person staff and reports that year-to-date sales are up by 30 percent.

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