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Jaroslav Halak On Signing With The Boston Bruins

from Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald,

Whether general manager Don Sweeney made a shrewd upgrade or he goofed by letting Khudobin walk, only time will tell.

But it’s certainly not a stretch to believe that Halak’s .908 save percentage will swell considerably when playing behind a Bruins team that allowed 82 fewer goals than the Islanders did last year.

Halak’s performance could maybe be helped with a little less playing time. Maybe not. He did not have a target number for starts, but last year, Rask played 54 games, which seems close to the ideal for him.

“I’ll try to help out any way I can,” Halak said yesterday. “I’ll try to fit in as soon as possible. We’ll see what happens. I’m 33, I know Tuukka is a little younger than me (31). I’m just looking forward to being with him. I know he’s an elite goalie and he proved that every year. Every time I get the chance, I’ll try to help out and we’ll see what happens.”...

He said the decision came down to getting the term he wanted and what was best for his family.

“I have two kids already, and Boston is a great city for family as well, living there,” Halak said. “I think that was the main decision. Also, Boston has a great team, and they’re always on the top of the standings, and I’m just looking forward to helping out.”

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Morning Line- Jeremy Jacobs

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Will Brad Marchand Change?

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

“Some things I’ve done clearly need some fixing,” said Marchand, who will turn 30 years old Friday. “So I think that’s going to be the biggest thing that I take away from what’s happened the last few days — to actually take a look and really understand these things have much bigger consequences.”

Short on temper, but long on offensive production (a team-high 34-51—85 this season), Marchand became the talk of the playoffs for all the wrong reasons.

He sincerely sounded like he regrets it all, so much so that it sounded as if he had been admonished by club management. 

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Morning Line- Brad Marchand+

 

True, but will he?

added 2:26pm, Below, watch six minutes of Marchand from today.

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Mornin Line- Steve Buckley On Brad Marchand

I write these words as someone who as recently as two weeks ago thought the whole thing was goofy (to borrow Cassidy’s word) but otherwise harmless. What I didn’t know was that it was fast becoming Marchand’s calling card. And that became the problem: Once it became commonplace, it ceased being funny. It became boorish, embarrassing, to the degree that the NHL had no choice but to take the unprecedented step of issuing a no-licking decree.

The zero-tolerance policy that had been in place whenever Marchand is on the ice had been reduced to a sub-zero policy. Yesterday’s game was just 12 minutes old when Marchand was slapped with a 2-minute minor for embellishment. If you believe it was a ticky-tack call — and I’m guessing many of you do — it may have occurred to you that the real reason Marchand was whistled off was for licking Ryan Callahan in Game 4.

-Steve Buckley of the Boston Herald where you can read more on Marchand.

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The Season Comes To An End For The Boston Bruins

from Tara Sullivan of the Boston Globe,

Every playoff elimination loss hurts, and every one feels sudden and shocking, no matter what stage of the postseason it happens or what the final score ends up being. But some definitely hurt more than others, and with this Bruins team, in this unexpected breakout season, this one hurts more. This one had a shot to win it all.

“It was definitely a team I believe that we could have done really great things,” veteran center David Krejci was saying the quiet corner of an even quieter locker room. “It’s really disappointing right now. A team like this doesn’t come around often. I’ve been here a long time, and this was one of the best teams I was a part of. From the coaching staff all the way to the last guy to the guy who wasn’t playing tonight, they were all part of the team. We all pulled the same rope. It’s really disappointing.”

There are plenty of culprits for the Game 5 loss, the same threads that put the Bruins in their inescapable hole despite a dominating 6-2 win in Game 1 of this series. The inability to generate enough offense in five-on-five situations. The indignity of being on the wrong end of too many questionable officials whistles. The insanity of earning the No. 2 overall seed yet being forced to face the No. 3 and No. 1 seeds in the opening two rounds of the playoffs.

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The Better Team Won In The Lightning/Bruins Series

from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times,

Don't be fooled by close scores and by the polite words coming out of the Lightning locker room. And, true, there was a Lightning overtime victory thrown in there. But make no mistake: the team that deserved to win this series won this series.

Tampa Bay was way better than the Bruins in every way except licking people and whining about the officiating.

Solid goaltending. Timely goals. Big hits. Smothering defense. You name it. Tampa Bay bettered the Bruins in each category. The Lightning also had the best player in Brayden Point. The better coach in Jon Cooper. The better, well, everything.

This was a Boston beat down. Which is funny because Boston gets credit for just how good the Lightning has become.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning Advance To The Eastern Conference Final

The Lightning will face the winner of Pittsburgh/Washington.

Final score Tampa Bay 3 Boston 1 and the Bolts take the series 4-1.

Game winning goal by JT Miller.

 

 

added 6:13pm, Handshakes for everyone below...

added 6:34pm, game highlights below.

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Video- JT Miller Hit On David Backes

No update on Backes.

 

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Video- Do You Think Brad Marchand Is A Marked Man?

"For what?"

 

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