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Bergeron Will Be Missed

from Tony Massarotti of the Boston Globe,

Especially in the playoffs, especially in hockey, there is no crying. You give what you give and you get what you get. And yet, as the Bruins celebrated a glorious, vengeful sweep of the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday night at the TD Garden, many of us could not help but wonder.

Where is Patrice Bergeron?

These are the NHL playoffs we’re talking about. This is now all but officially the middle of May. There is simply no way around that. The Bruins are playing for the Eastern Conference championship for the first time since 1992, and here’s how the Bruins got there: with toughness and resiliency, with skill, with resolve and determination and even a little luck. The same is true of the Tampa Bay Lightning and of the Vancouver Canucks, Nashville Predators, Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks, all of whom have suffered from misfortune as surely as they have benefited by chance.

But Bergeron? Why couldn’t it have been anyone but Bergeron, who suffered what team officials have termed a mild concussion in the final period of Friday’s series-clinching win over the Flyers?

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Report- Bergeron Suffered Another Concussion Last Night

from Steve Silva of the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,

Per the Globe’s Kevin Paul Dupont via Twitter moments ago: “Not from team, but top source has confirmed Bergeron concussion.”

Bergeron was knocked out early in the third period when he was leveled by Flyers right wing Claude Giroux.

Looking woozy and glassy-eyed after getting smacked to the ice in the left circle in the Bruins’ zone, the 25-year-old Bergeron gained his feet after a few seconds and skated slowly but deliberately to the bench.

Without stopping, the dogged center, by far the club’s MVP in the postseason, made his way straight to the dressing room — still under his own power — and was not seen for the rest of the night.

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Update 1:24pm ET: via TSN

Boston Bruins centre Patrice Bergeron has been diagnosed with a “mild concussion.”

General manager Peter Chiarelli made the announcement to reporters on Saturday, as his club prepares to face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final.

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Flyers Played In A Fog

from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer, T

he fog that descended on this team for the final month of the regular season lifted for just a couple of first-round games against Buffalo and descended again for the entire second round. The Flyers managed maybe a couple periods of really good hockey over these four games. Not nearly enough and not nearly acceptable.

“We never seemed to get into the series,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “We never got into it, never got a win.”

They played soft. They played sloppy. They were outhustled and outworked and outhit. They simply failed to show up for two of the games, getting beaten by a combined 12-4 in Games 1 and 3 - and 20-7 overall. A year after their incredible comeback from being down by three games to none against this same team, there was no sign of the heart or the desperation or the intensity that distinguished the 2010 Flyers.

That was a team to remember. This is a team best forgotten.

read on

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Eastern Conference Finals Will Feature Boston vs. Tampa Bay

Boston sweeps Philadelphia tonight, Tampa swept Washington.

Two hot teams who now have some time to rest before the series starts.

Who do you like?

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Not The Flyers Of Last Year

from Rich Hofmann of the Philadelphia Daily News,

Any resemblance to last year is nothing more than a mocking coincidence. Let us begin there, as the Flyers again contemplate history.

Twelve months ago, they fell into an 0-3 hole against the Bruins in the second round of the playoffs; same as now. And while they do not award style points in the NHL, especially not in the springtime, the reality is that the Flyers played very well in those three losses in 2010 but have gotten thrashed in two of the three losses in 2011. The identity of the more complete team is not currently in doubt. The probability that the Flyers could pull off another miraculous comeback, playing at their current level, is approaching nil—which is why they call them miracles, after all.

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Video- David Krejci With The Delayed OT Winner

Boston heads home with a 2-0 lead over the Flyers.

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Video- Adam McQuaid Taken To Hospital For Observation After Missed Hit

McQuaid went full tilt after Mike Richards, who just happened to move right before the hit.

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Open Post- Boston Visits Philadelphia

Boston wants to go up 2-0 before heading back to Boston for game 3.

The Flyers are starting Brian Boucher and I am sure all eyes will be on him at the start of the game.  Plus late word is Pronger is out with an undisclosed injury.

The game starts around 7:08pm ET and is on VERSUS, TSN and RDS.

Discuss the game or any other hockey related subject in the comments.

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How Do You Explain Boston?

From Red Fisher of The Gazette via Calgary Herald:

How do you explain a Boston team that was held to a mere 17 even-strength goals by the Canadiens in their first-round series going into Philadelphia on Saturday and shredding the Flyers 7-3? It boggles the mind.

From the moment Boston opened the scoring 1: 52 into the series opener, Bruins forwards basically controlled play all over the ice and particularly in the Flyers’ end. What they also did was force Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette to make an in-game goalie change for the fourth time in these playoffs after Brian Boucher had yielded five goals on 23 shots, leaving his team on the short end of a 5-1 deficit.

It was why Philadelphia defenceman Kimmo Timonen was telling media people after the game: “You guys saw it. It was a bad game from us on every level. Nothing seemed to work for us tonight. It had nothing to do with the goaltending either, it was all about us.”

Nothing to do about the goaltending? Yeah. Sure.

read on, plus a look at the 2nd round surprises in each series

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Flyers Living On The Edge

from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

Unlike a cat with nine lives, the Flyers do not have a running tally in their locker room that will let them know when they’ve finally dug their own grave.

At some point, whether it is June 18 - the last day of the Stanley Cup finals - or sometime next week, the music will stop. The Flyers’ ridiculously entertaining, if not nerve-racking, run in the Stanley Cup playoffs will end. The playoff beards will be shaven and the crowd will stop cheering, eventually.

The Flyers just never seem to know when they’ve had enough.

Brian Boucher was not lying yesterday when he explained the Flyers’ situation in the Eastern Conference semifinals after their 7-3 Game 1 shellacking on Saturday afternoon in front of the home fans. The clichés, thrown around yesterday were plentiful.

“It’s only one game,” Boucher said. “We are down 0-1. Whether we lose a game, 1-0, in triple overtime, or 7-3, we are still down, 1-0. It wouldn’t change how things are going.”

read on

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