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Back To The Drawing Board For Boston

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com,

While it’s impossible to send everyone in the Bruins household an invitation back to Lake Placid to regain their focus, it looks exactly like what the doctor’s ordering.

Three major gaffes in the first period turned into three Tampa Bay goals in 85 seconds, putting the B’s in a 3-0 hole and leading to a 5-2 loss to the Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday night.

It was a flashback to the series start against the Montreal Canadiens, when the B’s were turning pucks over at a warp speed and taking needless, scary penalties.

Furthermore, Claude Julien and the coaching staff had no answers to Tampa Bay’s 1-3-1 trap. Julien was too slow to make adjustments in the first few minutes of the game, and he clearly didn’t want to favor Tyler Seguin despite how effective the rookie looked in his first exposure to a pressure-packed playoff series.


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Not Your “Average Joe” Performance

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Had Thornton played here the way he played Thursday night in San Jose, it’s all but a guarantee that we wouldn’t be talking about a Stanley Cup drought that now approaches 40 years. Thornton played with fire, with awareness, with grit. He used his strength, size, speed, and smarts and made himself a presence on every one of his 33 shifts. He exuded confidence, toughness, and leadership.

If you’re old enough to remember, Thornton’s play Thursday night was reminiscent of the days here in the ’60s and ’70s when Bobby Orr took to the ice. What, duck out for a shift to grab something in the kitchen? Are you nuts? Miss a shift of that? Good luck to you and the Oakland Seals. Everything about Thornton’s play spoke to awareness and anticipation and game sense, to owning the sheet.

Just one example that doesn’t show up in the game summary: Thornton sprinting back to catch up to a two-on-one break and disrupt the Red Wings’ scoring chance some 10 feet in front of the net. Obviously, not a situation Orr often found himself in, but Thornton’s action was reminiscent of No. 4 in that it displayed such high-end speed and game intelligence and, most important, determination. With each ferocious stride, you could almost hear the big, bearded lug snorting, “Not . . . gonna . . . happen!’’

more plus numerous hockey topics discusssed…

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Odds Galore

All the odds you want, provided by Bodog.

Odds to win the 2011 Stanley Cup
Vancouver Canucks 17/10
Boston Bruins 5/2
San Jose Sharks 3/1
Tampa Bay Lightning 7/2

What will be the Matchup in the Stanley Cup Final?
Boston Bruins vs. Vancouver Canucks 9/5
Boston Bruins vs. San Jose Sharks 5/2
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Vancouver Canucks 5/2
Tampa Bay Lightning vs. San Jose Sharks 7/2

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Keep An Eye On…

As the conference finals get underway, hockey reporters Paul Hunter and Kevin McGran offer up a dozen glorious things to keep an eye (and ear on) on — some subtle, some not so much — as the playoff field narrows.

Joe Thornton’s passes

Jumbo Joe has the body of one of those elephants about to be shipped out of Toronto but he also has the hands of a jeweller. The San Jose centre makes precision passes the way pachyderms pop peanuts.

Milan Lucic’s body-slams

With Niklas Kronwall out of the post-season — much to the relief of a battered Dany Heatley — the Bruins winger will take over as the designated hitter an opponent least wants to meet and greet along the boards.

Roberto Luongo head snaps

Is he a goaltender or is he a bobblehead doll? The Canucks puckstopper morphs into a soccer player every time an opposition forward nears his crease as he tries to draw penalties.

Steven Stamkos’ one-timers

Though he’s yet to get fully untracked in these playoffs, the Tampa sniper’s ability to set up in the left faceoff circle and bury any pass close to his wheelhouse is an art form unto itself

more from the Toronto Star….

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Goalies Made In The Same Mold

Both Tim Thomas and Dwayne Roloson have had a similar career path.

Watch the Sportsnet report…

Update 1:31am ET: More on Dwayne Roloson’s early career can be found here.

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Conn Smythe Contenders

From NHL.com:

We’re only halfway through the 2011 playoffs, but it’s not too soon to start speculating about who might take home this particular piece of hardware when all is said and done. NHL.com staff writers who have been covering the Bruins, Canucks, Lightning and Sharks over the first two rounds each picked two early candidates for Conn Smythe consideration based off performances to this point.

BOSTON- Tim Thomas—This is a no-brainer. The Bruins wouldn’t be here if not for their acrobatic, veteran goalie.

Consider nothing more than his series-saving stop against Brian Gionta in the first round, a post-to-post denial on a 2-on-1 that certainly must still give the Montreal forward nightmares. Not enough for you? Well, remember Game 2 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals? Philadelphia dominated that game after the first period, yet Thomas could not be beaten—he stopped 52 of 54 shots on the night—and Boston found a way to hold the fort before winning on a counter-attack in overtime to take a 2-0 stranglehold of the series.

continued naming contenders from all four remaining playoff teams

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Bear Roaming Around Boston

From Fox News Boston:

Mysterious videos of the Boston Bruins’ bear wandering in the streets around the TD Garden have begun to appear on YouTube. It’s all part of the latest viral marketing campaign from the B’s in anticipation of their Eastern Conference Finals match-up with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The bear is stenciling the Bruins’ logo along with the message “Believe” all around Boston.

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East & West Conference Final Schedule

NEW YORK (May 13, 2011) – With the matchups now set, the National Hockey League confirmed the dates, starting times, and broadcast information for the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Finals, which begin with the Eastern Conference Final on Saturday, May 14, when the Boston Bruins host the Tampa Bay Lightning at 8 p.m. ET.  The Western Conference Final will match the Vancouver Canucks against the San Jose Sharks. Game 1 of the Western Conference Final will be Sunday, May 15, at 8 p.m. ET.  The schedules are unchanged from the information announced before the conclusion of the Conference Semifinals.

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It’s All New Now

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Whoever gets to the Stanley Cup final, it’s going to be the Air Miles Classic.

Could be Boston travelling to Vancouver, or to San Jose. Or Tampa Bay taking on the Canucks or Sharks.

Wow. The shortest distance required would be Tampa and San Jose, and they’re 3,800 kilometres apart by air. The Cup final could be a 20,000 kilometre sojourn - or more - for the lucky contestants.

The Sharks became the fourth member of the NHL’s Final Four with a dramatic, thrilling 3-2 triumph over Detroit on Thursday night in northern California. Of the quartet of teams remaining, neither of the western reps have ever won the Stanley Cup, while Boston hasn’t won since ‘72. Tampa, by comparison, is the franchise most familiar with winning it all, having taken the Cup for a skate in 2004.

None of the remaining four clubs, meanwhile, has ever played any of the others in an NHL playoff series.

So it’ll be all new ground to be plowed the rest of the way.


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Give The Slight Advantage To Tampa Bay

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

These are two hockey teams that found themselves in these playoffs.

Yes, both Boston and Tampa Bay had excellent regular seasons. But their experiences so far in these Stanley Cup playoffs have made them into different squads, more dangerous squads.

Don’t forget, both teams could easily have been eliminated in the early days of the post-season. The Bruins lost the first two games at home to Montreal; the Lightning fell behind the veteran-laden Pittsburgh Penguins three games to one.

But both survived, both have been all but unbeatable since then, and both have discovered resources and collective will neither could have known they possessed when the regular season ended.


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