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via Fluto Shinzawa of Bruins Blog,
Marco Sturm has been diagnosed with a right knee injury that will knock him out for the rest of the year. Sturm suffered the injury during yesterday’s opening shift after attempting to throw a check on Matt Carle.
“It’s unfortunate news for our hockey club and certainly for him,” said Julien, “who battled through a major injury last year and was really looking forward to these playoffs.”
It’s expected that Shawn Thornton, a healthy scratch in Game 1, will re-enter the lineup tomorrow.
via Shawn Roarke tweet,
Sturm’s injury is torn ACL and MCL in right knee. He could be out at least 7 months.
Savard with the game winner, Bruins go up 1-0 against the Flyers.
added 3:53pm, Watch the OT goal. Boy, Savard must feel great after missing almost two months.
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,
Much like Bill Barber and John Stevens in Philadelphia, Laviolette had proven himself in the American Hockey League, by winning a Calder Cup with the Providence Bruins, and had served one year as a Bruins assistant under Mike Keenan.
At 36, he was ready to take on his dream job as head coach of the team he grew up worshiping, but the Bruins handed him his walking papers.
“My allegiance hasn’t been in Boston since they fired me,” Laviolette said.
In fact, Laviolette was not fired by the Bruins, he just wasn’t retained. The club went outside the organization by hiring Robbie Ftorek, and Laviolette bolted for the head-coaching job on Long Island.
“I’m not being disrespectful of Boston, but that’s the nature of coaching,” Laviolette said. “When I was coaching the Islanders, I couldn’t care less about Boston.
“But those days are gone. I’m not a kid anymore, and Bobby Orr doesn’t skate on the ice out there. Those days are gone….
from Chris Iorfida of CBC,
When you think about NHL hockey teams from the 1970s, the top three teams that likely come to mind are the high-flying Montreal Canadiens, the big, bad Bruins from Boston, and the Broad Street bullies from Philadelphia.
The Bruins and Flyers were arguably the two toughest teams ever to lace up skates, and they brought skill to the table as well. Boston and Philadelphia met four times in the playoffs in five years — a 1974 Stanley Cup final that heralded a new era in hockey, and three semifinal series that followed.
When Boston and Philadelphia face off in this year’s Eastern Conference semifinal, almost improbably it will be the first post-season meeting of the franchises since those days. The Bruins and Flyers have been in the same conference for most of the three decades since, but haven’t crossed paths.
Here’s a look back at the four memorable playoff battles from the 1970s:
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
After besting Buffalo’s Ryan Miller, considered the ace goalie of the NHL, they’ll be shooting pucks at Brian Boucher, the Woonsocket, R.I., native who grabbed the starting job only after injuries to Ray Emery and Michael Leighton.
It is the best scenario the Bruins could have hoped for. However, it is a scenario that promises bruising tilts that should have the Bruins reaching for ice packs upon the conclusion of games.
“I don’t think the identity of their team’s changed in the last 40 years,’’ Lucic said. “They always seem to have that Broad Street Bully-type of mentality. They live up to it year in and year out, especially through the playoffs.
“They’re a great team. They have a lot of experience because they were in the third round two years ago. We expect them to come at us hard and come at us often. We’ve got to be prepared for that and do everything we can to push back.’’
from Michael Hurley of NESN,
When the Bruins, who struggled down the stretch to even qualify for the playoffs, won the No. 2 overall pick for the upcoming draft, it was widely accepted that any playoff run that followed for the B’s would simply be gravy. Maybe they’d get matched up with Pittsburgh or Washington, get bounced early and move on to the offseason, where they’d await the arrival of either Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin.
A funny thing happened, though, and the Bruins went ahead and started playing playoff hockey. After ousting the Sabres in six games, they now look to be favorites to take advantage of home ice and advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 1992.
Yet while the Bruins appear to be in the perfect position to roll through the seventh-seeded Flyers, they must keep their focus on the task at hand. As they learned last year, looking past any opponent can result in an early, unexpected exit.
from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,
I owe Boston Bruins forward Mark Recchi.
I owe him for the veritable lifetime of memories he’s given over a career that, in my mind and the minds of many, is a Hall of Fame career.
I owe him for proving once again that experience matters and if you don’t believe that, go back and review his performance in the first round of the playoffs vs. the Buffalo Sabres. He proved, as many have before him, that it’s not just about how fast you skate (or as in his case now how fast you no longer skate) or how hard you hit or even how many goals you score. He proved that timely scoring, having a calm persona when everyone around you is jacked up to over-the-top extremes and that making just the right play at just the right time also matter. He’s a living, breathing case for anyone who wants to get rid of the old in favour of the new (and usually cheaper) players.
from Nancy Marrapese-Burrell of Bruins Blog,
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has just announced that center Marc Savard has fully recovered from a concussion and has been cleared to play.
Chiarelli said Savard met with an independent neurologist and, in concert with the team medical staff, say the veteran is ready to join the Bruins for the second round of the playoffs.
from Chales P. Pierce of the Boston Globe,
Someone needs to keep a bucket of cold water handy when Smilin’ Jack Edwards gets to the end of a successful Bruins playoff series because, otherwise, wow…
A couple of years ago, we had that “ragtag band of farmers” business when a Boston victory coincided with Patriots Day. Then, last night, as the Bruins dispatched the Sabres, we had the Buffalo chances sinking “like the Edmund Fitzgerald” into “Gitchee-Gumee.”
1) The Fitz sank in Lake Superior on November 10, 1975. Buffalo is located along the eastern shores of Lake Erie. So what you said is approximately as accurate geographically as saying that the “ragtag band of farmers” stood firm along a bridge in Maine.
You can watch and hear Jack in action in the video below. Scroll to the 9 minute mark for his Edmund Fitzgerald piece…
Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien meets the media after defeating the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 tonight.
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