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We continue to acknowledge that we have wildly underestimated the Boston Bruins (as the Buffalo Sabres might have). The Bruins are 5-0 at home this spring and have killed off 26 of 28 power-play attempts. They also have allowed opponents to score with the man advantage in only one of eight games.
-Scott Burnside of ESPN where you can find more hockey topics.
from World Tennis Magazine,
I am Derek Sanderson, a Boston Bruins hockey player.” He was one of the NHL’s most productive offensive players of that era, won Stanley Cup twice in 1970 and 1972!
I thought to myself: “Gee, this is unbelievable; such a star is sitting next to me!” We engaged in a conversation and discussed many topics – hockey, tennis… and suddenly I remembered: Damn, my brother-in-law and the skates! Should I ask Derek about it or should I not? Wouldn’t it be embarrassing?
At last I pulled the courage and asked: “Listen, would you be able to help me with something?” “What do you need?”
I explained to him that my brother-in-law was also a hockey player and needed some decent skates; at that he said: “Look, that’s not a problem. You give me your racket, I’ll give you skates.”
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Lucic hasn’t been horrible this season, but he hasn’t been anywhere near the tower of glower and power that he was his first two seasons in Black and Gold. A broken finger and an ankle sprain deprived him of two critical tools — the finger cutting back on his fight game, the ankle diminishing his skating game.
The day before Game 6 of the first-round series against Buffalo, coach Claude Julien said Lucic just had “to get his head around things.’’ In other words, it was time for the big lug to start moving his feet, smacking people into the boards, getting back in touch with the inner beast that unexpectedly won him a spot on the Boston roster in his first training camp in September 2007.
Lucic was far more himself last night, even before the nifty dipsy-doodle in the slot, the quick half slap, the delightful dance amid the roar of the building. He finished with two shots and three hits, and linemates David Krejci and Miroslav Satan combined for 3 points.
more and watch his game winning goal below…
Last time I have been bit was in grade school. It is not a good feeling it is pretty cowardly.
-Dan Carcillo of the Philadelphia Flyers who claims Marc Savard of the Bruins bit him tonight during a scrum. More from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files.
Watch Carcillo post-game as he talks about the incident.
added 12:35am 5/3/10, from James Murphy of NESN,
Savard gave his version of what may as well be known as BiteGate for the remainder of this series.
“He pummeled my face, pulled on my teeth, so I guess that’s biting when a guy tries to pull your teeth out like [he did],” Savard claimed. “I don’t know. I don’t see how that is biting. Yeah, I mean, he embellishes stuff. Obviously, under the pile, you try to pull out my front teeth, so if that’s a bite then I don’t know what to say.”
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.
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