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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Tuukka Rask didn’t even make it onto the rookie of the year ballot (Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard, Colorado’s Matt Duchene and Buffalo’s Tyler Myers are this year’s finalists), but the Bruins netminder has his eye on another piece of hardware, the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.
more and other observations from last night…
from Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe,
The Flyers tried a few motivational tricks to engage their crowd. They jazzed up Lauren Hart’s pregame “God Bless America’’ by interspersing clips from a long-ago Kate Smith performance. They introduced injured tough guy Ian Laperriere (who nearly lost an eye this season) on the big screen during the second period. Nothing helped.
It was a clinic in crowd control. The Bruins took the heart out of the patrons with those two quick first-period goals. From that point on, every errant Flyer pass, every giveaway, and every blown scoring chance was met with that combination of groan, moan, and disgust that only truly pained home crowds can make.
There were scattered boos as early as the first period and there were Serious boos in the third. The big exodus began with 3:20 left, which means several thousand people never saw Patrice Bergeron pick off a pass and deliver the empty-netter with 1:52 remaining.
All this made those six or eight brave Bruins fans seated in the upper reaches extraordinarily happy, no doubt. As any good sports fan knows, there is no better feeling on earth than being present when your team wins a big one on the road.
via James Murphy of NESN,
Reports coming out of Philadelphia claimed that Krejci had a broken wrist and was done for the season. Obviously, that’s hard news to take, but this Bruins team just seems to chew it up and spit it out.
Bruins with only 19 shots compared to 35 for the Flyers, win 4-1 to go up 3-0 in the series.
from Christopher L. Gasper of the Boston Globe,
The irony didn’t occur to many of the 17,565 in attendance, as they joyously jumped up and down celebrating yet another one-goal playoff win by the Bruins Monday night at TD Garden by serenading their skating idols to the strains of the Standells’ “Dirty Water.’’ Yup, it’s still not safe to sip the H20 around town, but it is encouraged to drink in the playoff run of the team that plays on iced-over aqua.
The Bruins are now two wins from their first conference final since 1992, when Mario Lemieux was the star of the Penguins and not the team’s owner.
The Bruins have tapped into the passion for pucks in this town, which had been dormant this season, much like the beat-up and belittled Bruins, and it’s overflowing with goodwill with the Bruins up two games to none in their best-of-seven second-round playoff series with the Flyers.
from Jerry Spar of the Big Bad Blog at WEEI,
Asked about advice the 42-year-old veteran gave to the team’s younger players, Recchi said: “This is a great time of year right now. Enjoy it. Embrace it. Don’t let the pressure grab you. If you do that, you’re going to really have a good time with this and we’re going to be a better team for it.”
The Flyers have been trying to get under the Bruins’ skin in the first two games, but Recchi said all they’ve done is “wake the sleeping giant.” Said Recchi: “When we get involved in these games, we seem to really get the emotion and are able to play a better hockey game.”
Recchi said the key reason for the Bruins’ late-season turnaround was the team sticking together. “We believed in ourselves in the dressing room, and what we were trying to do,” he said. “We knew we weren’t consistent, so we really didn’t give [the fans] a lot of reasons to believe in us….”
“The one thing is that, for me, we’re up 2-0 in this series. We won two big home games. We’ve got to stay focused here and stay focused on our game and not be distracted by what’s being said. o me, it’s pretty obvious. The guy (Carcillo) yesterday, when you watch replays, everybody’s seen how he embellishes. So it’s hard to believe a guy when you see stuff that he does. We really don’t pay attention to that. We’re focused on staying the course here and doing our job and that’s the main thing.”
-Boston Bruins Coach Claude Julien. More on the Bruins from Matt Kalman of the The Bruins Blog.
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…
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