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Do You Expect The Bruins To Roll In Their Series With The Flyers?

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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Here’s To You Mark Recchi

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.


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Marc Savard Gets The Green Light

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.


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Get The Facts Jack

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.”

Two things:

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…

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Bruins Advance to Round 2 Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien meets the media after defeating the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 tonight.

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Numbers Say Buffalo Should Be Leading

from CBC,

In every game of the series the Bruins have gone down by a goal within the first nine minutes of the game. The trend is actually getting worse for Boston, as Buffalo has been on the scoreboard within the first 2½ minutes of the last two games.

Boston has held a lead for just under 20 minutes total in the entire series, while Buffalo has played with a lead for a cumulative total that nearly the equals three entire games — 178 minutes.

The Bruins hold an incongruous advantage in the series because they prevailed in a double overtime thriller in Game 4, a contest in which they never led.

more on the Bruins/Sabres series…

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Savard Could Return Tonight

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Early this afternoon, Marc Savard will head to a doctor’s office, undergo yet another neuropsych test (considered slightly trickier than the SAT), and hope to hear the sweet words, “Yep, you’re good to go.’’

Good to go, like tonight at the Garden, in Game 6 of the Bruins’ first-round playoff series with the Sabres. Good to go, like grab a stick and strap on the helmet — one just out of the box, by the way — and work the kind of magic that was woefully missing when the rest of his teammates skated without passion Friday night in Buffalo.

Everyone in Black and Gold looked aimless in that visit to HSBC Arena. They just couldn’t point to Matt Cooke as the root cause of their Grade 9.8 cerebral malaise, as Savard can.

Savard is close to returning from his concussion. Very close. Anyone who sat in the Garden’s empty stands late yesterday morning, watching the tricky pivot scoot around with Brad Marchand and Trent Whitfield his wingers, had to draw the same conclusion. He skated with zip, confidence, even a smile.


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Afternoon Line

“I’ve heard and read Lindy’s comments. Hopefully, it’s his way of taking pressure off his team.  If not, it’s a lot of whining. Simple as that. Every coach has his tactics. You just worry about yourself. As I said last night, we seem to be the team that’s doing bad things. They seem to be the team that’s on the nice side of all that stuff and they do nothing wrong. It’s tactics. Those are things in the playoffs that coaches use, hopefully to their advantage. I don’t pay much attention to it.”

-Boston Bruins Coach Claude Julien on Sabres coach Lindy Ruff.  More on the series from Mike Harrington of Sabres Edge.

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Sabres Stay Alive

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

This first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs has shown that there are plenty of ways to respond to possible elimination. The Ottawa Senators scratched and clawed their way to a triple-overtime victory over the Penguins Penguins when backed against the wall. The New Jersey Devils got down a couple of goals to the Philadelphia Flyers and rolled over.

The Sabres? Their response was complete domination. If all you watched was Buffalo’s 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins on Friday, it would be hard to believe the Bruins left Buffalo with a 3-2 series lead.

Is it possible that the team with a series lead has its back against the wall? Because that’s what it feels like with the Bruins.

“Tonight was obviously our best game,” said Miller, who made 34 saves. “Now that they’ve seen our best game, they have to react to our best game.”


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NHL Will Be Reviewing This

Zdeno Chara with an instigator penalty along with additional minutes.

This all took place with less than a second to go in the game tonight.

Rule states an automatic suspension for instigator within the last five minutes of the 3rd period, but NHL can review and make the final decision.

added 11:59pm, via Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston,

“I think if you do something like that you risk, and it’s a serious risk, of an instigator,” said Ruff. “You come in and start throwing punches, I think [the league] needs to take a hard look. Anything in the last five minutes is stupid to do. I like the fact that we had one guy grabbing [Chara] by the knees, one guy grabbing him around the waist and another guy grabbing him around the neck and the big man went down.”

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