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Bruins Looking For Goals

from the Boston Globe,

After four games, the Bruins have scored only five times for an average of 1.25 goals per outing. They were denied on 27 attempts Tuesday as Price recorded his first postseason shutout.

Glen Murray doesn’t have a point. Sturm has one assist and zero goals on a team-high 11 shots. Krejci, the man with the hot stick during the regular-season stretch run (9 points during a five-game streak), has scored only the Game 2 power-play goal. Glen Metropolit, who had several close-in opportunities in Game 4, hasn’t scored in more than two months.

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Talking About An Injury

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

Did former Boston Bruins general manager Harry Sinden break a golden rule in hockey when he revealed that Boston captain Zdeno Chara has been playing with sore ribs in an interview with the Boston Globe in today’s edition?

Sinden was asked for his opinion on a variety of subjects and players, and when queried for his thoughts on Chara, the former Bruins president stated, “We’ve got a hell of a leader in Chara, but I think he’s hurting right now. This rib injury. He’s playing OK, but he’s not as aggressive.”

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Price Comes Up Big

from the CBC 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs Blog,

Perhaps it’s a testament to just how impressive the young Price has been this season that no one thought to ask his coach anything about him until the very end. But how many rookies, let alone rookie goalies, can enter the maelstrom of the NHL playoffs and act like he’s playing on his backyard rink?

“Everyday he shows that he’s one of the best,” said Habs winger Steve Begin. “He’s so calm it’s unbelievable. He just likes to win, and he doesn’t like to lose. ”

Price’s shutout was not the stuff of miracles because, as he himself pointed out, the Canadiens as a team were tenacious on defence and offered very little in the way of chances to the Boston Bruins.

But that’s assuming we’re not talking about the first period of the game.

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Lucic Becoming A Cult Figure

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

The engaging Boston Bruins rookie had just broken his large nose, causing the volume of his snoring spells at night to practically crumble the plaster in his hotel rooms.

“Yeah, that really happened,” the Vancouver native said, adding that he understood why his teammates didn’t want to bunk with him during that brief period of the regular season.

It may have been the only time all season that Milan Lucic was unpopular with anyone in this town.

Still just 19, Lucic is developing a cult following in Boston, working his way to becoming a sporting icon in one of North America’s top sports towns.

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Montreal Fans Invade Boston

from Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe,

White-towel-waving bleu, blanc et rouge fans poured into the Garden as soon as the gates opened and chanted “Go Habs, Go!” before anyone came out for an early skate. There were many customers Standing On Guard For Thee during Rene Rancourt’s stirring rendition of “O Canada”.

“I don’t remember playing here in Boston and having that many fans from Montreal,” said Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau. “They wouldn’t have had the courage to wear the sweaters in the old Garden.”

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Bruins Get Back Into The Series

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette via the National Post,

If you want to sell the National Hockey League, you don’t need more scoring, bigger nets or smaller equipment for goaltenders.

All you need are more games played with the same intensity as Sunday night’s war between the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins.

Neither team gave an inch as they battled for more than 69 minutes before Marc Savard scored on a delayed penalty at 9:25 of the first overtime to give Bruins a 2-1 win. This was old-fashioned playoff hockey which kept the sellout crowd of 17,565 on edge all night.

continued... A game recap but I know many US viewers were blacked-out of this game…

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Chara A Marked Man

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

The Canadiens are not hiding the fact that Chara is a marked man. Pancaked early in the game by the Habs hard-charging duo of Tom Kotsopoulos and Steve Begin, Chara did not look anything like the Norris Trophy candidate who was dominant at times during the regular season.

During the Hockey Night in Canada broadcast of the opener, there was speculation that Chara still might be nursing a nagging shoulder injury. Confronted with that idea yesterday, the hulking defenceman deflected away the suggestion with the same ease that Habs goalie Carey Price deflects away shots.

“That’s gone now,” he told the first wave of reporters when asked about a potential ailment. “Everything’s fine.”

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Canadiens Get Physical

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

“I think the players decided that they didn’t want to get outhit,” said Carbonneau, whose players delivered a dozen more hits at 37-25. “That wasn’t something I talked to them about.”...

The physical play from Canadiens such as Andrei Kostitsyn and Alex Kovalev filtered down the lineup. “When you see your star players on your team getting physical, it sets the tone,” Kostopoulos said.

“The knock on us has been that we’re a soft team,” Canadiens forward Christopher Higgins added. “But I just don’t see that. We have proven and proved again in this game that we can hit.”

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Bruins Take A Beating

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

It’s time to adjust, in a hurry, because the flat tire the Bruins hitched to their postseason bandwagon last night isn’t taking them anywhere but straight to the ditch.

There are beatings, and then there are total, all-out William Bendix what-a-revoltin’-development-this-is BEATINGS, such as the one the Bruins suffered inside Bell Centre. They came out tentatively, summarily had a pair of Kostitsyn goals (No. 1 Sergei, No. 2 Andrei) jammed into their net, then spent most of the remaining 57-plus minutes chasing the Canadiens without ever coming close to catching them.

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Health Update For Bruins & Canadiens

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

The Bruins did not skate this morning. But head coach Claude Julien said that Patrice Bergeron, who has been out with a grade 3 concussion since Oct. 27 and was cleared for contact on Monday, will not play. Whether Boston’s highest scorer, Marc Savard, will play won’t be determined until game time….

On the Canadiens side, captain Saku Koivu (fractured left foot) will remain on the sideline and defenceman Francis Bouillon (ankle) isn’t ready for action. Hard-hitting blueliner Mike Komisarek (hip) is fit and will play. Also in the Montreal lineup will be veteran Patrice Brisebois instead of rookie Ryan O’Byrne.

more on tonight’s game…

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