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Aaron Ward chatted with fans today at the Bruins website…

Hailey_Dodge: what is the most difficult part of the playoffs?
Aaron Ward: Maintaining your focus. SO MANY distractions… media, friends and family looking for tix, euphoria in the city…

beproud42: How do you respond to everyone who feels that this is going to be a (fairly) easy sweep for the Habs?
Aaron Ward: Games are played on the ice, not in the newspapers, on TV, or on computer screens.  Playoffs have a different flavor.

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The Lack Of Experience Matchup

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

There has been a lot of talk about the importance of experience in this series and both teams offer a mix of seasoned veterans and raw rookies. Much has been made of the fact that the Habs have 10 players with no NHL playoff experience and that group includes 20-year-old goaltender Carey Price.

But the Bruins have 11 players looking for their first playoff experience and folks might be surprised to learn the group includes No. 1 goalie Tim Thomas, 33, and Marc Savard, who is the team’s leading scorer.

Price never seems to get rattled and he said yesterday that, while he expects to be nervous when the puck is dropped tomorrow, he doesn’t expect to be overwhelmed by the surroundings.

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Two Different Styles

from the Boston Globe,

Thomas, the 33-year-old American veteran, and Price, the 20-year-old Canadian hotshot, are very different men behind the masks.

There’s the 5-foot-11-inch Thomas, the perpetually written-off underdog with the athletic style who leaves the crease in tatters when he pulls out all the stops. There’s the 6-foot-3-inch Price, the picture-perfect puckstopper with the fluid movement, stickhandling deftness, and pads-down technique, seemingly produced on the butterfly-goalie assembly line in his native Vancouver.

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Savard Feels Ready For Game 1

from the Boston Globe,

“Felt great,” said Savard. “It’s getting better every day. It’s going along good.”

Savard missed the last seven games of the regular season because of the injury, which came courtesy of a Steve Begin cross-check. Savard said he hopes to practice today with teammates.

“I’m going to hopefully see action right away,” Savard said of a possible Game 1 return. “I’ve been doing everything I can. I’ve been resting on the couch. I’ve been resting every day.”

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Bergeron Cleared For Practice

via the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,

Patrice Bergeron has been cleared for full-contact practice. He is on the ice this morning and taking part in battle drills.

GM Peter Chiarelli said Bergeron will not play in Game 1.

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Afternoon Line

from the Boston Globe,

Chiarelli on first-year netminder Carey Price: “We have to get him moving and get the puck high. He’s very big. He’s a pads-down, blocker-down goalie. We have to get pucks high, get him moving, and keep pucks away from him on dump-ins and hard-arounds. He’s going to have pressure. He’s young and it’s his first NHL playoff series. We have to get in his head in a variety of ways.”

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Savard Hopes To Be Ready For The Playoffs

from the Boston Herald,

Savard said he might have been willing to take pain-killing shots so he could play in last night’s regular-season finale against Buffalo if the B’s had needed a win to make the playoffs. It’s likely he’ll need an injection if he wants to play in Game 1 on Wednesday or Thursday, just 17 or 18 days after the injury.

“Well, it’s just a tough area where I have the injury, it’s kind of dangerous taking a shot,” he said. “But I’ll do whatever it takes to get in the lineup. There’s lungs around there and other things that come into play, but we’ve talked about it. I’m for it if it’s going to help me be better.”

If and when Savard plays in the postseason, it will be a first in his 10-year career. He has played 659 regular-season games but zero in the playoffs.

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Bruins Give Bergeron Hope

from the Boston Globe,

The hope, according to Patrice Bergeron, was that his teammates could qualify for the playoffs, thereby keeping his hopes of returning this season alive….

“I don’t need to tell you how great they’ve worked,” said Bergeron. “All year, they’ve done such a great job. We’ve done such a great job. It’s just awesome. At the same time, I think we’ve deserved it. We’re a great team and we’re pretty excited looking forward. Yes, we’re in, but we can’t be too excited about it. Anything can happen in the playoffs.”

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The Eastern Race

Three of the four teams listed make the playoffs, which team is left on the golf course?

added 10:30am, As a KK reader pointed out, Carolina should also be on this list, so I have added them to the poll after about 100 votes.

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Chatting with Patrice Bergeron

From Boston Bruins.com’s Rinkside Chats,

Katie_From_ME: Since your injury, what is the one thing that you miss most about playing?
P_Bergeron: First and foremost, I’ve missed everything about the game. Being around the guys, being part of the action and part of the game and helping the team win. It’s tough sitting around and watching the team play and not being able to help.

Stockfan42:
Patrice, what are the odds of seeing you suited up for the playoffs?
P_Bergeron: Not sure yet, I still have some doctors to see.  I am not cleared for contact yet but I’m hoping to continue to make progress and get back as soon as I can.

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