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Wings/Ducks Series Tied At 2 - Bruins Face Elimination

What team has a happy flight to Anaheim after the game today?

Will the Bruins find their game and win to extend the series?

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Bruins Talking

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

“Obviously, we’re in a deep hole,” said Zdeno Chara. “We all realize that. But you have to win four games to get to the next round. It’s 3-1 and it’s not over yet.”

That said, the Hurricanes made the Bruins look like bantams for most of last night, with little resistance from the Black and Gold. The once-proud Bruins, now looking like paper tigers, have buckled at the exact point where winners strut their best stuff.

“I think our team has probably picked the worst time of the year to play their worst hockey,” said coach Claude Julien. “When you look at the whole team right now, there isn’t anybody that’s played up to their potential. Obviously, out of synch. Our passes are not crisp. We’re not in synch. You can see the frustration on the players right now. It’s certainly getting worse.

“This is something that has to be resolved before the next game. We don’t have much time to do that. You’ve come too far in the season to all of a sudden say, ‘You know what? It’s not working.’ We’ve got to find solutions. That’s got to come from coaches. And it’s got to come from players.”

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Spotlight On The East Tonight

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Any predictions?  With a win tonight, both Washington and Carolina can go up 3-1 in their series.

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Bruins In A Battle

from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

This was not the way things were supposed to turn out after Boston won its first five games of the postseason, including a 4-1 shellacking of Carolina in Game 1. But there is no denying that Boston has been the second-best team to the Hurricanes in each of the past two games.

As a result, the Bruins face their first crisis of confidence this spring. How they react will determine the legacy of the Eastern Conference’s best regular-season team. It’s a sobering fact for a team that has known nothing but success for so long.

“It was real already, but it’s time now; the reality is our backs are against the wall right now,” said goalie Tim Thomas, who made 38 saves but was helpless to stop a rebound conversion by Jussi Jokinen just 2:48 into the extra session.

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The Difference Maker

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

When Eric Staal lifts his team and puts it on his shoulders, there’s no telling how far he can take it.

There were plenty of Game 3 heroes for the Carolina Hurricanes, from Jussi “The Finnisher” Jokinen scoring yet another winning goal, to Cam Ward making a save on Milan Lucic to open overtime, to Sergei Samsonov scoring his first goal of the playoffs against his former team.

But on a night the Hurricanes did just about everything but score yet still found themselves trailing the Boston Bruins, Staal again made himself the difference.

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All East Action Tonight

Will Pittsburgh maike it a series tonight and will Boston get back home-ice advantage?

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Bruins Must Get ‘Closer’ To Ward

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

At the risk that Cam Ward could get into their heads, the Bruins tonight will perform their own exploratory surgery on the talented Carolina goalie. For starters, they’ll get in his face.

If that doesn’t work, they’ll take aim on some of the goalie’s other body parts with their intimate, probing work around the net. We would divulge more saucy details here, but for the sake of a family readership, we can only tell you so much about how the Bruins intend to break the 1-1 series deadlock, and Ward’s mesmerizing spell, when they meet the Hurricanes tonight in Raleigh, N.C., in Game 3 of their second-round playoff series.

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Bruins Came Into The Game A Little Cocky

So says Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe…

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Situation Room Review Of The LaRose Shot

Video Review: Carolina at Boston, 19:58 of 2nd period

Hockey Operations reviewed the shot by Carolina’s Larose to see if the puck was entirely across the goal line.  The referee’s call on the ice was no goal - therefore video review needed to determine conclusively that the puck was over the line.  Video review determined that it was inconclusive as to whether the puck crossed the goal line in its entirety - no goal.

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Home Ice At Stake Today

Will Anaheim and/or Carolina be able to steal home ice advantage today?

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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