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From Both Sides- New York Islanders/Boston Bruins

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

He is a maestro conducting an orchestra without regard for the flavor of the day or public opinion. He is Lou Lamoriello, on his third life in the NHL, and he has restored yet another franchise to prominence.

Make no mistake. As much as this is Long Island’s team, as much as this is a team of descendants from arguably the greatest dynasty in the history of the sport, as much as this is a team for the moment, this is Lamoriello’s team and it represents Lamoriello’s vision.

Oh, and that includes his choice of a coach to run his band, it most certainly does. That includes hiring Barry Trotz the way he once hired Jacques Lemaire and Larry Robinson and Pat Burns two rivers away when Lamoriello turned 16W off the Turnpike into the Exit of Champions.

That includes trading for Andy Greene and Jean-Gabriel Pageau at last year’s trade deadline. That includes acquiring Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac this April.


from Steve Conroy of the Boston Herlad,

The Bruins’ promising postseason went down in blue and orange flames at Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday night, when they did not have enough offense, defense or goaltending to answer what the New York Islanders threw at them.

The Islanders broke open a 1-1 game with three unanswered goals in the second period to eliminate the Bruins in six games with a 6-2 victory and hurl the B’s into an offseason of great unknown.

This team’s championship window has been closing for several years and now, with key veteran players heading into unrestricted free agency this summer, there is barely any air getting in through that crack.

“Opportunities when you can win and have a really good team, they don’t come around that often,” said Brad Marchand, whose two power-play goals were the only offense the B’s could muster. “That”s what makes it so tough. We felt like we had a really good group this year.”


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