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Bruins arrive in Pittsburgh ready to play

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff May 31, 2013 06:41 PM
PITTSBURGH -- The Bruins have arrived and can't wait for the puck to drop.

After a morning practice at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, the Bruins made their way to Pittsburgh where they met with the media at the team hotel Friday afternoon.

Bruins coach Claude Julien spoke about the long layoff his team experienced in the past week.

"We've been through it a few times," Julien said. "Some of it we've learned from. I still remember beating Montreal four straight and having 11 days off and we came back against Carolina and we just weren't ready for that series and by the time we got ourselves going the damage had been done, so a little too late. You kind of learn from those situations as coaches, as players, and everything else, you make sure that you don't make those things repeat itself. I think our guys have done a great job this week. I've like the way our team has practiced this week and to me we look like a group that's ready to start the series."

Julien also talked about having four recent Stanley Cup champions remaining in the NHL postseason.

"We all know that there's parity in this league and some of the people have mentioned that it's a little ironic that the last four Stanley Cup championship teams are here because the way the league is right now it's something pretty hard to see happen," Julien said.

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara spoke about the level of talent the B's have to contend with at this stage.

"Both teams are very good," Chara said. "They have depth, experiences, just like on the other side when you look at the last four teams standing it's pretty much very, very similar. All teams have been there. The last few years, they all won it, so it's very hard to find, at least on paper, what's really a weak thing [about any team]."

Bruins forward Milan Lucic spoke about the wake up call he got when Julien made him a healthy scratch during the regular season.

"I don't think any player is happy about getting scratched," Lucic said on Friday. "It was just something that happened and for myself personally, it could have gone a lot of different ways but I wanted to try to take the positive out of it and get back to playing well and helping my team win and that was my main focus coming out of that whole thing that happened there with being scratched."

In the video above, we hear more from Julien, Lucic, and Chara as well as Bruins defensemen Adam McQuaid, Matt Bartkowski, and center Chris Kelly on taking on the Penguins Saturday night.

Five questions about the Penguins

Posted by Staff May 31, 2013 11:34 AM

The Bruins are set to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins for the Eastern Conference finals starting on Saturday night, so we asked Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Seth Rorabaugh for some insight about the Penguins.

Here are his answers to five key questions.

1. Who is the Penguins' unsung hero? Paul Martin. He has Bruins Penguins Hockey.JPEG-0db28.jpgrebounded from a dreadful 2011-12 season to become part of the Penguins' top shutdown defensive pairing along with Brooks Orpik. Martin might not be as high profile as Kris Letang, but he might be just as important to the Penguins.

2. Which skater vs. skater matchup will be the biggest key to the series? Sidney Crosby vs. Patrice Bergeron. Crosby might be the NHL's most dangerous offensive player. Bergeron, the defending Selke Trophy winner, is fully capable of limiting Crosby's creative playmaking ability. If he can't, this will be a short series.

3. Do the Penguins have a weakness the Bruins can exploit? Yes. The Islanders were able to lure the Penguins into a few sloppy run-and-gun games during the quarterfinal round. The Penguins' defense was loose in those contests and allowed several quality scoring chances. If Bruins chose to open things up offensively, they appear to have the offensive weapons to take advantage of the Penguins' defense.

4. What is the most important thing the Penguins must do to win? Stay composed. The Penguins, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal and Kris Letang in particular, can lose their cool and take selfish retaliatory penalties from time to time. If someone like Brad Marchand can get under their skin it can create offensive chances for the Bruins via the power play.

5. Will the long layoff benefit or hinder the Penguins? Both teams could use some downtime but the layoff will benefit the Bruins more. Aside from a few bumps and bruises, the Penguins were a mostly healthy bunch coming out of the semifinal series against Ottawa. The Bruins' blue line was stretched thin against the Rangers. Having a week off will help the likes of Andrew Ference and Dennis Seidenberg recover and prepare to deal with the Penguins' deep core of offensive forwards.

Bruins practicing for last time before Game 1

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 31, 2013 10:55 AM
WILMINGTON – The Bruins are running through their final practice at Ristuccia Arena before departing for Pittsburgh.

David Krejci is practicing. Krejci wasn’t on the ice yesterday.

On defense, Zdeno Chara is paired with Johnny Boychuk. Matt Bartkowski and Dennis Seidenberg are the second pairing. It indicates that the power pairing of Chara and Seidenberg will be split up to start the series.

“We’re going to move them around,” Claude Julien said of his defensemen. “We’re going to see where we stand with that. We’re going to see what’s available. With [Andrew] Ference, if they’ve given me the OK with him, then I need to consider that. Sometimes, you can only make those decisions the night before or game day.”

Today’s lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Jaromir Jagr
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Jay Pandolfo-Carl Soderberg-Kaspars Daugavins

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski-Dennis Seidenberg
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid
Wade Redden-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Aaron Johnson

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Bruins begin tapering off for Game 1 in Pittsburgh

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff May 30, 2013 12:57 PM

WILMINGTON – With the Eastern Conference finals looming Saturday night in Pittsburgh, Bruins coach Claude Julien began tapering his team for Game 1 against the top-seeded Penguins by putting his team through a relatively light half-hour workout at Ristuccia Arena, the last 20 minutes of which were spent working on special teams drills.

Holding what essentially was a Black and White intrasquad scrimmage, Julien split the team into two groups that donned black and white jerseys, putting forwards Chris Kelly, Daniel Paille, Gregory Campbell, Shawn Thornton, Jay Pandolfo, and Carl Soderberg in black defensemen's garb.

Meanwhile, defensemen Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg, and Torey Krug dressed out with the white squad.

"We just did a couple of drills and we just wanted to work on our power play today and our penalty-kill," Julien said. "So basically the bulk of the practice was 20 minutes, the other drills was more to warm the guys up before we did those drills. So we were already dialing down. Tomorrow we'll have a quick-paced practice and then head to Pittsburgh."

David Krejci, who is the leading scorer in the NHL playoffs with 17 points in 12 games (5 goals, 12 assists), was absent. But Julien indicated there was nothing to be alarmed about.

"Just maintainence," Julien said of Krejci's absence. "Minimal maintenance."

Julien said defensemen Andrew Ference, who skated with the team for the third consecutive day after suffereing a lower body injury in Game 5 against Toronto and sat out the semifinal series vs. the Rangers, had not been medically cleared to play Game 1 at Pittsburgh.

"I haven't been told yet, no," Julien said.

In other items:

* Julien expressed his sympathy for John Tortorella, who was fired Wednesday after 4 1/2 seasons behind the Rangers bench. Asked if he felt for Tortorella, Julien replied, "Sure I do. I've said all along before the series started, I like Torts. You know, Torts has his personality and when you respect a person for who he is – and I know he has a lot of qualities, but his team has made the playoffs four out of the last five years. He made it to the conference finals last year and he's won the Stanley Cup with Tampa Bay, so how can you not respect a guy like that?

"He'll be back in the league," Julien said. "But do I feel for him? Sure I do, because nobody likes to lose his job, especially in that situation where you're into the second round and you've made the playoffs four out of the last five years and for some reason it doesn't work out. But I have all the faith in the world that he'll be back, because good coaches are hard to find."

* Julien spoke about the difference between facing the Rangers in the semifinals and the Penguins in the conference finals: "The one thing I would say about Pittsburgh is the skill level is so deep. We know the Rangers didn't score that easily. You shut down a few players and it took a lot of their scoring away. With Pittsburgh, you've got to shut down more than a few players. I'm going to say even more than three or four. They come in bunches. So that's the respect you have to have for that team, knowing that any time you're on the ice, don't think it's going to be an easy shift."

* Julien laughed when he reacted to the probing question about if his personality and whether he was a karaoke-bar guy on the road: "Karaoke is definitely not my style. Not because I don't like to go there, but because I can't sing. So that's admitting your weaknesses. I go about my own business. What you see in me, here in Boston, is what you see in me for the most part. I know for a fact I'm not a self-promoter. I don't need that in my life. I love my job. I like going out there and doing my job and doing what needs to be done. It's just the way I am and I can't change myself, so I accept myself the way I am and I'm comfortable with it."

Pittsburgh bar bans Boston beer

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff May 30, 2013 09:36 AM

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A Pittsburgh bar has announced it will not be selling Boston beer during the Bruins-Penguins series, Yahoo! Sports's Puck Daddy blog reports.

Howler's Coyote Cafe posted a photo to its Facebook page of a barroom sign that reads "Two days left to order any Sam Adams. We will not be serving any Boston beers during the Eastern Conf. Finals!"

The photo on Facebook was posted with a notice that the message was a "public service announcement."

Howlers is located in Pittsburgh's "Little Italy" section, according to its website. The bulk of Samuel Adams beer actually used to be produced under contract by the Pittsburgh Brewing Company, whose current beers do not rate very highly among beer geeks. Visitors to Pittsburgh will have much better luck at The Church Brew Works. Try the Celestial Gold, a German Pilsener.

No lineup changes for Bruins in practice

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 29, 2013 11:25 AM
WILMINGTON – The Bruins are practicing for the second straight day at Ristuccia Arena. They have another on-ice session at Ristuccia Arena scheduled for Thursday morning.

No lineup changes:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Jaromir Jagr
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Jay Pandolfo-Carl Soderberg-Kaspars Daugavins

Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid
Wade Redden-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Aaron Johnson

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Toward the end of practice, Zdeno Chara and Johnny Boychuk took shifts together. Matt Bartkowski and Dennis Seidenberg also skated as a tandem. The Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid pairing remained the same. The Bruins could split Chara and Seidenberg if they seek more balance against Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

Bruins-Penguins playoff schedule set

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff May 29, 2013 07:13 AM
The Bruins open their Eastern Conference final series against the Penguins on Saturday at 8 p.m. The first two games are at Pittsburgh’s Consul Energy Center. Game 2 is Monday at 8 p.m.

The series shifts to Boston for Games 3 (June 5) and 4 (June 7), both at 8 p.m.

Game 1: Saturday, June 1 – Boston at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m.
Game 2: Monday, June 3 – Boston at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m.
Game 3: Wednesday, June 5 – Pittsburgh at Boston, 8 p.m.
Game 4: Friday, June 7 – Pittsburgh at Boston, 8 p.m.
Game 5: Sunday, June 9 – Boston at Pittsburgh, 8 p.m.-x
Game 6: Tuesday, June 11 – Pittsburgh at Boston, TBA-x
Game 7: Wednesday, June 12 – Boston at Pittsburgh,TBA-x
x-if necessary

Andrew Ference on ice for Bruins practice

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 28, 2013 11:10 AM
WILMINGTON – The Bruins are practicing at Ristuccia Arena for the first time since eliminating the Rangers on Saturday.

Andrew Ference is participating in the session. It is Ference’s first practice with the team since suffering his lower-body injury in Game 5 against Toronto.

Ference skated on his own over the weekend. As of last Saturday, Ference was wearing a walking boot on his left foot.

“It’s a good sign that he’s practicing with us,” said Claude Julien. “It’s a medical issue. Sometimes, he may be ready, but it could be a risky kind of ready. I’ve got to wait and see what our trainers say and how Andrew feels as well before we make any decision on him.”

No changes to the lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Jaromir Jagr
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Jay Pandolfo-Carl Soderberg-Kaspars Daugavins

Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid
Wade Redden-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Aaron Johnson

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Bruins rest as coaching staff prepares for Pittsburgh

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 27, 2013 11:31 AM
The Bruins are enjoying a second straight day off the ice. They will have their first practice tomorrow at Ristuccia Arena in preparation for the Eastern Conference Final against Pittsburgh.

The coaching staff, however, is hard at work with their Pittsburgh pre-scouting. Claude Julien cited Pittsburgh’s depth as a primary reason for the Penguins’ success. They have two top lines that the Bruins must decide how to defend. It could involve splitting Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg, or keeping the top power pairing together to negate James Neal, Evgeni Malkin, and Jarome Iginla.

“We’ve got a few days here before we can even think about playing that first game,” Julien said. “We’ll see how that goes. Maybe it’s pairing. Maybe it’s separating. But we’ll have something in mind by the time this first game comes around.”

Pittsburgh’s most recent lineup:

Chris Kunitz-Sidney Crosby-Pascal Dupuis
James Neal-Evgeni Malkin-Jarome Iginla
Matt Cooke-Brandon Sutter-Tyler Kennedy
Brenden Morrow-Craig Adams-Jussi Jokinen

Brooks Orpik-Paul Martin
Mark Eaton-Kris Letang
Douglas Murray-Matt Niskanen

Tomas Vokoun
Marc-Andre Fleury

The Bruins do not know when Game 1 will take place. The schedule depends on when the Western Conference games conclude. Detroit will look to finish Chicago tonight. Los Angeles and San Jose play Game 7 on Tuesday. The Boston-Pittsburgh schedule will most likely not be released until the West games are over.

* Andrew Ference skated at TD Garden today. Ference also skated yesterday. It is unknown whether Ference will be available at the start of the series.

GM Chiarelli lauds Bruins' organizational depth as difference-maker vs. Rangers

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff May 26, 2013 01:30 PM

The Bruins earned a well-deserved day of rest Sunday after scoring a clinching 3-1 Game 5 victory over the New York Rangers to close out the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series, 4 games to 1. It vaulted the fourth-seeded Bruins to a berth opposite top-seeded Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference finals.

But Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli knew none of it would've been possible had the team not flexed its organizational might in a revealing show of depth that proved to be the difference-maker against the Rangers.

At the start of the semifinal series, the Bruins turned to a trio of rookie defensemen -- Torey Krug, Matt Bartkowski and Dougie Hamilton -- to help overcome the loss of injured veterans Wade Redden (undisclosed injury), Andrew Ference (lower body) and Dennis Seidenberg, who missed the first four games vs. the Rangers after suffering a lower body injury on his first shift of Game 7 of the conference quarterfinals against the Maple Leafs

Offensively, Bruins coach Claude Julien rolled four lines, getting significant production from his fourth Energy Line of Shawn Thornton-Gregory Campbell-Daniel Paille, who were a combined 2-2--4 in Game 5.

Asked about what the depth said about the organization as a whole, Chiarelli replied, "It speaks volumes.

"I'd need a couple of hours to give credit to everybody,'' said Chiarelli, who met with the media Sunday at TD Garden. "It's part of a successful organization. From the Bruce Cassidys of the world, whose team lost their two best players that we took away from them, to the Wayne Smiths and Scott Bradleys, to those scouts who pound the pavement, to our college free agents staff that Donny Sweeney's heading and Ryan Nadeau, who helped identify Krug, to our coaching staff, beyond the head coach.

"I'd like to give credit to everyone I can," Chiarelli continued. "But you're right, to put together the depth that we like and we're able to us, and to manage it at all levels, at the minor-pro level, at the amateur level, and this level is a hard job and it's a testament to those that I work with."

Bruins get past Rangers at home, next stop Pittsburgh

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff May 25, 2013 10:34 PM

Bruins rookie phenom Torey Krug netted his fourth goal of the playoffs, Gregory Campbell of the vaunted fourth line scored twice, goaltender Tuukka Rask rebounded from his performance in Game 4 to stop 28 shots, and the Bruins sealed the deal at home, beating the New York Rangers 3-1 in Game 5 on Saturday to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.

The Bruins will now take on the heavily favored Pittsburgh Penguins for the right to play for the Stanley Cup. The Bruins are back in the Eastern Conference final for the first time since 2011, when they won their sixth Stanley Cup after beating the Vancouver Canucks in seven games.

"Yeah, it’s a great feeling," Krug said about becoming a major contributor so quickly. "I’m glad we closed it out tonight in front of a great crowd. It was so loud in there I could barely hear myself think sometimes. It was a great experience."

Krug's confidence continues to grow as he gets more experience, and has more postseason success.

"It’s pretty high," Krug said of his confidence level right now. "It’s a good feeling out there, and the more the coaching staff puts me out on the ice, the better I feel. It’s a great feeling when your teammates are coming up to you, patting you on the back, and all the credit in the world to everyone."

Dan Girardi got the Rangers on the scoreboard first on a power play with 9:21 left in first period but Krug followed up with his fourth goal of the series for Boston 3:48 into the second period on a Bruins power play. It was the red-hot rookie defenseman's fourth goal of the series and postseason. They are the most by a Boston rookie defenseman since Glen Wesley had six in 23 games in the 1998 postseason.

"I saw Segs [Tyler Seguin] had the puck up top," Krug said on the goal. "I just tried to get out there. I just hopped onto the ice from the bench and just tried to get open in position to get my shot through. When I take one-timers, I just try to make the goalie make a save with his hands, and fortunately it went in."

Ten minutes later, Campbell broke a 1-1 tie in the second period when Daniel Paille fired the puck toward Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, and Shawn Thornton knocked the rebound to Campbell, who banged it in for the go-ahead goal.

"The play started with Piesy [Daniel Paille] having the poise to make a good play in the neutral zone and hold onto that puck, and he really used his speed and his strength to carry it in, not just chip it in, but to carry it in and realize that Thorty [Shawn Thornton] was driving and trying to make a play, and I just caught the garbage there," Campbell said.

Just like in Game 3, it was the fourth line that put the pressure on the Rangers, and put the puck in the net.

"The guys did a good job," Thornton said. "Everyone was going. It was a hard fought game though, give them credit, they played really hard too. I think the guys did a lot of little things properly, get pucks in, get pucks deep. We had a lot of zone time, that was key to a little bit of our success."

Thornton also dropped the gloves against the Rangers' Derek Dorsett, taking the Rangers winger down with a TKO in the first period.

"Chalk it up to many coffees, I guess," Thornton said on what ticked him off before the fight. "It’s over now. The series is over. I’m not going to be that guy afterwards to talk about it. So, I thought he was trying to take liberties on my linemate. I wasn’t okay with that, and that’s the end of it. We were both upset at the end so, you’re right doesn’t happen too often, but a little wound up tonight, I guess."

The Rangers had a great opportunity to tie the score with just under 10 minutes left in the third period. Ryan Callahan came up the middle on a breakaway and tried to go left and beat Rask with a backhand shot, but Rask made the stop of the night.

"Well, our goalie coach told me after, I think it was Game 1 when he scored on that breakaway, that he never goes backhand," Rask said. "So I was banking on him shooting and keeping it on the forehand. But he went backhand, and I just extended my leg and blocker there and made the save."

Rask took a bit of a beating in Boston for his performance in Game 4, but he was glad to put that behind him with a win in Game 5.

"You go into the third period with a 2-1 lead. And as I said, as a goalie you expect to make one or two big saves, and today it happened," Rask said. "I didn’t feel bad about myself after Game 4, obviously there was a little screw-up there with that goal. But I didn’t let that bother me, and I felt like I played a decent game after that. Coming in today I just wanted to big rock solid back there, and give our team a chance to win the game."

Campbell added an empty-net goal with 51 seconds left after Lundqvist was pulled for an extra skater and the Bruins closed it out to get some much needed rest before heading to Pittsburgh next week.

"I think it’s huge," Rask said on finishing off the Rangers in five games. "We definitely didn’t want to go back to New York. We felt like we should have finished the series off last game, but we didn’t play good enough. And then coming home for Game 5 we just wanted to play a real solid game and finish things off. And it’s big to get a couple of days off and get some rest for the guys."

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara talked about how good it felt to rebound after the disappointing Game 4 loss.

"Well, the beginning didn’t go very good for us," Chara said. They come out hard and they put a lot of pressure on us. We made some mistakes and obviously they got rewarded by a power-play goal, but then we had to probably calm things down after the first, and just start focusing on our game and what we want to do on the ice, and I think it was a really even game. They played a very good game and it was a big challenge the whole game, and it was a one-goal game until we scored again tonight."

The Bruins defense was bolstered by the return of Dennis Seidenberg, who played for the first time since suffering a leg injury in Game 7 against the Maple Leafs.

"I felt pretty good," Seidenberg said on his return. "I felt comfortable moving the puck. My gaps, my timing was fine, I think. I just can only get better now. "

Bruins coach Claude Julien was happy to be moving on to the Eastern Conference Finals. He spoke about the criticism he receives at times in Boston.

"I think when it comes to that stuff, I know what Boston is all about," Julien said. "They like their championship teams, they want to win every year; it’s a very demanding place. But at the same time, it’s a place where you want to be. I enjoy it here. If it means taking some criticism, there’s no problem there, because that comes with the territory. As a coach, you do what you have to do and you take the criticism that comes with it. The one thing you don’t do is dwell on that stuff because you try and avoid it. I know it’s out there, but the biggest thing I do is I kind of stay away from all that stuff and really focus on my job. But I know for a fact that when you win around here you can’t ask for a better place. I’d rather be in a city that’s demanding and loves their team and their sports, than being somewhere where nobody cares. I’m willing to live with that."

As for the next series, Bruins power forward Milan Lucic put the heat on the Penguins. Literally.

"No doubt they’re a great hockey club,” Lucic said of mighty Pittsburgh. “In my mind, they’re almost like the Miami Heat of the NHL with all the star power. Probably the two best players in the world (Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin); a 40-goal scorer (James Neal); a former 50-goal scorer and future Hall of Famer (Jarome Iginla); and a Norris Trophy candidate (Kris Letang) on their team. So they definitely have a lot of weapons."

Tickets for Bruins' Eastern Conference finals home games on sale Sunday

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff May 25, 2013 08:25 PM

Tickets for Bruins home games in the Eastern Conference finals go on sale Sunday at noon, the team announced Saturday.

Games 3 and 4 against the Pittsburgh Penguins will be at TD Garden. Game 6, if necessary, will also be in Boston. The dates have not been set.

Tickets will be available at the TD Garden Box Office, on the Bruins website, or by phone at 800-745-3000.

Game 5 live updates: Rangers at Bruins

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff May 25, 2013 05:15 PM

Boston.com's Steve Silva is your host once again as the Bruins play the Rangers in Game 5. Get updates, photos, and video, and add your opinions and questions, in the live blog below.

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 25, 2013 05:09 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Jaromir Jagr
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Game 5 preview: Rangers at Bruins

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 25, 2013 03:07 PM
Good afternoon from TD Garden, where the Bruins will take their second swing at eliminating the Rangers from the playoffs.

The Bruins will play Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference Final if they get past the Rangers. Pittsburgh eliminated Ottawa last night, 6-2.

It’s possible that Dennis Seidenberg could make his series debut tonight. Seidenberg has not played in the first four games because of a lower-body injury. Seidenberg has been skating and practicing with the team. If Seidenberg can play, he could replace Dougie Hamilton alongside Zdeno Chara on the top pairing.

No lineup changes are expected for the Rangers.

Puck drop: 5:30 p.m.

TV/radio info: NBC Sports Network, 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Records: Rangers 1-3, Bruins 3-1

Projected Rangers lineup:

Chris Kreider-Derick Brassard-Rick Nash
Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Taylor Pyatt-Brian Boyle-Mats Zuccarello
Micheal Haley-Kris Newbury-Derek Dorsett

Ryan McDonagh-Michael Del Zotto
John Moore-Dan Girardi
Roman Hamrlik-Steve Eminger

Henrik Lundqvist
Martin Biron

Healthy scratches: Brad Richards, Arron Asham

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Jaromir Jagr
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Dougie Hamilton, Aaron Johnson, Kaspars Daugavins, Carl Soderberg, Jay Pandolfo

Storylines: If Seidenberg can’t play, Hamilton will remain as Chara’s partner. Adam McQuaid should also see some shifts alongside Chara… The Rangers scored their first power-play goal of the series in Game 4. After the Bruins were called for too many men, Brian Boyle took advantage of some bad positioning to put a one-up shot past Tuukka Rask. The Bruins were caught sagging and watching the puck on the play… If necessary, Game 6 in New York will take place at 7 p.m…. Tom Kowal and Brad Watson will be the referees. Steve Barton and Pierre Racicot will be the linesmen.

NHL sets start time for potential Game 6

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff May 25, 2013 11:07 AM

If a Game 6 between the Bruins and Rangers is necessary, it will begin at 7 p.m. on Monday at Madison Square Garden, the NHL has announced.

Game 7, if necessary, would be Wednesday in Boston, but a start time has not been set.

If the Red Wings-Blackhawks series goes to a sixth game, that will be held Monday at 8 p.m. in Detroit. The Red Wings lead 3-1 with Game 5 tonight at 8 p.m.

Seidenberg skates, but status for Game 5 remains uncertain

Posted by Staff May 24, 2013 07:01 PM

If Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg knows whether he is going to be back in the lineup for Saturday’s Game 5 against the Rangers, he didn’t give it away to reporters following Friday's optional team skate.

However, he was one of the first Bruins to take the ice for what was a brief but intense workout at TD Garden.

Seidenberg, who hasn’t played since suffering a lower-body injury on his first shift in Game 7 of the first round against the Maple Leafs May 13, initially looked a bit stiff but appeared to loosen up as the practice progressed.

Following the workout, the 31-year-old told reporters that he is continuing to improve and felt “comfortable” on the ice.

“Ice time right now helps me,” Seidenberg said. “It doesn’t matter what it is. It always helps somebody getting back. It helps you get your timing back a little bit and maybe a feel for the puck.”

Asked how much he wants to play Saturday, the defenseman replied, “Really bad. Nobody likes watching hockey games, especially around this time of year. Hopefully I get back in there soon and hopefully I can help.”

Veteran blue liner Wade Redden, who has been out with an upper-body injury, also was on the ice, paired with Seidenberg, but coach Claude Julien wouldn't commit to any lineup changes.

“I keep telling guys they’re progressing every day,” he said. “That’s why you see them on the ice.”

Andrew Ference (lower-body injury) was the lone Bruin not to participate in the skate.

If Seidenberg does return, defenseman Dougie Hamilton -- who was visibly upset in the locker room Thursday night after New York’s Chris Kreider beat him for the game-winning goal -- is the likely scratch.

However, Hamilton’s willingness to take responsibility for his mistake seemed to impress his coach.

“I think the one thing our guys have been is they’ve done a great job being accountable,” Julien said. “Acknowledging it is certainly a great thing because it means they know what needs to be done and then, from your end of it, you make the correction and then you show confidence in them that they’re going to go back and get an opportunity to redeem themselves.”

Julien went on to say that he has been happy with Hamilton’s work alongside Zdeno Chara in this series.

“We’ve played four games in the series,” said Julien “and then you look at one goal and do you jump all over [Hamiton] for that or do you give him a pat on the back for everything he’s done so far in the series and us being up, 3-1? I think it’s more that.

“We want to rally back tomorrow and play an even better game so that we can win this series. That’s all we’re thinking about right now, not about mistakes and everything else more than, 'What do we need to do here tomorrow?' ”

The four crucial mistakes that doomed the Bruins in Game 4

Posted by Staff May 24, 2013 08:03 AM
The Bruins were unable to sweep the Rangers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Thursday night in New York's Madison Square Garden and must now try to win the series back in Boston on Saturday. The team said mistakes caused the loss, like Tuukka Rask's tumble and Zdeno Chara's undoing behind the Boston net.

Take a look at the four biggest mistakes the Bruins made that prevented them from sweeping the series.

1. Derek Stepan steals the puck and scores: "I wasn't aware he was right behind me," defenseman Zdeno Chara said after having his pocket picked on the play. "I've got to make sure I take a look."

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2. Dougie Hamilton fails to stop Chris Kreider: "Right now, for me, that last goal obviously bugging me and that's a play I have to have and just feel like I kind of let the team down," said Hamilton. "Just pretty upset right now."

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3. Bruins called for too many men on the ice and Rangers score tying goal on ensuing power play: "I think it was my fault," winger Tyler Seguin said. "I saw Thorty [Shawn Thornton] coming. I hopped over, and I think he got hit. I haven't seen the replay. He stayed on for an extra second. I don't know exactly the ruling. Our centerman, whoever was out there, touched the puck, not me. I don't know if that's too many men, or if I touch the puck, it's too many men. Regardless, I think it was a close call. They made me pay for it."

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4. Tuukka Rask falls, Carl Hagelin scores easy goal: "I just took a step to the side in what I think there was probably a skate mark or something," said Rask. "My skate dug in it, that's what it felt like, and then I lost my balance and the rest is history. It happens to me twice a year in practice, maybe. Focus, got to be more focused, I think, but just a tough mistake. It looks pretty bad on TV, I bet."

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Tuukka Rask, Bruins try to shake off a tough night in New York

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff May 24, 2013 02:40 AM

NEW YORK – The Bruins have fallen. But they can still get up Saturday night and end the series with the Rangers.

With a chance to send the Blue Shirts home for the summer, the Bruins reared their evil Mr. Hyde head Thursday night and turned a 2-0 lead into a 4-3 overtime loss at Madison Square Garden.

The play everyone will be talking about came when Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask payed homage to Jets QB Marc Sanchez and his Thanksgiving butt fumble in the second period. Rask lost his balance setting up for a Carl Hagelin shot, fell to the ice, and watched helplessly as the puck slithered over the goal line to get the Rangers on the board in the second period, cutting the Bruins lead to 2-1.

“I just took a step to the side in what I think there was probably a skate mark or something,’’ said Rask. “My skate dug in it, that’s what it felt like, and then I lost my balance and the rest is history. It happens to me twice a year in practice, maybe. Focus, got to be more focused, I think, but just a tough mistake. It looks pretty bad on TV, I bet.’’

Rask talked about trying – and failing – to recover once he was seated on the ice.

"Just sloppy I think," Rask explained. "It kind of freezes you, like 'what the heck happened,' then you still have a second to decide whether you're going to try to scramble, put the paddle down or just try to whack it away and I just tried to whack it away and I know it's just awful."

Fast forward to sudden death overtime when former Boston College player Chris Kreider notched the game winner with a beautiful tip deflection at 7:03 of sudden death.

“I thought that was the best goal of the night for them,” said Rask. “That was really a good goal on that. Shot first taken, really good tip.”

Bruins defenseman Doug Hamilton was not so quick to credit the Rangers for making a great play on the game-winning goal.

"Right now, for me, that last goal obviously bugging me and that's a play I have to have and just feel like I kind of let the team down," a visibly distraught Hamilton said after the game. "Just pretty upset right now."

Hamilton was reminded that he was not alone in making miscues that ultimately cost the Bruins the sweep.

"I think a little bit sloppy I guess," Hamilton said regarding the Bruins play in Game 4. "That's pretty much it."

Hamilton described what went wrong on the Rangers game winner.

"I had him coming through and I knew exactly what he was going to do," he said. "Just couldn't get his stick in time. He just got it right when the puck was coming there, I just couldn't get his stick … I have to obviously take him away and remove his stick from playing that puck,” Hamilton said. “If I get rid of his stick, the puck goes in the corner and that’s it. That’s the play. Obviously like I said, I'm pretty upset."

Rask agreed that the Bruins had a hand in giving the game to the Rangers.

“We gave them a couple gifts, obviously,” Rask said. “At the end of the day, that’s what cost us a lot of energy.”

Another miscue took place on the Rangers' second goal, which came at 1:15 of the third period and tied the score, 2-2. Rask skated behind the net to attempt to control the puck for defenseman Zdeno Chara, but Rask didn't get back to the crease in a timely manner and the Rangers' Derek Stepan took the puck from Chara and scored a classic wraparound.

“I wasn’t aware he was right behind me,” Chara said. “I’ve got to make sure I take a look.”

“A breakdown in front of our net,’’ was how Rask described the play.

On the bright side for Boston, Tyler Seguin got untracked when he scored his first goal of the postseason, giving the Bruins a short-lived 3-2 lead at 8:06 of the third period.

"Obviously a little bit of a sigh of relief, and maybe even a confidence booster," Seguin said. "It was nice to finally get one in. It was a tough game, it was a weird game, you gotta give credit to them. They played a hard game. We knew it would be a tough one to win. I think a lot of the goals were kind of given to them but they went in."

The Bruins made yet another mental mistake less than one minute after Seguin's go-ahead goal when they were called for having too many men on the ice (channelling Don Cherry in Montreal). The Rangers capitalized on the penalty and tied the game 3-3 when Brian Boyle's wrist shot beat Rask cleanly.

“Stupid mistakes cost us the game,’’ Rask said. “It’s a game of mistakes. We’ve just got to learn from them and move forward. Shake it off and move on."

Bruins coach Claude Julien blamed the sloppy play on execution.

"There's no panic here," Julien said. "Had we been outworked and not been there at all, we would be talking differently here. But we didn't get outworked, and all it was, as a team, we didn't execute as well as we have been. We have to go back home and play a better game."

And now the Bruins will be home and hosting the new-life Rangers Saturday at 5:30 p.m. with hopes of ending the series in five games.

If they don't finish off the Rangers at home, they'll be back in the world's most famous arena Monday and the pressure will be squarely on Boston's back as they're sure to be reminded of the 2010 up-3-games-to-none slide that saw the Philadelphia Flyers advancing to the next round over Rask and Co.

Game 4 live updates: Bruins at Rangers

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff May 23, 2013 06:52 PM

Boston.com's Steve Silva is at Madison Square Garden to provide updates, photos and postgame video from Game 4. Weigh in with your comments and follow the action right here.

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 23, 2013 06:37 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Jaromir Jagr
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Tonight's Rangers lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 23, 2013 06:37 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

Chris Kreider-Derick Brassard-Rick Nash
Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Taylor Pyatt-Brian Boyle-Mats Zuccarello
Micheal Haley-Kris Newbury-Derek Dorsett

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto-Steve Eminger
John Moore-Roman Hamrlik

Henrik Lundqvist
Martin Biron

Reminder: Game 4 airs on CNBC

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff May 23, 2013 02:22 PM

Just a quick reminder that Game 4 of the Bruins' Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Rangers will air on CNBC at 7 p.m.

Yes, CNBC. Right there between Mad Money and and American Greed: The Wealth Builder Club.

Here's why: With the Bruins hold a commanding 3-0 lead in the series, and with two other high-profile and more competitive series in action Thursday, Game 4 has been bumped over from NBC Sports Network to another network under the NBC umbrella.

For the majority of Comcast subscribers in Boston, the game will be found on channels 38 and 795 (high definition).

If you are not a Comcast subscriber or cannot for some reason find the game at those channels, click on this channel-finder link and type in your zip code, cable provider, and CNBC or CNBC HD as the channel you are searching for, and It will tell you where to find it.

NBCSN will carry Game 4 of the Western Conference series between the Red Wings and Blackhawks, with host Detroit holding a surprising 2-1 lead. That game begins at 8 p.m.

Then at 10:30 p.m., Game 5 of the Sharks-Kings series, knotted a 2-2, will follow.

Bruins lineup likely to remain same

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 23, 2013 12:18 PM
Dennis Seidenberg and Wade Redden participated in the Bruins' morning skate. It’s unlikely that either defenseman, however, will make his series debut tonight. The other six defensemen took line rushes in their regular spots.

Jaromir Jagr was the only player not to participate in the skate. Jagr took the ice for an optional practice Wednesday, so he was likely taking a rest this morning. Carl Soderberg took Jagr’s spot on the second line for line rushes.

For the Rangers, neither Brad Richards nor Arron Asham is expected to dress. Anton Stralman didn’t skate this morning and is likely out. Ex-Canadien Roman Hamrlik could replace Stralman.

Tonight’s expected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Jaromir Jagr
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Game 4 preview: Bruins at Rangers

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 23, 2013 10:22 AM
NEW YORK – Good morning from Madison Square Garden, where the Bruins will look to sweep the Rangers tonight. Game 5 is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Saturday at TD Garden, but the Bruins have no intentions of making that date.

Dennis Seidenberg said after yesterday’s practice that he’s close to being ready to play. But given the 3-0 series lead and the play of the defense, it’s unlikely the Bruins change the lineup tonight.

On the other side, Anton Stralman didn’t practice yesterday. The second-pairing defenseman might be out tonight. If so, former Boston University captain Matt Gilroy could make his series debut.

Puck drop: 7 p.m.

TV/radio info: NBC Sports Network, 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Records: Bruins 3-0, Rangers 0-3

Projected Rangers lineup:

Mats Zuccarello-Derick Brassard-Rick Nash
Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Taylor Pyatt-Brian Boyle-Derek Dorsett
Chris Kreider-Brad Richards-Arron Asham

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto-Steve Eminger
John Moore-Matt Gilroy

Henrik Lundqvist
Martin Biron

Healthy scratches: Micheal Haley, Roman Hamrlik

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Jaromir Jagr
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson, Kaspars Daugavins, Carl Soderberg, Jay Pandolfo

Storylines: If the Bruins win tonight, they will cede their 2013 first-round pick to Dallas. It was a condition of the Jaromir Jagr trade. The second-round pick becomes a first-rounder if the Bruins qualify for the Eastern Conference Final… Sure looks like a Boston-Pittsburgh matchup in the next round. The Penguins lead the Senators in the series, 3-1. Pittsburgh scored a 7-3 win last night. Game 5 is tomorrow in Pittsburgh… Johnny Boychuk brings a two-game goal-scoring streak into tonight. Torey Krug had his two-game goal-scoring streak snapped on Tuesday… The Rangers haven’t scored a power-play goal in the series. They are 2 for 38 in the playoffs… Stephen Walkom and Eric Furlatt will be the referees. Brian Murphy and Scott Cherrey will be the linesmen.

Bruins pushing for series sweep in Game 4

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 22, 2013 03:03 PM

NEW YORK – The Bruins could end this second-round series with a fourth straight win in Game 4 Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. They would like to rest on Saturday instead of playing Game 5 at TD Garden. They certainly have no intentions of returning to New York for Game 6 Monday.

“It would be nice,” David Krejci said. “But we know and we learned as a team that the last one is the hardest from past years and even in the last series. We’ve just got to get ready for tomorrow and play just like it’s Game 1.”

Injured defensemen Dennis Seidenberg and Wade Redden participated in an optional practice this afternoon at MSG. Seidenberg said there’s a chance he could be ready Thursday. However, given how well the six-man defensive unit has played in front of Tuukka Rask, it’s unlikely the Bruins would alter their lineup for Game 4.

“There’s a chance for sure,” Seidenberg said of playing. “But you don’t want to come back too early. We’ll see how it feels tomorrow and go from there.”

* Andrew Ference participated in an off-ice workout today. Ference has yet to skate since suffering his lower-body injury in Game 5 against Toronto. Coach Claude Julien said Ference continues to improve. If the Bruins can take care of business Thursday, it will give Ference, Seidenberg, and Redden more time to heal.

Bruins fourth line was dominant in Game 3

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff May 22, 2013 01:51 AM
NEW YORK -- For most of Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, it was looking like Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was finally going to have his big game in net. The man who would be King was 5-0 in his last five Game 3 appearances and was shutting down the Bruins at every turn.

But it was the Big Bad Bruins who roared back with a pair of third-period goals created by the fourth line of Greg Campbell, Shawn Thornton, and Daniel Paille that gave Boston a 2-1 victory in Game 3 of their playoff series against the Rangers Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

Paille’s goal with 3:31 left in a third period dominated by Boston gave the Bruins the victory and put the Rangers in the unenviable position of having to come back from an 0-3 deficit to keep their season alive.

"It was one of those nights when [Lundqvist] was on his game and you can see the confidence he had throughout the whole game," Paille said. "The goals that went in, there's really nothing much you can do. It was a screen on one and a redirect on another so we tried to do as much as we could, but it wasn't going to be one of those where you're going to beat him clean like the last few games. He was on tonight."

The winning goal was the result of a shot that bounced off Lundqvist and went up into the air. The puck landed on the goal line before Paille came from behind the net to knock it home.

"We did a good job of managing the puck when we had it," Thornton said. "Trying to wait for opportunities to open up, not just throwing pucks away, both my linemates were doing a great job of skating, getting into the forecheck, when they're going, it makes life easy for all of us."

The Black and Gold looked sharp from the start, yet it was the Rangers who took a 1-0 lead into the third period after a Taylor Pyatt goal on a deflection that came 3:53 into the second period. The Bruins turned up the pressure in the third period and outshot the Rangers 34-24 for the game.

Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk fired a goal through a screen of players that tied the score just 3:10 into the third period.

"We just wanted to keep it deep and keep getting pucks and bodies to the net," Boychuk said. "There's good things that happened."

The game was nip and tuck all night, with the referees keeping the whistle in the pockets for the most part.

"It was a close game, very close," Bruins captain Zdeno Chara said. "It was pretty even throughout the whole game. We had some chances in the first 20 minutes, but obviously their goalie played really strong. They put a lot of pressure on us and they scored a goal, making it a one goal game going into the third. We had to be more aggressive, and we were."

Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask wasn't challenged nearly as much as Lundqvist, but he stayed focused when the pressure came his way and he came away with the W.

"You've got to be pretty happy with the situation obviously, but can't get ahead of yourself," Rask said on the Bruins 3-0 series lead. "We felt like we played a great game today so we just gotta keep going that way and I think good things will keep happening to us."

Good things usually happen to team up 3-0, but Boston fans remember the 2010 Philadelphia Flyers, who came back from three games down to overtake the Bruins. The only other teams to pull of the feat were the 1975 New York Islanders and the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Bruins have a chance to close this one out Thursday night at MSG and possibly catch a much-needed breather before taking on the winner of the Penguins-Senators series.

Game 3 live updates: Bruins at Rangers

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff May 21, 2013 07:30 PM

Follow the action and discuss Game 3 of the Bruins-Rangers series in our live blog.

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 21, 2013 07:07 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Jaromir Jagr
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Tonight's Rangers lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 21, 2013 07:06 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

Mats Zuccarello-Derick Brassard-Rick Nash
Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Taylor Pyatt-Brian Boyle-Derek Dorsett
Chris Kreider-Brad Richards-Arron Asham

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto-Anton Stralman
John Moore-Steve Eminger

Henrik Lundqvist
Martin Biron

No lineup changes expected for Bruins

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 21, 2013 12:16 PM
The Bruins are not planning on making any lineup changes for Game 3. Claude Julien said he would be surprised if Dennis Seidenberg played tonight. Seidenberg was one of the last four players on the ice for today’s optional morning skate (Aaron Johnson, Jay Pandolfo, and Kaspars Daugavins were the others), indicating that he will be out of uniform for a third straight game.

Wade Redden skated this morning. But Redden remained on the ice after Torey Krug had returned to the dressing room.

Tonight’s expected lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Jaromir Jagr
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

* The Bruins are expecting Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi to play together on the Rangers’ top pairing. They did not play together in Games 1 and 2. Girardi was on the ice for all five Boston goals in Game 2. The two defensemen played against Alex Ovechkin’s line in the opening round.

* With Tuukka Rask staying off the ice this morning, goaltending coach Bob Essensa manned one net while Anton Khudobin patrolled the other crease.

Game 3 preview: Bruins at Rangers

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 21, 2013 10:22 AM
NEW YORK – Good morning from Madison Square Garden, where the Bruins will look to grab a 3-0 series lead tonight over the Rangers.

Dennis Seidenberg and Wade Redden are with the team. Both defensemen practiced Monday at TD Garden. It’s unlikely, however, that either will draw into the lineup. No changes are expected for the Bruins.

The Rangers, coming off two straight losses, might tinker with their lineup. For now, we’ll go with the Game 2 lineup.

Puck drop: 7:30 p.m.

TV/radio info: NBC Sports Network, 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Records: Bruins 2-0, Rangers 0-2

Projected Rangers lineup:

Mats Zuccarello-Derick Brassard-Rick Nash
Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Taylor Pyatt-Brian Boyle-Derek Dorsett
Chris Kreider-Brad Richards-Arron Asham

Ryan McDonagh-Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto-Dan Girardi
John Moore-Steve Eminger

Henrik Lundqvist
Martin Biron

Healthy scratches: Micheal Haley, Roman Hamrlik, Matt Gilroy

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Jaromir Jagr
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson, Kaspars Daugavins, Carl Soderberg, Jay Pandolfo

Storylines: This is the second straight series in which the Rangers dropped the first two games. They fell into an 0-2 hole in the opening round against Washington. The Rangers rallied to claim the series in seven games… The Bruins are 21-7 all-time when they’ve won the first two games of a seven-game series… Torey Krug will look to extend his goal-scoring streak to three games. Krug is the fourth player in Bruins history to score goals in his first two playoff games… The Rangers are 2 for 36 on the power play in the playoffs. They have yet to score a man-up goal in the series… Kevin Pollock and Dan O’Rourke will be the referees. Jay Sharrers and Lonnie Cameron will be the linesmen.

Dennis Seidenberg, Wade Redden practicing with Bruins

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 20, 2013 10:38 AM
The Bruins are practicing at TD Garden prior to their road trip to New York later today. Dennis Seidenberg and Wade Redden are on the ice for practice.

This is Seidenberg’s first practice with his teammates since suffering his lower-body injury in Game 7 against Toronto. Redden practiced on Saturday. This is Redden’s second on-ice session with the full team.

Given their status, both Seidenberg and Redden should make the trip to New York. Neither has appeared in the series.

UPDATE: Seidenberg and Redden are traveling to New York. Claude Julien said he hasn't made any decisions regarding their respective returns. The defensive pairings were the same in today's practice.

Q&A with Jack Edwards

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff May 20, 2013 12:00 AM

200jackedwards.jpgMany readers mentioned how much they missed having Jack Edwards on the call for Bruins playoff games on NESN, so we had him join Boston.com readers for a chat session on Monday.

With the national networks taking over the game broadcasts during the Stanley Cup playoffs conference semifinal round, Edwards and the rest of the NESN crew are continuing to produce complete pre- and postgame coverage on NESNplus with a one-hour edition of Bruins Face-Off LIVE before every playoff game and Bruins Overtime Live after every game. To find the NESNplus channel number in your area visit www.nesn.com/nesnplus.

Review Edwards's Q&A below.

Watch: Bruins-Rangers Game 2 highlights

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff May 19, 2013 08:09 PM

The Bruins defeated the Rangers, 5-2, in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Watch a recap of the game at TD Garden.

Bruins confident after solid Game 2 victory over Rangers

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff May 19, 2013 07:33 PM
The Bruins took command of the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 5-2 win over the Rangers Sunday at TD Garden, putting them up 2-0 heading to New York.

The Bruins took a 3-2 lead into the third period and cruised past the Rangers in the third when Brad Marchand scored 26 seconds into the period, and Milan Lucic put the game away.

Tuukka Rask was solid in goal, especially in the second period when he made a string of saves to keep the Bruins in the game.

"Yeah, that’s what you have to do sometimes," Rask said. "We were not at our best in the second period. We gave up a lot of odd man opportunities and a lot of turnovers and stuff, but they only got one goal so something positive came out of that period...

"There was plenty of two-on-ones, three-on-twos, and then a couple of turnovers from our D [defensemen]. Then they made some plays from behind the net. I was just in front of the puck, it wasn’t textbook all the time. But despite that goal from [Rick] Nash, I was just jumping."

Rask spoke about his confidence growing as his team goes deeper in the playoffs.

"My confidence is always high," Rask said. "That's just how I try to be. No matter what happens, I try to stay calm and even keeled. Confidence can’t go any lower or higher, I think."

The play of the Bruins young defenseman continued to impress Rask.

"Yeah, they just keep playing their game, that's all that we can ask from them," Rask said. "But we just have to make sure that they don't get too high. It’s still playoff hockey, you don’t want to get too carried away out there. But they're playing great."

Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk scored what turned out to be the winning goal in the second period when he fired one past Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

"It was definitely a screen," Boychuk said about his goal. "Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] did a good job getting to the front, and their D-man was their as well, but it was four on four. Marchy [Brad Marchand] did a good job by getting in the zone, turned up and found me coming in, and all I had to do was hit the net because there was a couple of guys in front of him."

Boychuk talked about being able to bounce back from the hit he took in the first game.

"It’s playoffs," Boychuk said. "You’ve got to keep going, and you can’t be worried about it, and you just do whatever you can for the team.

Boychuk already has three goals in the playoffs.

"You know, just hitting the net I guess, and sometimes it’s luck," he said. "Just getting shots on net and hitting the net. Better chance to score when you hit the net."

Boychuck spoke about the young defensemen playing well in this series.

"I think skating with the puck [is key]," Boychuk said. "They’ve been doing a good job skating and taking their ice when they get the chance and eliminating the turnovers again is a key and they’re just playing smart… They’ve been amazing. They’re making a case for themselves to stay in the lineup and that’s what you need. You want to stay in the lineup and the way that they’re playing, they’ve been playing very, very good and responsible, and even in the D-zone I’ve been watching they’ve been battling hard and doing the right things and that’s what you need.

Bruins coach Claude Julien was also impressed by the play of his young defense.

"At the stage we’re in right now in the season, we’re talking about the playoffs, the one thing you don’t want to do is make a young defensemen come in and be afraid to play," Julien said. "You’ve got to be willing to live with the consequences. The good part about that it I know they’ve got some good upside to them. [Matt] Bartkowski was sent down at the end of the regular season, so he could continue to play because we really liked his game. [Torey] Krug’s been a good player for Providence all year, we liked what we saw in him last year and when he was called up. It was just a matter of bringing those guys in, saying, ‘Continue to do the things that you do well, because that will also give you success at this level.’ It’s about giving them the confidence to do that. We have to trust that they are good enough in those areas that they’re going to help us out. So far, they’ve proven us right."

Bruins forward Brad Marchand scored for the second game in a row, this time 26 seconds into the third period.

"It’s always good to get a couple-goal lead early in the third there," Marchand said. "Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] made a great play. I think we played pretty well after that to limit their opportunities and played a strong game."

Marchand spoke about curbing his turnovers as the game progressed.

"Yeah, I think I was definitely a little more aware of it," he said. "I think I was maybe a little overconfident. I thought I was controlling the puck pretty good last game, and it didn’t seem to be going the same way. After that I tried to keep it a little more simple and make sure pucks were in deep."

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara was also pleased with what he saw from his team in Game 2.

"I thought we had everybody going, and we played on our toes," he said. "It’s nice to get some contribution from the back end. You need that in the playoffs."

Game 2 live updates: Rangers at Bruins

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff May 19, 2013 03:00 PM

Join the conversation about Sunday's Game 2 of the Bruins-Rangers series in the live session below.

The full-page version of our live blog for Game 2 can be found here.

Today's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 19, 2013 02:46 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Jaromir Jagr
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Today's Rangers lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 19, 2013 02:46 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

Mats Zuccarello-Derick Brassard-Rick Nash
Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Taylor Pyatt-Brian Boyle-Derek Dorsett
Chris Kreider-Brad Richards-Arron Asham

Ryan McDonagh-Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto-Dan Girardi
John Moore-Steve Eminger

Henrik Lundqvist
Martin Biron

Game 2 preview: Rangers at Bruins

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 19, 2013 01:23 PM
Good afternoon from TD Garden, where the Bruins will look to swipe a 2-0 series lead over the Rangers today.

No lineup changes are expected for either team. Neither Wade Redden nor Dennis Seidenberg is projected to be in the lineup. Andrew Ference will not play.

Puck drop: 3 p.m.

TV/radio info: NBC, 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Records: Rangers 0-1, Bruins 1-0

Projected Rangers lineup:

Mats Zuccarello-Derick Brassard-Rick Nash
Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Taylor Pyatt-Brian Boyle-Derek Dorsett
Chris Kreider-Brad Richards-Arron Asham

Ryan McDonagh-Anton Stralman
Michael Del Zotto-Dan Girardi
John Moore-Steve Eminger

Henrik Lundqvist
Martin Biron

Healthy scratches: Micheal Haley, Roman Hamrlik, Matt Gilroy

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Jaromir Jagr
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson, Kaspars Daugavins, Carl Soderberg, Jay Pandolfo

Storylines: The last three meetings between the Rangers (Game 1, two in the regular season) have gone to overtime. Given the styles of both teams, that streak could continue today… Rick Nash enters Game 2 with an 0-3—3 playoff line. The Rangers need far more from Nash, their top-line right wing. Nash didn’t have the puck much in Game 1. The Rangers will look to give Nash the puck more today… On the other end, Tyler Seguin has a 0-1—1 line through eight playoff games. Seguin hasn’t shown any signs of breaking out offensively… The Bruins are scheduled to practice tomorrow before departing for New York prior to Game 3 on Tuesday… Chris Lee and Dan O’Halloran will be the referees. Steve Barton and Pierre Racicot will be the linesmen.

Claude Julien says Wade Redden "game-time decision,'' uncertain about Dennis Seidenberg

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff May 18, 2013 01:36 PM

Bruins coach Claude Julien said defenseman Wade Redden, who skated with the team in Saturday's practice at TD Garden, would likely be a "game-time decision'' for Sunday's Game 2 against the New York Rangers, while the status of Dennis Seidenberg, who skated before practice, remained uncertain.

Julien did seem to effectively rule out Andrew Ference, who was not spotted with the team on the ice Saturday morning.

Redden, meanwhile, put in his work in an attempt to help bolster Boston's injury-riddled corps of defensemen.

"It was good to get back out on the ice again and be with the guys and be a part of a practice and starting to feel better,'' said Redden, who did not play in Monday night's 3-2 overtime victory in Game 1 because of an undisclosed injury.

If Redden gets the nod from Julien to play, the veteran defenseman will likely displace one of the three youngsters -- Tory Krug, Dougie Hamilton or Matt Bartkowski -- who were forced to step up and log significant ice time in the absence of Seidenberg, Ference and Redden.

"Oh, they were great,'' Redden said, in his evaluation of the work done by Krug, Hamilton and Bartkowski. "The young guys stepped in and played strong. I mean, obviously Big Z [captain Zdeno Chara] led the way. He's been carrying the weight, a lot of it. I think it's just a group going out there and getting it done. No matter who's dressed, you got to have that same attitude.''

Seidenberg skated privately before practice with strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides. While Julien did not rule out the possibility of Seidenberg being available to play Sunday afternoon, the B's coach seemed to rule out Ference, who did not skate with the team.

"I don’t know the situation with him, with Seidenberg obviously doing better,'' Julien said. "I don’t anticipate him being ready for [Sunday], but with the injury he’s got, you never know. As far as Ference is concerned, he hasn’t skated yet so he won’t be in there tomorrow.''

Wade Redden practicing as Bruins prepare for Game 2

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 18, 2013 11:29 AM
The Bruins are practicing at TD Garden. Game 2 is tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m.

Wade Redden is on the ice to start practice. Redden didn’t play in Game 1 because of an undisclosed injury. Redden participated in part of Wednesday’s practice, but didn’t make it through the full session.

So far, there are no changes to the Game 1 lineup. Jaromir Jagr remains on the second line with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. Tyler Seguin is practicing with the third line with Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly.

According to the Bruins, Dennis Seidenberg took a solo skate prior to practice with strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides. Seidenberg’s availability for Game 2 is unknown.

Today’s lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Jaromir Jagr
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Carl Soderberg-Kaspars Daugavins-Jay Pandolfo

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid
Wade Redden-Aaron Johnson

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Bruins hopeful injured defensemen heal before Game 2

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 17, 2013 12:57 PM
The Bruins have not ruled Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference, and Wade Redden out of Sunday’s Game 2. It’s possible that with two days off between games, one or several of the veteran defensemen could return.

“A little early to say,” Claude Julien said. “It is two days. And two days in the playoffs makes a big difference as far as getting guys back. There is a possibility. That much I can say. Whether it will or not, too early to say right now.”

Seidenberg went through an off-ice workout today and is not walking with any limitations. He was injured on his first shift of Game 7 against Toronto.

Neither Ference nor Redden was seen today.

* The Bruins did not practice today. They will practice tomorrow at TD Garden in preparation for Game 2.

Young defensemen fill in nicely for the Bruins

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff May 17, 2013 02:05 AM

Depleted and already without three of their top defensemen, Johnny Boychuk went off to the bench suffering from an unknown ailment less than 45 seconds into Game 1 of the Bruins' second round Stanley Cup playoff series with the New York Rangers.

It was the last thing the Bruins needed, another lost body.

Lucky for the Bruins, Boychuk returned, proving his toughness again (and once more after receiving punishment by the Rangers' Taylor Pyatt against the boards). But the team was especially lucky because its young core of defensemen -- Dougie Hamilton, Matt Bartkowski, and Torey Krug -- who were called up this season and in the middle of the playoffs, helped solidify the team's back end to ease the loss of its veterans.

It was, as Bartkowski put it, a "bonus" that they provided some offensive juice.

Krug fired home a third period power-play goal to tie the game 2-2, spurring the Bruins along to overtime where they dropped the Rangers on a Brad Marchand goal, 3-2. All just a day after the rookie was called up from Providence to make his NHL playoff debut.

"For his first goal, he couldn't have asked for better timing," said Bruins coach Claude Julien. "Again, it just shows how good a player he is. Those young guys back there don't lack confidence."

Krug logged 23 shifts and 16:41 of ice time. Bartkowski had 37 shifts, paired with captain Zdeno Chara. He had 26:42 minutes of ice time. It was only his third playoff game.

"The more minutes I play, the more shifts I get, the more confidence," said Bartkowski. "And just play on instinct."

Bartkowski's teammate, and former Providence lineman, stole the show with his goal, tying the game. But the team's third rookie defenseman, Hamilton, was the one who set Krug up for the score, allowing him to get enough time and space to fire off a clean shot.

"Dougie made a great play getting the puck over to me," Krug said. "I had a lot of time to get my shot through to the net. I was fortunate enough to get a screen on the goalie and it went in."

The trio's contribution was very much needed, especially coming into the series against New York where goals are going to be hard to come by.

"They were one of the better D's today," said Tuukka Rask. "They can skate really fast, move the puck good. They were solid in our own end too. So it's good to see that they have that confidence to play the way they played in the NHL playoffs."

Said Marchand: "They played incredible. They're all playing big minutes. Obviously it's a whole new situation for them, the playoffs. They handled it very well."

With uncertainty surrounding Dennis Seidenberg (leg), Andrew Ference (lower body), and Wade Redden (undisclosed), it's comforting for the team to know it can turn to these younger players and lean on them, at least for a short while.

"They deserve a lot of credit for the way they handled themselves," Julien said. "All three of them. It was [Krug's] first game, obviously. Not only did he score a big goal, but he just moved that puck so well. … I thought we had a real good effort obviously from those young guys, but our D corps was good tonight. I thought our whole team was, for that matter."

Marchand ends his drought, lifts Bruins over Rangers

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff May 17, 2013 12:05 AM

It took eight games, 30 periods, and 144 minutes of ice time, but the wait is over. Brad Marchand's overtime goal -- his first of the Stanley Cup playoffs -- lifted the Bruins over the Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, 3-2, Thursday night at the Garden.

After leading the Bruins with 18 goals in the truncated season, the left winger had been stymied by the Maple Leafs in the first round and, through three periods, the Rangers.

But with 4:40 left in overtime, he managed to get just enough space, thanks to a poke check by Zdeno Chara and a quick pass from Patrice Bergeron, to bury a shot and end his drought, putting the Bruins up 1-0 in the series.

"It's always frustrating," Marchand said. "But there's so many other areas of the game that you want to do well in. It was nice to get that first one so hopefully they keep coming."

Marchand had left the Bruins morning skate early with what coach Claude Julien termed a minor issue. But there was still concern about his availability. The third-year player remarked afterward that he just hates morning skates and needed to get his legs underneath him. He felt better Thursday night.

"I might just have to [skip more practices]," Marchand joked.

"I felt good tonight. I felt pretty good last game, too. Obviously the Toronto series wasn't my best series, but I felt good tonight and just want to keep building on it.

"It's kind of a blur," Marchand said. "From the second it goes in to see everybody jump on the ice and surround you, it's a bit of a blur. Obviously a huge adrenaline rush and very excited."

Game 1 live recap: Rangers at Bruins

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff May 16, 2013 07:30 PM

Join the conversation about Thursday's Game 1 of the Bruins-Rangers series in the live session below.

The full-page version of our live blog for Game 1 can be found here.

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 16, 2013 07:08 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Jaromir Jagr
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Tonight's Rangers lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 16, 2013 07:07 PM

Based on pregame warmups:

Mats Zuccarello-Derick Brassard-Rick Nash
Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Taylor Pyatt-Brian Boyle-Derek Dorsett
Chris Kreider-Brad Richards-Arron Asham

Michael Del Zotto-Dan Girardi
Ryan McDonagh-Anton Stralman
Steve Eminger-John Moore

Henrik Lundqvist
Martin Biron

Claude Julien not optimistic about injured defensemen playing tonight

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 16, 2013 11:45 AM

Defensemen Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference, and Wade Redden did not participate in the Bruins' morning skate. Their absences indicate that none will be available for Game 1.

“They weren’t on the ice this morning, so it doesn’t look good,” coach Claude Julien said.

Matt Bartkowski, Dougie Hamilton, and Torey Krug will be asked to fill in for the three veteran defensemen. In the morning skate, Hamilton was paired with Zdeno Chara. Bartkowski was on the second pairing with Johnny Boychuk. Krug was with Adam McQuaid.

Brad Marchand left the skate early. Toward the end of the session, Marchand left the ice doubled over in pain. There was no contact involved. Julien said Marchand is fine and will play tonight.

The expected Boston lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Jaromir Jagr
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Game 1 preview: Rangers at Bruins

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 16, 2013 10:13 AM
Good morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins will kick off the second round against the Rangers tonight.

The Bruins could be without three defensemen for Game 1: Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference, and Wade Redden. Neither Seidenberg nor Ference practiced Wednesday. Redden took a quick spin, but did not stay on the ice for most of the session.

Matt Bartkowski, Dougie Hamilton, and Torey Krug will have to assume blue-line responsibilities if any or all of the regulars are out.

Puck drop: 7:30 p.m.

TV/radio info: NBC Sports Network, 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Records: Rangers 0-0, Bruins 0-0

Projected Rangers lineup:

Mats Zuccarello-Derick Brassard-Rick Nash
Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
Taylor Pyatt-Brian Boyle-Derek Dorsett
Chris Kreider-Brad Richards-Arron Asham

Ryan McDonagh-Dan Girardi
Michael Del Zotto-Anton Stralman
Steve Eminger-John Moore

Henrik Lundqvist
Martin Biron

Healthy scratches: Micheal Haley, Roman Hamrlik, Matt Gilroy

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Jaromir Jagr
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson, Kaspars Daugavins, Carl Soderberg, Jay Pandolfo

Storylines: Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi will most likely be matched against the Bruins’ top line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci, and Nathan Horton. In turn, Zdeno Chara should be seeing most of his shifts against Rick Nash… The Rangers only scored on two of their 28 power-play chances in the first round against Toronto (7.1 percent)… Jaromir Jagr played for the Rangers for parts of four seasons. Girardi, Henrik Lundqvist, Marc Staal, and Ryan Callahan were Jagr’s teammates… Kay Whitmore is the series supervisor. Whitmore was the supervisor for the Bruins-Leafs series… Chris Rooney and Brad Meier will be the referees. Scott Driscoll and Derek Amell will be the linesmen.

Patrice Bergeron is in the moment, focused on Rangers

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff May 15, 2013 02:01 PM
While Game 7 comeback star Patrice Bergeron said Wednesday he is honored to be named one of the three finalists for the Selke Trophy, which goes to the NHL's best defensive forward, his focus now is squarely on the showdown with the New York Rangers.

"Part of the playoffs is to be in the moment, not look in the past, not look ahead," Bergeron said after practice on Wednesday. "It's about that next game, next day, so right now we're worried about round 2, as we should."

Bergeron knows it will be difficult to score against a Rangers team that has been stingy on defense, giving up just 1.65 goals per game in the postseason so far behind goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

"We know we're going to have to fight to get to the front, and fight to get our chances, we need to do that," Bergeron said.

The Rangers' skill at blocking shots has been a hot topic heading into the series, but Bergeron thinks the Bruins can overcome that defensive strategy.

"It's about trying to find different ways, definitely try to fake some shots," he said. "At the same time, it's just create our chances, create some havoc in front of Lundqvist and get to the loose pucks, get to the rebounds."

Bruins enter second round with injuries on defense

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 15, 2013 01:11 PM

The Bruins will be a shorthanded group heading into Game 1 Thursday night against the Rangers at TD Garden.

Dennis Seidenberg and Andrew Ference (lower body) did not practice Wednesday. Wade Redden went on for an early spin, but left the ice and did not participate in most of the session.

Ference was on crutches and in a walking boot prior to Game 7 against the Maple Leafs Monday; he was not spotted Wednesday. Seidenberg walked through the dressing room without limitations. There was no sign of Redden after practice.

Coach Claude Julien did not disclose whether any or all of the defensemen will be available Thursday or later in the series.

“There’s injuries. There’s no hiding that fact,” Julien said. “Sometimes you can get players through those. Sometimes you can’t. Sometimes it’s better not to practice and just to play. We’re going to look at that situation. At the end of the day, my final roster will be decided before the game.”

The expected lineup for Game 1:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Jaromir Jagr
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dougie Hamilton
Matt Bartkowski-Johnny Boychuk
Torey Krug-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference injured for Bruins practice

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 15, 2013 11:21 AM
The Bruins are practicing at TD Garden in preparation for Thursday’s Game 1 against the New York Rangers.

Neither Dennis Seidenberg nor Andrew Ference is present. Both defensemen are sidelined with lower-body injuries. Torey Krug was recalled from Providence Tuesday. Krug could be in the lineup Thursday. It would be his NHL playoff debut.

The No. 2 line is Jaromir Jagr with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. Tyler Seguin is on the third line with Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly.

Today’s lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Jaromir Jagr
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Tyler Seguin
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Carl Soderberg-Kaspars Daugavins-Jay Pandolfo

Seven defensemen are practicing: Zdeno Chara, Johnny Boychuk, Matt Bartkowski, Adam McQuaid, Dougie Hamilton, Torey Krug, and Aaron Johnson. Wade Redden was on the ice at the start, but left during practice. No indications on pairings.

Bergeron finalist for Selke Trophy

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff May 15, 2013 10:34 AM
Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron was named one of the three finalists for the Frank J. Selke Trophy, which goes to the NHL's best defensive forward.

Bergeron won the Selke last season. Pavel Datsyuk of the Red Wings and Jonathan Toews of the Blackhawks are the other finalists. The award is voted by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association.

Bergeron had 32 points in the 2012-2013 season, led the NHL in faceoff win percentage (62.1), and was sixth in the NHL in plus/minus rating at plus-24.

A surprise wakeup for some fans to learn of Bruins win

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff May 14, 2013 12:54 PM

It's an uneasy feeling knowing you missed the end of one of the greatest comeback games in Bruins history. In Stanley Cup history. In hockey.

Some Bruins fans woke up this morning to an assault on their senses. Had the Bruins won? That can't be right. They were down 4-1 after 5:39 of the third period. A win seemed more than improbable. It seemed outlandish.

But as news filtered out of TD Garden, through smart phones and social media, thousands of Bruins fans who left the game and turned off their TVs were stunned to find their team had won in dramatic fashion, a 5-4 overtime victory. It was the first time a team had come back from three goals down in the third period to win a Game 7 in NHL history.

The emotions shared on social media ran the gamut Monday night. From those down in the dumps at the prospect of a second straight first-round playoff exit, to those high on the jubilation of a victory no one saw coming. At the end of the second period, fans were ready to dump the coach. But it all changed in 17 minutes.

"Just when you think the Bruins have a reason to fire Claude Julien, they come back and win," tweeted one fan.

By the time Toronto's Phil Kessel and Nazem Kadri added two goals in the third, many had given up after a lackluster performance by the Bruins.

"Can we go back to the lockout," pondered one fan on Boston.com's live blog.

"Are there more Leafs on the ice? Guess it just seems that way," asked another.

And then Nathan Horton scored, making it a 4-2 game with more than 10 minutes left in the third.

"Yes … now only down two goals," wrote one poster.

At that point, there was still no letup on the team. As far as Boston.com readers were concerned, the Bruins should've been preparing for their wrath to be unleashed.

"Dead eyes, dead legs, no heart," wrote one anonymous poster after Horton's goal. "A team that once was so tough and played with such intensity is now a bunch of stick lifters that can't get out of their own way without the other team playing down to them. Pathetic."

With a little more than two minutes to go, the Bruins went to an empty net to help the team's offense. It paid off in no time as Milan Lucic got a goal in front of the Leafs net. The Leafs were still up, 4-3, so the skepticism of Bruins fans was still heavy on social media.

"Do I dare to hope," asked reader Tyler Alderson.

And then Patrice Bergeron tied it up with 50.2 seconds left on the clock, preceding a stream of celebratory proclamations. What had been unbelievable only 10 minutes prior, verged on legendary. And yet so many missed what had occurred.

"What a terrible fan I am … turned 'em off at 4-1 to watch [a] recording of Mad Men," wrote one poster.

Said one fan on Twitter: "I turned the Bruins game off with two minutes left in the third period. I hugged my kegerator good night and went to bed."

The Garden had already been depleted of fans looking to beat traffic and get a good night's rest. But many of those same fans tried to re-enter the arena after getting word the comeback was in its throes. One security guard at TD Garden said "it was a lot of people."

By overtime, the lovefest was on.

"Just when I thought I was out, they suck me back in," wrote one fan on Boston.com.

When Bergeron scored the game-winning goal, the bewildered excitement of the game hadn't even reached its zenith.

"Wow. Shocking. All that depression for nothing," wrote one poster. "Who knew they had it in them? For once, they exceed expectations."

Afterward, fans jubilantly streamed onto the streets and took to public transportation, rowdy and satisfied. It was a good win that many of their fellow fans wouldn't share with them in all of its glory until the morning, when they finally got the news.

McQuaid finalist for Masterton Trophy

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff May 14, 2013 11:27 AM
Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid is one of three finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

The award is given to "the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey." The Professional Hockey Writers Association votes for the award.

The other finalist are Wild goalie Josh Harding and Penguins center Sidney Crosby.

Julien on the comeback: 'I'm a tired coach'

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff May 13, 2013 11:47 PM

The Bruins' 5-4 overtime victory over the Maple Leafs will be hailed as an improbable win when the odds were against them on their home ice.

But this veteran group, banged up and tired, managed to snatch the win right out of Toronto's clutches and advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"I think the guys were pretty focused and determined to finish it off," said Bruins coach Claude Julien. "The only thing a coach says -- and I said that before -- is you can't pass up on shots. You have to shoot everything you can, and you have to play on your toes, not on your heels.

"You have to play to win, and if you do that, you're giving yourself a chance. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. But it's not a very complicated thing as you've seen, and in overtime, any shot on net is a good shot. Our guys did a great job."

For Julien, this is a special group of players. But he can do without the excitement of a Game 7. He's now 5-4 in Game 7s with the Bruins while the team is 4-1 in their last five do-or-die games.

"Like I said earlier, they certainly keep you in check. I'm a tired coach, I can tell you that much," said Julien. "Trying to really find a way to get these guys to give us what we want out of them. And we make it tough on ourselves.

"We're being honest here, not being able to close it in Game 5; we've had trouble. We've always had trouble with the killer instinct. But that's maybe a fault of ours. But a strength of ours is the character you saw tonight. There's that fault, and then there's that character. Somewhere along the way, you try to fix the faults, and hopefully keep that character going.

"That's the biggest challenge for me right now."

Julien couldn't provide an update on Dennis Seidenberg, who was injured in the first period.

"We'll know better tomorrow whether it's a short-term or long-term [injury]."

Bruins-Rangers playoff schedule

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff May 13, 2013 11:47 PM

The NHL has released the schedule for the Bruins-Rangers Eastern Conference semifinal series:

Thursday, May 16: Rangers at Bruins, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Sunday, May 19: Rangers at Bruins, 3 p.m. (NBC)
Tuesday, May 21: Bruins at Rangers, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Thursday, May 23: Bruins at Rangers, 7:30 p.m. (CNBC)
x-Saturday, May 25: Rangers at Bruins, TBD
x-Monday, May 27: Bruins at Rangers, TBD
x-Wednesday, May 29: Rangers at Bruins, TBD

x-if necessary

Horton's third period goal sparked Bruins down the stretch

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff May 13, 2013 10:54 PM

It was an improbable comeback.

Down, 4-1, with a little more than 14 minutes left to play in the third period, the Bruins were gassed and slumping on the bench, looking for a breath of air. They had just given up two goals in the period and the team's season was on the brink.

"It was tough there on the bench, getting booed, and looking at the time clock and watching the seconds count down," said Brad Marchand.

The key was not giving up. But the team needed something -- anything -- to get its offensive juices going. That's why Nathan Horton's third-period goal was so timely. It provided the jolt the team desperately needed en route to a 5-4 overtime comeback victory. It was a remarkable finish as the Bruins beat the Toronto Maple Leafs in their playoff series, 4-3, and advance to the Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Semifinals.

"After [Horton] got that first one for us that started the climb back, we see the emotion on the bench and guys started to believe," said Marchand. "That's what we needed."

The Bruins followed Horton's goal with two 6-on-5 scores with Milan Lucic scoring, then Patrice Bergeron tying it with just 52 seconds left in the third. It was a stunning offensive stretch for the team in the final 10 minutes of the game, especially after the Bruins had managed only two goals in its previous two games.

"We just took that momentum from them when they had it and with [Horton's] goal it just gave us that little extra energy we needed to help us score those other ones," said Johnny Boychuk.

Lucic said the Bruins were in a state of frustration before they broke through in the third period.

"They come out and they score two goals and I think you can tell from halfway through the first until halfway through the third they really frustrated us and we couldn't really get going," Lucic said. "It just felt like the one play on Horton's goal kinda turned things around and made us believe.

"It feels real good right now [but] when you're looking at the clock wind down with how the period went at 4-1, you start thinking to yourself 'is this the end of this group right here?' Because it probably would have been if we didn't win this game. You gotta have bounces, you gotta have luck, you gotta have everything go your way and that's what happened in the last 10 minutes of the third period."

Bergeron scored both the game-tying and game-winning goals, a significant mark for the second line, which had struggled throughout the series. Before Game 7, Bergeron's line had accounted for only one goal.

"That tying goal was definitely huge," Bergeron said. "For the team and for me.

"It was a fun ending."

It certainly was for the Bruins.

"I know everybody in Boston was out of their chairs either in the stands or at home," said Boychuk. " It was exciting to be on the ice and watch."

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 13, 2013 06:38 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Adam McQuaid
Wade Redden-Dougie Hamilton

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Tonight's Maple Leafs lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 13, 2013 06:38 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

James van Riemsdyk-Nazem Kadri-Phil Kessel
Clarke MacArthur-Mikhail Grabovski-Nikolai Kulemin
Joffrey Lupul-Joe Colborne-Matt Frattin
Leo Komarov-Jay McClement-Colton Orr

Carl Gunnarsson-Dion Phaneuf
Jake Gardiner-Cody Franson
John-Michael Liles-Ryan O’Byrne

James Reimer
Ben Scrivens

Claude Julien trying to have patience with second line

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff May 13, 2013 06:17 PM

The Bruins' dismal offensive output has its scapegoat -- the team's second line -- and it bears asking whether Claude Julien will switch things up for Monday night's Game 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Julien, trying to be as coy as possible, said in his pregame remarks that he has tried to have patience with the second line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and Tyler Seguin, which has a combined one goal and two assists in the series.

"Patience has been good in the past for our team," Julien said. "Sometimes it plays against you and you have to live with those consequences, but there has been times when people have gotten on the players and the players have eventually responded and you're glad that you gave them that opportunity. That's what we've done with that line so far.

"[David] Krejci's line has been extremely good. I thought [Chris] Kelly's line in the last two games has gotten better at creating things. And our fourth line has been our fourth line.

"Before you start blowing things up, you hope to have a little more patience and you hope that it pays off. I guess we'll see what happens tonight."

The Bruins have dropped two straight 2-1 games, allowing the Leafs to tie the series. Despite that, Julien -- who is 4-4 with the Bruins in Game 7s -- was confident.

"I'd have to think we're confident," he said. "There's no need to look behind us now. We got to look at what's ahead of us and that's the big game tonight that's going to decide our fate.

"So I don't have worries about the confidence of our team. We just gotta go out there and play the kind of game that we can, which we haven't in a while. If we do that, our chances are pretty good."

Julien also lamented missing Andrew Ference, who will not suit up for Game 7 because of an undisclosed injury. He was seen wearing a boot and walking on crutches.

"Well, you always miss the presence of a veteran," Julien said. "I think the leadership that he brings is missed. Having said that, [our] team is deep enough and good enough that that shouldn't be a reason not to be able to win this game tonight. You miss players throughout the season and that's just part of the nature of this game and you have to overcome those obstacles."

Ference will not play in Game 7

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff May 13, 2013 05:56 PM

Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference was seen in a walking boot and on crutches just two hour prior to Game 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs Monday night. Bruins coach Claude Julien confirmed that Ference, who also missed Game 6, will not be in the lineup Monday night.

Bruins won't let flight delay be a distraction

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff May 13, 2013 05:00 PM

The Bruins aren't going to make any excuses about having their flight back to Boston delayed a night, calling the malfunction on their charter plane from Toronto Sunday night an opportunity to look on the positive side.

"It was just bad luck on our part with having the malfunction there," said Daniel Paille. "But I think we dealt with it and no one was too upset about it.

"We came this morning ready to play and realizing what we needed to do. I think that was more important than coming in last night. There's two ways you can look at it, and we looked at it the positive way."

The Bruins arrived in Boston at approximately 10:30 a.m., skipping their morning skate before having a meal together. The option to rest last night in Toronto might have even been beneficial to some.

"I think it was fine," said Johnny Boychuk. "We got to go eat and went right to the hotel and right to bed. It wasn't that bad."

Said Shawn Thornton, "I didn't have my dogs kicking me in the back in the middle of the night."

The Bruins were getting revved up for Game 7 Monday night against the Maple Leafs, doing their best to forget their offensive output in the last two games and put another positive spin on tonight's matchup.

"Everybody seems to be focusing on today and not what happened last game at all," Boychuk. "Just have to think of it as this game and not to look ahead at all. And know that we have a tough opponent and know our backs are against the wall just like they have been the last couple of games. We have to be prepared today or else our season is going to be over."

There's no telling whether coach Claude Julien intends to alter his lines after a poor string of periods on offense. The Bruins are 3 for 18 on the power play in the playoffs, including 1 for 8 at home. But changing lines would not be a cause for concern among the players.

"We've been playing together throughout the years with different pairings," Boychuk said. "So we do have some chemistry between different pairings, different groups. So it's not like it's out of the norm that it's going to affect us. And it shouldn't. We have enough experience in the room that we can play with each other and not worry about a thing."

Game 7 live updates: Leafs at Bruins

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff May 13, 2013 05:00 PM

Get updates and add your comments on Game 7 between the Bruins and Maple Leafs in our live blog.

Toronto's Joffrey Lupul says the pressure is on the Bruins

Posted by Staff May 13, 2013 02:20 PM

With a win-or-go-home Game 7 against the Bruins at TD Garden just hours away, Maple Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul spoke confidently to members of the media from the team hotel in Boston Monday afternoon.

Lupul, who has three goals and one assist in the series, said the pressure is on the Bruins, who at one point held a three-games-to-one advantage in this first-round series.

“Everyone’s watching, the spotlight’s on,” Lupul said. “Every play is obviously a high-pressure play. It’s not a time to go out there and play tight. It’s time to not be afraid of the big moment and, obviously, you want to stick to our team game, but as individuals, it’s a great time to step up.

“We’ve won two in a row. The pressure is mostly on them. I don’t think a lot of people expected this game to even be happening, especially when we were down, 3-1.”

Lupul and several other members of the Maple Leafs looked relaxed and well-rested. The Maple Leafs arrived in Boston late Sunday night, unlike the Bruins, who were forced to stay in Toronto after mechanical difficulties grounded their charter flight.

"Those things happen," said Toronto coach Randy Carlyle. "We’ve all been in airports where we’ve had mechanical or weather delays. It’s just part of it. You accept it and move on."

Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf didn't see the Bruins' travel issues as any kind of advantage for the Leafs.

"That’s all part of travel and things happen," he said. "I don’t think it’s an advantage, no."

The Bruins have dropped two straight closeout games since their 4-3 overtime win in Toronto last Wednesday.

“I just think that we’ve given ourselves a chance, that’s all,” Carlyle said. “Anytime you get to a seventh game in the Stanley Cup playoffs, there’s been some good, there’s been some bad. And we’ve been a pretty resilient group all year. We’ve been able to respond from some of the adversity that we’ve had to face.”

After playing before a raucous Toronto fan base at the Air Canada Centre that spurred them to their first playoff win against Boston on their home ice since 1959, the Maple Leafs return to TD Garden.

“Here we are facing a very hungry Boston team in their own building, which will [have] a pretty hostile crowd,” Carlyle said. “We’ll just have to focus on the things that we need to do to give ourselves a chance for success.”

Carlyle offered no update on his top center, Tyler Bozak, who sat out Sunday’s game with an undisclosed upper-body injury. Former Boston first-round pick Joe Colborne saw 15 minutes of ice time in Bozak’s absence Sunday and figures to play significant minutes again tonight if the 27-year-old remains sidelined.

“When we started the series, there was lots of talk about guys not having experience and what not,” said Phaneuf, “but guys have really gone through a lot of ups and downs, as everyone does in different playoff series, and I think that guys have really handled it well and we’ve learned a lot. We’ve been through a lot. We want to keep going.

“We know that it’s going to be an energetic building, that they’re going to come hard, as they always do in their building, and we’ve got to keep raising our game."

The season will come to an end for one team Monday night, and Carlyle's philosophy is a simple one.

“We’ve got to win a game. That’s what it is,” Carlyle said. “If we’re going to continue, we have to win a hockey game, and that’s what our focus has to be. Our focus has to be on our start -- establish the skating game, the forechecking game, the effective workmanlike attitude has to be right at the front. If we can be first on the puck, first faceoff, first body check, first power play. We’re going to try to have a night of firsts.

Game 7 preview: Maple Leafs at Bruins

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 13, 2013 01:59 PM
Good afternoon from TD Garden, where the Bruins will make their third attempt to close out the Maple Leafs and advance to the second round. The Bruins lost the last two games by 2-1 scores.

The Bruins touched down in Boston this morning at approximately 10:30 a.m. They had to remain in Toronto overnight after Game 6 because of a mechanical issue with their plane. The Leafs traveled to Boston immediately after the game.

It is unknown whether Andrew Ference will be available tonight. The defenseman didn’t play Sunday night because of an undisclosed injury, and he is day-to-day, according to coach Claude Julien.

It is also unknown whether the Bruins will change their lineup. They are getting nothing from the No. 2 line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and Tyler Seguin. For now, we’ll assume the lineup will remain the same. But Julien should be quick to change the formation if the Bruins don’t generate any offensive pressure quickly.

Puck drop: 7 p.m.

TV/radio: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Naoko Funayama), 98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers).

Records: Leafs 3-3, Bruins 3-3.

Projected Maple Leafs lineup:

James van Riemsdyk-Nazem Kadri-Phil Kessel
Jay McClement-Mikhail Grabovski-Nikolai Kulemin
Joffrey Lupul-Joe Colborne-Matt Frattin
Leo Komarov-Clarke MacArthur-Colton Orr

Carl Gunnarsson-Dion Phaneuf
Jake Gardiner-Cody Franson
John-Michael Liles-Ryan O’Byrne

James Reimer
Ben Scrivens

Healthy scratches: Ryan Hamilton, Frazer McLaren, Jesse Blacker

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Adam McQuaid
Wade Redden-Dougie Hamilton

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson, Matt Bartkowski, Kaspars Daugavins, Carl Soderberg, Jay Pandolfo

Story lines: Toronto coach Randy Carlyle declined to disclose whether Tyler Bozak will be in tonight’s lineup. Bozak missed Game 6 because of an upper-body injury. Former Bruin Joe Colborne made his NHL playoff debut in Bozak’s spot. Colborne did not look out of place … Even without Bozak, the Leafs were able to create offensively. Nazem Kadri, centering James van Riemsdyk and Phil Kessel, submitted one of his best performances of the series. Kadri assisted on Dion Phaneuf’s game-opening goal. Kadri won an offensive-zone faceoff against Patrice Bergeron prior to Kessel’s winner … Five of the Leafs have appeared in a Game 7: Kessel, van Riemsdyk, Phaneuf, Joffrey Lupul, and Ryan O’Byrne. Twenty of the Bruins have played in at least one Game 7 … Brad Watson and Dan O’Halloran will be the referees. Shane Heyer and Brad Kovachik will be the linesmen.

Bruins unable to fly home after game

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff May 13, 2013 07:34 AM
The Bruins planned to fly to Boston after the loss, but their flight was canceled because of a mechanical issue with their charter. The Bruins remained in Toronto overnight and planned to fly home Monday morning. The Leafs flew to Boston after the game.

The delay altered the Bruins’ routine significantly. They would have touched down early Monday morning. In all likelihood, they would have scrubbed their morning skate, slept in, and reported to the Garden in the afternoon.

Instead, they will have to play Game 7 after flying in the morning. It will be the first game the Bruins will play this season when they have traveled on the same day.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli released a statement on the issue late Sunday: "Late during tonight's game we were made aware that there was a malfunction with our airplane. As a result we are staying in Toronto on Sunday night and the team will travel to Boston on Monday morning."

Bruins players talk about a tough night in Toronto

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff May 12, 2013 11:42 PM
TORONTO -- Now the Bruins must head back to Boston for Game 7. Eventually.

A rough night for the Bruins Sunday in Toronto will turn into a tough day Monday as the team has to fly home and play Game 7 in the same day because of a mechanical malfunction to their airplane.

"Late during tonight's game we were made aware that there was a malfunction with our airplane," Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said in a statement. "As a result we are staying in Toronto on Sunday night and the team will travel to Boston on Monday morning."

Before the plane issues cropped up, Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask spoke about losing Game 6 on a night when his team needed to play with determination and desperation.

"It's really disappointing," Rask said after the 2-1 loss to the Leafs. "But with a game like that, you can't expect to win. The Leafs have played really good throughout the series, they get rewarded, so that's about it."

Rask was asked if it was frustrating that the offense has been coming up short while he's been playing well.

"Yeah, you'd like them to score five goals every game, but it's just not going to happen. I'm just trying to keep the puck out of my net and hopefully we get the goals."

Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg also touched on the lack of scoring punch.

"Tuukka was awesome like every game," Seidenberg said. "If you only score one goal, a lot of you end up on the wrong side. Tonight, we just didn't score enough to win."

Regarding Game 7 Monday night at TD Garden, Rask remains confident that the Bruins can finally put the Leafs away.

"I expect us to play a great game," Rask said. "Be not frustrated, but determined, and go out there and play a great game.

"We talked about playing with a desperation, matching their desperation … I don't think we did but hopefully we've got something left now."

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara knew the Bruins were in trouble in the third period.

"It was pretty obvious who was going to score that first goal and they did," Chara said after the loss. "They got the momentum and energy from that and after that they got that second one."

Chara was asked what the Bruins could do to get the advantage back Monday night in Boston.

"Managing probably the puck better," he said.

Rookie defenseman Dougie Hamilton gave all the credit to Leafs goalie James Reimer (29 saves), who had stoned the Bruins most of the way.

"I thought we had some chances when the puck bounced and [Reimer] made some good saves," Hamilton said. "That's obviously the way it goes sometimes with hot goalies and I think we just have to keep trying to get chances and keep playing hard around the net...

"I don't think anyone's too happy. I think we just have to move on and definitely look at this game and see what we have to do differently. We just can't forget it and go into tomorrow. We have to change something up and hopefully win tomorrow."

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 12, 2013 07:09 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Adam McQuaid
Wade Redden-Dougie Hamilton

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Tonight's Leafs lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 12, 2013 07:09 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

Joffrey Lupul-Tyler Bozak-Phil Kessel
James van Riemsdyk-Mikhail Grabovski-Nikolai Kulemin
Clarke MacArthur-Nazem Kadri-Matt Frattin
Leo Komarov-Jay McClement-Colton Orr

Carl Gunnarsson-Dion Phaneuf
Jake Gardiner-Cody Franson
John-Michael Liles-Ryan O’Byrne

Game 6 final: Maple Leafs 2, Bruins 1

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff May 12, 2013 06:00 PM

Review the updates and comments on Game 6 between the Bruins and Maple Leafs in our live blog.

Andrew Ference out tonight

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 12, 2013 12:37 PM
Andrew Ference will not play tonight because of an undisclosed injury. Ference did not make the trip to Toronto yesterday. Ference is considered day-to-day, said Claude Julien.

“Didn’t make the trip for the right reasons,” Julien said. “We’re heading back home tonight, one way or another. He’s a day-to-day.”

This will mark the second game Ference will miss in the series. Ference was suspended for Game 2 because of his illegal check to the head of Mikhail Grabovski in Game 1.

Ference’s status further muddies the defensive lineup. Wade Redden skated this morning and practiced yesterday, but the ex-Blue is a game-time decision for tonight. Redden didn’t play in Game 5 because of an undisclosed injury.

If Redden can play, he will most likely replace Ference as Johnny Boychuk’s partner on the No. 2 pairing. If Redden can’t go, Dougie Hamilton could dress for the second time in the series. However, if Hamilton goes in, Dennis Seidenberg would have to switch to the left side and be split from Zdeno Chara.

The guess here is that Redden will dress. Tonight’s expected lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Wade Redden-Johnny Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Game 6 preview: Bruins at Maple Leafs

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 12, 2013 09:53 AM
TORONTO – Good morning from the Air Canada Centre, where the Bruins will have their second take at eliminating the Maple Leafs from the playoffs. The Bruins dropped Game 5 at TD Garden, 2-1. The Bruins will look to apply the same pressure they showed in Game 5’s third period for 60 minutes tonight.

Wade Redden, out for Game 5 because of an undisclosed injury, could be back in tonight’s lineup. Redden participated in an optional practice Saturday at the Garden. If Redden goes back in, Matt Bartkowski would be a healthy scratch.

Puck drop: 7:30 p.m.

TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Naoko Funayama),98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Records: Bruins 3-2, Leafs 2-3

Projected Leafs lineup:

Joffrey Lupul-Tyler Bozak-Phil Kessel
James van Riemsdyk-Mikhail Grabovski-Nikolai Kulemin
Clarke MacArthur-Nazem Kadri-Matt Frattin
Leo Komarov-Jay McClement-Colton Orr

Carl Gunnarsson-Dion Phaneuf
Jake Gardiner-Cody Franson
John-Michael Liles-Ryan O’Byrne

James Reimer
Ben Scrivens

Healthy scratches: Ryan Hamilton, Joe Colborne, Frazer McLaren, Jesse Blacker

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Wade Redden-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Dougie Hamilton, Aaron Johnson, Matt Bartkowski, Kaspars Daugavins, Carl Soderberg, Jay Pandolfo

Storylines: If the Leafs win tonight, Game 7 will be Monday at the Garden at 7 p.m. That does not give either team much turnaround time, especially if tonight’s game goes into overtime… The Bruins are 10-13 all-time in Game 6 when they have a 3-2 series lead… David Krejci brings a five-game scoring streak into tonight. Krejci has five goals and six assists in the series… Dan O’Rourke and Brad Meier will be the referees. Steve Barton and Brian Murphy will be the linesmen.

Bruins-Maple Leafs postgame reactions

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff May 10, 2013 10:48 PM
A selection of comments from the Bruins and Maple Leafs after Toronto's 2-1 victory in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series.

Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference on getting beat by Tyler Bozak for a shorthanded goal:
"Well, it sucks. It sucks to mishandle a puck, but it’s not a bad decision or anything like that. It just happens, so it’s fine. It’s happened to all of us and you deal with it."

Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle on the play of goalie James Reimer (43 saves):
"You know, the playoffs take different twists and turns, and as a young goaltender he’s been presented with a lot of pressure. And you know, he’s remained fairly calm and levelheaded. And you can see the growth of a hockey player and specifically a goaltender that’s finding this way and learning some of the intricacies of playoff hockey, and the experience should be real valuable to him as it should be to all of our young players."

Bruins forward Brad Marchand on not generating many quality scoring opportunities:
"Yeah, we didn’t get any traffic in front of him. He’s a good goalie. He’s going to stop the shots that he sees and we just have to get more bodies in front."

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara on what he felt Bruins were missing:
"I thought our first period, if we would play the same way we played from the midpoint of the game, we would be in much better shape I think, so we’ve got to make sure we play the same way like we did towards the end."

Third-period surge not enough for Bruins

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff May 10, 2013 10:09 PM
As would be expected from a team on the brink of elimination, the Toronto Maple Leafs began Game 5 with an aggressive approach, skating fast and out-shooting the Bruins, 19-8 in the first period.

The Bruins held them off until midway through the second period before a crucial mistake by Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference led to a shorthanded goal by Tyler Bozak. Only after Toronto padded its lead early in the third period did the Bruins turn the intensity up several notches, and by the time the game ended, the Bruins had a 44-33 advantage in shots.

It did not, however, translate into a victory. The Bruins, despite a furious bid in the third period, could not equalize and lost, 2-1.

"If there's one positive to take out of this game, it's the way we pressured in the third period and the way we battled, kept the pucks in, and got the pucks to the net," defenseman Dennis Seidenberg said. "We have to take that out of the game and pick up right from there and go into the next one."

Game 6 is Sunday in Toronto. Seidenberg wouldn't chalk the loss up to bad luck.

"You have to work for your luck, and we started working too late. But if we keep going that way, then we should be fine," Seidenberg said.

Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer made 43 saves, including 18 in the third period as the Bruins peppered him constantly. Only Zdeno Chara's wrist shot with less than nine minutes to play beat Reimer.

"It's the way we've got to play to have results," center Patrice Bergeron said. "We're expecting to get a desperate team over there, and that's the only way we need to play in order to have success."

The Bruins were on their heels in the first period, but the goaltending of Tuukka Rask kept the game tied, 0-0, through one period. Bozak's shorthanded breakway made it 1-0, and Clarke MacArthur had a breakaway 1:58 into the third to make it 2-0.

"We can't just be frustrated, we have to go out there and do it for our team," Bergeron said. "We didn't come out the way we should have come out in order to win the game. ... We were kind of scrambling after that. We've got to play the way we did in the third and look forward to Game 6. It'll be a tough one so we need to make sure we're ready for a big game."

Was it difficult for the Bruins to match the intensity a desperate Toronto team exhibited in the early going?

"If you have the killer instinct, it shouldn't be, but we just didn't have that tonight, and that's why we performed the way that we did in the first half of the game," Seidenberg said.

The Bruins know they squandered a chance to get some rest before the next round of the playoffs.

"Our plan was to close out tonight. We don't like things easy, it seems like. We just seem like we want to always make it tight, or hard on ourselves, but we just have to find a way next game, and just play," Seidenberg said.

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 10, 2013 06:37 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Tonight's Leafs lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 10, 2013 06:30 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

Joffrey Lupul-Tyler Bozak-Matt Frattin
James van Riemsdyk-Mikhail Grabovski-Nikolai Kulemin
Clarke MacArthur-Nazem Kadri-Phil Kessel
Leo Komarov-Jay McClement-Colton Orr

Carl Gunnarsson-Dion Phaneuf
Jake Gardiner-Cody Franson
John-Michael Liles-Ryan O’Byrne

James Reimer
Ben Scrivens

Game 5 final: Maple Leafs 2, Bruins 1

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff May 10, 2013 05:30 PM

Follow the latest updates and comments on Game 5 between the Bruins and Maple Leafs in our live blog.

Bruins-Maple Leafs Game 6 time set

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff May 10, 2013 04:20 PM
A Game 6 between the Bruins and Maple Leafs would begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Toronto's Air Canada Centre, the NHL announced Friday.

The Maple Leafs must win tonight's Game 5 to extend the series.

Here are the scenarios for Sunday:
If Toronto wins Game 5:

4:30 p.m.: Washington Capitals at New York Rangers Game 6
7 p.m.: New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins, Game 7-x
7:30 p.m.: Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs, Game 6
10 p.m.: Detroit Red Wings at Anaheim Ducks, Game 7-x

If Boston wins Game 5:
7 p.m.: New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins, Game 7-x
7:30 p.m. Washington Capitals at New York Rangers, Game 6
10 p.m.: Detroit Red Wings at Anaheim Ducks, Game 7-x

x-if necessary

Wade Redden out for Game 5

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 10, 2013 11:32 AM
Wade Redden will not play tonight because of an undisclosed injury. Matt Bartkowski, recalled from Providence Thursday night, will most likely get the nod. Bartkowski practiced in Redden’s spot alongside Adam McQuaid on the No. 3 pairing this morning.

Claude Julien classified Redden as day-to-day. It is unknown when or how Redden suffered his injury. Redden played 16:59 in Game 4 in Toronto.

Julien would not commit to Bartkowski over Dougie Hamilton. Bartkowski, however, is a left-shot defenseman. With Bartkowski paired with McQuaid, the other tandems could stay the same. If Hamilton goes in, Dennis Seidenberg would have to go back to the left side, which is unlikely.

Tonight’s expected lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Matt Bartkowski-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Game 5: Maple Leafs at Bruins preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 10, 2013 10:19 AM
Good morning from TD Garden, where there could be handshakes tonight. The Bruins will look to close out the Leafs.

The Bruins are not expected to make any lineup changes. Matt Bartkowski was recalled Thursday for depth purposes.

John-Michael Liles will dress in place of Mark Fraser, who is out with facial fractures. Fraser was injured in Game 4 when Milan Lucic hit him in the forehead with a shot.

Puck drop: 7 p.m.

TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Naoko Funayama),98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Records: Leafs 1-3, Bruins 3-1

Projected Leafs lineup:

Joffrey Lupul-Tyler Bozak-Phil Kessel
James van Riemsdyk-Mikhail Grabovski-Nikolai Kulemin
Clarke MacArthur-Nazem Kadri-Matt Frattin
Leo Komarov-Jay McClement-Colton Orr

Carl Gunnarsson-Dion Phaneuf
Jake Gardiner-Cody Franson
John-Michael Liles-Ryan O’Byrne

James Reimer
Ben Scrivens

Healthy scratches: Ryan Hamilton, Joe Colborne, Frazer McLaren, Jesse Blacker

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Wade Redden-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Dougie Hamilton, Aaron Johnson, Matt Bartkowski, Kaspars Daugavins, Carl Soderberg, Jay Pandolfo

Storylines: The Leafs also called up a spare defenseman Thursday. Jesse Blacker will be a healthy scratch. No sign of Mike Komisarek, unfortunately… David Krejci is the leading playoff scorer (5-5—10). Krejci is coming off a hat trick in Game 4. Krejci, Milan Lucic, and Nathan Horton should see plenty of Dion Phaneuf and Carl Gunnarsson… Providence starts its second round of the playoffs tonight. Providence rallied from an 0-2 deficit in the first round to beat Hershey in the opening round… The Bruins are 9-8 all-time in Game 5 when they have a 3-1 series lead… Paul Devorski and Dan O’Halloran will be the referees. Derek Amell and Tim Nowak will be the linesmen.

Bruins aiming to close out first round

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 9, 2013 01:41 PM
The Bruins have no intentions of returning to Toronto for Game 6 on Sunday. They will do everything they can to eliminate the Maple Leafs in Friday’s Game 5 at TD Garden.

“You’ve got to play your best game,” coach Claude Julien said. “We know how hard it is to close. That’s the thing that you hope your players realize and understand extremely well after all the experiences we’ve had throughout the years. We now know how hard it is to close. There’s no reason for us to come out tomorrow and not play as hard, if not harder, than we did last night.”

Nathan Horton was shaken up on the game-winning sequence. Dion Phaneuf blasted Horton with a heavy hit just as he chipped the puck ahead. Horton said he’s feeling fine and that he saw Phaneuf coming. Horton will be ready for Game 5.

The Bruins did not hold a full practice on Thursday.

Watch: David Krejci talks about big night, game-winning goal

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff May 8, 2013 11:58 PM
David Krejci's third goal of the night at 13:06 of overtime gave the Bruins a 4-3 victory in Game 4 and a commanding 3-1 lead in their playoff series against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"It happened," a humble Krejci said regarding the winning goal. "If it wouldn't be for Horty [Nathan Horton], he took the hit to make a play, and other guys played a big part on the goal, [Milan] Lucic was driving the net. I was actually looking for Horty to pass, then Z [Zdeno Chara] was behind me, so I had that many options, but they took them away and I got left with the shot and luckily it went in."

Krejci, now the leading scorer in the NHL playoffs with 10 points in the opening round, was having a huge night before the game-winner. In a four-minute span in the second period, he plowed into the crease and Leafs goalie James Reimer on both his first and second goals of the game. His second goal gave the Bruins a 3-2 lead.

"It's a big difference if you're going back home with a 3-1 lead or a tie series, 2-2," Krejci said. "It was a big one tonight but we know the last step is the hardest."

Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk said Krejci always plays at a high level.

"He's always like that," Boychuk said after the epic win at Air Canada Centre. "He's a good player and he seems to find guys, and guys are in better positioning now. It's just a simpler game in the playoffs, and he makes it look easy."

Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask was also impressed by the play of No. 46.

"I didn't even realize he scored a hat trick today," Rask said. "I've said in the past few games here, when he's on, he's on. He does whatever he wants. He makes the right plays and scores goals, so today was a pretty good example of that."

Bruins coach Claude Julien also offered high praise for his center after the win.

"His line has been good throughout this whole series, but David tonight was certainly the guy shining," Julien said. "He's been a real good playoff performer for years for us. There are certain players who just thrive on playoff hockey, and he's one of those guys."

Game 4 final: Bruins 4, Maple Leafs 3

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff May 8, 2013 07:15 PM

Review updates and comments on Game 4 between the Bruins and Maple Leafs in our live blog.

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 8, 2013 06:42 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Wade Redden-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Bruins need more offense from Patrice Bergeron's line

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 8, 2013 12:47 PM

Milan Lucic, David Krejci, and Nathan Horton are leading the offensive charge for the Bruins through three games of this series against Toronto. The third line busted through in Game 3 for the Bruins’ second goal. The fourth line has been consistent in all three games.

Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and Tyler Seguin have yet to replicate their teammates’ offensive touch. Toronto’s top pairing of Dion Phaneuf and Carl Gunnarsson has kept Bergeron’s line off the scoresheet.

“They’ve had some chances,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien. “But they haven’t capitalized. No doubt they can be a little bit better. We’re counting on that.”

Bergeron’s line has been thorough on defense, taking shifts against Toronto’s top two lines. But with the Leafs expected to make their biggest push so far tonight, the Bruins will need Bergeron’s line to cash in on their opportunities.

* Tuukka Rask was not named one of the Vezina Trophy finalists as the league's best goalie. The general managers voted for Sergei Bobrovsky, Antti Niemi, and Henrik Lundqvist.

“Sometimes you control what you can,” Julien said. “What he can control right now is how well he plays and how well he’s going to continue to play through these playoffs. That’s more valuable than the little individual trophy that is voted by different people. At the end of the day, everybody’s told you the same thing: You aim for the big trophy, which is more important than the individual one.”

* The Bruins didn’t make any lineup changes during their morning skate. Toronto held an optional skate.

Game 4: Bruins at Maple Leafs preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 8, 2013 10:02 AM
TORONTO – Good morning from the Air Canada Centre, where the Bruins will look to grab a 3-1 series lead tonight over the Maple Leafs. No lineup changes are expected for either team.

All eyes will be on linesmen Scott Cherrey and Brian Murphy. The Leafs weren’t happy about how the Bruins were cheating on the draw in Game 3. The Bruins won 60 percent of the faceoffs. Randy Carlyle didn’t think the Bruins were placing their sticks down first, as visitors must do.

Puck drop: 7 p.m.

TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Naoko Funayama),98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Records: Bruins 2-1, Leafs 1-2

Projected Leafs lineup:

Joffrey Lupul-Tyler Bozak-Phil Kessel
James van Riemsdyk-Mikhail Grabovski-Nikolai Kulemin
Ryan Hamilton-Nazem Kadri-Matt Frattin
Leo Komarov-Jay McClement-Colton Orr

Carl Gunnarsson-Dion Phaneuf
Mark Fraser-Cody Franson
Jake Gardiner-Ryan O’Byrne

James Reimer
Ben Scrivens

Healthy scratches: Clarke MacArthur, Joe Colborne, Frazer McLaren, John-Michael Liles

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Wade Redden-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Dougie Hamilton, Aaron Johnson, Kaspars Daugavins, Carl Soderberg, Jay Pandolfo

Storylines: The Bruins’ depth showed in Game 3. The Bruins had offensive contributions from the third and fourth lines. Rich Peverley and Jaromir Jagr connected for the team’s second goal. Daniel Paille gave the Bruins a three-goal lead when he scored a shorthanded strike after picking Phil Kessel’s pocket. Six of Toronto’s seven goals have come off the sticks of Kessel, Joffrey Lupul, and James van Riemsdyk, who are all top-six forwards. None of the bottom-six Leafs has scored… Nathan Horton will look to extend his goal-scoring streak to four games. Horton, David Krejci, and Milan Lucic have been the Bruins’ best offensive forwards… Eric Furlatt and Francois St. Laurent will be the referees. Scott Cherrey and Brian Murphy will be the linesmen.

Claude Julien accuses Randy Carlyle of 'crying wolf'

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 7, 2013 02:43 PM

On Tuesday afternoon, Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said the Bruins were cheating on faceoffs in Game 3, because as the visitors, they were supposed to put their sticks down first. After he reviewed video, Carlyle said that wasn’t happening.

In response, Bruins coach Claude Julien said he didn’t think his centers were doing anything wrong.

“I’ve looked at the video, too," said Julien. "It is what it is. Guys getting kicked out, not getting kicked out. When you lobby for something, it’s because you’re looking for a bit of a break the next game. That’s what Randy’s doing right now. He’s lobbying for some breaks on the faceoffs.

"It’s going to be interesting to see where the referees and the linesmen do their job next game and not worry about who’s crying wolf.”

The Bruins won 60 percent of the faceoffs in Game 3.

Also:

* Jaromir Jagr said he’s still not 100 percent. Jagr, who missed the last two regular-season games because of flulike symptoms, said he was laid low for five or six days because of the illness.

* The Bruins held an optional practice Tuesday. No lineup changes are expected for Game 4.

Maple Leafs looking ahead to Game 4

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 7, 2013 01:25 PM
TORONTO – The Leafs used today’s practice at the Air Canada Centre to put their 5-2 Game 3 loss behind them.

“We can’t change what happened,” coach Randy Carlyle said. “That can’t be the focus on what today brought. Today was about flushing what happened last night, recognizing what happened, and to get in the preparation mode for tomorrow. Our focus has to be on what we can improve on in tomorrow night’s game.”

The Leafs will be seeking better performance on faceoffs. The Bruins won 61 percent of Monday night’s draws. Carlyle, however, believed the Bruins were given too much leniency on the draw. Tyler Bozak was tossed from the circle repeatedly.

“The explanation I was given – I talked to the official between periods – was, ‘Visitor down, home down, puck down,’ ” Carlyle said. “That clearly was not happening per the video.”

The Leafs did not make any lineup changes in practice. Today’s lineup:

Joffrey Lupul-Tyler Bozak-Phil Kessel
James van Riemsdyk-Mikhail Grabovski-Nikolai Kulemin
Ryan Hamilton-Nazem Kadri-Matt Frattin
Leo Komarov-Jay McClement-Colton Orr

Carl Gunnarsson-Dion Phaneuf
Mark Fraser-Cody Franson
Jake Gardiner-Ryan O’Byrne

James Reimer
Ben Scrivens

'Toronto Stronger' sign invokes wrath of Boston fans

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff May 6, 2013 10:01 PM
A Toronto hockey fan's decision to display a sign reading "Toronto Stronger" at Game 3 of the Bruins-Maple Leafs playoff series led to a hostile reaction across social media Monday night.

The sign, a play on the popular "Boston Strong" theme that emerged after the Boston Marathon bombings in April as the city began the healing process, was held by a fan outside the Air Canada Centre and photos of it zoomed around the net quickly thereafter.

Reaction was just as swift, with comments ranging from calling it classless and insensitive to remarks considerably more vehement and vulgar. The phrase was trending on Twitter in both Toronto and Boston on Monday night. Many Canadians were also quick to rebuke the sign-holder on social media, message boards and other media.

One Bruins fan who runs a Bruins fan site took his response to the next level using his specialty – Photoshopped images. (We had to Photoshop it a bit as well). @BosBruinsFan also designed the alternate version of the Boston Strong logo seen in the image below and it is being sold as a pin to benefit One Fund Boston.

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Tonight's Maple Leafs lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 6, 2013 06:45 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

Joffrey Lupul-Tyler Bozak-Matt Frattin
Ryan Hamilton-Nazem Kadri-Phil Kessel
James van Riemsdyk-Mikhail Grabovski-Nikolai Kulemin
Leo Komarov-Jay McClement-Colton Orr

Carl Gunnarsson-Dion Phaneuf
Mark Fraser-Cody Franson
Jake Gardiner-Ryan O’Byrne

James Reimer
Ben Scrivens

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 6, 2013 06:39 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Wade Redden-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Game 3 final: Bruins 5, Maple Leafs 3

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff May 6, 2013 05:51 PM

Review the updates, commentary, images and video from Game 3 between the Bruins and Maple Leafs in our live blog.

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Game 3: Bruins at Maple Leafs preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 6, 2013 10:20 AM
TORONTO – Good morning from the Air Canada Centre, where the Bruins will look to take a 2-1 series lead tonight against the Maple Leafs.

Andrew Ference, suspended for Game 2, will return to the lineup tonight. With Ference back in, Dougie Hamilton should be the healthy scratch.

Ference’s return will also put the pairings back to Game 1 normalcy. Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg will be the shutdown pair. Seidenberg will return to the right side.

Puck drop: 7 p.m.

TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Naoko Funayama),98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Records: Bruins 1-1, Leafs 1-1

Projected Leafs lineup:

Joffrey Lupul-Tyler Bozak-Phil Kessel
James van Riemsdyk-Mikhail Grabovski-Nikolai Kulemin
Leo Komarov-Nazem Kadri-Matt Frattin
Ryan Hamilton-Jay McClement-Colton Orr

Carl Gunnarsson-Dion Phaneuf
Mark Fraser-Cody Franson
Jake Gardiner-Ryan O’Byrne

James Reimer
Ben Scrivens

Healthy scratches: Joe Colborne, Frazer McLaren, John-Michael Liles

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Wade Redden-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Dougie Hamilton, Aaron Johnson, Kaspars Daugavins, Carl Soderberg, Jay Pandolfo

Storylines: Rich Peverley will most likely stay in the lineup for the second straight game. Peverley didn’t have much offensive chemistry with Chris Kelly and Jaromir Jagr. But Peverley won eight of 10 faceoffs. Kelly had struggled in Game 1 on the draw… The Bruins had just nine seconds of power-play time in Game 2. They need to draw more penalties by possessing the puck tonight… Drew MacIntyre has been returned to the Marlies. MacIntyre had been promoted because Ben Scrivens had to attend a family funeral on Friday… The Bruins are scheduled to practice at the Air Canada Centre Tuesday … Chris Rooney and Steve Kozari will be the referees. Shane Heyer and Don Henderson will be the linesmen.

Fans describe Bruins players in one word

Posted by Staff May 6, 2013 09:01 AM

The atmosphere around TD Garden Saturday night was nothing short of electric as Bruins fans and Toronto fans buzzed outside the arena before the 7 p.m. game, chanting for their teams and exchanging competitive words before the two teams took the ice.

We challenged Bruins fans to describe their favorite players in just one word. Watch the video above to see their interesting responses.

Here's a look at some of the players fans described in extra detail.

Brad Marchand: "It doesn't matter how big the other guy is, he goes and grinds in the corners with him."

Patrice Bergeron: "No better two-way player, forward, in the league than Patrice Bergeron."

We even asked what fans thought of Phil Kessel, whom the Bruins traded to Toronto for draft picks that allowed the Bruins to acquire Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton. There were a variety of answers, but the consensus was the same:

"Thank you, Phil Kessel."

No line changes for Bruins in practice

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 5, 2013 11:17 AM

The Bruins have started their practice at TD Garden. There are no line changes up front from Game 2.

Andrew Ference is expected to slot back into the second pairing in Game 3. Ference will replace Dougie Hamilton, who made his NHL playoff debut last night.

“He understands how important those playoff games and those things you do in playoffs are,” Claude Julien said. “He’s stabilized our defense as far as getting the right pairs and everything else. He’s a guy who comes to play every night. Not only is he a good player, he’s a good leader.”

Today’s practice lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Jay Pandolfo-Carl Soderberg-Kaspars Daugavins

Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Wade Redden-Adam McQuaid
Aaron Johnson-Dougie Hamilton

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

The challenge is for the Bruins to find some offensive presence from the No. 3 line of Rich Peverley, Chris Kelly, and Jaromir Jagr. The line has done little offensively in the first two games. Jagr committed an offensive-zone turnover that led to James van Riemsdyk’s insurance goal.

“Our first two lines have been together for quite a long time and they’re playing well,” Julien said. “They’re generating stuff. Now it’s about trying to build some chemistry with some players. We keep trying to find players to complement him a little bit. At the same time, he’s battled a pretty tough flu a week ago. I know he’s not feeling 100 percent yet. We’re certainly counting on him.”

* The Bruins are scheduled to travel to Toronto this afternoon.

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 4, 2013 06:39 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Adam McQuaid
Dennis Seidenberg-Johnny Boychuk
Wade Redden-Dougie Hamilton

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Tonight's Leafs lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 4, 2013 06:35 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

James van Riemsdyk-Tyler Bozak-Phil Kessel
Joffrey Lupul-Nazem Kadri-Nikolai Kulemin
Leo Komarov-Mikhail Grabovski-Matt Frattin
Ryan Hamilton-Jay McClement-Colton Orr

Carl Gunnarsson-Dion Phaneuf
Mark Fraser-Cody Franson
Jake Gardiner-Ryan O’Byrne

James Reimer
Ben Scrivens

Game 2 final: Maple Leafs 4, Bruins 2

Posted by Steve Silva, Boston.com Staff May 4, 2013 05:03 PM
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Claude Julien noncommittal about lineup changes

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 4, 2013 11:45 AM
Claude Julien declined to share whether Dougie Hamilton or Rich Peverley will make their series debuts tonight. But based on the morning skate, both Hamilton and Peverley should be in the Game 2 lineup.

Hamilton practiced alongside Wade Redden on the No. 3 pairing. Peverley took shifts on the third line with Chris Kelly and Jaromir Jagr. Kaspars Daugavins, who was the No. 3 left wing in Game 1, remained on the ice for extra work after the morning skate, indicating he will be a healthy scratch tonight. Also staying out for extra work were Carl Soderberg, Jay Pandolfo, and Aaron Johnson, who will also be healthy scratches.

Hamilton and Peverley will have to adjust to a Toronto club that promises to be better tonight.

“You just have to look around the league at what’s going on,” Julien said. “A lot of series are tied 1-1. There’s nothing to get cocky about or confident about. You’ve just got to play every game like you thought you’d play that first one. We know they’ll be a better team. This is not a secret to anybody. We have to be better ourselves.”

Game 2: Maple Leafs at Bruins preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 4, 2013 10:18 AM
Good morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins will look to grab a 2-0 series lead over the Maple Leafs tonight.

Andrew Ference is suspended for Game 2 for his illegal check to Mikhail Grabovski’s head in Game 1. Ference is eligible to return for Game 3 on Monday at the Air Canada Centre.

Dougie Hamilton is expected to make his NHL playoff debut in Ference’s place. Hamilton was a healthy scratch in Game 1.

Rich Peverley could also return to the lineup tonight. Peverley practiced on the third line yesterday with Chris Kelly and Jaromir Jagr. Kaspars Daugavins could be a healthy scratch.

Puck drop: 7 p.m.

TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Naoko Funayama),98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Records: Leafs 0-1, Bruins 1-0

Projected Leafs lineup (courtesy of the Toronto Star):

Joffrey Lupul-Tyler Bozak-Phil Kessel
James van Riemsdyk-Mikhail Grabovski-Nikolai Kulemin
Leo Komarov-Nazem Kadri-Clarke MacArthur
Ryan Hamilton-Jay McClement-Colton Orr

Carl Gunnarsson-Dion Phaneuf
Mark Fraser-Cody Franson
Jake Gardiner-Ryan O’Byrne

James Reimer
Ben Scrivens

Healthy scratches: Joe Colborne, Frazer McLaren, John-Michael Liles

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Adam McQuaid
Dennis Seidenberg-Johnny Boychuk
Wade Redden-Dougie Hamilton

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Aaron Johnson, Kaspars Daugavins, Carl Soderberg, Jay Pandolfo

Storylines: It’s possible that James van Riemsdyk will be split from Tyler Bozak and Phil Kessel. The former UNH star practiced on the second line yesterday. Van Riemsdyk was Toronto’s best forward in Game 1. The left wing scored a power-play goal and nearly scored a shorthanded strike… Dennis Seidenberg will most likely move to the left side tonight. Seidenberg has been on the right side since March 25… Wade Redden has 49 career playoff points. Redden scored a goal and an assist in Game 1… Dan O’Rourke and Mike Leggo will be the referees. Jonny Murray and David Brisebois will be the linesmen.

Rich Peverley returns to third line in practice

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 3, 2013 11:06 AM
WILMINGTON – The Bruins have started their practice at Ristuccia Arena in preparation for Game 2.

Rich Peverley, a healthy scratch in Game 1, is practicing on the third line with Chris Kelly and Jaromir Jagr. Kaspars Daugavins, the No. 3 left wing on Wednesday, is one of three spare forwards along with Carl Soderberg and Jay Pandolfo.

After practice, Claude Julien did not commit to his Game 2 lineup. But Julien acknowledged that Peverley can still play an important role.

“I don’t think we intended on sitting him out the whole time,” Julien said. “We started off with a lineup that we thought was deserving of starting the last game. We have an opportunity here moving forward to decide what we want to do.”

Andrew Ference will not play tomorrow after being suspended for his illegal check to Mikhail Grabovski’s head.

The Bruins have split up the power pairing of Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg. Chara is practicing with Adam McQuaid. Seidenberg has shifted to the left side and is paired with Johnny Boychuk on the No. 2 duo. Wade Redden and Dougie Hamilton are the third pair.

Julien also declined to finalize Hamilton’s inclusion into the Game 2 lineup. But it appears the rookie will make his NHL playoff debut tomorrow.

“I’ve done a lot of bike rides, practices here, and working out too,” said Hamilton, a healthy scratch in five of the final eight regular-season games. “I feel good. If I get the opportunity, I’m ready.”

Today’s lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Rich Peverley-Chris Kelly-Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Jay Pandolfo-Carl Soderberg-Kaspars Daugavins

Zdeno Chara-Adam McQuaid
Dennis Seidenberg-Johnny Boychuk
Wade Redden-Dougie Hamilton
Andrew Ference-Aaron Johnson

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Andrew Ference suspended for one game

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 2, 2013 07:01 PM

The NHL has suspended Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference for one game. The Department of Player Safety ruled that Ference threw an illegal check to the head of Toronto's Mikhail Grabovski in the first period of Wednesday night’s 4-1 Bruins win.

NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan noted that the hit was not defensive in nature. Ference was in control of the play when he lunged toward Grabovski with his left arm and shoulder. Ference made Grabovski’s head the principal point of contact, Shanahan said. Grabovski did not change the position of his head prior to the collision.

Grabovski was not injured on Wednesday night’s play.

Ference was considered a repeat offender. He was suspended three games last year for boarding Ryan McDonagh.

Without Ference for Game 2 Saturday, the Bruins will consider multiple options.

Ference was paired with Johnny Boychuk in Game 1.

The Bruins have four left-shot defensemen (Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg, Wade Redden, Aaron Johnson) and three right-shot defensemen (Boychuk, Adam McQuaid, Dougie Hamilton).

They could recall Matt Bartkowski from Providence and pair him with either Boychuk or McQuaid. That would allow Chara and Seidenberg to stay together against Phil Kessel. If Johnson plays, the ex-Blue Jacket could be paired with Boychuk, allowing the Chara-Seidenberg and Redden-McQuaid pairs to remain intact.

If they opt for Hamilton, Chara and Seidenberg would not skate together. Chara and Boychuk would be the likely top duo. Seidenberg would shift back to the left side and play with Hamilton. Redden and McQuaid would be the No. 3 pairing.

Bruins preparing for improved Toronto team in Game 2

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 2, 2013 01:12 PM
The Maple Leafs should be better in Game 2. They can’t be much worse than they were in Game 1.

“It’s a good team,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien. “I’ve been extremely impressed with the direction the Leafs have gone this year. Sure, Randy [Carlyle] has done a great job and the players have bought in. It just goes to show when you play as a team what can happen.

"That’s why I’m standing here and telling you right now that we’re not overconfident. None of that stuff. We know it’s going to be a tough series. We’re going to have to grind it out.”

For now, Julien is progressing as if defenseman Andrew Ference will be available in Game 2. If Ference is suspended for his hit on Toronto's Mikhail Grabovski in Game 1, the Bruins have other options on defense.

* Today was an off day for the Bruins. They are scheduled to practice tomorrow at Ristuccia Arena at 10:30 a.m.

Andrew Ference to have disciplinary hearing

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 2, 2013 10:56 AM
Andrew Ference will have a disciplinary hearing on the phone today with Brendan Shanahan. The call will center on Ference’s check to the head of Mikhail Grabovski in the first period of last night’s 4-1 Bruins win.

On the play, both players pursued the puck in the corner. Ference’s left elbow appeared to catch Grabovski on the side of the head. Grabovski hit the deck but was not injured. No penalty was called.

When asked about the incident after the game, Ference said he couldn’t recall the play.

Ference is the team’s left-side defenseman on the second pairing. If Ference is suspended, either Aaron Johnson or Dougie Hamilton would dress.

If Johnson plays, the left-shot defenseman could be paired with Johnny Boychuk in Ference’s spot. If Hamilton dresses, Boychuk would most likely move up with Zdeno Chara. Dennis Seidenberg, Chara’s partner, would switch to the left side and skate with Hamilton. The third pair of Wade Redden and Adam McQuaid would remain intact.

Ference is not considered a repeat offender. Ference was fined for his obscene gesture during the first round of the 2011 playoffs against Montreal.

Final: Bruins 4, Maple Leafs 1

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff May 1, 2013 09:58 PM

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Tonight's Leafs lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 1, 2013 06:46 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

James van Riemsdyk-Tyler Bozak-Phil Kessel
Joffrey Lupul-Mikhail Grabovski-Nikolai Kulemin
Clarke MacArthur-Nazem Kadri-Leo Komarov
Frazer McLaren-Jay McClement-Colton Orr

Carl Gunnarsson-Dion Phaneuf
Mark Fraser-Cody Franson
John-Michael Liles-Mike Kostka

James Reimer
Ben Scrivens

Tonight's Bruins lineup

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 1, 2013 06:45 PM
Based on pregame warmups:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Kaspars Daugavins-Chris Kelly-Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Wade Redden-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

* James Reimer will start in goal for the Leafs.

Leafs expect Tyler Bozak to play in Game 1 vs. Bruins

Posted by Michael Vega, Globe Staff May 1, 2013 12:54 PM

After missing the last two regular-season games with an upper-body injury suffered last Wednesday at Tampa Bay, Toronto's top centerman, Tyler Bozak, is expected to be back in the lineup for the Maple Leafs Wednesday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series against the Bruins.

Bozak, who centers Toronto's top line between James van Riemsdyk and Phil Kessel, tied for fifth in team scoring this season with 28 points (12 goals, 16 assists). During Wednesday's morning skate at TD Garden, Bozak, 27, said nothing was going to keep him from making the first NHL playoff appearance of his career.

"No, not really,'' said Bozak, who practiced taking faceoffs with former Northeastern coach Greg Cronin, now an assistant with the Leafs, who dropped the puck. "We've worked hard as a group and as a team in here, and there’d be nothing worse than having to sit back and watch the most important time of the year.

"I’m excited that I healed up quicker and I’m just excited to get this under way. It’s going to be a fun experience.''

Nathan Horton will be game-time decision

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 1, 2013 11:58 AM
Nathan Horton will be a game-time decision for Game 1 of the playoffs tonight, Bruins coach Claude Julien said. Horton didn’t play the last five games of the regular season because of an upper-body injury.

It’s a good bet Horton will play, based on the morning skate. Horton took regular line rushes with Milan Lucic and David Krejci.

The more uncertain lineup spot is the No. 3 left wing. Kaspars Daugavins practiced on the third line Tuesday. Rich Peverley was a spare forward. Both skated on the third line this morning, with Daugavins taking the first shift.

Daugavins played efficiently in the last two games. Daugavins is a left-shot forward. Peverley, a right shot, would have to play his off wing. However, Peverley has playoff experience and would be skating alongside Chris Kelly, his longtime center. Peverley can also take faceoffs.

* The healthy scratches will be Dougie Hamilton, Aaron Johnson, Carl Soderberg, and Jay Pandolfo. All four stayed on the ice for extra work after their teammates retreated to the dressing room.

Game 1: Maple Leafs at Bruins preview

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff May 1, 2013 09:59 AM
Good morning from TD Garden, where the Bruins will launch the 2013 playoffs tonight against the Maple Leafs.

Nathan Horton practiced Tuesday for the first time since suffering an upper-body injury on April 20. Horton could be available tonight to play alongside usual linemates Milan Lucic and David Krejci.

Rich Peverley, a playoff regular, could be a healthy scratch. Peverley was a spare forward in Tuesday’s practice. Kaspars Daugavins took regular shifts on the No. 3 line with Chris Kelly and Jaromir Jagr.

Puck drop: 7 p.m.

TV/radio info: NESN (Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Naoko Funayama),98.5 The Sports Hub (Dave Goucher, Bob Beers)

Records: Leafs 0-0, Bruins 0-0

Projected Leafs lineup (courtesy of the Toronto Star):

James van Riemsdyk-Tyler Bozak-Phil Kessel
Joffrey Lupul-Mikhail Grabovski-Nikolai Kulemin
Clarke MacArthur-Nazem Kadri-Matt Frattin
Leo Komarov-Jay McClement-Colton Orr

Carl Gunnarsson-Dion Phaneuf
Mark Fraser-Cody Franson
John-Michael Liles-Ryan O’Byrne

James Reimer
Ben Scrivens

Healthy scratches: Joe Colborne, Frazer McLaren, Ryan Hamilton, Jake Gardiner, Mike Kostka

Projected Bruins lineup:

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Kaspars Daugavins-Chris Kelly-Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
Wade Redden-Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask
Anton Khudobin

Healthy scratches: Dougie Hamilton, Aaron Johnson, Rich Peverley, Carl Soderberg, Jay Pandolfo

Storylines: Wade Redden is expected to play tonight on the third defensive pair with Adam McQuaid. The Bruins traded a conditional 2014 seventh-round pick to St. Louis for Redden. The condition was that it would become a sixth-round selection if Redden appeared in one playoff game… McQuaid will make his first postseason appearance since 2011. McQuaid missed last year’s playoffs because of a concussion… The primary question with the Maple Leafs is the availability of Tyler Bozak. The top-line center didn’t play the last two games because of an upper-body injury. If Bozak can play, he should slot in between James van Riemsdyk and Phil Kessel… Kelly Sutherland and Chris Lee will be the referees. Jean Morin and Scott Driscoll will be the linesmen.

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