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Milan Lucic on handshake threats: ‘I’m not sorry that I did it’

05.16.14 at 5:27 pm ET
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Bruins forward Milan Lucic said at Friday’s breakup day that he does not regret what he did in the handshake line following Game 7 of the second round, when he allegedly told Canadiens players that he was going to kill them.

Canadiens forward Dale Weise told reporters about the incident after the game, which drew criticism from Lucic both after the game and again on Friday.

“What’s said on the ice, stays on the ice and fortunately that code is broken and it’s unfortunate that it blows up to what it is now,” Lucic said Friday. “I’m not the first guy to do it, I’m not the last guy to do [it]. I’m not sorry that I did it. I’m a guy that plays on emotion and this is a game of emotions. Sometimes you make decisions out of emotions that may not be the best ones. That’s what it is. I didn’t make the NHL because I accepted losing and accepted failure. I think that’s what’s got me to this point and made me the player that I am. Other than that, there’s not that much to it. I’m not the first guy to do it and I’m sure I won’t be the last.”

Lucic was asked for clarification as to whether he wasn’t sorry.

“I can’t take back what I said,” he said. “I’m not apologizing for what was said in the handshake and, like I said, it’s just unfortunate that what was said on the ice gets leaked out and gets blown way out of proportion.”

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Bruins injury roundup: Matt Fraser played on broken foot

05.16.14 at 1:30 pm ET
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As is customary on breakup day, word emerged on injuries the Bruins dealt with during the postseason. The bravest of the bunch proved to be Matt Fraser, who played the entire postseason with a broken foot.

Fraser, who was sporting a cast and crutches Friday, broke his right foot in Game 1 of the first round of the AHL postseason while playing for the Providence Bruins. He was dealing with the injury when he was called up in the second round by the Bruins and he scored the overtime winner in Game 4 of the second round for Boston.

Chris Kelly, who suffered a back injury late in the season, had a herniated disc and said it was the most pain he had ever dealt with. Kelly said he hoped he could have returned in some point in the playoffs but wasn’t sure. Kelly will undergo surgery at some point.

Milan Lucic was sporting a soft cast on his left wrist after suffering an injury in Game 7 of the second round against Montreal. He was set to receive an MRI on Friday.

Regarding Zdeno Chara‘s fractured finger, the Bruins captain said that he might not need surgery.

As for Dennis Seidenberg, the defenseman said his plan all along was to return this season after tearing his ACL and MCL on Dec. 27 and having surgery in early January. Seidenberg said he would have been able to play in the Eastern Conference finals had the team gotten there.

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Pierre McGuire on M&M: Bruins’ bad start ‘carried over to most of the rest of the game’

05.16.14 at 12:49 pm ET
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NBC Sports analyst Pierre McGuire joined Mut & Merloni on Friday to break down the Bruins’ 3-1 season-ending loss to the Canadiens in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.

The Bruins found themselves in trouble from the start in Game 7, after noticeably poor execution led to a quick Dale Weise goal to give the Habs a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

“It started with a bad turnover by Matt Bartkowski, we showed it on television. That puck has to be in deep,” McGuire said. “I know it’€™s a simplification and people are probably saying, ‘What does that have to do with it?’ It had a lot to do with it, because you had all your forwards expecting to shoot it, and they don’€™t get back in time. Montreal makes a really smart move and Brandon Prust wins a footrace and gets it to Danny Briere, who eventually gets it to Weise, because Bartkowski’€™s looking at the puck.”

McGuire told Mut & Merloni on Wednesday that Game 7′s first goal would be significant, and he was proven right by the outcome of the game.

“I told you guys the other day the first goal was going to matter. The Bruins were never able to get it back on the rails,” he said. “Now, give Carey Price some credit, and the Bruins also didn’t have a lot of puck luck, but that was a bad start and it carried over to most of the rest of the game.”

McGuire said he could tell from his spot between the benches that the Bruins seemed deflated by the early goal.

“The coaches were pretty vocal, but not a negative way, a positive way, and Shawn Thornton was extremely vocal,” he said. “Outside of that it was a pretty quiet bench.”  Read the rest of this entry »

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Shawn Thornton on D&C: ‘We’re still in shock’ following Game 7 loss to Canadiens

05.16.14 at 10:43 am ET
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Bruins forward Shawn Thornton joined Dennis & Callahan on Friday to discuss the B’s season-ending loss to Montreal in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series, as well as his future in Boston. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

The Canadiens broke through with the game’s first goal from Dale Weise just 2:18 into what was generally considered an ugly opening period for the Bruins in their 3-1 loss Wednesday. Thornton was on the ice for the goal.

“That goal against 2 1/2 minutes in, kind of, didn’t take the passion away, but they’€™re a good team,” Thornton said. “They’re a tough team to battle back against. We can’t give them that goal. It was a bunch of errors that led up to it, but it was Game 7, you don’€™t want to be battling from behind 2 1/2 minutes into the game.”

Thornton said the locker room was quiet after the game and that he’s still in disbelief over the outcome.

“We’re just disappointed. We’re still in shock, I think. We planned on winning it,” he said. “We planned on going until the end, winning it all. We’re just as in shock as everyone else, if not more.”

Asked to rank the most significant factors in the series, Thornton put the play of goaltender Carey Price, who made 29 saves in Game 7 to cap off an impressive seven-game stretch, and the Canadiens’ role players ahead of Montreal’s speed and quickness.

“I don’€™t think [speed and quickness] was the reason,” Thornton said. “We didn’t bury enough of our chances. We had ample opportunities to bury it. … A little bit of puck luck, a little bit of timing and I think it could’ve been different, but it wasn’t. They won, they move on. We don’€™t, we drown in our sorrows.”

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Report: Zdeno Chara played through fractured finger

05.15.14 at 7:56 pm ET
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Slovakian national team general manager Otto Sykora told reporters Thursday that Bruins captain Zdeno Chara would not be joining the Slovakian team at the World Hockey Championships because Chara required surgery on a finger he fractured during the second round of the NHL playoffs against the Canadiens.

Chara was slashed in the first period of Game 3 by Michael Bournival and left the ice briefly but returned to the game. Chara’s play diminished as the series went on, and he looked to be in pain after being slashed in the same area by Max Pacioretty in Game 7.

The final two games of the series were particularly bad for Chara, as he failed to take the body on Pacioretty in Game 6 on a play in which Pacioretty scored, while he had a pair of weak giveaways during a first-period penalty kill in Game 7 and saw Montreal’s final goal of the series go off his skate and past Tuukka Rask.

This marks the second consecutive season in which Chara had to play through an injury at the end of the season, as he struggled through a hip injury against the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup finals last season.

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Canadiens say they really did use ‘disrespect’ as motivation

05.15.14 at 12:42 am ET
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All the talk about “disrespect” these last couple days was almost laughable. For starters, it was unclear how it even got started. On Tuesday, some reporter asked Brandon Prust about the Bruins not respecting the Canadiens, Prust gave a vague answer about the Habs having pride and not wanting to stoop to the Bruins’ level, and off we went.

Suddenly “disrespect” was all the rage. Mike Weaver was asked about it Wednesday morning and said the Habs had to earn their respect. He was then asked a follow-up about what, exactly, the Bruins were doing to disrespect his team.

“Well, watch the clips. The whole entire series you can see little things out there,” Weaver said. “But I think that’s their game. Our game is just playing. The other stuff isn’t really a factor.”

Sure, Shawn Thornton squirted P.K. Subban with some water. Milan Lucic flexed his muscles at Subban at one point. Kevan Miller tossed a Montreal helmet into the corner after a scrum. But were those things really disrespectful? Or were they just things that happen in a playoff series between archrivals?

The consensus around Boston was that they were the latter. As our own DJ Bean put it, all the “disrespect” talk just seemed like “a team stretching to come up with motivation.”

Surely after winning Wednesday’s Game 7, the Canadiens would admit that all that talk was just part of some head game, right?

Wrong. As it turns out, the Canadiens really did feed off this “disrespect.” Or at least they claim they did. Just check out some of these quotes that came out their locker room Wednesday night: Read the rest of this entry »

Patrice Bergeron can’t understand lack of effort in Game 7: ‘There’s no words to explain it’

05.15.14 at 12:25 am ET
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Patrice Bergeron stood in front of his locker and searched for the words that never really came. How did the Bruins lay such an egg in Game 7 with their 54-win, 117-point season in the balance?

“You can’€™t really, there’€™s no words to explain it,” Bergeron said. “Obviously got to give them credit, but we didn’t execute and we didn’t score the goals that we needed to get the momentum or whatever.”

From the moment the Canadiens’ Dale Weise took a pass from Danny Briere and beat Tuukka Rask, with Matt Bartkowski looking on, the Bruins looked demoralized.

“That first goal definitely sucked the energy out of us and it was hard to get it back,” Bergeron said. “We had some shifts that we did, but again, all in all, when we had some good chances they scored that second goal again. And bottom line, we’ve got to execute and score. Like I just said, we’ve got to definitely give them some credit where they deserve it, but we’ve got to be better.

“I don’€™t know if it was nerves, I think we’ve been there before, but yeah, definitely not the start that we needed. And that goal definitely took that energy out of us.”

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