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Simon Gagne puts talk of being a ‘Bruins killer’ on hold … for now

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TAMPA — Well before scoring the go-ahead goal Saturday in Tampa Bay’s 5-3 win over the Bruins, Simon Gagne had a earned the reputation in Boston as a Bruins killer. Asked after the game if his third-period, go-ahead tally was just another example, Gagne said he’ll hold off on nicknames until the series is over.

‘€œActually, that’€™s the first time I’€™ve heard it,” Gagne said. “It’€™s funny but like I said, whatever happened last year, personally that’€™s something I’€™m always going to remember. That’€™s for sure. But now this year it’€™s a different thing. I’€™m with a different team. I would like to do it again but it’€™s still not done. It’€™s 2-2. Whatever happened today even, getting the game winner, we didn’€™t win the series. It’€™s 2-2. We’€™ll focus on the next game first and we’€™ll talk about that nickname later.’€

In Gagne’s first game back in the 2010 playoffs, he scored the game-winning goal in overtime of Game 4, keeping the Bruins from eliminating the Flyers. Of course, Gagne’s most crushing goal came in Game 7 of that same series with the Flyers, when he scored on the power play late in the third after the Bruins were called for too many men on the ice.