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Pierre McGuire on M&M: ‘I’m not that concerned’ about Bruins heading into postseason

04.04.14 at 1:43 pm ET
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NBC Sports hockey analyst Pierre McGuire joined Mut & Merloni on Friday to discuss the Bruins’ mindset heading into the postseason. To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page.

Since the Bruins clinched a playoff spot on March 21, they have gone 4-3 with two consecutive losses to the Red Wings and the Maple Leafs this week.

“They understand it,” McGuire said of the team’€™s focus heading into the postseason. “They’€ve been to the finals in 2011 and had to win three Game 7s — they had to beat Montreal in Game 7, they had to beat Tampa in Game 7 and they had to beat Vancouver on the road in a Game 7. That takes a lot of focus and determination and good portions of that team are back, so they understand that commitment.

“They also lost a heartbreaking Game 6 last year — everybody in Boston, with about three minutes to go, everybody thought there was going to be a Game 7. Obviously there wasn’t because of the offensive explosion of the Blackhawks. I think Boston learned from that.”

The Bruins spent the majority of March on a 12-game winning streak.

“I don’€™t think there are a lot of hockey lessons that these guys have to learn,” McGuire said. “I’€™m not that concerned about them, and, again, I throw this out because of the experience I had — I went through this twice in Pittsburgh where we had real good teams and we clinched early — we never had a problem keeping our guys focused and taking them in and out of the lineup. I see Claude [Julien] doing that, and I think he’€™s doing some really good things with that group.”

Following are more highlights from the interview. For more on the Bruins, visit the team page at weei.com/bruins.

On Patrice Bergeron: “I know I talked about it a couple of weeks ago, and I’€™m going to keep saying it. Bergeron’€™s got to be in the MVP discussion. I think he’€™s a slam dunk to win the Selke Trophy — the best defensive forward — but Bergeron needs to be in the Hart Trophy discussion. If he’€™s not, shame on the voters.

“I’€™m not saying it because I’€™m biased toward the kid. … It would be so wrong and send such a bad message if he’€™s not at least one of the nominees because of the way he’€™s played the entire season and what he does for this team.”

On the team’€™s seventh defenseman: “Might be Matt Bartkowski. You saw him out the other night in Detroit — he was a healthy scratch, he had no injury to him. [AndrejMeszaros is playing pretty darn well right now — he’€™s being physical, he’€™s helped their power play, he’€™s making pretty good decisions, he’€™s got the relationship with [Zdeno] Chara. You don’t know. I think a lot of it also depends on the type of team you’€™re playing in the first round. If you’€™re playing a more physical team from Columbus, maybe you want Bartkowski and maybe [ToreyKrug comes out. If you’re playing more of a skilled, slick team like Detroit, maybe you want Krug in or maybe you want Meszaros or Bartkowski out.

“And what’€™s going to happen if they get [Dennis] Seidenberg back? That’€™s the other thing because I think at some point — I’€™m hearing a lot about it — that Seidenberg’€™s way ahead in terms of his rehab and there’€™s a chance he could be back.”

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