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Former Bruin Brad McCrimmon dies in KHL plane crash 09.07.11 at 2:12 pm ET
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Former Bruins defenseman Brad McCrimmon died in Wednesday’s KHL plane crash in Western Russia. The plane was carrying Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, a KHL team coached by McCrimmon with multiple former NHL players on the roster. If crashed after takeoff at an airport in Tunoshna, according to reports out of Russia. McCrimmon, 52, who played in Boston from 1979-82 and was an assistant coach for the Red Wings the past three seasons before taking the job as head coach with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock confirmed McCrimmon’s death to Detroit media. “I know that Brad was on the flight, but that’s all I know,” Babcock said. “So, obviously, it’s a tough day around here. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.”

Reports indicate the jet crashed into a radar tower just seconds after takeoff and caught fire after hitting the ground, killing 43 of the 45 people on board. The plane carried 37 team members and eight flight staffers. Former NHL players Pavol Demitra, Karel Rachunek, Karlis Skrastins, Josef Vasicek and Ruslan Salei were on the roster.

The agent for forward Alexander Galimov told Sovetsky Sports that his client survived. The other survivor is a member of the flight crew.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman released a statement on the crash Wednesday, saying that NHL players didn’t need to be involved for it to be a great loss for the game itself.

“Though it occurred thousands of miles away from our home arenas, this tragedy represents a catastrophic loss to the hockey world —
including the NHL family, which lost so many fathers, sons, teammates and friends who at one time excelled in our league,” Bettman said. “Our deepest condolences go to the families and loved ones of all who perished.’€

Dr. Viktor Berezing, from the burn trauma unit of the hospital where the survivors were taken, told Interfax: “Galimov has burns to 80 percent of his body. The crew member has broken bones and lacerations in addition to massive burns.”

The team was headed from Yaroslavl to Minsk to open the season Thursday against Dynamo Minsk.

One report indicated that league president Alexsandr Medvedev interrupted the league’s opening game between Salavat and Atlant during the second period to address the crowd. He announced that all players and staff of the team except for one survivor had perished. The sellout crowd then observed a moment of silence.

According to another report, a Lokomtiv official stated: “At first we didn’t want to believe it. But right now there is no hope. The team is gone.”

McCrimmon, a native of Saskatchewan, played in 1,222 games for six NHL teams from 1979-80 to 1996-97, suiting up for the Bruins, Flyers, Flames, Red Wings, Whalers and Coyotes. He finished with 81 goals, 322 assists and 1,416 penalty minutes. McCrimmon then served as an assistant coach for the Islanders, Flames, Thrashers and Red Wings.

Stanley Cup takes a tumble on Michael Ryder’s watch 08.30.11 at 11:08 am ET
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Video: Brad Marchand with Mut and Merloni 07.19.11 at 2:11 pm ET
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Here’s Mut and Merloni talking with their frequent guest, Brad Marchand, at the Bruins’ Stanley Cup Champions DVD premier at Loews on Tremont Street Monday. Marchand notes that he didn’t have to leave Boston after the week-long celebration for his own health concerns, but for those of others.

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Bruins championship parade route set for Saturday 06.16.11 at 6:23 pm ET
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The city of Boston has released details for Saturday’s parade that will honor the Bruins for winning the Stanley Cup.

The route will begin at TD Garden at 11 a.m. and work its way through the city beginning on Causeway St. The team will travel on Duck Boats past City Hall Plaza and the Common before ending at Copley Plaza on Boylston St.

Parking restrictions across the city will be heavily enforced in the vicinity of the closed off parade route streets and fans are strongly encouraged to use public transportation. To accommodate the celebration, vehicular traffic will be banned along the parade route beginning at 9 a.m. until the conclusion of the parade at about 1 p.m.

Temporary parking restrictions will be put into effect at several locations throughout the city and vehicles parked in violation will be ticketed and/or towed. Temporary ‘€œTow Zone No Stopping Boston Police Special Event Saturday’€ regulations will be posted at the following locations:
‘€¢    Canal Street, from Causeway Street to New Chardon Street
‘€¢    Friend Street, from Causeway Street to New Chardon Street
‘€¢    Portland Street, from Merrimac Street to Causeway Street
‘€¢    Lancaster Street,  from Causeway Street to Merrimac Street
‘€¢    Merrimac Street , from Causeway Street to Lancaster Street
‘€¢    Causeway Street, from North Washington Street to Merrimac Street
‘€¢    Staniford Street, from Causeway Street to Cambridge Street
‘€¢    Cambridge Street, from Hancock Street to Tremont Street
‘€¢    Tremont Street, from Cambridge Street to Boylston Street
‘€¢    Boylston Street, from Washington Street to Dalton Street
‘€¢    New Chardon Street, from Cambridge Street to Merrimac Street
‘€¢    Bowdoin Street, from Cambridge Street to Derne Street
‘€¢    Somerset Street, from Cambridge Street to Ashburton Place
‘€¢    New Sudbury Street, from Cambridge Street to Bulfinch Place
‘€¢    Court Street, from Cambridge Street to Court Square
‘€¢    Beacon Street, from Tremont Street to Somerset Street
‘€¢    Bromfield Street, from Province Street to Tremont Street
‘€¢    Park Street, from Tremont Street to Beacon Street
‘€¢    Temple Place, from Tremont Street to Washington Street
‘€¢    West Street, from Tremont Street to Washington Street
‘€¢    Essex Street, from Tremont Street to Washington Street
‘€¢    Charles Street South, from Park Plaza to Center gate of Public Garden
‘€¢    Hadassah Way, from Boylston Street to Park Plaza
‘€¢    Berkeley Street, from St. James Avenue to Newbury Street
‘€¢    Clarendon Street, from Newbury Street to St. James Avenue
‘€¢    Dartmouth Street, from Boylston Street to Newbury Street
‘€¢    St. James Avenue, from Clarendon Street to Dartmouth Street

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The day after the Cup: Pierre McGuire talks to The Big Show 06.16.11 at 3:55 pm ET
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NBC analyst Pierre McGuire was a guest on The Big Show on Thursday and he noted that as the Bruins were inching closer toward capturing the Stanley Cup on Wednesday night in Vancouver, there was a major difference between the two teams.

“There were definitely chemistry issues on one bench,” McGuire said. “Coaches overreacting. I thought in the case of Alain Vingeault when the frustration set in, and the composure and the focus and basically every one of the Bruins players acting as coach. It was really an interesting dynamic to witness.”

McGuire added, “When you have a knockout game and things start to go south in a hurry, guys just deviate from the plan and you could sense that. You didn’t see the same Vancouver Canucks team in the third period that you saw in Games 1 or 2 or Game 5 when they were in Vancouver.”

McGuire said that he thought Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo hurt himself with his comments about Tim Thomas after Game 5. “The damage was done to Roberto Luongo [after Game 5],” McGuire said. “The whole thing, the two-day break, putting the foot in the mouth, questioning Tim Thomas’ ability to make a save against Maxim Lapierre in Game 5.

“The one thing I thought was very apparent and I’ve been through this twice as a coach winning a Stanley Cup in Pittsburgh in 1991 and 92, you have to manage the message and make sure your players are debriefed before dealing with the media. You’ve got to be so careful because everything is scrutinized. I really felt the Vancouver PR machine went off the rails going into Game 6. They were too brash, too arrogant. I give Boston full credit. They managed their message the entire playoffs and they deserve a lot of credit for the way they handled themselves. On the Vancouver side I don’t think it was handled very well.”

McGuire also had praise for Bruins’ coach Claude Julien, particularly his decision to practice as soon as the team landed in Vancouver. “Instead of practicing the day of the game they practiced as soon as they got off the plane,” McGuire said. “They had a much better start. They had livelier legs and they were ready to go. They really believed in their plan. That little deviation helped them a ton. That’s where Claude Julien isn’t getting enough credit.”

McGuire also felt Julien was more willing to adapt this year as opposed to last. “The one thing I was really impressed with from Claude compared to a year ago, the ability to make adjustments both in-game and during the series,” McGuire said. “We didn’t see that last year. I think that’s a big reason they lost last year. [Peter] Laviolette outrcoached him and obviously the injury to [David] Krejci. But this year I saw a man prepared to make changes. He could deviate from the matchups if he had to, he wasn’t afraid to get his fourth line on the ice and I thought they were a huge factor in Game 7. Claude deserves a lot of credit.

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Fanthropology: Jerry Thornton takes the pulse of Bruins fans after their Stanley Cup win 06.16.11 at 11:51 am ET
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Photos: Bruins raise the Cup in Vancouver 06.16.11 at 12:24 am ET
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The Bruins blanked the Canucks, 4-0, in Game 7 at Rogers Arena to capture their first Stanley Cup since 1972. Click on the image below to launch a brief slide show of photos.

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