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Barry Pederson on D&C: Bruins ‘are going to be a good team for a long time’ 06.25.13 at 10:05 am ET
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NESN analyst Barry Pederson, in an interview on the Dennis & Callahan show, identified a number of roster decisions that now face the Bruins following their elimination in a Game 6 loss to the Blackhawks. Still, Pederson suggested that the team’s long-term outlook remains excellent.

With a number of young, still-improving talents like Tyler Seguin, Matt Bartkowski and Dougie Hamilton, Pederson suggested that if Boston can re-sign restricted free agent Tuukka Rask and lock up Patrice Bergeron — who now has one year left in his contract — to an extension, the team has the core to continue to build upon its run of two Stanley Cup Finals and one championship in the last three years.

He emphasized the need for players like Tyler Seguin, Carl Soderberg and Jordan Caron to get stronger to help carry the Bruins through a 2013-14 season that starts in 13 weeks, but overall, Pederson pointed to a sunny outlook for a team that just endured a devastating defeat. Read the rest of this entry »

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Patrice Bergeron returns to Boston on team flight 06.23.13 at 11:58 am ET
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Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced in a press release that forward Patrice Bergeron was released from a Chicago-area hospital after being examined on Saturday night, and that he flew home with the Bruins on the team flight on Sunday morning.

“Patrice was discharged from the hospital Saturday night and will be flying home with the team this morning,” Chiarelli said in the statement.

While Bergeron was taken by ambulance to a hospital in the middle of the Bruins’ 3-1 Game 5 loss to the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup finals, coach Claude Julien did not rule out the possibility that he might play in Game 6 on Monday.

Report: Johnny Boychuk won’t be disciplined for hit 06.23.13 at 10:42 am ET
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According to Bob McKenzie of TSN (via twitter), the NHL will not issue any discipline against Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk for his hit on Jonathan Toews of the Blackhawks in Saturday night’s Game 5. Toews did not return to the game.

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Poll: Who wins Bruins-Blackhawks Stanley Cup finals? 06.11.13 at 11:21 am ET
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The Bruins are looking for their second Stanley Cup championship in three seasons, while the Blackhawks are chasing their second title in four years. The two Original Six teams will take the ice for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday.

How do you think it will play out?

Who will win the Bruins-Blackhawks Stanley Cup finals?

  • Bruins in six (60%, 174 Votes)
  • Bruins in seven (14%, 42 Votes)
  • Bruins in five (12%, 35 Votes)
  • Blackhawks in six (6%, 17 Votes)
  • Bruins in four (2%, 7 Votes)
  • Blackhawks in five (2%, 6 Votes)
  • Blackhawks in seven (2%, 6 Votes)
  • Blackhawks in four (2%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 291

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Pierre McGuire on M&M: Bruins need to goad Penguins ‘into a street fight’ 05.31.13 at 12:09 pm ET
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NBC Sports hockey analyst Pierre McGuire joined Mut & Merloni on Friday to talk about Saturday’s Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.

McGuire agreed with a suggestion from studio guest Lyndon Byers that the Bruins should try to take the Penguins out of their game by being physical.

“Absolutely, if I were Boston that’s all I’d be talking about, it turning it into a street fight early,” McGuire said. “I would take a page out of what Philadelphia did to Pittsburgh last year. They didn’t play nice with Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh decided that they didn’t want to play nice and it got them out of their offense and their free flow and their attack game. It got them thinking more about retribution than about scoring goals.

“If I were Boston, that’s exactly what I’d try to do. Because that’s the one thing they have — Boston, that is — that a lot of teams in the league don’t have. They have four lines that can play. They have four lines that can bring some physical dimension. And they have four lines that can contribute offensively. But the one through four physical part is huge.”

Added McGuire: “If Boston can play a nasty game without taking penalties and goad Pittsburgh into getting off their game, that’s huge. And if Pittsburgh doesn’t retaliate and Boston gets a lot of penalties called against them and their power play is as good as we’ve seen, Boston’s going to be trouble.”

Looking at the line matchups, McGuire said he expects the Patrice Bergeron line to go up against the Sidney Crosby line in a matchup of longtime friends.

“If I were betting money, I’d say Bergeron against Crosby,” McGuire said. “They’re real good friends. It goes back to the ’05 World Junior. Crosby played on a line with Corey Perry and Patrice Bergeron. It goes back to the World Championships; they played together. They played in the Quebec Major Junior League against one another.

“A lot of people don’t know this: These guys are so close, they went on snowmobiling trips together in the winter during All-Star breaks when they weren’t playing in the All-Star Game, or during the lockout. Just so you have an idea how close these guys are. They’re extremely, extremely close.”

To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page. For more Bruins news, visit the team page at weei.com/bruins.

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Poll: Who wins Bruins-Penguins series? 05.31.13 at 10:26 am ET
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After a week off, the Bruins and Penguins finally will take to the ice Saturday night in Pittsburgh to begin the Eastern Conference finals.

Our readers correctly predicted the Bruins would beat the Rangers in the conference semifinals, although the top choice, with 33 percent of the 282 respondents, was “Bruins in seven,” followed closely by “Bruins in six.” “Bruins in five,” which was the way the series played out, was fourth with 7 percent, behind “Rangers in six.”

Tell us what you think will happen in this series.

Who will win the Bruins-Penguins Eastern Conference finals series?

  • Bruins in seven (33%, 138 Votes)
  • Bruins in six (32%, 135 Votes)
  • Penguins in six (20%, 82 Votes)
  • Penguins in seven (7%, 29 Votes)
  • Penguins in five (5%, 22 Votes)
  • Bruins in four (2%, 7 Votes)
  • Bruins in five (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Penguins in four (1%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 417

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Barry Melrose: ‘Bruins are a better team’ 05.16.13 at 5:05 pm ET
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Appearing with “Salk & Holley” Thursday afternoon, ESPN analyst Barry Melrose said he believes the Bruins are a “better team” than the Rangers, and believes the upcoming Eastern Conference semifinals will be a series “we can really get excited about.”

“Obviously, the injuries to the Bruins are a big factor,” he said. “If those guys can’t play — the defensemen — that’s going to be something that will be very interesting. It certainly helps the New York Rangers out. I like Chara playing against whoever they feel like is the dominant forward. He’s seems to always do a good job in that area. Obviously, the Bergeron line has to play better than they did in the Toronto series — those guys have to score to take some heat off the Krejci line. I’m hoping it’s a real aggressive, physical, nasty series, like Boston and New York used to have.

“Neither team is a great offensive team — they both stress defense first, so it should be a lot of close checking. A lot of grinding and a lot of board play. That creates a lot of anger, a lot of animosity. Hopefully, it’ll be a series we can really get excited about.”

Here are some more highlights of the Q&A. Head over to the Salk & Holley homepage for more:

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