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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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Poll: Who wins Bruins-Rangers series? 05.16.13 at 11:16 am ET
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The Bruins and Rangers are set to begin their Eastern Conference semifinal series Thursday night at TD Garden, and we want to know how you think the series will play out.

When we last asked our readers for a prediction, the results were mixed. In a poll asking who would win Game 7 of the Bruins-Maple Leafs series, the response that ranked last of the six options — with just 7 percent of the voting — was “Bruins in overtime.”

The top choice, with 32 percent of the 612 respondents, was “Bruins in a close game in regulation.” Just two votes behind was “Maple Leafs in a close game in regulation.”

Let’s see if our readers can be more accurate in prognosticating this series.

Who will win the Bruins-Rangers Eastern Conference semifinal series?

  • Bruins in seven (33%, 94 Votes)
  • Bruins in six (33%, 92 Votes)
  • Rangers in six (16%, 46 Votes)
  • Bruins in five (7%, 20 Votes)
  • Rangers in seven (5%, 13 Votes)
  • Rangers in five (4%, 10 Votes)
  • Rangers in four (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Bruins in four (1%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 282

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Poll: Who wins Bruins-Leafs Game 7? 05.13.13 at 8:18 am ET
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Who wins Bruins-Leafs Game 7?

  • Bruins in a close game in regulation (32%, 195 Votes)
  • Leafs in a close game in regulation (32%, 193 Votes)
  • Bruins in a rout (12%, 74 Votes)
  • Leafs in a rout (9%, 55 Votes)
  • Leafs in overtime (9%, 54 Votes)
  • Bruins in overtime (6%, 41 Votes)

Total Voters: 612

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Carolina manages rare win thanks to uninspired Bruins performance 04.13.13 at 9:41 pm ET
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The Bruins couldn’€™t take advantage of a reeling Carolina team, with the Hurricanes winning at home for the first time in the last nine tries, beating the B’€™s, 4-2, Saturday night.

The Hurricanes came in with a seven-game losing streak, having been trounced the Bruins, 6-2, earlier in the week. This time, however, Carolina took advantage of two power-play goals, the last one ‘€“ by Joe Corvo 9:36 into the final period ‘€“ proved to be the difference.

The Hurricanes had been just 1-13-1 over their last 15 games.

The Bruins entered the game a league-best 17-2-1 when scoring first, which was the case this time around thanks to Milan Lucic‘€™s goal 6:07 into the first period.

But Carolina would send the game tied heading into the first intermission thanks to Jeff Skinner’€™s power-play goal. The Hurricanes would out-shoot their visitors 17-4 in the first 20 minutes.

The B’€™s managed to out-shoot Carolina, 13-8, in the second period, but the Hurricanes still managed to take a 2-1 lead when Jiri Tlusty beat Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask.

Tyler Seguin managed to knot the game up at 2-2 with 2:03 left in the second.

Tlusty added an insurance, empty-netter with :28 remaining.

For a complete recap, click here.

For more Bruins news, go to the team page at weei.com/bruins.

Bruins officially sign Carl Soderberg to three-year deal 04.13.13 at 5:08 pm ET
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The Bruins announced Swedish center Carl Soderberg has been cleared to join the Bruins. The Swedish Ice Hockey Federation had originally contested Soderberg’s availability, saying that he was under contract with Linkoping until May 15. The NHL, however, ruled that was not the case. Elliotte Friedman of CBC was first to report the news via Twitter. The team also announced on Twitter that Soderberg will wear No. 34.

Here is the Bruins’ press release:

Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, April 13, that the club has signed forward Carl Soderberg to a three-year, one-way contract through the 2014-15 season. The NHL approved the Standard Player Contract of Soderberg for registration today at 5:00 p.m.

Soderberg’€™s salary is worth an annual cap figure of one million dollars. Soderberg will join the club Wednesday, April 17, and will be eligible for the remainder of the NHL regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Chiarelli issued the following statement in regards to Soderberg:

‘€œWe are fortunate to get a player like Carl at this stage of the season. I would like to thank the President of the Linkoping hockey club, Mike Helber and their GM, Johan Hemlin, in playing a significant part in allowing Carl to play for the Boston Bruins. Carl is a big strong two way center who can also play wing. We look forward to him joining our team this week.’€

In 54 games with Linkoping HC (Swedish Elite League) this year, Soderberg has registered 31 goals and 29 assists for 60 points with a +18 rating. The 27-year-old forward is ranked 1st the SEL in goals (31), second in points (60), seventh in assists (29) and 12th in plus/minus rating (+18). Linköping HC and Soderberg were eliminated from the Swedish Elite League Playoffs on Friday, April 5 with the final series score of 4-1.

In 2011-12, Soderberg was second on Linköping HC in points (35) and assists (21), and was tied for second in goals (14).

In two seasons with Linkoping HC, Soderberg has skated in 96 games, notching 45 goals, 50 assists for 95 points with a +24 rating. Prior to joining Linköping HC, the 27-year-old forward skated in 219 games with the Malmo Redhawks (Sweden 1st Division) from 2005-2010 tallying 80-159=239 totals with a combined +69 rating.

The 6′€™3′€™’€™ 218-pound native of Malmo, Sweden was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the second round (49th overall) the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. The Bruins acquired Soderberg from the Blues on July 23, 2007 in exchange for goaltender Hannu Toivonen.

For more on Soderberg, click here to read D.J. Bean’s column on the center.

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