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Bruins still not feeling intended effect following frustrating Game 1 loss to Canadiens 04.15.11 at 12:59 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — After failing to score (or get many quality chances) on Canadiens goaltender Carey Price in a 2-0 loss in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, there was very little, if any, frustration expressed by the Bruins at Ristuccia Arena Friday.

The B’s hit the ice for practice, while the Habs regulars were given the day off. Still, optimism filled the Bruins’ room. Never mind talk of how ineffective the top line was, or how they couldn’t get second or third chances on Price. The way the players see it, thinking about Game 2 is more important than thinking about Game 1.

“It’s one game, and we’re not going to dwell on it,” Brad Marchand said. “It’s tough when you run into a hot goalie, but that stuff happens. You’ve got to find a way around it. ‘€¦ No one wins the Stanley Cup in the first game of the first series. We’re not frustrated at all. It’s one game, and we’ve got to put it behind us.”

Forward Shawn Thornton, who was given just 5:10 of ice time in the game, shared the same logic.

“It’s fine. We’re good. It’s one game,” Thornton said. “We’re aware that it’s a long series, and we know we can be better, so we’re going to be better tomorrow.”

Both of the Canadiens’ goals were scored by Brian Gionta following Bruins turnovers. Gionta’s first-period tally was set up by Scott Gomez after Tomas Kaberle put too much on a reverse, while Gionta’s third-period goal came following a Milan Lucic turnover in the Bruins’ zone.

“The game’s not perfect. There’s going to be turnovers every now and again,” Thornton said. “You try and limit them as much as possible, but when they happen, you hope that you can get back and bail each other out. That being said, you try and make the right plays at the right time.

“Give them credit, too. They’re a pretty good team. Defensively, they did a really good job of clogging up the neutral zone and clogging up the front of the not and blocking people out. You have to give them credit. They’re a pretty good team over there.”

The B’s will host the Habs for Game 2 at TD Garden on Saturday.

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Everything looks the same as Bruins prepare for Game 2 04.15.11 at 11:19 am ET
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WILMINGTON — The Canadiens’ regulars aren’t practicing after taking a 2-0 victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, but Claude Julien had all of his Bruins on the ice at Ristuccia Arena Friday morning. The B’s will bost the Habs Saturday with hopes of avoiding a two-game deficit in the series.

There were no changes to which players were on the ice or their color-coded lines. The lines are as follows:

Milan Lucic ‘€“ David Krecji ‘€“ Nathan Horton

Brad Marchand ‘€“ Patrice Bergeron ‘€“ Mark Recchi

Rich Peverley ‘€“ Chris Kelly ‘€“ Michael Ryder/Tyler Seguin

Daniel Paille ‘€“ Gregory Campbell ‘€“ Shawn Thornton

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David Krejci on P.K. Subban: ‘I don’t like him’ 04.14.11 at 10:46 pm ET
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The Bruins had plenty of reason to be frustrated with their inability to put one past Carey Price in their 2-0 loss to the Canadiens in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, but David Krejci‘s frustration extended past the score board.

With the Bruins trailing the Habs, 1-0, in the first period, Krejci was tangled up with Habs rookie defenseman P.K. Subban. Subban turned on the jets, seemingly knowing Krejci’s stick would obstruct him just enough for the officials to take notice, and drew a questionable hooking call that left the crowd booing and Krejci hoping for a better call. Krejci was even more upset when the refs didn’t treat second-period play similarly when he went crashing into the boards on the power play.

“I barely touched him,” Krejci said of his hooking call on Subban. “Then we had a power play in the second period, and they did the same thing to me. I almost killed myself by the boards there behind the net, and the ref didn’t see it, I guess. I know people make mistakes, but come on, the puck’s there, so there’s two referees. If he calls that penalty on me, he’s got to call [the other one] too. Obviously it sucks, but I can’t bring it back.”

As for Subban, who has proven on multiple occasions that he’ll do whatever he can to draw a penalty, Krejci didn’t hide his thoughts.

“I don’t like him,” Krejci said. “I’m not going to say what I think about him, but I don’t like him. I think he didn’t have to go down that easily, but it was a call. I don’t think it was a bad call or a good call, it was just a made call, but if you make a call that’s fine with me, but he’s got to make the same call on the other side when that happened to me. That’s what I’m kind of mad about.”

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Bruins Live Blog: Carey Price, Canadiens holding 1-0 lead in third period 04.14.11 at 5:30 pm ET
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Join DJ Bean, Mike Petraglia, Chach and a cast of characters as the Bruins take on the Canadiens in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at TD Garden. The blog will open at 6:30 p.m.

Game 1 Bruins/Canadiens Live Blog

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Finally, Gregory Campbell gets a taste of NHL Playoffs 04.14.11 at 1:54 pm ET
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The anticipation for the playoffs has been great enough for the Bruins, but “anticipation” might not even be say it all when it comes to Gregory Campbell.

The Bruins’ fourth-line center/unsung hero has been dependable for the B’s since being acquired in the Nathan Horton deal last June, and now he will finally be rewarded with his first playoff appearance since being drafted as a second-round pick in 2002. Six seasons in Florida yielded no opportunities to chase the Stanley Cup, so it’s safe to say Campbell is happy to be where he is.

“When you first start out in the league, it’s just a pleasure to be here and play in the league, but as you go further on into your career, I feel like winning becomes more important, and there’s a lesser chance of that,” Campbell said Thursday. “I’m fortunate enough to be here in Boston and have this chance to play in the postseason.”

Campbell tied a career-high with 13 goals this season and was a rock for the Bruins over 80 games this season. He hopes to extend that success into the playoffs, and he doesn’t seem to mind all of the heightened expectations.

“Playing hockey is fun enough, but when the games really matter is in the playoffs, and that’s what I’m looking forward to most, is playing games that actually matter,” he said. “Already you can tell, it’s just a different feeling. It’s been a while since I’ve had this, and I can’t wait to get started.”

Perhaps it’s no surprise that Campbell and Horton got head-starts on their playoff beards. The wait for the playoffs has been long enough for those two, as neither one has seen the postseason since their junior hockey days.

“It’s been six, seven, eight years since we’ve been able to grow one,” Campbell said with a laugh. “I’ve been champing at the bit. The last time I grew one, I was 19.”

For that reason, Campbell can actually identify with rookie Tyler Seguin. The 19-year-old’s playoff beard isn’t nearly as noticeable as some of his teammates’, but Campbell knows what it’s like.

“I give him credit for trying,” he said with a smile.

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Claude Julien: ‘Things haven’t changed’ for Marc Savard 04.14.11 at 1:09 pm ET
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The 2010-11 regular season was a successful one for the Bruins, but as they begin the playoffs Thursday, a reminder was offered for how it wasn’t so great for every player.

Center Marc Savard remains at home in Peterborough, Ontario, as he attempts to recover from post-concussion syndrome for the second consecutive season. Savard played in just 25 games this season before a routine hit from Matt Hunwick left him in such bad shape that the team had to shut him down for the remainder of the season and playoffs. He reportedly has experienced memory loss, among other symptoms. While the B’s are focused on the Canadiens, they haven’t forgotten about their star center.

“I’€™ve kept in contact with Savvy every week or so. We communicate, and things haven’€™t changed in his case, and it’€™s unfortunate for him,” Claude Julien said Thursday. “I’€™m sure he’€™s going to be sitting at home and watching these games and wishing he could be part of it because as a player that part of you will never leave.

“This is the most exciting time of the year, and I know he loved the times that he was in the playoffs. He was obviously a pretty important part of the success of our hockey club, so will we miss his play? Absolutely. You don’€™t lose an elite player like him and not feel it.”

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The legend of the Bruins jacket and Darth Quaider 04.14.11 at 12:38 pm ET
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When Milan Lucic scored his 30th goal of the season last month, he shocked many, and it had nothing to do with the fact that nobody expected him to reach the 30-goal mark.

Instead, it was his wardrobe choice that came off as perplexing. It was March 22, and it was the debut of the now famous Bruins jacket.

The jacket, a worn-out windbreaker seemingly from the late 80’s or early 90’s, was brought into the Bruins’ dressing room by Andrew Ference. Since Lucic debuted the windbreaker, it has been worn by a variety of differnt players in post-game interviews, with it signifying that the player wearing it was crucial to the team’s success. The list has included Daniel Paille and Zdeno Chara, and though it’s a bit snug on the 6-foot-9 captain, Ference isn’t concerned.

“Tough luck for him,” Ference said of Chara with a laugh. “He shouldn’t be so big. It’s not our fault.”

Ference said Thursday morning that he bought the jacket on eBay. He frequents the auction site, and was happy to pick up the jacket for the B’s room to keep the players loose. He did note that the jacket may not be worn by the best player every night, noting that “Timmy [Thomas] would hog it all the time.”

To those seeing the players interviewed the disgusting threads, the purpose of jacket may be confusing, but Ference sees it as just another sign of how close-knit a group this Bruins team is.

“You’ll drive yourself crazy if you don’t have fun,” Ference said. “It’s not just this time of year. This time of year is intense, so you need a release, but it’s a long year. When people talk about camaradie and a good dressing room, I think the value of a good dressing room comes at this time of year.

“At the end of 82 games, you’ve spent a lot of time together. If you don’t have camaraderie and a good vibe in the room, you’re sick of each other. I’ve been on teams where you are kind of sick of each other. ‘€¦Chemistry is a very important thing.”

Now in his 11th season, Ference has been around a few locker rooms in his time. The former Penguin and Flame knows what it takes to cultivate the right chemistry, and he feels the Bruins are doing it right.

“It’s been good here for years, but I think it’s like a marriage. It takes work,” he said. “You have to make sure that theirs a certain attitude. The biggest thing we’ve done in this locker room is just the inclusion of everybody, whether it’s the rookies or the older guys, or the Europeans or the Canadians.

“Everybody goes out together. The benchmark is you can literally see any person in the room and go out with them for dinner on the road, and it wouldn’t be weird. That’s not normal. I’ve been on teams where there was a cliquiness with certain groups. Literally, around the room, everybody’s been out for dinner with each other and hangs out together. It’s not forced. It’s really good. It’s really nice.”

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It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Ference found the jacket on eBay, as he certainly has a history of getting his clothing online. Back in February, Ference strutted through the B’s dressing room at Ristuccia Arena rocking a “Darth Quaider” shirt that he customized online. The shirt, an homage to fellow defenseman Adam McQuaid, was certainly clever, but he can’t take credit for it.

Turns out the inspiration for the shirt came from his daughter. Prior to the season, she called Milan Lucic “Looch Skywalker.” From there, a Stars Wars-themed nicknaming frenzy began, with “Darth Quaider” sticking for McQuaid.

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