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P.K. Subban is expecting nothing less than fierce battle from Bruins: They are ‘a resilient team’ 05.02.14 at 1:04 am ET
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P.K. Subban wasn’t turning cartwheels in the Canadiens dressing room after his power-play goal 4:17 into the second overtime lifted Montreal to a 4-3 win over the Bruins in Game 1 Thursday night at TD Garden.

There’s good reason for his reservation.

Three years ago, Subban’s Canadiens not only won Game 1, they came back and beat the Bruins in Game 2 soundly and everyone, including the Canadian media, had the Bruins dead and buried heading up north for Games 3 and 4. But a funny thing happened in the Lake Placid retreat between Games 3 and 4. The Bruins found themselves. They tied the series and took a 3-2 lead before losing Game 6 in Montreal.

Of course, Game 7 back in Boston was sent to overtime after Subban drilled home a laser on the same end of the ice where he won Game 1 Thursday night. Nathan Horton saved the day, the series and the Stanley Cup dreams with an overtime goal and the Bruins were on their way to their first title since 1972.

All of which led to Subban keeping it low key after the Game 1 win Thursday.

“Well, it’€™s great that we won, but listen, I have played against these guys more than a few times over the past couple of years and in the playoffs. The one thing I can tell you is this is a resilient team,” Subban said of the Bruins. “That’€™s not something that you can say about every team, but against these guys I have to give them credit. They always battle back. They always find a way to persevere. Tonight, it feels good to be the team that found the way to get it done.”

Boo him all you want, but Subban does understand the value of respecting your playoff opponent, especially when it’s the Bruins.

“Listen, I don’€™t think we can even think about winning the series,” Subban added. “I mean, a couple of years ago we came in here and took two games and went back and we lost in Game 7. When there is success you have to take it and get better. I still think that there are things we need to get better on. We can’€™t be giving up 50-plus shots, I can tell you that for the rest of the series. [Carey Price] shouldn’t have to stop that many pucks.”

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Tuukka Rask takes fall for Game 1 loss: ‘When you suck, you suck’ 05.02.14 at 1:00 am ET
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One sign of a true leader is taking full blame for a difficult playoff loss. Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask did just that Thursday night when he stood in front of his dressing room stall and told the world he should have saved P.K. Subban‘s rocket of a shot from the center point that beat him and the Bruins 4:17 into the second overtime, giving the Canadiens a 4-3 win in Game 1 of the second-round series.

Matt Bartkowski had just taken a holding penalty for hauling down Dale Weise in front of Rask. Seven seconds later, Subban beat Rask to give Montreal the 1-0 series lead.

“I think I saw enough of that last one to catch it but I don’t know. Just a typical overtime goal. Somebody’s mistake, right? Now, it was mine,” Rask said.

“When you suck, you suck. That’s it. What can I say? It’s the playoffs,” added the Bruins goalie, who stopped 29 of 33 shots on the night while Carey Price stopped 48 of 51 Boston shots on goal.

Is Rask confident he will better Saturday when the Bruins take on the Canadiens at 12:30 p.m. in Game 2 at TD Garden?

“Yeah, we have practice [Friday]. Maybe I’ll save [good performance] for Saturday. That’s the only option. We played a great game. We can’t change anything except we have to kill those penalties and I’ve got to keep the puck out of my net. That’s the only change we need.

“We played overall a good five-on-five, pretty much dominated, had a lot of chances, couldn’t score. But I was [expletive] today. I’ve got to be better.”

But then Rask clarified, adding, “Not an off night. I made some saves, but I couldn’t make the game-savers as you say. So, just go home, sleep and regroup. We had a lot of bounces there. Could go either way, especially in the first overtime. It just went the wrong way, on the goal line and stuff.”

Rask was referring to the puck that came from the stick of Carl Soderberg and passed along the goal line behind Carey Price midway through the first overtime, only to just barely stay out of the net.

Said Rask: “I think as a team, we deserved to win, but from a goalie’s standpoint, Price played a lot better than I did.”

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Brad Marchand ‘definitely’ feels like a marked man, knows he has to be on best behavior against Canadiens 04.30.14 at 10:28 pm ET
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Boston’s most notorious pest knows he had better be on good behavior in this series since the whole hockey world – especially officials – will be watching.

Brad Marchand accepts the reputation he has built for himself as the Bruins most tenacious bad boy. It may have contributed to a pair of roughing calls in the third period of Game 5 against the Red Wings that gave Detroit some life before the Bruins extinguished the Wings, 4-2, to advance to Round 2 against Montreal beginning Thursday night at TD Garden.

Does Marchand feel like a marked man in these playoffs by both the opponents and officials?

“Yeah definitely, especially that second one,” Marchand said of his second roughing call in Game 5 last Saturday. “It was a push and you don’t see too many penalties called like that, even in pee wee like that. It was a tough but that’s a reputation that I’ve built for myself and I have to play through that. I think the biggest thing is to walk away from things that I don’t need to be part of.

“I think in time you get to know where the line is and the refs do a pretty good job of filling you in along the way. I got a couple of penalties that last game that I thought were tough calls but other than that, I think everyone is really doing a great job of playing our game, playing physical and walking away at the right times.”

Marchand knows he, Milan Lucic and the Bruins better skate away at the right time because Montreal enters the series with a potent power play at 17.2 percent in the regular season. The Bruins did finish the regular season with the eighth-ranked penalty kill in the league, coming in at 83.6 percent.

“Against Montreal, they have a really good power play for one [reason], and two, they do a really good job of drawing penalties,” Marchand said. “I think our biggest thing is we can’t get frustrated. We have to make sure that even when we do get a penalty called against us, we don’t let it bother us, and go out and kill it and continue to try and push our game on them. We want to try and be physical and play the way we did last series and hopefully, we’ll be able to draw a couple of penalties on them.”

Marchand did give a little insight as to what the Bruins might try to do to get under the skin of another emotional player, Canadiens goalie Carey Price, a goalie they beat in overtime of Game 7 of the first round of the 2011 playoffs.

“I think the biggest thing is he’s a really good goalie, he’s definitely emotional and all good goalies are,” Marchand said. “They compete and we’re going to have to find a way to try and get in front of him and it’s very tough to beat him straight up so we’re going to have to try and do some of that stuff.”

But running the goalie to intimidate certainly will not be an option, as goalie interference has been called throughout the NHL with regularity in the first round.

“I think in past years, in playoffs, they let a lot more go,” Marchand said. “It doesn’t seem to be that way this year. They call it just like regular season so you have to try to play intense and play within the ref’s rules.

“I think you have to continue to go to the net hard but stay out of the blue paint. I think that’s when calls are easily made when you get inside the paint and you hit the goalie. But if you go as hard as you can and you stop outside and you battle outside, we have to continue to do our job and get some ugly goals on this guy. We can’t shy away just because the refs call penalties.”

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Milan Lucic says hatred for Canadiens will ‘go up another level’ 04.30.14 at 4:16 pm ET
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Forget all the talk about keeping the emotions in check for a moment.

Understand that the essence of the rivalry between the Bruins and Canadiens is – at its core – about despising the opponent. It’s just like the Red Sox and Yankees, only the Red Sox and Yankees haven’t met 32 previous times in the playoffs.

Milan Lucic understands this. He will be a marked man in Boston by anyone wear blu, blanc et rouge. And it’s not just because of his hits on defenseman Alexei Emelin in the regular season. The Canadiens know that if they’re to keep Boston’s top line in check, it starts with putting a body on Lucic before he does the same to you.

Does Lucic hate the Canadiens?

“I do, and if you ask them the same question I’m sure they’d give you the same answer about if they hate us,” he said Wednesday after the team’s final full practice before Game 1 Thursday night at TD Garden. “It’s just natural for me, being here for seven years now, just being a part of this organization, you just naturally learn to hate the Montreal Canadiens, and the battles we’ve had with them over the last couple of years have definitely made you hate them.

“I think this being the first time meeting them outside the first round I think it’s definitely going to go up another level.”

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Zdeno Chara proves again why he’s captain of the Bruins, and owner of the hardest shot on the team 04.26.14 at 10:10 pm ET
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Apparently Zdeno Chara believes in speaking softly and carrying a big stick, and an even bigger shot.

In the moments after he helped the Bruins eliminate the Red Wings with 100 MPH power play rocket at the end of the second period, Chara didn’t want to look ahead to Montreal.

Instead, he wanted to focus only on the effort of his teammates and how much he appreciated advancing to the second round in a series win that was much tougher than a 4-1 outcome in favor of the Bruins.

“Well, that series was much tougher than maybe the results showed,” Chara said. “Detroit is a really good team with a great system, great players. We were just able to play our game and stay on top of it. It wasn’€™t a one-sided series; it was much closer, like I said than 4-1 showed. I think that we handled it well, we came into this series ready and we got the job done.”

The key moment of the game came when Brendan Smith, Reilly’s brother, took a bad cross checking penalty in the final 15 seconds of the second period, creating a 4-on-3 power play chance for the Bruins. The Bruins did what Cup contenders do, they took advantage as Patrice Bergeron won a battle near the far boards and fed Chara, who was all alone in the high slot. With 3.8 seconds left in the period, Chara let fly with a laser.

“Well we had only a few seconds left and [it was] kind of a 50-50 puck down low,” Chara said. “We won the battle for the puck and Bergy just showed how quickly he can see the opening and made a really great pass to me. I mean – I was emotional. It was a big game and a big goal. So, I’€™m not afraid to show it.”

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Mike Petraglia, DJ Bean break down Bruins’ first round win, look ahead to the Habs 04.26.14 at 9:15 pm ET
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WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and DJ Bean break down the Bruins’ 4-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings Saturday in Game 5 of their first-round series at TD Garden. The win clinched the series and set up a second-round date between the Bruins and their archrival Montreal Canadiens, with the Bruins holding home ice advantage. The series will likely start next weekend in Boston, giving both teams a chance to get well rested.

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Tuukka Rask, Bruins earn a ‘breather’ while getting ready for ‘pretty familiar’ Canadiens 04.26.14 at 8:03 pm ET
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Here we go again.

Depending on whom was asked in the Bruins dressing room after Saturday’s 4-2 series clinching win over the Detroit Red Wings, the Montreal Canadiens are either just another opponent ahead in the playoffs or the obvious arch-rival that awaits in a long series.
Perhaps Vezina Trophy finalist Tuukka Rask had the best perspective after stopping 31 of 33 shots Saturday to lead the Bruins into the second round.

With the Flyers-Rangers and Penguins-Blue Jackets assured of going at least six games, the Bruins are assured of not starting their series until late next week, possibly as late as next Saturday at TD Garden. The team has Sunday off.

“I think people tend to make it a huge deal outside our locker room, but we’€™ve learned over the years that the more focus resting on our own doing and keep the focus on us, we get the better results, so for me and for everybody else I think it’€™s just another series we want to win and [we'€™re] looking forward to it,” Rask said. “They have a great team, so it’€™s going to be tough, but we’€™ll see.

“They’€™re a quick team. They’€™re a talented team, so I’€™m sure it’€™ll be entertaining for the fans. We’€™ll take a breather here for a couple days and then we’€™ll see when it starts, but we’€™ll enjoy this win today and then we’€™ll move on.”

Rask knows that while Detroit came in with the reputation of having a lot of speed, Montreal will be on a whole new level. Throw in familiarity, and the Bruins goalie knows full well what is in store for him.

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