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Claude Julien to Jonathan Toews: ‘Try it again’ on Zdeno Chara 06.22.13 at 2:14 pm ET
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Claude Julien speaking Saturday in Chicago before Game 5. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

CHICAGO — Bruins coach Claude Julien was very aware of the comments by Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews after Game 4. In the hours before Game 5 here Saturday, Julien said if Chicago thinks they can attack and expose Zdeno Chara, then go for it.

“I mean, they’re allowed their comments,” Julien said. “If that’s what they think, then they should try it again. A lot of people have tried to figure out Zdeno, and he’s the type of player he is. People talk about five goals against, but were they all his fault? None of them were his fault, actually.

Chara was a minus-3 on Wednesday night in Game 4 and was on the ice for five of the six Chicago goals, leading several Blackhawks – including Toews – to say they had success by not being intimidated by the 6-foot-9 36-year-old Bruins captain.

Julien said stats don’t mean nearly as much in the eyes of his coaching staff as the presence Chara provides on the ice.

“Just one of those situations where we feel he’s one of our best players on our team,” Julien said. “He’s one of the best defensemen in the league, so I don’t think there’s too many flaws in his game. But if they want to think that way, they’re entitled to it. I have no response to that except to know that my player is going to be good and ready tonight, and they can try it again if that’s what they think.”

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No Marian Hossa again for Hawks morning skate 06.22.13 at 12:11 pm ET
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Patrick Kane leads the morning skate Saturday in Chicago for the Blackhawks before Game 5. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

CHICAGO — As was the case before Game 4, Marian Hossa was not on the ice for Chicago’s morning skate here at United Center in the hours before Game 5 of the Stanley Cup.

Hossa did not skate on Wednesday morning in Boston but returned to the lineup for Game 4 after missing Game 3 with an upper body injury. Hossa had one assist in 29 shifts Wednesday night, taking just four shots after 10 in Game 2.

And as was the case in Game 4, Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said Hossa will be available and will play. “He will play and we expect him to be better,” Quenneville said.

The extra forwards taking part in Saturday’s morning skate for Chicago were Ben Smith, the Boston College product who took Hossa’s place in Game 3, and agitator Dan Carcillo.

The series is tied, 2-2, heading into Saturday night’s Game 5.

For more on Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals from DJ Bean and Mike Petraglia in Chicago, visit the Bruins team page at weei.com/bruins.

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These ‘really confident’ Bruins know they have to re-capture road warrior mentality 06.21.13 at 9:09 pm ET
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Bruins fans will be few and far between in Chicago Saturday night for Game 5. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Perhaps the lasting legacy of the 2011 Stanley Cup champion Bruins was their ability to win in a hostile environment when they had no other choice.

Game 7 in Vancouver was the ultimate testament to that quality.

Now, these Bruins have a chance to repeat that accomplishment, and must, if they are to achieve their ultimate goal. Already, the Bruins have proven they can win in Chicago. But after losing Game 4 in overtime, they must find a way again.

“It’s tough, but we know we can do it,” captain Zdeno Chara said Friday. “We have a good enough team. We just have to be ready. It’s going to be a battle.”

“I guess it helps some kind of confidence there, but it’s still going to be a tough one,” Tuukka Rask said of winning Game 2 last Saturday.

Chara knows the value of the experience of Game 7 in 2011 – and Game 2 this year – in Boston’s quest.

“It’s huge,” Chara said. “You need to be able to win games on the road. It’s something that good teams go to do, and certainly we’ve done it once, so we’ve got to do our best to do it again.”

Added Tyler Seguin: “I think it helps a ton. We know what to expect a bit more and that being said Chicago’s been in this series just as much as we have. You know, it’s going to be a long series still and it’s one we’re enjoying.”

All eyes will be on Rask to see how he handles the “bounce back” game.

“Yeah, we’ve got to focus on [Game 5], hopefully get the win and have a chance to finish it at home,” Rask said. “[We're] really confident. I think that’s one of our good qualities as a team. We never let things bother us.”

Maybe Johnny Boychuk had the best take of all on the road factor.

“It doesn’t really matter at this point where we’re playing,” Boychuk said. “I think both teams are just trying to worry about what they’re doing and trying to just battle as hard as you can to win a Cup.”

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Carl Soderberg on fourth line: ‘I’m a big guy and can protect the puck’ 06.21.13 at 2:37 pm ET
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Carl Soderberg speaks Friday before taking off with the Bruins for Game 5 Saturday night. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Carl Soderberg may or may not make his Stanley Cup playoff debut in one of the biggest games of the season Saturday night.

But one thing is for sure, he feels confident he will be ready if called on by coach Claude Julien.

The 27-year-old Soderberg skated Friday morning in practice with the fourth line of Shawn Thornton and Rich Peverley as Julien and the coaching staff wanted to get a feel for what that might look like if the Bruins decide to change out Kaspars Daugavins for the highly touted 6-foot-3, 200-pound forward out of Sweden.

“I was just trying something else here and I’ll make that decision [Saturday] but just getting a different look on what that would look like,” Julien said before hopping on a charter bus outside TD Garden Friday morning and heading off to Chicago for Game 5 Saturday night.

“Obviously, I was on that line today but I haven’t talked to coach so I don’t know what will happen [Saturday],” Soderberg said. “I’ve been practicing for a long time now so I feel ready. I’m a big guy and can protect the puck, and maybe can get it deep and go from there maybe.”

Soderberg, who was traded to the Bruins by St. Louis for Hannu Toivonen in July 2007, played in the last six regular season games for the Bruins, notching two assists and no goals. He was signed by the Bruins on April 9 to a three-year, one-way contract after he refused to play for the Swedish national team in the world championships.

“I’ve been here for 11 weeks now,” Soderberg said Friday. “I’m getting to know the system a lot. I haven’t played games in a while but if I’m playing [Saturday], I think it will go well. I know everything.

“It’s amazing to be here. I love being here in Boston. Of course, I want to play but I haven’t done it yet but hopefully [Saturday].”


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Bruins give their fans another send-off party 06.20.13 at 9:55 pm ET
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Bruins fans are invited to another send-off Friday morning at TD Garden. (AP)

As was the case at the beginning of this series, the Bruins Friday will give their fans the chance to send them off on a mission.

With their team tied, 2-2, in the 2013 Stanley Cup finals, Bruins fans are invited show their support for their team as they leave TD Garden for Saturday’s Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals in Chicago. The Bruins are expected to hold a brief practice at 10:30 on Friday morning before gathering their belongings and hopping on a charter bus for their flight.

Fans can cheer on the Bruins as they board the team bus and head for the airport. The event will take place in the parking lot outside TD Garden off Causeway Street. Fans can enter the TD Garden parking lot starting at 11:00 a.m. The crowd is expected to gather for about one hour before sending the team off at noon to catch their charter flight to Chicago.

The event is expected to be similar to the send-off on June 11 when the Bruins first took off for Chicago for Games 1 and 2. The team will spend Friday night in Chicago in preparation for Game 5 Saturday at the United Center.

For more, visit the Bruins team page at weei.com/bruins.

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Tuukka Rask on defensive corrections: ‘It’s not rocket science at this point’ 06.20.13 at 9:31 pm ET
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Tuukka Rask is fully confident he and the Bruins will bounce back from Game 4. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Sometimes it just takes simplifying things to their most basic form.

That’s the way Tuukka Rask feels about the defense in front of him in Game 4 and what he expects for Game 5 Saturday in Chicago.

“We talked about it and moved on,” Rask said. “New game Saturday.”

Was Wednesday’s six-goal implosion on defense the result of Chicago’s skill or Boston’s breakdowns?

“I think it was both,” Rask said. “I think they played a good game. They had, as I said yesterday, legs right off the bat. We didn’t, and we had some mental mistakes. The layers weren’t there and we kind of got caught standing still a lot of times. So, I think it was both.”

Can Boston’s defensive issues from Game 4 be resolved by Saturday?

“Yeah. I think it’s not rocket science at this point,” Rask said. “I think they played good, as I said. We didn’t play our game for the most part. We were standing still and not doing the things we were supposed to do in order to have a chance to win hockey games. We have to adapt that.”

“I mean, a lot of occasions, these finals especially, the momentum shifts and both teams have their moments. We just try to recognize what the situation is and not get too much carried away about the losses or wins and just try to stay even-keel and try to play our game as good as we can and hope that the result will be good.”

There’s little doubt in Rask’s mind that the Bruins will find their game again.

“I don’t think it should be an issue,” Rask said. “I don’t think, for us, it matters whether we are at home or away we always play good games at either places, but I feel confident we can respond.

“That’s something we definitely can do. We can’t just rely on the fact that we have done it in the past. We have to go out there and make it happen again. We feel confident that we have it in us, but we have to be better.”

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Chris Kelly: ‘I think we’ll be fine for the next game’ 06.20.13 at 4:23 pm ET
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Chris Kelly stood up and showed a sense of humor Thursday about his near-miss in Game 4. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Chris Kelly could at least joke about his near-miss in Game 4, some 14 hours after a certain goal went off his stick and hit the left post of the net vacated by Corey Crawford at the end of the second period. Had Kelly scored with 40 seconds left, the game would’ve been tied, 4-4. Instead, the Hawks made it to the dressing room clinging to a 4-3 lead.

“It is what it is,” Kelly said Thursday in front of his locker stall. “It would’ve been nice to put that in. It’s a game of inches. That just proved that even more. You just move forward. There’s nothing you can do about things like that. There’s no sense of dwelling on individual plays. I think there’s more important things to worry about.”

That didn’t keep the goal horn from going off for a moment inside the Garden.

“No, I knew I didn’t score but the horn kind of threw me,” Kelly said. “I thought the period was over. I looked up and there was like 40 seconds left. But no, it didn’t throw me off. I knew I didn’t score.”

Kelly said he had put the near-miss behind him until being reminded of it on Thursday.

“It was gone until you guys brought it up,” Kelly said. “Thanks for that.”

As for his teammates, Kelly is very confident that the Bruins can put Game 4 completely behind him.

“I think we’re a confident group in here and we know how to play and what brings us success,” Kelly said. “We’re a group that’s learned throughout the past and has been through a lot of things, not only this year but in years past. I think we’ll be fine for next game.

“I think both sides were pretty poor on the D-side of the puck. There’s certain plays you want to look back, try to eliminate, make better reads. It’s a game of mistakes. I think both sides made their fair share of mistakes.”


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