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The day after the Cup, 2 p.m.: Recapping Mut & Merloni Bruins talk 06.16.11 at 2:02 pm ET
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Nothing else mattered on Thursday. The Bruins were the talk of not only the town but also the Mut & Merloni show. The Stanley Cup’s return back to Boston for the first time since 1972 will do that. Here’s a few highlights of the show from 10-2:

Mike Mutnansky opened the show by saying, “Yeah, this feels about right. June 16, beautiful day in Boston, they’re planning a parade and they’re bringing the Cup back to this city.” That was followed by talk between the two hosts about the win means for the team and the city as a whole.

Sen. John Kerry told the guys despite his busy schedule, he caught every second of the game as well as the postgame coverage. He even called Brad Marchand‘s play “inspiring” and said he still laces on the skates and plays a game of puck himself every now and again.

Andy Brickley said that the championship was “a long time coming” and even called Tim Thomas‘s time in  net during the 2010-11 season “probably the best single-season goaltending performance by any goalie of all-time.”

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Looking back at SCF Game 7 outcomes since turn of millenium 06.14.11 at 11:27 am ET
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The Bruins and their fans are no strangers to a Game 7, both this postseason (when they’ve already seen two such do-or-die contests against the Canadiens and Lightning) or even the past decade. But a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup finals? Well that’ll be a first for anyone who has ever donned the black and gold, either on the ice or in the stands.

The NHL as a whole, however, has seen a couple of battles for Lord Stanley’s extra-large chalice go the distance in the last few years. In fact, Wednesday’s matchup between the Bruins and Canucks in Vancouver will be the sixth Game 7 in the finals since 2000. So while the B’s, Canucks and their fans have an off-day to pause and collect themselves for the historic events to come, let us look now at the historic Game 7s that have already come to pass since the turn of the millennium. (Note: home teams are in all caps.)

2009: Penguins 2, RED WINGS 1

If you’re a Bruins fan, this may be the only good news you’ll read here. The Penguins win at Joe Louis Arena was the first victory for a road team in a Game 7 of the finals since the Canadiens beat the Blackhawks in the Windy City back in 1971. Maxime Talbot played the hero for Pittsburgh, potting both goals for the Pens in the second period. The Red Wings dominated the third frame, outshooting their foes by a 7-1 margin with one of those shots resulting in a Jonathan Ericsson goal with 6:07 left. But Marc-Andre Fleury sent the Detroit fans home unhappy when he made an incredible diving save on an open-net shot by Red Wings blue-liner Nicklas Lidstrom just before the final buzzer (5:30 in the clip after the jump) to ensure that the Cup was headed to western Pennsylvania. Read the rest of this entry »

GQ’s Jonah Keri: ‘No one wants’ Bruins to win 06.09.11 at 4:31 pm ET
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In a piece written for GQ.com entitled “The Boston Bruins vs. The World,” noted sportswriter Jonah Keri has a simple but sharp message for the Bruins and their fans.

After spending a few paragraphs discussing the “We want the Cup” chant that has filled the TD Garden and discussing how every other NHL team wants a Stanley Cup, Keri writes, “But you, Bruins fans? No one wants you to have it.”

He notes that there are plenty of good reasons to root for the B’s. Among them are Tim Thomas‘s long journey to stardom, Alexandre Burrows‘s bite on Patrice Bergeron and Nathan Horton‘s season-ending concussion. But Keri still adds “You know what? We’re still not rooting for you.”

His main reasoning behind this thesis is that Boston fans complain of “The Drought,” the 39-year period since the B’s have lost won the Stanley Cup, when the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics have all took home trophies in the last decade. Since Keri claims that all Bruins fans also root for these other squads, there should be no remorse for those who don the black and gold.

“You sound like the douchebag who [expletive] that, after the three-bedroom in Tribeca, the place in the Hamptons, the kids’ boarding school, the annual trips to Paris and Aruba, the four cars, and two alimonies, you’ve barely got enough left for that third bottle of Dom at Per Se,” Keri writes before concluding, “We feel for the 12 Bruins fans who’ve shunned the city’s other franchises and waited nearly 40 years for their shot. The rest of you? Prepare yourselves for heartbreak. Until the day after Vancouver wins the Cup, when you can watch your first-place Red Sox try to break Boston’s Three-Year Curse.”

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Steve Levy: ‘Concern’ in Vancouver locker room 06.07.11 at 10:21 am ET
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ESPN personality Steve Levy joined the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning after covering Monday night’s Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals for the cable sports network, and the Sportscenter anchor had lots of praise for the goings on at the TD Garden.

“That was unbelievable,” Levy said. “The first two games were also thrilling, but last night had everything. The energy in the building was also terrific. We were also in town for Game 7 of the conference final against Tampa and we thought that was unbelievable. Last night topped that. It was really a special all-around night, except for the hit.”

However, it was mostly a special all-around night for the Bruins and their fans. After the crushing 8-1 loss to their Eastern Conference foes, the Canucks looked certainly uneasy, according to Levy.

“I think there’s some concern, there’s no question,” he said. “I think immediately afterwards there was concern. I think the first two games you saw one-goal games that really could have gone either way, but Vancouver was a whole lot more confident going into last night than they were going into it than coming out of it, no question.” Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Aaron Rome, Alexandre Burrows, Nathan Horton, Steve Levy
Andy Brickley on D&C: Playoffs ‘time to make strong statements’ about hits to head 06.07.11 at 9:25 am ET
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Andy Brickley

NESN Bruins analyst Andy Brickley called in to the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning to talk about the Bruins big 8-1 win over the Canucks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals the night before. The former Boston forward said he enjoyed what he saw Monday night.

“Thoroughly,” he said. “Absolutely loved just about everything about it except for the [Nathan Horton] hit and the result and maybe a little bit of stooping to the Canucks’ level when they started getting into the taunting with the fingers. Other than those two issues, I really enjoyed the game.”

The biggest reason why Brickley thought that the Bruins were able to take Game 3 was that that they were able to control their emotions and turn that energy into putting pucks in the back of the net, especially following the late losses earlier in the series as well as the early loss of Horton on a hit by Aaron Rome in Game 3.

“I liked the Bruins emotional level coming into the game because that was actually my biggest concern coming off the two dramatic losses in the fashion that they lost in Vancouver. Not a lot of turn-around time to recover emotionally from that overtime loss in Game 2. When you couple that with the late loss in regulation of Game 1, I had some concerns in that area. I think the coaching staff did a real good job, the players themselves, the leadership in the room, got themselves ready to play. Not a great first period but they were ready to play. They were going to bring their skating game and then when one of their top players and a guy that really lean on to make big plays and score big goals goes down early enough in the game, it just took the emotional zeale to another level. But they were able to keep enough disicipline until that game got out of hand.” Read the rest of this entry »

Read More: Aaron Rome, Andy Brickley, Claude Julien, Nathan Horton
Gord Kluzak on D&C: Bruins ‘have surprised me’ 05.31.11 at 9:39 am ET
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NESN Bruins analyst Gord Kluzak was a guest on the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning and discussed the Stanley Cup finals that are set to start Wednesday evening. The former B’s defenseman began his talk about the differences between the Bruins and Canucks, with the highlight among those differences regarding of course penalties. With its power-play unit struggling in the postseason, there’s no surprise that Kluzak would think that the B’s would hope that the referees keep the whistles away from their mouths. (To hear the entire interview, head over to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.)

“Well, I think what the Bruins would want it to look like is very physical, sort of played in the corners and in the high traffic areas, certainly a five-on-five series,” Kluzak said. “I think what the Canucks would want it to look like is very end-to-end, very high-tempo, lots of penalties, lot of power plays on each ‘side. I think those are the two ways these teams are built.”

In fact, Kluzak went so far as to say that if the Bruins are going to be successful in the finals, they’ll need to reproduce their effort from the last game they played.

“I think the model for the Bruins and by far the best game they played was Game 7 against Tampa Bay,” he said. “That was as dominant of a 1-0 win as you’ll ever see. They had Tampa Bay completely stalled out. Even if they had chances, it was one and done. They just layered their defense so, so well, and all of that talent Tampa Bay had was totally squandered by the Bruins defensive schemes and intensity.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Boston Pizzas in British Columbia to change name for finals 05.28.11 at 12:42 pm ET
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Boston Pizza is a popular pizza chain in Canada, but for the duration of the Stanley Cup finals, the 62 restaurants in the province of British Columbia will change its name to Vancouver Pizza to support the Canucks. As part of the name change, the restaurants will use new logos that include a slash through the name Boston with Vancouver written underneath and the phrase “Proud fans.” (You can see the change on the chain’s web site.)

Back in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Boston Pizzas in Montreal also changed their logos to say “Montreal Pizza.”

EDIT: The original post said there are no Boston Pizzas in the United States. There are, in fact, several locations, including one in Manchester, Conn. but all are under the name “Boston’s” instead.

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