|Bruins try to stay positive after blowing series lead vs. Maple Leafs||05.13.13 at 12:33 am ET|
TORONTO — Here comes Game 7.
With all the things that can be said about this Bruins team after blowing a 3-1 lead — that this is typical of a team that lost nine games that it led in the third period in the regular season, that the B’s are pulling a 2010, etc. — the Bruins are trying to think about none of them. If they’re going to be embarrassed that they let the Leafs come back in this series, they can do it later. First they have a game to win.
“Being frustrated right now is not going to help,” Patrice Bergeron said after the Maple Leafs‘ 2-1 win in Game 6. “It’s about being determined, finding ways to put it in. It’s all about [Game 7] now.”
The Maple Leafs have momentum, and while both teams have goalies who have played exceptional, the Bruins have made more mistakes and the Maple Leafs have made them pay. Claude Julien summed it up pretty well in his five-question postgame press conference Sunday.
“We are the team that should have prevailed in this series in everybody’s eyes, but they’ve played well and we haven’t played well enough,” he said. “It’s as simple as that, and that’s why it’s a 3-3 series right now.”
The Bruins put on their best “We’re not frustrated” faces after Game 6, but they should be frustrated. This should have been a five-game series, but the B’s came out flat and lost Game 5 and then had to play without Andrew Ference in a Game 6 that they shouldn’t have had to play. Now, they have one game to save their season.
“We’ve always said they were a good team. We never said it was going to be an easy series, so here we are now,” Bergeron said. “It’s all about one game, and whatever happened in the first six games doesn’t really matter. It’s about us showing up.”
|Patrice Bergeron on Game 5 loss: ‘We’re not looking into the past’||05.11.13 at 12:20 am ET|
The Bruins spoke nearly consistently over the 48 hours before Game 5 about coming out with energy because they knew they would have to match the urgency of the Leafs.
Yet, they couldn’t do it.
They were outworked and outmuscled for most of the first 40 minutes before a last period push fell short in a 2-1 loss to the Maple Leafs Friday night at TD Garden.
“Yeah, we’re expecting them to come out hard,” Patrice Bergeron said. “They did and we didn’t match it. Yeah, it is disappointing, but at the same time it’s a series so we got to think about the next game now and make sure we’re ready.
“We didn’t come out the way that we should have come out in order to win the game, in order to get some momentum and we knew they were going to come out hard and we didn’t match it and we were kind of scrambling after that. But, I thought we got to play like we did in the third and now look forward to Game 6, but it’s going to be a tough one so we need to make sure we’re ready for a big game.”
The next game will be Sunday night and somehow the Bruins will have to find a way to win all three games in Toronto if they are to avoid a Game 7 winner-take-all Monday night back at TD Garden.
The Bruins did show signs of life in the third, and the hope is that will carry over to Sunday night. But right now, it’s only hope.
“That’s the way we had to play in order to get the result,” Bergeron said of the Bruins’ third period, in which they scored the only goal and outshot Toronto, 19-4.
“They’re a good team, and we thought that the third period was much better and the chances were there to show for them,” Bergeron said. “I thought we didn’t get the start we wanted obviously, and they have some good forwards, so you got to make sure you do the job with the puck, in the critical situation of the bluelines, and some breakdowns in our zone that we got to be better also. So, like you said, it is a game of mistakes, but we got to make sure we avoid them as much as possible.”
As far as thinking about the what-if of losing Game 6, Bergeron said the Bruins can’t afford to think about past failures in close-out situations. They are now 4-7 in their last 10 such games.
“Well, obviously we’re not looking in the past,” Bergeron said. “We’re thinking about this year and tonight it wasn’t the start that we needed in order to do close that game and that series. So, now we have to look ahead at Game 6.”
|Patrice Bergeron takes home the hardware in regular season finale||04.28.13 at 7:59 pm ET|
The Bruins announced their regular season award winners before the regular season finale with the Senators Sunday night. Patrice Bergeron was the recipient of the Eddie Shore Award (exceptional hustle and determination, chosen by the ‘Gallery Gods’) as well as the Elizabeth Dufresne Trophy (outstanding performance during home games, determined by the Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association).
Gregory Campbell was selected for the John P. Bucyk Award (greatest off-ice charitable contributions, chosen by John Bucyk); and Tuukka Rask (First Star), Bergeron (Second Star) and Tyler Seguin (Third Star) were named the Bruins Three Stars (top performers at home over the course of the season).
Eddie Shore Award and Elizabeth Dufresne Trophy
Bergeron, the team’s alternate captain to Zdeno Chara, was also selected by the ‘Gallery Gods’ as the Eddie Shore Award winner for demonstrating exceptional hustle and determination throughout the 2013 campaign. The reining Selke Trophy winner currently leads the Bruins with a +25 rating (5th NHL), is second in assists (22) and is tied for fourth in points with 32 (10-22). The Bruins centerman also leads the NHL in faceoff percentage, winning puck drops at a 61.9-percent clip.
In addition to the Eddie Shore Award, the BPHWA has selected Bergeron as the Elizabeth Dufresne Trophy recipient for his outstanding performance during Bruins home games this season. At TD Garden this year, Bergeron has notched eight goals and 13 assists for 21 points. The forward’s +20 rating and 66.8% (280/419) faceoff percentage in Boston, leads all Bruins players.
John P. Bucyk Award
Gregory Campbell has been an active participant in the Boston Bruins off-ice charitable events in this years condensed NHL season. Campbell has spent many of his rare off days making community visits throughout the Greater Boston area, including visits to the Charlestown Boys & Girls Club, Home for Little Wanderers and was a one of the team’s participants in their annual ‘Cuts for a Cause’ event. Read the rest of this entry »
|Brad Marchand: ‘I was definitely fighting back tears’||04.18.13 at 11:19 am ET|
Bergeron hadn’t played since April 2, a span of six games. Marchand missed the last two games since being elbowed by Anton Volchenkov of the Devils.
Neither player figured in the scoring but both had a positive signs of bouncing back on a night the city of Boston looked to bounce back.
“They both played well and they both played hard,” their coach Claude Julien said after Boston’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Sabres. “You know, it’s unfortunate they didn’t get rewarded with anything tonight, but they had some great opportunities. And you’ve got to give their goaltender credit; he played extremely well for them tonight and allowed them to stay in that 2-1 game for a long time. I think had there been another goaltender it could have been a totally different story.”
Marchand, like everyone in the building, wasn’t thinking about himself but rather being part of something bigger during the national anthem.
Never were the emotions higher than during the national anthem for Marchand.
“It was extremely emotional. I was definitely fighting back tears,” he said. “To see again how everyone was reacting to that video, it obviously touched not only people who were here tonight but everyone at home, too, watching. It’s something that we’ll never forget. For everyone to show their respect and obviously give their thoughts and prayers for everyone, it’s great that everyone is kind of coming together at this time and helping each other out.” Read the rest of this entry »
|Carl Soderberg skates with Bruins, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand to play Wednesday||04.17.13 at 12:00 pm ET|
The Bruins got an influx of healthy bodies Wednesday morning as Carl Soderberg skated with the team for the first time, while both Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand (concussions) have been cleared and will be in the lineup for what figures to be an emotional contest against the Sabres.
Soderberg, who arrived Tuesday from Sweden, participated in morning skate on Wednesday but will not be in the lineup against the Sabres. The Bruins feel that it will be beneficial to both Soderberg and the team for him to get some practices in and watch the team from the press box before jumping into game action.
Wade Redden will make his Bruins debut on Wednesday, with it unknown which Bruins defenseman will sit. Andrew Ference was supposed to be a healthy scratch on Monday before the game was postponed, but Adam McQuaid and Matt Bartkowski stayed on the ice a little longer than teammates, suggesting they might be the scratches.
There was a heavy amount of rotating in line rushes for the B’s in Wednesday’s practice, but here’s what the forward lines looked like:
The goaltenders left the ice at pretty much the same time, but it was Anton Khudobin who was the first off. Given the time between games, it would be a bit surprising to see Tuukka Rask sit Wednesday, so stay tuned on that front.
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|Bruins practice with ‘heavy hearts’||04.16.13 at 12:05 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — After postponing Monday’s game against the Senators in wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, the Bruins took the ice Tuesday at Ristuccia Arena.
“I think it was one of those days when you practice with heavy hearts,” coach Claude Julien said. “Obviously, we have a job to do and we still have to do our job, but I think our guys in there are proud of the city they represent, Boston. As much as it was hard to really go out there today and give your all, I think our guys did a good job. But practice is over and our thoughts are back to those people affected by it. Boston, for me personally and my family is a city we’ve fallen in love with. When you something like that happen, there’s no doubt it affects you as an individual, and even as us as a group.”
The B’s did some power-play work before beginning a full practice at 11:30. All players were accounted for, including Brad Marchand (concussion). Marchand, who was skating for the third straight day, was in a green jersey with spare forwards Jay Pandolfo and Jordan Caron. A good sign for the B’s is that Marchand did not seem limited, taking contact for the first time since suffering his concussion last Wednesday.
The lines were as follows:
Extra forwards: Brad Marchand, Jay Pandolfo, Jordan Caron
Patrice Bergeron was expected to be examined prior to Monday’s game, but he was not cleared given Monday’s events. Claude Julien said following Tuesday’s practice that Bergeron is “highly probable” to play Wednesday, assuming there is a game.
|Patrice Bergeron feels ‘ready’ to return, could play Monday vs. Senators||04.15.13 at 11:58 am ET|
Both Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand (both coming off concussions) participated in the Bruins’ morning skate Monday, and Bergeron could make his return to the Boston lineup Monday night after missing the last six games.
Bruins coach Claude Julien said the team is being “extra safe” with Bergeron’s situation, given that this is his fourth career concussion. The medical staff will give final clearance as to whether the reigning Selke winner plays Monday night against the Senators. Bergeron said he only felt symptoms for a day following the play in which he was concussed, and that he’s had time to recover, get back on the ice and prepare for the final couple weeks of the regular season.
“I feel like I’m ready,” Bergeron said, “but we’ll see.”
“I feel good,” he said. “I feel confident and I don’t feel cautious either. We’ve taken the time and there’s a reason for that, so I’m not hesitant.”
Bergeron said that this concussion was less significant than his previous three. Though he missed only two games due to his previous concussion, it was actually 13 days because the Bruins had swept the Flyers and had some time before starting the Eastern Conference finals against the Lightning, with Bergeron making his return in Game 3 of that series. If he plays Monday, he will have missed just as much time as he did last time, though he’ll have obviously missed more game. Either way, Bergeron feels this concussion wasn’t as bad as any of the ones before it.
“I healed a lot quicker and felt better a lot quicker,” he said. “It was good news.”
As for Marchand, who suffered a concussion on an elbow to the head from Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov last week, the pesky forward skated Monday for the second consecutive day. He has not yet taken contact, which figures to be the next step in his recovery.
Tuukka Rask was the first goaltender off the ice, suggesting he will get the start Monday night against the Senators.
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