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Claude Julien on Patrice Bergeron: ‘He may be in the next game’ 06.22.13 at 11:58 pm ET
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CHICAGO — Claude Julien was a frustrated head coach Saturday night after he lost Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals to the Blackhawks at United Center, 3-1, and in the process lost his best all-around player to an undisclosed injury.

Pressed about the nature of the injury suffered by Patrice Bergeron and his prognosis, Julien tried to be as clear as he could before losing some patience.

“Well, no update, and I think there’s no concern until you get an update,” Julien said. “As far as we’re concerned, he’s just getting evaluated
right now. Not much I can say on his situation.”

Asked what happened, Julien said he was not at liberty to say.

“No, not really,” Julien said. “It’s just an injury that wasn’t able to let him finish the game. He may be in next game. I’m not going there.

When asked if this was an existing injury that was aggravated, Julien reached his boiling point.

“Guys, I’m not going there, so anything else but injury here. I’ll update you when I have an update. There’s nothing more. We can ask a million questions. I don’t have any more information than probably you guys do right now.”

Carl Soderberg, tabbed to take Kaspars Daugavins spot on the fourth line, found himself centering the No. 2 line when Bergeron went out early in the second period.

“I thought we could use him, and although he had very limited experience in this league, he’s still a pretty skilled player and had a good year. I thought if we were going to give him a shot, tonight was probably a good time for it. He showed me enough to be able to move into Bergy’s spot. I thought he played well, and although there wasn’t maybe the chemistry that you see with that line usually because it’s his first time, certainly not disappointed in the way he played tonight.”

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Patrice Bergeron leaves Game 5 in ambulance at 10:31 pm ET
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CHICAGO — Patrice Bergeron was taken from the United Center in the middle of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals Saturday night via ambulance and transported to a local hospital, first reported by WCVB’s Mike Lynch and later confirmed by the Bruins.

Bergeron appeared to take a hit late in the first period during a 4-on-4 situation on the ice but he did return to play a limited amount in the second period. He came out after just two shifts in the second and did not return. He was not on the Bruins bench to begin the third period.

Carl Soderberg took Bergeron’s place on the second line, centering Brad Marchand and Jaromir Jagr.

The Bruins confirmed the report but did not announce details of the injury.

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A closer look at Bruins’ scoring — and Corey Crawford’s glove — in finals 06.20.13 at 7:21 pm ET
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It’€™s kind of awkward that the book is now out on Corey Crawford, and everyone knows it.

Glove side. Glove side, glove side, glove side. The Bruins have scored 12 goals in the Stanley Cup finals, and 10 of them have beaten the Blackhawks goaltender’€™s glove. The Bruins played dumb on Thursday, a day after they scored four goals glove side on Crawford. Asked whether players might overthink it now when they want to go glove side and they know that Crawford knows they’€™re thinking glove side, the smart alecky Brad Marchand cut off the question.

‘€œI thought it was five-hole,’€ Marchand said with a straight face.

Yeah, no. Glove side. Always go glove side. Tyler Seguin joked that perhaps the B’€™s will have to go stick side from now on to keep Crawford on his toes, but he tried that in overtime and it didn’€™t work. Go glove side.

Here’s a breakdown of each Bruins goal scored this series — who scored it, where they beat Crawford, and which Blackhawks were on the ice.

Game 1: Lucic at right circle hashmarks glove side  — Hjalmarrson, Sharp, Toews, Oduya, Hossa
Lucic slap shot glove side — Hjalmarsson, Handzus, Oduya, Bickell, Kane
Bergeron (PP) slap shot glove side — Keith, Hjalmarsson, Kruger, Handzus

Game 2: Kelly rebound of Paille shot, stick side with Crawford down — Leddy, Sharp, Handzus, Rozsival, Kane
Paille in overtime glove side wrist shot — Keith, Seabrook, Kruger, Bollig, Frolik

Game 3: Paille snap shot from right circle glove side — Leddy, Sharp, Smith, Rozsival, Bolland
Bergeron (PP) stick side from bottom of the circle — Seabrook, Toews, Oduya, Bolland

Game 4: Peverley (PP) glove side, Crawford missed it by a mile — Hjalmarsson, Saad, Handzus, Rozsival
Lucic backhand in front off Chara rebound glove side — Hjalmarsson, Sharp, Toews, Oduya, Kane
Bergeron (PP) rebound off glass in front, high glove — Seabrook, Kruger, Oduya, Frolik
Bergeron snap shot below glove — Hjalmarsson, Kruger, Oduya, Bolland, Shaw
Boychuk slap shot glove side — Hjalmarsson, Kruger, Oduya, Bolland, Shaw

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Here are some takeaways and trends:

– Glove side.

– From rewatching the Bruins’ goals, it’s pretty interesting how little screens have had to do with beating Crawford. Unless you want to count Johnny Boychuk‘s goal in Game 4 as one, none of the Bruins’ goals have been from the point. Boychuk stepped up and was almost to the high slot by the time he released his shot. Nathan Horton was skating by late in the play, but Crawford saw Boychuk’s shot the whole way.

It hasn’t been about establishing bodies in front, but rather creating off turnovers (Chris Kelly‘s goal, Daniel Paille‘s goal in Game 3) and burying rebounds (Kelly’s goal, Lucic’s goal in Game 4, Bergeron’s goal in Game 4). Of course, burying rebounds as closely as the Bruins have means they’ve been getting to the front of the net, but they haven’t need to set up and screen Crawford so their D can beat him from the point.

– Even on the rebounds, the Bruins are going glove side. Watch Bergeron’s goal in the the second period of Game 4. The puck bounced off Crawford’s mask, off the glass and back over the net in front, but Bergeron’s instinct was still to go high glove rather than just trying to jam it in. These guys haven’t just read the book on Crawford. They’ve memorized it.

– The sequence on Rich Peverley‘s goal featured great plays from Andrew Ference and Peverley, but yowzers was that a softy.

– No Bruins goals this series have been redirected past Crawford. They’re beating him cleanly.

Niklas Hjalmarsson was on the ice for all three Bruins goals in Game 1 and four of their five goals in Game 4.

Johnny Oduya was on the ice for four goals against in Game 4, as was Marcus Kruger.

Andrew Shaw was not on the ice for a Bruins goal until Bergeron’s second goal in Game 4. He was also on the ice for Boychuk‘s game-tying tally.

Bryan Bickell has been on the ice for only goal against in this series. Part of that can be explained by the fact that he was on the fourth line in Game 3 and wasn’t exactly playing against top scorers.

Duncan Keith has been on the ice for two Bruins goals. Zdeno Chara has been on the ice for six Blackhawks goals.

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Shawn Thornton on D&C: Jaromir Jagr has ‘bought in’ to Bruins system 06.19.13 at 9:35 am ET
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Bruins winger Shawn Thornton checked in with Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday morning, with the B’s hours away from hosting the Blackhawks in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals.

Despite the Bruins’ domination in their 2-0 victory in Game 3 on Monday night, Thornton said his team is not overconfident.

“It’s just one game,” he said. “We played pretty well last game. [But] we had some frustration, too. We took a few penalties and we had some emotions at the end, too. So, it could have went either way. We just were fortunate enough that Tuukka [Rask] stood on his head and got us that shutout. To say that we’re in control I think is a little bit of a stretch at this point in the series.”

The Blackhawks were never more inept than when on the power play, as the Bruins stopped all five opportunities (allowing just four shots) and had better scoring chances shorthanded.

“They have pretty dangerous players over there,” Thornton said. “Our PK has done a very good job so far. But when I was in [penalty box] last game for two minutes, I was sweating the whole time hoping that my penalty wasn’t the reason they scored.

“They were missing [Marian] Hossa, one of their best players, last game. I don’t know what happened to him. But he’s back tonight, as far as I know. I think it will be a little bit of a different game tonight.”

The Bruins have demonstrated a solid team approach, committing to coach Claude Julien‘s defense-oriented system. Asked who the most important Bruin is, Thornton said newcomer Jaromir Jagr deserves credit for adjusting his game to fit the B’s style.

“Everyone has to buy in for us to be successful,” Thornton said. “The most impressive is probably I’d say Jagr, being that he just got here. I don’t know a whole lot about where he was before this — other than what you read on paper, and everyone knows — but I’m pretty sure that he’s pretty used to doing his own thing out there, and it’s worked out pretty well for him the last 22 years. He comes in here and he’s backchecking and finishing checks and battling on pucks. That’s pretty impressive when you’ve been doing something one way for 21 years and now you’re told you’re going to do it this way if you want to have success, and he’s bought in.

“The other guys, top to bottom, the whole time I’ve been here, it starts with those big boys. Then the little guys like myself have to fall in line and follow the system or else you’re not around. So, I think all the way throughout it’s been pretty good.”

Patrice Bergeron has stepped into the national spotlight with his all-around play in this series, something Thornton noted is long overdue.

“I think he’s finally getting his due,” Thornton said. “We’ve appreciated him in that room for the last five, six years that I’ve been here. He’s so good defensively. And the players he plays with — this isn’t taking anything away from [Tyler Seguin] or [Brad Marchand] when they’re together, or Jags and Marchy now, but if you put another centerman in between them, I’m not sure if they’re as successful in their own zone. He does a lot of things to cover up — not cover up, but he’s in the position to let them maybe take advantage a little bit more offensively, because he’s so good at being in the right spot and making sure that he’s behind you 100 percent defensively.”

Added Thornton: “On the other side of the puck he doesn’t get enough credit, how good he is offensively. He’s finally starting to get some due because he’s scored some timely goals for us in the playoffs. But when we skate with him in the offseason and in training camp and on a daily basis, the things you see him do with the puck, and how strong he is on it and how quick he is, there’s not too many guys that can control it like him.”

To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. For more Bruins news, visit the team page at weei.com/bruins.

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Patrice Bergeron loses Selke, wins King Clancy 06.14.13 at 6:15 pm ET
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CHICAGO — Patrice Bergeron was edged out by Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews for the Frank J. Selke Trophy, which is given “to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game,” as voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association. With 1260 points, Toews finished just 10 points ahead of Bergeron, who had 1250.

Bergeron had the most first-place votes with 78 to Toews’ 75, but Toews’ combination of first, second, third, fourth and fifth votes surpassed Bergeron’s total. Bergeron led the league with a 61.2 success rate on faceoffs, with Toews finishing second with a 59.9 percent clip. Pavel Datsyuk of the Red Wings finished third in Selke voting with 737 points.

While Bergeron was denied the Selke, he did win the King Clancy Trophy as the player who “best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community.”

‘€œIt means a lot, it’s a huge honor,” Bergeron said of winning the King Clancy. “Obviously, anytime you have the chance to help out the community, it’s something that speaks a lot to me and I want to do,’€ said Bergeron. ‘€œLike I said it’€™s a huge honor, and I’m very happy about it. I like to lead by example and just work as hard as I can on and off the ice and help whoever I can.’€

Among Bergeron’s charitable efforts is the Patrice’s Pals program, in which he hosts patients from local hospitals and others children’€™s organizations at Bruins games in a luxury suite.

For more on the Bruins, visit weei.com/bruins.

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Pierre McGuire on M&M: Bruins ‘played with the heart of a champion’ 06.13.13 at 8:08 pm ET
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NBC hockey analyst Pierre McGuire joined Mut & Merloni on Thursday afternoon to discuss Wednesday’€™s Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals and the ramifications of the Bruins’€™ marathon loss going forward.

Sure, the 4-3, triple-overtime loss was disappointing, McGuire said, but the Bruins don’€™t have much reason to be down on themselves going into Saturday’€™s Game 2.

‘€œBoston played with the heart of a champion, and I don’€™t expect it to be anything different [the rest of the series]. It could be a long, hard series,’€ McGuire said. ‘€œI saw so many positive things from the Bruins. I saw a lot of positive things from the Blackhawks. These are the two best teams. There’€™s no Cinderella here. Both of these teams deserve to be in the Stanley Cup final.’€

What will be interesting is when the series shifts back to Boston for Game 3 Monday and the Bruins get the last line change before the game time. McGuire suspects Claude Julien will match up Patrice Bergeron‘€™s line with that of Jonathan Toews, and David Krejci‘€™s unit with Michal Handzus.

Speaking of Bergeron’€™s line, McGuire also said Tyler Seguin is a likely candidate to play with Krejci and Milan Lucic should Nathan Horton be unable to play. Horton left Game 1 during the first overtime and did not return.

McGuire also expects Seguin, who has five points (one goal, four assists) and is a minus-2 in 17 playoff games, to break out soon.

‘€œHe wants the puck. He wants to make a difference. His speed is very apparent, especially at ice level,’€ McGuire said. ‘€œFor those that weren’€™t at the morning skate [Wednesday], everything he shot went in. It was unbelievable watching him in practice. He was letter perfect with his passing and shooting. His skating is great. I just get the feeling he’€™s about the break out, I really do.”

McGuire gave much credit to goalies Tuukka Rask and Corey Crawford, even calling Crawford ‘€œsuperhuman’€ in the first overtime,’€ and said while Torey Krug‘€™s crucial, third-period turnover was quite unfortunate, the defenseman can bounce back, just as the Bruins can.

‘€œIt’€™s a tough situation for a young player, an undrafted player, to go into the Stanley Cup finals,’€ McGuire said. ‘€œIt was an egregious turnover. Obviously it ends up in the back of the net. Nobody wants to see that.

‘€œBut I thought he got better as the game went along. I know they weren’€™t afraid to use him in overtime, and he had some good chances. They used him on the power play, too, with [Dennis] Seidenberg. He’€™s a young player. He’€™s going to grow. I think he’€™ll be better off with the experience. Was it his best game? No. Was it a terrible game? No. He just made one bad mistake.”

To hear the interview, go to the Mut & Merloni audio on demand page. For more Bruins news, visit the team page at weei.com/bruins.

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Stanley Cup finals Game 1 postgame notes: Blackhawks 4, Bruins 3 (3OT) at 1:25 am ET
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Andrew Shaw scored off a double deflection at 12:08 of triple overtime to give the Blackhawks a 4-3 win over the Bruins in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday night at the United Center in Chicago. It was the longest overtime game in Stanley Cup finals play since Petr Klima beat the Bruins in triple overtime in Game 1 of the 1990 finals at Boston Garden.

With 52 minutes, eight seconds of overtime play, it was the fifth-longest finals game in history and the longest since Detroit beat Carolina on June 8, 2002, a game that took 54 minutes, 47 seconds. The longest game in finals history came on May 15, 1990, at Boston Garden when Petr Klima scored at 55:13 of overtime.

Tuukka Rask made 59 saves while Corey Crawford stopped 51 shots for the Blackhawks.

Milan Lucic scored Boston’s first two goals of the Stanley Cup finals, staking Boston to a 2-0 lead midway through the second period. Lucic scored on a pretty assist from Nathan Horton just over 13 minutes into the game.

Lucic scored on a shot from between the circles just 51 second into the second period.

OTHER NOTES

‘€¢ The game was the longest of this postseason at 52:08 of overtime and stands as the fifth-longest game in Stanley Cup final history.

‘€¢ The Bruins played their 123rd lifetime playoff overtime game, and they now have a 53-67-3 record in playoff overtime. They are 4-2 in overtime in this postseason. It was their 64th on the road and that record now stands at 23-40-2.

‘€¢ It was Boston’€™s 21st multiple-overtime playoff game in their history and second of this postseason. It was the sixth game in their history to go into three or more overtimes and they now have a 3-2 mark in triple-overtime games and an 0-1 record in a six-overtime game. It was the fourth-longest game in Bruins history.

‘€¢ The Blackhawks played their 84th lifetime playoff overtime game, and they now have a 45-39 record in playoff overtime. They are 4-1 in overtime in this postseason. It was their 43rd on home ice, and that record now stands at 27-16.

‘€¢ It was Chicago’€™s 20th multiple-overtime playoff game in their history and second of this postseason. It was the seventh game in their history to go into three or more overtimes and they now have a 4-3 mark in triple-overtime games. It was the third-longest game in Blackhawks history.

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