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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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Dougie Hamilton, Rich Peverley in for Bruins in Game 2 05.04.13 at 6:47 pm ET
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Dougie Hamilton and Rich Peverley are both in Boston’s lineup for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Maple Leafs Saturday night at TD Garden. Hamilton beat out Aaron Johnson to play in place of the suspended Andrew Ference, while Peverley is in over Kaspars Daugavins.

The lines and defensive pairings in the pre-game warmup were as follows:

Lucic ‘€“ Krejci ‘€“ Horton
Marchand ‘€“ Bergeron ‘€“ Seguin
Peverley ‘€“ Kelly ‘€“ Jagr
Paille ‘€“ Campbell ‘€“ Thornton

Chara-McQuaid
Seidenberg-Boychuk
Redden-Hamilton

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

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Rich Peverley hopes his days as healthy scratch are over 05.03.13 at 1:28 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — It came as a bit of a surprise when the Bruins took the ice for Tuesday’s practice with Rich Peverley sporting a green jersey, which denotes the extra forwards in the B’s lineup. That signified that he was in line to be a healthy scratch, which he indeed was in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Maple Leafs on Wednesday.

It’s been a trying year for Peverley, who scored had six goals and 12 assists for 18 points in 47 games during the regular season. The only game he missed was on March 21, when he was made a healthy scratch vs. the Senators.

After Peverley was sat Wednesday in favor of Kaspars Daugavins, the 30-year-old practiced Friday with the third line, suggesting that he will be back in the lineup for Game 2 as a linemate of Chris Kelly and Jaromir Jagr. Peverley isn’t counting on being back in the lineup, but if he does return he hopes to bring less of what he brought during the regular season and more of what he brought last postseason when he led the B’s with three goals and five points in their seven-game series against the Capitals.

“For myself, it hasn’t been what I expected the year would be,” he said Friday. “This was something I was looking forward to, was playing well towards the end of the regular season and playing well in the playoffs. I take a lot of pride in that, so hopefully something’s going to happen.”

As for the healthy scratch in Game 1, Peverley obviously wasn’t thrilled, but he was happy with how the team fared without him.

“Hey, the coach made the decision and we won the game, so he made a good decision, I guess,” Peverley said. “It’s up to him.”

Added Peverley: “We have a lot of depth on this team, and whatever it takes to win the game. From watching that game, that was one of the best games we played all year. We were talking, the guys up there, and that was fun to watch. Whatever it was, we did a great job, and let’s just focus on winning.”

Claude Julien didn’t confirm Peverley’s status for Game 2, saying he will make the final decision for Game 2’s lineup on Saturday. The coach has been harder on Peverley than other slumping forwards, but Peverley seems to understand the reasoning. The tripping penalty he took in the third period against the Capitals in the second to last game set up the game-tying goal in a game the B’s went on to lose in overtime, which couldn’t have helped his case.

Still, Peverley thought that he, like many of his teammates, made strides late in the season. He hopes to put that on display Saturday.

“I thought I was playing well the past couple of games,” he said. “There were some mistakes, I took a bad penalty in Washington , but I thought I was skating well and getting more confidence back. At the end of the day it wasn’t my decision, but we won the game.”

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Dougie Hamilton, Rich Peverley crack Bruins’ lineup in practice at 11:06 am ET
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WILMINGTON — After staying off the ice on Thursday, the Bruins held practice at Ristuccia Arena with a tweak to their lineup. Rich Peverley, who was a healthy scratch in Boston’s Game 1 win over the Maple Leafs Wednesday, skated on the third line with Chris Kelly and Jaromir Jagr. That bumped Kaspars Daugavins out, as he appears to be headed for the press box in Saturday’s Game 2.

Andrew Ference, who is suspended for Game 2, practiced. It would appear based on defensive pairings in one of the drills that Dougie Hamilton will step into the lineup for Game 2, which would break up the Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg pairing.

The lineup was as follows:

Lucic – Krejci – Horton
Marchand – Bergeron – Seguin
Peverley – Kelly – Jagr
Paille – Campbell – Thornton

Extra forwards: Daugavins, Soderberg, Pandolfo

Chara-McQuaid
Seidenberg-Boychuk
Redden-Hamilton

Extra defensemen: Ference (suspended), Johnson

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

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Rich Peverley, Dougie Hamilton healthy scratches for Game 1 05.01.13 at 6:55 pm ET
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The Bruins scratched Rich Peverley and Dougie Hamilton for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Maple Leafs. Boston’s other healthy scratches were Carl Soderberg, Jay Pandolfo and Aaron Johnson.

The lineup in warmups was as follows:

Milan Lucic ‘€“ David Krejci ‘€“ Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand ‘€“ Patrice Bergeron ‘€“ Tyler Seguin
Kaspars Daugavins ‘€“ Chris Kelly ‘€“ Jaromir Jagr
Daniel Paille ‘€“ Gregory Campbell ‘€“ Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara ‘€“ Dennis Seidenberg
Andrew Ference ‘€“ Johnny Boychuk
Wade Redden ‘€“ Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask

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

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Bruins lines unchanged as Rich Peverley, Dougie Hamilton appear to be healthy scratches at 12:26 pm ET
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Claude Julien insisted on Tuesday that his lineup for Game 1 wasn’t set, and after showing the same one in Wednesday’s morning skate said the same thing. Until different lines and defensive pairings take the ice, assume he’s fibbing.

The lineup Wednesday morning was as follows:

Milan LucicDavid KrejciNathan Horton
Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronTyler Seguin
Kaspars Daugavins – Chris Kelly – Jaromir Jagr
Daniel PailleGregory CampbellShawn Thornton

Zdeno CharaDennis Seidenberg
Andrew FerenceJohnny Boychuk
Wade Redden – Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask

Julien said that Horton is a game-time decision after missing the last five games with an upper-body injury, but Horton said Tuesday that he expects to play and has practiced the last two days. The coach did admit that Dougie Hamilton will “probably” be a healthy scratch in favor of Redden.

It’s really unlikely that a coach whose lineup has been in flux would really change his lines last-minute before the playoffs start, so expect to see that lineup for Game 1. The one area where there could be a late change would be the left wing spot on the third line, where Rich Peverley could enter the lineup in favor of Daugavins. Peverley appears to be in Julien’s doghouse, but he’s versatile and just so happened to lead the Bruins with three goals and five points in their seven playoff games last season.

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

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Johnny Boychuk out, Rich Peverley back in Bruins lineup vs. Maple Leafs 03.23.13 at 7:13 pm ET
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Johnny Boychuk will miss Saturday’s game against the Maple Leafs, with Matt Bartkowski making his season debut in Boychuk’s place. Boychuk suffered a leg injury in Friday’s practice, causing the B’s to recall Bartkowski from Providence.

Rich Peverley, who was a healthy scratch Thursday against the Senators, is back in the lineup. Claude Julien is keeping Ryan Spooner in the lineup, with Jordan Caron a healthy scratch against the Leafs. Spooner will center Peverley and Jay Pandolfo.

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

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