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Bruins face Lundqvist and shot-blocking Rangers
BOSTON (AP) — Putting the puck past Henrik Lundqvist is a huge challenge for the Boston Bruins.

Of course, they have to get it to him first and that’s a tough task against the shot-blocking New York Rangers.

‘‘They’re definitely going to be laying down to block those shots,’’ Boston forward Patrice Bergeron said after practice for Thursday night’s series opener. ‘‘We have to be aware of that. I think it’s about finding ways to get that puck to the net and faking shots and moving more.’’

http://www.boston.com/news/local/rho...BCO/story.html




Bruins look to turn the page, write another chapter
Nearly 48 hours after the Boston Bruins’ epic Game 7 comeback victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs, “The Miracle on Causeway Street” is still a hot topic of discussion around The Hub of Hockey.

Several callers are still expressing their excitement on 98.5 The Sports Hub. Many Bruins fans are going to YouTube and watching Jack Edwards' celebration after Patrice Bergeron’s game-winner. NESN-plus replayed Game 7 in its entirety on Tuesday night.

That victory is now a thing of the past in the Bruins locker room.

http://www.boston.com/blogs/sports/h...he_page_w.html




Patrice Bergeron is in the moment, focused on Rangers
"Part of the playoffs is to be in the moment, not look in the past, not look ahead," Bergeron said after practice on Wednesday. "It's about that next game, next day, so right now we're worried about round 2, as we should."
http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/...ergero_15.html




Faced with shot-blockers, Zdeno Chara is going to shoot
The Rangers trust in superb netminder Henrik Lundqvist and a near-religious devotion to shot-blocking, led by the likes of defensemen Dan Girardi and Ryan McDonagh, who totaled 44 blocked shots in their seven games vs. Washington.

But there is shot-blocking and then there is fronting the searing offerings of Zdeno Chara.

http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/...G5H/story.html



Bruins enter second round with injuries on defense
The Bruins will be a shorthanded group heading into Game 1 Thursday night against the Rangers at TD Garden.

Dennis Seidenberg and Andrew Ference (lower body) did not practice Wednesday. Wade Redden went on for an early spin, but left the ice and did not participate in most of the session.

Ference was on crutches and in a walking boot prior to Game 7 against the Maple Leafs Monday; he was not spotted Wednesday. Seidenberg walked through the dressing room without limitations. There was no sign of Redden after practice.

http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/..._enter_se.html



Rask relishes matchup
“I don’t care if there’s a wall out there, I just want to beat the other team,” Rask said yesterday following a brisk morning practice at the Garden. “I don’t want to put too much into this ‘goalie matchup’ talk. Sometimes you face a hot goalie and he’s unbeatable, but for us it’s more team vs. team. I just try to do the best I can to help us win games.”
http://bostonherald.com/sports/bruin...lishes_matchup



Bruins must block out frustration
Bruins fans, be forewarned: You will probably be watching some very frustrating hockey over the next week or two.

During the Eastern Conference semifinal series that opens tonight at the Garden, dozens of promising B’s shots aimed at the Rangers net will go only as far as the nearest New York shinpad, blocked harmlessly long before they pose any threat to goalie Henrik Lundqvist.

http://bostonherald.com/sports/bruin...ut_frustration




Krejci line on alert
The line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton combined for 29 points in the Bruins’ seven-game series victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The guess here is that the New York Rangers’ coaching staff took notice of that.

So it’s a good bet that, at some point in the Eastern Conference semifinals, that trio will see the Rangers fine shutdown defense pair of Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi. The two blueliners averaged 25 minutes or more a game against the Capitals.

http://bostonherald.com/sports/bruin..._line_on_alert



Rick Nash plan: Press on
GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Rick Nash’s struggles in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals weren’t due to a lack of effort. Nash led the New York Rangers with 22 shots in the seven-game series win over the Washington Capitals, but he failed to produce a goal.

The Rangers’ second-leading scorer in the regular season, Nash tallied 21 goals and 21 assists in 44 games. But he was limited to just two assists in the opening round of the playoffs.

“He played really well in Game 7,” Rangers coach John Tortorella said. “He really didn’t have many bad games in the seven-game series with Washington. He didn’t finish. He certainly wasn’t totally on. But he’s very close, and I thought he played really well in Game 7. He’s playing, and I think he’s going to be a really big part of this as we enter into Boston.”

http://bostonherald.com/sports/bruin..._plan_press_on





Bruins could use three rookie defensemen
BOSTON — Unfortunately, it’s about time.
It has been three years, when they were unable to use Marc Savard, David Krejci, Dennis Seidenberg and Marco Sturm for all or part of the playoffs, since the Bruins have experienced a postseason injury blitz like the one they’re taking into the Eastern Conference semifinals against the New York Rangers.

So, at least for the start of the series, it may be Kids Time.

http://www.patriotledger.com/sports/...w-York-Rangers





Bruins wise to New York Rangers’ shot-blocking tactics
Henrik Lundqvist is always at or near the top of the list when it comes to rating NHL goalies and this year is no different: The defending Vezina Trophy winner is a fifth-time finalist for the award honoring the NHL’s best goalie.

Yet his New York Rangers teammates are famous for doing whatever possible to make sure shots don’t get through to King Henrik.

“They’re going to block it, or they’re going to try,” Bruins winger Nathan Horton said, “so we have to find a way to get the puck through.”

http://www.patriotledger.com/sports/...ocking-tactics

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Thanks Wally!

Everyone seems concerned with the Rangers shot blocking and Lundqvist stealing the show. Hopefully the Bruins can get some shots through or hold onto the puck a bit longer and wait for guys to go down.

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I hope Big Z fires pucks at Rangers all game long.
It will only take 1 game and 5 injuries to figure out what a puck traveling over 100 mph will do to a human bone.

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Thanks Wally!

Everyone seems concerned with the Rangers shot blocking and Lundqvist stealing the show. Hopefully the Bruins can get some shots through or hold onto the puck a bit longer and wait for guys to go down.
That's because that's pretty much their game plan. Block shots and hope to get one or two timely goals.

In most match ups the Bruins control the puck because the Rangers let you-then they block shots.

Hank is a good goalie but when most of the shots never get to him he doesn't have to work nearly as hard.

Traffic in front can frustrate him but the Bruins suck at traffic in front of the net so will be interesting to see how things play out.

Good news is the Bruin killer was traded to Columbus and the bad news is we may have 3 rookies on the back end and Torts is going to do what he can to exploit them.

Oh and I wanted to add that I love Bergeron's response to the Selke nomination and just in general his outlook towards hockey, the playoffs and his future. He is an amazing player and a very humble man.

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Fake shots will be critical, get the guy down and step around.

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I'd have Z and Johnny Rocket fire away.

Blocks result in rebounds. The key is do we have someone there to jump on them or are we back to playing a perimeter game?
That, to me, is the difference between winning and losing here.

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I'd have Z and Johnny Rocket fire away.

Blocks result in rebounds. The key is do we have someone there to jump on them or are we back to playing a perimeter game?
That, to me, is the difference between winning and losing here.
Clode claims they have been preaching net front and traffic all year. Maybe they finally figure it out. What concerns me though is if they have been preaching this all year, why does the PP game plan not include net front?

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With Krug coming into the line up does that Mean Arron Johnston is a total waste?

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