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Ference's suspension leaves hole in Bruins defense
With Andrew Ference suspended for one game after elbowing Mikhail Grabovski during the Bruins’ 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 1, Claude Julien has some decisions to make with his defense.

The first decision for the Bruins coach is who replaces Ference in the lineup. The two healthy scratches for Game 1 on the Boston blue line were Dougie Hamilton and Aaron Johnson, so presumably it will be between those two.

Hamilton, this year’s recipient of the “7th Player Award” is still young but is quicker and has more offensive upside than Johnson. That logic alone should get Dougie back into the lineup for the first time since April 24th against the Florida Panthers


Bruins’ fourth line continues playoff success
The Bruins’ fourth line of Daniel Paille, Gregory Campbell, and Shawn Thornton has a history of playoff success. They stamped an exclamation point on the 2010-11 season during the first period of Game 7 of the Cup Final against Vancouver. When the Canucks were rolling, the fourth line held their ground and took the fight to Vancouver.

In the 4-1 Game 1 win over the Maple Leafs on Wednesday, it appeared to be a continuation of the Vancouver series.


Bruins preparing for improved Toronto team in Game 2
The Maple Leafs should be better in Game 2. They can’t be much worse than they were in Game 1.
“It’s a good team,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien. “I’ve been extremely impressed with the direction the Leafs have gone this year. Sure, Randy [Carlyle] has done a great job and the players have bought in. It just goes to show when you play as a team what can happen.


B’s fourth line does its energizing best
As the Bruins began to slowly rebuild their game in the last couple of weeks, not everything clicked. Perhaps the most consistent positive was the play of the reunited fourth line.

The trio of Daniel Paille, Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton, so instrumental in the Stanley Cup championship season of 2011, broke up due to injuries and under-performance among the regular top line forwards. Paille saw some time with David Krejci while Campbell played effectively with Jaromir Jagr for a short time.

However, as the team got healthier and the old Milan Lucic returned to the mix after a one-game scratch, the B’s playoff lineup came more into focus. And now with Paille, Campbell and Thornton back together, all three seem re-energized, and the Bruins are the beneficiaries of that


B’s experience shows
Patrice Bergeron is only 27 years old, but a veteran of nine NHL seasons, and, as such, knows a thing or two about passing, shooting the puck, back-checking, and so on.

He also knows diplomacy. You don’t field nine years worth of sportswriters’ questions — pregame, postgame, off day, offseason — without knowing how to step around the tricky ones.


Kessel shakes off traditional welcome
“I think it’s pretty easy. You’ve just got to go out there and play your game,” Kessel said. “(I’ve) been doing it for a long time now. So do the little things that you do good and like I said, hopefully things turn.”

His performance, however, suggests otherwise. Had the crowd at the Garden not booed every time he touched the puck, Kessel would’ve been easy to miss. The right winger failed to take a shot on net in the first two periods. His only shot came 2:16 into the third and was a 47-foot wrist shot saved by Tuukka Rask. As Rask stopped the puck with his glove, more boos rained down

Boston Bruins’ fourth line creates matchup headache
The Bruins’ fourth line has struck again.

“They really get excited and pumped about playoff hockey,” Julien said Wednesday after the trio of left wing Dan Paille, center Gregory Campbell and right wing Shawn Thornton – commonly known as The Merlot Line, after the color of their practice jerseys – contributed directly to two goals. “They really enjoy the role that’s been given to them.”



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