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05-21-2013, 09:54 AM
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Bruins need to keep killer instinct
Claude Julien said following Sunday’s 5-2 victory. “I didn’t want our guys playing on their heels, and you hear me say that a lot. I don’t like our team when we play on our heels and we’re just trying to protect a one-goal lead. We’ve got to extend the lead and extend it even more before we even think about protecting it.

“But our guys are smart. They put pucks at the net, they went to the net hard, we won battles for loose pucks and we found a way to score those goals. Those little details are what gave us the opportunity to win those important games.”


Skillful performance by Krug
Is the kid really this good?

Are they really this good?

We'll start with the latter question first, since we can clear this one out of the way like Tuukka Rask casually sweeping aside an unthreatening shot.

I don't know. I don't, neither do you, and I'm pretty sure Claude Julien, Cam Neely, and Peter Chiarelli don't know, either. I mean, yes, obviously, what we've seen from the Bruins through two games and two victories in the Eastern Conference semifinals is buoying and encouraging.


Testy Rangers coach on fast track to summer vacation
We love it, of course. Can’t get enough of it. Every time John Tortorella, the egomaniacal coach of the New York Rangers, calls out one of his players, we’re like the little girl in the TV commercials. We want more, we want more. We really like it, so we want more.

And if the cameras are rolling and the focus is on him, we’re sure to get more from Tough Guy Torty. He was asked before Game 2 why talented young forward Carl Hagelin is not on the Rangers power play, even though the Rangers power play looks like it’s made up of five guys who just met in line for the men’s room. Hagelin has not been effective on the power play, and Tortorella could have said so. He could have said Hagelin is uncomfortable or out of sync or better suited for even-strength play. Or some such coach speak.

Instead Tortorella said Hagelin stinks on the power play


Bruins on clean-up duty
“It was us. When you look at some of those turnovers, David Krejci, just inside the blue line, turns around and it’s intercepted; you could see it coming from the bench,” Julien said. “You could see the passes from our end on their sticks. A lot of that stuff was of our own doing. I think we can be better in that area, although we played a pretty good game. I think most of those things came in the second period. We just have to be a little bit better. I thought our third period was much better in regards to puck management.”

Energy line aims for more contributions
Fourth-liners are typically the underappreciated, hard-hat workers of the NHL. They do whatever the team needs, most of which doesn’t show up in the stat sheet.

However, the blue-collar play of Shawn Thornton, Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille is more than appreciated within the Bruins locker room.


Dougie Hamilton won’t ruffle feathers
For when he was asked to expand on that answer — as in, what would it take to upset you about not dressing? — he said, “Well, if I’m not playing well. You would obviously want to be playing your best to stay in the lineup. You want to play your best and play every night and help the team out. That’s what I have to do right now.”

It was a great answer. If the Bruins don’t dress him for no other reason than because he’s a 19-year-old kid for whom the Stanley Cup tourney is all new and shiny, he can live with that. He might be young, but he’s not naive. He understands the need to get some of those veterans back onto the ice. But he puts it on himself: If he doesn’t dress, he’ll be mad . . . at Dougie Hamilton.


Bruins defensemen on mend
The issue doesn’t quite seem as dire as it did when the series against the New York Rangers began, but the Bruins blue line slowly is getting healthy.

Wade Redden (upper body) participated fully in yesterday’s practice at the Garden, while Dennis Seidenberg (lower body) skated for a half-hour before the workout with strength coach John Whitesides and then stuck around for practice as well, though he did not take contact. Both defensemen traveled with the team to New York, and coach Claude Julien said a decision on their availability for tonight’s Game 3 will be made today.

Andrew Ference, who has been seen in a walking boot, still has not skated, and it doesn’t seem like he’ll be back any time soon.


Bruins making a penalty-killing comeback
The Bruins now seem to have their penalty-killing back in working order.

“We have faith in our system,” Gregory Campbell said after the B’s killed all five Rangers power plays en route to Sunday’s 5-2 win in Game 2. “I guess we may have strayed a little bit in the last series, and it was important for us as a unit to get back to our strengths, play within the system, really get the job done.”



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05-21-2013, 10:12 AM
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Is it just me or do most, if not all, of our guys (especially the kids) all seem to say the right things?

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05-21-2013, 10:24 AM
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Originally Posted by flannelman View Post
Is it just me or do most, if not all, of our guys (especially the kids) all seem to say the right things?
It starts at the top. You don't find Neely, Chiarelli, Julien whining like some other teams' officials, and the players follow their lead. And the kids follow the lead of the older players.

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05-21-2013, 01:20 PM
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Loved the article on the Merlot Line. Those guys never get the outside respect or attention they deserve.

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