Bruins-Maple Leafs Preview

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“The one thing that has been a challenge for us in the past has been closing out series,” coach Claude Julien after practice on Saturday. “And we know that; we’re aware of that. But at the same time, the strength of our team has also been to bounce back from adversity and situations like that. “As much as yesterday was proof of it, hopefully tomorrow’s the proof of the other side that we are capable of bouncing back and playing the type of game we need to to close the series off.” The teams will meet again on Sunday night in Toronto, where Boston won Games 3 and 4 to take a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. The Bruins have not lost on the Leafs’ home ice in the playoffs since 1959. “It doesn’t give you a sense of confidence,” Bruins forward Shawn Thornton said, “but you’re not as afraid to go into that building.” Tyler Bozak scored a shorthanded goal, Clarke MacArthur also scored and James Reimer stopped 43 shots on Friday night as Toronto withstood a late and furious challenge in the second and third periods to avoid elimination. “We’re still kicking,” Toronto defenseman Cody Franson said. “We didn’t get the results we were looking for back home in the last two, but it wasn’t from lack of trying.” The Maple Leafs opened a 2-0 lead and held on as Boston outshot them 32-8 for the latter part of the second period and all of the third. Zdeno Chara scored for Boston to cut the deficit to 2-1 with 8:48 left. The Leafs killed off a delay-of-game penalty in the last four minutes and then protected the lead when the Bruins pulled Tuukka Rask for an extra attacker with 1:11 left. “We came in with the mindset to just get it back to Toronto to give ourselves a chance. source:–toronto-maple-leafs

Bruins in familiar territory for Game 6


The Boston Bruins are in familiar territory as they try to close out the Maple Leafs tonight at the Air Canada Centre. Photo by Joe Makarski, Bruins Daily. By Tim Rosenthal, Bruins Daily There’s no denying that the Boston Bruins lacked a killer instinct in Game 5. With a chance to close out the series against the Toronto Maple Leafs – and gain a few extra days of rest – the Black and Gold came out flat and played uninspired hockey for a majority of the 60 minutes. Zdeno Chara made things interesting with his first of the playoffs late in the third period, but the could not solve James Reimer (43 saves) and were unable to close out the series with the 2-1 loss Friday night at the TD Garden. That’s a perfect reason for concern with Bruins fans after Friday’s showing. With the loss, the Bruins dropped to 3-7 in closing situations during a non-Game 7 under sixth-year coach Claude Julien. But perhaps there’s a silver lining to all of this. Outside of the Flyers collapse in 2010, the B’s have done quite well bouncing back in the next game. During the 2011 Stanley Cup run, they had a chance to finish off the Canadiens and Lightning in six games, but couldn’t finish the job. However, they were able to finish off those respective series thanks to Nathan Horton’s game-winner en route to the Stanley Cup Finals. source:

Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid named Masterton Memorial Trophy finalist

(AP) Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid has been named as one of three finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, as selected by the Professional Hockey Writer’s Association (PHWA). The Masterton Trophy is given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. The other finalists are Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding and Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby. McQuaid underwent surgery in early October for thoracic outlet syndrome after a blood clot developed under his collarbone. His right arm “blew up” following a skating session at Harvard back in mid-September after the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement expired. McQuaid needed two significant surgeries at Massachusetts General Hospital – one to remove the blood clot and another to prevent the condition from developing again. If there wasn’t a lockout, he wouldn’t have been ready for the start of the season. At the time it wasn’t known whether he’d be ready to go once a new CBA deal was reached. Most athletes would miss an entire season to recover. “It was a scary thing he went through,” Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said at a press conference Tuesday. “I don’t know if he’s told you, but the size of his arm, the swelling, it swelled up five, six times the size of his arm. He was really scared and feared for his life, so it’s a terrific story, a testament to Adam’s character.” McQuaid played in 32 of 48 games of the shortened-season and finished with a goal, three assists, and 60 penalty minutes. source:

Hockey time! 2013 NHL Stanley Cup semifinals on NBC – full schedule

It will originate from NBC Sports Group’s new, state-of-the-art International Broadcast Center located in Stamford, Conn., except during the Stanley Cup Final, when the studio will be live from the game sites. When applicable, fans can expect NHL studio programming for games airing on both NBC Sports Network and CNBC, sometimes simultaneously. NHL Live will usually begin one hour prior to game time, with post-game coverage airing immediately after the final game of the night. On most days, the NHL Live team of Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury, and Keith Jones will man the studio for games airing on NBC and NBC Sports Network, with Bill Patrick and Jeremy Roenick working the studio for CNBC games. Host Russ Thaler and analysts Mike Keenan and Anson Carter form an additional team of studio commentators during the NHL playoffs. ENCORES Continuing nearly every morning throughout the playoffs, NBC Sports Network will air encore presentations of the previous night’s NHL Live post-game show, as well as a cut-down version of the select game of the night. NHL Live post-game encores will air daily at 6 a.m. ET and 8:30 a.m. ET, with the game encore airing from 6:30-8:30 a.m. ET. COMPREHENSIVE LOCAL COVERAGE Through the NBC Sports Regional Networks, comprehensive coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs will be provided daily via Comcast SportsNet, available in more than 50 million U.S. households and the hometown network for the Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks. source:

How they did it: A look at Boston’s comeback

18:38 of the 3rd period — Boston dominates play after Horton’s goal — Toronto goes more than seven minutes without a shot on goal — but the Bruins can’t get another shot past Reimer. Rask leaves for an extra attacker with less than two minutes to go. Zdeno Chara fires a slap shot from the right point that gets through traffic and forces Reimer to make a save. But he can’t control the rebound, which Lucic lifts into the net to cut the deficit to one goal and get TD Garden rocking. 19:09 of the 3rd period — The Bruins leave Rask on the bench and keep their six attackers on the ice. They control the draw and get the puck into the zone. Bergeron, standing in the high slot, takes a pass from David Krejci and wrists a shot on goal. With Chara providing a 6-foot-9 screen in front of Reimer, the puck sails into the net to tie the game with 50.1 seconds left in regulation. 19:45 of the 3rd period — Boston nearly wins the game late in the third when Reimer can’t control the rebound of Brad Marchand ‘s shot. The puck slides into the slot, where Rich Peverley is facing a half-empty net, but hops over his stick. A few seconds later, the siren goes off and the game heads to overtime. 6:05 of overtime — Both teams have chances in overtime before the Bruins work the puck into the Toronto zone. source:


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