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Posted On Monday, 05.12.2014 / 1:30 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Bruins-Canadiens series blog

Bruins' Krejci believes goal drought is nearing end

MONTREAL -- The player who led the Stanley Cup Playoffs in scoring two of the past three years has failed to score a goal in his first 10 postseason games in 2014.

Boston Bruins center David Krejci, however, is confident his drought will end in the near future.

Krejci, who has three assists and is a team-worst minus-3 in the playoffs, will try to find the back of the net Monday when the Bruins play Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

The Bruins lead the best-of-7 series 3-2 and can advance to their second consecutive Eastern Conference Final with a win.

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Posted On Sunday, 05.11.2014 / 2:42 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Bruins-Canadiens series blog

Bruins try to avoid squandering another Game 6

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins have won eight best-of-7 series in three of the past four Stanley Cup Playoffs, including their five-game win against the Detroit Red Wings in the Eastern Conference First Round this season.

Some series have been short, some have been long. The Bruins have been in all sorts of permutations in terms of leads and deficits.

It'd be easy to focus on the negative experiences and point out that since 2010 the Bruins have failed to close a series with a 3-2 lead on the road four times. But the Bruins, who hold that 3-2 lead heading on the road for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS), would rather focus on their positive experiences.

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Posted On Saturday, 05.10.2014 / 12:29 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Bruins-Canadiens series blog

Reunited Merlot Line looking to help Bruins

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins forward Matt Fraser made an immediate impression with an overtime goal in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.

But Fraser's impact skating next to center Carl Soderberg and right wing Loui Eriksson might be further revealed as the best-of-7 series heads back to Boston for Game 5 on Saturday at TD Garden (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS). It is tied 2-2.

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Posted On Thursday, 05.08.2014 / 1:26 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Bruins-Canadiens series blog

Soderberg doesn't skate; Bruins recall Fraser

MONTREAL -- Boston Bruins center Carl Soderberg missed the morning skate at Bell Centre in preparation for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

However, coach Claude Julien said Soderberg took his option and would be available to help the Bruins, who enter Game 4 down 2-1 in the best-of-7 series.

Even if Soderberg plays, there's anticipation of a lineup change for the Bruins because Thursday morning forward Matt Fraser was called up from Providence of the American Hockey League and forward Justin Florek was sent down to Providence. Florek has one goal in six games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but had been scratched since he last played in Game 1 against Montreal.

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Posted On Monday, 05.05.2014 / 2:00 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Bruins-Canadiens series blog

Bruins ready to face challenges of Bell Centre

BOSTON -- The Bell Centre can be a foreboding place for opposing players, particularly in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

It's arguably the loudest building in the NHL, and the Montreal Canadiens tend to feed off that noise more than the other team. The crowd and atmosphere can also have other impacts on the game other than juicing up the local players.

With Game 3 of an Eastern Conference Second Round series, which is tied between the Boston Bruins and Canadiens 1-1, scheduled for Bell Centre on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS), center David Krejci knows just how hard a time the Bruins, or any team, can have on Montreal's home ice in the postseason.

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Posted On Sunday, 05.04.2014 / 3:54 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Bruins-Canadiens series blog

Bruins get boost from changes on defense

BOSTON – The Boston Bruins made one change to their defensive corps between Games 1 and 2 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series with the Montreal Canadiens.

Defenseman Andrej Meszaros replaced Matt Bartkowski, who had played four straight games dating back to the first round against the Detroit Red Wings.

Against Montreal, Meszaros had an assist and took one minor penalty in 16:35 of ice time.

"It's not what he [Meszaros] gave me, it's what we decided to do," Bruins coach Claude Julien said during an off day Sunday. "It's as simple as that. I think we felt we needed a change and we made that."

Although Julien wouldn't elaborate on his decision, Bartkowski's play had an impact on Boston's Game 1 loss. The defenseman, who missed the first two games of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with an illness, took two penalties against the Canadiens, including one that led to defenseman P.K. Subban's game-winning goal in double overtime. Bartkowski also struggled on breakouts and with decision making in 26:26 of ice time. He had a plus-1 rating.

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Posted On Sunday, 05.04.2014 / 3:31 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Bruins-Canadiens series blog

Bruins remain confident in struggling power play

BOSTON – It would have been difficult for the Boston Bruins to improve a power play that went 6-for-16 in the Eastern Conference First Round against the Detroit Red Wings and ranked third in the regular season at 21.7 percent efficiency, but few people expected this.

Through two games of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Montreal Canadiens, Boston's power play has been less of a weapon. The Bruins went a combined 0-for-5 in the two games, which they split to send to the series to Bell Centre for Game 3 on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

"We definitely have to improve," Bruins defenseman Torey Krug said Sunday. "You know special teams win you hockey games. And their power play is showing up and our penalty kill's not, and our power play is struggling to find the back of the net. We're getting good looks, though. We have good movement and good momentum. But at the end of the day, in the playoffs that doesn't matter. You've got to score goals and I think we're on the verge of finding the back of the net, for sure."

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Posted On Friday, 05.02.2014 / 3:59 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Bruins-Canadiens series blog

Bruins' Bartkowski putting poor Game 1 behind him

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- The day after a 4-3 double-overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round, only a handful of Boston Bruins players took part in an optional practice at Ristuccia Arena on Friday.

Among those that took the ice was defenseman Matt Bartkowski. The 25-year-old was clearly still frustrated that his holding penalty on Montreal forward Dale Weise at 4:10 of the second overtime set the stage for Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban’s game-winning goal seven seconds later.

Bartkowski wasn't just fixated on that penalty. He was upset about his entire body of work during his 26:26 of ice time.

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Posted On Friday, 05.02.2014 / 3:02 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Bruins-Canadiens series blog

Rask's Game 1 performance no concern for Bruins

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- After the Boston Bruins lost Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Second Round to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask used an expletive to describe his play in net.

Rask made 29 saves on 33 shots in the 4-3 double-overtime loss. The Vezina Trophy finalist, who leads all goaltenders in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 1.52 goals-against average and .946 save percentage, has always been blunt after his rare subpar games in the NHL.

That's why the Bruins love Rask as a person as much as they do as a goaltender. He's a teammate on equal footing with everyone in the dressing room. He hangs out with the guys off the ice and doesn’t request special treatment.

With Game 2 of the best-of-7 series at TD Garden on Saturday (12:30 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS), Rask's teammates voiced their support of their goaltender Friday after an optional practice at Ristuccia Arena.

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Posted On Thursday, 05.01.2014 / 2:15 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Bruins-Canadiens series blog

Bruins' Paille cleared, while Marchand misses practice

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins have a couple question marks at left wing heading into Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Second Round series against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

Daniel Paille took the morning skate and has been cleared to play. He's been out since the next-to-last game of the regular season, including missing the five-game first-round series win against the Detroit Red Wings.

But Paille didn't take line rushes with his usual linemates, Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton. Instead, he skated with Patrice Bergeron and Reilly Smith at TD Garden because Brad Marchand was missing.

"He took his option," Bruins coach Claude Julien said about Marchand.

Marchand practiced with the Bruins on Wednesday, but he missed practice on Tuesday.

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Quote of the Day

It's about enjoying the moment. It's pretty cool to get that many people together and that excited about hockey to the point they really want you to mess up. They've got a ton of red jerseys and you have to sit back and appreciate people love hockey that much and you are the one out there who gets to play the game. Just try and stick with that respect for the game and also the mentality that for me it's just about entering the fight and seeing how long I can stay in it.

— Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller on what he expects from the fans in Calgary for Game 6