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POSTED ON Sunday, 04.20.2014 / 3:09 PM

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

Bruins' Bartkowski out again, Miller returns

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Bartkowski will not play in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round series against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday afternoon at TD Garden.

Bartkowski, who is believed to be recovering from the flu, has not played since last Sunday in the Bruins' regular-season finale against the New Jersey Devils. He returned to practice Saturday.

Bruins defenseman Kevan Miller, who also missed Game 1, is set to return to the lineup.

Boston forwards Daniel Paille and Chris Kelly did not participate in the warmup and will sit for the second straight game.

The Red Wings did not make any changes to their lineup from Game 1, a 1-0 Detroit victory.

Here are the projected lineups:


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POSTED ON Saturday, 04.19.2014 / 3:00 PM

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

Bartkowski back on ice for undaunted Bruins

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins aren't discouraged that they're down 1-0 in the Eastern Conference First Round against the Detroit Red Wings.

In fact, discouraged isn't even a word in their vocabulary.

"I don't know what that means, but I don't think so," said Bruins center Carl Soderberg, a native of Sweden.

The point is that even though the Bruins lost Game 1 of the series 1-0 Friday, they'll be at home for Game 2 on Sunday (3 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC) with no need to panic. In several series, their core had to come back from as many as 2-0 down to win or at least extend it.

Forward Jarome Iginla is in his first playoffs with the Bruins, but he said he sees the resolve that's made the Bruins a resilient team for several seasons.

"I think this group in here, we're prepared to work hard and we take a lot of pride in that and competing," Iginla said after practice at TD Garden. "Things don't always go perfectly and they haven't even during the year. It's part of it. And we also, you know, we believe in ourselves and each other. One game isn't going to change that."

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POSTED ON Friday, 04.18.2014 / 7:38 PM

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

Bruins' Bartkowski, Miller scratched for Game 1

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins went into Game 1 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Detroit Red Wings on Friday minus two of their expected top six defensemen.

Matt Bartkowski, who didn't practice all week, and Kevan Miller, who only made an appearance at one practice, were scratched for the series opener. It's unknown whether each is injured or a victim of the flu bug that Bruins coach Claude Julien said hit the team. Miller missed two games in early April but played the final three games of the regular season.


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POSTED ON Friday, 04.18.2014 / 12:55 PM

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

Caron could play key role as Bruins battle injuries

BOSTON -- Jordan Caron was the 13th forward for the Boston Bruins almost all season.

Now, the first-round pick (No. 25) in the 2009 NHL Draft is probably going to play a big role at the biggest time of the year.

Caron, who skated in 35 games and had one goal and two assists, could be in the lineup against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round on Friday at TD Garden (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, FS-D, NESN).

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POSTED ON Thursday, 04.17.2014 / 2:19 PM

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

Extra rest before opener helping Bruins get healthy

BOSTON -- Although it has been a long wait for the Boston Bruins to begin the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Detroit Red Wings, the extra time off until Game 1 of their Eastern Conference First Round series Friday at TD Garden (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, FS-D, NESN) has allowed the Bruins to get healthier.

Injuries and a flu bug had ravaged the Bruins' roster earlier in the week. Boston got healthier on Thursday with the return of rookie defenseman Kevan Miller for practice at the Garden. However, defenseman Matt Bartkowski (undisclosed), and forwards Chris Kelly (back) and Daniel Paille (head), remained off the ice.

Bruins coach Claude Julien revealed little about the missing players' status or availability for Game 1.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 04.16.2014 / 4:05 PM

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

Bruins understand perils first round can carry

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- For all of the Boston Bruins' success in the Stanley Cup Playoffs the past three years, they have struggled in the first round.

The Bruins, who open the Eastern Conference First Round against the Detroit Red Wings on Friday at TD Garden (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, FS-D, NESN), have gone the full seven games three years in a row, and all of those series finales have gone to overtime.

As the third seed in 2011, the Bruins fell behind two games to none before beating the sixth-seeded Montreal Canadiens. Boston was the second seed when it lost to the seventh-seeded Washington Capitals in 2012 after forcing Game 7 with a Game 6 win on the road. Last season, the fourth-seeded Bruins made their miracle comeback from three goals down in the third period to beat the fifth-seeded Toronto Maple Leafs in the do-or-die game.

Bruins forward Milan Lucic said he has an idea why the Bruins, who won the Presidents' Trophy this season and are the No. 1 seed in the playoffs, have made it so hard on themselves and how they can rectify the situation against the Red Wings, who are the second wild card in the Eastern Conference.

"We've got to be prepared to bring our best, because you talk about the last three years, you know the other team hasn't taken us lightly at all and they've given us their best," Lucic said after practice at Ristuccia Arena. "And maybe we kind of overlooked, I guess, the other team a little too much where we kind of got ourselves into holes and got into a Game 7 overtime situation the last three years. So hopefully our mindset is where it needs to be in order for us to bring our best."

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 04.16.2014 / 2:42 PM

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

Bergeron back at Bruins practice, feeling good

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Center Patrice Bergeron missed two of the Boston Bruins' last three games of the regular season and sat out the third period of the third game in that stretch.

The veteran alternate captain also didn't participate in the Bruins' first practice Tuesday in preparation for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Detroit Red Wings on Friday at TD Garden (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN).

Bruins observers, however, were able to breathe a sigh of relief Wednesday when Bergeron returned to the ice and practiced with his linemates Brad Marchand and Reilly Smith at Ristuccia Arena.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 3:39 PM

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

Bruins have done their homework on Red Wings

BOSTON -- There are many intriguing matchups in the Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round series between the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings.

Even the coaches have an interesting tie-in. Bruins coach Claude Julien was an assistant for Detroit coach Mike Babcock with the gold-medal winning Canada team at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in February.

Julien said he doesn't think that relationship gave either coach an edge heading into Game 1 on Friday at TD Garden (7:30 p.m. ET; TSN, NBCSN, FS-D, NESN).

"I think we're on even grounds there," Julien said Tuesday after practice at TD Garden. "We all got to know each other a little bit better, but … there's no secrets in this game anymore. And I think at the same time, I know his tendencies, he knows mine. It's just going to make for a more interesting series. But I don't think there's that big of a difference between the two of us because we worked together or if I was going against someone else that I didn't work with. We know pretty well our tendencies, not just players' but also coaches' tendencies. How certain guys are hard matchers, other guys don't and that kind of stuff. That's part of our homework that we have to do as coaches."

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 3:13 PM

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

Flu, injuries keep Bruins regulars from practice

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins' first practice since the end of the regular season featured a skeleton crew of players on the ice at TD Garden on Tuesday.

Six players that usually would be expected to skate were missing when the Bruins began preparations for the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Detroit Red Wings.

Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round is scheduled for Friday at the Garden (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN).

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POSTED ON Thursday, 03.27.2014 / 1:12 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

Iginla settled in with Bruins after tumultuous year

BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins are home Thursday for a Stanley Cup Final rematch with the Chicago Blackhawks at TD Garden (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US).

Right wing Jarome Iginla is scheduled to skate in his normal spot on a line with center David Krejci and Milan Lucic. It's a trio that has played together since the first day of training camp.

What a difference a year makes.

One year ago today Iginla was on his way from the Calgary Flames to the Pittsburgh Penguins in a trade that ended his lengthy run in Alberta and seemingly made the Penguins the odds-on favorite to win the Stanley Cup. Iginla and the Penguins finished their season in the Eastern Conference Final against the Bruins. Ironically, Iginla had picked Pittsburgh rather than Boston when Flames general manager Jay Feaster asked the player to waive his no-trade clause.

It's been a hectic and emotional year since Iginla left Calgary. After the Penguins opted not to bring him back, Iginla signed a one-year contract with Boston in the summer and has scored a team-high 28 goals and emerged as a key cog for a team that's challenging for the Presidents' Trophy. Along the way Iginla has made return trips to Pittsburgh and Calgary and had to adapt to life in a new organization for the second time in a year.

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It's hard to walk into that locker room and look those guys in the eye when they've played -- clearly, that was our best game we've played in the series -- and I thought we deserved a better fate tonight.

— Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper on his team's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens in Game 3 on Sunday