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Posted On Monday, 06.24.2013 / 12:56 PM

By Matt Kalman - Correspondent / - Stanley Cup Final series blog

Bruins' Ference understands both sides of Game 6

BOSTON -- Most players in the Boston Bruins dressing room were part of the 2011 team that avoided elimination in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final then won the Cup on the road two nights later.

But few in black and gold know what it's like to be in the Chicago Blackhawks' position, which is leading the series 3-2 heading into Game 6 Monday at TD Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

Defenseman Andrew Ference is one who's been on each side.

In addition to helping the Bruins beat the Vancouver Canucks in 2011, Ference played for the Calgary Flames in 2004. That season, the Flames were at home for Game 6 and did not finish the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning won Game 7 as well.

"Well, it's a tough one, for sure," Ference said Monday after the Bruins morning skate. "I've been on both sides, where I had a chance to win in Game 6 and didn't and ended up losing, and then vice versa. It's a difficult game to win. At this point of the series there's no secrets between each other. Everybody knows the stakes and what you're going to get out of each other. And it's just a matter of that razor-thin line of success or defeat. It just depends on individual performances and small little details, that if you're showing up for your first hockey game tonight you wouldn't be able to see. But everybody in the room knows what they have to do and you hope that's enough to put you over the edge."

Posted On Monday, 06.24.2013 / 12:36 PM

By Matt Kalman - Correspondent / - Stanley Cup Final series blog

Bruins' focus: defensive awareness, more physicality

BOSTON -- With nine goals allowed in the past two games, eight with a goaltender in the crease, the Boston Bruins defense has been much leakier than it had been previously in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

So as they try to avoid elimination Monday in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS), the Bruins are going to have to do a better job of containing some of the Chicago Blackhawks' best players, including Patrick Kane.

Kane has scored three goals in the past two games.

"Well, it takes an extreme amount of awareness of everybody on the ice," Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference said after his team's morning skate. "Our defensive game relies on a five-man unit picking up their assignments and just being ultra-aware of positioning and where the threats are. So like I said, you're not asking anybody to do anything that they've never done before. Everybody knows what it takes. We've played against some pretty amazing offensive players and teams, and I think you're asking everybody to play defensively to the potential that they've shown."

Posted On Monday, 06.24.2013 / 12:29 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer / - Stanley Cup Final series blog

Bergeron expected in Bruins lineup for Game 6

BOSTON -- Two days after leaving Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final in Chicago with an injury that necessitated a trip to the hospital, Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron is expected to play in Game 6 on Monday against the Chicago Blackhawks (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

Bergeron did not take part in the team's morning skate Monday, but it's likely he'll be on the ice when the puck drops.

"Patrice will dress for warm-up tonight and I'm feeling confident that he will play," Bruins coach Claude Julien said following the team's morning skate.

Posted On Monday, 06.24.2013 / 11:50 AM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - Stanley Cup Final series blog

Julien 'confident' Bergeron will play in Game 6

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron did not take the morning skate Monday, but will take the pre-game skate according to coach Claude Julien, who is "confident" Bergeron will be able to go in Game 6 against the Chicago Blackhawks at TD Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS).

"Patrice will dress for warmup tonight and I'm feeling confident that he will play," Julien said.

Carl Soderberg skated in Bergeron's place on the second line in between Jaromir Jagr and Brad Marchand at the morning skate.

The Bruins trail the best-of-7 series, 3-2.

Posted On Sunday, 06.23.2013 / 4:59 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer / - Stanley Cup Final series blog

Blackhawks' Kane has a knack for big goals

BOSTON -- With all the huge plays he has made through his career, it's hard to believe that Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane is still only 24 years old. Indeed, he was only 21 in 2010 when he scored one of the wildest -- and most unusual -- Cup-winning overtime goals in NHL history.

He has added to that resume of big goals since then, particularly in the past two weeks. So with all that history on his side, it's no wonder the hockey world will have at least one eye on Kane when he takes the ice with a chance to clinch a Stanley Cup championship Monday in Game 6 (8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS) at TD Garden.

"You know, we were just kind of talking about that. I don't know, I think the stars would have to be aligned right for it to happen like that again," Kane said Sunday afternoon shortly after the team arrived in Boston. "I think the biggest thing is trying to help contribute any way I can. Help this team get a win, especially the situation we're in. We have a great opportunity. I'll do whatever I can to help the team win, and it would be a great feeling."

Posted On Sunday, 06.23.2013 / 4:38 PM

By Corey Masisak - Staff Writer / - Stanley Cup Final series blog

Blackhawks optimistic Toews will play in Game 6

BOSTON -- Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Sunday he is "optimistic" captain Jonathan Toews will be able to play in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins on Monday night at TD Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, RDS) despite an upper-body injury.

Toews sat on the bench but did not play during the third period of Game 5 on Saturday night at United Center.

"Johnny is doing much better today," Quenneville said Sunday at TD Garden. "He's progressed, and we're optimistic that he'll be playing tomorrow night."

Posted On Sunday, 06.23.2013 / 4:34 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer / - Stanley Cup Final series blog

Blackhawks' goal is to remain focused

BOSTON -- Most NHL players go their entire careers without coming within a single victory of hoisting the Stanley Cup.

But heading into Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday at TD Garden (8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, RDS), that's where the Chicago Blackhawks find themselves as they lead the Boston Bruins 3-2 in their best-of-7 series.

Eight players from the current Chicago team were in Philadelphia on June 9, 2010, when they held a 3-2 series lead on the Philadelphia Flyers in the Cup Final and wrapped up the series with forward Patrick Kane's overtime winner. The wisdom gained from that game and the calmness it inspires in the Blackhawks are huge asset three years later.

"It's a similar feeling, especially having the series tied 2-2 and taking Game 5 at home and coming on the road for Game 6. But, you have to be careful," Kane said Sunday. "Even a couple of years ago, Boston was down 3-2, they won at home and then won game 7 in Vancouver. This team is capable of coming back. For us, I know it's a big game, but you want to play like it's any other game."

Posted On Sunday, 06.23.2013 / 4:32 PM

By Shawn P. Roarke - Senior Managing Editor / - Stanley Cup Final series blog

Bergeron out of hospital, 'day-to-day'

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron is "day-to-day," coach Claude Julien said Sunday afternoon during his team's availability at TD Garden. Julien would not reveal the nature of the injury, saying only that it was a "body" injury.

Bergeron was hurt at some point during Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night. He took just two shifts in the second period and did not return for the third period. After the game, he was taken to a local hospital for "observation," according to the team.

Linemate Brad Marchand said Bergeron returned to the hotel Saturday night and joined the team for a post-game meal, reporting that he was "crushing" some food, including some french fries.

Asked to describe Bergeron's mood at the meal, Marchand said: "He's always in a good mood, but he was good."

Bergeron flew home with the team Sunday, but was not made available to the media.

Posted On Sunday, 06.23.2013 / 1:30 AM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - Stanley Cup Final series blog

Can Bruins draw off past experience in Final?

CHICAGO -- The Boston Bruins have been down this road before.

The only question is, will they be able to draw off past experiences in an all-out attempt to win their second Stanley Cup Final in three years?

Back in 2011, the Bruins rallied from a 3-2 series deficit by winning the final two games of the championship round against the Vancouver Canucks by a combined 9-2 score. They did so without the services of wing Nathan Horton, who sustained a frightening upper-body injury in Game 3 that sidelined him the remainder of the series.

The Bruins find themselves in a similar predicament following a 3-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 5 of the Cup Final on Saturday at United Center. The series shifts to TD Garden for Game 6 in Boston on Monday with the Bruins trailing the best-of-7 series, 3-2.

Posted On Sunday, 06.23.2013 / 1:27 AM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - Stanley Cup Final series blog

Shaw steps up in Toews' absence

CHICAGO -- Andrew Shaw wasn't coach Joel Quenneville's first choice to replace Jonathan Toews in the third period Saturday night. But if the Chicago Blackhawks captain' can't play in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, it's certainly possible that Shaw will be the guy who gets to skate between Patrick Kane and Bryan Bickell.

Toews' status will be re-evaluated Sunday. Coach Joel Quenneville said he has an upper-body injury.


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