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Bruins return to Stanley Cup finals with virtually same team that won championship in 2011

Saturday, 06.08.2013 / 3:25 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Bruins return to Stanley Cup finals with virtually same team that won championship in 2011

BOSTON - The Boston Bruins are headed for the Stanley Cup finals with virtually the same team that won the championship two years ago.

Sixteen of the 20 players in uniform for Friday night's 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins that clinched a sweep also played in the 2011 finals against the Vancouver Canucks. And Claude Julien is still the coach.

General manager Peter Chiarelli says this year's success reinforces his decision to keep the team together. He says players know more about what to expect in the next round than they did in their last trip to the finals.

The Bruins could find out Saturday night who they'll be playing. The Chicago Blackhawks lead the Western Conference finals over the Los Angeles Kings 3-1 and need a win to advance.

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The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

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