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Bruins Using Intrasquad Tilt To Stay Sharp

Will divide into two teams and scrimmage on Thursday night to stay sharp in midst of 2nd longest break before Finals in NHL history

by Michael Tolvo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - The year was 1919.

Eighteen games into a scheduled 20-game NHL season, the Toronto Arenas suspended operations, leaving the Montreal Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators left to play in an NHL Championship. On Mar. 6, the Habs defeated the Ottawa Senators and advanced to play the winner of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association in the 1919 Stanley Cup Finals. Thirteen days passed before the Montreal Canadiens and the Seattle Metropolitans finally began the series.

With the series tied after five games (including one tie), the 1919 Stanley Cup Finals was canceled because of the Spanish Flu epidemic.

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Forsbacka Karlsson to Return to Sweden

Stockholm native intends to sign contract in SHL

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Bruins forward prospect Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson has decided to return to his native Sweden and intends to sign a contract to play for Vaxjo of the Swedish Hockey League next season, according to general manager Don Sweeney.
 
"Jakob will continue his professional hockey career and development in the SHL and we support his decision to be closer to his family at this time in his life," said Sweeney. "Over the past few weeks, Jakob has also communicated that he fully intends to resume playing for the Bruins, but for right now he feels playing at home in Sweden is what is best for him."

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Bruins To Hold Intrasquad Scrimmage At TD Garden On May 23

Tickets for general public are $20, with doors opening at 6 p.m.

by Boston Bruins @NHLBruins / Boston Bruins

BOSTON - The Boston Bruins announced today, May 21, that the team will hold an intrasquad scrimmage at TD Garden on Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m.

The scrimmage is a ticketed event that is open to the public and media, with doors opening at 6 p.m. Concessions will be available for fans, and all kids will receive free popcorn. Net proceeds from the event will benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public today at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $20 and parking in the North Station Garage costs $10. Tickets are available online only, are not for resale, and are first come first served with a limit of four tickets per account.

Members of the Boston Garden Society will receive ticket purchase information based on the product and package they own later today. Tickets for Season Ticket Holders and Game Plan Holders cost $10 and parking in the North Station Garage costs $10.

The Bruins will split into two teams - Team White and Team Black - and play two 25-minute periods of controlled scrimmage, with two referees on the ice to officiate play.  

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Chara Returns to Practice

Captain made it through with 'no issues,' hopes to be ready for Game 1 of Cup Final

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Zdeno Chara was back on the ice with his teammates on Monday morning at Warrior Ice Arena for his first full practice since sitting out Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final with an undisclosed injury.

"It was nice to be out there again, skated [on Sunday] then skated with the team," said Chara. "It was a good practice, good pace. I'm taking it one day at a time. [Tuesday's] an off day, but get back at it on Wednesday."

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Backes Gets His Shot

After 13 years in NHL, veteran winger will get first opportunity to play for Stanley Cup

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - As the Bruins celebrated their Eastern Conference championship last Thursday night inside PNC Arena, there was one player getting the lion's share of attention.

After 13 seasons in the National Hockey League, David Backes was headed to his first Stanley Cup Final. And his teammates could not have been happier.

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Bruins Begin Their Preparations

Boston gets back on the ice for first practice ahead of Stanley Cup Final

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - After two days off following their Eastern Conference championship, the Bruins got back to work on Sunday morning at Warrior Ice Arena with their first practice ahead of the Stanley Cup Final.

Boston hit the ice for nearly an hour and will be back at it on Monday for another practice, before another likely day off on Tuesday.

"They are a group that likes to work, so I think they were happy to get back out there," said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. "We have a plan, how we're gonna go through the week, balancing practice with days off. We are gonna meet with the veteran guys that have been through it, see how that jives."

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Sweeney: 'Not Concerned About' Long Layoff

Bruins general manager addresses time off, injuries during off-day presser

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - The Stanley Cup Final is so close, yet so far away.

It will be a long nine days before the Bruins take the ice on Memorial Day for Game 1 against either the St. Louis Blues or San Jose Sharks.

But Don Sweeney, for one, is not concerned about his team's extended hiatus.

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NHL Announces Stanley Cup Final Schedule

Bruins will play Game 1 against WCF Champ on Monday, May 27

by Boston Bruins @NHLBruins / Boston Bruins

BOSTON - The NHL has announced the schedule for the 2019 Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and either the San Jose Sharks or St. Louis Blues.

Stanley Cup Final Media Day will be held either Saturday, May 25 or Sunday, May 26 in Boston.

Game 1: Monday, May 27 at 8 p.m. (TD Garden, Boston, MA) - NBC, SN, CBC, TVA

Game 2: Wednesday, May 29 at 8 p.m. (TD Garden, Boston, MA) - NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA

Game 3: Saturday, June 1 at 8 p.m. (San Jose, CA or St. Louis, MO) - NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVA

Game 4: Monday, June 3 at 8 p.m. (San Jose, CA or St. Louis, MO) - NBC, SN, CBC, TVA

Game 5: Thursday, June 6 at 8 p.m. (TD Garden, Boston, MA) - NBC, SN, CBC, TVA

Game 6: Sunday, June 9 at 8 p.m. (San Jose, CA or St. Louis, MO) - NBC, SN, CBC, TVA

Game 7: Wednesday, June 12 at 8 p.m. (TD Garden, Boston, MA) - NBC, SN, CBC, TVA

All Bruins' playoff games can be heard on the Bruins flagship radio station, 98.5 The Sports Hub.

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Lauko's Own Quest for the Cup

The Bruins forward prospect will play for the Memorial Cup on Saturday

by Riley Nelson @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BostonBruins.com - While the Bruins prepare for their third Stanley Cup Final apperance in nine years after sweeping the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday night, Bruins prospect Jakub Lauko is having success of his own this postseason. His Rouyn-Noranda Huskies defeated the Halifax Mooseheads in six games to capture the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's President's Cup.

"I think it was a pretty tough playoffs," said Lauko. "We had a couple of tough series. I think every series was pretty hard, but I think especially the first one and the finals were pretty hard, pretty tough to play."

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Bruins Week Ahead: May 18-24

Stay up to date on all the latest news, notes and numbers

by Boston Bruins @NHLBruins / Boston Bruins

STAT OF THE WEEK: The Bruins have recorded a 34.0% power play proficiency through the first three rounds of the 2019 playoffs. That is the second-best power play percentage of any team who has advanced through three post-season rounds in NHL history (1980-81 NY Islanders, 37.8% in 18 games played).

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "I've thought about this moment for a long time, of playing for that ultimate prize you dream of when you're a kid. Now it's reality. It's us against one other team, and one of us is going home with that Stanley Cup." - David Backes following the team's Eastern Conference Final sweep.

TWEET OF THE WEEK (WEEK 37): @AmalieBenjamin (Amalie Benjamin, NHL.com): "This season started in China. It will end in the Stanley Cup Final. It's been a long one, and it's not over yet. One more best-of-7 to go."

HONORABLE MENTION: @_TyAnderson (Ty Anderson, 98.5 The Sports Hub): "Stormy tried fist bumping me. I denied that. Set the tone early. ‪#ontimestart"

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