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B's Prepared to Play

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
PHILADELPHIA -- The Bruins were all saying similar things as they prepared for this afternoon's Round 1, Game 1 match-up in Philadelphia.


Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) celebrates his goal as Montreal Canadiens left wing Mike Cammalleri (13) skates away during the first period of Game 7 in a first-round NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff series in Boston Wednesday, April 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
"[We're just] trying to keep it a lot more simple," said defenseman Johnny Boychuk of the B's mindset going into this particular series as opposed to previous playoff rounds.

"I think we're just worried about what we're going to do on the ice," added Boychuk. "If we need to make adjustments we will, but we're just worried about our game right now and ready to do the same thing we did the last series."

"There's a lot of hype going into this series right now, especially with what happened last year," said rookie Brad Marchand, who was a healthy scratch throughout all of Boston vs. Philadelphia series in 2010.

The forward admitted that last year's playoff loss did weigh heavily on everyone who was involved -- both on and off the ice.

"Hopefully we can write our own chapter...and even though I didn't play it was tough watching what was going on and being part of it," he said. "We are really excited this year and we have a whole new crop of guys.

"We are really excited going into this series."

Veteran defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, who was injured and couldn't play during last year's series with the Flyers, is particularly excited to see the puck drop.

"I used to play here and it's where I started, so it's special for me," said the former Broad Street Bully. "It's going to be exciting and I am really looking forward to getting started."

Center Rich Peverley, whose line with Chris Kelly and Michael Ryder provided many of the heroics in Round 1, said, "I think we're just thinking about maybe getting the lead in the game and coming out and playing our game to start.

"Getting in on the forecheck, and getting chances and creating the momentum."

And, just like the Bruins have said they have the "turn the page" after a loss, the same must be said about Round 1.

"We're not playing the Canadiens anymore," said Peverley. "You have to learn from what you did, and we won a big game, but at the same time it's a fresh start -- zero to zero -- and we're right back to square one."
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