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Fans Flood TD Garden for Stanley Cup Scrimmage

Bruins get in a tune up before full house as Final approaches

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - It had been 11 long days since the Bruins last hit the ice at TD Garden.

As such, the Black & Gold - in the midst of the longest pre-Stanley Cup Final layoff in NHL history - were in need of a bit of a jolt as they wade through their extended break.

They got one and then some on Thursday night.

A sellout crowd flooded Causeway Street for an intrasquad scrimmage, providing the Bruins with plenty of vigor and good vibes ahead of Game 1 against the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.

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Need to Know: Stanley Cup Scrimmage

Bruins set to get back on the ice for pre-Finals run through

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - The Bruins will finally get back on the ice at TD Garden tonight, as they split up into two teams for a pre-Stanley Cup Final scrimmage in front of what is expected to be an impressive crowd on Causeway Street.

Here are some notes about what to expect tonight at the Garden:

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Bruins Advance to Stanley Cup Final with Sweep of Carolina

Bergeron, Rask pace Boston to 4-0 victory over Hurricanes in Game 4

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

RALEIGH, N.C. - For the third time in the last nine years and the 20th time in team history, the Boston Bruins are headed to the Stanley Cup Final.

Patrice Bergeron notched two goals and an assist, David Pastrnak picked up a goal and two helpers, and Tuukka Rask made 24 saves for another shutout as the Bruins closed out a sweep of the Eastern Conference Final on Thursday night with a 4-0 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.

"It's been a special group since Day 1," said Bergeron. "You need everybody to be a part of it and contribute. It's been that way, that's the only way you can really advance. There's a lot of work in front of us, but it's a special feeling tonight."

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Need to Know: Game 4 | Bruins at Hurricanes

Boston has chance to finish off sweep, advance to Cup Final for first time since 2013

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

RALEIGH, N.C. - Bruce Cassidy isn't planning any motivational speeches ahead of Thursday night's Game 4. With his team leading the Eastern Conference Final, 3-0, the Bruins know exactly what will be on the line when they take the ice against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena.

"There's not a whole lot else. They know what's at stake," Cassidy said of what else he can say to his team before Game 4. "There's no rah-rah speeches here. We win a game, we advance, we understand that. We lose, we go home and play Game 5. That's pretty much where it's at for us."

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Rask Does It Again

Netminder makes 35 saves in Game 3 win as Bruins open up 3-0 lead over Carolina in Eastern Conference Final

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

RALEIGH, N.C. - Things easily could have gone sideways for the Bruins in the early going on Tuesday night.

Boston knew that a desperate Hurricanes team - a perfect 5-0 at home this postseason - would push hard from the start of Game 3 as they aimed to avoid falling into a 3-0 series hole.

Carolina did just that, jumping on the Bruins from the opening whistle and drawing a penalty just 55 seconds into the contest. Carolina buzzed on the man advantage and looked poised to strike for the game's first goal.

Tuukka Rask had other ideas.

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Need to Know: Game 3 | Bruins at Hurricanes

Boston looking to take commanding 3-0 series lead in Eastern Conference Final

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

RALEIGH, N.C. - The Bruins will be aiming to take a commanding 3-0 series lead over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night as the Eastern Conference Final shifts to PNC Arena for Game 3. That will be no easy task, however, with Carolina back in front of a raucous Raleigh crowd that has helped the Hurricanes to a 5-0 home record this postseason.

"Well, we know it will be a tough game. This building gets pretty loud," said David Krejci. "We haven't seen the best from Carolina so we expect their best's a big one. Momentum changes pretty quickly in playoffs. It's a big difference between being up 3-0 or 2-1. We know they'll be desperate, but we've been playing desperate hockey pretty much the whole playoffs."

Boston has a chance to build its first 3-0 series lead since its sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Final back in 2013.

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Grzelcyk Bounces Back

After taking heavy hit in opening minutes, blue liner notches two goals in Bruins' Game 2 victory

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - Matt Grzelcyk's afternoon did not get off to the best of starts.

Just over two minutes into Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final, the blue liner found himself bent backwards over the dasher in front of the Bruins' bench, his stick propelling at his teammates as he fell to the ice.

It was a violent collision with the boards, the result of a heavy fit from Carolina Hurricanes forward Micheal Ferland. Grzelcyk got to his feet slowly and gingerly made his way to the bench, taking some time to collect himself.

But just a few moments later, the 25-year-old was back on the ice, seemingly no worse for the wear - a development that paid major dividends for the Bruins during this Mother's Day matinee.

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B's Power Play Paces Huge Third in Game 1

Johansson, Bergeron strike 28 seconds apart as Boston notches four unanswered in 5-2 victory over Carolina

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - Generally, when the postgame discussion is centered around Brad Marchand's actions during a heated scrum, the dialogue isn't all that positive.

The pesky winger has, of course, been known for his share of shenanigans when it comes to gatherings after a whistle. But on Thursday night some wise in-scrum awareness may have saved the Bruins.

After Jordan Staal drove Chris Wagner into the end boards from behind early in the third period, Connor Clifton stepped in to defend his teammate, jabbing Staal with his stick, before attempting to wrap him into a headlock.

The maneuver did not last long. Marchand, realizing that the Bruins were about to get a power play, stepped in and pushed Clifton away to avoid any kind of matching penalties.

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Kampfer Gets Call for Game 1

Blue liner will sub in for McAvoy as B's open East Final against Carolina

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

BOSTON - With Charlie McAvoy suspended for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Carolina Hurricanes, the Bruins will turn to Steven Kampfer to take his spot in the lineup, coach Bruce Cassidy announced on Thursday morning.

Cassidy, who had said previously that the decision would come down to Kampfer or John Moore, believes that Kampfer's experience with sitting out for extended stretches will help him to have the right mindset.

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Rask Paces B's to Eastern Conference Final

Netminder (39 saves) brilliant again in Boston's 3-0, series-clinching victory over Columbus

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins /

COLUMBUS, Ohio - As he met with the media on Monday morning, Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella told reporters that he believed his team had "dented" Tuukka Rask with a three-goal third period in Game 5.

Tortorella explained that he thought the offensive flurry late in that contest was key in a setting a tone for Game 6 as the Blue Jackets attempted to keep their season alive.

And Columbus tried building on that approach from the outset on Monday night by going hard to the net in what was a clear attempt to rattle Rask's cage. With 6:46 gone in the first period, Blue Jackets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois barreled into Rask, knocking him to the ice on a play that resulted in a goalie interference penalty.

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