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The Blog: April 10th

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
4:17 p.m.

Drew wrote this letter to his principal, because he thought that his school should celebrate the Black & Gold’s season with a Bruins day.

If your school is having a Bruins day, please let us know at

3:15 p.m.
NESNplus on Sunday!

From When the Bruins and Red Sox seasons collide this spring, NESNplus and NESNplus HD channels will keep you from missing a single hit on the diamond or on the ice. When both teams play at the same time catch one game on NESN / NESN HD, and the other on NESNplus / NESNplus HD channels. The NESNplus / NESNplus HD channel in your area may be different for each game day...more.

2:36 p.m.
In case you missed this...
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has recalled forward Mikko Lehtonen from the Providence Bruins on an emergency basis (American Hockey League). This is Lehtonen's first career recall to the NHL. He is expected to join the Boston Bruins today and accompany the team on their two game road trip to Buffalo and Long Island this weekend.

Lehtonen was the P-Bruins' leading goal scorer this year after potting 28 goals in 72 games. His 10 power play strikes ranked tied for first and his 53 total points were the fourth most on the squad. 2008-2009 was the first professional season for the 6'3" 196-pound winger from Espoo, Finland, as he played the last four years with the Blues of the Finnish Elite League ...more.

11:45 a.m.
An optional practice: #'s 11, 17, 30, 35, 60, 6, 26, 61 & 12 are on the ice.

Good to see Axelsson and Wideman.

Coaches Essensa, Houda and Ward are presiding.

9:30 a.m.

Despite his CHC pedigree, there’s no doubt that most members of the Boston Bruins organization would agree that compliments from Bob Gainey go a long way.

After the B’s 5-4 overtime victory over his Montreal Canadiens, Gainey, Montreal’s general manager and head coach, dolled out several puck bags full of respect for the Black & Gold

“It was a great game,” said Gainey. “I think, you have to give the Bruins credit -- they came to play.

“They wanted to play hard. They brought all their tools with them. They were emotional. They were desperate and they’re a good team. They are in first place for a reason,” he said.

However, he was right about another thing: his Habs are not going to quit.

And, clearly, now that le bleu, blanc et rouge are in the playoffs, the standings simply don’t matter.

“Our guys hung in there,” he said. “We’ve had an up and down season, but they kept it together tonight and stayed in the game.

“We’ve had medium term goals, and our main objective was to get into the playoffs.”

When the game clock struck 0:00 and the score was tied 4-4 after regulation, Gainey and the Canadiens were into the tournament and, in about a week, could find themselves right back in Boston, battling for the right to compete for the Stanley Cup.

“There’s no doubt this was an exciting game for the fans, whether you were a Boston fan or a Montreal fan,” said a stone-faced Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien. “It was an entertaining game. 

“Having said that, I think we have to take responsibility for how we handled the second period.  We probably let our emotions get the better of us, which allowed them to get back in the game, and this is something that, hopefully, we learn from.

Julien reminded everyone in the post game press conference that the B’s lofty status in the Eastern Conference means nothing come Monday.

“I think you just have to look at least year,” said Julien, alluding to the Bruins taking the Eastern Conference best Canadiens to the brink last year.  “Once the pucks dropped in the playoffs, it doesn’t really make a difference.

“Obviously last year, we were determined to give it all we had. They’re probably going to do the same, if we [have] to play them.

“But no matter who we play, they’re going to be tough opponents. Once playoffs start, everyone has the same record, and it’s zero across the board, and you’ve got to look at it as a new season and a new challenge,” said Julien.

Boston winger Mark Recchi, who scored the winning goal in the overtime, has a unique perspective on the whole Montreal/Boston matchup.

“I’ve been on the other side,” he said. “So I know it first hand, very well.

“It’s a heck of a rivalry, it’s fun, I mean that’s what hockey’s all about. You get games like this and they’re fun to play in and they’re hard games, but hey you’ve got to enjoy them.

“Obviously they’re fighting for their playoff lives and they put in a good effort and they’re a good team, but we’re going to battle hard as well.”

Can you imagine a series worth of games like that?
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