Bruins: Stanley Cup Finals

Blackhawks challenging Bruins' Chara

June, 21, 2013
Chara/ToewsBill Smith/NHLI/Getty ImagesJonathan Toews said the Hawks need to use their speed to deal with Zdeno Chara.
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks haven't lost their respect for Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, but they have ceased to fear him.

The Blackhawks stopped trying to avoid the 6-foot-9, 255-pound Chara in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday and discovered they could have success against him as they scored five of their six goals with Chara on the ice. Chara finished Game 4 with a minus-3 rating, which was his worst rating of the playoffs.

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Here and there from Cup media day

June, 11, 2013
CHICAGO -- Here and there from Tuesday’s Stanley Cup finals media day:

* Jaromir Jagr, when asked if he thought he would ever win another Stanley Cup: “Yes, I did, every year. It's a goal for any hockey player, any team, before the season start. You have 30 teams. They all got one goal: to win the Cup. They all do maximum for that. Only one can do it. The next season start again, and everybody have the same goal again and again and again. 20 years later, I'm here.”

* Jagr asked about being traded to Boston: “Well, to be honest, I was shocked I was going to get traded. I thought I was going to stay in Dallas. It was kind of last minute decision from the management. I don't think many teams knew I going to get traded.

“So when they told me that that morning, first the management, Dallas management, meet me before I talked to guys from Boston. But they told me I am going to get traded, and it's up to me if I want to go or not. When I talk to the boss, I asked him like three times, Are you sure you want me? They said, Yeah. So here I am.”

* David Krejci talking, on idolizing Jagr as a child in the Czech Republic: “Obviously, he's a big name. He's really big in Czech, especially 20 years ago when he won the two Cups, it was always about him. I wasn't watching the games live. I guess because of those two years when he won, after that it was just him. If you ask any hockey player from Czech who is my age, something like that, everybody is going to say that Jagr is their favorite player. I'm glad he's still playing and I'm on his team right now.

“We played together few years ago for Czech team in the Olympics. That was the first time I met him. Obviously, I was nervous. But it was quick tournament. Then he got here. We got closer. He's a great guy, you know. He's a great player. He works hard on and off the ice. He's helping our team to win. He's a big reason why we are in the final.”

* Cam Neely on the fans’ sendoff Tuesday afternoon at the Garden: “Our fans have been great. Original Six city. They have certain expectations of their hockey clubs. We didn't provide that for a number of years. Last five or six years, we slowly built a championship team. Our fans certainly are ingrained and have deep roots in the Bruins, whether it's grandfather to father, father to son or daughter. We had a couple thousand people show up today to send us off, which was special for the guys.”

* Patrice Bergeron on being back in the Cup finals for a second time in three years: “It's starting I guess to sink in a bit. It never does until you play the game. Can't wait for tomorrow obviously. We're excited about it.

Bruins face Blackhawks in Cup finals

June, 9, 2013

The Chicago Blackhawks beat the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings in five games with a 4-3 double-overtime win to clinch the Western Conference and advance to the 2013 Stanley Cup finals, in which they will face the Boston Bruins.

The Bruins will once again likely be underdogs against the Blackhawks in the finals. While the Bruins proved the naysayers wrong against a similarly high-powered offense in the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Blackhawks bring a more balanced game to the table. The Hawks are loaded with offensive skill, but they also have a great blue line. They carry many of the same traits as the Bruins, and that's why this promises to be one of the best series in recent memory as well as the first Original Six finals since 1979.

Here are three things the Bruins and their fans should expect from the team that had the best start in NHL history this season by earning a point in 24 straight games:

1. The Hawks can light you up and shut you down: The Blackhawks finished tops in goals against in the regular season and second in goals for. They've got skilled forwards like Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa, Jonathan Toews and emerging power forward Bryan Bickell, who is tied with Sharp for second in playoff goals with eight, trailing only Bruins center David Krejci, who has nine. But much like the Bruins, these forwards start their offense with defense. Similarly to Bruins center and reigning Selke Award winner Patrice Bergeron, Hossa leads the way as the best two-way player on the roster. But the slight difference between the Bruins and the Blackhawks is that while the Bruins defense has become one of the better puck-moving groups in the playoffs, the Hawks defense has been doing that all season and is the best when it comes to transition. Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith lead the transition game, but Johnny Oduya and Niklas Hjalmarsson are right behind them in turning defense into offense while at the same time limiting chances in their own end. That's why Corey Crawford's 1.74 goals-against average is actually slightly better than Tuukka Rask's 1.75.

2. The Hawks bring finesse, grit and frustrating tactics: As witnessed in the first period of Saturday's Game 5, when they struck for two goals in 2:17, the Hawks can strike fast and furiously and possess plenty of skill and finesse. But they can also be physical. In addition to Bickell's prowess, they also have other bangers like Brandon Saad and Dave Bolland and bring a hard-hitting game every night. The Hawks have their own version of Brad Marchand in the pesky Andrew Shaw, who will be doing his best to agitate the Bruins' best players. It will be very interesting to see how Milan Lucic handles Shaw. The sometimes hot-tempered Lucic was successful in the way he dealt with Matt Cooke in the Eastern Conference finals by maintaining his physical presence but not crossing the line, and that will be key with Shaw.

3. Expect a chess match: The Blackhawks are well coached by Jack Adams Award candidate Joel Quenneville, who has a system in place that his players buy into and execute on the ice. Similarly to Bruins coach Claude Julien, Quenneville seems to have a pulse on his team and can adapt game to game, period to period and shift to shift, as evidenced by the way he handled his players' ice time in the overtime sessions in Game 5. Like Julien, Quenneville doesn't allow star power to take over in the dressing room and holds everyone equally accountable. Both of these teams play hard and play together. This series should be a classic.

Horton had shoulder injury

June, 17, 2011
BOSTON -- Before Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton suffered a season-ending concussion in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals, he was playing with a separated shoulder, according to general manager Peter Chiarelli.

"Before his concussion he was actually hurt," Chiarelli said. "He had a serious separated shoulder. He was hurt significantly."

Horton suffered the injury in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the same game in which he scored the winning goal in the Bruins' 1-0 victory.

For the most part, the Bruins made it through the Stanley Cup playoffs relatively injury-free.

Milan Lucic had a severe toe injury and David Krejci played through a right-shoulder injury, which he suffered in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on a hit by the Bolts' Marc-Andre Bergeron.

"Some days it was bad, but the last couple of games I didn't even take any bad killers or any shots," Krejci said after Game 7 of the Cup finals. "It was getting better every day. It was fine."

Chiarelli said Friday morning he has not received the full end-of-season medical report yet. He would not comment specifically, but did say it's possible one to two players will need offseason surgery.

"We were fortunate," Chiarelli said.

Savard will be in Boston for parade

June, 17, 2011
BOSTON -- Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Friday morning that Marc Savard was scheduled to arrive in Boston on Friday night and he will participate in the Stanley Cup championship parade on Saturday.

Savard was limited to 25 games during the 2010-2011 season due to a pair of concussions in a ninth-month period. He was not in Vancouver for the Cup-clinching Game 7 in Vancouver.

Chiarelli said he’s hoping Savard, along with rookie defenseman Steve Kampfer, will be allowed to have their names on the Cup.

“I don’t know what the process is, but I’ve given it a little bit of thought,” Chiarelli said. “Certainly those two deserve to be on. We’ll see what we can do to get them on and go from there.”

Parade: Route map, transit info, weather

June, 17, 2011

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WHAT: Duck boat parade celebrating the Bruins' first Stanley Cup in 39 years.

WHEN: Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. ET and running through around 1-1:30 p.m. ET

PARADE ROUTE: It starts at TD Garden in Boston (Point A on the interactive map above) and ends in Copley Square (Point B).

TV INFORMATION: Most local stations will carry the parade live and we are currently trying to get the parade streamed live here on as well.

PARKING INFORMATION AND ROAD CLOSINGS: Road closures on the parade route are expected to begin around 9:00 a.m. and end by around 3:30 p.m., per the direction of public safety officials. Please plan accordingly. CLICK HERE for information on road closures and parking restrictions.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: MBTA will be adding extra subway, commuter rail, and bus service before, during and after Saturday’s parade. The subway will be running at rush hour levels throughout the day, with very big crowds expected to pass through North Station in particular. For a complete MBTA schedule and route information, CLICK HERE or call (617) 222-3200.


Video: Thomas, Chara, Bergeron on 'Today'

June, 17, 2011

Let the feting begin.

Tim Thomas, Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron were in New York City this morning for an appearance on NBC’s Today Show, where they appeared with the Stanley Cup. Chara and Bergeron had shaved their playoff beards, while Thomas appeared to have trimmed his.

Check out the full interview (which came off as a little awkward considering none of the hosts seemed to know anything about hockey) in the video above.

Following their interview on “Today”, the Bruins’ trio made their way to the NHL Store in New York City for a Q&A session with fans that will appear on the NHL Network. Check out the Bruins' Twitter feed for a sampling of what they said.

Bill Simmons: A Black and Gold day

June, 16, 2011

Sox move Sat. game time; to honor B's Sun.

June, 16, 2011
The Red Sox announced today that the start time of Saturday’s game against the Brewers at Fenway Park has been moved from 1:10 p.m. to 7:10 order to accommodate the Bruins’ victory parade that morning.

The change was made at the request of Mayor Thomas Menino in order to minimize congestion caused by large crowds anticipated for the two events.

The duck boats are scheduled to depart the TD Garden at 11 a.m. on Saturday and make their way toward Copley Square, concluding sometime between 1 and 1:30 p.m.

The Red Sox will also pay special tribute to the Stanley Cup champion Bruins before Sunday’s game against Milwaukee (1:35 p.m.). The assumption here is that players will be on hand to toss out the first pitch, Stanley Cup in tow.

Sleepless fans give Bruins heroes' welcome

June, 16, 2011
FansBrendan Hall/ESPNBoston.comFans gathered at TD Garden on Thursday morning to welcome home the Bruins -- and the Stanley Cup.
BOSTON -- From near and far, weary from a long night of celebrating, a crowd gathered outside of TD Garden to greet the newest Stanley Cup champions as they made the return trip from across the continent.

“Next time swing it over here, brotha. I wanna get on TV, too,” cracked Bruins fan Shannon Barnes, 25, of Lynn, to the cameramen at the TD Garden entrance just a shade past 7 a.m.

Barnes, her boyfriend Mike Teatro, 24, and their neighbor Jeff Casino, 35, celebrated with a sleepless night of "NHL 11" on Playstation 3 and caught the first inbound blue line train from Wonderland to camp out as early as 6 a.m. to greet their returning heroes.

Across the way, 27-year-old Billy Fournier of the Winter Hill section of Somerville had been given the night off from his overnight security guard shift in Charlestown and was now getting updates on the Bruins’ route from Vancouver from his mother in North Conway, N.H., who was affixed to the one channel that came in on her set, New England Cable News, which was following the Bruins around the city, en route from Logan Airport to the Garden.

“Bruins just landed!” he yelled just a few minutes after 8:30 a.m., clutching a plastic shopping bag filled with two disposable cameras and an iced tea, before leading chants of “We got the Cup!”

Next to him, Ronda Dorson of Allston was holding her two-month-old, Ron Dunn, decked out in championship gear, and was quickly becoming a star for the cameras.

By the time the team rolled up in two coach buses, that small crowd of a few dozen had exploded into more than 500, lining the fences and barricades around the entire circumference of the Causeway Street Garden entrances. The ovation was loud and long as the bus made its way inside the gates and players disembarked.

The theme was clear once the players emerged from the buses to greet the media pack -- or so it seemed. Exhaustion? Excitement? Surprise?

Asked if he caught any sleep on the plan ride over, a slightly dazed Brad Marchand flashed his trademark grin and shot back, “No I did not -- can you not tell?”

Everyone got a chance to touch the Cup during the team’s charter flight back to Logan airport, Marchand continued.

“It was unbelievable,” he said. “We went out there and didn’t know what was gonna happen, and we came together as a team and proved we’re the best team in the world right now. It’s pretty special.”

“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” captain Zdeno Chara said. “You work so hard for so long, and we are so happy to bring the Cup back to Boston after so many years. It’s a very special day.”

Asked how long it might take for this to sink in, Chara said, “That’s a good question. We are so overwhelmed that it’s going to take a few days. But we’re going to enjoy it right now. Everyone is so happy.”

Tim Thomas, the folk hero of this run, has done too many interviews to really let this sink in just yet.

“It’s a long flight out and long back,” he said. “It’s really hard to get your mind around it when you’ve been skating for so long for so hard. I think it might take a day or two, maybe it will take until the parade. I’m not sure, we’ll see.”

Casino, for one, was feeling good for a guy on no sleep.

“It’s too surreal, it’s all surreal,” he said before the team bus arrived. “I’ve never seen a Cup in my lifetime. I’m a die-hard, this is so emotional for me.”

Fournier was working on maybe an hour and a half of rest, having celebrated deep into the night at his home with nearly a dozen friends after putting his kids to sleep. (Wife OK with that? “She had no choice, this was my night,” he laughed.)

“I was in tears,” he exclaimed. “Twenty-seven-year-old man with a tear coming down his eye. Just like it was for Game 7 [of the Eastern Conference finals] against Tampa Bay, man, when we were going. It’s here. Words can’t explain. I felt like one of the players.”

Casino and Barnes recall waiting outside the box office at 4 a.m. for tickets for the heartbreaking Game 7 loss to Carolina two years ago in the Eastern Conference semifinals, sitting in Section 308 and “leaving in tears”.

So how will they celebrate?

“We’re probably going fishing after,” he said.

But Jeff, you’re not working?

“Shhhh,” he smiled, raising his right index finger to his lip.

Record rating in Boston for Game 7

June, 16, 2011
The Bruins' Stanley Cup-clinching win matched the highest preliminary television rating for a Game 7 on record.

Boston's 4-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday on NBC earned a 5.7 overnight rating and 10 share. That ties the 2003 Game 7 between Anaheim and New Jersey.

It is up 14 percent from the most recent Game 7 in 2009, featuring two popular U.S. teams, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings.

The 5.7 is the second-best Stanley Cup overnight rating in 37 years, behind only last year's Chicago-Philadelphia Game 6, which drew a 5.8/10. It's the highest for a game involving a Canadian team in 38 years.

The game earned a 43.4/64 in Boston, the best for a hockey game since records began being kept for the market in 1991. That's higher than any game in the Celtics' past two NBA Finals appearances.

Ratings represent the percentage of all homes with televisions tuned into a program. Shares represent the percentage of all homes with TVs in use at the time. Overnight ratings measure the country's largest markets.

Video: Decade of excellence in Boston

June, 16, 2011

From the Patriots' first title to the Bruins' Stanley Cup, it's been a great decade for Boston sports. In this video, we look back at memorable run of championships in Boston (note -- the video will only be up until Saturday).

Photos: Scenes from Garden this morning

June, 16, 2011
BOSTON -- Check out a few photos from this morning's Bruins arrival at the Garden, where fans gathered to congratulate their returning champions.

Zdeno CharaAP Photo/Bizuayehu TesfayeBruins captain Zdeno Chara gives fans a taste of the Cup this morning at TD Garden.
Claude JulienBrendan Hall/ Bruins coach Claude Julien and forward Rich Peverley smile at the fans at TD Garden this morning.
Brad MarchandBrendan Hall/ A dissheveled Brad Marchand had a lot to smile about as he got off the bus at TD Garden.
Tim Thomas AP Photo/Bizuayehu TesfayeThis might be the last time you see Conn Smythe winner Tim Thomas with his playoff beard.
Andrew FerenceAP Photo/Bizuayehu TesfayeDefenseman Andrew Ference gave fans a thumbs up this morning at the Garden.
Tuukka RaskBrendan Hall/ESPNBoston.comChris Kelly gets a laugh out of Tuukka Rask donning a helmet at the Garden this morning.

Bruins back, parade to be Saturday

June, 16, 2011
The Bruins are back in Boston with the Stanley Cup. The Bruins landed at Logan at about 8:30 a.m. ET and arrived at the TD Garden shortly after that.

Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino and the team also announced that the parade will be Saturday at 11 a.m. starting at TD Garden and end at Copley Square.

“This is the players' rally, not my rally,” Menino told reporters today outside TD Garden. “We wanted to do what the players wanted. They’re the ones that brought the championship to Boston."

More details on the parade to come.

Video: Top moments of 2010-11 season

June, 16, 2011

From the first goal of Tyler Seguin’s career in the second game of the season all the way through the playoffs to the Stanley Cup title, looks at some of the season’s top moments.