Bruins: Philadelphia Flyers

Gritty Bergeron keeps on delivering

March, 17, 2012
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AP Photo/Michael DwyerPatrice Bergeron sneaks the shootout winner past Ilya Bryzgalov.
BOSTON -- When things go amiss, teams rely on their best players to shoulder the load.

“I like those situations,” Boston Bruins assistant captain Patrice Bergeron said after a 3-2 shootout victory Saturday over the Philadelphia Flyers.

With both teams going 2-for-2 through two rounds of the shootout, Bergeron circled center ice and broke in on Flyers netminder Ilya Bryzgalov. He saw an opening to the goaltender’s stick side.

“I felt like it was open,” Bergeron said of his approach on the cage. “Again, I faked going on his glove side and then came back against the grain. I felt like the hole was there coming in. I saw it and I just tried to put it there.”

With his steely focus, Bergeron ripped the game-winner, before Tim Thomas, who played lights out in the third period and overtime, made the game-clinching stop.

Aside from netting another in a long list of shootout winners, Saturday’s was another strong performance from the pivot. Despite the Bruins’ four-game losing streak, which came to an end with a flick of his wrist, Bergeron has been on a rather short list of Bruins who have maintained a high level of play even through the skid.

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Video: There's more to come

May, 7, 2011
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BOSTON – Bruins captain Zdeno Chara sat at his stall in the corner of the locker room after the team dismissed the Philadelphia Flyers in four games to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.

Chara was quite serious when he said the team hasn’t accomplished anything, yet:


BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins were determined to sweep the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference semifinal series, and they did just that with a 5-1 victory in Game 4 Friday night at TD Garden.

Afterwards, Bruins coach Claude Julien spoke about the team finally getting past the second round for the first time under his tenure behind the bench. He also discussed Milan Lucic’s game and had no update postgame on the condition of center Patrice Bergeron:


Bruins focused on clinching

May, 6, 2011
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BOSTON -- If the Philadelphia Flyers are a desperate team, then the Boston Bruins are a determined club.

The Bruins have a chance to clinch this Eastern Conference semifinal series with a victory in Game 4 tonight at TD Garden and would move on to the conference finals for the first time since 1992.

Boston beat the Montreal Canadiens in an emotional seven-game first-round series. Similar to a year ago, the Bruins have a 3-0 lead on the Flyers, but this time they’re focused on closing it out.

“Obviously our first one was an emotional series,” said Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference about the Montreal series. “This one there’s been no shortage of incentive for us to do well and prove ourselves. If anything, the first series was more emotional and this series is almost business-like. The guys have been very focused on getting the job done.”

The Flyers have decided to start Sergei Bobrovsky in net for Game 4, instead of Brian Boucher, the Woonsocket, R.I., native who started the previous three games. Bruins coach Claude Julien said it doesn’t matter who is in net for the Flyers.

“This is the most focused I’ve seen our group all year,” Ference said. “It’s been like that all week and I expect nothing less.”

Bobrovsky will start Game 4 for Flyers

May, 6, 2011
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BOSTON -- The Philadelphia Flyers will start Sergei Bobrovsky in goal for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Boston Bruins on Friday night at TD Garden.

"Bob will start in net for us tonight," Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette revealed before the game. "Brian [Boucher] had come in and played really well, he came in and pinch hit for Bob early on and played really well for us. But we find ourselves down three here and Bob has come off the bench a couple of times [this series] and looked good. We are getting him back in there tonight."

Boucher had started the three previous games, but was pulled three times, including once due to a hand injury.

Laviolette declined to comment when asked whether veteran defenseman Chris Pronger (undisclosed injury) would play in Game 4.


McQuaid skates, not in lineup

May, 6, 2011
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BOSTON -- Injured Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid skated Friday morning for the first time since suffering a neck strain in Game 2 at Philadelphia.

McQuaid was injured in the waning minutes of the first period last Monday at Wells Fargo Center when he slammed head first into the boards. He was taken to the hospital and returned to Boston with the team later that night.

Coach Claude Julien said that McQuaid is progressing better than expected, but he will not be in the lineup for Game 4 Friday night at TD Garden.
BOSTON -- Philadelphia Flyers coach Peter Laviolette is looking for his team to claw its way back into this Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Boston Bruins with a win in Game 4 on Friday night at TD Garden.

Similar to a year ago, the Flyers trail 3-0 in this series but believe if they can stave off elimination and send this series back to Philadelphia for a Game 5, the pressure will be on the Bruins.

“We’re capable of giving more than we gave [in Game 3],” Laviolette said. “I truly believe that. We’ve done it so many times. We did it in Game 2. Without making excuses, it wasn’t good enough [Wednesday] night.”

The Flyers practiced Thursday morning at TD Garden in preparation for Game 4 without forward Jeff Carter and defenseman Chris Pronger. Carter returned to the lineup in Game 3 after suffering a knee injury in the first round against the Sabres. He played a total of 16 minutes against the Bruins. Pronger remains out with an undisclosed injury.

Philadelphia has struggled with its goaltending this series, but Laviolette isn’t about to point any fingers at Brian Boucher or Sergei Bobrovsky. As far as Game 4, Laviolette was vague when asked who would be starting.

"We haven’t announced anything, yet,” Laviolette said. “For the most part, I haven’t announced it until the day of.”

The Flyers also aren’t about to lay blame on the goaltending for their 3-0 deficit in this series.

“It is a team game,” Carter said. “There are a lot of guys out there on the ice. Sometimes we have been hanging our goalie out to dry here. The guys on the ice have to take a lot of the blame.”

Video: Julien discusses lead, Kampfer

May, 5, 2011
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BOSTON -- The Bruins conducted a full practice Thursday morning at TD Garden in preparation for Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday night.

With the exception of captain Zdeno Chara (rest day) and injured defenseman Adam McQuaid (neck strain), all were in attendance for practice.

Bruins coach Claude Julien held his morning presser following practice and discussed the team’s 3-0 series lead and the rehab of defenseman Steven Kampfer:

BOSTON -- The Bruins received some good news Thursday morning that injured defenseman Adam McQuaid (neck strain) is progressing better than expected.

“Yeah, he’s definitely better,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien, following the team’s practice at TD Garden. “I know we’re still saying day-to-day, but there’s improvement. We’re getting very optimistic that things are going to happen quicker. We’re keeping our fingers crossed and he seems to be doing well and hopefully we’ll have some better news in the next few days.”

McQuaid was injured in the waning minutes of the first period in Game 2 Monday at Philadelphia when he slammed head first into the boards. He was taken to the hospital and returned to Boston with the team later that night.

He has not skated since the injury.

Video: Julien encouraged by power play

May, 5, 2011
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BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins finally scored a power-play goal, snapping an 0-for-30 drought when Zdeno Chara netted the team’s fifth goal Wednesday night at 18:38 of the third period en route to a 5-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Bruins coach Claude Julien said at the start of this series he didn’t want to talk about anything negative. He was finally able to talk about a somewhat successful PP after Wednesday’s game, along with a few other topics:


Video: Thomas looking forward

May, 4, 2011
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BOSTON -- With the Boston Bruins up 3-0 in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Philadelphia Flyers, Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas does not want to think about what happened a year ago.

Thomas, who has made a total of 89 saves in the past two games, wants to focus on the here and now. He talked about how important it was for the Bruins to score a pair of goals in the first 63 seconds of Game 3 on Wednesday night at TD Garden:


BOSTON -- Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk sat at his locker stall in the corner of the dressing room after Boston’s 5-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 3 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series and discussed the importance of the team’s fast start, full 60-minute effort and the contributions from captain Zdeno Chara:


BOSTON -- The Philadelphia Flyers have learned first-hand how tough it is to play against Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand.

He chirps. He agitates. He scores.

During the first two games of this Eastern Conference semifinal series, Marchand has clearly gotten under the skin of the Flyers, but he’s at his best when playing with that edge. That’s what made him successful during his first full season in the NHL, too.

The 23-year-old forward played 20 games for the Bruins last season, but was not on the playoff roster. This season he’s making major contributions with four goals and five assists for nine points in nine playoff games, including a plus-8 rating.

He talked about his role following Wednesday’s game-day skate:


Video: Julien discusses Game 3

May, 4, 2011
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BOSTON -- The Boston Bruins conducted a full game-day skate Wednesday morning at TD Garden in preparation for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Philadelphia Flyers.

With the exception of Adam McQuaid (neck strain) and Mark Recchi (a 43-year-old future Hall of Famer), every Bruins player participated in the morning skate.

Afterwards, coach Claude Julien addressed McQuaid’s injury, the possibility of Shane Hnidy being in the lineup, as well as a few other topics:


Carter a game-time decision for Flyers

May, 4, 2011
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BOSTON -- Philadelphia Flyers coach Peter Laviolette would not indicate whether injured forward Jeff Carter (knee) would be able to play in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night at TD Garden.

Carter, who injured his right knee in Game 4 of Philadelphia’s first-round series against the Buffalo Sabres, skated for the first time on Tuesday and participated in the team’s morning skate on Wednesday.

“Jeff Carter looked good this morning,” Laviolette said.

Carter, following his coach’s mandate, would not talk about his injury, or if he would be able to play in Game 3. When asked if he wanted to get back in the lineup since his team is down 2-0 in this series, Carter said: “Of course. I want to play every game.”

Carter’s teammates know the type of contribution he could make in the Flyers’ lineup, even if he’s less than 100 percent.

“He brings a lot to this team,” said winger Claude Giroux. “He’s an offensive player who shoots the puck real well and defensively he’s pretty responsible. We want a guy like that in our lineup.”

Chris Pronger, who missed Game 2 with an undisclosed injury, didn’t skate Wednesday morning. The Flyers haven’t made any announcements on his status for tonight’s game.





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