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Bruins recharged for defense of Cup

Updated: January 30, 2012, 9:41 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- As much as the Boston Bruins are trying to cope with the challenges of being the defending Stanley Cup champions, there's no real blueprint on how to balance the grind of the 82-game schedule and the proper rest needed to be successful again.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli and coach Claude Julien last summer spoke to many of their counterparts from around the league who had won the Cup and struggled the following season. Boston felt that too, opening the 2011-12 season ...

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