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Bruins can blame Zdeno Chara if Henrik Zetterberg helps Red Wings beat Bruins

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Zdeno Chara (left) and Henrik Zetterberg remain friendly off the ice, but that may be on pause this week. (Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)

Zdeno Chara (left) and Henrik Zetterberg are friendly off the ice, but that may be on pause this week. (Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)

By Allan Muir

Henrik Zetterberg is closing in on a return to action after more than two months on the sidelines, just when his Detroit teammates need him the most.

But if he comes back in time to help the Red Wings knock off the heavily favored Bruins in their first-round playoff series, Boston fans will have to vent their rage toward one of their own:

Team captain Zdeno Chara.

Turns out that Big Z felt sorry for Zetty when the Swedish star was forced to withdraw from the Olympics after just one game with back pain so severe that it required immediate surgery.

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  • Published On Apr 15, 2014
  • 2014 NHL playoffs preview: Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings

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    Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings

    The return of the wizardly Pavel Datsyuk (13) gives the Red Wings a puncher’s chance at an upset. (Getty Images)

    By Michael Blinn

    Regular season recaps

    Oct. 5: Bruins 4, Red Wings 1

    Oct. 14: Red Wings 3, Bruins 2

    Nov. 27: Red Wings 6, Bruins 1

    April 2: Red Wings 3, Bruins 2

    Notable injuries

    Bruins: D Dennis Seidenberg (ACL/MCL, indefinite), D Adam McQuaid (strained quad, indefinite), C Marc Savard (concussion, indefinite)

    Red Wings: RW Mikael Samuelsson (shoulder, indefinite), C Stephen Weiss (sports hernia, indefinite), LW Henrik Zetterberg (back surgery, indefinite), D Jonathan Ericsson (finger surgery, indefinite), RW Daniel Cleary (knee sprain, indefinite)

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  • Published On Apr 15, 2014
  • Boston Bruins part with elite players to become NHL’s best team

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    Peter Chiarelli has established a clear team-first, winning culture with the Boston Bruins.

    Peter Chiarelli has established a clear team-first, winning culture with the Boston Bruins. (Steven Senne/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    As I was watching the Boston Bruins methodically dispose of the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday afternoon to clinch the Presidents’ Trophy for the league’s best record, a thought came to mind: This is a team that, over the past four years, has dealt away two young players who went on to become superstars with their new clubs…and the Bruins are somehow better for it.

    And then a second thought: Peter Chiarelli is the most fearless, and possibly the best, general manager in hockey.

    It was Chiarelli who determined that Phil Kessel, the fifth overall pick in the 2006 draft and a 36-goal scorer in just his third NHL season, didn’t fit with his vision for the team. And so he dealt the 21-year-old to Toronto for a handful of magic beans, one of which he turned into Tyler Seguin.

    Seguin came in and helped the Bruins win a Cup in 2011, but it wasn’t long before he also proved to be an ill-fitting piece. Whether it was immaturity off the ice, his style on it or simply an exploding contract that didn’t fit well under the contracting cap, he was deemed expendable and shipped to Dallas for veteran Loui Eriksson and another handful of prospects.

    Both Kessel and Seguin scored a career-high 37 goals this season, tied for fifth overall in the league. Kessel stands sixth in the overall scoring race with 80 points, tops on the Leafs and an new personal best. Seguin was arguably the breakthrough player of the year, his 84 points trailing just Sidney Crosby and Ryan Getzlaf.

    Both have established themselves as impact players whose absence would severely cripple their new teams…and yet the Bruins didn’t simply survive their loss. They actually got better.

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  • Published On Apr 12, 2014
  • Maple Leafs’ Jonathan Bernier leaves game with apparent leg injury

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    By Darian Somers

    Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier left Thursday’s game with an apparent leg injury after defenseman Paul Ranger pushed Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron onto the netminder about midway through the third period.

    Bernier was slow to get up, and once he did, he hobbled off slowly with help from a teammate and a trainer.

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  • Published On Apr 03, 2014
  • Jarome Iginla out of Bruins’ lineup with ‘lower-body injury’

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    Jarome Iginla was named the NHL's First Star of the Month for March after tallying 13 goals and 17 points. (Chris O'Meara/AP)

    Jarome Iginla was the NHL’s First Star of the Month for March after tallying 13 goals and 17 points. (Chris O’Meara/AP)

    By Nick Stoico

    The Boston Bruins were without forward Jarome Iginla on Wednesday night in Detroit after he suffered a “lower-body injury” according to the team. Jordan Caron took his slot in the lineup.

    Iginla recorded 17 points in March (13 goals, four assists) en route to winning the NHL’s First Star of the Month and helping the Bruins clinch the Atlantic Division.

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  • Published On Apr 02, 2014
  • Bruins honor fallen Boston firefighters before game vs. Blackhawks

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    By Mike McMahon

    Before Thursday night’s puck drop against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Bruins took time to honor two firefighters who were lost while fighting a nine-alarm blaze in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood on Wednesday afternoon.

    Boston Fire Department insignias glowed on the ice as the Boston Fire Honor Guard presented the nation’s colors for the National Anthem and a moment of silence.

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  • Published On Mar 27, 2014
  • Canadiens end Bruins’ 12-game winning streak in another testy affair

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    Brad Marchand and P.K. Subban jaw during another feisty game between Boston and Montreal. (Charles Krupa/AP)

    Hardly wallflowers, Brad Marchand and P.K. Subban exchanged views during the game. (Charles Krupa/AP)

    By Mike McMahon

    The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens were at it again on Monday night. As usual, there were vicious hits, fights, and packed penalty boxes as their rivalry lived up to its reputation during the teams’ final matchup of the regular season. Here’s the complete recap of the Canadiens snapping the Bruins’ 12-game win streak with 2-1 shootout victory.

    The friendly exchanges began just 1:19 into the contest when Montreal’s Alexei Emelin connected with a hip-check on Boston’s Milan Lucic, to which Bruins captain Zdeno Chara took exception.

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  • Published On Mar 25, 2014
  • Bruins become first team to clinch playoff spot with 11th straight win

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    By Nick Stoico

    With a 2-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday, the Boston Bruins earned their eleventh straight win, broke 100 points and secured a position in the 2014 NHL playoffs.
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  • Published On Mar 22, 2014
  • VIDEO: Tuukka Rask’s flying poke check save helps Bruins beat Lightning in SO

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    By Mike McMahon

    The  Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning went down to the wire tonight, taking seven rounds of a shootout before a winner emerged — and that was due in large part to the effort by Tuukka Rask in the B’s net.

    The Finnish netminder stoned Valterri Filppula, Steven Stamkos, Ondrej Palat, and Teddy Purcell, but saved his best stop for Bolts’ defenseman Victor Hedman, employing a video game-style poke check to knock the puck away. He also stopped Richard Panik’s attempt in the seventh round before Reilly Smith scored the only goal of the shootout for the win.


  • Published On Mar 09, 2014
  • Bruins to let Zdeno Chara leave early to carry flag in Sochi Olympic ceremony

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    By Allan Muir

    Zdeno Chara’s Olympic break just got a little longer.

    It was confirmed today that the Bruins’ captain has been named as the Slovakian flag bearer at next month’s Olympic opening ceremonies, and he’ll be attending with the full blessings of his NHL team.

    “When you look at what Z has done for this club, I think it’s an easy decision to make,” Claude Julien told the Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinazawa. “You’re carrying your country’s flag at the Olympics. Even if he misses a game and maybe two, I think that’s the least we can do for a guy who’s given us so much since he’s been here.”

    Shinazawa suggests Chara will miss a game, but it’s more likely that he’ll miss two. Boston plays the Blues on Feb. 6 and the Senators on Feb. 8 ahead of the Olympic break. The opening ceremonies take place on Feb. 7, six days before Slovakia is set to open the men’s tournament against Team USA on Feb. 13. Given the time difference and travel required, it’s hard to see Chara being available to face St. Louis.

    It’s a classy move by the Bruins, no doubt, but it’s hardly a no-brainer. With the team locked in a tight battle for playoff positioning in the Atlantic Division, the four points at stake in those two contests could be critical down the line — and don’t think this decision won’t be brought up if it has an impact on Boston’s postseason seed. With Dennis Seidenberg already out of the lineup, the back end will have a distinctly Providence-like feel for those games.

    But this is a big picture decision by the team, and a real tribute to Chara’s service both in Boston and in Slovakia. Well deserved.


  • Published On Jan 16, 2014


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