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Stanley Cup Final: Notable quotes from Boston, Chicago coaches on Game 6

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Coach Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks

Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is focusing his team on capturing the Stanley Cup tonight. (Icon SMI)

By Allan Muir

The most telling quotes from the press conferences held this morning by Chicago coach Joel Quenneville and Boston coach Claude Julien:

• Chicago coach Joel Quenneville on captain Jonathan Toews: “He’s 100 percent ready to go.

• Quenneville on being in the right place mentally with a chance to close out the series: “You want to make sure you have confidence going into today’s game, but let’s make sure the energy is going to be in the right place. Let’s make sure there’s a purpose with it. But at the end of the day, we all dream about this challenge and this opportunity, and let’s go take advantage of it.”

• The opening question posed by an unnamed comedic genius at Claude Julien’s presser: “Coach, with the NHL draft coming up, I wonder if you have had any chance to look at any of the prospects?”

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  • Published On Jun 24, 2013
  • Stanley Cup Final: Six thoughts for Blackhawks-Bruins Game 6

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    Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien

    Bruins coach Claude Julien’s knack for pushing the right buttons could be crucial in Game 6. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Six keys to the potentially decisive Game 6 clash between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins:

    Patrice Bergeron’s status

    This is an all-hands-on-deck elimination game, so it’s probably unwise to discount anyone’s availability for duty until the sides officially announce the scratches tonight. But this one came out of left field.

    “Patrice will dress for warm-up tonight, and I’m feeling confident that he’ll play,” Claude Julien revealed at this morning’s press conference.

    Honestly, Julien could have said that Milt Schmidt and the Kraut Line were starting and it would have produced fewer gasps. Less than 48 hours ago, Bergeron was in the hospital with a suspected ruptured spleen after removing himself from Game 5. Now he’s supposed to participate in a win-or-stay-home Game 6 at some reduced percentage of ideal health? This has the makings of one of those heroic/stupid moments when a player puts himself at great personal risk because, you know, it’s hockey and that’s what he’s supposed to do.

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  • Published On Jun 24, 2013
  • Stanley Cup Final: Changes for Hawks; David Krejci on Bruins’ penalty kill

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    David Krejci of the Boston Bruins

    Postseason scoring leader David Krejci has been learning the ropes as a penalty killer in the playoffs. (Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    Here are the key takeaways from today’s press briefings with Chicago coach Joel Quenneville and Boston’ Claude Julien:

    Lineup changes

    Quenneville confirmed that Brandon Bollig, who was burned on the winning goal in Game 2, is out. Viktor Stalberg, who was banished to the press box before Game 1, is back in. “I think Bollig gave us a couple real strong games,” Quenneville said. “You can talk about the last play, [but] I thought he did a nice job. Viktor, we’re just looking for more. I think we need some speed from him. I think we need energy. I think that he’s a threat off the rush, defensively responsible.”

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  • Published On Jun 17, 2013
  • Top Line: Cup final Game 2 prep; Jet Kane’s homophobic slur; more links

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    Torey Krug of the Boston Bruins

    Bruins rookie defenseman Torey Krug is eager to atone for his costly Game 1 gaffe. (Robin Alam/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • That Game 1 marathon is already forgotten, at least according to what the players were saying during Thursday’s press conferences. The focus now is on Game 2.

    • “It really was a great hockey game,” said Boston coach Claude Julien, but now it’s time for the Bruins to turn the page.

    • The versatility to play the game any way they need to is Chicago’s trump card as the series moves on.

    • Our own Stu Hackel looks at some things the Hawks and the Bruins could try to do in Game 2.

    • He was too much for the Bruins to handle in Game 1. Turns out that Andrew Shaw is a handful in the locker room as well. There are plenty of stories like this one out there today, and they offer some insight into what appears to be a colorful kid. What you won’t find is a piece where Shaw talks about himself. For some inexplicable reason, he wasn’t made available to the media the day after scoring the goal that ended the fifth-longest Cup final game in history. Can you imagine that happening in any other sport? Just another solid effort from the NHL.

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  • Published On Jun 14, 2013
  • Stanley Cup Final: After a draining Game 1, recovery the focus on off-days

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    Andrew Shaw

    Andrew Shaw put in the winning goal in triple overtime on a deflection. (David E. Klutho/SI)

    By Sarah Kwak

    CHICAGO — It was the morning-after when he really felt it, Craig Simpson recalled, the time when the toll of a triple-overtime game becomes most apparent to a player’s body. By then, the adrenaline had worn off and the extreme fatigue had set in. So, as Simpson recalls, when he finally woke up around 11 or 11:30 a.m. on a Thursday some 13 years ago, he looked down at his hands and saw that they were clenched closed.

    “When you play five-and-a-half to six hours, your body just goes through so much, especially dehydration,” Simpson said. “When you’re holding onto a stick for six hours and cross-checking guys hard on the puck, I woke up, thinking, Oh my god, I can hardly open [my hands] up….

    “But then my next thought was, ‘Imagine how Ray Bourque must feel.’”

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  • Published On Jun 13, 2013
  • Stanley Cup Final: Bruins’ Nathan Horton is “day-to-day” with injury

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    Tyler Seguin of the Boston Bruins

    Tyler Seguin, who has been struggling, is likely to get another look in Horton’s spot in Game 2. (Robin Alam/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    It could have been worse.

    Claude Julien said that Nathan Horton, Boston’s second-leading scorer during the playoffs, is day-to-day after suffering an undisclosed injury early in the first overtime of Game 1.

    “Keeping our fingers crossed,” Julien said Thursday afternoon. “Hopefully he’ll be back next game.”

    Horton appeared to hurt himself while engaged with Chicago defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson. After some minor contact, Horton doubled over and coasted off the ice.

    There’s been speculation that Horton has been bothered by a lingering injury suffered during a fight with Pittsburgh’s Jarome Iginla late in the regular season. Julien didn’t comment on that, or who might step into the lineup to replace Horton if he can’t go Saturday night in Game 2.

    GAME 1: Recap | Boxscore | Highlights | Photos | Complete schedule

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  • Published On Jun 13, 2013
  • NHL playoffs: Toronto Maple Leafs even series with Boston Bruins

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    Jeff Baumann

    Boston Marathon bombing victim Jeff Baumann was the Bruins’ official flag-bearer for Game 2. (Elise Amendola/AP)

    By Brian Cazeneuve

    BOSTON — The Maple Leafs’ 4-2 victory on Saturday night evened their series with the Boston Bruins at one game apiece, thanks in part to the changes they implemented after their ugly loss in Game 1. Here are some observations from Toronto’s first playoff win in nine years:

    • There was a game within a game as Leafs coach Randy Carlyle tried to make last-second line changes even though Toronto was the visiting team. His moves caused Bruins coach Claude Julien to call the officials over to discuss their legality. Carlyle did his best to keep his struggling sniper, Phil Kessel, away from Boston’s shutdown defenseman Zdeno Chara. On a couple of occasions, Carlyle took him off the ice shortly after a face-off. He also removed Kessel from the team’s usual top line with Joffrey Lupul and Tyler Bozak, which gave some important minutes to winger Matt Frattin, who was playing in his first career playoff game. Frattin often spotted Kessel on the right side. “It was something we talked about the last couple of days,” Kessel said after game. “Something new to change it up.”

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  • Published On May 04, 2013
  • VIDEO: Claude Julien’s diving rant inspires hilarious online retort

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    Bruins coach Claude Julien decried divers and embellishers in the NHL.

    Claude Julien decried embellishers, but failed to mention a significant someone. (Photo by Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    Boston coach Claude Julien stepped onto his soap box following his team’s loss to Montreal on Sunday. But instead of railing about his team’s lack of defensive commitment or his captain’s undisciplined play, Julien had an overarching issue that needed to be brought into focus: diving.

    “Tonight, as everybody saw, there was a lot of embellishment. This is embarrassing for our game, the embellishing. Right now, they’ve got over 100 power plays so far. Its pretty obvious why. Were trying to clean that out of our game. Its got to be done soon. Because it’s not about tonight. It’s about the game. The embellishment embarrasses our game. Weve got to be better about that. It’s pretty obvious when P.K. [Subban] gets hit, he throws himself into the glass and holds his head. You know what? We start calling those things for embellishment, maybe teams stop doing it.”

    Can’t argue with his point. The Habs were flopping like freshly caught mackerel on the dock. Toe Blake must have been spinning in his grave.

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  • Published On Mar 04, 2013
  • Top Line: Spearing incidents in Dallas, Sean Avery speaks, more links

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    Stephane Robidas

    Stephane Robidas and Corey Perry dropped the gloves after some early physical play. (LM Otero/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    An extended Snowmaggedon guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • A couple of nasty spearing incidents marred an otherwise entertaining game between Dallas and Anaheim Friday night. Problem for the Ducks is that Stars’ defenseman Stephane Robidas got away with his when he jabbed Corey Perry.

    • The winter storm has pushed the start time of today’s Boston-Tampa Bay game from 1 PM to 7 PM. The caution amuses Tuukka Rask and Claude Julien.

    • Several Bruins players opened up about former teammate Tim Thomas. Lots of reading between the lines to be done here.

    • Sean Avery decided to pop on TSN’s Between The Line. Not surprisingly, he offered up some hot sports opinions.

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  • Published On Feb 09, 2013
  • Sabres coach Lindy Ruff fuels rivalry

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    Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff angered the Boston Bruins.

    Bufflao Sabres coach Lindy Ruff: Just trying to keep the peace. (Photo by Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    Lindy Ruff’s decision to call a timeout with 14 seconds left and a 7-4 lead on Thursday night didn’t go over well with the Boston Bruins.

    “Yeah, [Ruff] wants to be a big shot, and that’s not the best play to do,” a fired-up Brad Marchand told NESN. “That’s pretty disrespectful. If he wants to be like that, that’s fine.”

    In most cases, Marchand would have every right to be redlining. Calling a late timeout, especially in a blowout, especially in the other team’s barn, is a serious breach of the code.

    At least, it would be if Boston coach Claude Julien hadn’t forced Ruff’s hand.

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  • Published On Feb 01, 2013


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