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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
  • Stanley Cup Final: Bruins’ 3-OT Game 1 loss will have lasting impact

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    Bruins lose Game 1 to Blackhawks 4-3 in triple overtime

    Boston’s Tuukka Rask was impressive with 59 saves in a heartbreaking 4-3 triple-OT loss. (Getty Images)

    By Sarah Kwak

    CHICAGO — In the wee hours of Thursday morning, in the bowels of the United Center visitors’ dressing room, the Boston Bruins tried their best. They said all the right things, sat confidently, and made sure not to look too worn, too weary. They reminded the microphones in their faces of the times they had fought back from tough losses, and that here, they were close; the game could’ve gone either way. As they moved through the halls after the game, they did so with heads held high. Yes, they may have just lost, 4-3, in a triple overtime thriller, but they refused to be defeated by it.

    But here’s the reality: The Bruins can try to convince themselves and the world that this wasn’t a devastating, irreparable loss, but that’s exactly what Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final was. And here’s why:

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  • Published On Jun 13, 2013
  • Top Line: Stanley Cup Final talk; Jets star too fat to trade; more links

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    David Krejci of the Boston Bruins

    David Krejci has quietly become the postseason scoring leader with His nine goals and 21 points. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

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

    • Consistency, not flash, defines the success of Boston’s emerging superstar, center David Krejci.

    • How important will special teams be in the final, really?

    Hockey Night In Canada has 10 tidbits about the Bruins and Blackhawks. Any story that touches on the Windsor Spitfires connection in this series is one that deserves to be read, I say.

    • Hold it…here’s an entire column on how their time in Windsor shaped the two men who will determine the shape of this series. What, you think I’m gonna miss a chance to plug the Spits?

    The Boston Globe offers a pretty sweet (and in-depth) introduction to the Blackhawks.

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  • Published On Jun 11, 2013
  • Top Line: Corey Crawford elevates his game; David Krejci, too; more links

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    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford

    Corey Crawford is no longer one of the Blackhawks’ postseason question marks. (Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

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

    • After bettering Jonathan Quick for a second night, Corey Crawford is proving that he’s ready to join the ranks of the NHL’s elite netminders. His sliding save on that crazy bounce off the glass? That tells you all you need to know about where his confidence is now.

    • If the Blackhawks win it all this year, this might be the moment they talk about as when it all came together for them.

    • Over the past four seasons, the Blackhawks have been the NHL’s best playoff road team with a 14-10 record, so they’re prepared for the challenge of trying to knock out the champs in their own building.

    • Ever since Joel Quenneville activated his blueline in Game 5 of the Detroit series, Chicago’s defensemen have been key to the team’s success.

    • Quick giving up four goals on 17 shots? Yeah, we all saw that coming, right? The humbled netminder is ready to put this one behind him and focus on redemption in Game 3.

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  • Published On Jun 03, 2013
  • NHL playoffs: Bruins beat Leafs 4-3 as Krejci finishes hat trick in overtime

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    Boston’s David Krejci (left) took advantage of a Dion Phaneuf mistake to score the winner in overtime. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    In a contest marked by displays of brute strength and aggression, Toronto’s Dion Phaneuf was the night’s chief punisher, doling out a game-high 10 hits against the Boston Bruins.

    His decision to go for No. 11 cost the Leafs the game.

    Midway through a breakneck-paced overtime period, Phaneuf targeted Nathan Horton in an ill-timed pinch at the Boston blue line. He got a piece of the big winger, but wiped out two of his own teammates in the process and allowed the puck to get by him to David Krejci. The Bruins center, who already had two goals in the contest, carried the puck into the Toronto zone, drew in tight and whipped the puck under the arm of James Reimer to give Boston a 4-3 win and a commanding 3-1 series lead.

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  • Published On May 09, 2013


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