BostonBruins.com — The Vancouver Canucks are preparing for every possibility in the lead up to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals versus the Boston Bruins.
But one particular item of concern for the Canucks is the B’s depth and how they use each of their four lines very well.
“Yeah, they have a lot of depth and their fourth line does play,” said Vancouver fourth line forward Jeff Tambellini to VancouverCanucks.com. “So we have to be ready to be able to step in there and play 10 minutes a night.”
VANCOUVER — The Bruins arrived in Vancouver on Monday afternoon and on Tuesday, after their 2:00 p.m. (Pacific time) practice, they’ll run the media gamut in a Super Bowl-style gauntlet of microphones, photographers and video cameras.
But everyone in Black & Gold understands that intense scrutiny of the media, and the fan frenzy that is already apparent here in Canada, will be nothing compared to the study that the Vancouver Canucks players and personnel are making in preparation for Game 1 on Wednesday.
"I don’t think it gets any crazier than Montreal," said B’s defenseman Dennis Seidenberg (averaging 28.22 of ice time per game). “We had [that] in the first series, so I’m sure everybody knows what to expect and is ready to handle it.”
If the sale and move are approved, Winnipeg would return to the NHL 15 years after the Jets were sold and relocated to Phoenix. The Stanley Cup finals between Boston and Vancouver begin on Wednesday. The NHL would prefer the Thrashers’ sale is announced on a day there is no hockey.
Senators ink Caporusso, Silfverberg to entry-level deals (TSN.ca)
The Ottawa Senators announced the signing of forwards Louie Caporusso and Jakob Silfverberg on Monday. Caporusso signed a two-year entry level contract, while Silfverberg signed a three-year entry level deal.
McGuire’s absence felt at Scouting Combine (NHL.com)
NHL Central Scouting Director E.J. McGuire, who passed away from a rare form of cancer in April, will not be present for the first time in nine years, but his spirit undoubtedly will carry on throughout the Combine, which starts Monday with player interviews at the Westin Bristol Place and concludes at the Toronto Congress Center with fitness and medical testing Friday and Saturday.
BOSTON — It never hurts when the boss — in this case Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs — talks about you in terms of embodying the persona of his organization, but that’s exactly what happened to Milan Lucic on Sunday.
"I look at a guy like [Milan] Lucic when he was a rookie and he came out and he hit," said Jacobs in reference to another Bruins power forward, now B’s president, Cam Neely.
"You knew he was out there, he hit hard, and you said ‘that’s what a Bruin should be like,’" said Jacobs of Lucic.
BOSTON — When the Boston Bruins acquired Chris Kelly in a trade that sent a 2011 second round pick to the Ottawa Senators, the B’s were looking to add a physical forward as well as a center to fill a void that was left when veteran center Marc Savard was forced to end his season with concussion related symptoms.
Boston has gotten that out of Kelly and then some.
Sixth on the team with 4-7-11 totals in the playoffs, Kelly has teamed with Michael Ryder and Tyler Seguin to form one of the Bruins most dangerous offensive threats.
BOSTON – Surrounded by a locker room full of media, as one of the hottest stops in the B’s stall tour, one thing clearly seen between the cameras is Nathan Horton’s beaming smile. And boy, does he have reason to smile.
His Boston Bruins are after all about to begin their first Stanley Cup Finals series since 1990, and he is after all one of the biggest reasons they have made it this far into the postseason.
After spending six fruitless seasons with the Florida Panthers and never once seeing playoff ice, Horton has quickly become a Boston sports hero, making a name for himself alongside Larry Bird, Doug Flutie, Tom Brady and Dave Roberts. Should the Bruins climb onto duck boats in two-weeks time, Horton’s name will long be an answer to Boston sports trivia questions.
The Oilers re-signed forward Ryan Jones to a two-year deal, keeping him away from free agency. The 26-year-old forward reached the deal with the Oilers on Sunday. Jones, who had 18 goals and seven assists for the Oilers last season, could have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Sea Dogs’ Huberdeau chosen fifth in KHL Draft (TSN.ca)
The Russian Kontinental Hockey League held its entry draft on Saturday, and Canadian prospect Jonathan Huberdeau was chosen fifth overall by the Vityaz Chekhov team. The Saint John Sea Dogs centre was ranked third by NHL Central Scouting and seventh by International Scouting Services (ISS) in each group’s end-of-season top prospects list.
As the final seconds ticked down in the MasterCard Memorial Cup final Sunday, Jacob DeSerres scooped up the puck, and instead of celebrating the Saint John Sea Dogs’ 3-1 triumph against the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors, the goalie simply held it, almost in a state of shock.
BOSTON – At 19-years-old most of us were entering our freshman year of college and making our way into the real world for the first time in our lives. Most of us were struggling to make a name for ourselves in our own small community.
Most of us were not making a bid for a Stanley Cup Championship with one of the most historic franchises in the National Hockey League.
BOSTON, MA – On Monday, May 30, Bruins fans are invited show their support for the Eastern Conference Champion Boston Bruins as they depart the TD Garden for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final in Vancouver.
The team bus will pull out of the front parking lot of the TD Garden at 1:15 p.m.
BOSTON — Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs took the opportunity to talk to the press on Sunday prior to the team’s practice in TD Garden.
"You can’t have any more pride than I enjoy this morning," said Jacobs. "I feel just very lucky and very fortunate to be where I am.
"As a fan, as a principal…as custodian of a great franchise, this is a wonderful, wonderful experience. I think I’m very lucky to have the leadership both on the ice and in the back of the house so to speak. I can’t speak enough for the total organization and how it’s moved forward."
BOSTON — Given the long, winding road taken by the B’s Tim Thomas to get to the NHL and the breakneck turns that have brought “The Tank” to the Stanley Cup Finals, Boston Head Coach Claude Julien was asked about his goaltender’s performance in Game 7 and how rewarding it was for the 37-year-old Bruin.
"I mean, he’s not getting any younger, right? I think everybody knows that, I think he knows that," began Julien. "But one thing I can say is he’s getting better.
"Sometimes we talk about aging, and basically in his case, he’s getting better [and the Stanley Cup Finals are] an area where I don’t think Timmy’s had an opportunity to go to."
BLACK & GOLD ADVANCE: The Bruins advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the 18th time in their history and their first Final series since they lost to Edmonton in five games in 1990. This will be the first lifetime playoff series between the Bruins and Vancouver Canucks, who will be playing in their third Stanley Cup Final series and their first Final series since they lost a seven-game series to the New York Rangers in 1994.
STANLEY CUP TICKETS ON SALE TUESDAY, MAY 31 AT 11 AM: Tickets for Games 3, 4 and 6 of the Stanley Cup Final in Boston will go on sale Tuesday, May 31 at 11:00 a.m.. Tickets will be available for purchase on www.bostonbruins.com, at the TD Garden Box Office, at all Ticketmaster outlets, and via phone by calling Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000.
SECOND CHANCE DRAWING: Due to the anticipated demand and limited ticket inventory for the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, the Bruins are offering fans an alternative opportunity to purchase tickets through the Second Chance Drawing. Beginning Saturday, May 28 at 12:00 noon (ET), fans will be able to register for their chance to purchase two (2) tickets to Games 3, 4 or 6 of the Stanley Cup Final by completing and submitting the registration form found on www.bostonbruins.com/drawing .
Asked what he learned in the 10 weeks since a deflected puck exploded into his left eye and almost cost him his vision and his hockey career, the Vancouver Canucks center paused several times, his voice breaking as he talked about the support he received.
Crosby to be re-evaluated by concussion specialist soon (TSN.ca)
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said Saturday that Crosby still needs to be cleared before he can begin his off-season workout program. The Penguins’ captain has been sidelined since Jan. 6 when he was diagnosed with a concussion. Crosby was cleared to practice without contact in April but had to stop when he experienced headaches.
CHL names Nugent-Hopkins as top draft prospect (TSN.ca)
Red Deer Rebels center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is the top North American for the 2011 Entry Draft as determined by NHL Central Scouting. The Canadian Hockey League agreed with that decision Saturday, naming him as junior hockey’s top draft prospect.
BostonBruins.com — For the first time since 1990, the Boston Bruins are playing in the Stanley Cup Finals and there isn’t anyone prouder of the players in the Black & Gold locker room than the three captains who have helped guide the club through the season’s successes.
“It’s something we can look at and realize that we have a lot of character,” said B’s alternate captain Patrice Bergeron postgame on Friday. “We stayed resilient all playoffs and we believed in ourselves all along.”
Game 7 didn’t have the offensive fireworks that were displayed throughout the Eastern Conference Finals, but last night’s contest represented the type of game everyone thought they would see from the B’s from the onset of the series.
BOSTON — Clearly there’s a connection between former Ottawa Senators Assistant General Manager Peter Chiarelli and former Sens standout Zdeno Chara. Before the pair arrived in Boston, the B’s GM and captain were both part of an Ottawa squad that fell to the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference Finals in 2003.
"That was a bit of painful memory," said Chiarelli during a press conference on Saturday.
"But we just kind of connected briefly after last night’s game and I could see a little bit of a twinkle in his eye."
BOSTON — It was a long journey to the NHL playoffs for Boston Bruins right wing Nathan Horton, but ever since the B’s began their run to the Stanley Cup Finals, the forward has made himself right at home in the postseason.
"Well he certainly has played like a big-game player," said Julien of Horton’s work in Boston’s victories over Montreal, Philadelphia and Tampa Bay. "Overtime goals, game-winning goals.
"I think for a guy who hasn’t played in the playoffs for many years, he’s certainly kept a lot of energy inside of him and a lot of…excitement to go out there and play the way he did."
BOSTON – Nathan Horton scored the game-winning goal at 12:27 of the third period, and the Boston Bruins advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1991 with their 1-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in tonight’s Game 7 at TD Garden.
"It’s awesome," said Horton, postgame. "What a feeling!
"There are twenty eight other teams that would like to be in our position."
On Friday, Malhotra was cleared for “light contact” in practice, reason enough to celebrate — whether or not the popular assistant captain and valuable shutdown center will be ready next week for the Stanley Cup finals. That it is a possibility that had teammates smiling.
Source: No Thrashers announcement before Thursday (TSN.ca)
Confidentiality agreements prevent both sides from divulging the details on some of the issues that are still being worked on, but sources already told TSN earlier this week that making sure Atlanta, Winnipeg and the National Hockey League are all on board with the nuances of the deal has proven to be a very time-consuming process.
From his corner seat inside a crowded Colisée de Rimouski two years ago, Justin Shugg watched the Windsor Spitfires’ incredible four-goal third-period comeback in a memorable MasterCard Memorial Cup tiebreaker game. Shugg, who had broken his collarbone four days earlier in the tournament, remembers the bittersweet feeling he felt after the Spitfires erased a two-goal deficit and beat the host Rimouski Oceanic 6-4.
BOSTON – It’s not everyday that you get a chance to play in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Bruins Milan Lucic plans to make the most of the opportunity.
The Bruins road to Game 7 began with an opening series loss in Boston to go down 1-0. They then won two games in a row to take the 2-1 series lead before Tampa game back to tie it up. The B’s then won game five and had a chance to close out the series Wednesday night in Tampa, but the Bolts didn’t go down easy, forcing a game seven with the 5-4 victory.