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A Time to Recharge and Reflect – For Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron, it’s still hard to see the benefits of a first-round exit from the Stanley Cup playoffs.

But the eight-year veteran knows that the summertime offseason – regardless of how short or long it may be – is the right time to reflect and improve for the upcoming season.

“I mean right now, it’s hard to see,” Bergeron said. “But yeah, I’m trying every year to get better, you want to improve and I think every year there’s always something to learn.

Seguin Reflects on Sophomore Season

BOSTON, MA – After the Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011 it made for a short offseason for the entire club, but particularly for young forward Tyler Seguin as he prepared for his second full NHL season.

Seguin posted 11 goals and 11 assists in 74 regular season games in a strong rookie campaign, and the external expectations were set high for the second overall pick in the 2010 draft to avoid the dreaded “sophomore slump”.

The 20-year-old forward did all but slump in the 2011-12 season, as he scored a team-high 29 goals and 38 assists for 67 points, while he established himself as the youngest player to lead the team scoring in franchise history.

Rask Wants to Stay in Boston

BOSTON, MA – When the calendar flips to July 1, Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask will become a restricted free agent and will wait for the team to extend a contract offer.

While negotiations were halted during the season, they’ll resume sooner rather than later, according to Rask.

The B’s netminder said he wouldn’t want anything more to stay in Boston – the only NHL team he’s played for in his five-year career.

Seidenberg's Heroics Were a Bright Spot

BOSTON, MA – With a little under eight minutes left in Game 7 and the score tied 1-1, Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg was without his stick as he tried to help kill a Washington Capitals power play.

Getting off the ice wasn’t an option. Instead, the Bruins veteran defenseman occupied the shooting lane and kicked away a pass from Mike Green, which was on it’s way to a cocked-and-ready Alex Ovechkin.

“I saw Bergy [Patrice Bergeron] winding up for a [blocked] shot and most of the times they are looking for the winger, I think it was [Alexander] Ovechkin,” Seidenberg recalled. “And we are watching a lot of video and we know their tendencies and all you do is try to keep yourself in a shooting lane and try and block that shot and that’s what happened, I got lucky.”

Home Ice Advantage

BOSTON, MA – It’s under an hour until faceoff for Game 7 against the Washington Capitals and soon “Let’s Go Bruins” chants will be reverberating off the rafters at TD Garden. 

Tonight, it’s expected that the 17, 565 fans at TD will be louder than they’ve been all season and the Bruins wouldn’t want it any other way.

“It’ll be crazy,” Bruins forward Brad Marchand said. “We always have a great atmosphere with our fans and it’s always so loud it hurts your eardrums. So it’ll definitely be fun in there.”

Nothing Like Game 7

BOSTON, MA – There’s a special allure that surrounds a Game 7, one that can’t be matched during any game during the regular season.

A whole season’s work is at stake – one team will go home and another will advance on the road towards Lord Stanley’s Cup.

When the final buzzer sounds, it’s hard to be disappointed regardless of the outcome according to Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference.

B's Have Work Cut Out

BOSTON, MA – “One of those guys is a real good playmaker, and the other guy’s a pretty dangerous player one-on-one and an explosive player.”  

That’s how Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien describes Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.  

The work is cut out for the Bruins, who will try to extend their season and eliminate the Capitals in Game 7 at the TD Garden.  

No Room for Error in Game 7

WILMINGTON, MA – After playing Games 5 and 6 back-to-back Saturday and Sunday against the Washington Capitals, the Bruins had a day off before returning to the ice for at Ristuccia Memorial arena Tuesday.

The Bruins evened the series with an electrifying 4-3 overtime victory, but goaltender Tim Thomas said it was beneficial to return to practice and refocus.

“Us having won the Game 6 and having a little bit of momentum on your side, I think practice like today is important to be crisp, and don’t take a step backward and be ready to raise your game to the next level,” Thomas said.

Bruins Get Boosted Results from Top Lines – Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien isn’t one to put added pressure on his players in times of struggle.

He made that clear after Tyler Seguin, who led the team with 67 points in the regular season, failed to register a point in the first five games of the series against the Washington Capitals. 

“It’s not about attacking your players or saying they’re not doing enough,” Julien said Monday. “[It’s more] what is it? Are you feeling the weight? Are you feeling the pressure? Are you frustrated? Is everything good?

Storybook Game 7 in Sight – It’s only fitting that the series between the Bruins and the Washington Capitals is decided in a do-or-die Game 7 at the TD Garden Wednesday.

For the first time in franchise history, all six games have been decided by one goal and three have gone to overtime, creating a memorable series that has become a clash of two hard-nosed defensive teams.

“It’s a very hard-fought defensive battle throughout the whole series,” Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg said after last night’s 4-3 overtime win. “Both teams have played well defensively and waiting for the other team’s breakdown.