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Chara, Krejci Meet in Semifinals – Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara and David Krejci have been teammates for the last six seasons. But on Saturday, the two will take the ice as opponents when Slovakia and the Czech Republic match up Saturday at 6:30 p.m. 

Both teams were 5-2 in the preliminary round and Slovakia finished fourth in the Helsinki group to advance. On the other hand, the Czechs finished third in the Stockholm group. 

Thus far, Chara has two assists, a +4 plus/minus-rating and is averaging 23:23 per game.

Seguin's Summer in Full Swing – Boston Bruins forward Tyler Seguin has a big agenda planned for the offseason, with his major focus centered on strengthening his core.

At 20 years old, Seguin became the youngest player in team history to lead the club’s regular season scoring with 67 points (29 goals, 38 assists) in his sophomore season. That said, he acknowledged that there’s still work to be done in the off-season.

“I think going into last year, it was a bit of a short summer for us,” Seguin said. “But we’re having a full summer this year and I can really work on the things I need to improve on. My number one thing is my core strength – which basically comes with battling in corners and if I can continue to work on that I’m only going to get stronger.”

Knights Capture OHL Championship with 2-1 Win – Boston Bruins prospect Jared Knight and the London Knights won the Rogers OHL Championship Friday with a 2-1 victory over the Niagara IceDogs and a 4-1 series victory. 

The championship is the second in franchise history for London, who first won in 2005.

Center Ausin Watson put the Knights on the board first with a goal midway through the second period, and Seth Griffith added another 1:48 into the third period to open a 2-0 lead. 

Knights Open 3-1 Lead Over Niagara in OHL Championship – Boston Bruins prospect Jared Knight and the London Knights are one win away from winning their second OHL Cup in team history.

The Knights left Niagara last night with a 4-1 victory over the IceDogs, extending their series lead 3-1. Since losing the opening contest, London has won three straight games.

In Wednesday’s game, London opened the game with three unanswered goals from Ryan Rupert, Vladislav Namestnikov and Chris Tierney. 

London Takes 2-1 Lead in Game 3 – With just 3:28 left in regulation, Chris Tierney scored the game-winning goal to give the London Knights a 3-2 victory and a 2-1 series lead over the Niagara Icedogs in the OHL Finals.

Boston Bruins prospect Jared Knight, who has one assist for London in the Finals thus far, finished the game with a +1 rating. In 14 playoff games, Knight has four goals and four assists.

Fellow Bruins prospect and Niagara defenseman Dougie Hamilton was held without a point in the loss for the first time in the last seven games. He has a goal and three assists in the Finals, and five goals and 18 assists in the postseason.

Peverley: Early exit a lost opportunity – The Boston Bruins will have the summer to reflect on the 2011-12 season and their first-round exit to the Washington Capitals, which all followed after an arduous Stanley Cup championship run in 2011.

But for Boston Bruins forward Rich Peverley (and undoubtedly the rest of the team), he’d rather be playing.

“I don’t really look at it that way,” Peverley said when asked if the longer offseason will be beneficial for the team. “Guys can have a long off-season and say it’s good for rest and it’s good for everything, but you always learn a lot from the experiences when you go deep in the playoffs.

Krejci: Playoff Loss Tough to Take – When Boston Bruins forward David Krejci addressed the media on the team’s breakup day just two days after their Game 7 loss to the Washington Capitals, he said it was difficult to sort out the mix of emotions he felt after the season’s end.

“You always think about what could’ve been done differently, especially when you go home and you’re trying to fall asleep and you know one goal could’ve made a difference,” Krejci said. “There’s so many mixed emotions and it’s so hard to take that it’s over, but it is what it is and we have to move on.”

After finishing the regular season with 62 points (23 G, 39 A), Krejci was held scoreless for the first four games and finished the seven-game series with just a goal and two assists.

Lucic Determined to Improve Playoff Performance

BostonBruins.comMilan Lucic vividly remembers his rookie season when the Boston Bruins returned to the playoffs for the first time in two seasons, only to be eliminated in the first round against the Montreal Canadiens.

When the Washington Capitals eliminated the Bruins in the first round this season, the same feelings were brought back – the only difference (a big one) being that they were the defending Stanley Cup champions.

“Last time I was a rookie and we just fought so hard to make the playoffs and it was the first taste of playoff hockey in Boston for a couple of years so it was a lot of fun and you wanted to do whatever you can to keep that going and move forward,” Lucic said.

Neely: We can improve

BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins President Cam Neely acknowledged that the team can learn from its first-round loss to the Washington Capitals in the 2012 playoffs, and one area the team can improve is the power play.

Against the Washington Capitals, the Bruins were 2-for-23 on the power play and didn’t score with a man-advantage until Game 5, snapping a streak of 14 consecutive unsuccessful opportunities.

During the team’s Stanley Cup run in 2011, the Bruins power play also struggled and was 0-21 against the Montreal Canadiens in the first round and finished the postseason 10-88.

Wearing the Spoked-B was Special

BOSTON, MA — The B’s lone local boy isn’t looking to go elsewhere next season, but as of July 1, Avon’s Mike Mottau knows that he might end up with a new professional address.

For obvious reasons, the former Boston College and Thayer Academy standout would like to remain in New England.

"It was good," said Mottau of his return to Boston in a Black & Gold jersey and playing in front of friends and family. "It took a while to get there, but I think you appreciate it more after a long time to get there and you want to hold onto it as long as possible."