The Bruins concluded their regular season schedule Sunday with a 3-2 loss to the Devils in New Jersey. They finished with an NHL-best 54-19-9 record for 117 points, which earned them the Presidents’ Trophy.

The Bruins concluded their regular season schedule Sunday with a 3-2 loss to the Devils in New Jersey. They finished with an NHL-best 54-18-9 record for 117 points, which earned them the Presidents’ Trophy.

The B’s went with a very different lineup in the game, as Patrice Bergeron, Daniel Paille, Chris Kelly, Zdeno Chara, David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Jarome Iginla did not travel to New Jersey. In the lineup were Alexander Khokhlachev, Craig Cunningham, Justin Florek and Matt Lindblad at forward, as well as Andrej Meszaros and Corey Potter on defense. Dougie Hamilton and Potter both saw time at forward, as the team dressed seven skaters. Chad Johnson was in goal for the B’s.

Paille’s absence was the most notable given that he left Saturday’s game with what appeared to be a head injury, but Claude Julien told reporters that Paille is feeling “much better” and is considered day-to-day.

Loui Eriksson and Brad Marchand scored Boston’s goals, with the Devils getting a pair of goals from Marek Zidlicky and one from Travis Zajac. Marchand scored with 16 seconds left, making him perhaps the final player to score against Martin Brodeur in the future Hall of Famer’s Devils career.

Boston’s first-round playoff series is expected to begin Friday at TD Garden, as Red Wings coach Mike Babcock told reporters that the teams will play Friday and Sunday in Boston.

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Blog Author: 
DJ Bean
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Alexander Khokhlachev

The Bruins recalled four forwards from Providence on an emergency basis Sunday morning. Alexander Khokhlachev, Craig Cunningham, Justin Florek and Matt Lindblad will all join the team in New Jersey and be available for the team’s regular-season finale against the Devils.

Khokhlachev is the only one of the four who has yet to play an NHL game, and as such, the 2011 second-round pick will in all likelihood make his NHL debut. He has 21 goals and 36 assists for a team-leading 57 points in 63 games for Providence this season.

Florek played very well for the Bruins in a three-game stint with the team in January, scoring a goal and adding an assist for two points while subbing on the team’s fourth line. Cunningham and Lindblad each played one game apiece.

The forwards will be used both due to injuries (Daniel Paille and Patrice Bergeron both left Saturday’s game, while Chris Kelly has missed the last two and won’t play Sunday) and perhaps for the sake of rest of other players.

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DJ Bean

The Blue Jackets defeated the Panthers Saturday night, securing that they can finish no lower than the first wild card spot and locking the Red Wings into the second wild card spot. As such, the top-seeded Bruins will play the Red Wings in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Reilly Smith and Brendan Smith are already weighing in on the difficult decision their parents will face when the brothers meet one another in the first round of the playoffs.

Reilly Smith, the Bruins’ second line right wing, has played against his older brother, Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith, six times in the regular season over the last two seasons (three times with the Stars and three with the Bruins). Brendan and the Red Wings have won four of those six games.

After the Red Wings were locked into the second wild card spot Saturday night, both players took to Twitter:

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

The Blue Jackets defeated the Panthers Saturday night, securing that they can finish no lower than the first wild card spot and locking the Red Wings into the second wild card spot. As such, the top-seeded Bruins will play the Red Wings in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Red Wings, who have made the playoffs in 23 straight games, are the most difficult matchup of the teams the B’s might have faced in the first round (with the Blue Jackets and Flyers being the others). Detroit is the only team that has beaten Boston three times in regulation this season, as the B’s went 1-3-0 against the Wings this season.

The series is expected to begin Thursday at TD Garden. It’s likely that Game 2 would then be Saturday or Sunday before the series shifts to Detroit for Games 3 and 4.

The Lightning and Canadiens will face one another in the first round, with the winner of the Boston-Detroit series facing the winner of that series.

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DJ Bean

WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and DJ Bean assess the Stanley Cup playoff chances of the Bruins after they clinched the Presidents’ Trophy Saturday with a 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. The Bruins won their 54th game of the season, giving them 117 points on the season but lost the services of Daniel Paille after a big hit by Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe. Patrice Bergeron also scored his 30th goal of the season but did not play the third period after a very minor injury, according to head coach Claude Julien. Bergeron is expected to be ready when the Stanley Cup playoffs begin this week.

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Mike Petraglia

Patrice Bergeron scored his 30th goal Saturday. (AP)You don’t see many 30-goal seasons around these parts. It might be a long time before anyone sees another like Patrice Bergeron’s. 



Early in the third period of Saturday’s game between the Bruins and Sabres, Buffalo defenseman Jake McCabe laid out Bruins winger Daniel Paille with a shoulder hit to Paille’s chest in front of the Sabres’ bench that knocked Paille out of the game. Paille immediately went to the ice and then wobbled as he tried to get back up on his skates. McCabe said afterward he was just trying to execute a shoulder-to-chest hit.

Early in the third period of Saturday’s game between the Bruins and Sabres, Buffalo defenseman Jake McCabe laid out Bruins winger Daniel Paille with a shoulder hit to Paille’s chest in front of the Sabres’ bench that knocked Paille out of the game. Paille immediately went to the ice and then wobbled as he tried to get back up on his skates. McCabe said afterward he was just trying to execute a shoulder-to-chest hit.

“My intentions were shoulder to the chest,” McCabe said. “I don’t think I raised my elbow at all. That was my thought as soon as it happened.

“I got called for interference. I don’t think it was too late. He tried to go through me. I kept my hands down. It was just kind of an unfortunate play. His head was down. It’s too bad.”

McCabe was hit with a five-minute interference call and a game misconduct, and was immediately escorted to the Sabres dressing room.

“I saw him drop,” McCabe said. “I knew right away that it probably didn’t look good that he dropped like that. I hope the guy is OK. I think the guy has a concussion history in the past. A couple of guys were telling me. Best wishes for that but I wasn’t trying to be dirty at all. I was trying to play hard.

“This is the first time I’ve experienced it here. I experience it in college and you have those big hits and more often times than not you’re going to get called for something, whether it be an elbow, apparently an interference tonight. Whatever it may be, you have to keep your hands down as best as possible and just try to play smart.”

Blog Author: 
Mike Petraglia