Thursday night is going to be a big test for the Bruins, but when it comes to all the obstacles the B's will face with the Habs in town, there me be none greater than the challenge of keeping focused. 



Bruins president Cam Neely was a guest on The Big Show on Wednesday, and discussed a variety of topics, including the suspension of Matt Cooke and the progress of Tyler Seguin. But Neely was first asked what kind of team he feels he has with this Bruins squad. The Bruins had posted a 1-3-3 mark in the last seven games before Tuesday night's 4-1 win over the Devils.

 

WILMINGTON -- Bruins president Cam Neely raised eyebrows recently on CBS radio when he said that the team's goaltenders needed to "show us who's ready to be the goalie for the playoffs." Tim Thomas is the favorite to win the Vezina trophy after posting historic numbers in the first half of the season, while Tuukka Rask has seen improved play since getting more time in the second half of the season.

 

Speaking to WEEI.com Wednesday, Rask offered his thoughts on whether the Bruins have a No. 1 guy for the playoffs. 

 

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The Bruins took a step toward ending the funk they have found themselves in of late, defeating the Devils, 4-1, at TD Garden Tuesday night. 

 

Shawn Thornton, Zdeno Chara, Milan Lucic and Mark Recchi provided the goals for the B's,with Chara's serving as Boston's first 5-on-4 goal since Feb. 18. The Bruins went 1-for-5 on the power play, with four Devils penalties coming in the second period. 

 

CBC hockey commentator Don Cherry joined the Dennis & Callahan show Tuesday morning to discuss the Matt Cooke suspension, what could happen the next time Zdeno Chara travels to Montreal and the recent slide of the Bruins. 

 

After a seven-game winning streak that seemed to announce the Bruins as serious Stanley Cup contenders, the club has struggled, posting a 1-3-3 mark in its last seven games. Cherry was asked if the Bruins were built for a deep postseason run.

 

The NHL announced Monday Penguins forward Matt Cooke has been suspended for the remainder of the regular season and the first round of the playoffs for an elbow on Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh that took place Sunday. It is the fourth suspension of Cooke's career, and second of this season.

 

WILMINGTON -- Tyler Seguin's terrific play has rarely been a storyline this season, and the explanation as to why is pretty simple: The rookie's play hasn't been terrific. 



WILMINGTON -- With Penguins forward Matt Cooke striking again Sunday with an elbow to the head of Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh, the Bruins dressing room seemed intentionally silent on the matter at Monday's practice. B's forward Brad Marchand, however, did not hold back when asked about the play, which figures to be earn Cooke a suspension after Monday's hearing.