For the second straight year, the Bruins have advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. But this year, the Bruins entered the postseason as the sixth seed in the East, not the top seed as was the case in 2009. David Krejci, who scored a pair of goals and collected an assist in Monday's 4-3 series clincher over Buffalo, said he believes the team is hitting its stride now. 

 

When did the Bruins turn the corner and become a top-tier NHL team? Because, like it or not, they are one of only eight teams left in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.



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David Krejci scored twice and added an assist as the Bruins beat the Buffalo Sabres, 4-3, in Game 6 Monday night at TD Garden to win their opening-round series, 4-2. Mark Recchi had a goal and an assist and Milan Lucic had a pair of assists as the Bruins advance to the second round for the second straight season. 

 

According to WEEI's Michael Holley, Bruins center Marc Savard will not make his first appearance since March 7 when the B's host the Sabres in Game 6 of their series Monday night. Savard skated with the team Monday morning but did not address the media. He previously said he would have another neuro-psych test Monday afternoon to check on how he is recovering from his concussion. Bruins coach Claude Julien said only "No confirmation right now" when asked about Savard's availability following the moring skate.

 

The NHL announced on Saturday that the instigator penalty assessed to Bruins captain Zdeno Chara at the end of Game 5 against the Sabres on Friday has been rescinded. Chara was hit with a fighting, instigator and game misconduct penalties after reacting to being slashed by Paul Gaustad with less than a second left in the game, which Buffalo won 4-1.

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Buffalo was the better team for 42 minutes in Game 4 before Boston stormed back to take it in double overtime. The Sabres controlled Game 5 from the initial drop and kept their season alive with a 4-1 victory at HSBC Arena in Buffalo on Friday.



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The Sabres kept their quest for Lord Stanley's Cup alive in Game 5 against the Bruins at HSBC Arena in Buffalo with a commanding 4-1 victory on Friday night. Ryan Miller took his second win of the series with 34 saves while Tuukka Rask took his second career NHL playoff loss by allowing three goals on 33 shots.

 

Where does Tuukka Rask’s big time dive save in Game 4 against the Sabres on Wednesday rank among the pantheon of great plays in Boston playoff history?



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Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask joined the Dale & Holley show Thursday afternoon and talked about his heroics in Game 4 of the B's first-round series vs. the Sabres. Rask made a diving save on Mike Grier midway through the third period to keep the game tied at 2, stretching across the crease to stop Grier's one-timer. "I just gave it everything I had there on that shot and I think he kind of fanned on it and it ended up hitting my blocker," Rask said. "That's one of those saves [where] sometimes it hits you, sometimes it doesn't. That time I got lucky there."

Playoff hockey is among of the greatest events in all of sports. What's better? Overtime playoff hockey.



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