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DJ Bean grew up in Section 127 of Fenway Park thanks to his grandfather's season ticket package and has immersed himself in the Boston sports scene ever since. In addition to co-founding multi-sport draft site DraftEmpire.com, DJ has written for the Boston Metro and 890 ESPN, among other outlets. He has been writing for WEEI.com since the summer of 2009 and continues to spread the Byron Leftwich gospel on Guest Street.

 
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04/17/14 02:48 EST
The season was about halfway over when Reilly Smith began to put two and two together: His team was really good, and his brother was playing for a good team that had injuries. Months later, the pieces fell into place to set up a Bruins-Red Wings meeting in the first round and the brothers Smith will square off in the Stanley Cup playoffs. That will make for a very exciting series for the Smith household, and a busy travel schedule for parents Lester and Deirdre, who will cheer on their sons -- Bruins forward Reilly and Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith -- as they head south from their home of Mimico, Ontario. "They'll probably be wearing a jersey sewn down the middle with Boston and Detroit," Reilly said Thursday. "I think they're going to show up tomorrow and watch all four games and all seven if it goes that far. They're just really excited that both of us have this opportunity and are able to share it with each other." Black, gold and red? Gross. "Maybe my mom
04/17/14 10:13 EST
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Torey Krug was a veteran of three NHL games and was headed to Wilkes-Barre with his Providence teammates for Game 3 of the second round last season. He was an AHL player. NHL someday for sure, but then he was an AHL player. Then he got a phone call and suddenly he was an NHL player in the Stanley Cup playoffs. “I was literally getting on the bus to head to Wilkes-Barre for Game 3,” Krug said Tuesday. “Literally stepping on the bus and I looked down at my phone and [Bruins assistant general manager Don Sweeney] was calling me. “It saved me a nice long bus ride. It was great. I remember getting off the phone with the biggest smile on my face that I was going to be playing in the Stanley Cup playoffs. That's what you dream about as a kid.” The Bruins needed Krug to join Providence teammate Matt Bartkowski in Boston as the team tried to patch up a blue line that was missing Dennis Seidenberg and Andrew Ference, while Wade Redden’s health also was iffy. Krug,
04/16/14 08:55 EST
Last year, Dougie Hamilton could only watch from the press box as the Bruins came so close to their goal of winning the Stanley Cup. He was a rookie then, and the Bruins didn’t need him on the blue line. Now they do, and in a big way. “For me, the biggest thing is his defending and his strength on the puck, and it's gotten so much better,” general manager Peter Chiarelli said this week. “It still has to get better, because I project him to be a top defenseman.” Hamilton has to be a top-pairing defenseman for the Bruins, as Dennis Seidenberg’s absence means that Zdeno Chara is without his usual postseason partner. Hamilton had been Chara’s partner in 13 of the Bruins’ first 37 games leading up until Seidenberg tore his ACL and MCL, but he wouldn’t have been a top-pairing candidate in the playoffs unless the B’s had plans to put Seidenberg, a left shot who plays both sides, in Andrew Ference’s old spot on the second pairing in
04/15/14 08:13 EST
The Red Wings will be a pretty tough matchup for the Bruins, but the Bruins are a nightmare matchup for anyone. The first round of the playoffs matches the Bruins against a Detroit team that handled them in the regular season (the Red Wings won three of the four games, including a 6-1 drubbing at Joe Louis Arena on Nov. 27), and is getting healthier than it was for much of the season. The Bruins haven’t seen Pavel Datsyuk since Oct. 14, but he’s back. Henrik Zetterberg could return from back surgery at some point as well. As such, the Bruins will see a different Red Wings team than they saw over their last couple of meetings. "I think they’re a classic puck possession team," Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Monday. "You can tell they’re very well-coached. For a team that skates, a team that moves the puck well, they’re strong on the puck. I think that’s a bit of a trickle-down from guys like Zetterberg and Datsyuk, who are among



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