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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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04/23/14 03:45 EST
DETROIT -- Jarome Iginla has now seen both sides of it. The Bruins are in lockdown mode and it's working. This isn't the 2013 Pittsburgh Penguins, a team that had the best offense in the NHL during the regular season. It's the 2013-14 Red Wings, a team that had the 20th-best offensive output in the regular season and had just one 20-goal scorer as some of its best players missed long stretches due to injury. Still, results are results, and right now they're the same that they were last year for the B's: Three games in, two goals allowed to the opponent. Detroit has one win where Pittsburgh had none, but the Red Wings are suffering a similar offensive fate. In figuring out why the Red Wings can't score, you can start with the fact that Zdeno Chara has been on the ice for the vast majority of Pavel Datsyuk's shifts. Even with Mike Babcock having last change and the opportunity to match Datsyuk's line against David Krejci's line rather than Patrice Bergeron's, Chara was still on the ice for
04/22/14 11:59 EST
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DETROIT -- The Red Wings learned the hard way Tuesday night that you can't give teams even one period in the playoffs. In particular, you shouldn't give a team that doesn't let you score a period. Game 3 saw the Bruins blank the Red Wings, 3-0, at Joe Louis Arena and take a 2-1 series lead. Detroit was better in the second and third periods, but a wretched first period meant a wretched result. "They just got home ice back. We had three home games. We just gave away one," Mike Babcock said after the game. "We've got to get back in it, but to me, I don't think there's anything wrong with losing when you've maximized your group and did everything you could. That's what's most disappointing for me. We've been a way better team than that. That's unacceptable, and that's not taking anything away from the Bruins." The Bruins got two of their three goals in a first period in which they smothered the Red Wings every time they entered the Boston zone and capitalized on a lot of
04/21/14 01:52 EST
It’s been something of an inconsistent start to the postseason for the Bruins offensively, as they struggled to get set up in the Detroit zone in Game 1 and were shut out, then bounced back with four goals in Game 2. Yet defensively the series has gone according to plan. The team has allowed one goal in each game, the first of which came when Pavel Datsyuk capped a sweet rush by picking his spot through traffic with a wrist shot from the high in the zone. The other came when Darren Helm stepped around Jarome Iginla and fired a shot that went off Luke Glendening and in. So, to recap: two games, one goal that very few other players in the league could score and one goal on a bounce that followed a play that should have never happened. So far, so good. “They’re a great team, a great team offensively,” Patrice Bergeron said Monday. “They have great lines and lots of smarts. They have lots of speed, also. It’s about not taking a shift off and I think
04/20/14 11:54 EST
Even if it was only parts of five periods -- 98 minutes and 15 seconds, to be exact -- David Krejci's line did not get the start it wanted. Not at all. Yet their fortune changed in the second period when Milan Lucic capped off a strong shift from the line with a much-needed goal that provided insurance for the B’s at a key time. It also wiped out any concerns that were creeping up with each subpar period. Playing against mostly Detroit's second line of Riley Sheahan between Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist, Boston's first line of Krejci between Lucic and Jarome Iginla created minimal offense in the team's Game 1 loss Friday night. Its best chance came on a tip from Lucic just prior to Pavel Datsyuk's game-winner, but the line came up empty for the night. Even when the Bruins jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period Sunday, Krejci -- who has historically been a major difference-maker in the playoffs given that he's led two of the last three postseasons in points -- and his



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