Marco Sturm will not return to Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals after colliding with Philadelphia's Matt Carle along the offensive corner boards early in the first period and apparently banging his right knee. He was helped off the ice by teammates Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci. Sturm's replacement, Steve Begin, scored the game's first goal, his first in 30 playoff games. For more, visit the Big Bad Blog

NESN and NBC hockey analyst Mike Milbury joined Dale & Holley Friday afternoon to discuss the Bruins-Flyers Eastern Conference semifinal series and the rest of the matchups in the NHL playoffs.

 

The Bruins final skate before the Eastern Conference semifinals starts Saturday took place at TD Garden on Friday and defenseman Mark Stuart was on the ice for the second day in a row as he prepares to try and come back from cellulitis in his right forearm. Stuart talked to the media for the first time since the injury and said that it has been a frustrating process because, by nature it being an infection instead of an athletic type injury, he has not been allowed to work out or be around the team.

WILMINGTON -- Bruins defenseman Mark Stuart, who had surgery on his finger after an infection caused cellulitis in his hand, skated after the full team workout at Ristuccia Arena on Thursday. Coach Claude Julien said that "we have received some good news in the last couple of days" and that, if things go well, the defenseman could start practicing with the team in the next couple of days.

 

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Bruins captain Zdeno Chara joined the Dale & Holley show Thursday morning to talk about the Stanley Cup playoffs. Chara said he watched Wednesday night's Montreal-Washington Game 7, in which the eighth-seeded Canadiens upset the top-seeded Capitals 2-1 to win their first-round series behind a solid performance from Chara's Slovakian Olympic teammate, goalie Jaroslav Halak. "It was a crazy game," Chara said. "I obviously was a little surprised by how well defensively Montreal played.

The emerging Tuukka Rask will be one of the keys to the Bruins beating the Flyers in the second round of the playoffs. (AP)The Bruins will open up the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Saturday against the Flyers in a matchup of the conference’s sixth and seventh seeds.



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Bruins center Marc Savard joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about his comeback. Savard has been out since suffering a concussion in a game against the Penguins March 7, but this week he was cleared to play in the Bruins' second-round playoff series against the Flyers that begins Saturday. "I'm feeling good on the ice right now," Savard said.

 

With the Canadiens completing their shocking comeback against the top-seeded Capitals with a 2-1 victory in Game 7 Wednesday night in Washington, the Bruins now know their second-round opponent in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The sixth-seeded B's will meet the seventh-seeded Flyers, opening the conference semifinal series with the first two games at TD Garden. This will mark the first playoff matchup between Boston and Philadelphia since 1978.

 

Here is the schedule for the series:

 

The Bruins and TD Garden announced Wednesday that a bronze statue depicting Bobby Orr's famous Stanley Cup-winning overtime goal against the St. Louis Blues will be unveiled at a ceremony on May 10, the 40th anniversary of the play. The statue, weighing more than 600 pounds, will be installed oustide TD Garden at the mouth of the West Walkway, facing Causeway Street. It was sculpted by Harry Weber, who also created a Doug Flutie statue, among others.

WILMINGTON -- Bruins center Marc Savard participated in his first full team practice on Wednesday morning at Ristuccia Arena after being cleared by doctors to rejoin the team, and afterward he said that he felt good on the ice. He was on a line with Vladimir Sobtoka and Michael Ryder, and he said that he is excited to be between the two of them and that he has especially liked what he has seen from Sobotka.