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05/20/2011 - 1:55pm
Chara, Thomas, Krejci absent at B's practice

TAMPA -- Three key stars of Thursday night's 2-0 win over the Lightning in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals were given the day off on Friday from the team's brief practice at St. Pete Times Forum. 

Captain Zdeno Chara, Tim Thomas and David Krejci were all absent as the team skated and went through drills for about 40 minutes in preparation for Game 4 Saturday afternoon in Tampa. Krejci scored the game's first goal 69 seconds into the opening period Thursday while Tim Thomas turned away all 31 Lightning shots in recording the team's first shutout of the 2011 playoffs. 

Krejci took a hit from Marc-Andre Bergeron late in the first period of Thursday's 2-0 win but Julien coach Claude Julien said Friday's absence had nothing to do with the hit. 

"David is fine," Julien said. "We had a bunch of guys stay off today. It's more of an optional and short skate. So there's no issues with David. He's playing tomorrow...

05/20/2011 - 12:26pm
Marchand on M&M: Seguin reveling in fame

Bruins winger Brad Marchand joined the Mut & Merloni show Friday morning, hours after the B's took a 2-1 series lead over the Lightning in the Eastern Conference finals with a 2-0 Game 3 win.

Following the 6-5 win in Game 2, the Bruins delivered a dominating defensive effort Thursday night.

"We weren't very happy with how we were playing defensively. We wanted to clean it up a bit," Marchand said. "Obviously, Timmy [Thomas] helped that a bunch. He played a great game and really kept us in it there when they had any opportunities. We really played tight defensively. We were really happy with how we played last game."

Marchand said the open-ice style is not good for his mental state. "It's so nerve-racking when you play that style," he said of Game 2. "We were up by three goals, I think it was, and then they started to come back. I've never so nervous in a game the last few minutes there. We're not very...

05/20/2011 - 11:24am
Poll: Who wins Bruins-Lightning series?

Are the Bruins going to achieve their first Stanley Cup finals appearance since 1990, or will the Lightning's potent attack regain its form and knock out the B's? Cast your vote on the Eastern Conference finals in the Big Bad Blog.

For more Bruins news, visit the team page at weei.com/bruins.


05/20/2011 - 7:39am
Mashup: Dodgers' Ethier sorry for gesture

Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier apologized for making an obscene gesture at photographers during batting practice Monday. Ethier, who has been known to lose his cool, said he was annoyed with the constant coverage.

"If you're going to stand there and take the same picture for 15 minutes, what's the difference between the first and the 15th minute?" Ethier said Thursday. "It just got kind of annoying. I guess I slipped up, and that temper you guys sometimes like to write about got ahead of me and I didn't use my head and use the best judgment in that situation. I made a mistake of it and it's unfortunate."

Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.


05/20/2011 - 12:34am
Thomas: 'We played the way I'm used to'

TAMPA -- Tim Thomas recorded his first shutout of the playoffs Thursday night as the Bruins beat the Lightning 2-0 Thursday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Afterward, Thomas credited the result on a return to the defensive system the team has played all season.

"It was kind of a product of the way the game goes in front of me," Thomas explained. "So I was able to play more under control tonight, but a lot of that has to do with the fact that we played the way that I'm used to. So I felt comfortable in a game like that."

Thomas turned away all 31 shots in posting his second career playoff shutout. Thomas said David Krejci's goal just 69 seconds into the game helped him and the whole team relax and settle into a defensive mindset.

"I think getting the first quick goal definitely helped the whole team," Thomas added. "And then not just sitting back in the third but going out and...

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