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05/16/2011 - 1:47pm
'Realistic' Tim Thomas: 'It is just a game'

Bruins goalie Tim Thomas offered some perspective on losing Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals to the Lightning on Saturday night when he met the media on Monday, following the team's first full practice since falling behind in the series. 

"You think about it but it's on the outside of your thinking," Thomas said when asked if he were nervous about Game 2 drawing closer on Tuesday night. "As the game draws closer, you think about it more. We had two days off, so naturally you're going to be thinking about the game more tonight than [Sunday]. 

"I think you should get mentally prepared. It can get all-consuming but I don't think really that's the right way to go. These hockey games are important, they're important to us, they're important to the city, but to be realistic, it is just a game. You look around at what's going on in the world right now, Israel was attacked on numerous fronts yesterday. It can really...

05/16/2011 - 1:45pm
Ward on M&M: 'Sky's not falling' for B's

NHL analyst and former Bruin Aaron Ward joined the Mut & Merloni show Monday afternoon to talk about the Eastern Conference finals, which the Bruins trail 1-0 after Saturday night's 5-2 loss to the Lightning.

Ward cautioned Bruins fans not to panic despite the rough start.

"It's a feeling-out process," he said. "It's funny to listen to Tampa talk about all the time they had off, and [Martin] St. Louis was utterly concerned about the rust level. They obviously didn't show a whole lot of rust in Game 1. And I think Boston did. That's why it's seven games. The sky's not falling yet. There's no Chicken Little yet."

The Bruins power play continues to be a disaster, with an 0-for-4 performance in Game 1 making the B's 2-for-41 in the postseason. However, Ward said he doesn't think rookie Tyler Seguin is the answer.

"If they were going to shake it up they would have done it a while ago," he said. "Right...

05/16/2011 - 1:13pm
Julien: 'I don't know' if Bergeron will play
By: DJ Bean

Bruins center Patrice Bergeron took a significant step in his return from the concussion he suffered in Game 4 of the conference semifinals, skating with the team for Monday's practice. It was his third straight day of on-ice work and the first with his teammates since suffering the concussion.

Bergeron did not don his usual yellow (second-line) jersey, though he did participate in line drills, rotating in on his regular line that now consists of Brad Marchand, Mark Recchi and Rich Peverley. He also took part in special teams drills prior, though he left the ice early without taking contact. While it seems the center is making quick progress, coach Claude Julien didn't offer too much on where the 25-year-old stands.

"He's going through the protocol of what he has to go through," Julien said. "There's not much more to update you guys on except [to say] when he is ready to go, you guys will know it. You can't predict how quickly or how...

05/16/2011 - 11:27am
Bergeron returns to Bruins practice

In a sign that he may be ready to return for Game 2 Tuesday night against the Lightning, Patrice Bergeron returned to full practice Monday morning with the rest of the Bruins. Bergeron has missed the last week — including Boston’s 5-2 loss in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against Tampa Bay Saturday night — with a mild concussion, suffered when he was hit by Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux on May 6.

Bergeron was one of four forwards wearing a white sweater, joining first-liners David Krejci, Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic.

Before practice, Bergeron took to the ice and skated in front of general manager Peter Chiarelli before participating in drills focusing on the power play and penalty kill.

He was then cleared by the coaching staff to join in full practice. Bergeron participated in a light skate before Saturday morning’s pregame skate at the Garden and skated again Sunday before being cleared for Monday...

05/16/2011 - 10:08am
Rivers on D&C: Time to show loyalty

Celtics coach Doc Rivers joined the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning, three days after agreeing to a five-year contract extension to remain with the team.

Rivers said that rumors he was contemplating whether to take a sabbatical from coaching so that he could spend more time with his family weren't accurate — at least not this year.

"Last year, they were probably more right," he said. "Last year I was absolutely leaning that way. This year I really never was. After last year's summer and going through the decision that we went through, I was pretty sure I was coming back and I was pretty sure I wanted to come back here.

"This is a special place. And I've said that before. You can't get a lot of these jobs where you coach teams like the Celtics, or the Red Sox, or the Yankees, and I have one of them. I work with a great GM in Danny Ainge and I have good ownership. So, why change?"

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