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05/07/2011 - 9:06am
Wakefield: 'Wouldn't push the panic button'

Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield, following his team's 9-2 loss to the Twins that dropped Boston's record to 14-18 on the season, said that it remained premature to panic about the club. He noted that, while the team's sub-.500 record is unimpressive, its five-game deficit in the American League East remains manageable.

"I think we need to play a little better but you can’t look at our record technically. You just look at where we are in the standings in the East -- we’re only five games out and it’s May. It’s not like we’re 10 or 12 games out," said Wakefield, who gave up eight runs (six earned) in 4 1/3 innings. "We’re still in the thick of things, even though we’re in last place. We’re still only five games out. There’s been a number of times we’ve been in July and been in second place five games out of first. I don’t think it’s an issue.

"I think we need...

05/07/2011 - 1:12am
Julien: 'Toughest games yet to come'

As much as Bruins fans will soak in the feeling of avenging last year's playoff collapse to the Flyers, Bruins coach Claude Julien made it clear that he won't let his team do the same for very long as the Tampa Bay Lightning await in the Eastern Conference finals beginning at TD Garden next week. 

"Well, it’s something that has been hanging over our heads for over a year," Julien said of last year's 4-3 Game 7 loss to Philadelphia after a 3-0 series lead. "Even though we tried to turn the page, we were reminded everyday in this series. And it’s something that is there and will be there, what happened last year. But to come back and win that series, to me is a pretty convincing team in this series.

"I thought we played extremely well. It’s nice to be able to bounce back and you need to take time to appreciate what you have done and at the same time you really have to stay focused because the toughest games...

05/07/2011 - 1:01am
Julien: 'No update' on Bergeron injury

Patrice Bergeron took a hit from Philadelphia's Claude Giroux with 17:30 remaining in the third period of Friday's Game 4 win over Philadelphia. He did not return and his status for the start of the Eastern Conference finals against Tampa Bay is unknown at this point.

While the Bruins didn't release any information on the particulars of the injury, it appeared that Giroux's shoulder made contact with Bergeron's head. Bergeron slowly skated off the ice on his own power to finish his shift but didn't return.

"I don’t know. I have no update for you guys right now," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "Basically, I can’t give you anything more than that."

Chris Kelly stepped up from his third-line role to center the line with Mark Recchi and Brad Marchand. Bergeron leads the Bruins with 12 points in 11 playoff games. The Bruins will play Games 1 and 2 at home this week against Tampa Bay, with the series possibly...

05/07/2011 - 12:38am
Laviolette: 'We didn't get into the series'

In sweeping the team that spent most of the season atop the Eastern Conference, the Bruins thoroughly frustrated the Flyers from the opening faceoff through all four games, ending with Friday night's 5-1 win in Game 4 at TD Garden. 

“Look at tonight’s game, it’s 1-1 halfway through the third," Philadelphia head coach Peter Laviolette said. "The chances are relatively close. I would’ve liked to have generated more, offensively. I think in all the losses, we needed to generate more, we needed to spend more in the offensive zone. Defensively, even tonight, we turned some pucks over in the neutral zone trying to get through their trap and trying to get a sustained forecheck that could generate some offense and we weren’t able to do that, and in the losses, that seems to be one of the key things that factors in.

“The other thing for me, looking back on the series, you have an opportunity in Game 1. You...

05/06/2011 - 10:43pm
Real Avengers: B's sweep Flyers

Johnny Boychuk's laser slap shot from the right point with 17:18 left in the third period snapped a 1-1 tie as the Bruins beat the Flyers, 5-1, in Game 4 Friday night at TD Garden, completing a four-game sweep of the Eastern Conference semifinal series and avenging last year's playoff collapse to Philadelphia. Milan Lucic scored his first two playoff goals while Tim Thomas stopped 22-of-23 shots for the Bruins, who advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 1992, when they were swept by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. 

The Flyers came out with much more energy in Game 4 and kept it a fairly even game for the first 12 minutes. But the Bruins captured the lead on their second power play goal in as many periods when Milan Lucic finished off a nice tic-tac-toe play and beat Sergei Bobrovsky in front at 12:02. After going scoreless in their first 30 power play chances of the playoffs, the Lucic goal gave...

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