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04/26/2012 - 10:24am
McGuire on M&M: Tired B's 'totally drained'

NBC Sports analyst Pierre McGuire joined the Mut & Merloni show Thursday morning to talk about the Bruins' Game 7 loss to the Capitals.

"I was here when Boston lost to Carolina in a Game 7 [in 2009] and it was just an amazingly similar, eerie feeling last night, obviously, when Joel Ward scored on the rebound," said McGuire, a former NHL coach and executive.

Looking at reasons for the Bruins' disappointing first-round exit one year after they won the Stanley Cup, McGuire said there are a number of factors to consider.

"I'm not making excuses for the Bruins, but no Nathan Horton, no Mark Recchi, no Michael Ryder, and probably two or three guys up front that weren't 100 percent makes it a big problem to try to win," he said. "That's a suffocating style you're playing against, and when the opposition gets a lead, it's an extremely difficult style to play against. The fact that the Bruins were able to force a Game 7...

04/26/2012 - 7:05am
Mashup: Racist tweets follow Bruins' loss

When Joel Ward, one of the few black players in the NHL, scored for the Capitals to knock out the Bruins in Game 7 Wednesday night, B's fans took to Twitter to express their frustration. Some fans directed their anger at Ward, and the racially charged comments came fast and furious. A number of websites published the most offensive of the tweets, which are sure to rekindle accusations that Boston has lingering racial problems.

Ward, whose parents emigrated from Barbados and settled in Ontario, scored a career-low six goals this season after signing with Washington as a free agent from the Predators. The 31-year-old is in his fifth NHL season, and he's making a name for himself as a postseason player after recording seven goals and six assists in 12 playoff games last year in Nashville, then coming up big Wednesday night.

“I’ve done it this way my whole life,” Ward said after Wednesday's game. “I’ve always been...

04/25/2012 - 11:44pm
Thomas: 'In shock' after Game 7 loss

Just minutes after letting in the series-deciding goal three minutes into overtime, Bruins goalie Tim Thomas said he couldn't believe the team's chances at a repeat had ended so suddenly.

"I’d have to say I’m probably in shock," Thomas said after Joel Ward tapped in Mike Knuble's rebound at 2:57 of overtime. "I really believed that we were going to win tonight. I thought that, I really had a deep feeling that this wasn’t the end of the road for us tonight, that this wasn’t going to be the last game of the season. And so that’s my first reaction."

The Capitals broke out on a 2-on-1 on the game-winning rush when Benoit Pouliot couldn't dump in the puck deep on an attempted Boston line change.

"Well, obviously you see Knuble coming down with the puck and coming to the net hard," Thomas said. "He had himself in a position, he’s a big, strong guy where it looked like to me...

04/25/2012 - 10:54pm
Aceves, Red Sox hold on for sweep

Red Sox closer Alfredo Aceves struck out Denard Span with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning, securing a 7-6 win over the Twins in Wednesday's series finale at Target Field. It finishes a three-game sweep for the Sox, who now head to Chicago for a four-game set against the White Sox.

The Red Sox held a 7-1 lead, thanks in part to Mike Aviles' three-run homer in the third inning, but the Twins fought back via a five-run sixth. The comeback drove Sox starter Clay Buchholz from the game, finishing the righty's night after 5 1/3 innings. Buchholz, who has given up at least five runs in each of his four outings this season, threw 107 pitches and allowed 10 hits.

Coming through for the Red Sox was the majority of their bullpen, with Matt Albers inducing an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded and the Sox clinging to a one-run lead in the sixth. Albers came on for Justin Thomas, who didn't retire either of the two batters he...

04/25/2012 - 10:47pm
Julien: Capitals 'were the better team'
By: DJ Bean

After the Bruins failed to make it out of the first round for the first time in four years, Bruins coach Claude Julien gave credit where credit was due by commending the defensively tight and shot-blocking Capitals. 

"At the end of the series, when you look at their team and you look at ours, they were the better team," Julien said. "They had more guys going than we did and they played us tough."

The Bruins became the second consecutive defending Stanley Cup champions to be eliminated in the first round, as the Blackhawks were bounced by the Canucks to open last postseason. Julien mentioned the difficulty with putting together a successful season following the Bruins' 2011 championship, but he said the series ultimately came down to the Bruins being outplayed. 

"Right now, I'm not going to stand here and nitpick at our team because when I look at this hockey club and what it went through last year, and you...

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