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05/20/2011 - 2:53pm
Julien: 'We're not thinking' Cup finals yet

TAMPA -- Despite a dominating defensive perfomance in Game 3 and watching his team record its first shutout of the playoffs, Bruins coach Claude Julien isn't letting his team think about what could be if they win their next two games. Julien was asked Friday if being two wins away from the team's first Stanley Cup finals appearance in 21 years provides motivation. 

"We don't even talk about that, honestly," Julien said. "Right now, all we've talked about is how important a game tomorrow is for us. We don't want to live in the past. Yesterday was yesterday.  [Saturday] is what we want to talk about. We want to live in the present. And today is about getting some good rest and making sure that tomorrow we're well rested, we've got the energy and the focus to do a job. That's what we've been doing since the start.

"And that's what's helped us get through it. The same thing in Montreal. We lost the first two games. We...

05/20/2011 - 2:32pm
Julien: Krejci 'fine' after 'good hit'
By: DJ Bean

TAMPA -- Bruins center David Krejci was among those absent from Friday's practice at St. Pete Times forum. Krejci was crushed by Tampa Bay's Marc-Andre Bergeron in the neutral zone late in the first period, but returned to play the second and third periods after staying on the bench for the remainder of the first. After practice, coach Claude Julien said that it was simply a day of rest for Krejci, and that his status for Saturady's Game 4 is not in question.

"David is fine," Julien said. "We had a bunch of guys with the day off today. It was more of an optional and short skate. There's no issues with David, and he's playing tomorrow with no issues at all."

Bergeron was given a two-minute minor for elbowing on the play, which replays would show was an incorrect call given that it appeared to be a clean hit that featured more shoulder than anything else. Julien had no problem admitting that that's how he saw it. 

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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
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