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05/24/2011 - 2:52am
Julien: Boychuk is 'fine'
By: DJ Bean

The Bruins got a bit of a scare in the third period of their 3-1 vicctory in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals when Lightning forward Steve Downie took a run at B's defenseman Johnny Boychuk and sent Boychuk down the tunnel and out of the game. Downie went off for boarding, and though Boychuk didn't take another shift, the encouraging news was that he made his way back to the bench for the end of the contest. Coach Claude Julien said he did not see the hit, but that the defenseman is OK. 

"Johnny is fine," Julien said. "I haven’t had an opportunity to look at it. I haven’t watched the video yet. I know some people have, but from what I hear it’s not a great hit. I’ll maybe save my comments more for after I see it." 

Boychuk logged 16:09 of ice time before leaving after the play, which occured at 10:54 of the third.

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05/24/2011 - 12:09am
Julien: 'We had to loosen up'

It's not often that a coach admits his team was feeling playoff pressure but Claude Julien said the Bruins were feeling it in the first period Monday night and it showed in a 1-0 deficit after the opening 20 minutes. But Julien's team rode a red-hot Tim Thomas and found a way to get to Mike Smith and beat the Lightning, 3-1, to come within one game of the Stanley Cup finals.

"I think it’s kind of a normal situation right now," Julien said. "Everybody understands the expectations, the pressure. It’s a 2-2 series and our guys want to do well. I think they were prepared, I think they were mentally ready for the game, but sometimes the pressure slows you down a little bit. And we kind of loosened up in the second period. We talked about it and we knew we couldn’t win the hockey game playing that way. So we had to loosen up and our guys did a great job, starting with the penalty kill again in the second period and then we took...

05/23/2011 - 11:26pm
Thomas: I was 'little lucky' on Downie save

Tim Thomas was sensational in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals, leading the Bruins to a 3-1 win and a 3-2 series lead. But on the biggest save of the night, he admitted afterward, he was a little lucky. Thomas dropped his stick just in time to keep Steve Downie's shot from going in, a goal that would have tied the game with 10:40 left in the third.

"I saw him getting ready to take the shot but I couldn’t see the puck and that’s probably why he had to shoot wide, is our guy was taking away the shooting lanes but I picked it up it was somewhere about half way to me but I saw it was going wide and I was out toward the top of the crease so I didn’t have time to get my whole body back," Thomas said. "With the way the new boards are nowadays in all the arenas, you got to be on your toes with the big bounces and the big bounce came out and, you know, it was just a reaction and a desperation and I’ll admit I got a...

05/23/2011 - 11:07pm
Boucher: Bolts 'need miracles' vs. Thomas
By: DJ Bean

Lightning coach Guy Boucher defended the play of his top forwards after the team's 3-1 loss to the B's in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals, noting that the likes of Steven Stamkos, Simon Gagne and Vincent Lecavalier are playing well, but that B's goaltender Tim Thomas remains their issue. Thomas made 33 saves on the night, including a lead-saving stick-save on Steve Downie with B's leading 2-1. 

"Against this goaltender, you need more," Boucher said. "He's making miracles. We need to come up with miracles."

Boucher said that finding a way to beat Thomas, who shut out the Bolts in Game 3 but has allowed four goals in three games this series, is atop the to-do list for a team that is now one loss away from elimination, saying Tampa is "still trying to figure out the Thomas enigma."

For more on the Eastern Conference finals, visit weei.com/bruins.


05/23/2011 - 10:42pm
Pedroia expects to be OK after 'stinger'

Both Red Sox manager Terry Francona and Dustin Pedroia told reporters in Cleveland Monday night that they expect the second baseman to be OK after he experienced numbness through his left leg after twisting his left ankle rounding second base on an Adrian Gonzalez single in the eighth inning of the Red Sox' 3-2 loss to the Indians.

After laying on the ground for a few seconds, Pedroia was attended to by both Francona and trainer Greg Barajas before being escorted off the field. The Sox' No. 2 hitter said that the feeling returned to his left left approximately five minutes after the injury, with the Indians' medical staff examining him once inside the visitors clubhouse.

Francona told reporters Pedroia was likely to get a day off Tuesday even before suffering the injury, and will certainly be out of the starting lineup in the series' second game.

"I’m a little beat up, I have to manage some things but I’ll be back in there...

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