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Sara Civian
May 09, 2018 - 12:23 pm
Opinions on the matter aside, hockey is a sport notorious for athletes playing through injuries when the postseason rolls around. A list of them is usually revealed on “break-up day.” The Bruins' exit interviews Wednesday were like a twisted gender reveal party. In no particular order: •Brad...
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Alex Reimer
May 08, 2018 - 12:04 pm
Brad Marchand is under siege for the crime of licking opponents on the ice. Columnists are ordering him to grow up and knock off the funny business. In response, Marchand has thrown some Twitter shade. The much-maligned Bruins forward, who posted 17 points in 12 playoff games, started his online...
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Kim Klement/USA Today Sports
Sara Civian
May 06, 2018 - 6:11 pm
An argument could be made that Brad Marchand was justified in screaming “For what?!” He had received a questionable embellishment call to match Victor Hedman’s holding call, but it was just a distraction. It was also the last time you really saw Marchand for the rest of the game. All the bad...
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Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports
Sara Civian
May 05, 2018 - 1:48 pm
It's the end of an era loved by some, hated by many, and weird all around. Brad Marchand can't lick his opponents anymore, and this time the rumors are true. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told ESPN's Greg Wyshynski via email that league officials will be contacting the Bruins after Marchand...
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Ryan Hannable
May 05, 2018 - 11:37 am
The Lightning are not pleased with Brad Marchand. After licking Leo Komarov of Toronto in the first round of the playoffs, Marchand licked Ryan Callahan when the two were scuffling during Friday's Game 4 and Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper is not happy. "All I'm going to say is there is absolutely no...
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Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports
Sara Civian
May 04, 2018 - 10:16 pm
The Bruins had harped on the importance of starting stronger since the end of Game 3. They harped, and they tweaked -- inserting Ryan Donato and Brian Gionta into the lineup -- and still, they were lucky to get out of Game 4’s first period down 2-1. To be fair, there was slight improvement. David...
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Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports
Sara Civian
May 04, 2018 - 12:03 pm
His linemates are to be determined, and he’s not going to single-handedly save the world, but Ryan Donato will be in the Bruins’ lineup for Game 4 tonight. “Ryan Donato will go in tonight” head coach Bruce Cassidy said after Friday’s morning skate. “I just can’t tell you what line. But like I said...
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Kim Klement/USA Today Sports
Sara Civian
May 03, 2018 - 3:43 pm
As much as we hate to keep talking about it when there’s plenty of actual hockey to discuss, there’s no getting around how inconsistent the officiating has been through the NHL playoffs. I already said my piece about it . But the faceoff police haven’t let up since, and slashing inconsistencies are...
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Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports
Sara Civian
May 03, 2018 - 1:20 am
Fiction writers will tell you the hardest part of their job is the need to make things seem realistic. Steven Stamkos’ first point of the Bruins-Lightning series was an empty netter at the tail end of Game 3 -- that’s some reality that wouldn’t make it past a fiction editor. What’s even stranger is...
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Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports
Sara Civian
May 02, 2018 - 9:52 pm
The time on the clock and all the stats indicate that there was a hockey game at TD Garden Wednesday night, but I’m still not totally convinced that’s what the Bruins were playing. They suffered another sloppy start, and this time the Lightning fully capitalized on it. OMG ONDREJ PALAT pic.twitter...
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