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Sara Civian
April 13, 2018 - 2:39 pm
Bruins center Riley Nash developed concussion-like symptoms from the ear laceration that’s kept him out of the lineup since Mar. 31, he confirmed Friday at Warrior Ice Arena. “I had some symptoms, that, I don’t know if it was a concussion or it wasn’t,” he said. “Obviously taking a puck to the side...
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Scott McLaughlin
April 13, 2018 - 12:09 am
A quick look at the Bruins’ 5-1 win over the Maple Leafs in Thursday’s Game 1 tells you that special teams were the deciding factor. The Bruins went 3-for-6 on the man advantage while holding Toronto’s second-ranked power play off the board on its three attempts. That’s all true. Special teams were...
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Ty Anderson
April 13, 2018 - 12:07 am
Sometimes you’re able to find yourself in a position to legitimately defend your actions. But the replay of Maple Leaf center Nazem Kadri’s third-period boarding -- the second one, mind you -- on Bruins forward Tommy Wingels says it all. The reaction from Boston captain Zdeno Chara and netminder...
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Scott McLaughlin
April 12, 2018 - 9:46 pm
If you were betting on who was going to throw the first highly questionable hit of this series, the safest picks would've been Brad Marchand and Nazem Kadri. Congrats if you went with Kadri. The Maple Leafs' No. 2 center earned himself a five-minute major and game misconduct for a vicious hit to...
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Ty Anderson
April 12, 2018 - 9:45 pm
With three days between games for the first time since late February, the Bruins were confident that their bad habits developed in the final weeks of the regular season, such as spotting the opposition early leads, would not bleed into the postseason. They were also sure that the tired club that...
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Sara Civian
April 12, 2018 - 6:31 pm
Former Bruin Marc Savard has been easing himself back into the hockey world with some recent appearances on Sportsnet in Canada, and it doesn’t take much more than a soul and access to Google to see why this is great news. Savard went through self-proclaimed hell after post-concussion symptoms...
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Ty Anderson
April 12, 2018 - 3:41 pm
Three days away from the heavy grind of late-season competition has done the Bruins, who hope to begin a two-month grind in the ultimate competition that the National Hockey League provides, good, Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy thinks. How could it not? It was their first three-day segment without...
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Ty Anderson
April 12, 2018 - 12:40 am
Before a single game last season and four regular-season head-to-heads this past season, the last time Bruce Cassidy went against Mike Babcock came in Jan. 2002. It was then that Cassidy, just five years removed from his playing days, was serving as the head coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins and...
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Sara Civian
April 11, 2018 - 3:21 pm
Bruce Cassidy rattled off a typical laundry list of reasons for his pre-playoff lineup changes Wednesday at Warrior Ice Arena. Then he paused. “...and, we could easily go back.” That attitude has been the crux of the coach’s success this season with a Bruins team almost constantly plagued by injury...
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Ty Anderson
April 10, 2018 - 3:20 pm
Bruins rookie Ryan Donato managed to go from the Olympics, back to Harvard, and then right to the NHL, and did so without skipping a beat, in about a month’s time. But Game 1 of a first-round series against the Maple Leafs this Thursday at TD Garden may see Donato move from the ice of his hometown...
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