Game Two preview: Bruins vs. Canadiens

Game Two preview: Bruins vs. Canadiens

Bruins (46-26-11) vs. Canadiens (45-30-8)

Canadiens lead series 1-0

Starting Goalies

Bruins: Tim Thomas is the odds-on favorite to win the Vezina Trophy after a season during which he posted a league-low 2.00 goals against average and a .938 save percentage highest in NHL history. Thomas, however, allowed two goals on 20 shots in Game 1.

Canadiens: This season, Carey Price was named an All-Star for the second time in his career, and he played like one in the series opener. Price stoned all 31 of the Bruins shots to post his ninth shutout of the year, tying him with Thomas for the second-most clean sheets in the NHL.

Previous games

Entering the playoffs, the Bruins had won seven of their last 11 games. They outscored their opponents 33-18 over that span.

Montreal, however, went 4-5-0 in their final nine games, enduring a three-game goalless stretch at the end of March.
Head-to-head

The Canadiens took four of the six regular-season contests between these two teams, but Boston outscored the Habs in the season series 22-20 thanks to a 7-0 win in the final matchup before the postseason.

Milan Lujic posted nine points against Montreal this season four goals and five assists while David Krejci added seven assists.

Brian Gionta scored five goals against the Bruins this year, including the only two markers of Game 1.
Whos hot?

Dennis Seidenberg posted at least one point in each of the final three games of the regular season for the Bruins.

Including his sparkling performance in the series opener, Price has allowed just six goals in five games in April. Offensively, Gionta has five goals in his last three contests.
Storylines

There is no love lost between these two squads. Both members of the Original Six, the rivalry was amped up at the beginning of March when Zdeno Chara laid his controversial hit on Max Pacioretty. The clubs also had a riotous game in February as Boston won an 8-6 brawl.

Ray Bourque arrested and charged with OUI Friday

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Ray Bourque arrested and charged with OUI Friday

Bruins Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque was arrested in Andover this weekend, and charged with operating under the influence of alcohol according to multiple reports.

Andover Police told CBS Boston that the former Bruins and Avalanche defenseman was taken into custody around 11:30 p.m. Friday night on Lowell Street. The Bruins legend has lived on the North Shore with his family since retiring from the NHL, and has been a constant presence in the community at charitable events and Bruins functions.

Bourque was released on bail. No additional information was immediately available

Saturday's Red Sox-Rangers lineups: Wright tries to stay on roll

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Saturday's Red Sox-Rangers lineups: Wright tries to stay on roll

Knuckleballer Steven Wright will try to stay on a roll, as will the Red Sox, as they continue their three-game series tonight (9:20) against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas.

Wright (8-4, American League-leading 2.01 ERA) faces Rangers right-hander A.J. Griffin (3-0, 2.94), in his first start since coming off the 15-day disabled list.

The Red Sox rallied to win the series opener 8-7 with a four-run ninth inning.

The lineups:

RED SOX
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Travis Shaw 3B
Bryce Brentz LF
Christian Vazquez C
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Steven Wright RHP

RANGERS
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Ian Desmond CF
Nomar Mazara LF
Adrian Beltre 3B
Prince Fielder DH
Roughned Odor 2B
Elvis Andrus SS
Mitch Moreland 1B
Robinson Chirinos C
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A.J. Griffin RHP
 

Sweeney on chasing Stamkos, Lucic: 'We will make all the calls'

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Sweeney on chasing Stamkos, Lucic: 'We will make all the calls'

BUFFALO – While it certainly doesn’t feel like there’s any chance of it realistically happening, the Bruins plan to reach out to some of the bigger fish on the free agent market with roughly $21 million in cap space to work with.

Bruins general manager Don Sweeney lost out on a defenseman trade target in Dmitry Kulikov on Saturday when he was dealt by the Panthers to the Buffalo Sabres and appears far away from acquiring top D-man target Kevin Shattenkirk.

So, the Bruins will turn their attention to the free agent market opening on July 1, and with that in mind Sweeney didn’t rule out the Bruins making a run at Stephen Stamkos, or potentially welcoming back power forward Milan Lucic.

“The interview period has already begun, and we were on the phone today with players that we had targeted. It was our first opportunity to speak with them, and see if things line up. It will play out over the next few days and we will be aggressive about it because we want to improve,” said Sweeney, who was adamant that the Bruins would make all the necessary exploratory phone calls when specifically asked about both Stamkos and Lucic. “We will take the temperature of whoever will help our hockey club, and it if lines up then that’s what we’d like to do.

“There are a lot of coveted ones on the market, and we will make all of the calls. It’s everybody. The city would embrace it, and the organization has great respect for [Lucic]. So there’s no question that we would explore all players.”

There may be some sentimental interest from Lucic's camp in returning to Boston, but there's also a sense the left wing has become comfortable back on his native West Coast. The Canucks in his home city of Vancouver and the Edmonton Oilers are expected to push hard for his punishing, board-rattling services. Wooing Stamkos would be particularly difficult given that the Bruins seem years away from truly competing for a Stanley Cup and have two frontline centers in Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci.

While either one would certainly help a Black and Gold team likely to be losing Loui Eriksson in free agency, much of their existing cap space is going to be eaten up by a contract extension for RFA Torey Krug, a deal for whatever replacement they have in mind for Eriksson should he sign with a different team and the top-four defenseman that Boston has needed since trading Dougie Hamilton at last June’s draft weekend in Florida.