Bruins win series with 4-3 overtime victory

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Bruins win series with 4-3 overtime victory

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; Make it two overtime game-winners in the series for Nathan Horton.

He won Game 5 with an overtime score, but his laser from the high slot that sniped the top-right corner, six minutes into overtime on Wednesday night at the TD Garden, was by far the biggest goal hes ever scored in his career.

Hortons slap shot gave the Bruins both a 4-3 win in Game 7, a 4-3 series win over the Montreal Canadiens, and set up a second-round rematch against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Originally, it looked as if Chris Kelly had given the Bruins both the game-winning and series-clinching goal midway through the third period when he put the Bruins ahead 3-2 midway through the third period. Kelly went hard to the net, kept his stick on the ice and found a rebound at the right post that he buried.

But with 1:57 to go in regulation, P.K. Subban sniped the top-right corner from the top of the left circle with a blistering slap shot, while Montreal was on a power play thanks to a Patrice Bergeron high-sticking call.

Montreal had already battled back, erasing an early 2-0 deficit and sending the game into the third period tied at 2-2.

Tomas Plekanec tied the game at 2-2 nearly six minutes into the second period, after he scored a breakaway goal while Montreal was shorthanded.

Bostons power play had been dismal in the series already, and Plekanecs steal off Mark Recchi in the neutral zone led to a shorthanded breakaway for the Canadiens.

The Bruins had taken a 2-1 lead through the first period, thanks to a pair of early goals from Johnny Boychuk and Recchi.

Boychuk beat Carey Price with a slap shot from the right point that ended up in the low-right side of the net, 3:31 into the game. Recchi followed it up two minutes later by sniping the top-left corner with a wrist shot from the high slot.

It had the Garden rocking, up until Yannick Weber cut the lead to 2-1 midway through the first period, when he beat Thomas, top-right, with a snap shot from the right circle while on a 5-on-4 power play.
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Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.

“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”

A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.