By Joe Haggerty
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BOSTON With the Stanley Cup firmly in Bostons grasp after defeating the Vancouver Canucks during a wildly entertaining seven game final, the focus has finally moved on to the fine details of winning the Cup.
The final preparations are underway for the Saturday rolling rally with the Bruins partying with the city of Boston on duck boats and it should be a full cast of Black and Gold characters. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli confirmed that concussed center Marc Savard will be flying down from Ontario, and will be a part of the weekend celebration for Bostons first Cup in 39 years.
Theres also the housekeeping of who actually gets their name on the 35-pound, 3-foot piece of hockey immortality.
Though the NHL requirement is to appear in at least 41 games or play in a Stanley Cup Final game in order to have their name engraved on the silver chalice, there is a precedent for the backup goaltender being included even if he played less than 41 games during the season.
So Tuukka Rask is in with only 29 games played during the regular season and no appearances during the Cup Finals.
Chiarelli said hes looking into the process of getting the names of both Marc Savard and Steve Kampfer included along with the rest of the Bruins players. Savard played in 29 games before another January concussion knocked him out for the season and Kampfer skated in 38 games for the Bruins during his rookie season.
Chiarelli is hoping both will find their names on the Cup despite not meeting the general criteria that doesnt take season-ending injuries into account among its qualifications. There is a petition process that the Bs manager is looking into when it comes to Cup inclusion, and just won of a number of things on Chiarellis punch list now that a dream playoff run has come to an end.
I dont know what the process is," Chiarelli said. "Ive given it a little bit of thought. You know certainly those two deserve to be on it, so well see what we can do to get them on it and go from there.
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BRIGHTON, Mass. – Anton Blidh plans on keeping things pretty straightforward on his first call-up to the NHL.
The former sixth-round pick of the Bruins has earned his stripes at the AHL level with Providence over the last couple of seasons, and comes to Boston as a gritty, energy forward capable of stirring things up in otherwise sleepy games. There’s also a bit of offensive upside for a fourth line-type player with five goals and nine points with 22 penalty minutes and a plus-eight rating in 19 games for the P-Bruins this season.
It remains to be seen if the Blidh call-up means that the Bruins intend to scratch a player or that somebody is questionable for Saturday afternoon’s game in Buffalo, but Patrice Bergeron did miss Friday’s practice without any real defined reason for his absence. The 21-year-old Swede said he plans to play to his strengths if he gets into the lineup for the Black and Gold, and that could mean getting under the skin of his Sabres opponents.
“It’s my first time called up, so I’m happy,” said Blidh, who was asked what he'll bring if he gets into the lineup. “I’ll just play simple and play my own game: be hard on the puck and play with some energy. I worked hard [in Providence] and then I got some confidence. I’m not a goal-scorer, but I scored a couple of goals and got some confidence.”
Claude Julien hasn’t been able to catch up Blidh’s work since the season got started, but was pleased by the youngster’s progress in training camp, where he earned notice for his feisty, physical play on a line with Noel Acciari.
“They said he’s playing well, so they brought him up. We’ll get to see him, hopefully tomorrow,” said Julien. “I didn’t hear a ton of fine details aside from him being a guy that was certainly playing with a lot of energy. I didn’t mind him in training camp either. He works really hard and competes hard, and we could use that.”
That would certainly be the case after watching the Bruins go through the motions for long stretches Thursday night against Carolina before essentially stealing a game that they didn’t deserve to win.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading, while everybody in New England is in mourning over the latest Gronk booboo.
*A pretty neat sharpshooting video with Jonathan Toews and that young whippersnapper Auston Matthews squaring off against each other.
*Craig Custance looks a little deeper into the situation with the Florida Panthers and how things are stabilizing after the rough firing of Gerard Gallant last week.
*Now. let’s get to the real important stuff: the San Jose Sharks website has put together their Movember rankings for the player’s mustaches.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bruce Garrioch says that the plans for an outdoor game in Ottawa are again back on the NHL’s agenda.
*Erik Erlendsson has put together a “Lightning Insider” website where you can find all the latest news about the Tampa Bay franchise. Check it out.
*As guys such as Anton Khudobin prove when they’re thrust into the starting spot, backup goalies matter in today’s NHL.
*For something completely different: a mash-up of Kylo Ren and “Girls” from the mad mind of Adam Driver is exactly just that.