Rask won't dress for Game 1, Khudobin in as Thomas' backup

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Rask won't dress for Game 1, Khudobin in as Thomas' backup

The Bruins featured the same lineup theyve tossed out over the last three days of practice, and appeared quiet and focused in the TD Garden home dressing room as they readied for tonights Game 1 playoff match.

Thats not the normal vibe you get in the Bs room, but this is the playoffs after all. So it remains to be seen whether quiet meant tight or focused for the Black and Gold as they embark on their journey to win back-to-back Stanley Cups.

Adam McQuaid (upper body) wasnt present on the ice for the morning skate and hasnt been seen on the frozen sheet since last weeks win over Ottawa. Tuukka Rask (groin)was the third goaltender out onto the ice for morning exercises and admitted after the skate he wouldnt be dressing tonight. So that means Anton Khudobin will back up Tim Thomas on Thursday night in his first taste of Stanley Cup playoff action, and the rest of the lineup looks the same as its been over the last three days.

Claude Julien said Johnny Boychuk (knee)is a game-time decision, but he's expected to play after practicing all week.

Here is the projected lineup for tonight:

Lucic-Krejci-Peverley
Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin
Rolston-Kelly-Pouliot
Paille-Campbell-Thornton

Chara-Seidenberg
Ference-Boychuk
Zanon-Corvo

Thomas
Khudobin

Scratches: Caron, Mottau

Draymond Green tells Paul Pierce he doesn't get a farewell tour; Pierce says Warrior blew a 3-1 lead

Draymond Green tells Paul Pierce he doesn't get a farewell tour; Pierce says Warrior blew a 3-1 lead

Draymond Green isn’t exactly known as being the most respectful competitor, so perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he spent the early minutes of last night’s game against the Clippers telling Paul Pierce he isn’t a legend. 

Pierce, who will retire at the end of the season, was not in the game at the time, but Green called to him from the court, telling him nobody would give him a farewell tour. 

“Chasing that farewell tour. They don’t love you like that,” Green said. “You can’t get that farewell tour. They don’t love you like that.” 

Green then said something else that was tough to hear through the broadcast before adding, “You thought you was Kobe?”

After the game, Pierce responded on Twitter, going to the easiest and most obvious insult available. As Chris Rock once said, “If I’m driving, and someone crashes into me with one leg, I’m gonna talk about the leg.”

Ainge: "Excited about Nets pick, cap space this summer"

Ainge: "Excited about Nets pick, cap space this summer"

Danny Ainge talks with Toucher and Rich about being patient and where the future of the Celtics stands after not making a big trade before yesterday's deadline.