Archives for April 2010

Vanek still questionable for Game 6

‘“I feel like I can go,” Vanek said, “but we’ve got to be smart and realistic about it.”’

NHL voids Chara&#8217s suspension

‘“The action would have to be a lot worse to get a suspension,” Sabres captain Craig Rivet said. “He was a little bit frustrated, but I don’t think it was really cause for a suspension.”’

Can Sabres team full of will find a way?

‘"We’re going to be as desperate, if not more," right wing Patrick Kaleta said Sunday. "It’s once again a do-or-die situation. I think we’re up to it."’

Miller takes playoffs at face value

‘"I’ve grown beards seven years in a row, and we haven’t won yet, so try something different," Miller said. "Dean Miller, circa 1988. … That’s all I remember, my dad with a mustache for a while. He went through this phase where he had everything. Beard. Goatee. Mustache. Soul patch. He’s always very creative."’

Ruff waiting to hear the magic words from Vanek

‘”That’s the thing,” Vanek said after Sunday’s practice in HSBC Arena. “Is it worth it to play those seven to nine minutes? Like I said, I feel like I can go, but we’ve got to be smart and realistic about it.”‘

Scouting report for Game Six

‘The Bruins and their fans want the first goal. It’s up to Miller to ensure they don’t get it.’

Monday’s Boston Coverage

Moving day for Lucic, Sturm (Boston Globe)

Return of Savard to Bruins would be just what doctor ordered (Boston Globe)

Sabres leave the decision to Vanek (Boston Globe)

Time for Marco Sturm to turn (Boston Herald)

Homing in on finishing blow (Boston Herald)

Waiting game (Boston Herald)

Bruins focused on eliminating Buffalo Sabres from playoffs, not on defending captain Zdeno Chara (Quincy Patriot Ledger)

Savard says he’s ready to return from concussion (Quincy Patriot Ledger)

Bruins draw lines in ice (Worcester Telegram and Gazette)

Time for Sturm to stir up Game 6 magic (New Bedford Standard Times)

Buffalo at Boston (AP)

Vanek, Savard may return for Sabres-Bruins Game 6 (AP)

(3) Buffalo Sabres (2-3) at (6) Boston Bruins (3-2) (The Sports Network)

Game 6 is Bruins’ second chance to eliminate Sabres (

Julien hopes to spark Sturm (ESPN)

Bruins’ Savard needs another test (ESPN)

Marc Savard Antsy to Get Back on Ice, But Return Not Urgent (New England Sports Network)

Marco Sturm Joins Patrice Bergeron, Mark Recchi on Bruins’ Top Line (New England Sports Network)

Savard: ‘Not looking good’ for Game Six (CSN New England)

B’s hoping changes spark Lucic, Sturm (CSN New England)

Savard Braces for Contact (

One win restores Sabres’ belief

‘“I can’t say enough about how hard and the type of work we put into that game and we ended up losing (Game 4),” Ruff said. “That’s the frustration. Again, you can fight that frustration, that disappointment. We were a pretty quiet group going into Game 5. You get concerned as a coach.”‘

Sabres-Bruins Is Battle of the Stingiest

‘“Nobody likes pointing the finger at Tuukka,” Bruins Coach Claude Julien said afterward. “And I don’t think we should point the finger at Tuukka. We weren’t very good in front of him. And he’s been good for us. We don’t play for another two days, lots of time for him to rest.”’

Sabres leave decision to Vanek if he&#8217s healthy

‘“He’s close now. It’s his decision whether he can play or not,” Ruff said Sunday after Vanek took part in his second straight day of practice after missing the past three games. “If he knocks on my door tomorrow and says, ‘I’m ready,’ he’s playing.”’

Chara gets green light for Game Six

‘As the teams mostly took it easy on the first of back-to-back off days, the Sabres were diplomatic about the ruling. But the Bruins were incensed Ruff even got Chara’s role reviewed.’

Hope glows brighter with Game Five win

‘"We’ve had some disappointments in the series and that’s obvious," Ruff said Saturday in HSBC Arena. "… To fight that frustration and disappointment, we were a pretty quiet group going into Game Five and you get concerned as a coach. You put that much work into a game, make the mistake you make to give them that winning goal we gave them and there’s a lot of frustration. The hope tank starts to get a little bit low."’

Sunday’s Boston Coverage

Call rescinded, Chara will be back on duty (Boston Globe)

Trend starts to get to them (Boston Globe)

Bruins calm, ready (Boston Herald)

Zdeno Chara in clear (Boston Herald)

Julien: Chara ruling ‘common sense’ (ESPN)

Lindy Ruff, Claude Julien Engaged in War of Words Over Zdeno Chara (New England Sports Network)

Positives Hard to Find in Bruins’ Game 5 Loss to Sabres (New England Sports Network)

Savard closing in on return? (CSN New England)

Bruins Notebook: April 24th (

Sabres in refuse-to-lose mood

‘“This is what I would call a coin-flip series,” said Adam Mair, who had stunned the Bruins with an early goal. “The bounces went our way (Friday). We just talked about every shot of theirs going to the net would be a big one for us to get in front of. Grier blocked one off the side of his head on the penalty-kill. It’s deseprate times and, when you get plays like that, it’s hard not to win.”’

NHL rescinds instigator penalty to Bruins&#8217 Chara

‘The NHL rescinded the suspension on Saturday under Rule 47.22, which states it shall be served unless the director of hockey operations “deems the incident is not related to the score, previous incidents in the game or prior games, retaliatory in nature, ‘message sending,’ etc.”’