Fresh Links: Bearing Down Edition

Carl "The Dread Pirate" Soderberg eludes Sami Salo - USA TODAY Sports

The first round of the playoffs begin for the Bruins against the Leafs at TD Garden tomorrow night. No more time for woulda-coulda-shoulda. The Bruins can either bring it now, or they can pull their brightly-colored plaid golf togs and clubs out of storage for a long postseason.

One day of practice, and then the playoffs begin tomorrow night! Will the Boston Bruins be able to regroup and reset for the final push?

  • Peter Chiarelli is happy with Claude Julien's effort this lockout-shortened season, but was not satisfied with the team's performance of late, and is grateful for the strong start that carried them this far. [ESPN]
  • Chiarelli further noted that the snarl seems to be returning to Milan Lucic's game just in time. [ESPN]
  • This anaylsis by D. J. Bean calls it to go to the Bruins in five games. [WEEI]
  • The core of this Bruins team has won the Stanley Cup, but was also booted last year in the first round. It may be time to stop looking at the past. [TheHockeyWriters]
  • So what is the best hope for the Maple Leafs? They don't have to excel, just be good enough. Like the Caps last year. [TorontoStar]
  • Here's a tidy synopsis of the matchup, and conclusion is Boston in 6 games. [GlobalNews]
  • Memories... NESN has compiled the highlight videos of 10 memorable Bruins regular season games. [NESN]
  • The Bruins started out of the gate very strong, and even after all the angst at the end, were one point away from winning the division, and still finished fifth in the NHL. [CausewayCrowd]
  • The Dread Pirate Carl Soderberg has star potential! [VancouverSun]
  • Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin were out on ice early today with goaltending coach Bob Essensa. [@NHLBruins]
  • Phil Kessel is reported to be avoiding the media already. [WBZ,CBSLocal]
  • Anthony Camara's Barrie Colts beat Malcolm Subban's Belleville Bulls in the OHL battle of Bruins prospects. [YahooSports]
  • You are SO BUSTED! The jig is up, Don Cherry, you were a pioneer as Bruins coach, allowing female reporters into the dressing room. [GlobalNews]
  • Which NHL players represented the leaders in jersey sales? Four Bruins were in the top 20. [PuckDaddy]

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