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The Boston Bruins can embrace and use the "underdog" label as they prepare to face a fully loaded Pittsburgh Penguins team.

Jared Wickerham

<p><b> The Boston Bruins return to practice today after a well earned respite following their 4-1 series victory over the New York Rangers. </b></p>

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<li> Got plans? It looks like the ECF series will begin in Pittsburgh on Saturday evening. [<a href="http://bigbadblog.weei.com/sports/boston/hockey/bruins/2013/05/28/reports-bruins-penguins-series-to-start-saturday-night/">WEEI</a>]</li>

<li> Ooooh, underdogs. The Bruins can use that to advantage. [<a href="http://bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/boston_bruins/2013/05/bruins_heavy_underdogs_vs_powerful_penguins">BostonHerald</a>]</li>

<li> Peter Chiarelli has built a top playoff series winning team around a core group of players. [<a href="http://bostonherald.com//sports/bruins_nhl/boston_bruins/2013/05/bruins_join_elite_company">BostonHerald</a>]</li>

<li> The Bruins lost all three regular season games to the Penguins by one point each, and will seek a strategy to swing momentum back their way. [<A href="http://bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/boston_bruins/2013/05/claude_julien_considers_his_options_to_halt_penguins">BostonHerald</a>]</li>

<li> D parings at Bruins practice were unchanged. [<a href="https://twitter.com/NHLBruins/status/339404134593732609">NHLBruins^CS</a>]</li>

<li> Lines were also unchanged. [<a href="https://twitter.com/NHLBruins/status/339397194559942657">NHLBruins^CS</a>]</li>

<li> As far as depth, the Pittsburgh Penguins healthy scratch better players than most teams. [<a href="http://www.masslive.com/bruins/index.ssf/2013/05/sidney_who_pittsburgh_penguins_relying_on_depth_for_playoff_run_as_they_prepare_for_boston_bruins.html">MassLive</a>]</li>

<li> Shawn Thornton denied that there are hard feelings toward Jarome Iginla, reported that Tim Thomas tweeted congratulations after Rangers Game 3, and maintains Tuukka Rask flies under the media's radar. [<a href="http://bigbadblog.weei.com/sports/boston/hockey/bruins/2013/05/28/shawn-thornton-on-dc-penguins-front-lines-a-force-to-be-reckoned-with/">WEEI</a>]</li>

<li> According to his college coach, Torey Krug is a competitor, and was the hardest worker on the team. [<a href="http://bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/boston_bruins/2013/05/michigan_state_coach_says_draft_slight_motivates_torey_krug">BostonHerald</a>]</li>

<li> What Bruins rookie merits Dino Ciccarelli Award consideration? [<a href="http://blogs.thescore.com/nhl/2013/05/28/dino-ciccarelli-award-watch-torey-krug-takes-over/">TheScore</a>]</li>

<li> Here are 10 storylines to watch in the Bruins/Penguins series. [<a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/penguins-vs-bruins-10-must-watch-storylines-eastern-145939776.html#more-59692">PuckDaddy</a>]</li>

<li> Blind golden retriever puppy Ray Charles is a Bruins fan, and there is apparently an online petition to have him perform a ceremonial puck drop. [<a href="http://metro.co.uk/2013/05/28/12-pictures-that-prove-blind-golden-retriever-puppy-ray-charles-is-the-cutest-dog-on-the-internet-3811320/">MetroUK</a>]</li>

<li> Mrs. Lally's kindergarten class offers signs and hats in support of the Bruins. [<a href="http://dedham.patch.com/articles/patch-pic-of-the-day-kindergarten-class-shows-support-for-the-bruins#photo-14600722">DedhamPatch</a>]</li>

<li> Coach Tom Rowe took his young Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team to train in Lancaster, PA, a largely Amish community. [<a href="http://espn.go.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/9305325/russian-hockey-team-lokomotiv-yaroslavl-rebuilds-amish-country">ESPN</a>]</li>

<li> Beer league uniform sweaters are often an afterthought, or a logo from a former sponsor... here's a clever one, and a vaguely disturbing one. En français. [<a href="http://25stanley.com/un-superbe-chandail-de-ligue-de-garage.html">25Stanley</a>]</li>

<li> Jamal Mayers earned a fine, but hasn't played a game in the postseason. [<a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nhl-roundup-blackhawks-mayers-fined-223048646--nhl.html">YahooSports</a>]</li>

<li> I like cartoons. Enjoy "Le Coach" from Stevie Roxelle. [<a href="http://blogs.thescore.com/nhl/2013/05/26/sunday-funnies-le-coach/">TheScore</a>]</li>

<li> An eulogy for the New York Rangers. [<a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/eulogy-remembering-2012-13-york-rangers-155420645.html">PuckDaddy</a>]</li>

<li> What about Bob? Plucky Sergei Bobrovsky faces juggernaut Martin Brodeur for the EA NHL14 Sports cover. VOTE!!!! [<a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-14-sergei-bobrovsky-vs-martin-brodeur-ea-185718487.html">PuckDaddy</a>]</li>

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