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For some Bruins, it will be a homecoming of sorts.

Mike Stobe

<p><b> After today's practice, the Bruins fly to meet the Pittsburgh Penguins in preparation for tomorrow night's game. </b></p>

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<li> Claude Julien vs. Dan Bylsma face off in a battle of coaching styles and tactics. [<a href="http://www.timesonline.com/sports/penguins/madden-substance-forces-coaches-styles/article_fddd3379-db8e-5e27-9c32-d0178e56d3fa.html">TimesOnline</a>]</li>

<li> Tuukka Rask is "normal, for a goaltender" and has demonstrated the resiliency and durability that Peter Chiarelli had hoped for. [<a href="http://www.patriotledger.com/sports/pros/x2038011280/Boston-Bruins-goalie-Tuukka-Rask-relishes-challenge-posed-by-Pittsburgh-Penguins?zc_p=0#axzz2UsWxptUF">PatriotLedger</a>]</li>

<li> Rask's play needs to be "hotter than John Tortorella at a postgame press conference." (Worth a read if only for Ron Borges' simile slinging!) [<a href="http://bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/boston_bruins/2013/05/borges_pressure_s_on_tuukka_rask">BostonHerald</a>]</li>

<li> Torey Krug stepped up his conditioning, learned in the AHL, and now has "grabbed the playoffs by the throat." [<a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2013/05/30/torey-krug-unlikely-playoff-hero-for-bruins/M4X5cuxr8rvFYyzDaq4SwO/story.html?s_campaign=sm_tw">TheBostonGlobe</a>]</li>

<li> Krug's family has a strong hockey past in Peguin country. [<a href="http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/4111282-74/krug-carey-hockey#axzz2UsQSSpar">PittsburgTribuneReview</a>]</li>

<li> Dougie Hamilton watched his former teammates in the Memorial Cup finals, and reflected on how far he has come. [<a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/bruins/post/_/id/12538/hamilton-enjoying-playoff-experience">ESPN</a>]</li>

<li> The Bruins are still searching for third line input, now or never time. [<a href="http://www.bruinsdaily.com/2013/05/31/bruins-third-line-must-contribute-versus-penguins/">BruinsDaily</a>]</li>

<li> All Bruins present and accounted for at practice today. [<a href="https://twitter.com/NHLBruins/status/340475840871669767">@NHLBruins^CS</a>]</li>

<li> Conn Smythe watch! David Krejci is mentioned, as are Sidney Crosby, Pascal Dupuis, and Kris Letang. [<a href="http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/05/31/2013-nhl-playoffs-a-look-at-the-early-conn-smythe-candidates/">ProHockeyTalk</a>]</li>

<li> Torey Krug and David Krejci have now merited mention in the Playoffs Beard Watch. [<a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/stanley-cup-beard-watch-checking-growth-postseason-heroes-222916739.html#more-59999">PuckDaddy</a>]</li>

<li> Cooke on the hook. Matt Cooke will, and must, continue to answer. [<a href="http://www.sportingnews.com/nhl/story/2013-05-30/matt-cooke-marc-savard-bruins-penguins-series-schedule-nhl-playoffs-2013">SportingNews</a>]</li>

<li> When life threatening injuries occur, even the best intentioned players involved carry a burden. [<a href="http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/9325948/on-burden-player-clint-malarchuk-carries-ordinary-actions-cause-unforgettable-injury">Grantland</a>]</li>

<li> Fancystats for you... NHL Conference finals and predictions. [<a href="http://www.shutdownline.com/hurricanes/statistical-analysis/nhl-conference-finals-previews-and-predictions.html">ShutdownLine</a>]</li>

<li> Hockey "ughs." No, not HUGS. Enjoy the second-round schadenfreude! [<a href="http://blogs.thescore.com/nhl/2013/05/30/hockey-ughs-second-round-sadness-and-sorrow/">TheScore</a>]</li>

<li> The sensible, final word on the Sam Adams kerfuffle from Peter Colton, manager of The Four's tavern. "This should be settled on the ice, not in the bar." [<a href="http://triblive.com/news/editorspicks/4109251-74/adams-howlers-beer#axzz2UsQSSpar">PittsburghTribuneReview</a>]</li>

<li> Hulk Hogan has a message for the Bruins. [<a href="http://thenosebleeds.com/hulk-hogan-has-a-message-for-the-bruins/">TheNosebleeds</a>]</li>

<li> It's PLAYOFFS! Let's check in and see what the Dropkick Murphys are up to, shall we? [<a href="http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2013/may/31/boston-bred-murphys-see-loyalty-pay/">CommercialAppeal</a>]</li>

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