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After the fan sendoffs and media day circus, the Boston Bruins buckle down to play hockey.

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Two U's, Two K's, Two... Tuukka Rask wades through the media scrum.
Two U's, Two K's, Two... Tuukka Rask wades through the media scrum.
Bruce Bennett

The Boston Bruins face the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals tonight at 8PM. LET'S GO BRUINS!

  • Let's politely call this "Point/Counterpoint" on the Bruins/Blackhawks matchup. [PuckBuddys]
  • The Bruins and Blackhawks are like "cracked mirror images of each other." [EdmontonJournal]
  • Brad Marchand and Andrew Shaw play similar roles for their teams. [ESPN]
  • David Krejci is living his dream, playing with Jagr, who has high compliments for his countryman and for Krejci's linemates, Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic. [ChicagoTribune]
  • Media day short takes: Jagr is dyeing his beard! Cam Neely suffered an OMG moment in Leafs Game 7. [WEEI]
  • Zdeno Chara will face longtime friend and countryman Marian Hossa. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • Patrice Bergeron continues to prove why he is the current Selke Trophy winner and is again a nominee. [MassLive]
  • The GWG of laconic Adam McQuaid, the Bruins' Masterton Trophy nominee, was especially sweet. Jagr (formerly of the Dallas Stars) is the only Bruins player to have played against the Blackhawks this season. [ChicagoTribune]
  • Nathan Horton is finally getting to play in the finals,is seeking a new contract. Gregory Campbell underwent surgery on Monday. Near miss: Jiri Tlusty nearly chosen over Tuukka Rask! [TheBostonGlobe]
  • An inside look at Media Day with the help of Anton Khudobin. "Is this Kazakhstan TV?" (video, 1:31) [NESN]
  • Here are some key Bruins quotes from Media Day. [SportingNews]
  • The fans' sendoff of the team reminded Torey Krug of a Michigan State pep rally. [TheBoston Globe]
  • Take a moment to review these montages of Bruins highlights. Bruins pregame starts at 7pm, link is here. [WBZ,]
  • Lofty expectations are at stake, and this Bruins team can earn a place as a dynastic team. []
  • Jagr and Shawn Thornton reflect on this perhaps being their final Stanely Cup Finals, even as younger players realize they may be in the same boat. [WEEI]
  • Staff picks on the Finals: who claims the Conn Smythe, who will break out of his goal drought, which Blackhawk will be hardest to stop and more. [NewEnglandHockeyJournal]
  • An overview of the history in this series, two original six teams in the finals are a gift to the league and to TV ratings. (video, 2:27) [CBC]
  • Dan Bylsma has been signed for 2 more years. [CBC]
  • John Tortorella is in talks with the Vancouver Canucks. [TheGlobeAndMail]