Bruins coach Cassidy ready to return to playoffs

If Noel Acciari returns from injury and Joe Morrow goes in the lineup in place of the injured Colin Miller, that will make 10 Bruins playing their first National Hockey League playoff games in this series. It's not going out on a limb to say that Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson (25-11-4, 2.28 goals against average, .926 save% and 5 shutouts) could very well be the most important player in this series.

The Senators had their defensive system working to perfection in the second period, when they outshot the Bruins 12-0 and scored the game's first goal. "Those are two of the best D on the team and it's terrible to see them go down, especially after such a good body of work to get to this point". But the Bruins found life in the third, scored twice, and came away with a 2-1 win against the team they hadn't beaten in four previous tries this season.

He is widely regarded as the Ottawa Senators' top forward, but it has now been 16 games - and counting - since Stone last scored a goal, and the belief is that, if the club is going to go anywhere in these playoffs, it needs him to start cashing in on some of those scoring chances he's been creating.

McQuaid atoned for his mistake on Vatrano's game-tying goal, as he won a puck battle along the boards with Ottawa defenseman Mark Borowiecki.

In Game 1 of Ottawa's first-round series against Boston on Wednesday night at Canadian Tire Centre, the visiting Bruins failed to register a shot in the second period. I don't think so.

The game remained reasonably close possession-wise in the outlying periods, and Boston certainly could have done worse in the middle frame. "Krug and Carlo, you can't replace guys like that, you can only go in and hope to do something that those guys bring to the table", said McAvoy. Guy Boucher, Ottawa Senator's head coach, knows that this is only the beginning. Superstar Erik Karlsson is day-to-day with a foot injury and will most likely be ready to go for game one in Ottawa.

ABOUT THE SENATORS (44-28-10): Ottawa, unlike the Bruins, is as healthy as it has been for much of the season, with the lone exception being defenseman Marc Methot, who is dealing with a finger injury resulting in a slash from Sidney Crosby.

"I've used the word resiliency a lot and I think it's become a bit of our middle name", Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "He's got a lot of character, a lot of compete, and he's just a really good teammate", Phaneuf said. He is expected to be in the lineup for Game 1.

"I do expect them [to play], but I guess we'll have a better idea tomorrow morning". We weren't going after them in their zone. "The two goals they're just giveaway, after giveaway, after giveaway".

McAvoy hardly resembled a rookie as the tilt dragged on, as the skilled blue liner logged plenty of ice time and impressed on Boston's power play - playing a key role in Boston's come-from-behind win in Game 1 of the first-round series. While the Bruins were getting beaten up in most facets of the game, the Bergeron line was able to reset the clock each and every shift.

Down the stretch, Rask did what he had to do in order to get Boston into the playoffs. We just had to get back to our standard we had played to the last two months. When Dean Brown asked if he was planning to scratch any veterans, Boucher responded by saying, "Most of our players are veterans". Add Miller to the list that includes Torey Krug, David Krejci and Brandon Carlo, and all of a sudden the Bruins look like the walking wounded. At this point it appears Chris Kelly, Ryan Dzingel, Chris Neil, Colin White and Chris DiDomenico will be the odd-men out.

  • Julie Sanders