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Julien: 'It doesn't matter who they throw in net'

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Julien: 'It doesn't matter who they throw in net'

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com
BOSTON The Bruins were made aware theyll be seeing a different goaltender between the pipes for the Flyers tonight when Peter Laviolette announced 22-year-old Russian rookie Sergei Bobrovsky will get the start for the Flyers in Game Four down 3-0 in the best-of-seven series.Bobrovsky is 0-1 with a 3.28 goals against average in five appearances during the playoffs for the Flyers, and looked excellent in Game Two for Philly at the Wells Fargo Center when he came on in relief of an injured Brian Boucher. A team can normally derive some spark or energy from a goaltending change, but that might not apply to a Flyers club that has switched goalies in seven out of the 10 playoff games theyve played thus far. Thats a recipe for disaster and an indictment of a severely shoddy defense.Bruins coach Claude Julien said it didnt matter to the Bruins which goalie shows up to play against them, and its more about the Bs finishing off the job theyve started in their first three wins over the Flyers.The book on Bobrovsky is hes very beatable on anything shot upstairs in the net as are most goaltenders but Julien said that theyve already gone over their Philly scouting reports and are ready for anything.It doesnt really matter to us who they throw in net, were prepared for every scenario at this point, said Julien. Its just a matter of going out there, doing the job and doing it right. Andrew Ference was asked during pregame availability what the difference in approach has been from the intense seven game series against the Montreal Canadiens compared to the current series against the Flyers.His answer was pretty telling and reveals just how seriously the Bruins are taking things at this point.This is as focused as Ive ever seen our team before, said Ference when asked to describe the Game Four mindset for so many guys that lived through last seasons collapse. "This series there has been no shortage of us really wanting to do well. The first series against the Habs was emotional. This has been much more business-like" The Bruins added this tidbit to their weekly notes package on Friday afternoon: Since the playoffs started, the following five players are tied for the second highest amount of Bruins namenumber t-shirt orders in the Boston Bruins Pro Shop, according to Retail Director of the Pro Shop, Lauma Cerlins: Nathan Horton, Milan Lucic, Tim Thomas, Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara.What may be surprising to some is that the best seller thus far is Brad Marchands No. 63, as the Pro Shop has had to order three-times as many tees (compared to the group of five players above) to meet the demand for the popular Bs rookie. The Bruins announced that all of their season tickets for the 2011-12 regular season have been sold out, and that the team has started a waiting list for season tickets in the loge and balcony sections. So we have reached our capacity for season tickets in the loge and balcony, which is twelve thousand seats and we started a wait list just so we can start to take, in order, people who are interested in season tickets, said Bruins Vice President of Ticket Sales Amy Latimer. Its a one hundred dollar deposit per seat. Their benefits throughout the year are that they are going to get additional offers for Bruins tickets, Garden events and they will have a season ticket rep. that will work with them basically on their preference location, price range, all those things. Julien said that defenseman Adam McQuaid skated for the first time on Friday morning since spraining his neck after tumbling face-first into the boards at the Wells Fargo Center in Game Two, and hes getting better. Still no timetable on a return for McQuaid however.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Morning Skate: Want any cheese with that whine, Isles?

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Morning Skate: Want any cheese with that whine, Isles?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while trying to figure out when exactly I’m going to be able to go see the new Star Wars movie.

*The New York Islanders were crying in their beer over the fact that Brad Marchand side-stepped a suspension and claimed it was because John Tavares didn’t writhe around, kick and scream on the ice like a soccer player. The truth is the play wasn’t the kind of thing that’s going to injure a player under normal circumstances but was clearly a late, uncalled for hit. That’s why it got the five-minute major penalty and nothing more. Threatening to give an award-winning acting performance next time in order to try and get a suspension for an opposing player just sounds like crybaby soup from the Isles. Buckle the chin strap and get ready to play a contact sport next time, particularly if you’re Tavares, who was hacking at Charlie McAvoy’s legs with your stick like you’re Paul Bunyan chopping at a piece of wood. It works both ways, you know?

*The Winnipeg Jets continue to be one of the excellent, unsung stories of the NHL’s first half as they really take hold at the top of the Western Conference.

*Here’s a good piece on Jonathan Quick and what his good health has meant to a resurgent Los Angeles Kings team this season.

*Former Boston College standout goalie Thatcher Demko is way ahead of schedule in the Vancouver Canucks organization, but they’re not looking to rush him.

*Here’s a great video of a youngster playing the Star-Spangled Banner on the violin prior to a New York Rangers game at Madison Square Garden. Well done, young lady!

*Pro Hockey Talk as the details of the Ducks and Red Wings getting into a fight on Monday night ahead of the Bruins traveling to Hockeytown for a Wednesday night showdown.

*For something completely different: A list of the 10 actors who could replace Ben Affleck as Batman now that DC has given up the charade that they’re not intending to replace him underneath the cowl.

 

Spooner travels with Bruins but questionable for Detroit

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Spooner travels with Bruins but questionable for Detroit

BRIGHTON, Mass – Ryan Spooner has practiced in each of the past two days, but his status is still in question for the back-to-back Bruins games against the Red Wings and Capitals over the next couple of days.

Spooner has missed the past couple of games with a lower-body injury after playing in the previous five contests following a month-long layoff with a groin injury. The current injury is believed to be similar in nature to the original groin problem and that’s the reason the Bruins are treating it cautiously as they approach Wednesday night’s game in Detroit.

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“He’s practicing fully with the team, and the long and short of it is that he’s still day-to-day. We’ll decide [on Wednesday] but we just want to keep moving forward with him,” said Bruce Cassidy, who also mentioned that Kevan Miller was missing from practice to be with his wife for the birth of their child. “We’ve had a couple of stops and starts with him, so we’re going to manage it to the best of our ability so we’re moving forward [in his recovery]. He’ll travel with the team, and if we decide that he’s in the lineup [vs. the Red Wings] then Donnie [Sweeney] and I will talk about how that’s going to affect our roster.”

Spooner has played 10 games this season, with a goal and four points in the intermittent action. It’s too bad as Spooner has been pretty good when healthy and has played with speed and a higher level of competitiveness this season when he’s actually suited up.

The problem with Spooner’s return at this point, however, is that the Bruins have a third line of Danton Heinen, Riley Nash and David Backes that’s been gaining traction in recent days and had a monster game vs. Arizona last week. A return from injured reserve for Spooner would mean that the Bruins finally have to make a tough roster choice. Either put a player such as Frank Vatrano on waivers or send a young player such as Sean Kuraly down who deserves to stay based on his performance.

With Spooner’s status in question for the next two games, here are the line combos and D-pairings from Tuesday’s practice at Warrior Ice Arena with Tuukka Rask set to get the start Wednesday night in Detroit:

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

DeBrusk-Krejci-Bjork

Heinen-Nash-Backes

Schaller-Kuraly-Acciari

Vatrano-Spooner-Beleskey

 
Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Carlo

Grzelcyk-Postma

McQuaid

 
Rask

Khudobin