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Patrice Bergeron hit another historic milestone with this Bruins goal

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Patrice Bergeron hit another historic milestone with this Bruins goal

Add another highlight to Patrice Bergeron's future Hockey Hall of Fame reel.

The Boston Bruins forward tallied his 66th point of the season Saturday night, opening the scoring against the Columbus Blue Jackets with a nifty backhand goal.

What made this goal so special? It was Bergeron's 800th career point.

That puts the 33-year-old in elite NHL company, as he's now one of only 14 active NHL players with at least 800 points. (His former Bruins teammate, Joe Thornton, tops the list at 1,469).

Bergeron already passed the 1,000-career-game mark earlier this year and certainly hasn't lost a step; he's just four goals, nine points and six total points away from matching career highs for a season in all three categories.

 

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Chara returns to Bruins practice, looks 'good' as he prepares for Game 1

Chara returns to Bruins practice, looks 'good' as he prepares for Game 1

BRIGHTON, Mass. – Zdeno Chara took part in a long, spirited practice with the Bruins on Monday morning at Warrior Ice Arena, and certainly looked like a guy who was going to be ready when the Stanley Cup Final gets going.

Chara missed Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final with an undisclosed injury, but skated ahead of Sunday’s practice before joining his teammates for a lengthy skate on Monday designed to keep the Bruins in shape a week ahead of the Stanley Cup Final. There didn’t appear to be much of anything wrong with Chara as he skated with the rest of his B’s teammates, but there was also nothing as of yet confirming that he’ll be in the lineup against either the San Jose Sharks or the St. Louis Blues next Monday night.

“[Chara] was good,” confirmed Bruce Cassidy. “He went through practice without any issues, so I think tomorrow will be a better day to see if he gets any stiffness or soreness. He’ll get some rest [on Tuesday] and get ready to go for Wednesday.”

Chara has been a workhorse during the playoffs with 22:31 of ice time per game along with a goal and three points in 16 games with a plus-11 rating, and it was a bit of a surprise to see the 6-foot-9 captain suddenly unavailable for the clinching game vs. the Carolina Hurricanes. Chara has taken several blocked shots to the foot area during the postseason and he’s certainly looked every bit his 42 years of age at other points in the playoffs.

“I’m taking it one day at a time. [Tuesday] is an off day and then we’ll get back on it Wednesday,” said Chara. “It was hard. I’m not going to lie. You’re watching [a playoff game] and you want to be playing. You want to be involved. For sure it was something where I was feeling that anxiousness to play, but guys did a great job winning the game.”

But he’s also undoubtedly still an asset as a shutdown D-man and a penalty killer who will benefit greatly from the 10 days off in between playoff games headed into next week’s Stanley Cup Final. Here are the line combos and D-pairings based on Monday’s practice with a week ahead of Boston’s date with the Stanley Cup:

 

Marchand-Bergeron-Pastrnak

DeBrusk-Krejci-Backes

Johansson-Coyle-Heine

Nordstrom-Kuraly-Acciari

 

Chara-McAvoy

Krug-Carlo

Grzelcyk-Clifton

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Rask's teammates giving the red-hot goalie the silent treatment: 'I don't even talk to the guy right now'

Rask's teammates giving the red-hot goalie the silent treatment: 'I don't even talk to the guy right now'

BRIGHTON, Mass. – The Bruins are taking an interesting approach to Tuukka Rask this week as they wait for the Stanley Cup Final to begin a week from now.

Rather than pepper him with shots in practice this week or come up with some elaborate way to keep him in the zone, the Bruins goaltender’s teammates’ biggest strategy is to stay the hell away from him. You have to respect their commitment to leaving alone a guy who’s at the top of this spring’s Conn Smythe candidates with a 12-5-0 record with a 1.84 goals against average and a .942 save percentage, and a goalie who’s pretty much matching what Tim Thomas had done to this point during the 2011 Stanley Cup playoff run.

The big difference for Rask: Thomas was otherworldly in the Cup Final against Vancouver while posting a .967 save percentage and only allowing eight goals in the seven-game series. Rask had a pretty good .932 save percentage while allowing 16 goals in six games against the Blackhawks in 2013, so he needs to be better than pretty good this time around in the Cup Final to truly match Thomas’ playoff run beginning to end.

So with that in mind, Rask won’t be having too many conversations with the guys on his team this week or next in a time-honored hockey superstition akin to not talking to a baseball pitcher during a perfect game. 

“I don’t even talk to the guy right now,” said Bruins defenseman Torey Krug. “I’ll try to ignore him and I’m sure he’s trying to ignore me. I’d say that’s probably a common theme in this locker room. From Day One of the playoffs he’s had a routine and he’s had that look in his eye. I think most guys fall in that category of just letting him do his thing and kind of tip-toeing around him. [You just want to] stay out of the way of his routine.”

Clearly it’s going to be a challenge to keep Rask “in the zone” with the 10 days between the conference final and the Stanley Cup Final, and much of it will be up to him to remain mentally and physically sharp after a long layoff. But it also sounds like his teammates are going to do whatever is necessary to get him there, and keep him there, prior to the Memorial Day Cup Final start against either the St. Louis Blues or the San Jose Sharks.

“We leave him alone. You leave him be. You don’t get into his head at all and you let him do his thing. Whatever he wants to do, you let him do it,” said Brad Marchand, with a smile. "But he’s a pro. He’s been around for a long time so he knows how to prepare himself and stay sharp. We have to do the same thing in the room.”

It’s not exactly an uncommon theme for hockey players to just totally leave their goalie alone when one is going through a hot streak like Rask is right now, and the Bruins players are adhering to hockey tradition in that way. They just have to hope that the silent treatment is exactly what the doctor ordered for a player in Rask who’s playing at the highest level of his career when it comes to excelling during the biggest moments of the postseason.

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