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Patrice Bergeron mic'd up in Bruins-Hurricanes handshake line is awesome stuff

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Patrice Bergeron mic'd up in Bruins-Hurricanes handshake line is awesome stuff

Turns out Patrice Bergeron's teammates and opponents gush about him just as much off camera as they do to the media.

Case in point: the Boston Bruins' handshake line and dressing room celebration after sweeping the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final.

The Bruins had Bergeron and several other players and coaches mic'd up for NESN's "Behind the B" TV show, and the microphones picked up some great exchanges.

A few highlights:

-- Bergeron yelling, "Hey, shake hands!" to his Bruins teammates to make sure they gave the Hurricanes their due before going too crazy.

-- Bergeron showing Justin Williams some love, telling the Carolina captain, "Hell of a job leading that team" to the East final.

-- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour applauding Bergeron for "showing us how it's done," then calling the alternate captain "one of the greater players ever."

-- Bruins forward Chris Wagner, back in Boston after injuring himself while blocking a shot in Game 3, joining the dressing room celebration via Zdeno Chara's FaceTime to pass the "game puck" along to Bergeron.

The Bruins have gotten contributions up and down the lineup in the Stanley Cup Playoffs -- 19 different players have at least one goal -- but Bergeron still is this team's heart and soul.

Bergeron joins Chara, David Krejci, Brad Marchand and Tuukka Rask among the B's players who have been in Boston for two Stanley Cup Final runs, and their leadership will be essential when the St. Louis Blues come to town for Game 1 on Monday night.

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Talking Points from the Bruins' 4-3 OT win over the Flyers in preseason

Talking Points from the Bruins' 4-3 OT win over the Flyers in preseason

Here are Joe Haggerty's Talking Points from the Bruins' 4-3 OT win over the Flyers in their preseason home opener. 

GOLD STAR:  Bruins left winger Jake DeBrusk certainly feel great about the way his season ended last year, but he started things off with a bang this year in the preseason. DeBrusk potted the overtime game-winner when he crashed the front of the net and pushed in a rebound of a Brad Marchand shot during a 4-on-3 power play for the Bruins in overtime. DeBrusk was strong throughout the game with five shots on net to go along with the goal in 16 plus minutes of ice time, and even more so when you considered that his regular center man, David Krejci, was knocked out just two shifts into the game for the Black and Gold.

BLACK EYE: It was a rough one for David Krejci, who exited the game after two shifts in the first period after a collision with Shayne Gostisbehere where it looked like his right knee buckled after a bit of a hip check. Krejci wasn’t on the bench to start the second period and certainly didn’t want to start his preseason out this way. The good news is that Bruce Cassidy said postgame that it was more precautionary than anything else, but it’s never good to see any of the aging core group dinged up during the largely meaningless preseason.

TURNING POINT: It looked like the Bruins were going to go quietly into that good night trailing 3-2 late in the third period, but instead the fourth line stepped up and allowed the Bruins to win it in overtime. Sean Kuraly made the play feeding to a wide-open Chris Wagner in transition, and Wagner did the rest dangling the puck through Brian Elliott’s five-hole for the game-tying score late in the third period. It shows once again the kind of possibilities that the Bruins will have this season if they can figure out the second and third line mix because the top line and the fourth line are already good to go for the Black and Gold.  

HONORABLE MENTION: Jakub Lauko only played nine minutes in the game, but he was dynamite for the Bruins while scoring the first goal of the game. Lauko threw a puck to himself off the boards while blowing by Flyers defenseman Mark Friedman, and then he sniped a wrist shot from a bad angle under the bar past a stunned Elliott. It was Lauko’s only shot on net in the game, but it was a memorable one as it spoke to the dazzling skills that the youngsters bring to the table each time he’s on the ice. The lack of ice time for him tonight, though, speaks to the very slim chances he has of making the team given the older, experienced players around him.

BY THE NUMBERS: 2 – the number of assists for David Backes in a solid night for him as the 35-year-old continues to fight for a job with the Bruins amidst some stiff competition at the forward position.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “I don’t think it’s serious. [We] felt it was better to not push through it. We’ll know more [on Tuesday].” –Bruce Cassidy speaking about the lower-body injury to David Krejci, which sounded precautionary more than anything else.

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David Krejci (lower body) OUT of Bruins preseason home opener after two shifts

David Krejci (lower body) OUT of Bruins preseason home opener after two shifts

BOSTON – The Bruins were excited to get back on home ice for the first time this preseason when they suited up against the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night at TD Garden.

The enthusiasm lasted about 20 minutes as David Krejci left Boston’s preseason home opener after playing two shifts in the first period with a lower-body injury. Krejci finished with 1:55 of ice time in the first period and was missing from the bench at the start of the second period after appearing to tweak his right ankle/knee after a collision in front of the Flyers net with Shayne Gostisbehere.

It was a short-lived Krejci preseason debut for the Bruins just as Zdeno Chara, Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak and Tuukka Rask were all appearing in their first game action during the 2019 exhibition season.

Now the Bruins have to hope that the 33-year-old Krejci is going to be okay with the regular season opener just less than two weeks away, and the Bruins holding little real depth when it comes to top-6 centers. Sure, Charlie Coyle could push up and fill in for a short period of time behind Patrice Bergeron, but the 35-year-old Bergeron is another playing taking it slowly this preseason while coming back from a nagging groin issue.

"I don't think it's serious," Bruce Cassidy said after the game. "We'll know more tomorrow."

Krejci played 81 games last season for the Bruins while posting 20 goals and 73 points, and was in the midst of the Bruins trying to find a right winger to go with No. 46 and Jake DeBrusk on the Bruins second line.

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