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Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara named to NHL's All-Decade second team

Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara named to NHL's All-Decade second team

Two key pieces of the Bruins core who brought a Stanley Cup back to Boston in 2011 and reached a Cup Final in 2013 and 2019 have found a place on the NHL All-Decade Team for the 2010s.

Zdeno Chara is a defenseman and Patrice Bergeron a forward on the All-Decade second team named by NHL as part of its All-Star Weekend in St. Louis. Joining them on the second team are forwards Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning, defensemen Erik Karlsson of the San Jose Sharks and goalie Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers.

The first team is center Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, forwards Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, defensemen Duncan Keith of the Blackhawks, Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury of the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

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The teams were chosen by a panel of NHL general managers, NHL hockey operations staff, NHL.com writers and on-air talent from NBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

Earlier, the Bruins' improbable 5-4 overtime, comeback victory over the Maple Leafs in the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, in which Bergeron scored the game-winner, was named Game of the Decade. The B's became the first team to win a playoff Game 7 when trailing by three goals in the third period when they overcame a 4-1 deficit. 

 


 

Bruins vs. Hurricanes live stream: Watch Game 2 of NHL playoff game online

Bruins vs. Hurricanes live stream: Watch Game 2 of NHL playoff game online

What a difference 24 hours (and change) makes. 

On Wednesday morning, the Bruins were limping into their first-round playoff series against the Hurricanes. The NHL's top team for most of the regular season, the B's had lost four straight games in the Toronto bubble and hadn't led for even a second over that stretch.

But then Boston carried play for most of Game 1 and finally beat Carolina on Patrice Bergeron's goal just 73 seconds into double overtime. Now the Bruins have the opportunity to nab a 2-0 series lead and take control of the series with a victory in Game 2 Thursday night.

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The quick turnaround — especially after playing 80-plus minutes — could be a factor, though Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy appears to be sticking with Tuukka Rask, who faced just 28 shots in Game 1. 

"How is Tuukka feeling coming out of the game? He felt fine. Was there a lot of wear and tear to the point where recovery would take more than 24 or 48 hours? I don’t think so," Cassidy said Thursday. "We were pretty clean in front of him without a lot of demanding stretches. Still, it was four periods of hockey and he needs to be on his toes the whole game."

The Hurricanes have their own lineup decisions to make, but Rod Brind'Amour — who was fined $25,000 for blasting the refs following a controversial goal in Game 1 — wasn't tipping his hand, saying that the team has a number of game-time decisions, including Justin Williams and Sami Vatanen, neither of whom played in Game 1.

Here's how to watch Game 2 of the Bruins vs. Hurricanes series online. Also, NBC Sports Boston will break down Game 2 immediately after the game on Postgame Live with Michael Felger, Joe Haggerty and Olympic gold medalist A.J. Mlezcko.

When: Thursday, August 13 at 8 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC Sports Network
Live Stream: NBC Sports

Bruins send Claude Julien well wishes as Canadiens coach is hospitalized

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Bruins send Claude Julien well wishes as Canadiens coach is hospitalized

Claude Julien won't be behind the Montreal Canadiens' bench for their Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Canadiens head coach was taken to a Toronto-area hospital Thursday after experiencing chest pain Wednesday night and is expected to miss the team's first-round series, general manager Marc Bergevin said Thursday.

"We immediately consulted our doctors and it was agreed to transfer him to the hospital by ambulance," Bergevin said. "He's presently there and he's undergoing tests to determine the exact nature of his condition."

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Bergevin added Julien's health situation had "nothing to do" with COVID-19.

It's a scary development for the former Bruins head coach, who is in his fourth season coaching Montreal after 10 seasons in Boston. Julien led the Bruins to a Stanley Cup in 2011 and is the winningest coach in franchise history, with 419 wins.

The Bruins wished Julien a speedy recovery Thursday on Twitter.

Associate head coach Kirk Muller will assume head coach duties in Julien's absence.