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Chris Bosh, left, and his Heat teammates rejoice after winning the second game of last season's first-round playoff series against the Bucks.
Milan Lucic did not do himself any favors with his reputation after spearing Danny DeKeyser in Game 1. Photo by Joe Makarski, Bruins Daily.
The Bruins weren't quite themselves Friday night. Not in mind, body or spirit. There are many reasons for that, a few of them Black-and-Gold, as well as some Red-and-White.
Friday night's showdown between the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings could not have been a tighter game.
Through the first two periods of Game 1 against the Red Wings on Friday, the Bruins had gotten just six shots from their top six forwards.
If Iginla and the Bruins don't win the Cup, at least one Boston fan will be rooting for Thornton and the Sharks.
Misti Nordstrom sets up the scenario for her St. Joseph School students: from center ice, 6'9" Boston Bruin Zdeno Chara shoots a puck 89 feet into the net from center ice.
And so, it finally begins. The Wings play the first playoff game of the season for their 23rd straight season.
"You have teams that have high expectations. You have teams that have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
READY TO RUMBLE: The Boston Bruins take on the Detroit Red Wings tonight in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
There seems no end to the rave reviews. Patrice Bergeron isn't just at the top of his game - he may just be judged as being among the very top players in the NHL when after awards are handed out on June 24 in Las Vegas.
A year ago, the concern was whether the spindly Finn, who'd wilted physically in his first shot at the postseason in 2010, would be able to backstop the Bruins through the grueling two-month march to the Stanley Cup.
As a member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, I'm asked to vote on several of the awards the NHL will hand out this summer.