Will This Year Be Different For The Bruins?

Playoff hockey begins tonight at the Garden for the Bruins, as they begin their first round series with their hated nemesis from the North, the Montreal Canadiens. The Bruins playoff futility is well-documented. Can this team put the scars of last year’s playoff nightmare behind them? We’re about to find out.

Put on repeat: Bruins will beat Habs – Joe McDonald says that the Bruins have what it takes to go all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals. His colleague James Murphy, in a sidebar on that page, picks Montreal in six games in this series. Murphy provides a scouting report on the series.

Boston Bruins have what it takes to prevail over Montreal Canadiens in NHL playoffs – Mike Loftus sees the Bruins winning in five games.

Playing Physical, Staying Disciplined Among Five Keys for the Bruins to Beat Montreal – Douglas Flynn looks at what it will take for the Bruins to win this series.

Bruins, Canadiens match up once again – Steve Conroy takes the Bruins in six.

Inside the Bruins: ‘B’ must stand for business vs. archrivals – Mike Colageo has the Bruins in five.

Devils president: Yes, the Bruins can! – Bill Burt has Lou Lamoriello saying that the Bruins have what it takes.

Hockey pluck – Fluto Shinzawa runs a feature on Bruins rookie Brad Marchand, who has never been short on talent or feistiness.

A growing season for Seguin – Shinzawa also looks at the rookie year for the #2 overall pick, and says that “the sexy parts of Seguin’s game didn’t overcome his shortcomings in grit, determination, courage, and hockey sense.” Ouch.

Tuning In: Third round would be a first for Goucher – Bill Doyle has the Bruins radio voice hoping to call a conference final for the first time.

Thomas ready to take on the Bell Centre – Joe Haggerty’s CSNNE notes have the Bruins goaltender raring to go against the Montreal Canadiens. The Herald notebook from Steve Conroy has Thomas not afraid of playing in Montreal. The Globe notebook from Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has Tomas Kaberle looking forward to his first playoff series since 2004. The Patriot Ledger notebook from Mike Loftus has Gregory Campbell up for his first postseason action.

Comcast SportsNet is expanding their Bruins coverage during the playoffs with special SportsNet Central Extra shows after all 7 p.m. face offs and expanded SportsNet Central coverage at 10 following 7:30 p.m. face offs. Joe Haggerty, along with Mike Giardi or Kevin Walsh, will travel to all road games.

Michael Felger will anchor and Tony Amonte will provide analysis on all Chevrolet SportsNet Central Extra shows from Comcast SportsNet’s Ace Ticket studio on Causeway Street (home games) or its Burlington, MA studio (road games).

The Most Unlikely Impact Player – Tony Allen – yes THAT Tony Allen, is the featured subject of a story in the Wall Street Journal.

What makes Knicks dangerous for C’s? – Chris Forsberg is very scared of the New York Knicks.

Was this Celtics season a success? – Paul Flannery calls the Celtics “The most fragile team in the league” while looking back at their regular season. I’m assuming he means physically.

Celtics, Knicks ready to show who’s best – Steve Bulpett has the two teams preparing for their playoff series. Peter May says that this is not a rivalry.

Scrubbing up for the playoffs – Monique Walker’s notebook has the Celtics bench beating the Knicks bench last night. The Herald notebook from Mark Murphy has Jeff Green getting pleny of work in the last two games. The postgame notes from Chris Forsberg have Sasha Pavlovic showing some fire last night.

Getting better . . . really! – Sean McAdam has Red Sox hitting coach Dave Magadan insisting that his team is improving.

Why Carl Crawford believes routine will end his slump – Alex Speier has the Red Sox outfielder sticking with what he knows will eventually work.

Lowrie plays himself into lineup – Brian MacPherson has the infielder’s .480 batting average in the early going compelling his manager to put him in the lineup.

No blame game for Daisuke Matsuzaka – Gordon Edes says that the pitcher’s struggles are his own fault.

Lackey’s turn will be skipped – Peter Abraham has the Red Sox choosing to skip John Lackey’s spot in the rotation, and have him make his next start in Oakland, where he’s had a history of success. The Herald notebook from Scott Lauber has David Ortiz a bit worried over the team’s start. The Red Sox Journal from MacPherson has the Red Sox not panicking just yet.

  • NutCracker

    Man would Tony Allen looked good in a Celtic's uniform right about now!!

  • Jon

    I can realistically see the Knicks and Canadiens advancing. Theo and company must be praying that doesn't happen…

    • tl;dr

      Why? People are going to follow the Red Sox no matter what they do or what other teams in town are playing.

      • Jon

        You're not basing that on last year, right? There was no interest in the Red Sox from August on. And they were actually winning games they shouldn't have been. If the team keeps playing like, people will stop caring.

  • Doc Michaels

    Day 1 of the "spring post-season" in Boston and the new Big Show is talking about Kobe Bryant and the N-word.

    Any wonder why their ratings are down?

  • tl;dr

    "Will This Year Be Different For The Bruins?"

    The answer: No.

  • Chris

    One word for WEEI: 'LOSING!!!'