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POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.20.2014 / 3:24 PM
By Caryn Switaj - / Bruins Blog

BOSTON, MA - As the players have all dispersed for the offseason, the Bruins held their annual year-end media availability with Bruins Owner Jeremy Jacobs, Principal Charlie Jacobs and President Cam Neely on Tuesday morning at TD Garden.

Naturally, the overwhelming feeling is disappointment, as was shown by the players, and from General Manager Peter Chiarelli and Head Coach Claude Julien on May 16, as they all gathered for exit meetings and their final interviews with reporters.

The regular season was the most consistent this group has seen in their tenure; the postseason was not.

Now, the focus is on evaluation and making the necessary adjustments to continue building around a strong core that is set on bringing the Cup back to Boston.

"Well we still have to sit down with our group and talk about the season and what our team will look like moving forward," said Neely.

"Again, we’ve built a pretty good team, a successful team. This year is probably especially disappointing because of the regular season that we had, and how we felt that we could be more successful in the playoffs. So, again, we will get together shortly and meet as a group and talk about what we think we need to do to improve."

POSTED ON Monday, 05.19.2014 / 5:29 PM
By Caryn Switaj - / Bruins Blog - Dennis Seidenberg was given a timetable after he tore his ACL/MCL in his right knee on December 27: six to eight months.

The latter would have put him ready and recovered sometime around August, just in time to ramp up for training camp.

"If you have an injury like that, you want to make sure it heals right, properly. Still go with 6-8 months, there's nothing I can change," the defenseman had said back on December 30.

Although, if you're an athlete, especially Seidenberg, that isn't necessarily your mindset.

A little over four and a half months following surgery, the defenseman was close to a return to game action. If the Bruins had advanced to the Eastern Conference Final, he could have made that return, in mid-May.

"I think right from the beginning I thought, I mean they do tell you six to eight months, but I know people that come back in a shorter period of time, and so I just told myself, why not?" said Seidenberg, speaking with media on May 16, for the first time since December 30. "I'll try my best and see where it takes me."

It took him farther than anyone - except for maybe Seidenberg - originally thought.

POSTED ON Monday, 05.19.2014 / 10:56 AM
By Caryn Switaj - / Bruins Blog - On Friday, every Bruin - one by one - sat down with General Manager Peter Chiarelli for a customary season-ending exit meeting at TD Garden.

"What I can tell you, and these aren’t the ones that are making the decisions, but every player to a T that I have seen so far this morning has been like, you know, we should have been there - meaning going all the way - or we will be there next year," said Chiarelli.

"We definitely feel strong. Now part of my job is to filter that stuff out because I’m the manager, they’re the players."

Every player was emotional about the way that 2013-14 ended. They didn't lay everything on the line. On Friday, as they went in and out of meetings with Chiarelli and their head coach Claude Julien, and in and out of the locker room to speak with reporters, they were coming to terms with the reality of what had happened.

"I know it’s frustrating for everybody," said Julien. "Our players are extremely disappointed. They feel like they let the city, our fans and everybody down. I know that for a fact. I’ve heard it from a lot of players and our guys take a lot of pride in representing this city and this organization."

Now, though, comes the time to move on.

POSTED ON Saturday, 05.17.2014 / 9:53 AM
By Caryn Switaj - / Bruins Blog - The Bruins gathered at TD Garden on Friday for their year-end meetings and media availability, before packing up their equipment and parting ways for the offseason.

Part 1 of the day's rundown includes quotes from Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, Tuukka Rask, Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton. It also includes thoughts from Chris Kelly, Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid, all sidelined by injuries this season.

Below you can find Part 2, with David Krejci, Milan Lucic, Gregory Campbell, Daniel Paille, Brad Marchand, Johnny Boychuk, Loui Eriksson and Carl Soderberg

POSTED ON Friday, 05.16.2014 / 6:40 PM
By Caryn Switaj - / Bruins Blog - The Bruins gathered at TD Garden on Friday for their year-end meetings and media availability, before packing up their equipment and parting ways for the offseason.

It's always a somber time, with plenty of reflecting and rehashing of the entire season. For a few hours, players bounce from physicals, to meetings with Head Coach Claude Julien and General Manager Peter Chiarelli, to speaking with reporters.

sAt the end of it all, they grab their equipment bags, sticks and head out for a few months, before reconvening in August, and doing it all over again - just with a better result.

"The only time this group's been smiling at the end of the year is a few years back," said Chris Kelly. "So expectations are extremely high here, and rightfully so. We have such a good group, it's just unfortunate the way it ended this year."

While there are plenty of stories we'll bring you on in the coming week, reflecting on the 2013-14 Bruins, here's a run-down from each player's final meeting with reporters...

POSTED ON Thursday, 05.15.2014 / 6:46 PM
By Caryn Switaj - / Bruins Blog - It may be too soon for the 'silver lining.'

There's nothing hopeful or comforting about the fact that the Bruins' 2013-14 season came to an unhappy end.

On Friday, the Black & Gold are gathering for their season-ending media availability at TD Garden, before going their separate ways for a summer and offseason that is far too long for their liking.

There will be a lot of reflecting, from the players - the veterans and the young guns alike - and from the coach and general manager.

How did one of the most consistent seasons in franchise history end in disappointment? How did this group not find a way?

Those lingering questions likely kept them awake all Wednesday night, and will creep into their minds all throughout the summer, as they prepare for 2014-15.

It's important to stew over that frustration, but maybe more important, is the reaction to it.

Once the players part ways, and the questions are all answered, that's all they can do - react - by learning from it, taking the positives, getting better, moving on and coming back raring and ready to go.

When Bruins President Cam Neely joined 98.5 The Sports Hub on Thursday afternoon for his weekly "Felger & Mazz" call-in with Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti, he was asked what those positives were that he could take from the situation.

POSTED ON Thursday, 05.15.2014 / 1:12 AM
By Caryn Switaj - / Bruins Blog

BOSTON - When the Bruins skated off the TD Garden ice on Wednesday night and down the tunnel, there was no more sense of hope.

All hope had been left on the ice, along with the scattered gold rally towels that had made their way to the ice.

The men in the Spoked-B had gone through their handshake line with the men in Bleu, Blacn et Rouge, saluted the crowd for their undying support and headed to the locker room to try and process what had just happened.

Game 7. A 3-1 loss to the rival Habs. It likely hurts just reading the words alone.

"You’re never satisfied in playoffs unless you win and you go all the way," said Brad Marchand, trying to adjust to the shock to the system that is losing a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"But we didn’t play our best hockey at the right time and that’s what you need to do in playoffs. You need to play your best hockey of the season in playoff time and we didn’t do that."

It had been 224 days since Opening Night, just under a year since Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. There was unfinished business, and the Bruins didn't get it done.

"No, no. You can’t [process it]. It’s been five minutes since the game was over," said Patrice Bergeron, who stood in front of his stall, his hands shaking as he tried to formulate words for all of the gathered reporters. "You can’t, and it’s going to take a while to sink in."

POSTED ON Wednesday, 05.14.2014 / 2:34 PM
By Caryn Switaj - / Bruins Blog

BOSTON - It has been 223 days and 93 games since the 2013-14 season began for the Bruins. Everything now rests on Game No. 94.

It's do-or-die, as the Black & Gold host the Montreal Canadiens in Game 7 amidst the TD Garden faithful.

On Wednesday morning, the Garden was quiet and calm, as the Bruins methodically took to the ice for their all-business pregame skate. It was a "do what you need to do" to be ready for tonight kind of atmosphere.

The locker room was fairly light, as media filtered through. Why feel buried under the weight of the Game 7 pressure, when you can embrace the challenge ahead?

They know the game plan. They know what works. They know what it will take to win.

They have confidence that the previous 223 days of this season, and the experience far beyond that, has prepared them. Now, it's about trusting the group that has gotten them this far.

POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.13.2014 / 5:23 PM
By Caryn Switaj - / Bruins Blog

BOSTON, MA - When the buzzer sounds at the end of Game 7 on Wednesday night, the Bruins want to be able to be able to head through the locker room doors, look in the closest mirror, and know that they gave it everything they had.

No regrets.

"You've got to be able to look at yourself in the mirror at the end of the day," said Shawn Thornton, who will be suiting up in the seventh Game 7 of his career. "So everyone should be laying it all on the line. It's true on both sides."

The Bruins had gathered at TD Garden on Tuesday, after flying back late Monday night from Montreal.

"I think desperation is going out there and giving the best shot you can," said Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien. "The last thing you want is regrets."

"And if you hold back, and you don't do the things that you can do, and you don't leave it all out on the ice, then you have regrets."

"So that's what desperation's about, leaving it all out there on the ice and then you can walk away knowing that you gave it your best shot."

Wednesday night will mark the ninth Game 7 under Julien. Four of their previous five have ended in triumph, none more gratifying than the Cup-winning Game 7 win in Vancouver in 2011, and none more electrifying than the come-from-behind miraculous Game 7 win over Toronto in 2013.

POSTED ON Tuesday, 05.13.2014 / 1:32 AM
By Caryn Switaj - / Bruins Blog

MONTREAL - In the visiting team locker room at the Bell Centre, surrounded by reporters and cameras, Tuukka Rask had a message for the Boston faithful.

"Just be ready to cheer us on, and we'll get it done," he said.

They were parting words that satisfied the crowd around him, and they dispersed to the next Bruin nearby who echoed the same sentiment.

The Black & Gold had just dropped a 4-0 loss to Montreal in Game 6, an end result that forced a Game 7 in Boston on Wednesday night.

From Bruin to Bruins throughout the room, they all methodically and calmly answers the questions posed.

One might have expected a frustrated group, after giving up a 1-0 lead just 2:11 into the game when a puck was mishandled on a breakout and ended up in behind Rask.

Or after having nearly two straight minutes of offensive zone time in the second period when it was still only a one-goal game.

Or after a bouncing, rolling puck somehow ended up going off Loui Eriksson's glove, up over Dougie Hamilton, and onto Max Pacioretty's stick for a partial breakaway goal that came right after that hard work to sustain time in the zone.

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2 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
3 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
4 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
5 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
6 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
7 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
8 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50


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L. Eriksson 75 19 24 1 43
M. Lucic 75 17 25 14 42
D. Hamilton 72 10 32 -3 42
C. Soderberg 76 12 29 10 41
B. Marchand 71 22 17 5 39
R. Smith 75 13 25 9 38
T. Krug 72 12 25 13 37
D. Krejci 41 7 21 6 28
C. Kelly 74 7 20 7 27
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