Chicago, as the only team left not to go seven games last round, is hoping to once again defeat LA to reach the Stanley Cup Finals. (fas.org)

The Conference Finals are here. The heavyweight Kings and Blackhawks have a rematch from last year’s Conference Finals, while the upstart Canaidiens and Rangers fight for the other spot in the Stanley Cup Finals. The stakes are higher, and the action sure to be even fiercer.

While both the Canadiens and Rangers beat a higher seeded team to get here, the Canadiens’ victory over a lackluster but still spunky Bruins squad has them getting attention from our experts. The Blackhawks are still getting plenty of attention as the defending champions, but the Kings did win the Stanley Cup as an eight seed not too long ago, so don’t count them out just yet.

Complete picks for the third round are below. Be sure to check them out and come back once the Conference Championships are complete for the updated results. Continue reading 2014 NHL Playoffs Expert Picks: Third Round »

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Los Angeles punched the last ticket to the Conference Championships, and now they're in a rematch with the defending champions. (WWE)

Fur teams remain, with three of them having won road Game 7s the previous round. The President’s Trophy winning Bruins are out at the hands of arch-rival Montreal, which advances to face the New York Rangers. Chicago and LA face off in a rematch from last year’s Western Conference Final. The defending champion Blackhawks, interestingly enough, were the only team that started with home-rink advantage to win last round.

The Western Conference was much easier to predict in the previous round, whereas the East, particularly with the Bruins playing rather poorly, threw a few curveballs into the mix. Such a drawn-out round for all teams involved was also hit-or-miss in trying to select.

So be sure to check out the updated results below. And don’t go far, because the picks for the next round will be up shortly. Continue reading 2014 NHL Playoffs Expert Picks: Second Round Results »

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Zdeno Chara was just one of a handful of Bruins playing through injuries against the Montreal Canadiens. (Photo courtesy of the Boston Globe)

Maybe the Boston Bruins advancing to the Stanley Cup finals for the second straight year wasn’t such a guarantee after all.

Or maybe that’s exactly what the Bruins want us to think.

One day after getting unceremoniously ousted from the NHL playoffs by the Montreal Canadiens in a 3-1 Game 7 loss at home, the Bruins revealed a whole host of injuries that its players were simply pushing through in the name of toughness and (I can only assume) #YOLO.

Continue reading Explanation or Excuse? Bruins Played Through Rash of Injuries »

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The Bruins file off the ice after the Montreal Canadiens brought their season to an end with a Game 7 win. (AP Photo)

Well, the 2014 Boston Bruins season has officially come to an end. After a disappointing loss to the Canadiens in Game 6 to even the series, it looked like a win at home would be the best way for the Bruins to move one step closer to the Stanley Cup.

The Bruins had looked their normal selves as of late, but were unable to answer the call against a tough Montreal team. After giving up goals in the first two periods of Game 7, the Bruins finally answered with a goal of their own when Jarome Iginla scored making it a 2-1 game. Things looked like the Bruins might have had a chance to tie up the game until Montreal’s Daniel Briere made it 3-1 with less then 3 minutes left in the game. As the Bruins’ hopes and dreams of a Stanley Cup slowly slipped away, the question remains — what happened?

Continue reading Bruins Season Comes to a Disappointing End, but the NHL Playoffs Go On »

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CLIFF NOTES

* I have never seen bounces go so one way in a seven game series as the own goal off Chara proved. The Bruins allowed the Habs to dictate tone, pace, style of play the whole series – that falls on Clode. Its time for a complete overhaul.

COACHING

* I’m not going to say Grady Little – but Clode got his lunch money taken. Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Bruins Let Down City! »

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Dale Weise scored just over two minutes into the first period, and the Canadiens never looked back in beating the Bruins 3-1 in Game 7. (Winslow Townson, USA TODAY)

That’s all, folks.

The Montreal Canadiens have ended the 2013-14 NHL season for the Boston Bruins, beating the B’s 3-1 in Game 7 to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

After holding a 3-2 series lead, the Bruins couldn’t win either of the last two games to close out the series, getting trounced 4-0 in Montreal in Game 6 before losing Game 7 at home. They never led.

Continue reading Canadiens End Bruins’ Season with 3-1 Game 7 Victory »

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The Canadiens celebrate an early goal in Game 6 in Montreal (Andre Ringuette/Getty Images).

Well, now we know how other teams felt all season long when they played the Bruins. From start to finish, Boston has dominated teams in every facet of the game during the whole regular season. We had better goaltending, could score goals, played physical, and played smart. However, last night was a different story. The Canadiens instead trumped the Bruins 4-0 and forced a Game 7 back in Boston on Wednesday night.

Continue reading Bruins Have No Answer for Canadiens, Lose 4-0 in Game 6 »

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