Patrice Bergeron (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Just when you thought the hockey world couldn’t get any more exciting, EA Sports comes in with a haymaker and releases the cover vote for NHL15. Between May 5th and May 18th, fans can go on www.covervote.nhl.com and pick their choices for the next poster boy. It looks like the voting will take place bracket style. Here are the matchups:

Phil Kessel vs. PK Subban

PATRICE  BERGERON vs. Erik Karlsson

Logan Couture vs. Drew Doughty

Matt Duchene vs. TJ Oshie

All are great choices, obviously. Continue reading EA Sports Releases NHL15 Cover Vote, Patrice Bergeron on Ballot »

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Montreal Canadien P.K. Subban does not hold Bruins responsible for rascist tweets, habsaddict.com

If you’re a fan of the Boston Bruins, chances are that you don’t have many kind things to say about Montreal Canadien P.K. Subban. But, after rising above some idiotic comments made by some idiotic people Subban deserves at least a slight hat tip from Boston fans and residents alike.

Ever since joining the Canadiens in 2011, Subban has been a thorn in the Bruins side. Whether it was his flopping all around the ice like a fish out of water trying to secure a penalty or his above average ability as an offensive weapon from the blue line he just seemed to rub Bruins fans the wrong way. Dislike for Subban is only heightened by the fact that he plays so well for the rival Canadiens.

In the NHL the playoffs, take everything to the next level. This is probably why when Subban scored two goals, including the game-winner in double overtime, in the opening game of the Bruins and Canadiens round 2 matchup, Boston fans were ready to eviscerate him. Continue reading P.K. Subban Deserves Our Respect After Racist Tweets »

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Zdeno Chara and the Boston Bruins stormed back with 4 goals in the third period to upend P.K. Subban and the Canadiens in Game 2. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

After Bruins killer Thomas Vanek scored his second goal of the game to put the Montreal Canadiens up 3-1 with 13:30 left in the third period, Bruins forward Shawn Thornton told his teammates they needed a goal every five minutes to tie up the game.

They did a little bit better than that. Two better, to be exact.

The Bruins ripped off four straight goals in the game’s last nine minutes, storming back to complete the comeback they couldn’t quite finish in Game 1 with a 5-3 win. The series now shifts to Montreal all even at one game apiece for Game 3 on Tuesday night.

Continue reading Bruins Even Series with Third Period Comeback vs. Canadiens »

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PK Subban, Game 1 (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

51 shots on net wasn’t enough to beat Carey Price as the Boston Bruins fell to the Montreal Canadiens, 4-3, in double overtime of Game 1. The Bruins battled back from behind twice in the game, scoring three goals in the third period to force the game into OT, but the Canadiens capitalized on a power play, with Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban scoring his second goal to send the quiet Garden crowd home for the night.

Continue reading Subban, Canadiens Sink the Bruins in 2OT to Take Game 1 »

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Anaheim took down a Wildcard from the Central Division, and now looks to halt a Kings squad that won four straight after dropping three. (http://upload.wikimedia.org/)

Eight teams remain, many of them bruised and battered after a lengthy first round. Montreal got the sweep. LA came from three games down to win. After all that and everything in between, we’re left with four very good series for the divisional finals. As with the first round, it’s a matter for our experts mostly to pick the length of the series, as three of four series have unanimous predicted winners.

As before, picking the winner of a series is worth two points, while picking how many games each series will last is worth one point.

So with that, the picks for Round 2 are below. Check them out, and come back once the second round is complete for the results. Continue reading 2014 NHL Playoffs Expert Picks: Second Round »

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Montreal got the only sweep of the first round; we'll see what they can do against arch nemesis Boston. (meridian.k12.il.us)

Montreal cruised their way to a sweep in the first round, but they were the only one. Three series went the distance and three others went six. That gave the Bruins and Canadiens plenty of time to prepare, but the whole round was filled with great moments.

Easily the biggest surprise of the round was Minnesota, who became the first Wildcard under the new playoff format to advance. But with our experts leaning mostly towards one team or the other, it was tough to gain points. To do that, picking the lengths of each lengthy series was the way to go.

So check below to see everyone’s results from the first round. And stick around, because Round 2 picks will be up shortly. Continue reading 2014 NHL Playoffs Expert Picks: First Round Results »

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Miller and Moen fight (AP Photo, lapresse.ca)

Much of what made the Red Sox World Series win in 2004 so special is the legendary series against the Yankees. Similarly, a Bruins Cup run would seem incomplete without a match up against Montreal. Playing against a rival enhances all of the excitement, intensity, and emotions in the game and make victory that much sweeter.

In 2011, it took a Nathan Horton overtime goal in Game 7 to beat the Canadiens in the first round and the Bruins, of course, went on to win the Cup. They will have a chance to do it again this year against a Habs team that is fast, strong, and talented. Here’s a deeper look at the matchup between these two Original 6 teams.

Offense

After being shut out in Game 1, the Bruins had no trouble at all scoring goals in the first round. Continue reading 2014 NHL Playoffs Preview: Bruins-Canadiens »

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