Claude Julian, Patrice Bergeron

Julien: Bruins battled through ‘a lot of [rhymes with trap]’

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Even though the Boston Bruins came away with a 5-3 comeback victory in Game 2 against the Montreal Canadiens, it didn’t come without complaints.

Bruins coach Claude Julien sounded off about the disparity in penalties between his team and the Canadiens. Montreal had six power plays to work with as opposed to three for Boston and Julien made sure it was known he wasn’t happy.

“We battled back through a lot of crap that we had to out up with,” Julien said. When he was asked to elaborate on what he meant, Julien declined to do so.

Julien did admit to being responsible for the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that was called with 3:51 to play in the third period.

Making the penalty difference a bigger problem for the Bruins is the fact the Canadiens scored on two of the six man-advantages they had with Thomas Vanek getting both goals. With the series shifting to Montreal, a bit of politicking might just come in handy for the Bruins.

Roaring Back: Bruins tie series with 5-3 comeback victory

Reilly Smith, Dougie Hamilton, Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic
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The Boston Bruins helped add to the “Year of the Comeback” after overcoming a 3-1 third period deficit to beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-3 and tie the series 1-1.

After Thomas Vanek scored his second goal of the game to make it 3-1, the Bruins scored four consecutive goals. Dougie Hamilton started it off at 10:56 with his second of the playoffs. Patrice Bergeron tied it with a snap shot that took a funny hop on the way to the net and past Carey Price with 5:43 left in the third.

Reilly Smith’s third goal of the playoffs put the Bruins ahead for good just 2:11 after Bergeron’s tally. Milan Lucic’s empty-net goal sealed the deal with 1:06 remaining, capping the latest in what’s become a long list of comebacks in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Even though Price played stellar in goal yet again (30 saves), it was Tuukka Rask who benefits the most. The win against the Canadiens in Boston was the first of his career. While Rask saw Vanek victimize him twice with deflections in front, he got to enjoy the second half of the third period watching his team dominate after a lackluster second. He finished the game with 25 saves.

The series now heads to Montreal and if you had asked the Canadiens before the round started if they’d take a split in the first two games in Boston, they would and run with it. After a dispiriting loss like this, Montreal has to avoid a letdown in Game 3. Stealing home-ice advantage many never felt as bad as it could for the Canadiens.

If you missed the game, here are the highlights:

WATCH LIVE: Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins (Game 2)

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It’s an afternoon puck-drop in Boston for Game 2 between the Bruins and Montreal Canadiens.

Carey Price will look to continue his incredible play from Game 1 while Tuukka Rask will look to not play like… Well, bad stuff.

A couple of quick lineup changes for both teams appear likely. Michael Bournival replaces Travis Moen for Montreal and Andrej Meszaros swaps in for Matt Bartkowski on defense for Boston based on warm-ups.

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PHT Morning Skate: Bruins seek to even-up, Ducks-Kings face Game 1

Jarome Iginla, Dale Weise, P.K. Subban
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Got any plans today? Let’s hope they involve spending the day in front of the TV.

Game 2 between Boston and Montreal starts off a day filled with sports fun and is closed out by Game 1 of the Southern California battle between Anaheim and Los Angeles.

The Bruins are hoping to head to Montreal with the series tied up 1-1, but the Canadiens would be giddy to steal two at TD Garden. Meanwhile in Orange County, the Ducks and Kings face off in the postseason for the first time.

Game 2: Boston Bruins vs. Montreal Canadiens [Montreal leads series 1-0] (12:30 p.m. ET — NBC)

It’s safe to say the Bruins hope the same Carey Price doesn’t come to play this afternoon. Price stopped 48 shots in Montreal’s double-overtime win on Thursday and looked every bit the part of a guy who had a great season in goal.

While the Bruins were able to overcome an early deficit in Game 1, the number of shots poured in by Boston has to be a concern for the Canadiens. Giving the likes of David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron more time to create and fire away seems like a bad battle plan.

One thing the Canadiens have to expect is for Tuukka Rask to bounce back with a big game. After Game 1, Rask was less-than enthusiastic about his own play and knowing his style of play, he might turn into a Finnish wall in Game 2.

Game 1: Anaheim Ducks vs. Los Angeles Kings (8:00 p.m. ET — NBCSN)

Seeing the Ducks and Kings face each other in the playoffs for the first time is a momentous occasion for SoCal hockey. What makes it even better is having a pair of teams who are strong Stanley Cup contenders facing each other.

The Ducks had a dominant season led by Ryan Getzlaf. Even with a busted jaw against the Dallas Stars, Getzlaf was a force to be reckoned with.  Where things get a bit curious for Anaheim is in goal. Frederik Andersen played the majority of the first round, but Jonas Hiller appears to be the go-to guy against L.A.

Los Angeles got their flow back in the nick of time against San Jose coming back from being down 3-0 in the series and winning four in a row to move on. A wide cast of characters helped the Kings move on, but none more impressive than Anze Kopitar. Kopitar had four goals and 10 points against the Sharks. Justin Williams matched him with four goals and Marian Gaborik and Tyler Toffoli each had three. If the Jonathan Quick we saw late in the series shows up, the Ducks will have trouble containing everyone.

During the regular season, the Ducks went 4-0-1 against the Kings and included four one-goal games. What does that mean? Get ready for a great, tight series.

Bruins condemn ‘racist, classless’ tweets by ‘ignorant group of individuals’

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Boston Bruins president Cam Neely issued the following statement today:

“The racist, classless views expressed by an ignorant group of individuals following Thursday’s game via digital media are in no way a reflection of anyone associated with the Bruins organization.”

It’s unfortunate the Bruins felt obligated to publicly remark on what a bunch of idiots were tweeting about PK Subban last night. Perhaps the team was inundated with media requests for comment and felt it should distance themselves. (Again.)

The reality is this: there are many idiots in this world of ours. Have been for a while. But now there is also Twitter, which gives those idiots a digital platform and connects them to the rest of us.

It sucks for guys like Subban, Wayne Simmonds, and Joel Ward, because they didn’t do anything to deserve the abuse. And if teams want to keep commenting every time something like this happens, we’ll keep posting what they say. Because maybe a good shaming of the latest “ignorant group of individuals” will make others think twice about tweeting idiotic stuff.

But please, let’s not waste too much time on what idiots are tweeting during a hockey game.

After all, they are idiots.