Peter Chiarelli

Bruins GM Chiarelli sticks to his guns over Jagr-Iginla debate


Now that the Bruins and Penguins are set to meet in the Eastern Conference finals, we can get down to the serious business of finding fun storylines to follow. One of the bigger ones? How the Bruins deal with facing the guy they nearly acquired in Jarome Iginla.

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli spoke with reporters today about whether it’ll be awkward facing Iginla even in spite of acquiring Jaromir Jagr after missing out on the former Flames star. Matt Kalman of has the story.

“It’s been well-chronicled, the Iginla stuff and the Jagr stuff, so we’re happy with who we got. I know he’s been snake-bitten a little bit, but he’s had a lot of chances; he’s created a lot of chances,” Chiarelli said. “But more importantly, in addition to the looks he gives the PP, he wears down the D, and there’s always two guys on him. I think we would’ve been fine with either, but we’re very happy with [Jagr].”

Jagr has yet to score a goal in the playoffs and has just four assists through 12 postseason games. If he’s snake-bitten, the venom is long-lasting as he hasn’t scored since April 21 against Florida. Meanwhile, Iginla has four goals and eight assists in the playoffs for the Penguins.

Then again, Iginla wasn’t facing Henrik Lundqvist and James Reimer either. Tuukka Rask and the Bruins defense should provide the Penguins with their biggest challenge yet in the postseason.

It’s official: Pens face Bruins in Eastern Conference finals


The Pittsburgh Penguins foiled the Boston Bruins twice around the trade deadline, grabbing Jarome Iginla and Brenden Morrow after the B’s expected to land them. One can confidently wager that will come up more than a few teams now that the two teams will meet in the Eastern Conference finals.

(Neither one of the Western Conference finalists have been determined, although the Detroit Red Wings could change that by beating the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 5 on Saturday).

The Penguins have won the last two series between the two franchises, but those playoff matchups came in 1991 and 1992. Still, the two teams claimed recent championships and have a little bad blood in the past (Matt Cooke probably isn’t that popular in Boston to this day), so this collision between contenders shouldn’t take too long to draw some heat.

That Jaromir Jagr fellow hasn’t been forgotten in Pittsburgh, either.

Each squad ended their second-round series in five games, so there’s a chance that they’ll be well-rested in Round 3. Either way, this clash between black-and-gold teams could very well leave the winner black-and-blue.

Discuss: Bruins finish off Rangers in Game 5


The New York Rangers put up a decent fight, but the Boston Bruins made good on their second opportunity to finish off their second-round series by winning Game 5 by a score of 3-1. Let’s chat it out.

  • How frustrated do you think Henrik Lundqvist is right now, on a scale of 1-10? Does he just remind himself that he’s Henrik Lundqvist and then he feels a lot better?
  • Milan Lucic created several opportunities but Lundqvist stopped him. Could he be a big difference-maker against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference finals?
  • Torey Krug became the first rookie defenseman to score four goals in his first five playoff games. Is he for real? Can he at least keep his hot streak going for the rest of the postseason?
  • If David Krejci looks a little “slow” later on in the playoffs, this Getty Images catch should probably be the first thing people use to defend him:

source: Getty Images

  • Brad Richards was a healthy scratch for his second consecutive game. Should he have played tonight? Was it wise to scratch him in general?
  • Speaking of Rangers lineup moves that some question, would it have been better for John Tortorella to tab someone other than Roman Hamrlik? The aging veteran warmed the bench for most of Game 5.
  • Should Tortorella worry about his job security?
  • Do you classify this as a disappointing season for the Rangers or did people simply have expectations that were too high for this bunch?

Bruins’ Thornton ready to throw down if situation fits

Toronto Maple Leafs v Boston Bruins - Game Two

One thing we know about Shawn Thornton is that he’s very capable of taking care of himself in a fight. We now also know he won’t just drop his gloves at any time.

Thornton met with reporters this afternoon ahead of tonight’s Game 5 against the Rangers and said he had the chance to fight Kris Newbury in Game 4, but opted to keep his gloves on instead. Why? The Bruins had just gone up 2-0 and there was no need to fire up the Rangers with a fight.

Don’t worry, Thornton will throw down if he has to as Dan Rosen of shared.

“I’ll get ’em (the gloves) off, I don’t care,” Thornton said. “If people are taking liberties… It doesn’t mean those things (gloves) are sewn onto our sleeves.”

It’s probably wise for any and all of the Rangers to steer clear of Thornton as he’s as tough as they come. Then again, Rangers players have to be as smart as he is should they find themselves up and the Bruins in need of a spark.

Playoffs tonight: Bruins and Red Wings look to finish things in Game 5

Chicago Blackhawks v Detroit Red Wings - Game Four

A pair of Game 5s take place tonight and we could see a pair of teams move on to the Conference finals should they earn victories tonight. Will Chicago and New York live to fight another day or will Boston and Detroit march onward?

We’ll find out tonight. Here come your previews:

Boston Bruins host New York Rangers (5:30 p.m. ET NBCSN/Live Extra)
Boston leads series 3-1

The Bruins tried to sweep out the Rangers as best they could in Game 4, but overtime heroics finally arrived for New York in the form of former Boston College star Chris Kreider. Now the Rangers will look to put a real scare into the Bruins and their faithful by extending the series for another day.

If there’s reason for the Rangers to breathe easier it’s that they finally found something working on their power play and scored once with the man advantage in Game 4. It was just one goal but for how miserable they’ve been on the power play, maybe getting one goal was what they needed to get right.

Big question for the Bruins tonight will be: How does Tuukka Rask bounce back? He wasn’t all that hot in Game 4 and it showed as the Rangers got a big jump out of being gifted their first goal of the game thanks to Rask falling down. He’ll need to lock it down tonight to help the B’s get back to the Conference finals and give Boston fans some time to relax a bit.

Chicago Blackhawks host Detroit Red Wings (8 p.m. ET NBC/Live Extra)
Detroit leads series 3-1

This is a spot the Chicago Blackhawks likely didn’t expect to be in this early in the playoffs but now we’ll find out what they’re made of. They’re down 3-1 to their hated rivals and now face the prospect of possibly being eliminated from the postseason on their own ice by them in the fifth game of the series.

That doesn’t sound right at all for everything this Chicago team has done, yet here we are. Who needs to step up for the ‘Hawks? Take your pick. Captain Jonathan Toews had a meltdown in Game 4’s 2-0 loss picking up three penalties and leading Chicago media to call him out for it. Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp have been similarly quiet as well and defenseman Brent Seabrook has seen his ice time cut way back thanks to performance.

If Chicago’s going to get back in this they have to find a way to shake up Jimmy Howard. The Red Wings goalie has been other-worldly in this series including his Game 4 shutout, the first time the Blackhawks were held without a goal in a game this season. Even when Detroit’s improved defense has faltered, Howard’s bailed them out in often spectacular ways.

If Chicago goes down without a fight tonight, expect there to be a lot of hard questions and big regrets coming all summer for the Presidents’ Trophy winners.