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  • Can Jarome Iginla help Bruins?

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    Tyler Seguin more like himself

    After a slow start in the playoffs, Tyler Seguin seems more like himself.

    Jaromir Jagr in Black and Gold?

    Mailbag: Would Jaromir Jagr be a good fit in Boston?

    Is it time to lock up Tuukka Rask?

    Mailbag: Is it time to lock up Tuukka Rask with a long-term extension?

    Bruins not their best vs. Rangers

    The B's showed great resilience, but why did they fall behind in the first place?

    Does roster need tinkering?

    Mailbag: While Bruins look strong, they can't ignore their weakest links.

    New voices needed in labor talks

    Time for moderates to shift the NHL labor talks before it's too late.

    Hockey stops, but questions don't

    Bruins Mailbag: How long will the lockout last? Which players are going overseas?

    Lucic, Krejci on hot seat?

    Both Lucic and Krejci will need to deliver this season if they want to stay in Boston.

    Loud reaction to quiet offseason

    Bruins mailbag: Will Chiarelli's offseason inaction come back to haunt him?

    Bruins' 5 biggest question marks

    Rask, Horton and Hamilton are big question marks as the B's enter 2012-13.

    Will Bruins be active in free agency?

    The Bruins might be more active in trade market than free agency.

    Is Dougie Hamilton ready to join B's?

    Dougie Hamilton was the OHL's top D-man, but is he ready to join the B's?

    Milan Lucic needs to extend game

    Milan Lucic's struggles couldn't be hidden by the Bruins this postseason.

    How much should Bruins shake it up?

    Readers wonder how much Peter Chiarelli will shake up the Bruins.

    Patrice Bergeron a money player

    Patrice Bergeron seems to be at his best when the Bruins need him most.

    Bruins haven't lost confidence

    Although their shots haven't found the net, the Bruins are staying positive.

    Bruins' fourth line ready to rumble

    Watch out for big impact from B's Paille, Campbell and Thornton.

    Seguin ready for second playoff trip

    Tyler Seguin ready for bigger things in his second trip to the playoffs.

    Bruins winning rhythm is back

    After a February lull, the good vibrations are clearly back for the Bruins.

    B's win Zdeno Chara's 1,000th game

    The Bruins delivered the win to captain Zdeno Chara in his 1,000th game.

    Can Bruins turn things around?

    Mailbag: Can the Bruins turn things around in time for the playoffs?

    Bruins think they're starting to roll

    Even before their back-to-back wins, the Bruins were headed in the right direction.

    Bruins say their heads are in game

    The Bruins understand they have to get better sooner rather than later.

    Are Bruins' roster changes coming?

    Mailbag: Do the banged-up Bruins need a roster shakeup?

    How will B's navigate bumpy road?

    Mailbag: With the B's recent slump and Horton's health issues, are changes on the way?

    B's know this funk won't fly

    As funk continues and trading deadline nears, the pressure's on B's to right ship.

    A look at the good, bad and ugly

    Mailbag: Bruins are full of surprises as they push toward a Stanley Cup repeat

    Clearly, they've taught him well

    In his first All-Star season, Tyler Seguin has shown modesty and maturity.

    B's trio back in the groove

    Lucic, Krejci and Horton regain their championship chemistry.

    Tuukka Rask wants to stay with Bruins

    Although he's playing like a No. 1, Tuukka Rask is happy as a Bruins backup.

    Claude Julien as coach of the year?

    Bruins Mailbag: Does Claude Julien deserve coach of the year consideration?

    Can Lucic keep his edge after ban?

    Mailbag: Can Lucic keep his edge despite his ban? Can the B's be even better?

    Why are B's allowing so many shots?

    Mailbag: Two No. 1 goalies, too few D-men ... Could a trade be lurking?

    What's up with Tyler Seguin?

    Mailbag: Should B's fans be concerned with Tyler Seguin's maturity level?

    Peter Chiarelli's juggling act

    Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli locked up David Krejci, but more roster decisions loom.

    Will Chiarelli keep this roster intact?

    Mailbag: If the Bruins keep rolling, will their roster remain intact?

    Bruins say they'll just be themselves

    If the Sabres want to get physical, they'll be playing into the Bruins' style.

    Centering activity

    Bruins center David Krejci is finally rounding into form after a slow start.

    Tyler vs. Taylor, 2.0

    No. 1 pick Taylor Hall's Edmonton Oilers battle No. 2 Tyler Seguin's Bruins.

    Bruins' offense explodes onto scene

    Just like that, the Bruins' offense is striking quick as lightning.

    Mailbag: Why the slow start for Krejci?

    Why the slow start for David Krejci? That's just one question in the mailbag.

    Two-way terror Bergy lighting the way

    Patrice Bergeron has been a bright spot in the Bruins' inconsistent start.

    Looking to make, not take, offense

    Bruins agitator Brad Marchand is looking to regain his offensive form.

    Bruins, Canadiens looking for spark

    The emotion of Bruins-Canadiens is coming at a good time for both teams.

    Bruins mailbag: Tyler Seguin earns keep

    The Bruins mailbag features talk of Milan Lucic, Tyler Seguin and Joe Corvo.

    Chara shakes some life into B's

    Zdeno Chara's leadership and emotion are key to the Bruins' turnaround.

    Bruins lose control of emotions

    Instead of playing with an edge, the Bruins went over the edge.

    Mailbag: Why are Bruins struggling?

    The Bruins' slow start is the main topic in our most recent mailbag.

    Peverley excels at both ends of ice

    The Bruins think Rich Peverley can be even more of a factor on offense.

    Rask ready to share the load

    After showing class and patience last season, Tuukka Rask hopes for a reward.

    Claude Julien steadied Bruins' ship

    The Bruins say Claude Julien's calming influence was critical in their Cup run.

    Joe Corvo welcomed aboard by Bruins

    Joe Corvo has easily fit in with the Bruins, who hope that carries over to the ice.

    Look for Rask to get more time

    Five predictions for the upcoming Bruins season, including a surprising one in goal.

    Seguin poised for second-year strides

    With increased confidence, B's forward Tyler Seguin sets high expectations.

    Young leaders ready to step up for B's

    The Bruins have a core group of younger players ready for bigger leadership rolls.

    What to watch as Bruins open camp

    Can Tim Thomas repeat his amazing season? Will Tyler Seguin progress?

    Chiarelli glad he stayed the course

    Despite adversity and criticism, Peter Chiarelli always believed in the Bruins.

    Mailbag: How high is Krejci's ceiling?

    Can David Krejci take his game up a level? Does he really have to?

    Mailbag: Is Rask's future in Boston?

    Would the Bruins trade Tuukka Rask? That's just one question in the mailbag.

    Josh Hennessy rides thrill with Bruins

    After rekindling his childhood fandom, Josh Hennessy gets a shot with the B's.

    Dennis Seidenberg enjoying offseason

    It's been a much different offseason for B's defenseman Dennis Seidenberg.

    Mailbag: A dynasty in the making?

    Could the B's build a dynasty? That's just one question in the mailbag.

    Thornton still soaking it all in

    While trying to 'appease the masses,' Shawn Thornton is enjoying success.

    For Ference, it's exhaustion with a smile

    Andrew Ference talks about the fatigue that comes with winning a Stanley Cup.

    Mark Recchi still relishing Cup win

    Mark Recchi is still relishing the Bruins' Cup win as he adjusts to retirement.

    Don't expect big splash from the Bruins

    The Bruins are unlikely to make many headlines as free agency begins.

    For Bergeron, one won't be enough

    Patrice Bergeron says he feels blessed to win the Cup -- but he's also still hungry.

    Agitator Brad Marchand gets B's going

    Brad Marchand is at his best when he plays with an edge but doesn't cross it.

    Keys to a Game 7 win for Bruins

    Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand are two keys for the Bruins in Game 7.

    Bruins will rely on depth at forward

    With Nathan Horton out, the B's will rely on their depth, including Tyler Seguin.

    Five takeaways from Game 3

    Thornton's impact, Thomas' vindication and what Horton injury means for Seguin.

    Five takeaways from Game 2

    Areas for improvement, things to build on for Bruins as series heads to Boston.

    Bruins must focus on 5-on-5

    It's time for the B's to forget their PP and beat Vancouver 5-on-5.

    Milan Lucic has hometown advantage

    In Vancouver, Bruins forward Milan Lucic has a hometown advantage.

    Scouting report: Bruins vs. Canucks

    Positional breakdown, scouts' takes suggest evenly matched Cup finals.

    Bergeron grows into leader for Bruins

    Martin Lapointe is proud of the player and leader Patrice Bergeron has become.

    Thomas well-deserving of trip to finals

    If anyone deserves a trip to the Stanley Cup finals, it's Tim Thomas.

    Power play needs to show in Game 7

    If the Bruins want to advance, they need more from the power play in Game 7.

    Did Boucher's comments sway refs?

    Claude Julien wonders if Guy Boucher's complaints swayed the refs in Game 6.

    Six keys for Bruins in Game 6

    Here are six things the Bruins need to do to close out the Lightning in Game 6.

    Thomas saves the day -- again

    Tim Thomas and the Bruins' penalty kill continue to frustrate the Lightning.

    Kaberle getting his groove back

    B's defenseman Thomas Kaberle credits his coach, teammates for sticking by him.

    Bruins show commitment to team

    Milan Lucic and Shawn Thornton are the latest Bruins to show they're buying in.

    Keys to a Bruins win in Game 3

    The Bruins need to tighten up on defense in Game 3.

    Tyler Seguin has mates, foes in awe

    Tyler Seguin left teammates and opponents alike in awe after Game 2.

    Bruins face new challenge in Lightning

    The Bruins quickly learned the Lightning present a whole new challenge.

    Five keys for Bruins against Lightning

    Five simple keys for the Bruins to win the Eastern Conference finals.

    Chris Kelly good fit for second line

    With Patrice Bergeron out, Chris Kelly is ready to step up the second line.

    Tyler Seguin gets shot for Bruins

    After staying sharp on the sidelines, Tyler Seguin gets his first taste of the playoffs.

    Claude Julien's calm approach pays off

    After a season of questions, Claude Julien's approach pays off for the Bruins.

    Clincher is twice as nice for Lucic

    The Bruins' Eastern Conference semifinal victory is twice as nice for Milan Lucic.

    Bruins-Flyers: Four keys to Game 4

    Here are four keys to the Bruins sweeping the Flyers in Game 4.

    Zdeno Chara turns up heat on offense

    Zdeno Chara's offense was lost, but he found it in a big way in Game 3.

    Three keys for Bruins in Game 3

    Here are three keys for the Bruins in Game 3 against the Flyers.

    Bruins' overtime work paying off

    The Bruins are building a quiet confidence when games reach overtime.

    Bruins, GM aren't running from history

    Peter Chiarelli says the Canadiens series prepared the Bruins well for what's next.

    With Game 7, Horton is officially clutch

    Nathan Horton has been clutch for the Bruins in his first NHL playoffs.

    Bruins' Thomas saves the day again

    Tim Thomas' long day pays off with a big win for the Bruins.

    Five keys for Bruins in Game 5

    Five keys for the Bruins as they prepare for Game 5 against the Canadiens.

    Bruins' faith in Michael Ryder pays off

    The Bruins have always had faith in Michael Ryder. He proved why in Game 4.

    Recchi's success story inspires Bruins

    Mark Recchi uses the story of the 2006 Hurricanes to inspire the Bruins.

    Price's brillance costs Bruins in Game 1

    Canadiens goalie Carey Price pulls out all the stops against the Bruins.

    Scouting report: Bruins vs. Canadiens

    Breaking down the first-round Bruins-Canadiens playoffs matchup.

    GM confident Bruins can build off past

    Peter Chiarelli says he's confident the Bruins will move on from past failures.

    Bruins' keys to beating Canadiens

    Five keys for the Bruins to beat the hated Canadiens in the playoffs.

    Which team will show up?

    Bruins Mailbag: Jekyll and Hyde team needs consistency for the playoffs.

    Bruins get another tough lesson

    The Bruins' bad loss to the Rangers raises questions all over again.

    Thornton punches up his game

    Bruins forward Shawn Thornton is letting his stick do some talking, too.

    Bruins' speedy line on verge of success

    Rich Peverley, Chris Kelly and Tyler Seguin are coming together as a line.

    What does win over Canadiens mean?

    The Bruins mailbag looks at the big win over the Canadiens and much more.

    Chara: 'I never try to hurt anybody'

    Chara says his hit to Pacioretty wasn't intentional, but some Habs are skeptical.

    For Bruins, no sulking allowed

    The Bruins won't dwell on their loss to the Pens -- not with the Habs looming.

    On hot streak, Lucic's edge & playoffs

    Mailbag: The Bruins' hot streak stirs optimism -- and, yes, some concern.

    Bruins' additions have been big plus

    With newcomers in tow, the Bruins came together perfectly on their road trip.

    Mailbag: Did Bruins do enough?

    Were the recent Bruins additions enough to make them Cup contenders?

    At last, the B's are true contenders

    Peter Chiarelli deserves credit for putting the B's in position to vie for the Cup.

    Bruins' new additions fit right in

    In their first game as Bruins, Tomas Kaberle and Chris Kelly fit right in.

    Claude Julien: Bruins 'unacceptable'

    Claude Julien has it right: The Bruins need to play with more passion.

    On Savard, Seguin and other surprises

    Bruins Mailbag: On Savard, Seguin and other surprises so far this season.

    No coasting by for Bruins rookies

    Experience and draft order don't matter for Bruins rookies, who must earn playing time.

    Fights aid Bruins in team unity, wins

    The Bruins are building team unity and cohesion with every fight.

    Thomas gets third straight All-Star win

    Tim Thomas entered the record books with his third straight All-Star Game win.

    Staying even-keeled benefits Bruins

    The Bruins are staying even-keeled through a season of ups and downs.

    Bruins midseason grades

    The Bruins are individually graded for the first-half production.

    Bruins give away yet another game

    The Bruins had the Habs in the bag but gave away the game yet again.

    Shawn Thornton playing balanced game

    Bruins forward Shawn Thornton is proving he's more than just a tough guy.

    Claude Julien questions Bruins' emotion

    The Bruins' lack of intensity and emotion has coach Claude Julien fired up.

    Marchand gets that killer instinct

    Marchand's short-handed goal gave Bruins the momentum vs. Islanders

    Bruins still have moves to make

    GM Peter Chiarelli still has work to do in pulling the Bruins together.

    Wideman takes the high road

    Dennis Wideman says he learned a lot in Boston and misses the fans' passion.

    Hockey "family" supports Matt Brown

    Support for paralyzed high school hockey player Matt Brown continues to inspire.

    B's Michael Ryder shows he belongs

    Michael Ryder's solid play is complicating the Bruins' upcoming roster decisions.

    Rask getting the bad bounces

    As the B's lose, goalies Tuukka Rask and Tim Thomas are seeing a role reversal.

    David Krejci's absence will test Bruins

    The Bruins will get a feel for what they're made of with David Krejci out.

    Tyler Seguin working to improve his D

    Tyler Seguin has flashed his offensive skill, but he still needs to improve on D.

    Tuukka Rask to blame or teammates?

    Tuukka Rask had another losing effort Saturday, but who's to blame?

    Five (very) early Bruins observations

    It's early, but here are five observations on the Bruins' start to the season.

    B's Tim Thomas off on right foot

    Tim Thomas showed his No. 1 stuff with a shutout in his first start of the season.

    Top storylines heading into the season

    Can Tuukka Rask follow up last season? That's just one question for the B's.

    Jordan Caron opening Bruins' eyes

    Bruins rookie Jordan Caron has impressed with his professionalism.

    Tuukka Rask brings past into present

    Last season ended in a Bruins loss, but it there were positives for Tuukka Rask.

    Bruins, Savard may not part after all

    While Ilya Kovalchuk's signing with the Devils should open the trade market, indications are the Bruins may not deal Marc Savard after all.

    Dennis Seidenberg in a good spot

    Dennis Seidenberg is ready for the Bruins' season with his injury behind him and a new contract.

    Krejci making progress in rehab

    Boston Bruins forward David Krejci is making progress in his injury rehab.

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