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Julien has a chance to become a member of a Boston fraternity that’s so far excluded him. All of the other coaches of the major professional teams won championship rings in Boston: Francona won the World Series in 2004 and ‘07; Celtics coach Doc Rivers won it all in ‘08 and Patriots coach Bill Belichick has Super Bowl titles from ‘02, ‘04 and ‘05.

If the Bruins can hold on here, that would mean every Boston team has a title in the past seven years. That’s never happened before.

Ten minutes to go. Still 3-0, Boston.


If you’re Canucks coach Alain Vigneault, what do you do with goalie Roberto Luongo?

Luongo has been great in Vancouver’s three wins this series, but when he’s been bad, he’s been very, very bad. And things look like they’re heading that way for him tonight.

The Bruins are up 3-0, and two of the goals were scored after Luongo stopped the initial shot. The Canucks are still in this _ the Bruins blew a 3-0 lead in Game 7 of last year’s Eastern Conference semifinals, and do you think maybe they’re talking about that in the Vancouver room between periods?

Luongo’s backup is Cory Schneider, who was 16-4-2 in the regular season and has been called upon five times, with one start, so far in the playoffs. He’s got a 2.58 goals-against average and .915 save percentage in the playoffs.

A fourth goal, and it might be too late.


Patrice Bergeron picked up a hustle goal while shorthanded to make it 3-0 for Boston.

With Zdeno Chara out on the first power play of the game, Bergeron raced to get the puck and then split two defenders as he crossed through the neutral zone. Christian Ehrhoff took Bergeron down before he could get to the crease _ drawing a delayed penalty _ but Bergeron and the puck crashed into the goalie and the puck made it through.

The referee looked at the replay to make sure Bergeron didn’t throw it in with his hand, but the play stood.

So it’s 3-0. And now the second period is over.


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