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02:15  22 may  2019
02:15  22 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

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BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins think they’ve found a way to stay sharp for the Stanley Cup Final while waiting a total of 10 days between games. The Eastern Conference champions will hold a public intrasquad scrimmage on Thursday night, and coach Bruce Cassidy said he’ll try to maintain a

The Boston Bruins think they've found a way to stay sharp for the Stanley Cup Final while waiting a total of 10 days between games. The Eastern Conference champions will hold a public intrasquad scrimmage on Thursday night, and coach Bruce Cassidy said he'll try to maintain a regular game-day.

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BOSTON — The Boston Bruins think they've found a way to stay sharp for the Stanley Cup Final while waiting a total of 10 days between games.

The Eastern Conference champions will hold a public intrasquad scrimmage on Thursday night, and coach Bruce Cassidy said he'll try to maintain a regular game-day schedule so that the players will get back in the routine before the opener of the championship series on Monday.

"We've got some ideas we bandied around. We came up with this one," Cassidy said on Tuesday, the Bruins' fifth day off since sweeping the Carolina Hurricanes in the East finals. "We've had good practices, but this will be a little bit different."

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The Boston Bruins will hold a public intrasquad scrimmage on Thursday night to stay sharp during their 10-day wait for the Stanley Cup Final to start.

BOSTON—The Boston Bruins think they’ve found a way to stay sharp for the Stanley Cup final while waiting a total of 10 days between games. The Eastern Conference champions will hold a public intrasquad scrimmage on Thursday night, and coach Bruce Cassidy said he’ll try to maintain a

The Bruins needed seven games to dispatch the Toronto Maple Leafs in the opening round, then had one day off before starting the second round against Columbus. They finished off the Blue Jackets in six games, and had two days to rest before Game 1 against the Hurricanes.

But that series ended Thursday, and the Bruins haven't even had an opponent to prepare for yet. The St. Louis Blues took a 3-2 lead into Game 6 against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.

"If St. Louis wins ... we can start a little bit of that prep for special teams," Cassidy said. "If not, we'll just go through the basics."

Cassidy said last week he would reach out to other teams to get pointers on how to handle long layoffs. Among them: the New England Patriots, who routinely have a first-round bye, in addition to a two-week break before the Super Bowl.

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The Boston Bruins will hold a public intrasquad scrimmage on Thursday night to stay sharp during their 10-day wait for the Stanley Cup Final to start.

BOSTON -- With Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final still days away and Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final slipping further into the rearview, the Boston Bruins aren't content to sit around and wait The Bruins will split into two teams for an intrasquad scrimmage at TD Garden on Thursday.

The Bruins coach said on Tuesday that he touched base with all of the teams in town, as well as some of the Boston players from the 2011 and '13 teams that went to the Final and other NHL coaches who have had long breaks. But he declined to share their advice.

"We'll take what we thought was relevant to us and go from there," Cassidy said, acknowledging that a seven-game series is different than preparing for a Super Bowl. "In the first game, we want to be good. We want to be sharp. We want to be on time. We want to win. But we have a bit more luxury than say a one-and-done."

The scrimmage will be two, 25-minute periods, with two officials on the ice. But some rules will be ignored in the interest of situational drills and keeping everyone healthy.

Cassidy said he may create a four-on-four situation as well as a six-on-five for a potential end-of-game, pulled goalie scenario. The checking line will face off against the top line, and players might switch teams to get the matchups Cassidy wants to work on.

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BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Bruins think they've found a way to stay sharp for the Stanley Cup Final while waiting a total of 10 days between games. The Eastern Conference champions will hold a public intrasquad scrimmage on Thursday night, and coach Bruce Cassidy said he'll try to maintain a

BOSTON – The Boston Bruins think they’ve found a way to stay sharp for the Stanley Cup Final while waiting a total of 10 days between games. The Eastern Conference champions will hold a public intrasquad scrimmage on Thursday night, and coach Bruce Cassidy said he’ll try to maintain a

Individual players, including goalie Tuukka Rask, will decide how much they want to play.

The winning team will earn ... something.

"They will put something on the line," Cassidy said. "That's something I have to discuss with them. I think that's important. What it is it could be something very minimal, or whatever it is they want to decide."

Other than that, the coach said he will be happy if everyone comes out of the scrimmage healthy. He said it will be no different than practice, when players know not to check their teammates, but because of the increased stakes, he will talk to the team about it.

"This isn't a physicality contest out there. It's compete on pucks. It's play with some pace," he said. "I think we're smart enough. That will be the message I relay to some of the younger guys: We're doing this for a reason. But the reason is not to injure anybody."

Fans can attend Thursday's scrimmage for $20, and park for $10; popcorn will be free for children. Proceeds will go to the Boston Bruins Foundation.

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Jimmy Golen, The Associated Press

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