Let the insults begin.

Chara key to series for Bruins?

Zdeno Chara will be charged with the task of shutting down the Flyers top offensive players, but Danny Briere and co. are familiar with putting pressure on the big man, via CSNPhilly:

“You have to find ways to make him work,” Briere said of Chara. “It is not going to be easy and we know that. I have had the chance to face him a few times in the playoffs.

He is going to make it tough on us, but we are not going to back down. That is the only way to approach it and you have to be willing to compete against him.

Probably to try and go around him and make him work. When you are as big as him, it uses a lot of energy to try to chase you. I guess that is the idea with a guy like Chara.”

Lookout! Jody Shelley could see some ice-time

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, either Jody Shelley or rookie Zac Rinaldo could see some time on the Flyers’ fourth line in an effort to bolster the physical game. Shelley has not played in a game since March 17th, when he suffered a fracture of the orbital bone under his left eye in practice.

NHL linesman removed from post-season following accusations of puck theft

Via ESPN Chicago:

Steve Miller, 38, is not included among the officials who will work the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, according to the list made public by the NHL on Friday.

Miller was featured in an ESPN.com “Outside the Lines” story on April 21 that explored the whereabouts of the puck Patrick Kane shot to win last year’s Cup in Game 6 against the Philadelphia Flyers. Since the story appeared, Miller has not worked an NHL game. Gary Meagher, the league’s senior vice president for public relations, said Friday that the decision was made to temporarily remove Miller from the playoffs to avoid any potential distractions. Meagher said Miller is not suspended, and that the league stands behind him.

“There are lots of questions out there and to have any potential distraction while our playoffs are going on is not fair,” Meagher said.

The puck has been missing since Kane’s overtime goal in Game 6 of last year’s Cup final. After Kane shot the puck, Miller, one of the linesmen that night, told ESPN.com he never saw it and never came in contact with it.

“I wish I could say I had it or I wish I could say that I touched it, but I never touched the thing,” Miller said in March.

Video shot by a Chicago police sergeant who attended the game as a fan — and other videos circulating on the Internet — appear to show Miller, linesman No. 89, bending over and picking up a small black object outside the crease after Kane’s goal. A series of photos shot by The Associated Press around the same time seem to reveal the small black object is the puck.

Weber: “It just comes down to us being a lot better”

Predators captain Shea Weber initially called his team’s performance in Game 1 versus Vancouver an “embarrassment”, which would be a fair assessment.

Chris Higgins’ goal, frame-by-frame

Canucks Hockey Blog has a frame-by-frame account of Chris Higgins’ game winner from Game 1 between Nashville and Vancouver. We realize it was the only goal in the game, so c’mon Predators and Canucks… let’s have some scoring this time around.

Announcers set for Saturday’s games

Here are the announcers lined up for today’s action, courtesy of Steve Lepore at Puck The Media:

Boston vs. Philadelphia, Game 1, 3:00 p.m. ET
National TV (US): NBC
Play by Play: Mike Emrick
Color: Eddie Olczyk
Inside the Glass: Pierre McGuire

National TV (Canada): CBC
Play by Play: Bob Cole
Color: Gary Galley
Reporter: Elliotte Friedman

Nashville vs. Vancouver, Game 2, 9:00 p.m. ET
National TV (Canada): CBC
Play by Play: Jim Hughson
Color: Craig Simpson
Inside the Glass: Glenn Healy
Reporter: Scott Oake

National TV (US): VERSUS
Play by Play: John Forslund
Color: Daryl Reaugh
Inside the Glass: Brian Engblom

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