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Felger & Mazz: Neely Discusses Bruins’ Final Regular-Season Stretch

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UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 31:  The Boston Bruins celebrate their 6-3 victory over the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 31, 2012 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

UNIONDALE, NY – MARCH 31: The Boston Bruins celebrate their 6-3 victory over the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 31, 2012 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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On this Tuesday afternoon, Felger and Massarotti talked to Boston Bruins president Cam Neely about the final stretch of the regular season for the B’s. After clinching the second seed, Neely discusses the accomplishment and called this season an “interesting journey.”

“We do feel good that we got it finally wrapped up,” Neely said, adding that he expects to see Claude Julien give players some time off in the final few games of the regular season.

Neely explained that the organization felt it owed Marty Turco another start in net, saying it was “the right thing to do.”

Neely also confirmed that Anton Khudobin will be the Bruins’ backup goalie in the first round of the playoffs.

“Yes, he would be. Obviously Tuukka [Rask] has been out and he’s still out,” Neely said. “He’s getting better but Khudobin’s our guy for the backup. … We want to get him certainly accustomed to NHL play and NHL shots and the circumstances that go with an NHL game.”

Felger tried to get Neely to chime in on the hot topic around the league on Tuesday — Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins’ style of play, as described by Mike Milbury — but Neely passed on the opportunity to offer his opinion.

Finally, Felger raised an interesting point about the Bruins offense this season – how have the Bruins been a top scoring team while not having any of the NHL’s top 30 scorers this year? Neely says of the Bruins’ balance: “We have a team that’s built on depth…hat becomes difficult for teams to play against”

“We have a team that’s built on depth … the scoring comes from all different lines,” Neely said. “I played on a team where it was easy to shut us down to a degree because we didn’t have the depth that this current team has last year and this year. It makes it more difficult for other teams to check our team. When you look at the depth — and we’re talking about three lines that can score on a consistent basis and then our fourth line generally controls the play when they’re out there — that becomes difficult for teams to play against.”

Neely also discussed the thought of bringing the red line back into play, saying the Bruins hoped it would return with some tweaks.


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