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BOSTON -- The Bruins played Pittsburgh three times this season and lost all three by one goal. Cheap New England Patriots Jerseys . Now they await the top-seeded Penguins in the Eastern Conference finals, and the Bruins are trying to figure out what went wrong in those games. "Well look at our games and things that we did well, things that we need to be better at," Bruins coach Claude Julien said Monday during a news conference at TD Garden. "But we also look at the playoff games. We look at everything. "Theres not much that doesnt get looked at. Thats the way hockey is today. But the regular season is one thing, playoffs is another. So were certainly not hanging our hats on the fact that our record wasnt good against them this year. Theres only three goals difference at the end of the day. So I dont think in three games thats a big thing to worry about." Julien gave his team a second straight day off the ice since the Bruins won their second-round series against the New York Rangers with a 3-1 victory Saturday. The Penguins had an equally easy time of advancing through the second round, taking out the Ottawa Senators in five games. The NHL has not announced the schedule yet for the Bruins-Penguins series. "The rest is obviously important," said Julien, whose team needed seven games to beat Toronto in its first-round series. "We know weve been through a grueling schedule there for quite a while. So to have that opportunity is good. Well still have lots of time to practice. But this time of year, rest is extremely important. Everybody needs a rest, I guess. So its good for the whole team." The time off could prove valuable. Dennis Seidenberg returned to play in the series-clinching win against New York, but defencemen Andrew Ference and Wade Redden were unavailable. Both are making progress, with Ference returning to the ice for the first time since the weekend. With rookies Torey Krug and Matt Bartkowski productively filling in, Julien may face a tough decision or two about his lineup. "A lot goes into it," he said. "At one point you make a decision and it doesnt mean that its an easy one because its not. Well deal with it when the time comes. We did it with Seidenberg. And if Ference becomes available well have to deal with that, too." The uncertainty of the schedule for the next round could affect preparation, but Julien isnt too worried. In any case, he says Monday is his players last day off. "They need to get back on the ice here," he said. "I thought two days was a good thing because well have at least a couple of days -- Tuesday, Wednesday -- to practice. This time of year theres not a ton of things you can do with your team more than get them some rest and still have a couple of days to accomplish a lot. "I keep repeating, with the regular-season schedule that we ended with and a seven-game series and the way the playoffs have gone, I think it was important for our guys to just get two days off and then come back and try to be as fresh as we can for the next series." Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic . Artturi Lehkonen, Joni Nikko and Ville Leskinen had the other goals for Finland (1-0) while Juuse Saros stopped 28 shots. Tim Robin Johnsgard had the lone goal for Norway (0-2). Cheap Miami Dolphins Jerseys . - Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is not a fan of his teams use of the wildcat formation, saying "it makes you look like a high school offence. http:///...troit-lions-jerseys/ . And when it opened, every player was at his stall. Thats a sure sign that a team is in a slump and is searching for answers. "Its embarrassing to be at home and play the way we did," said defenceman Josh Gorges. HOUSTON -- Gary Sanchez has quickly supplanted seven-time All-Star Brian McCann as the New York Yankees top catcher.The 23-year-old hit his fifth home run since he was brought up on Aug. 3, his fourth in four games, during the Yankees 7-4 loss to Toronto on Wednesday.Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner, speaking at the owners meetings in Houston, said general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi will decide the future of McCann, who is signed through 2018.It was always the case that Sanchez at some point was going to come up and hopefully come up to stay, Steinbrenner said. So well cross that bridge in the offseason when we come to it. But McCanns a great player, too, so well just have to figure that out.Carlos Beltran was traded to Texas and Alex Rodriguez was released as part of the Yankees recent youth movement, and McCann is the latest veteran to lose playing time.Sanchez, who made a one-game call-up as a designated hitter in May, has started seven of 14 games behind the plate since he rejoined the Yankees this month and has been the DH for six more. McCann has caught just twice since then and been the DH seven times, while backup catcher Austin Romine has been behind the plate five times.McCann called Sanchez one of the better, if not the best, young catchers since Ive been in the big leagues. He understands what Girardi is doing with Sanchez, whose defense improved considerably this year while at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.He told us its the time when hes going to play and play a lot, McCann said. Listen, hes a future All-Star, year in and year out. There are not many guys walking around with that talent. Its going to be nice seeing him grow into that player.Thus ffar with the Yankees, Sanchez is hitting . Cheap Chicago Bears Jerseys. 360 with 11 RBI in 53 plate appearances, bringing energy to the lineup along with right fielder Aaron Judge and first baseman Tyler Austin, who homered back-to-back in their big league debuts Saturday.McCann is batting .231 this season with 15 homers and 45 RBI. He was born in Athens, Georgia, went to high school in Duluth and could be sought by the Atlanta Braves, who drafted him in 2002. He made all his All-Star appearances with Atlanta, then left after the 2013 season to sign an $85 million, five-year deal with the Yankees.McCann wouldnt discuss the future, saying Im not going to get into all that.His contract includes salaries of $17 million in each of the next two seasons and a $15 million club option for 2019 with no buyout. The option would become guaranteed if McCann has 1,000 plate appearances combined in 2017-18 and makes 90 starts at catcher in 2018 and is not on the disabled list at the end of the season. If the option becomes guaranteed, McCann can void it.Sanchez was bumped up to the cleanup spot for the first time Wednesday, with Judge right behind him.It says that theyve handled whatever weve given them so far, Girardi said. Obviously, these are two young men that have the ability to be very productive. Some guys out of the lineup today, we moved them up against the lefty, let them go get it. Obviously, your hope is over time they can become middle-of-the-order hitters.---AP Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick and AP freelance writer Doug Gould contributed to this report from New York. 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