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May 21, 2013

Rookies have been part of solution for Bruins

You know that old, humorous radio spot, “Bob from Accountemps,” with some guy sounding like he is feigning the flu and while calling in sick at his office for another day. Then his boss tells him “no problem,” that the guy who replaced him, “Bob from Accountemps” is starring in his absence.

All of sudden, the “sick” guy is feeling much better and is willing to come to work immediately, only to have his boss tell him to get some more rest.

Well, defensemen Wade Redden, Andrew Ference and Dennis Seidenberg, all of whom have been out with various injuries, might want to tell the team doctor to up the medication and therapy and get them back on the ice.

Two games into the Eastern Conference semis and Bruins defense — and offense — has never been better and there are two “Bobs,” Torey Krug and Matt Bartkowski, more than filling the bill on the back end.

One of the healthy Bruins defensemen, Johnny Boychuk, is more than impressed with Krug and Bartkowski, who have combined for six career playoff games.

“They’re not playing good, they’re playing great,” said Boychuk. “They’re the reason ... I mean, they’re one of the reasons we have played so well.”

Krug and Bartkowski were supposed to be the problem against the Rangers. They were supposed to be exposed against the likes of Rangers forwards Rick Nash, Derek Stepan, Brad Richards and Ryan Callahan.

While coach Claude Julien gets a big chunk of the blame-pie for the “Jeckyl-Hyde” performances — those are Julien’s words — of his team for most of the season, he apparently has been a source of inspiration for the newbies on defense.

Rather than tell them to “be careful,” which appears to be right up his alley, he apparently took the opposite tack before he played his first playoff game on Thursday night.

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