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Bear Essentials: Game Day vs. Buffalo

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins

Charlie Jacobs, Tom Werner and John Henry at the Children's Hospital Auction. (Babineau)

Perhaps North Station is the official last stop for the Rolling Rally?

Tonight, as the Bruins get ready to take on the Buffalo Sabres, their cross-town cousins, the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox will import a bit of magic into the TD Banknorth Garden by hopping the Green Line and delivering the World Series Trophy to center ice.

Sox owners John Henry and Tom Werner will be bringing their beautiful hardware to our game and will be dropping the ceremonial puck.

We'll return the favor soon enough -- that Stanley Cup would look pretty good on the pitchers mound, don't you think?

Tim Thomas will start in goal for Boston and will attempt to bring a little magic of his own to his crease in the Garden.

But the Sabres, even minus Drury and Briere, are formidable opponents.

"It doesn't seem to matter what they lose," joked a very calm looking Timmy -- currently second in goals against average with a 1.34 and first in save percentage with a .957. "They just bring up somebody from the minors."

"They are a tough team to play against."

Thomas is a tough goalie, but he knows just how important the next month is to Boston.

"It's a VERY important part of the year," he said. "It could decide who is going to make the playoffs."

4:16 p.m.
Just about an hour until I head upstairs...I just finished a photo gallery from this week's Children's Hospital events.

Click the picture at the right to travel to Childrens with Milan Lucic and Aaron Ward to spread some smiles and then go to the a gala thrown by Childrens Hospital to raise money for their cause and fete Patrice Bergeron for his continued contributions to the kids.

Obviously, Patrice wanted to go, but was unable, so Zdeno Chara accepted the award in his stead.

Boston Business Journal spoke of Patrice's award:

John Bishop is the beat writer for He covers the Black & Gold hoping to offer a positive look at the team, not only from the stands and the press box, but also from inside the locker room. A graduate of Boston U. and Northeastern, 'Bish' grew up in Connecticut and moved to the Hub of Hockey in 1993. Since then he has made all four rinks at the Beanpot schools, as well as both Gardens, his icebound homes away from home. Prior to joining the TD Banknorth Garden staff in 2005, Bishop had written for several publications, with his primary focus being college hockey. He coauthored the book Bygone Boston in 2003 and hopes someday to pen a bio of Hobey Baker.
"Children's Hospital Boston said Monday that Boston Bruins star forward Patrice Bergeron is the winner of its annual "Champion Award."

Bergeron will be honored at the hospital's Champions for Children's annual dinner and auction at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center Tuesday.

The award is given each year to a Boston athlete who exemplifies outstanding commitment to the community, Children's Hospital said in a release. Bergeron will receive the award from 10-year old David Youngerman, a patient with a rare brain disease called Moya Moya, whose life was saved by Children's Hospital.

Bergeron supports Children's through "Patrice's Pals"-- a program that brings children from local hospitals and other organizations to the TD Banknorth Garden as VIP Bruins game guests. He also visits hospitalized kids at Children's throughout the year.

More than 1,400 people will be at Tuesday's event with the goal of raising more than $4.5 million for Children's."

It really is unfortunate the Bergy was unable to attend -- but he should know that his name was on everyone's lips and nothing but good things could be heard about St. Patrice.

5:35 p.m.
My expected lineup for Boston:

Chara-Ward (sg) Thomas
Alberts-Ference (bg) Sigalet
Stuart-Wideman GO BRUINS!

6:14 p.m.
Buffalo, A reasonable guess:

Lydman-Tallinder (sg) Miller
Sekera-Campbell (bg) Thibault

6:51 p.m.
Fairly slow up here on nine today, so I will catch you on the running recap -- front page, story #1.
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