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Bear Essentials On the Road: Ottawa

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
Bear Essentials on the Road: OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA (Scotiabank Place)

Where are we going?
Parliament Hill (photo: Ottawa Tourism)
“Ottawa is one of the most beautiful...capitals in the world,” says  “A thriving international technology and business centre and world class tourism and convention destination, Ottawa is also rich in culture and heritage with its many national institutions, parklands, waterways and historic architecture.”

The city is the fourth-largest urban area in Canada, with a population of over 1.2 million people and a very technology-oriented lifestyle.  Ottawa is home to many technology companies – Nortel Networks and Cisco, for example – as well as businesses like Dell, ING Direct and MD Management, employing over 76,000 people. 

“With the highest-educated workforce in Canada, Ottawa has more engineers, scientists and Ph.D.’s per capita than any other city in the country,” adds the website.  The city is one of the top five research and development sites in the world.

The Parliament, Senate, and Supreme Court of Canada can also be found in this capitol city, which over 7.3 million visitors flock to each year.

“The city offers an open and welcoming environment to cultures from around the world, providing service in English, French, and a host of other languages,” continues  “The city’s residents enjoy an enviable quality of life that is recognized around the world.”
Where are we playing?
Scotiabank Place (photo: U of Alb, Engineering Magazine)
“Scotiabank Place officially opened its doors as The Palladium on January 17, 1996,” with a sellout hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens, says the arena’s website.  “The 18,500-seat multi-purpose sports and entertainment facility was built in a record 18 months, at a cost of $170 million Cdn.”

A groundbreaking ceremony took place in June 1992, and in July 1994, workers began digging a six-acre hole for the building’s foundation.  On October 10, 1995, the concrete was poured for the ice.

The first sheet of ice came on December 5, 1995, while the scoreboard was raised on December 21, 1995.

In 1996, The Palladium was renamed the Corel Centre, before finally becoming Scotiabank Place in 2006.

The arena has played host to the Juno Awards, as well as Wayne Gretzky’s final game in Canada and World Cup exhibition games.

Fun fact: there is a time capsule buried in the foundation of the main lobby.  It contains, among other things, a Canadian flag.

Also, there are over 17 miles of yellow lines in the Scotiabank Place parking lot.

Who are we playing?
Also known as Les Sénateurs d’Ottawa, this team, established by Bruce Firestone, an Ottawa real estate developer, is actually the second NHL team to bear the name.

“The original Ottawa Senators, founded in 1883, had a famed history, winning 11 Stanley Cups, and played in the NHL from 1917 until 1934,” says Wikipedia.

Not that the Ottawa Senators, version 2.0 have done too shabbily either.  Since entering the NHL in the 1992-1993 season, the team won division championships in the 1998-1999, 2000-2001, 2002-2003 and 2005-2006 seasons. 

Last season, they won the Eastern Conference championship and the Prince of Wales Trophy.  The Stanley Cup, however, remains elusive, despite their first trip to the finals in 80 years last season.

During the 2002-2003 season, the team recorded a franchise-record 113 points and won the President’s Trophy

When are we playing?
7:30 p.m. ET

Who's playing for us?
We'll know soon. Zdeno Chara is day-to-day with an upper torso injury and Aaron Ward is questionable with a bruised foot. Coach Julien would not let the media in on his starter in goal on Monday. So we'll hope to settle all of this after morning skate, which begins at 11:30 a.m.

Is the game on?
Of course.  NESN and WBZ will be covering the games.

9:23 a.m.
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.
And away we go! We have a 10:15 a.m. bus (which sometimes leaves earlier) so I am scrambling to the put this up before I leave. There will be plenty of news ALL DAY so, make sure you keep it here. JB

1:59 p.m.
It's been awhile. I was working on a technical glitch, but everything seems okay, now. Sorry about that!

For my fantasy players out there. It will be Alex Auld in goal tonight. And no, Zdeno Chara will not play.

"No he is not here," said Julien when asked if Zee had found his way to Ottawa. "And he is not coming.

"Everything we got from the results [points to] a day-to-day situation. General soreness.

"It's an upper-torso injury, but we'll just leave it at...that's all it is," he said.

On a happier note, Coach spoke about Auld's recent good play.

"Alex is going to start for us tonight," he said. "Right now he is a hot goaltender. And it's unfortunate that he got two losses last week. One was in overtime, with a shutout of 60-plus minutes. And the other day for 65 minutes and lost in a shootout.

"He's given us the opportunity to win and he's playing well enough that he deserves to get another start."

2:58 p.m.
Well folks, it took most of a hockey season, but one of my primary goals was achieved.

I found poutine (or french fries with gravy and cheese curds).

And I found it at Burger King, of all places, and dang was it good.


So, thank you to the Burger King in Kanata, for being nice, and for fulfilling this lonely scribe's wish. [sniff, wipes tear]

6:16 p.m.
Watch Shawn Thornton's Vlog
We still are a good hour and fifteen mintues until game time. And my boys back at the Garden got Shawn Thornton's game day Vlog all good and coded up for you guys to enjoy.

Shawn really is a sea of calm in an ocean of end of season craziness. I hope you guys are enjoying "meeting" with him as much as I enjoy filming his one-sided conversations.

Speaking of the strech run, Claude Julien had a recipe for success.

"We have to make sure we bear down on our opportunities," said Coach. "[Maybe] we are squeezing the stick too much and pucks end up jumping off your stick.

"We have enough talent in that dressing room to score some goals and win hockey games.

"But that is the responsibility and the pressure that comes with playing at this level," he said.

The NHL is not an easy stage on which to perform.

"You have to respond to that and you have to do the job," said Julien. "That is what these guys are going to be asked to do, tonight."

7:08 p.m.
Here are your Boston Bruins (as best I can tell from warmups):
Stuart-Wideman (sg) Auld
Ference-Ward (bg) Thomas
Lashoff-Hnidy Go Bruins!

7:21 p.m.
Getting ready for the big game up here in the box. Both captains are out -- Alfredsson, Chara. Ottawa is 18-13-4 at home and Boston is 18-12-4 on the road. Doesn't get much more even than that.

However, the Sens are 3-5-2 in their last 10. The B's are 6-2-2 in their last 10. I'll take it.

First Period
0:00 Hot chocolate in the press box is a nice touch. Funny, however, since today is "Barbados Night" here at Scotiabank Place. Hmmm?

BTW: Quite a few B's jerseys in the crowd.

1:31 Snooze fest thus far. Both teams feeling out the matchup...

2:19 B's on the PP. Big chance to go ahead early.

8:10 Some end to end action. Exciting.

8:26 Stum to the box.

11:27 Good PK. And Boston had threatened several times. Luch, Krejci and Muzz have proven to be a pretty potent line...

15:02 Another good shift for Lucic, Krejci and Murray -- put some really good pressure on Gerber.

15:43 Some real hard work by Sobotka forces a Senator into the box.

17:36 Vicious hit on Wardo. He went to the locker room...

20:00 Alex Auld made some outstanding saves to keep the game at 0-0, including one right at the end of the period.

Second Period
0:00 Ward back on the ice.

1:00 Or so. Auldie already tested.

5:15 Ice is tilted toward Auld.

5:44 Gerber and Ottawa defense stone the B's, and then the Sens take it right down the ice to score. Very frustrating. Dany Heatley, of course. His 33rd of the season.

7:00 Big save on a breakaway by Auldie...lots of pressure from Ott.

11:05 Another goal for Heatley. Not good.

15:29 A goal for Boston taken off the board. "The play had been completed..."

16:35 Big glove save for Auld.

17:28 Couldn't come up with a shorty and the Sens took it right back down the ice and scored again. 3-0 Sens.

20:00 Not going well. The B's aren't playing bad, they are just not getting any breaks. 3-0, Sens.

Third Period
1:30 Or so. B's on the power play.

4:50 Still 3-0, B's gotta turn it on.

11:00 I am down in a hallway behind the B's locker room, watching on a nine inch TV.  Still 3-0.

15:17 Alright folks, I have to get ready for postgame...I'll be back should the B's make a run.

...Wideman scored! So, it's 3-1.

Heatley scores again. 4-1 Sens. I am running for a plane. JB
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