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Bear Essentials: Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27th

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
The Bruins had a pretty lengthy practice (for a session between games) on Thanksgiving morning. Afterward, however, it seemed like everyone involved was a tad disappointed with the clubs effort versus the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.

Sitting in his stall in the Bruins locker room at TD Banknorth Garden, Marc Savard reiterated his postgame statements to NESN to

“Well, the biggest thing is (that) it’s one game, but we don’t want to slide,” he said. “We want to get back to what we were doing well.

“We know, all of us to a man know, it was not our best effort and we have to be ready for this weekend. These are two huge games for us and we have to take care of business on Friday, first.”

Zdeno Chara said, “We need to play the way that we can – with a more desperate attitude, more emotions and, obviously, putting 60-minutes together.

“I don’t think we discovered anything (going into the third), we knew what the gameplan was and what we should do, but for some reason we didn’t do that well in the first 20 or 30-minutes.

“And obviously, Buffalo was playing with a lot of intensity and we didn’t match that,” he said.

Savard agreed, and said that despite the success of his line, with Milan Lucic on his left and Phil Kessel on his right, he will demand the youngster’s best effort going forward.

“I think we have a great mix,” he said. “We got a guy who can bang, dig pucks out and go to the net and we got a guy with a lot of speed who can dance a little bit.

“And I am a guy who can find both of them and put the odd one in myself.

“But I’m a hard guy to play with in the sense that I expect more – more of myself and more out of them,” said Savard.

Savard said that opportunities, for a line or a team, do not come along that often in the NHL.

“As a line, if you average two or three good chances a game you’re (lucky),” he said. “So you have to make them count – and I think right now we’ve been able to do that.

“And for sure, we want to make this a special year…and we need to keep on winning hockey games and doing what it takes to win.

“We’ve been able to do that, too so far, but like I said, we had one loss, and we want to keep it at (one).”

Matt Lashoff Drives I-95
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has assigned defenseman Matt Lashoff to the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League).

Lashoff was recalled to Boston on November 19 and was a healthy scratch for the Bruins last three games.  Prior to his recall, Lashoff appeared in 15 games for Providence and posted 3-10-13 totals and 21 penalty minutes.  He split the 2007-2008 season between Boston and Providence and saw action in 18 NHL games, registering 1-4-5 totals and appeared in 60 games for the P-Bruins, tallying 9-27-36 totals. 

The 22-year-old Lashoff was originally drafted by Boston in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and has seen action in 30 NHL games in his career.

Thanksgiving With the Thornton’s
Tough guy Shawn Thornton, who showed little evidence this morning that he had a scrap with Buffalo’s Andrew Peters last night, continued to show that the Bruins toughest man might also have the softest side in the B’s locker room, too.

“I didn’t do it in Anaheim, my wife was back in Portland, I think, at that point, and I was in the hotel, so I think I went to somebody’s house or we might have been on the road – I don’t remember,” he said of his inviting the single players to his house for Thanksgiving. “But in the minors we did it all the time.”

Today, Shawn’s wife, Erin, will cook a 31-pound Turkey with all the trimmings (a side of ham, stuffing, etc.) for “Bergy, Nokie, Lash, Hunwick, Stuey, Luch and maybe Savvy, but I am not sure if he is coming or not. I think that’s it.

“I guarantee there will be too much food – every time she makes Thanksgiving she makes too much,” he said, with a proud smile.

Surely, professional athletes could figure out an easier way to grab dinner in Boston – but that’s not the point.

“My first two years pro, my roommate and I ended up eating turkey pot pies on Canadian Thanksgiving,” said Shawn. “I vowed…that I would never let that happen to the single guys.

“My wife enjoys doing it, too. She’s a very good cook. So every year, if we are home, we try and get the guys over.”

While Thornton was talking about his late afternoon party, Lucic asked if he could come over early because he didn’t know what he “was going to do until then.”

“You can come over now, bud, but you have to vacuum though,” said Thornton with a laugh. “I gotta vacuum so you can do the vacuuming.”

Although the final verdict on Luch’s plans were out, my guess is that Milan is vacuuming right now.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! JB
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