|Lee Stempniak, left, of Phoenix Coyotes fails to score past Tim Thomas, center, and Zdeno Chara, right, both of Boston Bruins during their NHL hockey match in Prague, Czech Republic, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010. Boston won the match 3-0. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek) |
Rested, but back to the grind, the Bruins looked back on their trip to Europe and recalled what they remember most and it's no surprise that for recently re-signed team captain Zdeno Chara
it was all about hockey.
“For me it’s winning the game," said Chara. "That’s what we all [went] there.
“Everything was fun and it was nice to experience, but to win the game, that’s the real business and that’s what I enjoyed the most -- getting the two points.”
B’s forward Milan Lucic
waxed poetic. He remembered most fondly walking through Prague with his teammates on one of the team’s few days off in the Czech Republic.
“I think just spending those couple days off in Prague," said Lucic. "It was nice just to walk around and see the city…That was probably my favorite part."
Both important points of view were echoed throughout the locker room. But from the ice to the castles, gardens, and squares of Belfast, Ireland and Prague, Czech Republic, there was one thing the entire team could agree upon.
Thanks to the hard work and time off together, the team came back Boston as a tight-knit group ready to perform.
“I think that’s huge. I think if you talk to everyone here that was probably the biggest thing about that trip was everyone got to know each other that much better,” continued Lucic. “You know, that’s important when it comes to team successes that everyone is on the same page.
“We made the most of that in an opportunity in Europe, so, you know, everyone feels great around each other coming back to the rink now.”
Bruins newcomer Nathan Horton
wore his usual smile as he praised his teammates.
“The group of guys we have here, you know, it couldn’t be any better," he said. "It’s so great to come to the rink and just be a part of this.”
Tough guy Brian McGrattan, who was just signed to a one-year contract with the B’s, said he’s excited to become a part of this group.
“I love being part of the team. I love being part of the guys,” he said. “It’s been a lot of fun fitting in with these guys and I really got to know everybody over the course of the Europe trip, and it was a lot of fun.
"I’m looking forward to spending a lot of time with these guys.”