Just got back from ice level where the Bruins and the Lightning have finished their respective pre-game skates. The Bruins skate was not full and Glen Murray, P.J. Axelsson and Marco Sturm took the morning off. Also missing was defenseman Jason York who is at the doctor’s because of an undisclosed injury suffered yesterday at practice.
The Boston session was otherwise uneventful as the players warmed up for this evenings contest.
The visiting Lightning had a mildly more exciting practice as their captain, Tim Taylor, hit the ice in obvious pain about Â¾ of the way through the Tampa Bay skate. Nothing serious to report, however, as Coach John Tortorella said Taylor was fine when speaking to the media afterward.Levity
Thankfully, the smiles were back in the Garden and the Boston Bruins dressing room. Most notably on Brad Boyes, who was flashing the pearly whites as he and Marc Savard
took off on an impromptu breakaway on a B’s goalie while grinning from ear to ear.
And I chipped in where I could in the levity department. You see, Savard took a chance to give me a â€˜compliment’ this morning within earshot of the other writers.
“Bish,” he said. “You look so slim and trim, I do not know how you do it.”
The other writers, and yours truly, got a chuckle out of this, and I have to admit that my ensemble this morning was designed to hide my own natural goalie padding – perhaps it had limited success.
Speaking of comedy, Happy Gilmore is on right now and I am howling between sentences.
“You know Happy will make everything okay.”
Let’s hope so – he is after all a Bruins fan.
And you gotta love the Neely era Boston jersey.Here are your Boston Bruins
By the way, Milan Jurcina and Yan Stastny are in the lineup this evening, whereas it looks as if Wade Brookbank and York are scratches. With some play in the defense because of the York injury, here is what the lineup should look like.Forwards
Toivonen Thoughts on “The Hub of Hockey” versus “Hockey Bay USA”:
“Yah, for sure [I am looking forward to the game]. We get to play the Tampa Bay Lightning and it’s going to be exciting. We’ve got a pretty rocking arena here, and it is going to be fun…They have lots of good guys, and they’ve got Lecavalier and St. Louis, Richards and Boyle. Then they have lots of other guys who are very underrated…I think it’s time that we start playing [more often], we’re not used to playing two games a week, sitting around here. Like I’ve said before, we have a new team and new guys and we just have to play games here and we are going to start winning…We know we have a good team in here so it’s just a matter of playing the way we can and we’ll be alright.”Forward, Shean Donovan, on facing off versus Tampa Bay
“Obviously we had a tough loss on Thursday night. Hopefully we’ll get to rebound from that one and have a good game [versus Tampa Bay]. We need the two points…I am fine [after getting hit in the head in practice on Thursday]. That happens from time to time and it’s part of the job – nothing special…For myself it’s just concentrating on the puck and trying to do my job as best as possible and help the team…I don’t feel any more pressure than normally. Obviously, you put some pressure on yourself to perform well and get better. But that’s it.” Goalie, Hannu Toivonen, on Tampa Bay, cracked helmets, and pressure
“I am glad to still be here and I am obviously living one day at a time. But I am trying to improve everyday…I think, from the time that [I started playing my speed] has been my strong point, moving the puck, joining the play. Rather than stray away from that up here, I think it is best to keep going…Even when I was younger, [my speed] was something that kept me out of trouble and allowed me to get to certain places when other people couldn’t in certain situations. For me, it’s a big asset in the defensive zone…and I try to use it as much as I can.”Defenseman, Matt Lashoff, on Tampa Bay and staying with the Bruins
“Ever since I was old enough to skate, I loved hockey. I wasn’t really the greatest skater. But that didn’t keep my dad from teaching me the secret of making a great slap shot…Dad took me to games to see our favorite player, Terry O’ReiIIy, â€˜The Tasmanian Devil.’ He wasn’t a big guy, but he feared nobody, just Like me.”Pro golfer, Happy Gilmore, on hockey and his favorite Bruins player