The B's are done with hockey related activities for the day. They'll grab some dinner and some shut eye and will be back to the Honda Center for their 11:30 a.m. (Anaheim time) on Wednesday.
And Stuart continues to take contact. The Bruins are working through battle drills right now.
Bergeron just snuck into one.
Bergeron is skating and
Everyone is on the ice -- including Patrice Bergeron
and Mark Stuart.
6:15 p.m. (3:15 p.m. in Anaheim)
The Bruins have braved the skyways and the highways to make it here to the Honda Center for what is in reality their "latest" practice of the season.
We're expecting a regular session, however, and we should certainly get to talk to some of the guys before they try to catch a few rays before the sun goes down.
The weather, of course, is darn near perfect and spirits are high -- all this despite the fact that a trip to Disneyland is not in the cards.
I was really looking forward to walking down Main Street [sighs] ...
The Bruins are boarding the plane as I write and are scheduled to practice in Anaheim when we land.
Look for a full update on the club when we reach the rink and plenty of video later today. 7:52 a.m.
|Boston Bruins' Marc Savard, center, celebrates his hat trick in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, in Boston. The Bruins won 7-2. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) |
As he spoke to the writers who surrounded him in the Boston Bruins locker room, the pain was evident in his face, but it probably wasn't just eminating from his knee.
"Yeah, it’s upsetting, you know," said the B's Marc Savard
. "It’s been a tough go for me this year so far, but, like I said, I just have to keep my head up and work through it here, work with Whitey [John Whitesides],get back to where I want to be and hopefully contribute more when I get back."
Savard will be out for about a month while he nurses himself back from his latest injury.
"I started working on it a bit," he said. "You know, light stuff. Hopefully everything goes well."
Savard knew something was wrong, right away.
"Yeah, I don’t stay on the ice too much and I knew right away when it happened that it was sore and stretched out a bit," said the center. "So, I just wanted to be careful with it and hopefully everything heals up...and hopefully I will be back sooner than later."
The Boston Bruins and the Hub of Hockey hope it is sooner, too. But until then the B's have to stem the tide and this morning's flight to the Pacific coast marks just the latest challenge to test the Black & Gold.
Speaking for himself, but representing the frustrations of the team as a whole, Savard said he hopes for a second half turnaround.
"Yeah, it’s been a tough go for sure, but we just have to stick with it and hopefully this year will be a little reverse," said Savard. "Going in to the playoffs, finish strong and hopefully have a good playoffs."
Being healthy for the Bruins stretch run seems to be first and foremost on Savard's mind.
"You don’t know how long these things take, but in the same sense, like you said, being able to work on it today a bit is a good sign, that’s for sure," he said. "I am still in that 2-4 week range, but, like I said, who knows?"
But extra precautions are in order, whenever that return occurs.
"Well, I think this time I am going to wear a brace, a full brace, for the rest of the year and hopefully that helps out any little things that happen like that again," said the veteran forward. "The brace will take the wear and tear."
And in the end, Savard and the Bruins hope that their current foibles help them grow stronger as a team.
"we haven’t really had a full lineup," said Savard. "Hopefully, like I said, going into the playoffs we get rolling with a full lineup and who knows how good we will be."