Around the rink, Boston defenseman Andrew Alberts (right) has been a popular topic of conversation, recently.
Possibly, it’s because of the Beanpot, and the fact that the defensemen hails from Boston College.
More likely however, it’s his fine play of late, his undying passion for the game and his loyalty to his teammates -- as evidenced by the right side of his face, bruised by a puck and the mouse under his left eye, most likely caused by a Carolina Hurricanes fist to the head.
In both cases, Alberts went above and beyond the regular call of duty to show the depth of that aforementioned loyalty to his Bruins teammates, the organization and the city.
"Obviously, for me, I have to bring my physical game," said Alberts. "(In the fight) I was just trying not to get hit on the right side of my face. And, you know, when a guy starts throwing (punches) there’s not much you can do."
"So I just start throwing back. I didn’t want to get into a fight, obviously (because) I don’t want to damage anything else, but that’s just the way it goes, sometimes."
"When a guy starts throwing, eventually you have to drop the gloves, and throw back," he repeated.
And that’s the truth of it, even if it makes his mom nervous -- she has expressed concern about the effects of Andrew’s play on his face.
"I haven’t talked to her in about a week," said Albie, laughing at that truth as well. "I’m trying to stay away from her."
So, there you go.
Punches and pucks be "darned," BostonBruins.com has found the one thing that Andrew Alberts is afraid of.
Heard by Andrew Albert’s locker "You always have confidence in your goaltending…Timmy’s saved our (behinds) many times this year and will continue to do the same thing. Hannu has made some big saves, too. Sometimes we make mistakes and they save us and sometimes they make mistakes and we’ve got to save them. So we’ve just got to pick each other up." Defenseman, Andrew Alberts, on the B’s goalies
"Obviously you can improve, but comfort wise, playing with Z at the beginning of the year was huge for me, just getting my confidence back -- I went through two or three weeks there where I was not on top of my game, but things are starting to come around again…Like they say, keep it simple. Less is more for me." Alberts, on his NHL comfort level