Sorry for the lateness of these words today folks.
It’s no excuse, especially on a game day, but we were saying "see ya lata" to Jill Merchant, the Boston Bruins media relations intern who has fulfilled her obligations with us and will be looking for "real world" work in the near future.
You see, Ms. Merchant, who has bravely helmed both the keyboard and the copier for the Black & Gold this semester, will soon graduate from the University of Massachestts - Amherst.
So, to any future potential employers: She has been invaluable to everyone she has encountered in the B’s organization! Nice job Jill!
Fear not, however, Merchant’s Bruins career lives on in the pages of this humble website. Her first story for the site was posted here
recently, and she is going to give us an exclusive on Bruins Hall of Famer John "The Chief" Bucyk later this month!
So keep your browser on BostonBruins.com.Optional Warm Up
It was an optional skate this morning, so Marco Sturm, Glen Murray and Marc Savard
left their skates in their locker and rested up for this evening.
In a suprise performance, however, P.J. Axelsson looked pretty good on the ice this morning -- much better than he had looked in some time.
When asked how his injured forward was faring, head coach Dave Lewis said, "I don’t know.
"He skated today…with Doug Houda," said Lewis, who added, jokingly, "I don’t know if that is good or bad."
All joking aside, coach explained that he wasn’t sure when we would see Boston’s favorite Swede.
"He skated. I don’t know when he’ll be available. Hopefully by the new year."Tim Thomas
was given the nod for tonight. Vancouver will go with back-up goalie Dany Sabourin.
Sabourin has not played many minutes this season and sits 0-2-0, with a 3.43 GAA and a .867.
When asked about playing the young Vancouver netminder, instead of all-world goalie Roberto Luongo, Lewis said it didn’t matter -- but that he hoped for one thing.
"I hope he’s rusty," said Lewis half-jokingly, adding that "it doesn’t matter who they play, we can’t control that. All we can control is what we do."
What about the Ottawa game, coach? Surely some momentum survived?
"Everyday is different," said Lewis. "We hope that we have we have the ability to do the same things."
"You are not going to score seven goals every night," he said. "I anticipate that one goal games will be very important to us. But I liked the way that we moved the puck.
"And we have to be ready for the start. We have to be strong on the power play, be strong on the penalty kill. We have to play 60-65 minutes. And that’s all we can control.
"I don’t (think momentum carries over). There’s too much time involved. Time, travel, different team. Every game is different," said Lewis.
It must have been the Bruins most complete game of the year, though -- right coach?
"No. I don’t think it was," said an unsatisfied Lewis. "I just think we did some things that I think we are capable of doing...and we continued to do that throughout the game and we were rewarded.Hoggan on Brookbank
By the way, when asked to weigh in on his sometimes roommate and good friend Wade Brookbank, Jeff Hoggan was glad to chime in on Wednesday.
"He’s a character player," said Hoggan. "He’s a guy you know that will be there for you.
"Wade’s a good person and he’s going to do well in Pittsburgh.
"He sent me a text message yesterday and said that he would be in Wilkes-Barre. I am sure that they’ll have him up when they need a little ’something’ in the lineup."
Hoggan has been providing his own spark to the B’s lineup, as well, and seems to have all of the qualities he described in his friend.
Go get ’em Jeff.Tonight’s lineup
I expect the following:
Tenkrat - Savard - Murray
Sturm - Bergeron - Boyes
Mowers - Primeau - Donovan
Chistov - Stastny - Hoggan
Alberts - Chara
Stuart - Mara
York - Jurcina
Toivonen (back up)