The Bruins noontime practice started a little early and Our Boys were obviously not in a good mood. They just looked tired, annoyed and a little bit perplexed.
In short, they looked a little beat.
And, as they meandered through their warm-up skate and their first few drills, in a bizarre silence mind you, I wondered if there was going to be a bad situation on our hands -- a beaten team, not a team that just got beat.
What I didn’t realize was that the coaching staff and the players knew how to turn the momentum around. Sure it was a tough loss. It was disappointing, but certainly not Earth shattering.
Silly Bish. Silly, silly Bish.
Slowly but surely, the bright artificial lighting over the rink began to show through the on-ice gloom, and the team began its usual drills.
I think the attitude shift may have started with Marc Savard
holding his day-glo blue stick high above his head and celebrating a nothing goal versus one of the Bruins goalies during a drill.
"Yaaaaaaaaaaaah," he announced to the empty seats sarcastically, no doubt remembering the 10 shots he had versus Montreal on Thursday.
It may have continued when the coaching staff put the guys through a seemingly infinite run of "Lewies" -- only to have the players cheer on the skaters who got gassed and struggled finishing the back and forth sprints.
I am sure the players will hear, "Go…Go…Go…Go…Go…Go," in their sleep.
And there was the moment where Yorkie and Savvy showed a lot of concern for the one player whose legs gave out and who remained on his knees as everyone moved to center ice for stretching.
I thought we almost had a "puker." It would have been our first of the year.
But the exclamation point surely came when Savard, Big "Z" and some of the other Bruins veterans had their team gather within the huge Spoked-B at center ice, huddle together as they finished their stretches, and hold an impromptu team meeting.
The only thing I could get out of the players was that Savard, Chara and the others "spoke" about the Ottawa game.
Most of the team stayed after practice and practiced a skill: passing, shooting, screens, etc.
And while the locker room was not exactly raucous following the on-ice session, it was obvious that everyone had let out their breath after holding it for over 12 hours.Lines and lineups…
No word on Toivonen or Thomas for tomorrow’s tilt.
Defense:Dempsey, Mara, Chara, Lashoff, Albie, Jurcina, York
Nate Thompson was returned to Providence.
Good chance that Mowers will return to the lineup tomorrow.From the room
"You can’t sit around and dwell on that. In 48 hours we’re back at it and that’s good. We’re going to be right back in the fire tomorrow and we’ve got to win. We can’t lose points like that now, and this time of the year is the same as the end of the year, so we just have to play better. We have to find a way to win."Forward, Shean Donovan, on the Ottawa game
"What happened yesterday, happened yesterday. We have a new one tomorrow and we have to get ready for that. [The gathering at center ice during practice] was just a little talk about tomorrow…we have keep the puck out of our net. They didn’t score to much during their first six games, now they’ve scored [a bunch] in the last three games, so…we have to stop that."Forward, P.J. Axelsson, on Montreal, meetings, and Ottawa
"I think we have to learn to stay out of the box, especially late in the game and play until the buzzer sounds…I think we played a good game overall and went hard on the forecheck. We have to be more physical to get the puck back and we have to bring those things into play against Ottawa…we’re very confident in ourselves and…I think we can compete against any team in the league."Forward, Patrice Bergeron, on what the Bruins must do to win
"I thought it was a good effort last night, although the results still aren’t there. But I look back to that game last night and the little tips and the goalies just getting enough to keep it out of the net, so we just have to stay positive. Ottawa is a good hockey club and their offensively really powerful right now. We have to be good defensively and counter on our breaks."Forward, Marc Savard, on what the Bruins must do against