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Holiday Greetings!

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
Happy Columbus Day to Bruin’s fans in the U.S!

Happy Thanksgiving Day to fans in Canada!

A quick favor, if anyone can explain the story behind Canadian Thanksgiving that would be totally enlightening to this Canada infatuated Yankee.

Why is it on the second Monday in October?

Is there a story behind it, like our Plymouth Pilgrims at the Rock here in the States?

Early Ice
Ok, so I was just a little surprised to see so many of the guys waiting for the Ristuccia’s Olympia (just like a Zamboni) machine finish its laps at 9:30.

By the way, the newspaper beat reporters have noticed that on the road Our Boys just can’t wait to get on the ice and skate.

Bish’s Blog can report the same thing.

And as odd as it was to see the Bruins sitting around waiting for the ice to be cleaned, just like a pick-up squad at midnight it, was downright refreshing, as well -- especially after watching an afternoon of pigskin devoted to following a certain wide receiver from Texas stand on the sidelines.

As far as the make-up of practice goes, there was a lot of special teams work on the penalty kill and power play, some rebound control in traffic for the goalies, work on breakouts from the neutral zone, as well as some drills that simulated odd-man rushes.

An awful lot of noise could be heard from the ice as the B’s took sprints, scored and stopped goals.

The part of practice that everyone seemed most enthusiastic about was "half-court" hockey where both goals were put on one side of the ice and multiple skaters faced off versus the two goalies on a small ice.

"You get to handle the puck a lot more when it’s a small surface," explained Nate Dempsey of the ’small rink’ drill. "It’s a lot of fun, too -- to get a chance to score."

Tim Thomas had the save of the day, as he made a kick stop with his left pad, and the biscuit flipped up in the air. Tim-may dropped his stick and made the save by catching the puck with his blocker hand. It was very neat to see.

Like Father like Son
Special Assignment scout Jack Gorton, aged 4, the son of Assistant General Manager Jeff Gorton, was on hand to contemplate practice with his dad and GM Peter Chiarelli.

Jack perused the Bruins new media guide for facts about the team and was proud to report that Patrice Bergeron, Brad Boyes and Zdeno Chara are his top player picks on the Bruins.

The sprints today went like this: Start at the blue line, skate to the red as hard as you can, stop, then go back -- do that eight times per whistle. Ouch.

House Keeping
The "lines" looked like this:
Yellow: Kessel-Bergy-Boyes
Gray: PJ-Primeau-Donovan
Teal:Hoggan, Mowers, Stastny, Brookbank

Defensemen are always in black:
Mara, Jurcina, Dempsey, York, Chara, Stuart, Alberts

Tenkrat to Providence
The Boston Bruins assigned right wing Petr Tenkrat to their American Hockey League affiliate in Providence. The roster move leaves the Bruins with 22 players on their active roster.

Tenkrat, 29, is in his first season in the Bruins organization and the 5’11, 200 lb. native of Kladno, Czech Republic, has previously played in the NHL with Anaheim and Nashville from 2000-2002 and returned to North America this season after playing the previous four seasons in Finland and Russia.

Tenkrat did not dress for the Bruins’ first two games of the season and had one goal with six penalty minutes in five pre-season games.

Voices in the Room
"I think we responded great…our penalty kill came a long way. In order to be successful you need to kill penalties and that’s what won the hockey game for us."
Forward, Marc Savard, on Saturday’s game

"I think we responded pretty good. Our work ethic was definitely there and we tightened things up defensively…I think we took care of our own end first."
Forward, P.J. Axelsson, on Saturday’s game

"I didn’t really have to do anything that special out there…The guys played so good in front of me that they didn’t leave me too much to do."
Goalie, Hannu Toivonen, on his workload on Saturday

"That second game went fantastic. Going into Tampa, where it’s a tough building to play. They won the Stanley Cup two years ago and a bunch of their core guys are still there. The way we responded to Friday night was great and hopefully we can build on it."
Defenseman, Paul Mara, on bouncing back

"I think you practice like you play…and you have to get into that mentality of giving it 100% each time you are out there. It’s all know, so I’ve got to stick to it."
Forward, Jeff Hoggan, on playing hard all the time
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