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by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
Walked into the rink following Marco Sturm and his very young son, Mason.


Mason, clad in hockey gear and carrying his favorite yellow hockey stick, said to his dad, "Where’s the goalie? Where is Tim Thomas?"

Deadpan, Marco answered, "Probably sleeping."

He then looked down the hall, saw he had an audience and said, "Or eating."

Sorry, Timmy.
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Noticing the four boxes of Girl Scout Cookies that I had picked up for the Bish Cave from Jason York’s daughter, Alexandra, Bruins strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides stopped and said to the locker room, "Bish, I saw your order and I am very disappointed."

To make matters worse, when Yorkie handed me my bag of goodies, he said, "These are the worst ones for you."

What I know is this: Caramel de Lites are not Lite and are definitely Bish approved.

And they are for a good cause…mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
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As you might expect, the optional practice following three games in four nights was not well attended. Donning gear and hitting the ice were Jeremy Reich, Chuck Kobasew, Joey MacDonald, Bobby Allen, Patrice Bergeron, Jason York, Brandon Bochenski and Phil Kessel.

The "team" went through some passing drills, fired some shots on net from the slot and worked on chasing down rebounds.

Also seen in the rink were P.J. Axelsson, Zdeno Chara and Andrew Ference.
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I got an e-mail in response to my blog, which mentioned Lord Stanley.

Can’t say I’m a Right Honorable, but I’m British, been to Derby and Preston, live near London and I am flying to Beantown in two weeks for a long weekend - especially to see the B’s vs. the Habs and the Rangers. And I can’t wait ! Hope I bring the Bruins some Lord Stanley Luck!!!

Kelvin, Sittingbourne, U.K.


We’ll take any bit of luck we can get. Thank you Kelvin!
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Heard in the room

Even though it was a pretty sparse practice, I was able to get some good quotes from around the locker room.

Assistant Coach, Doug Houda
On the difference in the B’s over the last two games
The one thing that we have concentrated on team wise is not running around as much in our zone…You go back to the Atlanta game and certain games that we lost, you know we panicked, like the Philadelphia game…I think, the last couple of games, we really paid attention to that. Our (deep forward) really stayed there and everybody else just took their positions and had their heads on swivels instead of worrying about (other) people around them, or running around doing somebody else’s job.

Defenseman, Bobby Allen
On having to sit out as a healthy scratch at New Jersey
I think just being a competitor you always want to be out there, especially when we are in the playoff chase, like right now. Every game is fun to play and it’s great to be a part of it, but me personally, I am happy I am in this (locker) room. I understand the situation. We have seven D and you know that I am going to be out a few nights here and there. I understand that. I just want us to get the two points every night and for the team to be successful. And if that means I have to sit out a few nights here, that’s fine.

Speaking about the fan support on Saturday
I haven’t seen a crowd like that here in the Garden for a long time. You could feel the energy. We could hear the rumblings from the stands before the game even started. It was unbelievable. We knew we were in for a dog fight and it was a great game. The fans were there to provide the extra energy that we needed and it was awesome…hopefully the fans will support us the rest of the way like that. We can really feed off of it and it really helps us out.
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