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Monday, Monday

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
The Bruins were here, and now, they’re gone, having boarded a plane at 1:00 to head north to Ottawa. And as a result, this morning’s 11:00 practice flew by -- the team wanted to make their flight. The line-up remained the same, and should remain the same tomorrow in Canada’s capital versus the Senators.

Tenkrat - Savard - Murray
Sturm - Bergeron - Boyes
Mowers - Primeau - Donovan
Chistov - Stastny - Hoggan
Alberts - Chara
Stuart - Mara
York - Jurcina

Timmy will go in goal tomorrow. He is 13-8-2, with a .902 SV%, and a 3.14 GAA.

P.J. Axelsson, however, is still hurting and will not make the trip.

"No timeframe for a full practice or no timeframe for when he will play," said Bruins head coach Dave Lewis. "He’ll skate here or Wilmington."

Once an Eagle
Boston College Head Coach Jerry York was in the building, as his team is on exam break, and was pleased to note the progress that one of his prized pupils had made since flying the BC coop on the Heights.

"We’re very proud of what [Andrew] has done," said Coach York. "He had a terrific career at Boston College, has his degree and [after] playing a little bit in Providence…he’s a proven NHL regular now."

Alberts was asked if he got any tips from his old coach, who had to leave before practice was over.

"No, I think he was coming here to get some tips from us," said Alberts, with a smile. "It was fun chatting with him. I think they are on break for a couple of weeks. No Christmas tournament for them this year."

Familiar Faces for Z
Boston captain Zdeno Chara mused, albeit reluctantly, about his return to Ottawa after signing a big contract with the Black & Gold. Z, one of the more focused athletes you will ever meet, prefers to let his play do his talking, but indulged us media types this afternoon.

"Yah, I’ve thought about it," said Chara. "It’s my former team."

But that won’t enter into his mind once the puck it dropped, obviously.

"Both teams want to win the game, so it’s business as usual, you know?"

"Every player in his career, probably, most likely, gets traded or he signs somewhere else. You have memories, but you also know that you have to play for your new team. As I said, it’s business.

"I made a lot of friends up there. You keep in touch with them, but when you come back you play your game, you focus on the game."

Coach Lewis understands Big Z’s feelings.

"Well, I recall my first time," said Lewis. "I played for the Islanders for seven years.

"My first game back, was with the L.A. Kings and in Nassau Coliseum, and I was actually skating around as an L.A. King looking for my jersey number on the other side. For me, that was a bit unusual, you know, because I had been with the team for seven years.

"I couldn’t see myself over there, so I guess [at that point] I realized I was an L.A. King," he said.

Lewis notes that it does get easier.

" I think everybody has different experiences," he explained. "But after that, I got traded another time, it didn’t happen. And I got traded ANOTHER time and it didn’t happen.

"It should be an exciting atmosphere. I guess festive would be a good word, too.

"I haven’t really talked all that much about it with him, about the situation. The players, I don’t know if they have talked to him -- I doubt it.

Alberts had an idea of what he expected from the Ottawa crowd.

"[They’ll] boo every time he touches the puck," said Chara’s D partner. "But he’s a strong minded person and he’s going to play it like it’s any other game.

"I am sure it’ll be emotional for him, just because it’s Ottawa, but knowing Z -- I don’t he’s going to think too much about it."

And it is not his first game versus the Senators -- that happened earlier this year in Boston.

"I think the first one was more emotional," explained Alberts. "Everyone made a big deal about it."

"But obviously he’s coming ’home’ for the first time, it should be fun."

The Floridian Invasions
Last Saturday the "Three Minutes of Fame" game held in between periods featured the Florida Flyers hockey program. The team was treated to a taste of the Garden ice as their own hometown heroes, the Florida Panthers, rested between periods of their game with the Bruins.

The ’96 Flyers, the players on the ice at the Boston vs. Florida game, are a group of young skaters (eight, nine and ten years old) from all over the state of Florida.

The kids, and their parents, are truly dedicated to the sport of hockey as their team practices on weekends in various locations around the state. Believe it or not: Each practice weekend consists of an over night stay!

When they are not at practice (or not on an occasional weekend off), they are traveling to league games in Boston or tournaments in cities like Philadelphia, Salem, Providence and many other locations around North America.

The Flyers also participate as an affiliate member of the New England Hockey League and attend numerous tournaments throughout the United States and Canada every year.

Nice show Flyers!

It’s Carnival Time
The 17th Annual Boston Bruins Wives’ Charity Carnival will take place on Sunday, January 7, 2007 at the TD Banknorth Garden.

The Carnival is a day of fun, filled with interactive events including locker room tours, autograph sessions, a chance to shoot on the Boston Bruins goalies and much more.

In attendance will be the entire 2006-07 Boston Bruins roster, Boston Bruins Ice Girls and Blades, the Bruins’ mascot!

By the way folks, this event makes a great holiday gift!

The Wives’ Carnival will be held in two sessions; the Early Bird Session will run from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. and the General Session will run from 3:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Tickets for the Early Bird Session are $25 and will be available on a limited basis. General Session tickets are $14 for adults, $7 for children 12 and under, while children 5 and under are FREE.

Tickets are available online by clicking here, at the TD Banknorth Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 617-931-2000.
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