BOSTON – Rich Peverley
, Tomas Kaberle and Chris Kelly
may have enjoyed their ten-day road trip with their new teammates, but tonight the three newest Bruins will take to the TD Garden ice for the first time in front of the Black & Gold’s home fans.
As the Bruins square off against the Tampa Bay Lighting with second place in the Eastern Conference up for grabs, Peverley, Kaberle and Kelly will get their first taste of what it really means to be a Bruin.
“Obviously great fans, a lot of tradition and history here.” Peverley said after today’s morning skate. “The fans seem to know the game really well and everybody here, there’s always a loud crowd here.”
The loud crowd and 60-games-and-counting sellout streak in the Garden are just some of the perks playing for an "Original Six" team.
“Absolutely it is, it’s an honor,” Peverley said when asked if it’s special to play for an Original Six organization. “Everybody that comes here, I believe they think it’s an honor too.
"I’m just really happy to be able to be a part of it.”
The three new B’s are also happy to be part of the six-game winning streak the Bruins take into tonight’s game.
“It’s nice to get six games on the road, obviously we have a big one at home right now,” Kaberle said this morning.
Although Peverley knew he was coming to a strong team, he didn’t expect to win six in a row and come into TD Garden for the first time without a loss on his Bruins record.
He credits the depth of his new squad for the recent success.
“Every line is contributing every which way they can, scoring goals, playing good defensively," said Peverley. "I think the depth on defense also and goaltending and everybody has stepped up."
Kaberle agreed and hopes that depth can carry the Bruins into spring hockey with the Stanley Cup in their sights.
“We really feel comfortable with our goalies and the D and the forwards, all the four lines can score goals. And we’ve been playing good defense, especially lately on the road,” he said.
“That’s what leads you to the Stanley Cup.”--Hannah Becker