"Some folks like to get away/Take a holiday from the neighborhood/Hop a flight to Miami Beach/Or to Hollywood/But I’m taking a Greyhound/On the Hudson River Line/I’m in a New York state of mind." Billy Joel (right) wrote it, but the Bruins are living it.
We’ll assume that they are on a charter, not a Greyhound, but the B’s are traveling ’old school’ to New York City, having hopped a bus at 11:30. The Rangers had similar problems but reports say that they arrived from Atlanta late this morning.
In any case, the Bruins were not scheduled to skate in NYC this morning, but should make MSG with plenty of time to spare.
In truth, however, the B’s were already in a New York state of mind. As soon as they got to the locker room after their miraculous comeback versus the Capitals on Thursday, the Black & Gold knew that they had their work cut out for them on Saturday night.
Looking at the board in their locker room, even before New York gained a point in an overtime loss yesterday, the Bruins knew what would be at stake as they took the ice against the Rangers tonight.
Right now, everyone in New England is a New Jersey Devils fan, as they are playing Carolina as we speak (Carolina leads 1-0 after one), and the Hurricanes could have as many as 80 points going into tonight’s NHL docket.
But no matter the result of the lone game this afternoon, the B’s will start the night just five points out of a share of the eighth and final playoffs spot in the Eastern Conference.
Yesterday after practice, Bruins head coach Dave Lewis was asked if playing Madison Square Garden was intimidating.
"It’s a good environment to play a hockey game," said Lewis. "(Since) I’ve been…around there, there have been a lot of great hockey games. So I like it.
"The (fans) are on top of you. They’re vocal and they can be harsh. But it’s good. It’s bright and it’s a great building.
"It’s a good place to play a hockey game," he said.
As far as the game that they played in their own building against the Caps, Lewis was straightforward in his analysis.
"I don’t think we played a very good first period," said Lewis. "I thought Kolzig was really good.
"And then we started to (play better) in the second. And in the third, obviously, those two quick goals -- it was almost like two different games.
"It reminded me a lot of (the win in) Detroit."
Hopefully, the result tonight reminds the coach of Detroit, as well.