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by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
To the delight of many, the Bruins brought up bruiser Jeremy Reich yesterday, no doubt to booster Boston’s on-ice bombast.

However, it was a pair of unusual suspects wearing Black & Gold who brought a bit of machismo to the rink yesterday, especially as Reich skated only two shifts.

Marc Savard, the heart and soul of the B’s and Bruins captain Zdeno Chara both seemed ready to take on all comers.

Savard, in particular looked to mix it up with the Hurricanes when first year d-man Bobby Allen hit the boards and the ice hard, in succession, after a contested touch-up. Savard flung himself into two Carolina players in an effort to protect the defenseman.

Shortly thereafter, NESN’s Jack Edwards claimed that Chara was challenging whomever the Hurricanes had on ice. Not surprisingly, nobody took the biggest Bruin up on the offer, but they continued to challenge the speedy Savard for most of the game.

Emotion was readily evident in every Bruins player, whether it was Brad Stuart barking at the officials after a questionable call or Tim Thomas showing his colors when he whacked his goal stick over the net when he game up the game tying goal.

I am all for being professional, but knowing, as I do, the timbre of the players in the Bruins locker room -- namely, lunch-pail types who really do hate to lose, I was glad that Our Boys showed the rest of New England their true stripes on the ice yesterday in Raleigh.

Certainly, the Bruins didn’t need to make the game that difficult, to echo a notion forwarded by the head coach when speaking to Rob Simpson after the game.

Tere’s no doubt, however, that last night was an important step in getting out of their present doldrums.

Transplanted Bostonian has lots to say about our city
After having a field day with the B’s over the last week, one would understand why the Sabres Chris Drury is enamored with the Hub of Hockey.

True to his thoughtful nature, however, Buffalo’s Drury said that it is the city itself, and not necessarily his success against the Bruins, which draws him ’home’.

John Vogl of The Buffalo News, writes:

The former Terrier has been a terror against the Bruins this season, recording five goals and three assists in six games.

"It’s a special place for me, obviously, playing four years of college here," Drury said. "It’s always nice to come back, see some friends, see some familiar places. As long as we win, the goals are kind of icing on the cake."

For the Drury’s, it’s a family love affair with Boston.

Chris and his brother, Ted Drury, who played for the Hartford Whalers among other NHL stops after leaving Harvard University and the U.S. Olympic Team, both called Boston their home after graduating Fairfield Prep and moving north from Trumbull, Conn.

Actually born in Boston, Ted was the captain of Harvard University and was the Beanpot MVP in 1993, while Chris, a former BU captain, was the Top ’O the Pot in ’96.

The older Drury presently plies his wares in Germany.

Bear with me
For those of us who work in the Garden, and who have many different connections to the Beanpot Tournament, the first two Monday’s in February have us taking notice of Boston’s four Division-I college hockey teams.

So, over the next week or so, you may notice this space deviating just a little, and on top of my normal Bruins coverage I will be adding some Beanpot snippets, as well.

Many of you may not know what the ’Beanpot’ actually is.

In short, it is a college hockey tournament between the four D-I schools in Boston: Boston College, Boston U, Harvard, and Northeastern.

Theoretically, the teams are vying for "all the beans in Boston" and the tourney is in its 55th year. It’s more about citywide bragging rights, however, than it is the pewter trophy -- although having that on display in your arena never hurts.

Throughout the years, the Bruins have had ties to all four schools, and although at times they may not want to claim me, I have gone to school at three of the institutions -- BU (Class of ’97), NU (MA Journalism ’02), and BC.

And I’ve worked at all four, with the last stop being the Harvard athletic deprtment, where I was lucky to work with former Bruin Ted Donato and his awesome staff. As a result, the Beanpot has become very special to me and the rest of my family.

So, good luck to all four schools!
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