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Oh, what a night!

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
A little Housekeeping…

  • The Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary will be Patrice’s Pals on Monday night versus the Panthers, while Z’s Zone will host the Childhood Glaucoma Foundation. Welcome and cheer hard!

  • The Boston Bruins Foundation is offering a family photo session at the TD Banknorth Garden on November 21st. The Holiday Photos will be taken on the ice at the Garden, with the participating families given the choice of two settings: The Bruins bench or in front of a decorated Boston Bruins’ goal. The price is $75 and includes a professional sitting fee, 50 photo-greeting cards and shipping and handling. Book a reservation by calling 617-624-1923.

    Remember: All net proceeds to benefit the Boston Bruins Foundation!

  • Anton’s Cleaners is pleased to announce the Coats for Kids coat collection at the December 9th Boston Bruins game versus the New Jersey Devils. Coats must be in good condition and will be collected as fans enter through the turnstiles.

    SO, look sharp, Bish’s Blog readers, and let’s all look through our closets and help this wonderful cause!

    A little fun…No time for chores
    As you might know, has been running the Boston Bruins Playmaker contest. Contestants answer three questions for each game and each month they compete to win a pair of Bruins tickets in an Executive Suite and a digital camera to commemorate the event.

    And the top three players at the end of the season will win a Sony camcorder, a Sony VAIO Notebook or a 50" Plasma T.

    Our first winners of the season were on hand for the B’s win versus Washington.

    "I’ve been a Bruins fan for over 25 years," said Mark DiDuca. "I loved watching Terry O’Reilly and the Big Bad Bruins."

    His son Nick, the lucky recipient of the second ticket to the suite (his big brother Andrew went to Cam Neely night with Dad), said that he was a huge Bruins fan, too, and that Zdeno Chara is his favorite player.

    "I am a defenseman," said young Nick, who looks up to Big ’Z.’ "He is a really good player."

    What was Mark’s strategy to outdistance his competitors?

    "I went to the NHL website, figured out who they were playing and got all of the averages," he explained. "And I spent about 20 minutes a night making my selections."

    It is a daily habit that was not embraced wholeheartedly by the entire family.

    "My wife [Nancy] said I had more time to do this than to help around the house!"

    Remember, chores are for AFTER hockey season, Nancy! ;)

    But thanks to a little bit of hockey homework, Mark and Nick enjoyed the Bruins fourth win in a row from sweet seats in a suite.

    Click on the link on the front page to start competing yourself.

    Easy like Sunday…Afternoon
    The Bruins earned a day off today, and yours truly was thrilled to be able to catch up with the General. Thanks guys.

    And heck, the Pats are on and it’s Grey Cup Sunday, so I can fill my Bruins void that way.

    At this point New England is up big, so it is time to look north toward Winnipeg and the Canadian version of a super bowl.

    Let’s see. Who do you pick -- the Lions or Alouettes?

    Former Patriot Robert Edwards and tough-as-nails QB Anthony Calvillo are hard to pick against…I say, 33 - 24 Montreal.

    But I digress, often.

    Obviously, I am avoiding the topic of Our Boys recent good fortune, purposefully -- kind’ve like not shaving the goatee.

    Paraphrasing Crash Davis, "Don’t mess with a streak."

    And let’s face it; the Bruins need to keep playing strong games for the rest of the season and if they listen to their coaches words after the game, they’ll know that a four game win streak in November does not a playoff run make.

    "We haven’t accomplished anything yet," said Bruins Head Coach Dave Lewis during his press conference last night. "We’ve done nothing."

    The victory over Washington was just that, one victory in a long season.

    "We found a way to get a victory when, with three games in four nights, there are lots of reasons not to fight through the fatigue factor."

    "But we fought through the fatigue factor," he said. "That was a good sign."

    Are the Bruins beginning to resemble the team Coach wants them to be?

    "It’s coming slowly," said Lewis. "The conversations [on the team] are pretty consistent. The guys are responding to it and getting it done."

    So if the team is not there yet, what is the difference between the team who wore Black & Gold in the first Toronto game and last night’s Bruins squad?

    Lewis said that "the guys are doing the little things on a more consistent basis. That helps you win hockey games.

    "If you look at all the scores…there are a lot of one goal games. And the difference could be getting the puck out or getting it in. Or blocking a shot and getting in the shooting lane and somebody misses.

    "We’re doing a much better job in those areas -- the little details," said Lewis, who also indicated that the gelling on the squad has been beginning to manifest itself.

    "I think the guys are starting to believe in themselves," said Coach. "There is a certain chemistry that you can see’s been established.

    "So all those things combined adds up to the difference."

    I wish it were Monday night already. Go Bruins!

    Voices in the Room
    "We have to maintain and continue to play hard every game…When you wames your confidence [goes up]. When you get to that point, and you go into overtime or a shootout, you just believe you are going to get it done. You trust in your teammates."
    Captain, Zdeno Chara, on what the Bruins need to do on Monday

    "I made the shot on net and I don’t know where it went."
    Assistant Captain, Glen Murray, on his overtime goal

    "I think tonight was important…we got back to .500…the coaches, this morning, talked about with just being satisfied to get to .500. It was a great goal at the time, but .500 is not enough. It does not get you to the playoffs. So, it was a message of, don’t be satisfied with just getting back to .500…that was our focus during the game and we had to keep it rolling. And we got through it. We maybe didn’t play the perfect game, but we are finding ways to win."
    Goalie, Tim Thomas, on the current win streak

    "Well, I think in the last few games I’ve tried to be more physical. That’s a team, they create a lot of races for pucks, and a lot of times you find yourself in a race with a guy. You almost have to be physical…It’s big for us. It’s a start and we’re definitely not satisfied by any means. One game over .500 is nothing special."
    Defenseman, Brad Stuart, on being physical and being over .500
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