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On the Road Again

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins

Late evening blog time
Our Boys are heading out of town Tuesday after practice en route to Atlanta to face the Thrashers on Wednesday night at 7:00 (NESN).

No word as of Monday afternoon as to who will start in goal (I asked Tim and Toivo).

But after practice on Monday Coach Lewis said that each goalie will get a chance to start over the next three games.

Both guys looked sharp between the pipes in practice and I’m not sure how much it matters who plays what game.

I wouldn’t be surprised if either keeper had a very strong outing.

But I can’t tell you how surprised I was at the locker room yesterday.

It was as if nothing had happened.

No loss, no win, no difference.

Seriously. The same as last Thursday before the roadie.

It was just a bunch of hard workers looking forward to the next game, thankful that a tough practice was over which, as far as I am concerned, is great.

You’ve got to keep it right here [waves hand horizontally across chest].

Even keeled is the way to go.


[Insert multiple choice click here:
A) It’s a long season.
B) It’s a marathon not a sprint.
C) Nothing behind you matters.
D) The only game that matters is the next one.
E) All of the above.]

By the way, did you ever notice how true many sports cliché really are?

Crash Davis was on to something. And Nuke just wasn’t having it. But Nuke had the Blaupunkt.

But I digress…
Speaking of keels, the team went to the Charlestown Navy yard today where the coaches and players visited the USS Doyle, an Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate, visiting Boston over Columbus Day weekend.

The 4,100-ton warship has made three deployments since September 11, 2001 – two for counter narcotics operations with the Coast Guard and one to the Mediterranean Sea in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

I will get the down low on the visit lata.

Dulcet tones of the Bish?
Oh, and by the way, I gave it a go on the Bruinscast.

I am pleased with the interviews, not so pleased with my voice.

My wife called me Bish Vader. I happen to think I am a cross between an angry Ritchie Cunningham and a very depressed Charlie Brown.

And I know that it sounded as if I was annoyed.

Nope, that was the sound of sheer terror. My heart was running at a million miles a minute.

Sorry guys.

I have to learn to unleash the inner Bish. Zen-and-the-art-of-audio-blogging.

Bear with me. I’ll get there.

Giving Thanks for the Fans
And as far as Thanksgiving goes, wow did I get a response. Thanks guys.

Here is consensus answer which many, many people sent back in its entirety.

My favorite one came from Ted, a die-hard Bruins fan, living in Montreal, of all places.

Ted wrote:

"Go Bruins! Here is a brief history of Thanksgiving in Canada. I got this from

Long before the first Europeans arrived in North America, farmers in Europe celebrated by ’Giving Thanks’ for their good fortune at harvest time. The farm workers filled a curved goat’s horn with fruits and grains. That symbol was called a ’Cornucopia’ or ’Horn of Plenty.’ When these Europeans came to Canada they brought this tradition with them.

In the year of 1578, the English navigator Martin Frobisher held a formal ceremony, in today’s Newfoundland, to give thanks for surviving the long journey to Canada. Martin Frobisher was later knighted and had an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean in Northern Canada named after him -- ’Frobisher Bay.’ Other settlers arrived and continued the celebration.

French settlers, who arrived at about the same time in Canada, with explorer Samuel de Champlain, held their own celebration of thanks, which included a huge feast. They also formed ’The Order of Good Cheer’ and gladly shared their good fortune with the Canadian Native Indians.

The next ’Thanksgiving’ in Canada was celebrated after the seven year war, which ended in 1763, by the citizens of Halifax, they held a special day of Thanksgiving.

Later, after the American Revolution, Americans, who remained faithful to the English government, known as ’Loyalists’ moved to Canada and spread Thanksgiving celebration throughout Canada.

Not until the year of 1879, the Canadian Parliament declared November 6th a day of "Thanksgiving" and was declared a national holiday. Thanksgiving day celebration has been moved over the years, and the 3rd Monday in October proved to be the most popular one. After Word War I, both, Armistice Day and Thanksgiving Day were celebrated on the Monday of the week in which November 11th occurred. In 1931, ten years later, the two holidays became separate ones and the Armistice Day was renamed Remembrance Day.

Not until January 31st, 1957, the Canadian Parliament proclaimed ’A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed...’ to be observed on the 2nd Monday in October."

Thanks again to Ted and everyone who sent in an answer.

By the way, many, many, people also wrote that the earlier date, as compared to the American version, is because the Canadian harvest is much earlier or may have had something to do with the Harvest Moon happening right about now.

Okay folks, that is the straight story, in case, like me, you were wondering!

Back to the room…
"No [I have never seen that before]. This is new for me, too. The great thing about him is that our players get to practice against him. They’re going to get banged around. They’re going to have their stick poked away…There are not many guys in the league like that…I think Z is the best at his game. He’s got a unique game unto himself. Nobody else can do the things that he does."
Head Coach, Dave Lewis, on Chara holding off two Lightning skaters at the same time

"He showed that he wants to win. He was kind’ve upset about the outcome of the game. I think it kind’ve brought some momentum going into the next game. I think we carried that over. I think also, when Z stepped in, that shows the team spirit that we have and the chemistry that we have together. I think it’s something we have to build on."
Forward, Patrice Bergeron, on Yan and Z and the scuffle in Florida
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