What an afternoon. My head is still spinning.
So, just to recap, if only for my own sanity, Stanislav Chistov, former Duck, is now a Bruin.
Brian Finley, once a Bruin, is a Boston Bruin again, after playing for the Providence Bruins yesterday.
Yan Stastny and Matt Lashoff both played for Boston on Saturday, but will now play for the Providence Bruins.
And going back a little farther, Jeff Hoggan and Wade Brookbank were sent down to Providence on Saturday.
That’s a lot of moves in a short time.
By the way, when I left Ristuccia, the locker room had not heard about Chistov yet, but they found out about Stastny and Lashoff as the afternoon progressed.
I think the latter moves had the same result as the Hoggan and Brookbank moves had on Saturday.
Meaning: while the room was jovial, it was not as upbeat as it has been in the past and there was the similar intense workmanlike attitude as has existed since Saturday morning.
Another thing that was obvious -- Our Boys are ready to play again and would prefer that the next game be tonight, not Wednesday. Lineup
Lashoff did not practice with Boston today, but Stastny did.
So the lines looked like this:
The only defensemen that participated today were Dempsey, Jurcina, Alberts, Chara, and Mara.
Finley and Thomas were in goal.
The first line looked like this at the end of practice:
Coach Dave Lewis said that Axelsson and Brad Stuart were nursing various things, but should be available for practice on Tuesday and also for the game on Wednesday evening.Practice, Practice, Practice
Coach Essensa worked on positioning with the goalies this morning, while the forwards worked (again) on shot blocking at the other end of the rink.
The Bruins also worked on breakaways by skating to center, corralling a puck and driving the net.
They then switched to modified 2-on-0 breakouts against the goalies.
In this drill, a defenseman started the breakout from behind the opposing goal, passed and stopped at the red line. Meanwhile, the two forwards continued the play on into the goal.
The first forward shot the puck with the trailing forward looking for a rebound.
These rushes became 2-on1’s with two forwards versus a "D" and the goalie.
Funny moment happened when Coach Lewis awarded Patrice Bergeron
a penalty shot when he was hauled down during a drill.
Another interesting moment, which elicited some noise from the B’s, was Glen Murray shooting a slap shot through the net.After the main session
The usual 4-on-4 game post practice turned into a 5-on-5 half-ice game and then turned into a drill after Brian Finley was hit in the mask with a shot. Finley was ok and showed no ill effects from either the shot or his traveling show.
On the other end of the ice, the defensemen practiced keeping the puck in the offensive zone, controlling it and taking a shot from the blue line.
A forward stood in front of the goalie and attempted to tip the shot from the point.Voices in the room
"There’s mixed emotions in the room right now. You feel bad for Lash, I mean, he played great for us and it’s too bad he has to go back to Providence. At the same time…[Saturday] was a big win for us and it was a big team effort for 60 minutes…and we just have to build on that."Assistant Captain, Patrice Bergeron, on Matt Lashoff going to Providence, and the Ottawa game
"It’s one win, a step in the right direction, but at the same time, we’re still two games below .500. We have to try and climb this ladder and just take one game at a time. We can’t get too far ahead of ourselves. We just have to continue to play the way that we can play, with the systems that the coaches have instilled."Forward, Wayne Primeau, on the Ottawa win
"I guess that is one of the advantages they have, being in such close proximity [to Providence]…I was a little surprised that I went back to play yesterday, but we got a win, so it was nice. It’s nice to be back [in Boston, too]…It’s always good to get in game action. It’s a little tough, going down, adjusting to the speed, because it is a lot faster up here. But it was good to get some game action and stay sharp."Goalie, Brian Finley, on his travels