"You know, I still really and truly believe that we had some effort there in our first game…the first period and a half we had some great work and I just think that when you get behind by a couple, you start to kind’ve press a little bit. And if you do that, sometimes it opens you up a little bit defensively…they were able to take advantage of it. But I think it showed that we’re a good team when we regrouped and we came around with an even better effort versus Tampa."Forward, Wayne Primeau, on the B’s first gameLate pre-game Coach…
"They’re not relying on the goaltending, but the goaltending is [excellent] and he’s making all the saves and they have good special teams. They have dangerous game breaking players, a little like Tampa Bay. So we have our work cut out for us. Not just in that game, but the other two games. Where St. Louis and the Islanders both are a little bit like that."Head Coach, Dave Lewis, about AtlantaHe’s not the Phantom, but…
"One of the true South Florida gems is a fabulous place called "Mark’s Las Olas" in downtown Fort Lauderdale....I have tried all of their "Florida" fish and last weekend tried the "white duck" and all are terrific!...Has an open kitchen (always a favorite with me) and can enjoy outdoor seating if so inclined...They also have valet parking (a must in this busy area)...Prices are high, but well worth it!"Senior Assistant to the Senior Advisor, Nate Greenberg on the Florida food sceneWe need structure, people!
"I do not think we are going to win a lot of hockey games by high scores. I think we have to be a group committed to defense. But I do not want to take their creativity away. When they have the puck, I want them to be creative, look to make plays, but be under the structure of a system that you can rely on night in and night out. Because the team will change whether through injuries or position, but the structure has to be there."Lewis, on puck protection and structure.Notes:The Hockey News Yearbook
had the Atlanta Thrashers as the 8th and final playoff qualifier for next springs Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Bruins came in 12th…Strangely, their Ultimate Fantasy Guide
had the Thrashers 7th and the Bruins 11th…This is Hannu Toivonen’s first start against the Thrashers…The Bruins have played 24 games versus the Thrashers in their short NHL existence, going 16-6-2-3…John Grahame shutout Atlanta 1-0, Dec. 28, 2002; the only shutout between the two teams…Former Thrasher Marc Savard
has played 4 games against his old squad and has a 1-0-1 line…last season with Atlanta, Savard was 28-69-97 in 82 games…Marc was traded to Atlanta from Calgary in exchange for Ruslan Zainulllin…Shean Donovan also played for the Thrashers and in 7 games has a 2-2-4.