Regrouping at Ristuccia
There was very little on-ice action at the Ristuccia Memorial Arena today as the team spent a considerable amount of time in a video session and a meeting, and did not emerge for an optional on-ice practice until 12:41.
Coaches Lewis, Habscheid and Houda hit the ice along with Brad Boyes, Patrice Bergeron
, Milan Jurcina, Yan Stastny, Brian Finley, Jeff Hoggan, Matt Lashoff, Wade Brookbank, Andrew Alberts, Phil Kessel, Tim Thomas
, Mark Mowers, Shean Donovan, Nathan Dempsey and Marco Sturm.
All of the other players did an off-ice conditioning workout.
As I was in the locker room interviewing some of the off-icers (mostly vets who needed a breather), I missed much of the on ice practice, but from what I saw, it was a lively scrimmage (including some of the coaches) and a 4-on-4 game.
As I was snooping around, I saw that our new goalie, Mr. Finley, brought his Milwaukee Brewers cap to Red Sox nation territory. After he returned from the ice he told me that his favorite player was Paul Molitor, particularly because he ended up with the Toronto Blue Jays.
He said that the team had given him a new B’s cap to substitute for the Brewers cap.
Now if we could only change the color of his mask…hmmmm.
Speaking of masks, Tim Thomas
is the starting goalie tomorrow, and he looks to have switched to his old, Hall of Fame bound, mask (the Beware of Bear model shown above).
All of the guys were very helpful with a Veterans Day project I was doing for BruinsCast; so keep your eyes out for that link and your ears ready to listen.
Obviously, the team was not thrilled with the outcome on Thursday night, and that mood was pervasive in the rink, in the dressing room and in the TD Banknorth Garden, in general -- those sentiments are reflected in my daily quote list.Ristuccia Remarks
"To be honest…my gut felt that he was going to make a change to try and change things up, to see if he could shock the team to try and turn the play around…and shock the luck into turning around, also…of course it is frustrating for everybody in here. It’s hard to put a finger on…exactly where things start to go bad. Otherwise it would be easier to fix. Or maybe it is easy to fix and we’re making it too complicated. Maybe it’s just a matter of bearing down and doing it."Goalie, Tim Thomas, on being pulled versus Toronto
"Structure again. We’ve got to stay with our game plan and we got away from it at times last night. And we just basically talked about that stuff…we all have to be on the same page and give each other outs -- be there for the other guy. We talked about that…it’s just being a team. You have to do things to be a team and that’s what it comes down to…we’ve played a lot of games in the last couple of games and some guys are banged up…Ottawa plays tonight, so this is a good thing."Forward, Marc Savard on the team meeting and the optional skate
"We just have to stick to our structure -- it’s plain and simple. [Anything else] was team stuff and that will just stay inside here…we have to support each other and trust each other. The forwards have to give our D some simple outs and make it easy on everyone…there’s always urgency when you are not [above] .500 or you’re not winning games. We’re finding a way to kill ourselves and…I think we have to find a way to win games, plain and simple."Assistant Captain, Glen Murray, on the meeting and on the state of the team
"We all realize that the first few games are behind us and now we are getting to the point [where it is not the beginning of the season], it’s the 14th, 15th game and if you are missing out on [winning or getting points in] some games then you fall behind. And it is hard to catch up. We have to wake up…and know that we are playing quality teams and every game is going to be challenging. In everything we do, we have to make sure that we are trying to win those games and get back on track."Captain, Zdeno Chara, on the team
"The message in these times is sticking together. We have to do things, structurally, better. We need to do the things…that are important to win…Make sure we are back checking hard. Getting pucks in and getting pucks out. Don’t over handle the puck…rely on your teammates. Help your teammates. Things like that, at these [kind of times] nobody is really excited about them. And we have to make sure we stick together as a group."Head Coach, Dave Lewis, on the team