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The Blog: April 14th

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
3:13 p.m.

More news from MTL
Dave Stubbs from the Montreal Gazette's blog,, writes that Andrei Markov was not on the ice (that he saw). He adds: Quiet day in Brossard today, no changes in jerseys this morning at practice. But there was plenty of communication on ice, Bob Gainey holding a couple of group and individual meetings. In one group gathering, Gainey and Alex Tanguay had a lengthy discussion, everyone else listening in, and the two soon were at the side of the rink as practice resumed, reviewing things on a diagram board.Gainey did not meet the media today, but will tomorrow before the team boards its charter to Boston in advance of Thursday's Game 1.

3:00 p.m.
A busy locker room...
There were lots of interviews going on post practice and I caught snippets of a few.

"It's a long season and I think we've done a lot of good things this year," said Michael Ryder when asked about his first season with Boston. "[But we have to] turn the page and keep it going and we have make sure [we're ready] for the playoffs.

"It's definitely going to be a little different being on the other side. [Even though] i haven't been there for a year, now, we played last year against Boston and this year I am with Boston.

"I'll be playing against a few friends and although I am kind of used to it during the season but during the playoff time I guess you don't have many friends -- you just go out and play -- and I think it is going to be a good series and a lot of fun."

11:25 a.m.
Recchi and Kessel collide. Mark fakes like he is running after Phil in order to clobber him. Laughs.

11:16 a.m. is keeping tabs on the Habs practice:
A. Kostitsyn-Plekanec-D'Agostini

Stewart, O'Byrne, Brisebois, S. Kostitsyn (upper body injury)

11:08 a.m.
Providence Playoffs
You're probably following the AHL playoffs, too. Here is the P-Bruins schedule:
Providence vs. Portland
Game 1 Wed. April 15 at Providence 7:05
Game 2 Fri. April 17  at Providence 7:05
Game 3 Sun. April 19  at Portland  4:00
Game 4 Thurs. April 23 at Portland  7:00
Game 5* Fri. April 24  at Providence 7:05
Game 6* Sun. April 26  at Portland  4:00
Game 7* Tues. April 28 at Providence 7:05

11:04 a.m.
We're talking about practice
Andrew Ference is the only missing piece as the entire Bruins squad has taken the ice for practice in Wilmington.

10:51 a.m.
A nice note...
NESN reports that their 2.5 household average in the Boston market marks a 69% increase over last season and matches the 1995/96 season for the best full season rating average in network history. Thank you New England!

10:43 a.m.

The media is trickling into the building as the Boston Bruins are set to begin the 2009 Playoff portion of their practices at 11:00 a.m.

We expect to learn at least a little bit about Andrew Ference and Patrice Bergeron this morning and everyone else is expected to make an on-ice appearance.
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