Throttling up on Thursday
Considering the Bruins had (admittedly) one of their worst performances of the season on Monday, both sides of the Looney (for those of you who have not braved the country to our north, read that as coin) are doing their best to prevent a repeat engagement.Marc Savard
, Wayne Primeau and Shean Donovan are doing their hairy best (more on this in a bit) to keep the club loose and it seems to be working.
Savvy was obviously causing some trouble during the morning skate and his resulting smile belied whatever malicious intent he had in mind during a drill.
Meanwhile, Zdeno Chara
and the coaches continuously preach system and structure -- and judging from the last couple of practices and the relaxed intensity of the room this morning, they are also having success.
"I certainly hope we have more intensity than we had the other night," said Bruins Head Coach Dave Lewis. "Toronto out played us.
"I thought they were more physical. They went after us and generated (scoring) chances.
"They competed harder and they ended up winning the game."
Captain Chara chimed in on a similar note.
"Sometimes, we know, we have games where we had early leads and we felt too comfortable," said Chara. "We can’t do that.
"We have to keep pushing forward and keep playing our game, no matter what the score is."
The Yin/Yang approach is actually working pretty hand-in-glove at the moment and I am looking forward to seeing its results this evening. The Bruins know what is at stake and are ready to make their second half push for playoff positioning.
Speaking of the practice skate this morning, Boston concentrated on puck movement -- via lots of passing and skating -- and, as far as morning skates go, it was a spirited environment with plenty of energy and chatter.
As we thought this morning, Phil Kessel and Jeff Hoggan will sit this one out.Mustache update
Every skater (and the only ones I did not see were P.J. Axelsson and Shean Donovan) had some awkward looking starter facial hair going on.
However, there were a couple of guys who had no mustache yesterday, and had one today.
One day, no hair, and the next day it’s Teddy Roosevelt time. Hmmmmmm.
Which begs the question: Is there such a thing as lip Rogaine?
Incidentally, I had originally thought that one of the main perpetrators of this mustached monstrosity, Marc Savard
, had begged out of the competition and, heaven forbid, SHAVED.
He has a true lip garden growing -- but it is golden blonde and is barely visible with the naked eye. It is downright translucent.
Anyway, on the NESN broadcast this evening, you’ll see (or not see, as the case may be) tonight.
Word has it that Preems is first up with Rob Simpson (NESN’s ice level reporter, of Rubber Biscuit fame), for an interview during warm-ups, so you will be able to see Wayne "Newton" Primeau do his thing pre game.
Hopefully he does not sing.
You hear that Preems, do NOT sing.