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Thursday Night's Roster: B's in Manchester

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
John Bishop is the beat writer for He covers the Black & Gold hoping to offer a positive look at the team, not only from the stands and the press box, but also from inside the locker room. A graduate of Boston U. and Northeastern, 'Bish' grew up in Connecticut and moved to the Hub of Hockey in 1993. Since then he has made all four rinks at the Beanpot schools, as well as both Gardens, his icebound homes away from home. Prior to joining the TD Banknorth Garden staff in 2005, Bishop had written for several publications, with his primary focus being college hockey. He coauthored the book Bygone Boston in 2003 and hopes someday to pen a bio of Hobey Baker.
Settling in to watch three hours of Ghosthunters on Sci Fi with the General (my wife, and yes, she likes the nickname). It's pretty much the only show I watch besides hockey (and baseball during the summer).

I totally crashed after practice, and just woke up and I'm sitting here wondering if Jason and Grant (the ghost hunting founders of TAPS, from Warwick, RI) are Bruins fans.

Better yet, I wonder if they ever run into hockey ghosts? Sports ghosts? Forum ghosts?

Oooooh scary!

Anyway, when I worked at Matthews Arena at Northeastern, I would not have been shocked to run into a supernatural hockey player in that old rink (built in 1910). Or how about old Harvard Stadium - there might be some haunts over there on Soldiers Field Road.

Look out Coach Donato!

Good luck to Teddy and the Crimson in the upcoming season, by the way.

In any case, last night the B's looked to exorcise some ghosts (perhaps named 2006-07) in Newfoundland.

It was a really complete victory for Savvy and Co. This morning, however, with last night's squad getting a couple of extra hours of sleep, the team that will take on the Devils tomorrow night in Manchester took the ice. They were:

White: Hendricks-Kessel-Murray
Gold: Sturm-Bergeron-Bochenski
Gray: Trevelyan-Sobotka-Reich
Brick: Pelletier-Hamill-Bitz
Black (defense): Alberts, Allen, Bodnarchuk
Stuart, Ward, Wideman
Black (goalies): Fernandez, Rask

Manny was wearing a Bruins mask today, but I am not sure it was the one we saw at the TD Banknorth Garden on Saturday. I looked in his locker after the session and he had two, similar, but not identical, B's masks with an open mouthed, growling bear.

Pretty cool.

I know that he talked goaltending with some of the other writers, so I am looking forward to reading about that in the near future. I was busy putting together podcasts with David Krejci and Shawn Thornton, so be sure to click on those on Thursday.

Tuukka and Manny had a lot to do during today's session, especially during an intense 3-on-3 drill down low. There was a lot of movement with two D-men and a forward taking on a full line in a high contact drill in front of the goalie and his net.

As of this afternoon, Tuukka had not known that he was going to see some time on Thursday, and I know he was looking forward to his first exhibition game.

Fellow rookie, defenseman Andy Bodnarchuk, has quietly had an outstanding camp, and did not look out of place at all during his practice with the big guys…it will be nice to see Andy, Zach Hamill, Byron Bitz and Tuukka hit the ice tomorrow night against the Devs.

The second session was pretty crowded:

White: Schaefer-Savard-Karsums
Gold: Axelsson-Krejci-Kobabsew
Brick: Rabbit-Thompson-Metropolit
Gray: Thornton-Nokelainen-Hoggan
Red: DiCasmirro-Mowers-Lehtonen
Black (defense): Chara, Curry, Ference
Hunwick, Lashoff, McQaid, Sigalet
Black (goalies): Sigalet, Thomas

The drill I noticed during the second session was goalies taking shots with a man in front.

One piece of miscellany: Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand got a well-deserved day off, after not having much of a break since starting the Super Series a couple of three weeks ago.

All right, sorry this is short, but I'm off to work on my game preview and getting to sleep a little earlier...Later folks!
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