So, I am stuffed from the Beanpot Luncheon where there was a large current and former Boston Bruins contingent visiting their former teammates and fellow Beanpot alumni.
Andrew Alberts (BC), Bobby Allen (BC), Clark Donatelli (BU) and Ted Donato (HU) were there amongst the media throng there to cover the most exciting college hockey tournament in the country.
Just 50 yards down the hall, the Buffalo Sabres locker room was a very relaxed affair, with very confident players preparing for their hockey game this evening.
Another 100 feet away, in the Bruins locker room, the Boston squad contemplated its future earlier in the day. And in comparison to the festive nature in Legends, and the confident atmosphere in the Sabres locker room, the Bruins room had all the tension of a team in an elimination playoff game.
"It’s not an easy job," said Tim Thomas
, the Bruins starter in goal tonight. "But you’ve also got a chance to earn some respect back.
"(Last game) was humiliating, and they’re a team that likes to humiliate you.
"To get a little bit of respect back would be nice," said Tank.
Across the room, Marc Savard
had a different philosophy, but with a similar result in mind.
"We’ve just got to try and rebound from what is going on," said the forward. "I think the best way to do that is to start over.
"We’ll start fresh (tonight) and forget about the games we’ve already played because you can’t get them back…(the rest of the) season starts tonight."
Both players knew that the Bruins turnaround can’t wait any longer and they seemed determined to make it so.
Thomas, in particular, hoped to be able to make a large personal contribution.
"This is one of the (games) where you are really going to try and do that," he said. "We need it bad.
"The whole team does. The whole team, organization -- everybody.
"I am going to do my best," said Thomas.
Down in the corner of the locker room, as he taped his stick, Paul Mara said that despite the four losses, the Bruins are sticking together.
"Inside the room, there is no negative energy," said the Belmont native. "We’re staying positive in here.
"We know that the way we are going to get out of this hole, this rut, is by sticking together as a group of 20 guys.
"We believe in each other and we believe in our system…the good thing is that we have a second chance (against the Sabres who) gave it to us the other night," he said.
The lines for tonight:
ForwardsSturm - Savard - Murray
Axelsson - Bergeron - Kessel
Mowers - Primeau - Donovan
Chistov - Boyes - Tenkrat
The DChara - Alberts
Stuart - Mara
Allen - York
No update on Krejci, who will continue to be evaluated by the medical staff and will not play tonight.