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Training Camp, Day 4: Once More With Feeling

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.
9:54 a.m.
Group A is on the ice and getting ready for their scrimmage a little bit later.

The lines, are:
White: Schaefer-Savard-Karsums
Gold: Axelsson-Krejci-Kobasew
Gray: Thornton-Nokelainen-Hoggan
Brick: Lucic-Metropolit-DiCasmirro-Marchand
Defensemen (in black):
Ference, Stuart, Chara, Curry, Wideman
Goalies (also in black):
Sigalet, Thomas

They are doing some 1-on-1's right now...

10:12 a.m. Moving forward into their session, the A - B's are now working on some 5-on-5 drills with a bit of contact. Stop-and-start is, again, a feature of this practice as Coach Julien is explaining his system to his new charges.

10:34 a.m. The ice has been cleaned and the and the teams are beginning to filter out for the scrimmage.

Team White is:
Coach Murray
Sigalet (Jon)

Team Black is:
Coach Gordon
Sigalet (Jordan)

And there are two American Hockey League refs...

10:48 a.m. Marc Savard won the first face off of the season versus Patrice Bergeron.

10:58 a.m. The kids are playing well (Marchand, Lucic) and both starters, Timmy and Manny, have made some tough stops in goal.

11:01 a.m. DiCasmirro beats Fernandez, on a rebound, to put Black up, 1-0.


11:10 a.m.
Lots of hits, most notably, Bergeron on Chara.

11:19 a.m. Tim and Manny are out -- Brown and Sigalet are in.

There was plenty of crowd applause for the first half effort that had Black leading 1-0. It was an interesting dynamic in the crowd, which numbered just short of 1,000 season ticket holders and fans. For most of the period, it was as if the people watching were sitting in on a college class, but were afraid to interrupt the professor or students.

The story of the first half is the play of the youngsters. Hamill, Marchand, Hunwick and Lucic have been prevalent in the play.

11:27 a.m. Krejci from Karsums in a scrum in front. Black up, 2-0.

11:33 a.m. Kessel snipes one past Sigalet, from Lashoff. White trails, 2-1.

11:46 a.m. With the ice beginning to show its age, the game has bogged down a bit. Marchand and Krejci continue to impress and Phil nearly added another, but it 's ping echoed wide off of the post.

11:49 a.m. Pascal Pelletier scores, break away toe drag -- very nice -- he put it over Sigalet's shoulder to tie the game, 2-2.

11:50 a.m. Game Over. The Zamboni is on the ice, and Group B will be hitting the ice in a few.

12:32 p.m.
Group B is on the ice and Manny Fernandez has a new mask for practice. I am trying to get a photo.

Here is the second session list:
Brick:     Pelletier-Mowers-Hamill
Gray:     Trevelyan-Thompson-Reich
White:     Hendricks-Kessel-Murray,
Gold:     Sturm-Bergeron-Bochenski
Black:     Sigalet, Hunwick, Lashoff, Ward, Alberts
Goalies: Fernandez, Brown

12:33 p.m. B's scout Scott Fitzgerald has his sons down here near the press room. Nolan and Riley are livening up the joint!

2:07 p.m. Sorry folks, I had to step away to grab a bite to eat.

Post scrimmage picking up…
Coach Gordon, who will lead the rookies in CT tomorrow, remained in charge of the group during practice today. He continued to work on setting up a semblance of a system for the boys to follow against the Devils.

The rookies were, as follows:
White:     Collins-Rabbit-Lehtonen,
Gold:     Orr-Sobotka-Jorgensen,
Red:     Knackstedt, Bitz
Black:     Bodnarchuk, Reul, McQuaid, Boyle, Ostrcil
Goalies: Courchaine, Rask

The guys who came out of the second session, including defenseman Andrew Alberts, who was actually battling flu-like symptoms rather than a cold, came off tired, but pleased with the day. Andrew just looked happy to be back in the locker room.

Despite having been laid-up, Albe had a good practice and used his size effectively. Look for a blog from the Big D-man, soon. He wanted me to wish a Happy Birthday to his girlfriend, Brooke.

Defenseman Bobby Allen must have received a call from the diploma police, because overnight he changed his prediction on the Boston College football game.

"24-17, BC, Bish," said Bobby, before the Boston College alum went running off to the showers with his tail feathers between his legs.

Late, late update...
Hey folks, I am shutting down in a bit. I am heading down to CT for the Rookie Game and if the universe cooperates, I will have a bit of a running blog and a game story for you. I've also made arrangements to get some updates from the TD Banknorth Garden, as well.

If you are heading down to the Sportscenter of Connecticut in Shelton, here's the deal. I called and they said that the game was free of charge and that seating was on a first come, first serve basis. The game is at 4 p.m.

I have heard that all of today's activities at the Garden -- ticket on-sale, Fan Fest, Scrimmage and Season Ticket Holder Bar-b-que -- were very, very successful. Several thousand people made their way through the building and ticket sales were brisk. The practices and scrimmage were well attended, and I can vouch for the enthusiasm of the Black & Gold faithful.

Anyway, nice job New England. I think hockey season is off to a very fine start. Let's hope the younglings continue the good vibrations tomorrow, when they defend our region's southern border from the invaders from the swamps of New Jersey.

Enjoy a photo gallery, on me...
[Photo Gallery]

And one more thing
Groups A and B are switching practice times tomorrow, with B going early and A going late. The rookies are going to skate early, and there is a another scrimmage. Fan Fest plans should go off without a hitch -- the weather is supposed to be beautiful.
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