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B’s on Island Time

Saturday, 10.14.2006 / 2:34 PM / News
Boston Bruins
So, last night I had the night off, and what did I do?

You guessed it, this mad Boston Bruins Blogger watched hockey -- and a little mad fisherman, Charlie Moore Outdoors, to fill in the gaps.

As my friend Moondoggie says, "I don’t know how you could watch Charlie and not end up in a good mood."

Very true, especially when you are waiting for the Bruins to bounce back.

But, let’s face it, anyone with the nickname Moondoggie is probably not in a bad mood very often.

But I digress...often.

The Buffalo Sabres came back from a two goal deficit versus the Red Wings last night on TSN to defeat Detroit in a shootout, 3-2, in a game that showcased the best of what the new NHL has to offer -- speed, power, finesse and excellent goaltending.

And, at times, it was played at playoff intensity and had the look of a possible Stanley Cup matchup.

Sabres goalie Ryan Miller took on Detroit’s Dominik Hasek and looked pretty big in his own net as he attempted to defeat the former Sabres legend.

Meanwhile, both of Buffalo’s co-captains, Chris Drury and Daniel Briere, played very, very, very well.

Drury scored a goal, and pumped up his team when they seemed to be sleepwalking to a loss. Briere scored during the shootout, setting up Ales Kotalik to beat Hasek for the game winning shootout marker.

Bish’s assessment of the Bruins in-division, early October snow covered, northern New York rival:
Ladies and gentlemen, the Buffalo Sabres are the real deal [Bish shudders], and thank goodness we ONLY have to play them EIGHT times.

They look every bit the team that almost made the Stanley Cup finals last year.

Eight times. Jeeesh…

But the Eastern Conference road to the Stanley Cup may very well run through Buffalo, so the Bruins will HAVE TO play well against their slightly sub-Canadian cousins.

After all: Do or do not, there is no try.

I must confess that I fell asleep before San Jose and Vancouver.

So, no assessment of the late game.

Sorry.

Tonight, Our Boys will attempt to rebound from their Wednesday night shootout loss to St. Louis.

In their way, we expect to see a local Winthrop boy, budding superstar goalie Rick DiPietro, the guy who just signed the record 15-year deal worth $67.5 million.

No word as of yet on who will play between the pipes for Boston and I would rather not make a guess.

But there HAS been some shuffling on the power play squads.

First Unit
Brad Stuart near the blue line, with Patrice Bergeron and Marc Savard at the top of circles, and Glen Murray floating down low. Zdeno Chara is in front of the net.

Second Unit
Paul Mara is up on top, with Brad Boyes and P.J. Axelsson at the top of circles, with Phil Kessel floating low. Marco Sturm is in front of the goaltender.

I almost pity DiPietro having to deal with Big "Z" setting up shop in front of him.

Almost…

To get in the mood, I am currently watching the Legends of Hockey Series 2, the disk with all the great Islanders: Mike Bossy, Bryan Trottier, Denis Potvin and Billy Smith.

Thankfully, the Bruins do not have to worry about those guys coming through the door at the Nassau Coliseum. And by the way, if you do not have the Legends of Hockey Series on your DVD shelf, find it, buy it and enjoy it. Some of the stories inside make me tear up -- but I am a true softie.

The Legends set is the closest thing to Ken Burn’s fine documentary on professional baseball.

Anyway, despite their early season troubles, the current edition of the New York Islanders gives Boston plenty to worry about.

Viktor Kozlov, Alexei Yashin and Miroslav Satan could give the Bruins defenders fits, not to mention the Tim-may or Toivo.

And beyond DiPietro, there are plenty of Boston connected Islanders who might be looking to impress some friends back home in Massachusetts.

Former Boston University stars Tom Poti and Shawn Bates (also a former Bruin), as well as former Boston Bruins center Andy Hilbert might make life difficult for our favorite hockey team.

Speaking of making life difficult, the afternoon is going slowly, especially since I am being commandeered by the General for some food shopping duties.

I hate food shopping, but I am afraid of the General more than I hate food shopping.

I’m afraid of all 5’2 of her super-powered Italian temper, er, I mean, smile…Um, I love you, honey.

[The General’s reading over my shoulder]

So there you go. A man’s got to know his limitations.

Plus, she bribed me with food.

I’ll be updating the site throughout the game.

Enjoy and GO BRUINS! BEAT the ISLANDERS!
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