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Friday, 12.08.2006 / 10:58 AM / News
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Kick Off
Troy Brown (right) agreed to be on BostonBruins.com BruinsCast last night and was a great interview -- so check that out later on the front page. Troy’s Celebrity Bingo is coming up on Monday, December 11.

From his website: Troy Brown Celebrity Bingo is again destined to be one of the most popular events of the season due to the overwhelming success of the New England Patriots and the originality of this concept. The night will consist of Bingo games, dinner, live and silent auctions, raffle and celebrity meet and greets. Upon entering participants will receive a package of bingo cards, 9 cards for each of the 10 games with the last 4 games played on the same card. There will be no option to purchase more cards. Bingo players can win over $10,000.00 in prize money.

Brown is a class act and a New England favorite, so check out his website to find out more.

And, by the way, Troy likes hockey.

"I think it is a great sport," said Brown, a three-time Super Bowl champ. "I think it is a pretty athletic sport and you have to be pretty strong in the legs.

"I don’t know if I could skate around for that long. I’ve tried the sliding board thing and my legs are burnin’…I don’t know how they do it."

Remember to check out the interview later today on the front page of BostonBruins.com.

The Garden Rocks
The place was hopping at the end of the game last night, and not just because of the post-game rock concert by State Radio.

The Bruins 3-1 comeback victory was enough reaspm to get the Boston fans on their feet in the third period.

The building was quiet at the start, however, thanks to the defensive, strong goaltending nature of the contest.

"The first two periods, I think both teams were sort of feeling each other out," said Bruins Head Coach Dave Lewis. "There was not a lot happening, but all of a sudden there would be a rush.

"One team would forecheck for awhile and we would get it in and forecheck for a bit. And I think we were guilty of passing up some shots in the first two periods, but in the third period that was one of the focal points of the conversation.

"Being in the dirty areas, like on [Stuart’s] goal, [Bergeron] drove to the net on the rush and Marco Sturm shot the puck and then…[Boyes] gathered up the rebound and threw it into Stewie in the slot.

"The goalie, he couldn’t see it -- he couldn’t find it," he said.

They’re bringing scoring back, YEP!
Last night, the Bruins most important players were Wayne Primeau, Mark Mowers and Shean Donovan -- the Mowers line.

"As of late, the last 15 games or so, we’ve been, more or less, finding ways to win instead of finding ways to lose," said Primeau. "I think it’s the feeling in the room that we believe that, even though we get down by a goal, we’re still able to come back and get the win."

And Tim Thomas was strong, again, last night. Thomas did not have to be dominant or as spectacular as he has been in the last few weeks. But he was solid, really solid, and was a foundation for the rest of the team to build on.

"Coach said it was our game to win if we go to the ’dirty areas,’" said Thomas. "And if you don’t know what that means, that means the front of the net.

"[You have to] cause screens, cause tips and get rebounds. And that paid off for us."

Along those lines, Thomas thinks that the Mowers line is being a little too humble.

"They’ve really stepped it up the past four or five games," said Thomas. "It’s made a world of difference.

"When they add that one goal a game, plus play solid defense, plus control the puck for almost their whole shift, it changes the whole game for our team.

"It’s a team game and if one of your lines can step it up like that, it adds up to a lot of success," he said.

Mowers himself thinks that Donovan has been the catalyst in the recent offensive upswing.

"[When Donovan] got his first goal it just took a little bit of that hesitation off his mind and the rest of us," said Mowers, the center on the line. "Without all three guys ’going’ on the line, it’s tough."

And Shean’s hot streak has, seemingly, ignited Primeau.

"Wayne’s heating up now and I am the next I guess, to be able to put the puck in the net," said Mowers, laughing. "But as long as our line is being productive, it doesn’t matter who’s scoring."

Coach Lewis praised the line, also.

"They take pride in all those grinding areas," he said. "Whether it’s defensively down low in our zone. A big face-off, a blocked shot. Chipping the puck out is a big play for that line.

"And you don’t get a lot of glory publicly for that, but you get a lot of praise internally, from your teammates," said Lewis.

Last night, that publicity came from everywhere -- within and without the locker room.

’D’ UP
Second year defenseman Andrew Alberts also played very well versus Toronto.

"I thought he was excellent tonight," said Lewis. "With the puck, without the puck, [he was] physical, blocking shots, and making sliding, diving play.

[Those plays look] like an out of control play. But is really a very orchestrated, and controlled attempt to take out the pass and shot.

"And he did that a couple of times [last night] in key situations."

Musical Victory Celebration
State Radio took the ice following the Bruins and performed a seven song show, playing a set list that included The diner song, Right me up, Camilo, Democracy in kind, Man in the hall, Mr. Larkin.

The concert was a success and the fans who remained in attendance were treated to very good show. Thanks guys!


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