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Big Z meets Tek

Sunday, 12.10.2006 / 10:30 PM ET / News
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Big Z meets Tek

Leading off…
I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing the captain of the Boston Red Sox, Jason Varitek, last night at the TD Banknorth Garden.

Number 33 for the Sox was in town representing TD Banknorth and to attend Christmas at Fenway. He was gracious enough to give a bit of his time after he met the Bruins number 33, Zdeno Chara (pictured right).

Watch the front page of the site for the BruinsCast featuring Mr. Varitek.

Sunday Night Musing
Did you ever see American Graffiti?

Watching it right now -- good movie and a good way to end the week on a nostalgic note.

This morning was pretty cool, too.

The B’s and their staff had their annual family skate. And, on top of getting to skate on the Garden ice for the first time, I got to meet a bunch of Bruins cubs.

As far as I could tell, nearly all of the squad and staff brought their children along and it was pretty funny to see the normally rough and tumble players carrying their cute little guys around while they carefully tooled around the ice.

Very carefully.

"It was a pleasure for me to be able to get out on the ice with my kids," said Tim Thomas. "We’re so busy during the regular season we don’t get a chance very often.

"It’s good to get all the families together because you forget sometimes when you see all the players in the locker room that everyone has normal lives and families, too.

"I think the Bruins are trying to make the whole organization feel like a family, not just the players, but the people who work in the front office and the people we work with on a day to day basis," he said.

His daughter Kiley was just happy to be in the Garden with her dad.

"I like skating," said Kiley Thomas.

"It’s a great day for the families and the kids," said Jason York. "It’s just great to get the team together and things like this are really good for building team chemistry.

"It’s just really nice for the team to do this for us."

Future Bruins defenseman Jack York knew exactly what he liked best about the morning.

"Going on the ice," said Jack, who declined further comment.

On top of the skating, the food was great and, speaking of nostalgia, I had a trip down memory lane watching Santa give out presents to the children.

No, it was not my belly filling out the red suit, no matter what Jason York tells you. Word on the street is that the big guy from the North Pole is a huge Bruins fan -- and he showed up just to prove it.

From my angle, it was the perfect way for the Bruins to forget their troubles -- namely the loss to the Devils last night.

But, as expected, there was not much talk of that particular issue this morning.

Food, fun and family. It’s a pretty good cure all.

Don’t cha think?

Moving on
If everything went as expected, Hannu Toivonen was sent down and brought up today.

The Providence Bruins website proclaims that the Baby B’s, with ’Toivo’ in goal, had a pretty good game.

P -Bruins Come Back, Shootout Win, Providence, RI -- The Providence Bruins, member of the American Hockey League, twice came back from down one goal this afternoon to defeat the Worcester Sharks 3-2 in a shootout, the P-Bruins moving into a first-place tie with the Portland Pirates in the Atlantic Division at 31 points with the victory…The three-round affair saw Providence goals from every shooter, including Krejci, Versteeg and Trevelyan while P-Bruins goalie Hannu Toivonen stopped every shot he faced from the Sharks’ Valette, Graham Mink and Garrett Stafford…Toivonen, assigned to Providence from the Boston Bruins this morning, blocked 27 shots for his second AHL win this year, improving to 2-4-0.

Nice job Hannu!

Following the loss to the Devils, the young Finnish goalie sat in front of his locker and took a lot of the blame on his shoulders.

"It’s not a perfect world every time," said Toivonen on Saturday night. "You always need to be ready.

"A couple of the saves in the third should’ve been made, and it cost us the hockey game."

His teammates and coach didn’t agree that the loss should be pinned on the goalie.

"I don’t think so," said Paul Mara. "He made some fantastic saves for us."

"He made some incredible saves," said Head Coach Dave Lewis. "It was good to see him in the net.

Hopefully the win in Providence took a little sting out of Saturday’s loss.
Ok, it’s late and the movie is over. Look for more tomorrow and have a great week.
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