TD Bank Facebook Twitter Instagram Bruins Mobile App
News
 
  • PRINT
  • RSS

Matsuzaka Drops the Puck Before B’s Win

Friday, 12.15.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
Boston Bruins
X
Share with your Friends


Matsuzaka Drops the Puck Before B’s Win\r\n

By John Bishop, BostonBruins.com

Boston -- New Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka dropped a ceremonial faceoff puck last night at the TD Banknorth Garden.

Matsuzaka, known as "the Monster" in his native Japan, had a monster of a welcome from his new home fans as he was flanked by the Bruins Zdeno Chara and Burlington, Massachusetts' own Jay Pandolfo, a Devils forward who is a former captain of the Boston University Terriers varsity hockey team(and reportedly is also a lifelong Red Sox fan).

"It was a nice way to start the game," said Boston Bruins head coach Dave Lewis. "It was nice to see that. It was a nice welcome.

"I got to shake his hand in the hallway and welcome him to Boston," said Coach Lewis, one of the first people in Boston to welcome the new Sox starter to his new home.

The moment provided some comedy -- albeit inside hockey comedy, for the Bruins coaching staff.

"The thing that I thought was pretty interesting was that Big Z wanted them to come a little farther onto the ice," said Lewis with a snicker. "But he didn't want to step off the carpet.

Coach Lewis didn't blame him for being cautious.

"And I am sure that the whole Boston [Red Sox] organization didn't want him to step off the carpet either."

As a side note, there is a good chance that "Dice-K's" first contribution to a Boston win came last night at the Garden.

Following the ceremony, the Bruins defeated the New Jersey Devils, 5-3.

"It was a really good start," said Lewis of the buildings energy level. "It was an energetic start by the fans and by the players and that helps."

The Boston Red Sox do not play their home opener until April 10, 2007; a 2:05 start versus the Seattle Mariners. The Bruins, now 15-12-2, host the Florida Panthers Saturday night, December 16th, at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are available for all home games online by clicking here, at the TD Banknorth Garden Box Office, or by phone at 617.624.BEAR.
Coors Light - Official Partner of the Boston Bruins

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
2 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
3 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
4 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
5 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
6 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
7 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
8 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 80 32 36 12 68
L. Eriksson 82 30 33 13 63
D. Krejci 72 17 46 4 63
B. Marchand 77 37 24 21 61
R. Spooner 80 13 36 -9 49
T. Krug 81 4 40 9 44
M. Beleskey 80 15 22 6 37
Z. Chara 80 9 28 12 37
J. Hayes 75 13 16 -12 29
D. Pastrnak 51 15 11 3 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 31 22 8 .915 2.56
J. Gustavsson 11 9 1 .908 2.72
Hallmark Health System
BRUINS FAN POLL
 
Friendly's - Official Family Restaurant and Ice Cream of the Boston Bruins
NHL Ticket Exchange
Dunkin' Donuts   AMI Graphics   Geico - Aim for savings

Click the instant ticket and enter to win Second Chance Drawings