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Tuesday, 12.19.2006 / 3:06 PM ET / News
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It’s a little lonely here at the Garden -- the Bruins are up in Canada and I am sifting through my sound clips for some stuff to post for an after lunch, quiet afternoon bloggie, blog.

As usual, I can’t wait for the game, but I have to kill some time before I head out to pick up the general and get a new car battery -- the primary Bishmobile is stuck in the driveway.

Holy buzz kill Bishman!

So here goes nothing…

Special teams woes, amongst other nasty thoughts
After the game on Saturday, Paul Mara talked about the Bruins power play -- it converted on only one of seven chances versus the Panthers.

"It’s hard to say (what was going on)," said Mara. "We’ll take a look at the video, I’m sure…and see what they did differently on their penalty kill to stymie our power play. We didn’t generate many opportunities on the PP and we need to, to win games."

Coach Dave Lewis talked about the team and its ineffectiveness on the power play, and beyond.

"That really hurt us, the two five-on-three goals," said Lewis. "They scored three power play goals, but two were five-on-threes.

"(But) I’m trying to think of an area (in which) we were efficient, if not good, at (on Saturday). And it is pretty hard to find. We didn’t finish our checks, we didn’t get pucks in deep, we didn’t score on our power plays and we didn’t kill penalties.

"And that’s the game right there," he said, in summation.

No doubt the Bruins were told all of these things numerous times over the last couple of days, and one would expect a pretty dynamic turn around versus the Senators this evening.

Dale, Mike and Tim, WEEI Midday Show
Bruins goalie Tim Thomas will be on WEEI for about 20-minutes tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 20, starting at 10:30 am.

Tim is generally one of the best quotes in the room, if not the world, so 20-minutes should be a pretty amazing run for the Boston goalie/philosopher.

Have you heard of the banner contest?
Are you the biggest Bruins fan in New England?

Well, the Bruins have the biggest banner to help you prove it!

The B’s have two larger-than-life banners (8 stories tall) featuring Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron that we are lending to Bruins fans in the community. Get creative and tell us how you would display a banner at your work, school, town or community (ie. lay out the banner on your school’s football field) and you could win the opportunity to prove where the Hub of Hockey really is, plus 10 tickets to an upcoming game for your efforts!

If you are chosen, you will have one week to complete your mission. Photos of your location will be featured on BostonBruins.com and fans will vote on the best location at the conclusion of the program, with the winning person/group receiving a visit from a player and 100 tickets to a game.

Banner Specifications:

  • 25’ W x 84’ H (200 lb)
  • Winner must provide transportation of the banner to and from the Garden
  • Takes 4 people to move (we suggest using a dolly)
  • Hanging this banner from a building is extremely difficult and costly for installment, please plan accordingly and get creative
  • Fits in an open van or truck bed
  • If available, the Bruins HUMMER will deliver the banner to your location (limit 25 mile radius)

    Click here to learn more about the contest!

    Musical Interlude
    Here’s some news from the desk of Brian Hayes, promotions manager, extraordinaire:

    This Thursday, Dec. 21st, while the B’s rest up between sessions against the Canucks, Street Magic will be performing doo-wop favorites during the intermissions -- and surely some holiday favorites will sneak into the mix.

    The Street Magic Acappella Quintet performs without any musical accompaniment -- hence, acappella.

    Much of their material consists of fun 50’s and 60’s covers offered in a contemporary style. The group has been together for eight years and is reminiscent of the music groups created on the streets of Philadelphia, New York and Boston.

    On Saturday Dec. 23 Gary LaPierre, the morning news anchor for WBZ, who is retiring after 42 years, will perform the ceremonial puck drop.

    During the first and second intermissions, Rene Rancourt will be singing carols in his annual tradition and the first 5,000 fans will receive a Black & Gold Hub of Hockey Santa Hats -- again, these are Bish approved.

    Ok, off to work on the car.

    Keep it here during the game, folks.
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