Thursday, 02.15.2007 / 3:29 PM / News
Forward/Locker room jester, Marc Savard was up to his old tricks this morning and nearly killed yours truly in the process.
Fellow forward Mark Mowers was coming off the ice when Savvy playfully, but somewhat forcefully, hip-checked Mo through the skating rink door and in my general direction (thanks Buddy) as I was heading toward the locker room for interviews.
Mowers dropped his stick and had to regain his balance.
Safely on two skates, Mowers reached down to retrieve his stick and Savvy hip checked him again. Mowers staggered but turned in mock ire towards the Ottawa native.
Savvy just grinned (think Cheshire Cat) and said something "smart" which sent the UNH alum back onto the ice to get at Savard.
All of this led me to believe that the Bruins are pretty loose going into tonight’s contest.
And count Mowers into the group who feel as if the travel delay will not hurt the B’s tonight.
"Not at all," said Mowers. "Once the game starts, it will be fine. We got our ’sweat’ in this morning."
AHL Travel vs. NHL Travel
"This is more of a routine I have been accustomed to, traveling a little bit on the day of the game and then playing," said Bobby Allen this morning on the way from the locker room to the changing room at Ristuccia Arena.
So Bobby, are NHLers soft?
"No, no," said Allen, with a nervous laugh and a big smile when he realized the joke.
"(But) it certainly makes it a little easier to travel when you are on a nice plane and you get a nice big seat and everything.
"So, it’s not that bad," said Allen of flying and playing, on the same day, in the NHL.
Thinking ahead to the game, Allen said that the Islanders are in a similar position to the Bruins and that makes them a dangerous team.
"They are playing at home and they are fighting for their playoff lives, too," said the former Boston College captain. "Every game now, every team that is in the same boat that we are, are going to be playing with a certain amount of desperation.
"And we’re doing the same thing. We’re trying to climb.
"(But) we are going good right now and we have to go out and have a good 60-minute effort and hopefully get the two points," said Allen.
Standing in their way is Allen’s Commonwealth Avenue rival, Rick DiPietro.
"I played against him in college," said Allen of his former BU foe. "He’s obviously a great goalie who handles the puck really well.
"It just brings another element (to his game).
"You always have to know what he is going to do with the puck -- it’s just another thing to worry about when you are out there on D. You can’t let guys get behind you because he can find them with a pass," he said.
Nice Night for Chief
Jason York was very impressed with the pregame ceremonies and overall atmosphere of Tuesday night’s Hail to the Chief festivities.
"I thought it was really good," said York. "I thought they did a really good job.
"Chief is a really classy guy.
"That’s the word I would use to describe him: classy," said Jason.
And York thought that that the crowd and the ceremonies had a great deal to do with the Bruins win versus Edmonton.
"It was nice to see the old veterans out there, too," said York. "O’Reilly, Neely, Pie (McKenzie).
"I think that really helped us -- inspired us. Seeing those guys there, seeing the tradition, (with) the crowd. I think it was very beneficial to us."
I can’t be certain, because everyone was running around this morning, but I believe Tim Thomas was into the locker room prior to Hannu Toivonen -- which could signal that the Tank is tonight’s starter.