Thursday Night's Roster: B's in Manchester
Wednesday, 09.19.2007 / 8:04 PM ET / Bish's Blog
By John Bishop - BostonBruins.com
I totally crashed after practice, and just woke up and I'm sitting here wondering if Jason and Grant (the ghost hunting founders of TAPS, from Warwick, RI) are Bruins fans.
Better yet, I wonder if they ever run into hockey ghosts? Sports ghosts? Forum ghosts?
Anyway, when I worked at Matthews Arena at Northeastern, I would not have been shocked to run into a supernatural hockey player in that old rink (built in 1910). Or how about old Harvard Stadium - there might be some haunts over there on Soldiers Field Road.
Look out Coach Donato!
Good luck to Teddy and the Crimson in the upcoming season, by the way.
In any case, last night the B's looked to exorcise some ghosts (perhaps named 2006-07) in Newfoundland.
It was a really complete victory for Savvy and Co. This morning, however, with last night's squad getting a couple of extra hours of sleep, the team that will take on the Devils tomorrow night in Manchester took the ice. They were:
Black (defense): Alberts, Allen, Bodnarchuk
Stuart, Ward, Wideman
Black (goalies): Fernandez, Rask
Manny was wearing a Bruins mask today, but I am not sure it was the one we saw at the TD Banknorth Garden on Saturday. I looked in his locker after the session and he had two, similar, but not identical, B's masks with an open mouthed, growling bear.
I know that he talked goaltending with some of the other writers, so I am looking forward to reading about that in the near future. I was busy putting together podcasts with David Krejci and Shawn Thornton, so be sure to click on those on Thursday.
Tuukka and Manny had a lot to do during today's session, especially during an intense 3-on-3 drill down low. There was a lot of movement with two D-men and a forward taking on a full line in a high contact drill in front of the goalie and his net.
As of this afternoon, Tuukka had not known that he was going to see some time on Thursday, and I know he was looking forward to his first exhibition game.
Fellow rookie, defenseman Andy Bodnarchuk, has quietly had an outstanding camp, and did not look out of place at all during his practice with the big guys…it will be nice to see Andy, Zach Hamill, Byron Bitz and Tuukka hit the ice tomorrow night against the Devs.
The second session was pretty crowded:
Black (defense): Chara, Curry, Ference
Hunwick, Lashoff, McQaid, Sigalet
Black (goalies): Sigalet, Thomas
The drill I noticed during the second session was goalies taking shots with a man in front.
One piece of miscellany: Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand got a well-deserved day off, after not having much of a break since starting the Super Series a couple of three weeks ago.
All right, sorry this is short, but I'm off to work on my game preview and getting to sleep a little earlier...Later folks!