Back to Boston, Back to Work
Monday, 10.15.2007 / 3:54 PM ET / Bish's Blog
By John Bishop - BostonBruins.com
|Faneuil Hall at Night (bostonchamber.com)
I think I'll start a new life,
I think I'll start it over,
where no one knows my name,
I'll get out of California,
I'm tired of the weather,
I think I'll get a (new friend)
and fly 'em out to Spain...
I think I'll go to Boston,
I think that I'm just tired
I think I need a new town,
to leave this all behind...
I think I need a sunrise,
I'm tired of the sunset,
I hear it's nice in the summer,
some snow would be nice... oh yeah"
In any case, the team is feeling pretty good about being home and even better about having a winning record. That being said, there was not much to report from Wilmington today, as Head Coach Claude Julien kept all but a few of the Bruins off the ice.
Those participating on-ice, were:
Manny took shots from everywhere, in every conceivable way -- with screens, without screens, wristers, breakaways, slap shots, etc. Everyone on the ice worked hard, Fernandez most especially.
Inside the Bruins training facility, the rest of the club was doing off-ice workouts with strength and conditioning guru, John Whitesides.
"It's certainly not a reward," said Julien about today's unusual activities. "It was something we had planned (because) I think when you come back at 9:30-10:00 a.m. it's not really a day off.
"The guys (internal) clocks are off right now and I thought the best way to go would be to have a good off-ice workout, and get a good sweat going.
"And then we have two full days of good practice and a morning skate to get us ready for another three (games) in five (days)."
The Bruins have three BIG games in five days -- all three are with Eastern Conference rivals, and one is a Northeast Division rival. First up is the Lightning on Thursday in the home opener. Then, Chris Drury et al take the express from MSG to North Station and, of course, there is Monday at Montreal.
Undaunted, the Bruins are ready for all comers.
"We did accomplish a few things," said Julien of the road trip. "But I think that the most important thing is knowing that there is still work ahead of us and (knowing) that if you want to succeed in this league you have to keep getting better as the season moves on.
"The good teams are going to get better, and we want to be one of those."
|Boston's Paul Revere: Work Ethic Personified (MFA)
Folks, it's really good to be home. JB
"You know, we knew it was going to be a tough trip and anytime you can come back with a winning record off a road trip like that, I think it has to be considered a successful one," he said.
Coach said that establishing a clear work ethic is important, and translates onto the ice.
"I think that today was probably a real good example of that," he said. "I think our guys worked really hard in the off-ice workout.
"It was nice to see that we didn't have to push them and that -- right then and there -- shows that they are in the right frame of mind.
"Our team is slowly catching on to the work ethic that needs to happen on a daily basis in order to succeed…it has to become second nature," said Julien.