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New Jersey vs. Boston

Saturday, 01.05.2008 / 9:23 AM / Bish's Blog
By John Bishop  - BostonBruins.com
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New Jersey vs. Boston
Hello True Believers!

Morning skate is at 10:30 and guys are beginning to trickle in. I wish I could share the "quiet moments" in the Garden with you here on the net. But the truth of the matter is that you can't -- you just have to "hear" it or "feel" or "see" it.

People shuffling in. People greeting each other. The sound of the generators keeping the ice intact. The brightness of the lights onto the rink. The whiteness of the sheet. Seeing the equipment guys -- who have been here for hours -- literally running around. The "whir" of their Skate machines and unique sounds of their hand tools. The smell of adhesive and paint from sticks. The "screetch" of hockey tape being pulled and stretched.

Sometimes I even think I can hear the ice "settling" on its concrete slab.

It makes a unique din in the building and pumps you up, even if you haven't skated in years.

I can't wait for 7 p.m.

Today's Date in Bruins History
All-Time Record January 5: Home,  4-8-3. Road,  9-10-2. Overall,  13-18-5.
1926    A crowd of 7,000, the largest ever to see a hockey game in Boston at that time, sees Charles Stewart earn a 3-0 shutout over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Seats were sold in the penalty boxes with only one third period penalty called in the game. Jimmy Herberts scores all three Boston goals for the first Bruins hat trick in Boston history.

12:17 p.m.
There was an optional skate this morning featured notable appearances by forward Glen Murray (hip flexor) and injured defenseman Aaron Ward (foot). Murray skated before the session, and Ward skated a bit before, and during the session.

Also skating was goalie coach Bob Essensa.

Clad in someone else's pads, "Goalie Bob" was in goal to fill in for goalie/giant Alex Auld -- Auldie left practice yesterday to be with Mrs. Auld, who went into labor yesterday. Bobby is no giant, but contrary to what you may have read has still got some moves out there in the crease and the green light is on much more often than the red.

Phil Kessel was on the ice for morning skate and he and Tim Thomas (who by process of elimination should get the start tonight), were really giving it to each other on the ice and off.

Phil said he was purposely hitting Tim in the chest so as to give the Boston goalie some confidence and Timmy making comments that Phil's missed opportunities were less than purposeful.

It was very funny and it was really nice to see the very intense Kessel letting off some steam.

It was also nice to hear the good words that Coach Claude had about Phil (easily one of the more well-liked Bruins amongst the players) during his media scrum.

"I think he’s a great skater," said Julien. "He can make things happen just with his speed. He’s got a good quick wrist shot that we can take advantage of.

"I think if anything he’s gotten involved a lot more in going into traffic and battling through those situations a lot better as well. Overall, I think his game has really picked up. He seems to be really positive in the last little while and that has really helped his games as well."

It's all very high praise for Phil from a very honest man.

But Coach didn't stop there. Asked about David Kejci, Julien recounted sending David down earlier this year.

"He’s definitely more determined than when we first sent him down, which is part of it," said Claude. "But also, his confidence is back where it was in the early stages and that plays a big role as well.

"I think he understands in the spot he’s been put in that he’s got to take care of his own end and be creative in making some plays and giving us some offense, which he is capable of doing."

3:08 p.m.
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced Saturday that the team has recalled goaltender Tuukka Rask from the Providence Bruins (AHL). Rask will be with the Bruins tonight for their game against the New Jersey Devils. [Click for the Release]

3:12 p.m.
From TSN.ca:
Brad Marchand has a goal and an assist as Canada leads Sweden 2-0 in the gold medal game of the World Junior Hockey Championship. Just a minute and 27 seconds into the opening stanza, Marchand batted the puck out of the air on a shot by linemate Claude Giroux and past Swedish netminder Jhonas Enroth to get on the board. The Halifax forward then got a helper on Giroux's goal on the power play for a two goal lead. [Click for full story]

3:24 p.m.
With Tuukka coming up, I just wanted to give an update of his recent doings. JB
From the P-Bruins.The Providence Bruins defeated the Springfield Falcons 4-3 Friday evening at the Mass Mutual Center (in Springfield, MA). The P-Bruins got their goals from Chris Collins, Pascal Pelletier and two goals from Vladimir Sobotka. The 29-5-2 Atlantic Division leading P-Bruins are back in action Saturday at the DCU Center against the Sharks at 7:05 p.m.  Providence moves 14 points ahead of the second place Hartford Wolf Pack and Portland Pirates...Tuukka Rask stopped 24 of 27 shots for the P-Bruins.

Brad Marchand of Canada. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek )
4:25 p.m.
Don't know if you are watching, but Sweden and Canada are tied, 2-2, through 60-minutes and just started a sudden-death overtime to decide the World Junior Championship.

4:33 p.m.
Brad Marchand just won his second World Junior Championship gold medal as Canada defeated Sweden, 3-2 in overtime. Marchand was named the player of the game.

"We really wanted to get our revenge," Marchand told TSN's television audience in reference to Canada's previous loss in the tourney to Sweden. "We wanted to come out and play our best game (but) we kind of let up in the third -- but we still got the win.

"This is an unbelievable feeling."

Congrats to Marchand and his Team Canada teammates!

Brad, we look forward to seeing you in Black & Gold.

By the way: Just after the above report, Marchand led his teammates into the stands with the championship trophy in order to celebrate with the four thousand or so fans wh made the trek to the Czech Republic. He then "pied" one of his teammates during the post-game locker room celebration, putting a towel full of whipped cream into the skaters face on national TV.

5:04 p.m.
Back to the task at hand -- the New Jersey Devils.

Coach addressed the importance of scoring early on the Devs formidable defense.

"Getting out quickly is certainly a key, but you’ve got to be careful because this team will wait for you to make that mistake and pounce on you. Coming out hard is one thing, but being sloppy and risky is another."

5:09 p.m.
Best news of the day!  Sam Alexander Auld was born to Alex Auld and his wife Mel. The future goalie weighs in at 6 lbs, 9 oz and Mom and Baby are doing just fine. Sam arrived this morning at 1:30 a.m. and most likely earned his dad a night off. Congrats!

6:32 p.m.
Kevin Weeks is the surprise starter for New Jersey...

The B's look like this:
Axelsson-Savard-Kessel
Sturm-Krejci-Kobasew
Lucic-Metropolit-Schaefer
Reich-Nokelainen-Thornton
Chara-Wideman (sg) Thomas
Stuart-Ference (bg) Rask
Lashoff-Hnidy Go Bruins!


I'm headinf over to the Running Recap. Take care and Go Bruins! JB

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