Monday, 01.14.2008 / 9:57 AM ET / Bish's Blog
By John Bishop - BostonBruins.com
|Photo by Ron Marcotte|
The Boston Bruins have the day off, I am snowed in, but there is plenty to report from yesterday's practice and beyond.
First and foremost, there was a full-swing almost miraculous turnaround for P-Bruins netminder Jordan Sigalet, who returned to the ice on Saturday in mop-up duty and started on Sunday.
MVN.com's DJ Abisalih reports: Providence, RI - The past two months haven’t exactly been smooth sailing for Providence Bruins goaltender Jordan Sigalet. However, thanks to always thinking positively, Jordan saw a light at the end of a long and painful tunnel. That tunnel ended this weekend when Jordan faced live game action for the first time in months on Friday night, then started and got the win on Sunday afternoon…The real magic came on Sunday afternoon. The plan all along was to have Jordan start on Sunday in a matinée with the Springfield Falcons. That plan came true as Sigalet led his team onto the ice for the first time since November. Jordan had a very quiet start, only having to face one shot in the first 20 minutes. The Bruins were motivated by their netminder’s return, as they took a 2-0 lead and outshot the Falcons 17-1. Alexandre Imbeault and T.J. Trevelyan had the first period goals. Late in the second period, the Falcons finally cracked Sigalet with a shorthanded goal by Tim Sestito. That was all they could do, and Pascal Pelletier put in an empty netter during the final minute for a 3-1 final. Sigalet stopped 16 of the 17 shots he faced to earn the victory. He was given the game’s third star for his efforts.
Hollywood can't write them any better than that, folks. Congrats to Jordan!
Boy is that snow heavy. Even my snow blower was having trouble. Ugh. Be careful everyone!
Here is hoping that none of the Bruins are out shoveling , right now.
Chances are good, however, that everyone is still resting. Coach Julien admitted yesterday that Our Boys are feeling the effects of a long season.
"These four days without a game couldn't come at a better time," said Julien on his way out of practice on Sunday. "We're banged up.
"A lot of other teams are, I'm sure, the same way, but how much compared to us, I don't know. The bottom line is that (on Saturday) we had some guys that played banged up (from) before the game and we had some guys who got banged up during the game, so I thought it was a real gutsy effort, because I knew what was going on inside that dressing room. And how we handled ourselves was a encouraging sign."
Marc Savard had similar sentiments.
"We had eight forwards on the bench at one point because guys were just dropping like flies," he said.
Marc Savard was in an excellent mood yesterday, I think because he had scored the day before and was able to put on a show for the home fans in the Season Ticket Holder practice.
Story time with Savvy was in full force afterward.
I asked him if he had, as he claimed, sent the puck into the Philly net at 102 mph as he had claimed on NESN during the Flyers game.
"A funny story I haven't told you is that my sister's boyfriend is a policeman," said Savard. "And they watched the game, too. He said he had his radar out and it was 106, actually.
"So I may have hit it a little harder than I thought."
|Marc Savard (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)|
"I never set the All-Star game as a goal," said Marc Savard last December when we spoke over dinner in Tampa. "But I think going to the All-Star game, should that happen, would be huge.
"I've worked hard the last couple of years…and it's something that would be nice -- especially with it being in Atlanta this year.
"And for my kids (Zachary, Tyler and Isabella), who knows if they'll ever be able to experience that personally, so it's something that it would be nice to have them participate in, too. Let them hang around with me, see everything and have some fun," he said.
Zachary, Tyler and Isabella, pack your bags. Dad is going to be an All-Star!
The Eastern Conference squad had an injury and some big shoes to fill. And in the process, they put Marc Savard into the mid-winter classic.
Look for an official release in seconds, and watch for a feature story tomorrow morning!
|Boston Bruins' Marc Savard (91) tries to keep the puck away from Carolina Hurricanes' Casey Borer during the first period in a hockey game in Boston, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)|
A quick looksie around the net shows that Boston fans are thrilled to have yet another reason to watch the All-Star Game on January 27th.
"It feels great," said Savvy via phone. "The (Boston fans) been great to me since I have been here and...they've recognized me and the league has given me a chance to play.
"It's great to be going on behalf of the Boston Bruins.
"I am happy to be able to wear the Bruins jersey there in (Atlanta)," he said.
Scouting the skills competition, which is where he will most prominently wear the Black & Gold, Savard said that he was keen to try the new saucer pass competition.
I would say that he also might be a pretty good candidate for the accuracy shooting game.
"I think everybody gets to participate in at least one," said Marc. "I hope I get in one."
I am not sure if anyone is going to keep Savvy from enjoying his weekend to the fullest!
I just posted this bit of audio, BruinsCast: Don Sweeney & Jordan Sigalet , so take a listen.
Thanks to Don Sweeney for his time, and to Kevin, Adam and Jordan of the Providence Bruins for their audio. Be sure to follow the P-Bruins via ProvidenceBruins.com and the Providence Bruins Broadcast Network.
Congrats especially to Mr. Sigalet and best wishes the rest of the season!