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Beyond the Blueline: Hello from St. Paul

Saturday, 10.11.2008 / 11:52 AM ET / Features
By Aaron Ward  - Defenseman
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Beyond the Blueline: Hello from St. Paul
This season, veteran defenseman Aaron Ward has agreed to send along his thoughts on a pretty regular basis. He'll talk about whatever happens to be on his mind, so be sure to check this space for the latest from the Bruins blueliner. This morning, before morning skate, Aaron wrote in to talk about the opening game and how time change and altitude really do take a toll on teams going to Denver.
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Aaron Ward
Hello from Minnesota!

So, you come away from that game on Thursday thinking that there were some negatives and some positives.

The biggest positive is that it’s a sign of a good team when, on a night when you don’t give your best performance, you still get the two points.

It’s also a good sign when you are on the road and you see the team bonding. That’s a recipe for success. We went through it last year going out to the West Coast, and this year it’s obviously a shorter period of time, but it’s good for us as a whole.

On a negative note, it was unfortunate to lose Chucky Kobasew, who you feel for coming off his leg injury towards the end of last season.

We all hope he’s not out of the lineup for too long.

Thursday’s game was one of the hardest ones to play in my career. It was an experience coming from times zones away the day before, and then waking up at 6 a.m. staring at the ceiling the day of the game because you were adjusting yourself to the time change.

Then there’s the whole circumstance of an 8 o’clock game and understanding that you have to conserve your energy because of the altitude in Denver, so we didn’t have pregame skate.

But that still has an effect on the timing of your day, so you have to readjust yourself.

And seeing as it was the first game, no matter how many years in the league you have, you still have some jitters for the opening game of the season and then you have to deal with the delay of opening ceremonies.

It really throws off your timing, so it was a hard day routine wise. But that’s no excuse. I know from a personal standpoint, it was not even close to my best game. In fact, I feel like I came up short in many areas.

However, that’s the best part about the season is that there are 81 more games to improve and now that we are on our “Chase the Pats” mission of 81 more wins for a perfect season, it’s an even bigger road trip.

And here’s my Stewart Smalley thought of the day: I am looking forward to the day after the Presidential Election, so I can have my normal commercials back.

I am sick of listening to who went to what party and who they knew there and who they didn’t know. I am looking forward to the cartoon commercials with the bear with the roll of TP on the tree, telling the little bear not to use too much.

I just miss my old school commercials.

We’ll talk to you before the trip to Canada.

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