TD Bank
Beyond the Blueline: Aaron Ward's Blog

Musings from Montreal

Wednesday, 10.15.2008 / 8:59 AM ET / Beyond the Blueline: Aaron Ward's Blog
By Aaron Ward  - Defenseman
X
Share with your Friends


Musings from Montreal
Bonjour!

We’re 1-1 for the season so far, and that’s not bad, but that game against Minnesota on Saturday was, well, “wild.”

They’re notoriously a defensive-style team; they play a strong defensive system, so it was hard trying to figure out which of their forwards was back there and Zee and I spent a lot of time looking behind us.

Then they threw another wrinkle in there when two of them would be standing behind us, so we’re both standing in the neutral zone, and there’s a giant gap between our forwards and us, and we’re caught flat-footed, so it was a difficult game to play.

Overall, I think we played a better game than we did against Colorado, but again, we understand there’s room for improvement no matter what.

It’s going to be different without Andrew Alberts in the locker room. It’s a tough situation; I think you can compare it to Jeremy Reich and Peter Schaefer moving down the minors.

You have to understand that it’s a business, and, from his perspective, it might be the best thing for him. It’s an opportunity with a team, to go into a situation where they really want him, from what I understand. It’s hard to understand sometimes as an athlete because when you get here, you feel like you have a pretty solid ego, a pretty sound base of your self-worth.

But it’s big to feel like you’re really wanted, and that’s one of the key perks to going to a new team, the sense that, “Wow, I’m wanted here. They made a trade for me, I have an automatic place in this team,” and it gives you an instant injection of confidence and from what I hear, they wanted him to be in the lineup for Monday night if he could make it.

That said, everyone here wishes Albe the best.

It’s good to be playing on the East Coast again against a familiar team. I feel like I can close my eyes and replay every shift, every moment of every game we played against Montreal last year, so I think it’s comforting to know that there’s shouldn’t be a whole lot of surprises coming at you.

You’re back in the Eastern Conference playing an Eastern Conference team and we’re really looking forward to playing against the Habs in Montreal tonight.

I think that knowing that this is a big game -- a rivalry game -- we should have learned a lot from last year, from our mistakes, considering we put ourselves behind the eight ball many times with penalties.

It’s the score at the end of the game that matters. That’s the one that will be remembered, not if you took a guy’s head off or evened a score from a previous game.

Nothing else relevant – it’s the two points in the standings and the team’s outcome that matters. So I think it’s key that we draw upon our most recent experiences: patience, composure, discipline, because we’ve got to know if you give them an inch, they’re going to take a mile.

I’ll write later this week.
TD Bank

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 81 23 32 2 55
L. Eriksson 81 22 25 1 47
M. Lucic 81 18 26 13 44
C. Soderberg 82 13 31 10 44
B. Marchand 77 24 18 5 42
D. Hamilton 72 10 32 -3 42
R. Smith 81 13 27 7 40
T. Krug 78 12 27 13 39
D. Krejci 47 7 24 7 31
C. Kelly 80 7 21 6 28
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 34 21 13 .922 2.30
N. Svedberg 7 5 1 .918 2.33
Hallmark Health System
BRUINS FAN POLL
 
Friendly's - Official Family Restaurant and Ice Cream of the Boston Bruins
Jack Links
NHL Ticket Exchange
Dunkin' Donuts Perks   AMI Graphics   Geico - Aim for savings

Click the instant ticket and enter to win Second Chance Drawings