|10.15.10 at 11:32 am ET|
WILMINGTON — The Bruins took the ice on Friday for their final skate at Ristuccia Arena before travelling to New Jersey for a Saturday night matchup with the Devils.
All players were accounted for on Friday, and the lines remain unchanged from Thursday. The team did some shootout work about 15 minutes into the skate as teammates looked on in amusement. Johnny Boychuk did appear to get hit in either the back of the leg or the side of the skate with a Milan Lucic shot, but he seemed to skate it off and did not leave the ice. Stay tuned for more from the locker room following practice.
|10.14.10 at 8:19 pm ET|
Nathan Horton has three goals through two games, but what makes the feat more interesting is the fact that he took just five shots total between the two Prague contests. On Thursday, that stat was brought up to Claude Julien, who noted that if people look hard enough at the good, they can generally “find things that aren’t good enough.”
“If he can score three goals on every five shots, I’ll take it,” Julien said with a smile. “That’s my positive way of looking at it.’
Here’s the video of the Bruins coach’s session with the media on Thursday.
|10.14.10 at 2:07 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Anyone with access to YouTube can be the judge of whether Tyler Seguin‘s first goal as a member of the Bruins rivaled Jordan Eberle‘s first NHL tally. Seguin pointed out on Sunday with grin that the Oilers rookie’s first goal was more impressive than his breakaway clinic on hand-eye coordination despite not having seen his own goal’s replay.
Four days later, could Seguin have avoided even seeing his replay in the time following the team’s 3-0 win over the Coyotes? Likely not. Friends have directed him to websites showcasing the play, while family members have texted him support. The second overall pick actually did not call his parents in Prague following the game, given that the team was hurrying to leave for Boston, and he joked that the long-distance charges would make the call to Ontario a “pretty pricey call.” Despite not being able to hear the reaction from his folks, Seguin is pretty confident he could imagine the scene.
“I think my mom was screaming probably,” Seguin said.
Much had been made during the summer and the preseason of how Seguin would adjust to the NHL in the early going. So far, it’s been as predicted — it seems he’ll have an impact as a scorer, while the rest of his game fills out. One positive about the former OHL MVP is that he’s more concerned with on-ice adjustments than he is about dealing with nerves. He’s been a hyped prospect for too long to make him shy on the professional ice. In fact, he noted that O2 Arena didn’t even bring out the most nerves he’s felt thus far in the process.
“I think I was more nervous going into the first preseason game against Montreal than I was for my first NHL game for whatever reason,” Seguin said. “It was kind of the same game, but the pace was much different [Saturday]. It really took only one period to adapt, but I feel pretty comfortable out there now.”
Unlike some of his teammates, Seguin had been to Prague multiple times, so seeing the city was nothing new. As much as the “team bonding” thing has been played up in wake of the trip, Seguin didn’t view it as something that should be overlooked. He felt the trip brought players closer together, with the re-signings of Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara evidence that the team is what he called “a big family.”
Seguin had an interesting take when asked Thursday how he felt about facing a future Hall of Fame goaltender in Devils’ netminder Martin Brodeur. Seguin, 18, noted that though he is a younger player who grew up watching many of the players still in the league, getting anxious to face certain players is not the right way to look at things.
“Every single team is going to have their superstars. I don’t really look at that,” Seguin said. “Obviously, I’m always going to be a hockey fan, but I’m still here. This is my job now. I’m not going to over-respect too many people with the opposition. If you give people too much respect, they’ll take your game right away from you.”
Brodeur made 24 saves on Wednesday night in the Devils’ 1-0 victory over the Sabres. It was Brodeur’s 111th career shutout.
|10.14.10 at 1:18 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Here’s some footage from the locker room of Bruins right wing Nathan Horton discussing playing in Boston and the team’s upcoming game on Saturday with the Devils.
|10.14.10 at 10:54 am ET|
Ference had recently received a cortisone shot in his thumb and was advised by doctors not to shoot pucks. As a result, he skated prior to practice on Wednesday but left the ice before the skate began. Seidenberg, meanwhile, left Wednesday’s practice after half an hour with what coach Claude Julien said was either a touch of the flu or food poisoning.
The Bruins, 1-1 on the season, will play their third game on Saturday when they travel to New Jersey to square off with the Devils.
|10.14.10 at 10:29 am ET|
WILMINGTON — The Bruins are reminded constantly of how long it’s been since they blew a 3-0 series and Game 7 lead to the Flyers in the Eastern Conference semifinals. While it will technically be months before they can erase that heartache, Canadiens fans have their own clock running on an ugly aspect of their team.
This is the “Days since Carey Price won at home” clock. At the time this scribe came across it, it had been 246 days and nine and a half hours. Enjoy.
|10.13.10 at 4:21 pm ET|
WILMINGTON — Forward Blake Wheeler was among a small group of Bruins players who had never been to Europe prior to the team’s Belfast-Prague excursion that closed the preseason and opened the regular season. Though the team’s ultimate goal was to get four points out of the trip (they settled for two), the second-line winger sees the time the players were able to spend with one another as something that should benefit the team throughout the season.
“The guys are probably as close as you can get, between going to Vermont (for team building) and being over [in Europe] where you’re forced to be together for 12 days straight. Guys had a great time together, guys were together all the time, and it was great to see guys that maybe weren’t hanging out so much in the past all of a sudden going to dinner together and doing stuff like that. It was great to see that kind of team unity come out, and I think that’s one of the many perks of being able to go on a trip like that.”
Wheeler joked that with the team having so many days in between the Prague trip and Saturday’s game in New Jersey against the Devils, it feels like the Bruins, who don’t play at the until a week from Thursday, “don’t have a home right now.”
When the Bruins do play in that home-opener against the Capitals, they will be gracing the Garden ice for the first time in three weeks and one day.
“It almost seems unfair,” Wheeler said with a laugh. “You go on this long trip and then you start on the road again, but that’s the way the schedule is. It always makes up for itself, so you’re going to play an even amount of home and away games no matter what. It is what it is.”
Indeed, the Bruins will see dividends paid if they can push through the high number of away games early on, as eight of the team’s final 11 games of the season will be played at home.
Much has been made of youngsters such as Tyler Seguin and Jordan Caron getting to spend time on lines with Patrice Bergeron and Mark Recchi in practice or regular-season settings, but it should also be noted that both have now seen time with Wheeler. Seguin centered Wheeler while he was on the third line in the preseason, and Caron is now linemates with the third-year player. As Wheeler hopes his time developing is done, he’s more than willing to lend a hand.
“It almost feels kind of weird now, helping out some of the younger guys like [Jordan Caron], playing on our line, and even [Tyler Seguin],” Wheeler said. “Just king of giving them little tips. That was me not too long ago, so I think the learning curve has passed. Now it’s just all about going out there and letting it fly.”
The one-hour stop on Iceland wasn’t exactly the perfect opportunity to enjoy the land. Having just spent three and a half hours in the air, people were tired and there was only one duty-free shop in the airport that was open. Still, for someone who was capping his first trip to Europe, Wheeler made the most of it.
“It was pitch black,” Wheeler said as he recalled the fuel stop. “I can’t really paint too much of a picture. I took a picture though — on my iPhone, I’ve got the map thing. I’ve got there a dot there in Iceland. I’m a world traveler.”