- January 22 -
The B’s hit the road today for their first road trip of the season - a quick shot down to New York to face the Rangers in a rematch at Madison Square Garden.
“I think it’s back in that mid-season routine. Even more so today, getting the feeling of getting back on the road, flying, getting into a hotel and all that fun stuff,” said forward Milan Lucic following today’s short, intense practice before leaving for the team charter.
“We talked about it, that we were fortunate to have a lot of the same group of guys here and having that chemistry, which has helped out a lot.”
The Black & Gold held a quick skate in Wilmington, complete with 4-on-3 power play movement work and what seemed like endless shots on net (the B’s barely missed) - slap shots, one-timers, snap shots, wristers…
The practice ended with Coach Julien’s staple battling drill from the top of the circles on the ice near the entrance to Ristuccia. All meant to prepare the B’s for what they know will be a tough opponent in the New York Rangers who they downed 3-1 in their home opener at TD Garden Saturday.
“It’s not an easy building to play in. I think we’ve had our fair share of tough games in that building before,” said Coach Julien postpractice on the daunting task of playing at MSG.
“We don’t anticipate it being any better. But nonetheless, this is an opportunity to go into the building and play the best New York team we’ve played so far with them being extremely desperate.”
” It’ll be a real tough test tomorrow and we’ll be up for it.”
The Bruins know it will be a challenge at MSG, but are looking to bring their strong start at home onto the road.
“This is my sixth year here, and this is the first time we’ve ever started 2-0, since I’ve been here,” said Lucic.
” It’s definitely a good feeling to get things started off on the right foot and the challenge is to keep it going. We’ve got to embrace that,” added the forward, who Coach noted has been playing very well in the first two games, by showcasing his North-South physical play that caused havoc on the ice.
“We know it’s going to be a test tomorrow, with a hungry team trying to get their first win of the season.”
“We’ve always had a tough time at MSG, so it’s definitely going to be a good battle tomorrow.”
-Caryn Switaj ^CS