WINNIPEG, MB - The Bruins arrived in Winnipeg Sunday night following the 2-1 loss in Pittsburgh, and were welcomed with a winter storm (a nice start to the Canadian road trip, no doubt).
David Krejci did travel with the team West to the ‘Peg, so that was a positive and Coach Julien gave an update following Monday’s practice at MTS Iceplex, saying that No. 46 “came in for treatment and he’s day-to-day.”
“There’s no broken bones,” Coach added. “The damage is from the shot, as you know. But, again, he’s getting treatment and we’re hoping he’ll be back soon. It’s nothing serious to the point where we’re talking about weeks.”
“Right now, we’re dealing with it as a day-to-day situation. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow and we’ll progress from there.”
About half of the team took the ice for the 12:30 practice, with eight forwards, three defenseman (Hamilton, McQuaid, Johnson) and both Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin on.
White: Pandolfo, Peverley, Seguin, Caron
Merlot: Paille, MacDermid, Campbell, Thornton
The skate started out with quick passing drills and shooting practice, and quickly segued into work on all areas of the ice, including some net-front deflections. Great energy from the B’s, including Adam, Aaron and Dougie, who got in some overtime being the only three defensemen on. I always enjoy watching the details of the game, and that’s something the B’s worked on for quite some time at the end of the skate - stickhandling, faceoffs, one-timers - you name it, they practiced it, and all with smiles.
Here are the Bruins who did not skate today: Lucic, Horton, Bergeron, Krejci, Marchand, Ference, Chara, Seidenberg, Boychuk.
Starting with the Jets Tuesday night at the MTS Centre, the B’s road trip through Canada will take them through Ottawa (Thursday game) and Toronto (Saturday), before heading back to Boston.
Stay tuned to BostonBruins.com and @NHLBruins on Twitter for all of the updates from the road trip north of the border.
-Caryn Switaj ^CS
Winnipeg, MB - Is Portage and Main really the “coldest and windiest intersection in Canada?”
A few days ago when we were in Buffalo, B’s Assistant Coach Doug Jarvis was telling me on the bus ride about Winnipeg and the weather… Having never been here before, I hadn’t known too much about the city.
And what peaked my interest the most was when he told me that the crossroads of Portage and Main in downtown Winnipeg were often considered the coldest corner in Canada. I thought, “I wonder what makes this so….”
So, when we arrived in Winnipeg on Saturday afternoon - in the dead of February - I knew I needed to do some investigating…
WOW, was it COLD. I’m not sure if I had it in my mind that there would be a wind tunnel whipping at me, ice covering the road, snow mounds on either side… But it was colder - and windier - than the walk over to the intersection, that is for sure. Shedding the gloves to take that photo above probably didn’t help — but right at the spot of the sign in the photo below, at the outside of Scotiabank, felt about 20 degrees colder than the area of sidewalk - near the bank and blocked from the wind - that I sprinted to minutes later.
Being from Michigan - and living in Boston - we get our fair share of cold spells. And I haven’t been to every intersection in Canada, but I’ll side with the long-standing legend.
For those not familiar, I dug up some information on the famous corner in the center of Canada, that links the East and the West…
The well-known corner is located in downtown, where Portage Avenue (Route 85) and Main Street (Route 52) intersect, and was once the center for the banking industry in Western Canada. The corner still houses a slew of national banks, with access below ground through the pedestrian underpasses (something else I encountered for the first time) that make up an underground mall.
In 2012, the intersection celebrated its 150th birthday (quick history lesson time…) - according to the Winnipeg Free Press, Henry McKenney purchased the parcel of land that was “low and swampy, covered with scrub oak and poplar” where the north-south and east-west “ox cart” paths crossed - and eventually built the business and banking center of the city.
As for the corner’s famous frigidity, the long-standing cold weather legend remains unproven.
But for all those who have been to the intersection, you can give your own proof - or disproof - in the comments below.
-Caryn Switaj ^CS
Winnipeg, MB - The B’s flew into Winnipeg today - the vast snow-covered tundra awaiting us as we descended into the Central Time Zone - and headed straight to the MTS IcePlex for an early afternoon practice.
Greeted by a packed house of fans - both donning the spoked-B and Jets’ gear - the Bruins took part in a high intensity practice, beginning with full-ice rushes and 2-on-1’s, along with 1-on-1 and 3-on-3 battle drills. The raised compete level was evident from the start of practice and continued right through to the end.
It says a lot about a team that can battle that hard within their own group - to see Tyler Seguin fighting for space against Dennis Seidenberg and Chris Bourque doing the same against 6-foot-9 Zdeno Chara. Those battling drills hardly ever get cut out of practice and have been a staple of Coach Julien’s - as an on-looker, the drills are always fun to watch and view the intensity.
Twelve forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders hit the ice, with Milan Lucic the lone Bruin missing from practice.
“It’s personal reasons,” said Coach Julien following practice, on Lucic’s absence. “He’s gone back to Boston.”
“So it’s those things that seem to happen every once in a while. We’re all humans here, so there’s personal reasons that happen, so he’s just gone back to Boston.”
With Lucic not on the ice, Rich Peverley was in the white top line jersey, with David Krejci and Nathan Horton, while Dan Paille took Peverley’s spot on the third line with Chris Kelly and Chris Bourque. The Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin line remained intact. Gregory Campbell, Shawn Thornton and Jay Pandolfo all remained in the merlot.
The up-tempo practice may not be able to match exact game situations, but Brad Marchand and the B’s know that being able to compete hard one another will help them prepare for puck drop against the Jets Sunday night.
“Practice makes perfect and if you practice battling and competing and I guess working hard then that will transfer over in a game,” said the Bruins’ leading goal scorer. ‘If you practice just kind of floating around out there, you know that’s going to transfer over too.”
“So I think the harder you work and the more you compete then that’s how you’re going to play in a game.”
-Caryn Switaj ^CS