Wilmington, Ma— The Boston Bruins hit the ice today at Ristuccia arena for practice, before departing for Montreal. It will be an original six match up tomorrow night with both teams fighting for 1st in the Northeast division.
Jaromir Jagr’s debut was note worthy, scoring the only goal in Boston’s 1-0 win against New Jersey on Thursday night. Perhaps lost in the shuffle was the debut of Kaspars Daugavins, who was claimed off waivers from the Senators last week. Daugavins first game with Boston may not have been a memorable one for fans; after all, it’s hard to compete with Jagr. The 24-year old will look to add offensive depth where he can for the remainder of the season. That opportunity could come on Saturday night when the Bruins face-off against the Canadiens.
“It’s gonna be fun,” said Daugavins about the much anticipated match up. “It’s a big battle, every second on the ice is like a war. For a hockey player it’s more fun than having a bad game out there.”
The Jagr wild fire continues to spread in Boston and the chances of it dying down anytime soon are slim to none. Fans can’t get enough of the legendary 41-year old forward. From clamoring to buy Jagr shirts in the Bruins pro shop pre-game Thursday, to cheering every time the Czech player touched the ice. For Jagr, the learning curve is in full force, after a whirl-wind week he’s still getting to know his teammates. Expect the unexpected from the newest addition to the Bruins roster as he experiences a true rivalry in Montreal.
Post practice video from Jagr on Friday:
Other notes from practice Friday, it looks like Chris Kelly is on the mend after suffering a tibia injury. Kelly is looking to get back into the line-up and traveled to Montreal with the team.
So, what’s on tap for Bruins fans? If you’re in the greater Boston area on Saturday, why not watch the game with a few other Montreal haters. The guys over at Bruins Daily and Days of Y’Orr are hosting a viewing party at The Harp. Admission is 21+, but it’s free! For more details on the event, click here.
The match up in Montreal kicks off another busy week for Boston, no surprise as the schedules are overwhelming for all teams in the NHL. Carolina Hurricanes skate onto Garden ice Monday, follow the game Boston will be hitting the road for a Wednesday night tilt against the Devils in New Jersey.
Thursday brings the New York Islanders to Bruins ice for “Military Appreciation Night”. To show their support for the armed forces, Bruins players Nathan Horton, David Krejci and Tuukka Rask, will each purchase $5,000 worth of tickets to the game to give to local military members and their families. In addition, Patrice Bergeron will host Defending The Blue Line in his private suite as part of his Patrice’s Pals program. Defending The Blue Line is a non-profit organization, which ensures children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey.
April showers, bring May flowers, is a thing of the past. April hockey, brings May playoffs and Boston will look to skate hard and continue their current 3 game win streak beginning at 7 pm tomorrow, live from the Bell Centre in Montreal.