The Boston Bruins tried to avoid the rust of an 11-day layoff Thursday night in front of a sellout crowd. The team held an intra-squad scrimmage prior to the Monday Stanley Cup Final opener against the St. Louis Blues. Team Black beat Team White 5-3, in case the final score mattered.
The Bruins completed a sweep of the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Final last Thursday and have maintained a normal practice routine. However, their lengthy break called for a few unconventional moves. Thursday was treated like a game day, as the team attempted to get back into a routine and tried to elevate the pace before Game 1 on Monday.
There were tense moments in the scrimmage. Brad Marchand appeared to injure his left hand, which sent the fanbase into a panic. Marchand, however, did not miss a shift and finished the game. He showed no lingering signs of injury when leaving the building following the scrimmage.
Just like a normal game, the Bruins met with the media after a night which featured a rowdy crowd. Boston Hockey Now was front and center.
David Pastrnak talked about the terrific fan support in the building and how comforting it was to get back into their gameday routine. A wager between the boys? A little chirping on the ice? Pasta told all.
Bruce Cassidy was talked about the decision to pull Tuukka Rask after a single half of play. Cassidy also addressed Marchand’s and Krejci’s health, among other things, from the Garden.
Sure, the jokes were flowing regarding Cassidy ‘pulling’ Rask tonight, but Tuukka will be the man on Monday when this series opens up. He talked about how he approached tonight’s unique scrimmage and the fan support that the team received.
Hometown boy Charlie Coyle had his 90 year-old grandmother in attendance tonight, a special moment in what has been a special season.