WILMINGTON, Mass. -- As the Bruins concluded practice on Wednesday at Ristuccia Arena and got ready to fly to Ottawa, Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, and Tim Thomas remained on the ice.
The trio of veteran leaders will not travel with the team to take on the Senators in the second-to-last game of the regular season. They each continued to practice for close to an hour after the rest of the Bruins called it a day.
With the B's not moving from the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, and a home game to conclude the regular season on Saturday, Chara said they're not making the trip to Ottawa "for good reasons."
"It's not like I'll be sitting out for a whole bunch of games," said the Bruins' captain on Wednesay. "It's just this one, and I'll be back the last game."
Also not making the trip to Ottawa will be injured defenseman Johnny Boychuk, who suffered a lower body injury in the third period of Tuesday night's 5-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Wednesday's practice that he still did not know the extent of Boychuk's injury, and remained hopeful that it wasn't as bad an injury as it looked.
"Not yet," said Julien. "He was seeing our doctor this morning. We haven't had the results yet, but again, I'm still confident that it will be hopefully not as bad as it looked."
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BOSTON -- “I didn’t feel that love after I made a pitching change in the sixth inning,” Terry Francona said after a 45-second standing ovation from Boston fans upon receiving the MLB Manager of the Year award from the BBWAA Thursday.
It’s without question the love for Francona runs deep in the city. Why wouldn’t it? He was the leader in breaking the 86-year old curse, and wound up winning another World Series title for Boston three years later.
Actually, he was more of a co-leader, working alongside the same person who won the MLB Executive of the Year honors from the BBWAA for 2016.
Theo Epstein -- who received an ovation 17 seconds shorter than Francona, but who’s counting -- reminisced about the Red Sox ownership group that took a chance on a young kid who wasn’t necessarily the ideal candidate to take over as GM of a team, but now that’s helped him build the Chicago Cubs into a winning franchise and establish a great working environment.
This October marks 13 years since the ’04 championship, 10 years since ’07 and six years since the pair left Boston. Without question they’ve left their mark on the city and forever changed Red Sox baseball.
And while the fans showed their undying gratitude for Francona with an ovation almost as long as his acceptance speech, the Indians manager recognized the favor the current Red Sox brass has done for him.
“I’d like to thank Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox for getting Chris Sale the hell out of the Central Division,” Francona said.