Fenway celebrates Bruins' Cup victory

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Fenway celebrates Bruins' Cup victory

By Jessica Camerato
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BOSTON - Foghorns and beats from Black and Yellow filled Fenway Park on Sunday afternoon as the Red Sox paid tribute to the Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins.

The Bruins packed into four duck boats as they drove around the warning track prior to the game, surrounded by a sea of cheering fans. Captain Zdeno Chara proudly hoisted the Stanley Cup while Tim Thomas lifted the Conn Smythe Trophy. All of the players donned Red Sox hats, including Sean Thornton, who also wore a Red Sox jersey. (Thornton, a Red Sox fan, had worn the teams hat during Stanley Cup Final interviews but had to switch to Bruins gear.)

After circling the track, the Bruins unloaded from the duck boats and approached the mound to Wiz Khalifas hit song. Chara and Thomas placed the trophies down and the entire team spread out in preparation to throw out the ceremonial first pitches. The Red Sox emerged from the dugout and lined up behind home plate, some easily catching the tosses with others diving to scoop up the throws.

The two teams walked toward each other for congratulatory embraces before retreating back to the dugout, where Chara once again showcased the trophy as he headed down the steps.

To keep the celebration going throughout the game, the foghorn and Bruins' goal-celebration music was played every time the Red Sox scored a run. Fans heard it quite a bit, as the Sox scored 12 in their victory over the Bruins.

"I think the fans loved it," said David Ortiz after the game. "Those guys busted their tail to win the Cup and it was well-deserved."

"That was pretty cool," said catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. "Got goosebumps a little bit. Hopefully we can do that at the end of the year."

"Phenomenal. Absolutely phenomenal," said Tim Wakefield. "Watching the duck boats come in brought back a lot of memories of us winning the World Series in '04 and '07. I'm very happy for those guys and I got to meet a lot of them today in the clubhouse and had my picture taken with the Cup and all that good stuff, so it was a lot of fun."

But there was one superstition he wouldn't broach.

"No, I wasn't touching it," he said of the Cup. "It's not my trophy, it's theirs.

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Friday, Dec. 2: Toews vs. Matthews

Friday, Dec. 2: Toews vs. Matthews

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading, while everybody in New England is in mourning over the latest Gronk booboo. 

*A pretty neat sharpshooting video with Jonathan Toews and that young whippersnapper Auston Matthews squaring off against each other. 

*Craig Custance looks a little deeper into the situation with the Florida Panthers and how things are stabilizing after the rough firing of Gerard Gallant last week. 

*Now. let’s get to the real important stuff: the San Jose Sharks website has put together their Movember rankings for the player’s mustaches. 

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bruce Garrioch says that the plans for an outdoor game in Ottawa are again back on the NHL’s agenda. 

*Erik Erlendsson has put together a “Lightning Insider” website where you can find all the latest news about the Tampa Bay franchise. Check it out. 

*As guys such as Anton Khudobin prove when they’re thrust into the starting spot, backup goalies matter in today’s NHL. 

*For something completely different: a mash-up of Kylo Ren and “Girls” from the mad mind of Adam Driver is exactly just that. 

 

Chara ‘feels better’ as he closes in on return, but won’t play in Buffalo

Chara ‘feels better’ as he closes in on return, but won’t play in Buffalo

BRIGHTON, Mass. – Zdeno Chara said he is “feeling better” after going through a full practice with the Bruins, but the captain won’t be making the one game road trip to Buffalo for Saturday afternoon’s matinee game vs. the Sabres. 

Chara was going through line rushes and battle drills with the rest of his teammates while practicing for the second day in a row, but made it clear that his lower body injury hasn’t been cleared for game action yet. 

“It’s day-to-day. It feels better…yeah. But it’s still day-to-day,” said a rather laconic Chara when it came to questions about his injury. “It would feel much better [to play] than it feels [not playing].”

Claude Julien said his 39-year-old defenseman has moved into true “day-to-day” status as he nears a return after missing what will be his sixth game in a row on Saturday afternoon, but that he isn’t quite ready to go just yet.

“[Chara] and [Noel] Acciari won’t be on the trip,” said Julien. “I think [Chara] is getting pretty close. When you see him at practice things are going pretty well for him. I think that the term day-to-day is fitting for him right now. A lot of times when we say day-to-day we don’t know whether it’s going to be two days, three days or even a week. But in his case I would say that day-to-day is really day-to-day now with him.” 

One thing the Bruins can be heartened by is that they’ve managed to survive without Chara: the B’s have gone 2-2-1 and allowed just nine goals in the five games since their No. 1 defenseman went down. They have been able to continue collecting points in sometimes ugly, workmanlike fashion. 

That gives the Bruins the luxury of not rushing their D-man along before he’s ready and gives some of their other defensemen added confidence that they can effectively do the job with or without their 6-foot-9 stopper.