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Bruins enjoy off day in Lake Placid

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  April 19, 2011 03:00 PM

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Andrew Ference spoke with media members under a sign commemorating some hockey history in Lake Placid. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- The Bruins are scattering from the Lake Placid Olympic Center and taking in the local sights. Most of the players went through off-ice workouts. Of the players who dressed last night, Daniel Paille, Shawn Thornton, Adam McQuaid, Tuukka Rask skated alongside the healthy scratches and Black Aces.

Several of the Bruins expressed their plans to walk around Main St. and acclimate themselves to the town. Without a doubt, sightseeing would not be high on their minds if they had lost a third straight game last night.

"If we were down 3-0 right now, it wouldn't be a very fun area to be in," Tim Thomas said. "It's 2-1. We still have a lot of work ahead of us. But now we can come here, step back, recharge ourselves, and get ready to do it again. It's not easy."

* Thomas, whose career goal of being an Olympic goalie was cemented in 1980 after watching Jim Craig, held court in the dressing room where the Yanks huddled 21 years ago. Thomas recalled being five years old and watching Craig and the Americans win gold. "I already had some inkling that I wanted to be a goalie," Thomas said. "Jim Craig sealed the deal. That's why I became a goalie. My goal, from age 5 until really 20, was to play in the Olympics, not the NHL. Not that I didn't want to play in the NHL. But the main goal was the Olympics."

* Although Benoit Pouliot will not be suspended for his hit last night on Johnny Boychuk, Andrew Ference didn't care for the high blast on his partner. Ference challenged Pouliot. To ensure he didn't get an extra penalty, Ference made sure that Pouliot wiggled off his gloves first. "From what I saw, it looked like a really dangerous hit," Ference said. "A hit like that, especially on your partner, you want to at least have some answer for it. I didn't want to drop the gloves without being 100 percent that he was going to as well."

* As expected, Brad Marchand was not among the Calder Trophy finalists announced today. Jeff Skinner, Logan Couture, and Michael Grabner were the three Rookie of the Year finalists.

* Despite his Canadian roots, Claude Julien gave a stick salute to the 1980 US team. "When you've got a bunch of college kids who did what they accomplished, they should be proud of it," said Julien. "It was quite a feat. I was watching as well. It's a great inspirational story."

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