Byron Bitz on the crowd chanting, ”We want Bitz!” in the final moments:
”I didn’t know what they were saying at first. But I made it out after a while and it was pretty cool.”
Bitz could not remember his last hat trick.
”I don’t even think I had one in college,” he said. ”It’s been since juniors, five years now almost.”
Blake Wheeler, another Boston rookie, had a hat trick earlier this season, promting one Black-and-Gold booster to fire a brassiere on the ice.
The last time two Boston rookies potted hat tricks in the same season?
Joe Juneau – 1/12/93 vs. Buffalo
Steve Heinze – 1/14/93 vs. Pittsburgh
Tim Thomas thinks the Bruins might have their game back on track.
”Yeah, somewhat,” he said. ”It’s just little things creep in, and then you add three or four of the little things and it makes a big deal. When it’s one little thing, you don’t notice it, you’re getting by without it. Maybe two. After while, it creeps in. Now we have to work on consistency.
David Krejci, one of only three Boston forwrds who did not get on the scoresheet, lost 7 of his 11 faceoffs.
Chuck Kobasew and Keith Ballard square off in the night’s only fight. Not much of a bout. More of a tug-o-war. Kobasew is rarely, if ever, seen in the media scums after the game.
The three stars: 1. Byron Bitz; 2. Michael Ryder; 3. Milan Lucic.
Ryder said he wasn’t bothered at all by the full face shield. Could bode well as he tries to pick up his scoring pace. His goal, on a power play, was his 20th this year. The Bruins paid him $4 million a year (for three years), hoping to get 30-plus out of him each year.