BOSTON -- Despite being stuck in Toronto due to a plane malfunction, the Boston Bruins made the best of the situation after a disappointing 2-1 loss in Game 6 to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday night at Air Canada Centre.
The Bruins enjoyed a late-night team meal and followed that up with a good night’s sleep, according to many of the players. Veteran forward Shawn Thornton said there were a few positive aspects to staying in Toronto.
“I didn’t have my dogs kicking me in the back in the middle of the night,” Thornton said with a smile. “I probably got more sleep last night staying over there. I think we got some more rest and we didn’t fly out at an atrocious time this morning. Everyone got their sleep, got in and got a good meal. I feel pretty good.”
Speaking of good meals, once the Bruins realized they would be staying over, they needed to eat and tried to find a restaurant that would be open and accommodating to a rival team. The team bus pulled into Canyon Creek Chophouse, which is located near Pearson International Airport in Toronto. The restaurant was closing but stayed open and cooked for the Bruins.
“They were super accommodating for us,” said Bruins forward Chris Kelly. “I’m sure they got called last and 30 or 40 big men come in with big appetites and asked to be served. It was awesome of them to go out of our way. I’m sure, if not closed, they were pretty close to closing, and I’m sure the staff, the last thing they want to see is 30 guys coming in five minutes before they’re supposed to go home, so it was really nice of them.”
As a token of appreciation, the Bruins gave the staffers tickets to Game 7 in Boston.
When the Bruins arrived back in Boston, they checked into a local hotel in order to get some sleep before tonight’s game.
“We dealt with it and no one was really too upset about it,” said Bruins forward Daniel Paille. “We came [home] this morning and we’re ready to play and realize what we need to do, and that’s more important than coming in last night. There’s two ways to look at it and we looked at it the positive way.”