BOSTON -- While the Boston Bruins were well represented at the All-Star Game in Ottawa over the weekend, the rest of the team took advantage of some much-needed rest and relaxation.
Bruins coach Claude Julien, his entire coaching staff, along with defenseman Zdeno Chara, forward Tyler Seguin and goaltender Tim Thomas, all participated in the festivities, while other members of the Bruins went their own way and paid little attention to what their teammates and coaches were doing.
Bruins assistant captain Patrice Bergeron spent the break in Lake Placid, N.Y. Teammate Brad Marchand spent his time with Mickey Mouse at Walt Disney World. Defenseman Andrew Ference took his family snowboarding (he stayed in the lodge), while forward Milan Lucic spent a few days in South Beach.
With the exception of the All-Star players, Julien and the Bruins were back on the practice ice Monday afternoon at TD Garden as the team prepared to host the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night. After the hour-long skate, many of the players admitted the game was out of sight and out of mind for a few days.
Bergeron said he watched some of the highlights from the All-Star skills competition and was able to catch the final period Sunday night. Marchand said he didn’t watch any of it.
“I wanted to get away from hockey and not worry about it," Marchand said.
Marchand admitted he checked in with Seguin a few times, but that was it.
“I’m sure he’ll be bragging about it for the next couple of months,” Marchand said with a laugh.
Lucic looked extremely relaxed and his sunburn proved it. He said he watched Chara win the hardest shot competition with his 108 m.p.h. slapper.
“I think everyone now realizes that when I have to stand in front on the power play, that’s what’s coming at me,” Lucic said with a smile. “What’s not seen, or shown, not only does he have a hard shot, but when you’re standing in front he’s able to apply that speed and velocity of a shot, but he’s also able to put it in spots, so when I’m standing in front I don’t have to be scared for my life. That’s what makes him such a great player and that makes him a lethal threat, even from that far out on the blue line.”
Lucic and Marchand talk about their break and the rest of the season for the Bruins in the videos below: