Monday, February 23, 2009

Good, not great

Maybe it was the end of a long and disappointing road trip. It could have been the bigger-than-normal crowd (25-plus, easily) on a late Sunday afternoon. Then again, maybe we've gotten spoiled from past trips.

Yesterday's gametime hounding session with the Boston Bruins was a bit subdued, even to the point of being lackluster. Players who usually sign -- goalie Tim Thomas comes to mind -- didn't come over. No matter the reason, it was interesting, to say the least.

But after adding another 25 autographs, including Phil Kessel and Byron Bitz on the Bruins team jersey (shown above), there's no need to complain. Besides, the trip was more about Colin seeing an old buddy more than anything else. Everything else was gravy.

Signing pucks were, from left, Shane Hnidy (who flipped the puck to Colin after pregame warmups during the Bruins' first trip to Hockey Bay this season) and Milan Lucic.

Signing cards were, from left, P.J. Axelsson, Michael Ryder and Dennis Wideman.

Other highlights:

~ No surprise here: Colin catching up with Patrice Bergeron;
~ Hall of Famer Cam Neely taking care of us;
~ Three Bruins -- Bergeron, Lucic and Marc Savard -- signing the Team Canada jersey; and
~ Ten Bruins finding the time for Colin's team sheet.

The Bruins photo gallery is worth a look, too.

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