Travel can be trouble
Visitors know how to adjust
The Bruins and the Canucks arrived yesterday for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals tonight, spending most of their day on cross-continent flights from Vancouver.
The Canucks are easily the more experienced team in terms of dealing with travel, given their location on the west coast of Canada.
“It’s a long flight, 5-6 hours, and it can affect you, especially coming East,’’ said Jannik Hansen. “I try not to sleep because you need to sleep tonight. I try to stay awake, playing cards, watching a movie.’’
“We get to see the inside of a lot more terminals than the teams out East,’’ Hansen added.
Maxim Lapierre was more to the point about the effect of the travel and the quick turnaround for Game 3.
“You don’t want to think about fatigue or injuries in the playoffs,’’ he said. “You just put that aside.’’
‘A’ for Alberts With defenseman Dan Hamhuis sidelined for Game 2 with a lower-body injury, former Bruin and Boston College stalwart Andrew Alberts saw his first game action since May 3. Alberts, paired with Christian Ehrhoff, established a physical presence from the start.
“I thought [Alberts] played well,’’ coach Alain Vigneault said. “Very physical, was high percentage with the puck. Very intense. Just what we had expected. He had played with Christian before, they were a good pair. They played well together. We thought that for [Game 2] that was the way to go.’’
Another former BC player is backup goalie Cory Schneider, a Marblehead native. Schneider’s parents are Bruins season ticket-holders and he said his older brother Jeff has become a big Bruins fan.
“My parents are definitely on my side,’’ Schneider said. “I think my brother is.’’
Schneider is serving as unofficial guide to the Boston area for his teammates. “They’re asking me about hotels and how far is Brookline and where is Cambridge,’’ he said. “Unfortunately, we don’t have a lot of time off.’’
Moving company The Canucks have a remarkable traveling band of fans.
“We saw it at the end of the year in numbers that we didn’t anticipate,’’ said general manager Mike Gillis. “We went on a road trip to California that coincided with a Canadian holiday. I think there were close to 5,000 people in Anaheim, and in Los Angeles there were at least 3,000 to 3,500, and Phoenix was the same.
“It’s been really exciting to watch it evolve and to see how passionate people are, how engaged they are with our team, the fact that they’re prepared to travel and be part of this.’’
Schneider expects to see fans in Canucks jerseys on Boston streets today.
“I wasn’t sure how many would make it this far out here,’’ said Schneider. “I don’t know what the Boston fans’ reaction will be, seeing them in the street, but at least it’s not Yankees stuff.’’