First the big news of the day: Daniel Alfredsson had a “setback” according to the Senators, and did not skate today. So, though you take everything with a grain of salt in the playoffs, and never rule out anything, it doesn’t look as if he’ll be available for Game 4.
Now, on to your favorite team.
Brian Boyle is just Beatlemania in this series. It’s the perfect storm of a guy having an out-of-his-mind series and being involved in every single significant event, and an extra-large media contingent because it’s Canada, and a really good guy who will talk forever … to anybody, any time, anywhere. So his locker today was just swarmed for like half an hour … they took players out for press conferences, and the coach, and the New York reporters would go out and come back in, and Boyle would still be talking.
Artem Anisimov, who sits next to him all the time, and who pretended to be a reporter the other day, holding a water bottle as if it was a microphone, just watches and laughs. Today he told Boyle, “Tongue must be tired.”
And because you asked, I asked Brandon Dubinsky — who’s sporting a growth of beard — if he is planning to grow the ‘stache this year. “Stay tuned,” was all he’d say.
Here are today’s interviews. The first answer from Chris Kreider was about how many texts he had last night.