Greetings from Ottawa, where the snow banks are even higher than they were in Montreal. As the photo illustrates, it’s tough to get a newspaper out of the rack on the corner when it’s buried in snow. Sorry there wasn’t a report yesterday; the office email was down so I couldn’t send anything in.
The team practiced in Montreal yesterday morning before the 1 hour, 45-minute bus ride to Kanata, where the team hotel and the arena are located. In reality we will only see the downtown Ottawa skyline from the bus tomorrow as we head to the airport for the flight to New York.
It’s convenient to be near the arena since the ride from Ottawa can be close to 30 minutes, but the hotel sits in the middle of a business park without many dining options. As is usually the case, a group of us trudged through the snow banks last night to the Barley Mow, an Irish pub/sports bar with in walking (or skiing) distance. We expected to have the chance to watch the Ottawa-Buffalo game while eating dinner, but the place didn’t subscribe to the Senators’ pay-per-view package. And I thought this was supposed to be hockey-mad Canada! Very poor form!
The Lightning had their morning skate this morning and welcomed Norfolk leading scorer Kyle Wanvig into the fold. Wanvig arrived from the airport just before the team hit the ice and will be in the lineup tonight. Nick Tarnasky stayed out late to skate with Dan Boyle and assistant coach Mike Sullivan, so it looks like Tarns will be sitting this one out. Johan Holmqvist will get the call in net.
Greeting us when we arrived at the rink this morning was former Lightning PR intern Chris Moore, who recently took a job in the Senators’ PR department. Moore had spent the past several years as the PR guy for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, and filling his former role in Toronto will be another former Lightning PR intern, Trevor Van Knotsenburg. Congrats to both!