BOSTON – Stranded in Toronto because of a plane malfunction, the Boston Bruins suddenly found themselves in need of a place to eat late Sunday.
Canyon Creek Restaurant, a steak house near Pearson International Airport, came through.
“They were super accommodating for us,” said Bruins forward Chris Kelly. “I’m sure they got called last-minute and 30 or 40 big men come in with big appetites and asked to be served. That was awesome of them to go out of their way. I’m sure they were, if not closed, pretty close to closing. I’m sure the staff, the last thing they want to see is 30 guys coming in five minutes before they were supposed to go home.
“That was really nice of them.”
When team officials discovered after the Sunday night game at the Air Canada Centre that they would have to stay overnight, they found accommodations and then started dialling to locate a place where they could feed the team.
The Bruins ended up staying at a hotel near the airport and flew out in the morning in advance of Monday night’s deciding game at TD Garden.
The team gave the restaurant four tickets to Game 7 as a thank you, with a Bruins fan among the staff said to be heading down with friends to take in the contest.
Forward Shawn Thornton said the extra night in Toronto might have helped him get more rest than at home.
“I didn’t have my dogs kicking me in my back in the middle of the night,” he said.
“I feel pretty good,” he added.