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Red Sox fan Mara is bummed


© St. Petersburg Times, published October 22, 2000

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It's been said the Mets-Yankees World Series is the worst of both worlds for Red Sox fans.

Lightning defenseman Paul Mara, who was born in Ridgewood, N.J., but was raised and still lives in Boston, agreed.

"It's tough being from Boston with the Mets beating you (in the World Series) in '86 and the Yankees beating you every year since then," Mara said before Saturday night's game with the Devils at Continental Airlines Arena.

Mara said his family had season tickets, and he owns two tickets along the third-base line at Fenway Park he uses as much as possible in the off-season.

Mara is rooting for the Mets.

"Both teams are pretty energetic," he said, "but I actually hope the Mets win. I'm kind of sick of the Yankees."

Don't tell that to Chris Terreri. The Devils goaltender grew up in Providence, R.I., where he rooted for the Yankees and where loyalties were evenly split between New York and Boston.

"You were a Red Sox fan or a Yankees fan, nowhere in between," he said.

There was talk the Lightning's games against the Devils and Rangers would be changed to afternoon starts so as not to conflict with the World Series. But Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello nixed the plan, citing fan inconvenience.

Had it happened, Terreri, who caught a foul ball at last season's Yankees-Braves World Series, would have been in front of a television.

"Without a doubt," he said.

GOALIE SWITCH: Terreri got the start Saturday night. Many thought Martin Brodeur would get the call after he was pulled Thursday night for giving up four goals on 10 shots to the Capitals.

But Devils coach Larry Robinson said he always planned to use Terreri.

KEEPING SECRETS: Robinson and Lightning defenseman Petr Svoboda were a defensive pair with the Canadiens and roomed together in the 1980s.

"Just ask him how he likes his chocolate cake," Robinson said. "He'll know what I'm talking about."

Svoboda playfully declined comment. Of Robinson, he said, "He's one of the great players ever on defense. He's a great teacher and funny. If everyone lived their lives like him, it would be a lot of fun."

ODDS AND ENDS: Defenseman Jassen Cullimore and left wing Kyle Freadrich were healthy scratches. ... New Jersey was without penalty-killer Jay Pandolfo (shoulder).

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