It’s Timmy’s Team Tonight
Saturday, 10.28.2006 / 2:07 PM ET / News
Thomas to start tonight for Bruins
The Bruins took a ton of shots on their goalies this morning, no doubt to prepare them for the offensive onslaught that Ottawa can bring, but to also warm up their own offensive muscles which have been a little sleepy in the last couple of games.
Tim Thomas again looked strong in the warm-up and has obviously shaken off the last second goal by Montreal on Thursday as Coach Lewis announced him as the starter after the pre-game skate.
Although some writers treated it as a surprise it should not have been a jaw-dropper. After all, Tim-may made some outstanding saves Thursday, especially in the third period when he dove to his right to make an outstanding backhanded stop.
The rest of the skate was unspectacular as the boys tooled around the rink to get the rest of their hockey muscles moving.
Mark Mowers will take his place on the fourth line this evening, while Marco Sturm and Andrew Alberts will both need some more time to heal.
Alberts and fellow suit-squad member, Mark Stuart were both in good spirits however, as they both said their rehab was progressing well after taking some extra laps after the regular skate. The two defenseman would both like to be playing in tonight’s contest, though, and the thought of any big game going by without their being part of it, seems to hurt them more than their injuries.
Here’s what I know.
Forward Nate Thompson is with Providence. Mowers is playing.
And defenseman Matt Lashoff is going to play, as Alberts is unavailable.
So this should be the lineup:
Kessel, Bergeron, Murray
Axelsson, Savard, Boyes
Hoggan, Primeau, Donovan
Brookbank, Mowers, Stastny,
Marc Savard is hosting his biggest fans from Atlanta at tonight’s game.
They were seen behind the Bruins bench (via special arrangement with Marc) during practice wearing some (gasp) Atlanta Thrashers gear. Brothers Conyeus (an old English surname that his dad liked), Nicholas (named after St. Nicholas), their dad John (who owns the greatest name in the world), and their friend Michael were all enjoying the skate and planned to amend their wardrobe issues at the Bruins Pro Shop before tonight’s contest as Mike was the only one with a Bruins jersey.
Savvy’s peeps recounted one of their favorite stories about their guy and how he earned the moniker of “Mike Tyson” with them.
They said that Marc had actually BITTEN Toronto’s Darcy Tucker’s finger in a game and that I should ask him about it.
So, I did. Savvy said:
“It was a scrum after a whistle and we all got in there. And one guy had me by my arms, tied up, you know. And Tucker grabbed my cheek and had his finger in my mouth [with his glove on]. So, you put two and two together and how do you get out of a mouth hook [when your arms are tied up] without biting him? So I bit his [gloved] finger and unfortunately, the video tape was there and you can’t see anything but that, so they gave me one game [suspension] for it.”
“We haven’t been averaging a lot of goals, four per game…we’re just trying to put something together so we can build on the positives of the hockey game. So we’re just going to try and start to play the kind of game we want to play tonight…the message [in the sprints on Friday was] it’s not good enough. And we’ve got to find a way to get it done. So that was the underlying theme.”
Head Coach, Dave Lewis, on preparing for Ottawa
“There is two points out there tonight. We’re going to try to win it and they’re going to try to win it. It’s an important game for us…when you have a few losses in a row, it is always tough to regroup, but we have to make sure that we are ready for tonight. It’s a great team that we are playing tonight and we have a really good stretch of games coming up…We all have pressure, no matter what you do…we all have pressure to perform and it’s no different for me. It’s a challenge, but I accept it.”
Captain, Zdeno Chara, on pressure
“It doesn’t get any easier, they are a good team. You know what to expect out of them, they are going to show up, so we better be ready to show up, too…Ottawa’s a good team, so you would expect crisper passing, a little better chances overall…so you just try to be even [more ready] if that is possible.”
Goalie, Tim Thomas, on his second straight start
“I was just trying to get something going for the guys, and keep those guys on their toes. That’s really all it was. They didn’t feel like going and that’s about all that happened…you either want to change the momentum or keep it going stronger [with a hockey fight], and that’s what I kind of did. I thought if maybe I could get one of those guys off their game it would have helped our club a lot…it makes if more interesting for everyone.”
Forward, Wade Brookbank, on trying to start one with the Habs