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B’s vs. Leafs, the Return

Thursday, 11.16.2006 / 3:28 PM ET / News
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B’s vs. Leafs, the Return
Sparse Skate
The Bruins had an optional morning skate today at 10:30 in the TD Banknorth Garden.

Zdeno Chara, Brian Finley, Stanislav Chistov, Nathan Dempsey, Phil Kessel, Petr Tenkrat and Milan Jurcina all skated in preparation for this evening’s contest versus the Leafs.

"Goodbye," I mean, "Hi?"
Today, Yan Stastny was called up as a precautionary measure.

Head Coach Dave Lewis said that forward Brad Boyes had "a bit of a back spasm" last night during the game versus the Capitals -- Boyes, who attempted to play through it, was unable to shake the problem before the end of the game and was being treated for the condition today.

He will be a game time decision.

Stastny began the season in Boston and played in 11 games, tallying one assist, before being assigned to Providence on November 13 and will be available to play this evening in case Boyes can’t go.

A Quiet Morning, Some Comedy and Rally-Helmets
F.Y.I. Tim Thomas will start in goal for the Bruins, again, this evening.

Beyond learning about Boyes and Thomas, there was nothing all that notable about this morning except for the comedy routine that was Mr. Nathan Dempsey -- noting a puck coming straight for his head, he hit the ice air-raid fashion, screaming as if a missile had come at him and got up laughing to the delight of all who saw his antics.

Speaking of antics, there was much talk about last night’s Bruins "rally-helmets" amongst the writers at the practice.

"I saw it after it was already started," said Coach Lewis of the Bruins new good luck ritual. "I’m not exactly sure who initiated it…but I think it could have been Savvy.

The writers told him it had been Savard and Coach was not shocked.

"He’s a trend setter," he said, after laughing. "You have to enjoy the moment. That’s why they call it a game."

"It helped our guys. It’s a bonding type of thing. And for that particular moment, it worked."

And Boston’s own locker room jester, Marc Savard, obviously enjoyed that particular moment.

"I came up with [the rally-helmets] last year in Atlanta," said Savard while preparing his sticks for this evening. "We had lost something like seven shootouts in a row. So I just came up with the idea and went down to the ’D’ and conned them into turning their hats around…and we ended up winning something like seven straight with the rally-caps.

"We hadn’t won a shootout yet [this year] in Boston so we tried it out and it worked."

"It’s team bonding, you know. It helps bring the team closer together and…you just put it out there and see where the boys go with it.

"You look to have fun, you’re only going to do this for so long," said Savard.

By the way, Savard had two assists last night and now stands at 5-15-20, is a +4, and leads the team in assists and points.

Voices in the room
"He’s a very dynamic player. He can skate and handle the puck well. Obviously, he is a player we love to have and he proved last night that he could play the game. He’s one of those guys you can give the puck to and he can make something happen…we haven’t won in a shootout before and we finally broke through. It was a big game for us, especially from a mental standpoint and our confidence is rising."
Captain, Zdeno Chara, on Stanislav Chistov and the shootout win

"I think you can really focus back on the things that you have done over the last games or two and keep the momentum going after a win. You try to build on it. And that’s something that we are trying to get in this room -- consistency, and building on what we’ve been doing. Earlier in the year I think we were having one good one and one bad one, so we’re trying to get our consistency back and build on our good efforts."
Defenseman, Nathan Dempsey, on focusing after a win

"We’re confident right now…we’ve got to keep going and build from the last couple of games, find the back of the net and play a good team game and stay with the game plan and do the little things we need to do to win…Timmy gave us a chance to win the game. He played a great game for us and in the shootout, he went against three great shooters and made some big saves. It was huge for us."
Assistant Captain, Patrice Bergeron, on winning and Tim Thomas

"I came out of the box and Muzz passed it up and I just walked in and shot it mid to upper shelf…I just was there at the right time and I guess it worked out…we have a great bunch of guys here, a good team and I think we should keep on rolling."
Forward, Phil Kessel, on his goal and the team
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