TD Bank Facebook Twitter Instagram Bruins Mobile App
News
 
  • PRINT
  • RSS

A Devil of a Time for Bruins?

Saturday, 12.9.2006 / 4:07 PM ET / News
Boston Bruins
X
Share with your Friends


A Devil of a Time for Bruins?
Scouting the Devils
Head Coach Dave Lewis met with the media this morning and discussed the state of the Bear. He talked a little bit about the Bruins 3-1 win over Toronto -- a comeback win for Boston.

"[The team] showed a lot of patience in that game -- doing the things we have to do, to win a hockey game like that," said Lewis.

"I thought we drove to the net, better," he said. "I thought we continued to make plays, even with the lead. And, we didn’t give a lot of opportunities after that."

And, hopefully that continues.

"They’ve been a well run team for many, many years now -- very disciplined," said defenseman Paul Mara of the New Jersey Devils, who will again suit up for the B’s following a nasty lower body injury. "They have good scoring up front, a good strong defense and great goaltending, back there, so they are a well rounded team.

"We’ll have to bring our ’A’ game to get a win tonight."

Bruins Center Marc Savard, Boston’s points leader with 31, said nearly the same thing.

"They have a new coach in there," said Savard. "And I think that he’s brought a little more offensive side to this team.

"So now they are not a ’sit-back’ team like they used to be. Obviously they have one of the best goalies to play the game. So it’s going to be a good contest for us.

"It’s a good test to see where we are at," he said.

"They are a structured team and they play well," agreed Coach Lewis. "They are hard to play against.

"So they’re will be nothing unusual about that…they’re going to have their discipline, their structure, their speed. They’ve got fast guys, creative guys. And they protect the goaltender pretty well, too.

"Their systems have been pretty consistent, they’ve changed coaches, they’ve changed some players, but they still have that theme -- just a solid, consistent, high-level team that has a chance every year to win the cup," said Lewis.

Lineup notes
P.J. Axelsson, who has not played since December 2 versus Carolina, will miss another game and there’s no word on when he might return.

"No idea," said Lewis of P.J.’s return ETA.

Lewis was then asked what the team has missed most since they’ve been without their Swedish star.

"Well, looking at [ice time], he was probably first or second in minutes played as a forward…and that says something about his contribution.

"Traditionally he’s been a checker, penalty killer. This year he’s assumed a bit more of an offensive role on the power play, playing on a line that is creative, to score. He’s handled that.

"We miss him," said Coach.

Wayne Primeau’s switch from left wing to center has made a difference to the B’s lineup as well.

"I think that it’s helped," said Lewis. "He came to me and said he can play wing, and he came to me and said that he’d like to get back to center.

"But at the end of [the last] game I did put him on the wing with Bergeron and Donovan for the last minute-and-a-half.

"I think he is a little bit more comfortable at center, but he’s willing to play wing, too."

Marco missed the skate this morning, but will not miss the game.

Did he have some ill effects from the Hal Gill hit on Thursday?

"Nope," said Coach.

As far as the rest of the lineup?

"Right now, the same [as Thursday]," said Lewis.

That lineup was:

Tenkrat-Savard-Murray
Sturm-Bergeron-Boyes
Mowers-Primeau-Donovan
Hoggan-Kessel-Chistov

Alberts-Chara
B. Stuart-Mara
York-Jurcina

Thomas

More later…
Coors Light - Official Partner of the Boston Bruins

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
2 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
3 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
4 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
5 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
6 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
7 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
8 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Bergeron 53 19 26 7 45
L. Eriksson 53 16 24 10 40
D. Krejci 43 12 27 1 39
R. Spooner 53 11 27 -8 38
B. Marchand 48 25 12 11 37
Z. Chara 51 7 21 7 28
M. Beleskey 51 8 18 8 26
T. Krug 52 3 21 2 24
J. Hayes 51 11 12 -8 23
B. Connolly 50 7 9 -6 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 19 16 5 .916 2.56
J. Gustavsson 9 3 1 .911 2.58
Hallmark Health System
BRUINS FAN POLL
 
Friendly's - Official Family Restaurant and Ice Cream of the Boston Bruins
NHL Ticket Exchange
Dunkin' Donuts   AMI Graphics   Geico - Aim for savings

Click the instant ticket and enter to win Second Chance Drawings