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Thursday, 01.04.2007 / 3:55 PM / News
Boston Bruins

Throttling up on Thursday
Considering the Bruins had (admittedly) one of their worst performances of the season on Monday, both sides of the Looney (for those of you who have not braved the country to our north, read that as coin) are doing their best to prevent a repeat engagement.

Marc Savard, Wayne Primeau and Shean Donovan are doing their hairy best (more on this in a bit) to keep the club loose and it seems to be working.

Savvy was obviously causing some trouble during the morning skate and his resulting smile belied whatever malicious intent he had in mind during a drill.

Meanwhile, Zdeno Chara and the coaches continuously preach system and structure -- and judging from the last couple of practices and the relaxed intensity of the room this morning, they are also having success.

"I certainly hope we have more intensity than we had the other night," said Bruins Head Coach Dave Lewis. "Toronto out played us.

"I thought they were more physical. They went after us and generated (scoring) chances.

"They competed harder and they ended up winning the game."

Captain Chara chimed in on a similar note.

"Sometimes, we know, we have games where we had early leads and we felt too comfortable," said Chara. "We can’t do that.

"We have to keep pushing forward and keep playing our game, no matter what the score is."

The Yin/Yang approach is actually working pretty hand-in-glove at the moment and I am looking forward to seeing its results this evening. The Bruins know what is at stake and are ready to make their second half push for playoff positioning.

Speaking of the practice skate this morning, Boston concentrated on puck movement -- via lots of passing and skating -- and, as far as morning skates go, it was a spirited environment with plenty of energy and chatter.

As we thought this morning, Phil Kessel and Jeff Hoggan will sit this one out.

Mustache update
Every skater (and the only ones I did not see were P.J. Axelsson and Shean Donovan) had some awkward looking starter facial hair going on.

However, there were a couple of guys who had no mustache yesterday, and had one today.

Curious.

One day, no hair, and the next day it’s Teddy Roosevelt time. Hmmmmmm.

Which begs the question: Is there such a thing as lip Rogaine?

Incidentally, I had originally thought that one of the main perpetrators of this mustached monstrosity, Marc Savard, had begged out of the competition and, heaven forbid, SHAVED.

Not so.

He has a true lip garden growing -- but it is golden blonde and is barely visible with the naked eye. It is downright translucent.

Anyway, on the NESN broadcast this evening, you’ll see (or not see, as the case may be) tonight.

Word has it that Preems is first up with Rob Simpson (NESN’s ice level reporter, of Rubber Biscuit fame), for an interview during warm-ups, so you will be able to see Wayne "Newton" Primeau do his thing pre game.

Hopefully he does not sing.

You hear that Preems, do NOT sing.

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Krejci 80 19 50 39 69
P. Bergeron 80 30 32 38 62
J. Iginla 78 30 31 34 61
M. Lucic 80 24 35 30 59
B. Marchand 82 25 28 36 53
R. Smith 82 20 31 28 51
C. Soderberg 73 16 32 4 48
Z. Chara 77 17 23 25 40
T. Krug 79 14 26 18 40
L. Eriksson 61 10 27 14 37
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Rask 36 15 6 .930 2.04
C. Johnson 17 4 3 .925 2.10
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