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And now, the 5 O’Clock News

Wednesday, 01.10.2007 / 4:52 PM / News
Boston Bruins
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And now, the 5 O’Clock News
The long and the short of it
Sigalet is in Providence. York and Chistov are getting MRI’s. Chara is feeling better, but not perfect. Hoggan is ready to play. Brad Stuart will be at morning skate tomorrow.

"(Chistov) is getting an MRI…it’s a lower (body) injury (from) last night," said Bruins Head Coach Dave Lewis. "Brad Stuart will be with us tomorrow, at morning skate."

"Hoggie is ready to go…He was cleared yesterday and we just made the decision to go with that other lineup."

Is Jonathan Sigalet going back to Providence?

"Yah…we can always…bring him back (if Z is not ready tomorrow), but Stewie will be here."

Who’s in goal tomorrow, Coach?

"Hannu is going to play," said B’s bench boss, Dave Lewis of Toivonen.

But it is not because Tim Thomas is tired or in the chateau bow-wow.

"(Thomas) is fresh, and is competitive as ever, but I think we are giving him too many chances against (his net) since after Christmas. And that’s not a good thing for any goaltender."

"It’s time to get Hannu in," said Lewis. "He’s played some games (in Providence), and he’s practiced hard and it’s time to get him into a game (with the B’s)."

Speaking of the loss
"We just have to do a better job collectively on the right side of the puck," said Coach Lewis. "We’re getting ourselves on the wrong side of the puck and that’s probably the biggest reason why we’ve lost four of five.

"It’s an everybody thing. We’re giving up too many scoring chances.

"There is too much play in our zone, we’ve got missed reads, we’ve got missed coverage on rushes. Consequently come the losses," he said.

And offensively, the results were not there, either.

"We didn’t generate a lot in the second period," continued the Coach. "We had shots that missed the net.

"And they turned it up on us in the third period."

So what is the plan, going forward?

"It’s a collective effort," explained Lewis of hockey. "It’s a collective effort when you win and it’s certainly a collective effort when you lose.

"We’ve given up too many (scoring chances) for whatever reason," said Lewis. "We addressed our penalty some time ago and since then it’s been humming along at (a good percentage) so we have to address this issue.

"We are at the midway point, after tomorrow’s game and our numbers are not good enough.

"Our points aren’t good enough. Our wins aren’t good enough and we have to get better," he said.

A view of practice
Goaltending Coach Bob Essensa was working with both Thomas and Toivonen today, and as a result both keepers saw a ton of shots -- simulating, no doubt, the number of chances that have been coming their way during games.

Under the direction of Coaches Habscheid, Houda and Lewis, the Bruins also practiced breakouts.

This started with off with what looked to be a "simulated" victorious face off, won back towards the defense. A defenseman started the play by gathering the puck and winding up in the neutral zone, where he passed up to a waiting winger. The forward who received the pass either drove to the net or shot on a 3-on-0 breakaway.

The scariest moment of practice actually occurred after practice during the 4-on-4 game. Recently recovered forward Jeff Hoggan, collided with fellow forward Mark Mowers, and with a crash, fell into the boards.

They landed in a landed in a heap, with Hoggan lying face up, looking at the ceiling, and laughing.

Yellow: Sturm -- Bergeron -- Boyes
White: Axelsson -- Savard -- Murray
Teal: Mowers -- Primeau -- Donovan
Gray: Tenkrat -- Kessel -- Hoggan

Black (D in no particular order):
Sigalet, Lashoff, Mara, Chara, Alberts, Jurcina
Coors Light - To the Black, The Gold, and The Cold




1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
3 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
4 BOS 61 30 22 9 161 160 69
5 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
6 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
7 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
8 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43


P. Bergeron 60 17 25 2 42
L. Eriksson 60 14 21 2 35
D. Hamilton 61 10 24 -2 34
C. Soderberg 61 10 24 6 34
R. Smith 61 12 21 9 33
B. Marchand 56 17 15 6 32
M. Lucic 60 12 20 11 32
T. Krug 57 11 20 6 31
D. Krejci 38 7 19 7 26
C. Kelly 59 7 19 8 26
T. Rask 24 16 9 .919 2.37
N. Svedberg 6 5 0 .917 2.39
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