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Saturday, 02.03.2007 / 6:05 PM / News
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Player movement
I am hoping to get some player/coach reaction to the trades, call-up and injuries tomorrow morning at practice -- if the Bruins do practice after a hectic travel schedule.

For those of you who are not sure what I am talking about, the front page of BostonBruins.com has the official releases pertaining to the arrival of Jeremy Reich and the acquisition of Brandon Bochenski from Chicago.

Bearsket Ball?
The other day I wrote about Bruins head coach Dave Lewis explaining confidence.

"When you have no confidence there’s about 3000 things that go through your brain before you play the hockey game," said Lewis. "When you are full of confidence, you do a crossword puzzle and go play."

Surely Coach was also talking about using your own instincts, your own natural ability, and trusting your training in order to do the right things during a game. Thursday, previous to the Buffalo game, Coach took the lucky bear head off the Bruins locker room wall and started throwing it around.

Literally.

Not because he was mad or frustrated -- although who could blame him if that were the case. No, he wanted to see what the players would do with it when he threw it -- at them!

"So, I grabbed the bear head and threw it at a group of players," said Lewis as he explained the chain of events. "And the first reaction or instinct, if (they) are looking at me holding this bear head, and then I throw it at (them) -- their eyes open up…and they catch it, cradle it and hold it."

"I walked around the room and did five or six different guys, and then I posed the question -- what just happened there?

"They looked at me like I had a bear’s head on," he said.

The point was this. As the stuffed bear flew at them, they just caught it. They didn’t think about catching it.

"They didn’t think about, well, I have to raise my right arm, my left arm, grasp it with my right hand and my left hand, squeeze it, hold it, now I have to cradle it so it doesn’t fall," explained Lewis. "They did it instinctively.

"And when you are playing hockey (in) this league, things happen like that when you are playing very well."

Lewis admitted that it was an unorthodox "drill".

"I don’t know what their response was (afterward)," laughed Lewis. "Nobody dropped it."

"(But) It wasn’t so much what I threw at them, it was the process of the catch and nobody dropped it."

The players seemed to appreciate the coach’s good humor and his attempt at approaching a problem from a different angle.

"We didn’t want to drop it," said a wide-grinned Tim Thomas. "(And we didn’t understand), not until afterward."

And today, Coach attempted to get their mind off the game, at least for a little while.

With Carolina’s ice was covered for a college basketball game, the Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa reports that the Bruins engaged in a basketball scrimmage in lieu of their morning skate.
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