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Smiles all around

Tuesday, 03.13.2007 / 3:33 PM ET / News
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Smiles all around

Today was the first practice for the B’s since beating the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday and I am not sure if Bruins goalie Tim Thomas has stopped smiling.

A fresh looking, happy Timmy was bouncing around the locker room after the skate this afternoon, no doubt ready to take on the Capitals if his name is called.

Bruins head coach Dave Lewis was asked if the victory had for him, as a former Red Wing, any special significance.

Dave demurred, intimating that as someone who wears Black & Gold, the win itself, in this playoff hunt, was much more significant.

"It was a good moment for the Boston Bruins and Boston Bruins fans," said Lewis. "(And it gave us) two points."

But seeing Thomas leave the ice in triumph was very exciting for the veteran NHL coach.

"I enjoyed Timmy Thomas’ victory -- him getting that (win, especially) for a guy growing up in Michigan."

And the setting, with Thomas winning his start in front of friends and family, and against the team he grew up rooting for, touched Lewis.

"To play your 100th game and it is a win and it’s against a good team. I think that was really nice for him. Somebody gave me the puck and I gave it to him."

Asked if he thought he would be where the Bruins would be where they are in the standings, right now, when he started the season, Dave Lewis spoke truthfully.

"I thought we’d be fighting for the seventh or eighth spot," said Lewis. "And that is sort of where we are…we’re still in the hunt.

"There’s (the matter) of points, but there are teams you have to jump. So that makes it even harder."

Dave thought for a moment and added.

"We haven’t been as consistent as I thought we could be. But we’ve had a lot of change, also. So that affects consistency."

Did he address the Bruins tough position in the standings with the team?

"We don’t talk about that at all," said Lewis. "They look at the board everyday.

"We just have to win as many games as we can and see what happens."

Seven is too much
Despite their victory versus the Wings, Lewis has no plans to employ the same lineup.

"It’s hard to play seven D," said Lewis. "We’ll probably bring a forward up."

Why so, Coach?

"You don’t have the rhythm. In Europe, what they do sometimes, is that they play four sets of five.

"Here we don’t have that luxury…so it’s just hard to get everyone into the game."

Lewis gave no indication as to his preferred call up.

Today’s lines:
Kessel - Savard - Kobasew
Sturm - Bergeron - Bochenski
Tenkrat - Mowers - Chistov
Reich - ? - Hoggan

All seven D were on the ice: Alberts, Allen, Chara, Ference, Ward, Wideman, York
Both goalies, as well: Thomas, MacDonald

Sasha update
Dennis Wideman wore a pretty big grin today, as well.

And why not?

It’s not everyday that you get to go to dinner with an international celebrity.

"Dinner went really well," said Wideman, who noted that there was a bunch of people in their party at Bricco in Boston’s North End. "There were a couple of guys (at the restaurant) and another figure skater there from the Ukraine.

"Sasha is a very nice person."

And Wideman had nothing but good things to say about the whole experience.

"It was a lot of fun," he said. "It was interesting. They were talking a lot about figure skating and stuff like that, and what their tour is like, and how much work they have to do.

"It was interesting to see what kind of schedules…they have, too."
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1 MTL 25 18 4 3 87 55 39
2 OTT 23 12 6 5 73 65 29
3 DET 24 12 8 4 56 60 28
4 BOS 22 13 8 1 72 64 27
5 TBL 25 11 11 3 58 56 25
6 FLA 23 10 9 4 58 58 24
7 BUF 24 10 12 2 53 61 22
8 TOR 24 8 11 5 54 62 21


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P. Bergeron 22 8 14 4 22
L. Eriksson 22 9 11 6 20
B. Marchand 20 10 6 8 16
T. Krug 22 1 12 3 13
R. Spooner 22 5 7 -5 12
J. Hayes 22 4 8 -3 12
B. Connolly 21 5 6 -3 11
Z. Chara 20 3 8 6 11
C. Miller 19 2 8 7 10
T. Rask 8 7 1 .899 2.94
J. Gustavsson 5 1 0 .920 2.15
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