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Tuesday, 03.13.2007 / 3:33 PM / News
Boston Bruins

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."


Expectations
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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  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

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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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