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Can’t wait for the game

Tuesday, 03.20.2007 / 9:35 AM / News
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Can’t wait for the game

The nice folks at gave us a mention yesterday and I thank them.

So if it is your first time here, welcome! Or bienvenue!

The Montreal Gazette’s excellent blog posted some news on the Habs lineup yesterday:

Jaroslav Halak will get the call in goal vs. the Bruins tomorrow, having earned the right to keep playing until season’s end or until he can’t get the job done.

Radek Bonk returned to the ice for the second day, and seems ready to return to action. He’s not entirely sure what illness he’s had in recent days, having pretty well flattened him with swollen tonsils, a sore throat, ear-ache and many other fun symptoms.

Lines used for practice, which aren’t necessarily what’s in the cards for tomorrow’s game:


Both Garth Murray and Sergei Samsonov also were in fourth-line jerseys.

Only Alexander Perezhogin, still recovering from having taken a puck in the head last week, did not practice.

Team 990 in Montreal reports that Samsonov and Murray will both be among the healthy scratches this evening.

Back in Wilmington, Massachusetts yesterday, the Bruins lines during the practice session were the same as they had been over the weekend. Tim Thomas is expected to start in goal for the Bruins.

Kessel - Savard - Kobasew
Sturm - Bergeron - Bochenski
Tenkrat - Mowers - Chistov
Reich - Walter - Hoggan

"D" on the ice: Alberts, Allen, Chara, Ference, Ward, Wideman, York
Goalies: Thomas, MacDonald

Centerman Marc Savard was really doing his best, yesterday in the locker room, to get the guys loose for the key match up with Les Glorieux, but understood the predicament in which the Bruins find themselves.

"It’s tough to be low in that building," said Savvy. "(The Bell Centre) is such an exciting place to play (especially) with the rivalry.

"And I don’t think there is any reason for any guy to be down.

"It will be an exciting game and we need the two points," he said.

Savard is not kidding…but I am not sure "exciting" is the word. Do-or-die is probably a more apropriate phrase.

#. Team, GP, Pts
8. Carolina, 73, 80
9. Islanders, 71, 78
10. Toronto, 72, 78
11. Montreal, 73, 78
12. Boston, 71, 73
13. Florida, 72, 73

So, obviously, the Black & Gold are trying to remain focused on the task at hand -- Le Bleu-Blanc-et-Rouge.

"When you go on the road…you try to keep the guys together," said Savard. "So we are going for lunch (on Monday), have some fun and keep upbeat.

"It’s going to be a tough run (for the playoffs), but we’re all in it to win it."

Aaron Ward, a veteran of three Stanley Cup Championship squads, sang a similar tune.

"It’s still a race," he said. "We are going to play every game like it is the last one -- the end all be all, and that is the philosophy that we have to take."

Judging by the timbre of the coverage from our neighbors in Quebec, the Canadiens and their legions of fans have not even given thought to throwing in the tuque -- especially as they beat their Canadian archrival Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.

The Bruins are in for a Playoff game tonight; let’s hope Our Boys are up to the task.
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