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Exhibition #2: Time for Toronto

Bruins head to Canada for their second test tilt.

Wednesday, 09.16.2009 / 10:16 AM / Bish's Blog
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Exhibition #2: Time for Toronto
6:43 p.m.
Time to live blog. Join us! By the way, the game is scheduled to be on the NHL Network.

6:38 p.m.
TSN.ca predicts the Toronto lines:
Tlusty-Allison-Kulemin
Stalberg-Bozak-Hanson
Primeau-Kadri-Orr
Deveaux-Mitchell-Rosehill
Beauchemin-Finger
Exelby-White
Frogren-Oreskovic
Toskala
MacDonald

The B's lines should be:   
Marchand-Bergeron-Wheeler
Sobotka-Arniel-Ryder
LoVecchio-Begin-Thornton
Lefebre-Sarman-Bitz
Wozniewski-Morris
Stuart-Wideman'
Hunwick-McQuaid
Sabourin
Rask

6:32 p.m.
The teams are on the ice...

6:22 p.m.
The Maple Leafs are...
Exelby, Finger, White, Tlusty, Primeau, Hanson, Beauchemin, Frogren, Orr, Allison, Rosehill, Mitchell, Oreskovic, Kulemin, Bozak, Kadri, Stalberg, Deveaux and MacDonald and Toskala in goal.

6:06 p.m.
Pearl Jam prior to their September 2004 show at the Garden. (Photo: Brian Babineau)
I was able to talk to Mark Stuart this morning.

“I think it will be a physical game, “ said Stuart of tonight’s tilt in Toronto. “I’m sure they are going to have some big guys in their lineup, so it’s going to be nice to get out there and play physical.

“That’s definitely part of training camp, and getting ready – getting your body back into it."

With some time to kill, I asked the B's ultimate Pearl Jam fan what he thought of the prospect of a new album by Eddie and the boys. I had heard his

“I love it,” said Stuart, who smiled wide. “Yah, I actually saw them in Chicago in August and I had a chance to hear some of their new stuff, so I am looking forward to the 20th – that’s when the new album comes out.

"That should be fun.”

I asked Stuart what Pearl Jam songs were on his current psych-up mix on his ipod.

“The new one, 'The Fixer,'" said Stuart. "Then probably 'State of Love and Trust.'

"'Even Flow' is always on there. And I like 'Release.'”

Not a bad set list...

5:38 p.m.
Sabourin
It was an easy flight up to Toronto following practice....

Before we left, the B's starting goalie for this evening talked about the competition to be Tim Thomas' goaltending partner.

"I think you have to know that there is a competition,” said Sabourin. “And you have to know that [if you play well] you have a chance to be here [in Boston].

“But at the same time, when you get on the ice, you just have to do your job.

“Your job is stopping the puck, so [you do] your best to stop every puck in practice and tonight I am going to do my best to do the same thing in the game."

1:20 p.m.
Cam Neely and Don Sweeney have arrived, as have about half of the players -- we're gonna get out of here soon.

1:12 p.m.
Dany's turn...
Given the nature of his performance on Tuesday night, Tuukka Rask should feel pretty good about his chances of making this squad, right? Well, maybe, but it looks like Bruins head coach Claude Julien is going to let this competition play out.

"It's pretty clear to me that that it's not a given," said Julien of the race for the goaltending spot. "I think that we've all come in here saying we'd like to see him do well, but there's another guy Sabourin, that wants to do the same thing and we've promised him the same thing -- and that's a fair chance."

Certainly, a 2-1 win over the Rangers helps Tuukka's cause, but there are games left to be played.

"We're not going to go back on our word when it comes to that," continued Julien. "It's going to be a competition between those two, that's pretty clear, and let the best guy win.

"Right now, Tuukka's played well enough that he's certainly made a good case for [himself] and Sabourin's got an opportunity to do that tonight."

11:58 a.m.
I am heading for the plane. Hockey teams don't wait for bloggers....

11:47 p.m.
While I am getting ready to head for the plane, I see that the second squad has taken the ice: Hunwick, Lucic, Goulet, Sauve, Fata, Kwiet, Ference, Recchi, Penner, Savard and Lehtonen are in black. Chara, Kobasew, MacDermid, MacDonald, Bodnarchuck, Button, Sturm, Knackstedt, Hamill, Whitfield, Marquardt, Krejci and Boychuk are in white. Courchaine, Dalton and Thomas are in goal.

I wonder if I am going to miss a scrimmage?

11:37 a.m.
Correction
From time-to-time we make some mistakes here on the Blog. And today  I have to fix an especially egregious error.

Apparently, Derek "The Cat" Repucci, the B's stalwart assistant athletic trainer, was not as catlike as I portrayed on Monday during practice. However, Derek was actually so nonchalant about dodging an errant puck, that he hid the fact that he was actually struck by said puck on the elbow.

Without regret I  proclaim his indestructibility as well as his calm under fire.

;)

10:29 p.m.
On the ice this morning...

Steve Begin, Patrice Bergeron, Drew Larman, Jeff LoVecchio, Michael Ryder, Shawn Thornton, Derek Morris, Mark Stuart, Dennis Wideman and Andy Wozniewski are participating in morning skate. Tuukka Rask and Dany Sabourin are in goal.

Add Jamie Arniel, Byron Bitz, Guillaume Lefebvre, Brad Marchand, Vladimir Sobotka, Blake Wheeler, Matt Hunwick, and Adam McQuaid and you have tonight's roster.

10:18 p.m.

Marco was on the Mark
Sturm
It was definitely good to see Marco Sturm back in Black & Gold on Tuesday night.

"It was pretty good for the first one," he said. "I thought it was going to be worse, but no, I had no pain at all so that’s a good sign.

"And hopefully no pain tomorrow and just go day by day."

Sturm attempted to go about playing as if he had never been hurt.

"I know I was trying to get in there as much as I could," he said. "But overall...I didn’t think much about my knee."

Sturm said that things came back to him quickly, despite the time away from the ice last season.

"I thought I had a good timing around the ice," he said. "The puck felt good [on the stick] so that was a good sign.

"There’s just some battles I just have to get better at and...again, little things like just getting pucks out and stuff like that  -- so I just have to work on that."

Marco talked about his assist on the Zach Hamill goal.

"It was just a nice pass from Wheels and I knew he was going to be on the far side open so it worked out well."

Going forward, Sturm says he will remain cautious.

"I want to play but...,I just have to be careful, too," said Marco. "I don’t want to play every game and just be exhausted because that doesn’t help.

"I have to feel good, go into games...but the coach knows [that] so we’ll see."

So there were no surprises out there?

"No it was actually pretty smooth, so I’m pretty happy about the game."

We are too.

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