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Back to the Road...

The Bruins practiced in Wilmington on Sunday following Saturday's time off.

Saturday, 11.21.2009 / 5:52 PM ET / Bish's Blog
By John Bishop  -
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Back to the Road...
6:46 p.m.
The Bruins have landed in St. Louis and are done with their hockey duties for the night.

"I felt really good out there today," said Marc Savard before the Bruins left for Missouri. "Hopefully, it carries into tomorrow."

Tomorrow, the Boston Bruins take on the St. Louis Blues and when they do, Savard looks to be centering Marco Sturm and Byron Bitz.

"I like it," said Sturm of being partnered with Marco and Byron.

Obviously, Sturm won't present too much of a change for Savard, but Bitz does present a bit of a different look for the Black & Gold.

"I've been watching Bitzy this last little while and he looks great out there," said Savard. "So, I am excited and...hopefully it works out."

Things have been working out recently for the Bruins, who have taken four points out of their last two games and are 2-0 during their recent road swing.

Savard hopes to fit right back into the squad and take over the same role he left in October.

"Oh yah. For sure," he said. "I feel good out there and when you go back in you want to be able to do what you did before.

"So, hopefully that's the case.

"We've been working hard lately and getting results and I want to be part of that," he said.

Happily, Savard agreed that the club's recent success makes his return a little less stressful than it might have been if the Bruins were on a losing skid.

"It helps our and makes the transition a little easier," said Savard. "We're not climbing the hill, we're getting things going, so hopefully we can keep it going.

"It's a huge trip and we have two more games on it and we want to finish [the road swing] strong."

12:59 p.m.
Byron Bitz was the media darling following practice as he had joined Marc Savard and Marco Sturm on the first line during the session.

Look for video of interviews with Byron and Mark on later this afternoon.

12:30 p.m.
The B's are finishing up the session and that will begin a sprint for the plane.

12:13 p.m.
Savard just scored off of a breakout drill and a cheer went up from the Bruins themselves.

12:09 p.m.
It's basically been a special team practice, punctuated with a shootout contest...

11:42 a.m.
As Coach Julien has said repeatedly, the Bruins are working very hard at establishing true "net front presence" and making life difficult for opposition goalies. I am on the end that Tuukka Rask is defending and he is having a good time dealing with many of the Bruins doing their best Mark Recchi imitation -- tipping pucks and generally making a nuisance of themselves in front of the goalie.

11:38 a.m.
P-Bruins Fall
The Providence Bruins fell to the Worcester Sharks 3-2 Saturday evening at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. The P-Bruins got their goals from Jamie Arniel and Kirk MacDonald. The P-Bruins return to action at home at the Dunkin' Donuts Center Sunday at 4:05 p.m. for a Family Game against the Manchester Monarchs.

11:32 p.m.
Practice has started. And for those of you wondering what might happen to Vladimir Sobotka when Marc Savard returned, he is skating this morning, wearing a brick colored "energy" line sweater. However, there are four of those sweaters on the ice.

11:24 p.m.
Marc Savard hit the ice to a resounding cheer from the youth hockey team that has waited patiently for the Bruins to take to the rink for this morning's pre-flight practice.

Savard was on the ice first at around 11:15 a.m. and still displays no sign that there is any lingering problems with his foot.

For those of you who were hoping for a practice live blog, I am going to have to disappoint you this morning. I am just not sure how long practice will be and I want to make sure to observe any lineup changes (and the like) due to the possible return of Savard on Monday.

Saturday, November 21
5:54 p.m.

Just an (extraordinarily) early check in for Sunday's edition of Bish's Blog.

Trent Whitfield has cleared waivers and has been assigned to Providence (AHL).

So, although the patrons at the Dunkin Donuts Center for this evening's Johnny Boychuk poster night might not actually see "double-nickel" in person, they should witness the return of Brad Marchand and Whitfield.

Tonight the P-Bruins will try to continue their winning ways against the Worcester Sharks.

Here's the preview from
The Providence Bruins defeated the Springfield Falcons 5-2 Friday evening in front of 8,424 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. The P-Bruins got their goals from Andy Wozniewski, Jeff LoVecchio, Kirk MacDonald, Guillaume Lefebvre and Kirk MacDonald.

After a scoreless opening period, the P-Bruins took a 1-0 lead at the 3:14 mark of the second period, while on the power play. Wozniewski shot the puck from the blue line and it trickled into the net for his sixth goal of the season. The goal was unassisted. Providence made it 2-0 at the 14:30 mark. Mikko Lehtonen worked the puck out of his own end to Arniel in the neutral zone. He tipped the puck to LoVecchio, who put it into the net for his eighth goal of the season. Springfield pulled within one at the 14:45 mark. Ryan O'Marra netted his fourth goal of the season, while Colin McDonald and Johan Motin recorded the assists. The P-Bruins led 2-1 after two periods.

The Falcons tied the game at two at the 4:51 mark of the third period, while on the power play. Colton Fretter tallied his fifth goal of the season with Alex Plante and Chad Wiseman picking up the assists. Providence retook the lead at the 5:25 mark. LoVecchio sent the puck down the ice for Zach Hamill, who played it behind the Falcons net. He passed it to MacDonald in the slot, who scored his third goal of the season. The P-Bruins made it 4-2 at the 12:45 mark. Adam McQuaid blocked a shot in front of his own net and passed it to Craig Weller in the neutral zone. He fed Lefebvre in the slot, who scored his second goal of the season. The P-Bruins finished off the scoring at the 19:01 mark. Arniel scored an empty net goal unassisted, his fourth of the season. The P-Bruins went on to the 5-2 victory.

Dany Sabourin stopped 19 of 21 shots for the P-Bruins, while Devan Dubnyk made 30 saves for the Falcons. The P-Bruins were 1-for-4 on the power play and 3-for-4 on the penalty kill.




1 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
2 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
3 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
4 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
5 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
6 OTT 55 25 24 6 154 169 56
7 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
8 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47


P. Bergeron 53 19 26 7 45
L. Eriksson 53 16 24 10 40
D. Krejci 43 12 27 1 39
R. Spooner 53 11 27 -8 38
B. Marchand 48 25 12 11 37
Z. Chara 51 7 21 7 28
M. Beleskey 51 8 18 8 26
T. Krug 52 3 21 2 24
J. Hayes 51 11 12 -8 23
B. Connolly 50 7 9 -6 16
T. Rask 19 16 5 .916 2.56
J. Gustavsson 9 3 1 .911 2.58
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