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And now, the 5 O’Clock News

by Staff Writer / Boston Bruins
The long and the short of it

Sigalet is in Providence. York and Chistov are getting MRI’s. Chara is feeling better, but not perfect. Hoggan is ready to play. Brad Stuart will be at morning skate tomorrow.

"(Chistov) is getting an MRI…it’s a lower (body) injury (from) last night," said Bruins Head Coach Dave Lewis. "Brad Stuart will be with us tomorrow, at morning skate."

"Hoggie is ready to go…He was cleared yesterday and we just made the decision to go with that other lineup."

Is Jonathan Sigalet going back to Providence?

"Yah…we can always…bring him back (if Z is not ready tomorrow), but Stewie will be here."

Who’s in goal tomorrow, Coach?

"Hannu is going to play," said B’s bench boss, Dave Lewis of Toivonen.

But it is not because Tim Thomas is tired or in the chateau bow-wow.

"(Thomas) is fresh, and is competitive as ever, but I think we are giving him too many chances against (his net) since after Christmas. And that’s not a good thing for any goaltender."

"It’s time to get Hannu in," said Lewis. "He’s played some games (in Providence), and he’s practiced hard and it’s time to get him into a game (with the B’s)."

Speaking of the loss
"We just have to do a better job collectively on the right side of the puck," said Coach Lewis. "We’re getting ourselves on the wrong side of the puck and that’s probably the biggest reason why we’ve lost four of five.

"It’s an everybody thing. We’re giving up too many scoring chances.

"There is too much play in our zone, we’ve got missed reads, we’ve got missed coverage on rushes. Consequently come the losses," he said.

And offensively, the results were not there, either.

"We didn’t generate a lot in the second period," continued the Coach. "We had shots that missed the net.

"And they turned it up on us in the third period."

So what is the plan, going forward?

"It’s a collective effort," explained Lewis of hockey. "It’s a collective effort when you win and it’s certainly a collective effort when you lose.

"We’ve given up too many (scoring chances) for whatever reason," said Lewis. "We addressed our penalty some time ago and since then it’s been humming along at (a good percentage) so we have to address this issue.

"We are at the midway point, after tomorrow’s game and our numbers are not good enough.

"Our points aren’t good enough. Our wins aren’t good enough and we have to get better," he said.

A view of practice
Goaltending Coach Bob Essensa was working with both Thomas and Toivonen today, and as a result both keepers saw a ton of shots -- simulating, no doubt, the number of chances that have been coming their way during games.

Under the direction of Coaches Habscheid, Houda and Lewis, the Bruins also practiced breakouts.

This started with off with what looked to be a "simulated" victorious face off, won back towards the defense. A defenseman started the play by gathering the puck and winding up in the neutral zone, where he passed up to a waiting winger. The forward who received the pass either drove to the net or shot on a 3-on-0 breakaway.

The scariest moment of practice actually occurred after practice during the 4-on-4 game. Recently recovered forward Jeff Hoggan, collided with fellow forward Mark Mowers, and with a crash, fell into the boards.

They landed in a landed in a heap, with Hoggan lying face up, looking at the ceiling, and laughing.

Yellow: Sturm -- Bergeron -- Boyes
White: Axelsson -- Savard -- Murray
Teal: Mowers -- Primeau -- Donovan
Gray: Tenkrat -- Kessel -- Hoggan

Black (D in no particular order):
Sigalet, Lashoff, Mara, Chara, Alberts, Jurcina
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