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Bear Essentials: Boston @ Ottawa

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
John Bishop is the beat writer for BostonBruins.com. He covers the Black & Gold hoping to offer a positive look at the team, not only from the stands and the press box, but also from inside the locker room. A graduate of Boston U. and Northeastern, 'Bish' grew up in Connecticut and moved to the Hub of Hockey in 1993. Since then he has made all four rinks at the Beanpot schools, as well as both Gardens, his icebound homes away from home. Prior to joining the TD Banknorth Garden staff in 2005, Bishop had written for several publications, with his primary focus being college hockey. He coauthored the book Bygone Boston in 2003 and hopes someday to pen a bio of Hobey Baker.
1:22 p.m.

Just ran in from lunch...I got a phone call from Boston's hockey delegation in Ottawa.

Some breaking news: P.J. Axelsson has been upgraded to a game-time decision, said Coach Julien to the press in Canada's capital.

Coach also said that he would have other game-time decisions later -- meaning that the staff will have to choose a couple of forwards to sit. Stay tuned.

In other good news, yesterday Andrew Alberts work out (off ice), there was no characterization of the results.

Yesterday, TSN.ca reported:
The Senators recalled center Josh Hennessy from the club's American Hockey League affiliate and he'll center the fourth line between Brian McGrattan and Christoph Schubert. Dany Heatley is skating (shoulder) and says he is day to day.

TSN also reported that yesterday's practice lines were...
Robitaille-Spezza-Foligno
McAmmond-Fisher-Neil
Vermette-Kelly-Donovan
Schubert-Hennessy-McGrattan
Phillips-Volchenkov (sg) Gerber
Redden-Meszaros (bg) Emery
Richardson-Corvo


The Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzawa reports that Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson are no-go's for tonight.

2:23 p.m.
On Wednesday, the B's favorite Swede was wide-grinned thanks to his ice time during practice.

"That was nice, to be out there [the whole time]," said P.J. Axelsson.

Axie said that he had enjoyed watching the teams success from the stands.

"Well, it's a lot easier sitting on the side when the team's winning, that's for sure," he said. "But, at the same time you are a hockey player and you want to be out there.

"So that's, obviously, frustrating.

"Injuries come with the job, I guess," he said.

Axelsson said he was reveling in a return to a playoff race.

"It's nice to be right in it," said P.J. "Hopefully we can keep going.

"I think we have been playing pretty good, [we just have to] keep doing what we are doing."

6:34 p.m.
I am waiting on news from Ottawa on the final lineup. Keep it here and I'll have it up ASAP.

7:06 p.m.
NESN is reporting that Marco Sturm will miss tonight's game with the flu, thus postponing his becoming the German player with the most NHL games under his belt.

And the Boston Globe sees the lineup, thusly:
Schafer-Savard-Kessel
Lucic-Metropolit-Kobasew
Axelsson-Krejci-Nokelainen
Reich-Sobotka-Thornton
Chara-Wideman Thomas
Ference-Ward Auld
Stuart-Hnidy GoBruins


The only scratch besides Sturm is Pelletier.

Barring any more news, I will see you over at the Running Recap...JB
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