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by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
A question:

Is it possible for a man who is 5'8 to "inadvertently elbow" a man who is 6'2 and on skates.

Just a thought, but I hadn't noticed that Francis Bouillon skates in a half chicken dance (think right 'wing' up) stance normally…hmmmmm.

Get better Patrice AND Aaron.
While I wait on today's news, here are some quotes from last night's post game:

Boston Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien
On the injury to Aaron Ward…
I think from what we saw, seemed like an elbow to the head on that play.  It’s what we’ve seen anyway so as far as he’s concerned, we haven’t received the final update or diagnosis.  Obviously, he got the elbow in the head and we know what happens from there. 

(I don’t think Aaron Ward went to the hospital) I think he’s still here.  We have our medical staff here.

On what didn’t the team do tonight…
It’s about finishing again and our power play.  Whether the guys are starting to feel more and more pressure or whatever it is, that’s probably a natural thing, but at the same time, at one point we got to start looking for solutions instead of excuses.  We’re the only ones that have to get ourselves out of it and the sooner we do that, the better it’s going to be for our hockey club.

On the 5-on-3 advantage…
We didn’t seem to move the puck the way we have in the past and definitely when those guys have confidence they can move the puck around well and make the right decisions.  Right now, even our best playmakers aren’t making those easy plays so we certainly have to work on that and find a solution because tonight it could have gotten us at least a point, maybe even two.  Obviously, when you’re on a power play, there’s pressure that comes with it and pressure to perform and we have to bring that part of our game up to where we think it should be.  Finishing the scoring chances that we had, we don’t do well enough. 

On trying different combinations on the power play…
I think that’s what you have to do.  You have to go with the guys that you believe will make the difference there and that’s what we did.  And we had some guys out there that we felt were deserving and with that, obviously a lot of things come into mind.  You make sure that you have a couple of centermans, if one gets tossed out; who’s been winning the draws, who hasn’t; and then other things so that’s basically what it was based on.

On guys that he would single-out for playing well…
 I’m going to give a lot of credit to our guys on the fourth line, the (Petteri) Nokelainens, the (Jeremy) Reiches, the (Milan) Lucics.  They go out there and obviously they’ve been throwing their weight around and throwing pucks at the net.  They haven’t been afraid to go in those areas and that’s the reason that you try and use them as much as you can.  They do lack experience and certainly don’t want to put them against top lines, but nonetheless, tonight and last night, I thought they played well.  I think our guys are going there, but we might need to stay there and grab a position that you want to hold in that area in order to jump on those loose pucks.  And going in there and leaving is not what we’re looking here for.   You have to pay a price to score goals; it’s as easy as that.

Center Marc Savard
Boston Bruins forward Marc Savard
On lack of scoring…
Yeah we have been doing a good job defensively for most of the year.  It’s tough on Timmy (Thomas) too when he’s not getting that goal scored when he’s making some saves. I think right now a big thing is the power plays in the league. Five on three we have to score.  A five on three should be automatic in this league.  We just have to work hard.

On his play so far this year…
It’s tough.  I feel like I’m playing good defensively this year. Trying to get back on plays.  Usually that triggers my offensive, but it hasn’t yet, so I am going to keep working at it. We have a big game Saturday and we have to get two points.  We can’t keep losing in our division.  Guys are still confident though.  We have a good hockey team.  The puck has to bounce the other way.

Goaltender Tim Thomas
On if he feels he has to be perfect…
Can’t really approach it like that, you have to play your game and try to help your team out. If you focus on it like that, you’ll get too nervous.

On the injury to Ward…
I didn’t see it until he was down on the ice.  It’s not good when you don’t see him moving.  The way he twitched scared me.

Defenseman Dennis Wideman
On power play chances…
When you have a five on three for that long that you have to score. Or at least get a lot better chances than we did.  We had some power plays tonight, we’re getting shots and the rebounds are bouncing over our stick or they’re blocking it. We have to do a better job, bear down, and put it in the back of the net.

Wideman (left)
On if team is lacking confidence…
I don’t know.  I would hope that it is not.  There are just some things we aren’t doing well.  We are not getting puck through on net. There are forwards going to the net, but when we get there we have to bear down and get them in.
Canadiens Head Coach Guy Carbonneau

On his team’s penalty kill late in the game…
We’ve been working really hard at it the last couple weeks and it’s starting to pay off right now.  I tried to use a lot of people at the start of the year, and whether they were resting or whether we had different combinations – I’m think now I’m trying to use two players a little bit more so now they know each other a little bit more and know how to react together on the ice, and that was the case in the end.  It’s a really good feeling when one of those penalties happen and then you see the whole bench gets up and wants to kill it.

On the play of goalie Carey Price…
He was excellent.  He makes a few mistakes here and there, he’s still young, but he’s so calm on the ice and just so big.  Last year I saw him in the playoffs last year, in the juniors, so it’s nothing new, and it makes you shiver sometimes, but it’s nothing new.

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Forward Alex Kovalev
On playing against the Bruins trap defense…
It’s always those kind of games, which you just hate, but during the first period we try to go back to our game, back to our routine.  I know it’s tough, we get frustrated sometimes, when Minnesota first started playing that style, I was really frustrated and then New Jersey, and then this team does the same thing.  It’s definitely not fun to play, but that’s the way they play and we just have to not give them anything.

On the intensity of the game…
It’s hard to really get intense, especially when they play the neutral zone trap.  The first period it’s like you fall asleep.

On playing on a line with Andrei Kostitsyn…
I talked to Andrei a lot, and I can see he can improve a lot.  I talk to him and try to push him to a new level.  It’s going to be ups and downs for him, but what we’re trying to do is just push him through it.  We have to be better as a line, one night you are not going to score many, but eventually it’s going to go in.  But so far, so good, we’ve been playing well.

4:11 p.m.
Hey...practice was pretty interesting with a new face and some missing ones.

Here are the lines:

white: Axelsson-Savard-Muzz
gold: Sturm-Kessel-Kobasew
gray: Schaefer-Metropolit-Bochenski
brick: Lucic-Nokelainen-Murray
D-men: Alberts, Chara, Hunwick, Stuart, Wideman
Goal: Rask, Thomas

Obviously, the B's were missing Allen, Bergerom, Ference, Fernandez, Ward...

Gotta try and beat some traffic...

4:53 p.m.
Still here at the Garden. I just got this and think it is big time helpful:

Boston Bruins Week Ahead 11/10-11/16

Northeast Division March Continues: The Bruins are in the midst of a 9-game, three-week run in which they only play their four Northeast Division rivals.  Saturday's game against the Sabres is game six of this stretch and game four in the past week.

11.01/BUF/ 4-3 W
11.03/@OTT/ 2-3 L
11.04/OTT/ 1-2 O
11.07/@BUF/ 1-2 O
11.08/MTL/ 1-2 L
11.10/BUF/ 7:00 p.m. ET
11.15/TOR/ 7:00 p.m. ET
11.17/@MTL/ 7:00 p.m. ET
11/20/@TOR/ 7:00 p.m. ET

Northeast Division Standings
1.    Ottawa/ 13-2-0
2.    Montreal/ 9-3-3
3.    BOSTON/ 7-6-2
4.    Toronto/ 6-7-3
5.    Buffalo/ 6-7-1

Hunwick Recalled; Fernandez, Thornton Out: On Friday, the Bruins announced that they have recalled defenseman Matt Hunwick from Providence and placed goaltender Manny Fernandez and forward Shawn Thornton on Injured Reserve. 

Hunwick has started all nine games for the 8-1 Providence Bruins, recording four assists and a +7 plus/minus.

Fernandez will be sidelined with a left knee strain.  He has appeared in four games for Boston this season, with a record of 2-2 and goals-against average of 3.93.

Thornton suffered a broken bone in his foot and is expected to miss four to six weeks.  In 13 games this season, Thornton has logged 22 penalty minutes.

Upcoming Game and Practice Schedule (schedule subject to change):
Saturday, November 10 (Boston, MA)
-    Pregame skate at TD Banknorth Garden, 10:30 a.m. ET - 11:00 a.m. ET
-    Game vs. Buffalo Sabres, 7:00 p.m. ET (TV: NESN, RADIO: WBZ 1030)
Sunday, November 11 (Wilmington, MA)
-    10:30 a.m. ET - 11:30 a.m. ET, practice at Ristuccia Arena
Monday, November 12 (Wilmington, MA)
-    10:30 a.m. ET - 12:00 p.m. ET, practice at Ristuccia Arena
Tuesday, November 13 (Wilmington, MA)
-    10:30 a.m. ET - 12:00 p.m. ET, practice at Ristuccia Arena
Wednesday, November 14 (Wilmington, MA)
-    10:30 a.m. ET - 12:00 p.m. ET, practice at Ristuccia Arena
Thursday, November 15 (Boston, MA)
-    10:30 a.m. ET - 11:15 a.m. ET, pregame skate at TD Banknorth Garden
-    7:00 p.m. ET, Toronto Maple Leafs (TV: NESN, RADIO: WBZ 1030)
Friday, November 16 (Wilmington, MA)
-    11:30 a.m. ET - 12:30 p.m. ET, Practice at Ristuccia Arena
-    Travel to Montreal
Saturday, November 17 (Montreal, Canada)
-    11:30 a.m. ET â   12:30 p.m. ET, pregame skate at Bell Centre
-    7:00 p.m. ET, Game vs. Montreal Canadiens (TV: NESN, RADIO WBZ 1030)

B's Points Leaders as of 11/09
Rank/Player  Goal/Assists/Points
1. M. Savard        3/11/14
2. M. Sturm        6/5/11
3. P. Kessel        6/4/10
4. C. Kobasew    6/2/8

On this week's "Buzz"
Check out "The Buzz" on Saturday for the latest Bruins news, on and off the ice.  This week's lineup includes an update on Patrice Bergeron, a feature on recently recalled goaltender Tuukka Rask, and a look back at the Phil Esposito for Brad Park trade with the New York Rangers.  "The Buzz" airs at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 10.

Text in your questions:
NESN encourages fans to text their questions to NESN at 83733 to have them answered live by NESN analyst Andy Brickley during the game or by Bruins coaches and players during intermissions and postgame interviews.

Around town:
11.10.07 and 11.12.07: The Boston Bruins and NHL present the Ace Bailey Got Skills Competition.  The Ace Bailey Got Skills Competition is the definitive youth ice hockey skills competition.  Youth hockey players will have the chance to compete against other players from around the country while trying to achieve their personal best in skating, puck handling, and shooting drills.  There will also be skills competition for goalies.  Regional winners will be invited to the National Finals to be held in June 2008.  For more information and to register for the competition go to  Times are as follows: Saturday November 10 @ Simoni Skating Rink in Cambridge, 3:30 - 5:30 PM and Monday, November 12 @ Porrazzo Skating Rink in East Boston from 11:30 - 12:30pm.
11.13.07: The Boston Bruins will host their third TD Banknorth PASS Clinic in Burlington, MA at the Burlington Ice Palace from 6:10-8 p.m. ET. The PASS (Partnership to Assist Skaters and Shooters) clinic series teaches 80 youth hockey players shooting and skating skills from current and former Boston Bruins players.  All children who participate in the clinic will receive two tickets to an upcoming game, TD Banknorth/Boston Bruins PASS jersey, water bottle, backpack, skate rag, bag tag and autographs.

11.14.07: The Boston Bruins will be on Northeastern University's campus to promote their 2007-08 student night games.  T-shirts will be given away, along with magnet schedules and ticket information.  Tickets will be available on site for students to purchase. 

11.15.07: November 15th is Winter Hat Night at the TD Banknorth Garden.  The first 5,000 fans in attendance for the Bruins/Maple Leafs game will receive a complimentary Boston Bruins/ TD Banknorth winter hat.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. ET to the general public with the game set to start at 7:00 p.m. ET.

Media and Fan Information Line:
Call 617.624.1910 for the latest updates to the Bruins practice schedule. 

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