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Lashoff in the House

Today the B’s recalled defenseman Matt Lashoff from their AHL affiliate P-Bruins.

This is the first recall to the Bruins of Lashoff’s pro career and he will play his first NHL game Thursday night when the Black-and-Gold host the Habs in a 7:00 p.m. game at TD Banknorth Garden.

Lashoff, 20, is in his first full pro campaign after playing three years of junior hockey in Kitchener of the Ontario Hockey League. The native of East Greenbush, New York was the Bruins first pick, 22nd overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and signed with Providence in March, 2006 at the conclusion of his junior season.

He was 1-1-2 in seven regular season games and in six scoreless playoff games with the AHL Bruins at the end of last season.

Lashoff was assigned to Providence from Boston’s 2006 training camp on September 25th.

Matt has one goal and one assist for two points with eight penalty minutes in five AHL Bruins games this year.

"He had a good camp," said Head Coach Dave Lewis. "He moves well and his biggest asset is his mobility and his skating. He passes the puck well and he looked good in practice today."

Lashoff is ready to face the Habs.

"I think I am just here to contribute in any way possible," said Lashoff. "I think, with it being the first game, there is going to be a lot of nerves and I just want to keep it simple and contribute what I can.

"The main thing is to just go out there and have some fun."

Hair today, gone tomorrow
Hannu went back to his old helmet today.

"It fits better with the short hair," he said as he rounded the dressing room corner.

You’ll remember this particular helmet as it features a bear with the Bruins Spoked-B on either side of his head.

Toivonen also indicated that he just felt like a change hair wise. Nothing more. Nothing less.

And speaking of Hannu, as he put something on the top shelf of his locker stall after the practice session, it knocked into a package, which knocked into the wall clock, which came off the wall and headed for the floor.

Toivo took two stork-like steps to his left and intercepted it on the way down and then looked around to see who had seen his cat-like reflexes save the clock.

The rest of the media corps acknowledged the save.

Teal is in this fall
The teal line was back today! Yay!

Here are the lines:

White: Kessel, Bergeron, Murray
Gold: Axelsson, Savard, Boyes
Gray: Hoggan, Primeau, Donovan
Teal: Brookbank, Mowers, Stastny

The defense was:

Chara, Mara, Jurcina, Alberts, York, Dempsey, Lashoff

Injury Update
Coach Lewis said that Marco Sturm did not practice, but did skate, full gear. He still does not have the strength or flexibility to compete at an NHL level.

Mark Stuart is skating, but still a ways away.

Mark Mowers and Andrew Alberts played a full practice with no contact. Mowers is dad to day and may play versus Montreal while Albie still needs some more time.

Brad Stuart has a broken finger and is not available for tomorrow.

Words, words, words
"Yah, we’ve had more than enough time off. It will be nice to be back in the Garden and get back at it. Four days off is a lot to get ready, so we are feeling pretty good…I think when you go into a game as a player, the one thing you can control is, every time you get out there, you outwork the player you are playing against. So, I think if each guy takes that mindset we should do pretty well."
Defenseman, Jason York, on thinking about Thursday

"I’d take the way I started in the St. Louis game, but the difference is that I would like to come out with a ’W’ at the end. I’m going to go out there, not try to do too much, and just play my game and keep the team in the game."
Goalie, Tim Thomas, on playing his game

"We’re still in adversity. We are looking it right in the face. We have to see how we respond to it."
Head Coach, Dave Lewis, on bouncing back from Saturday
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